David B and Christiane F

The recent news of David Bowie’s death took me back to the film Christiane F which Bowie wrote the soundtrack for. The film really affected me when I saw it back in the early ’80s, and no less so almost 25 years later when I watched it again recently. Without doubt one of the best films I have ever seen. A most realistic portrayal of the true story of 13 […]


Baaba Maal and band on stage

The traveller

Feeling a lot happier now we’ve got our first short trip of the year in a few weeks booked. Looking forward to feeling some warm rays on my bod. In the meantime speaking of travels, I did so vicariously by going to a fantastic performance by Baaba Maal and friends including Mansour Seck –  in London promoting his new album The Traveller (Do you see what I did there? Do […]


Sherpa

Got the new year off to a sobering start by seeing this excellent, moving and anger inducing film about climbing Mount Everest. For a change, told from the point of view of the Sherpa community. (most) Westerners come off looking pretty shabby to put it mildly – both the mountaineering “clients” and the mountain expedition industry that supports them. Many of the clients expose themselves as shallow, disrespectful, spoiled children […]


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Cycle Revolution

Very pleased to report that my favourite cycle shop exceeded its crowd funding target so now stands a great chance of staying open and remaining in the area. That’s good news for cycling, but not such good news for Jim’s big ginger beard… In a completely unrelated coincidence London’s Design Museum is currently showing Cycle Revolution,  an exhibition on cycles and cycling. I was completely absorbed and easily whiled away […]


Save Brixton Cycles

I’m a massive fan of the folks down at Brixton Cycles. Great bikes, great helpful, friendly and non-patronising service, way more than just a local bike shop (they’re not even local to me but I’m more than happy to travel to go wild in their shop). So, it would be a great shame if they had to go. Spread the word that they’re under threat and if at all possible, […]


White Emu

Oh what a luvverly summer… 1

OK, so this is gonna be a long post. Been somewhat remiss about blogging as has been pointed out to me… but only because I’ve been oot and aboot enjoying the summer while it lasts. Early September saw us in Woolacombe Devon, for a great week in the camper van, and visiting friends en route in Bristol and other bits of Devon. Our first campsite in Devon was something of […]


Sounds of…

…Free music… One of the things I love about a typical fickle British summer is the amount of superb free music that can be found without too much looking. The Horniman Museum and Gardens is one such fabulous venue and provides lots of other stuff to occupy, including the nearby lovely Sydenham Hill Woods, which form part of London’s Green Chain Walk. I digress. I’ve spoken of the fantastic Congolese […]

Kasai Masai's, Nickens Nkoso dancing

At last…

… Somebody talking a bit of sense in the mainstream press to counter the alarmist misinformation on the whole Calais / migrant issue. Now the UK elections are over, highly flawed, madcap schemes like this one  seem to be the order of the day as the Tory government tries to make like it’s doing something about the so called “immigration problem”. Normally I like to keep it light but I’ve […]


Cecil the lion

… The BBC reported that the Zimbabwean government is seeking to extradite Walter Palmer, the (dentist) killer of Cecil the lion. Apparently the government has some help… Meanwhile in London, “Je Suis Cecile” notices began appearing on the lion statues in Trafalgar Square…

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Grain field

There goes the summer…

Ok so in typical UK summertime fashion, it’s come and gone in the blink of an eye… Still, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits for our second trip in the camper van. With a couple of weeks gone since we first tried her out, we were better equipped for a longer weekend. We arrived at Crowborough campsite in the pouring rain but hey, a sunny day was forecast for the […]