And in the long journey from typing in a coffee shop to being printed on a pulped rain forest all kinds of things can wrong with a book. So here is a place for noting typos and factual errors in the first edition of East End Backpassages.
Typos? Surely not Alan. Well, there's one in the second sentence in the book, but no one has commented on that yet so neither will I. But you might have noticed I always spell Beigel BEIGAL (whilst telling people off for saying begal.) Some of the signs in the Brick Lane shops do spell it my A way, but I must admit there's a lot more of them that use the E.
Here's some more mistakes that are not my fault and aren't in the second printing. I think.
Page 130. I quite like this one. A footnote that should refer to rates of mortality In Bethnal Green has somehow come adrift and reconnected itself to something new. Now 'Whose own death rate was double that of the rest of London' is attached to a section about Doctor Who - and so is probably still true.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK - supplemental. Nothing stands still in Docklands, not even the format of this book. To help you spot the stuff I am about to show you please start at the bottom of the pages that follow and travel up the tracks towards the top.
We also lost a listing from the DLR journey on page 155 that said..
The back of The Troxy. Stepney's own super cinema opened in 1933 with first run performances of King Kong and closed in 1960 with forgotten East End epic The Siege of Sidney Street, which was actually filmed in Ireland. It now hosts Bangladeshi banquets, and occasional concerts by Jarvis Cocker and Pete Doherty.
..which might help explain the mysterious drawing of a monkey destroying a cinema.
Page 146. There's a bit in the section about council estates which should have been changed for better writingness to..
Apart from having the kind of name that demands you have a Gauloise in your mouth when you pronounce it, Le Corbusier was famous in the post-Bauhaus 1930s for having big ideas - and one of his biggest was new model cities where everyone would be happy giving up their tiny terraced homes and cramped back gardens for spacious new flats surrounded by parks.
BOLLOCKS BUT TRUE. The Jervis family of 18 Folgate Street didn't exist, but don't let that stop you visiting their house. The creation of eccentric American artist Dennis Severs, their Georgian home is a narrative in ten rooms, each furnished with smokes, smells and lived-in antiques. Walk in silence, open your senses and spot the telltale signs that one of the family left the room seconds before you walked in. Dennis even used to pee in a pot under a bed to make the picture more complete.
Other things I later realised that I'd missed out of the book.
Pearly Kings and Queen. Weird. They do a lot of work for charity. But so did Jimmy Saville.
Pie and Mash. Yes, the pastry is often uncooked and liquor looks like mucus, but there's something very grounding about eating what your grandparents ate. But not eels.
'Mad' Frankie Fraser. Do you really think I'm going to say anything funny about a man whose nickname is 'Mad'?
West Ham United. Do you think I'm going to say anything funny about a football team whose nickname is 'The Hammers'?
Sweeny Todd. He was either born in Brick Lane in 1756 or is a fictitious character. Either way he looked nothing like Johnny Depp.
The Olympics. I'm afraid I can't discuss sports (I've got a note from my mum excusing me) but why not buy your souvenirs from the Stratford Poundland in 2013?