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 […]

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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. […]


Poppies at the tower

I was in the area so thought I’d take a quick gander at the ceramic poppies in the moat at the Tower of London. I didn’t actually go to the exhibition on this occasion as there’s a great view from the bridge approach and surrounds. I’m not sure if Joe Public can actually walk amongst the poppies, but imagine it would be a really cool thing to do. Whilst I […]

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Yet another bicycle to covet?

I’m slightly alarmed to find myself subscribing to the n+1 theory of bicycle ownership, where n=the no. of bicycles you currently own, (the theory being that the correct no. of bicycles to own is n+1). Don’t really know where I’m going to store another bike but I have lately been eyeing up this one – a single speed Specialized Langster Street.     I’ve been sharing my thoughts on the […]