Spanish Apples anyone? 1

So, came across this story on the BBC today, rather late to the game as usual. However, better late than never. The clips had me in stitches. The original interview story  of Las Paelleras is funny enough and yet… more creative mischief making individuals with a talent for spoofing came up with this hilarious take on the original. Enjoy…     Thanks! I’m still chuckling. And it’s set me up […]


Million Women Rise demo 2015

Happy International Women’s Day 2015

Happy International Women’s day! Sadly it’s still necessary for Women around the world to campaign and fight to end violence against them. To this end Million Women Rise still needs to happen. The march in central London yesterday went off without incident. This despite the lack of any policing of the route, and the presence of additional thousands marching against climate change at the same time. It was great to […]


Ruby Ruby Ruby is her name

Spent a very sane and sensible evening watching the very funny and entertaining Ruby Wax performing her one woman show Sane New World. Based on her book of the same name, the show suggests some explanations and practical solutions for surviving and thriving in this bonkers world of “must do more, more, more…”. As well as an open discussion of her own mental health challenges and the journey she’s taken […]

Ruby Waz

Olympic Stadium London

London Fields to Hackney Wick… 2

Got a couple of Stephen Miller’s series of books on London’s Hidden Walks for crimbo, and have made it my mission to get through all of the walks in volume 3 during 2015.   It remains to be seen whether that goal is actually achieved. However, we made a damn good start today with a variation on walk no. 11 of Volume 3 – Bethnal Green and Hackney Wick. These […]


Entertainment…

During these past few weeks encompassing Christmas break and enforced house arrest due to incapacity (don’t ask), I’ve rediscovered the pleasures of lolling about on my sofa watching stuff on a screen or listening to the radio for extended periods. Thanks to box sets of The Sopranos, Orange is the New Black, and more recently Breaking Bad, (all of which I somehow managed not to get into at the time […]


Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllll!!

Now I used to play a bit of footie meself, but in all my playing days never saw a goal as great as this one. Kudos that woman, and let’s hope she gets the vote for Fifa’s goal of the year – t’would be well deserved!


The House That Will Not Stand

The House That Will Not Stand is a fantastic piece of theatre that puts you through an emotional wringer. Humorous, sad, anger and thought provoking, the story is set in early 19th Century New Orleans, during a period of French rule. A wealthy white man dies, leaving a black matriarchal “concubine” and his 3 daughters by her, as well as a white “wife”. All hell breaks loose…The playwright, Marcus Gardley […]


Angelique Kidjo

Angelique tears down the hall

A certain someone claims they had to “insist” that we went to this gig… Leaving such claims aside, I have to say this was one of the best gigs I’ve been to this year (OK so I’ve probably already said that within the last year but you gotta admit, Africans definitely know how to party!!). The setting was the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. Not the first place […]


Wow that’s some hairball 1

Close your eyes if you don’t like arachnids. Despite that fact that it looks like a hairball, you could be in for a nasty surprise if you don’t. Nuff said!   You may prefer this more scary but much more light hearted entry…


Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela at the 2014 Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, Europe

What an honour it was to be in the presence of the great Hugh Masekela, and what a way to commemorate Steve Biko.                           As well as being a top notch  trumpeter, flugelhornist, bandleader, composer and singer who’s musical career it’s been a massive pleasure to follow over the years, Hugh Masekela is a great raconteur and political […]