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 […]

Angelique Kidjo

Wow that’s some hairball

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 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 […]

Hugh Masekela

Ebo Taylor on stage

Bring on the music!

Great to have had the pleasure of going to 2 fantastic gigs in the last couple of weeks. First up a cool and dapper Ebo Taylor, 1970’s Highlife and Afrobeat legend, still struttin’. Excellent vibe at the gig itself… As a youngster living in Ghana in the late 70’s I didn’t really appreciate the sound, despite the fact that we had almost unlimited access to records via a relative, who’s […]


Get me, culture vulture…

Been to see a couple of really good plays recently. Saving the best til last, I’ll start with Ghost From Another Place. Tells the story of a who’s been away for a while and returns to his old East End haunts to find things in the gang world have changed a bit… First half of the play is better than the second half but the sum of two halves is […]


Open House London 2014

Passed a very satisfying couple of hours checking out the architecturally interesting Cressingham Gardens as part of Open House London. Those of you interested in such things could do a lot worse than watch Homes Under the Sledgehammer, a short (20 minutes), and very interesting film that explains it all way better than I can in words… And if f you fancy helping with the fight to defend decent social […]


Briefs – the second coming

Never imagined that this would be my thing, but decided to expand my horizons and was very pleasantly surprised by this acrobatic Aussie outfit. A very talented bunch of guys. Did things with their bodies that just shouldn’t be possible, and very amusing to boot…   Briefs: The Second Coming Promo with Vox Pops from Briefs on Vimeo.   Catch em if you can… and check em out on that […]


gals and their bikes

60-45-30…

WTF is she on about??!! you may well ask. Well it all started with a bicycle and a friend… Let’s go off and do a ride in the New Forest. Like other rides I’ve done, recently it seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve never been to this particular forest before and heard tell it was pretty cool. So, managed to find a B n B in New […]


Pride

One of the best feel good films I’ve seen this year and a top contender for one of my all time favourites. A story of solidarity where you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find it. Pride is a fantastic film so go see it. Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton are fabulous and in fact so are the whole cast. Here’s a little taster and more stuff on the film’s launch website. […]