The Brown Boot of Anne 3

Had a fabulous weekend down in Hampshire taking in a walk to Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve amongst other things. An ancient Yew woodland and tree hugger’s paradise. We even ran into a marauding Saxon who’d lost the rest of his tribe (we were able to point him in the right direction – at least […]


Emotional Roller Coaster

It’s been a fairly hectic cultural schedule over the last week or so including way more cinema outings than I’d normally have. First off the very entertaining the grand budapest hotel – a fine bit of silliness to end a hard working week.   Next up, an afternoon socializing at the BFI Flare Film Festival […]


Sizwe Banzi is Dead…

… No need to worry – we’re just talking about a most excellent play that I went to see last week. I was really disappointed to have missed this play at the Young Vic first time round, so extremely pleased to get another chance and bag tickets for the current run. Set in Apartheid South […]


Velodrome

Especially for you Deb… 2

…Well since you commented that I hadn’t blogged for a while…(it’s ok for you to say you miss me you know ). Beaut day here, spring finally looks like it’s springin’. I know how much you like to hear about our walks and associated eating. Today we walked round the Olympic Park.  T’was lovely. Then […]


Happy International Women’s Day…

…To all of you women out there. The spirit was very willing, but sadly the flesh very weak. Despite all my good intentions, I didn’t make it to the Million Women Rise march. Fortunately many other women did represent and march for a good cause – an end to violence against women and girls. Instead, […]


Dogs and clouds…

During recent meanderings around the web checking out various photo galleries I came across the bizarre and the stunning… Here’s just a little sample… Click on the pictures to see more.


An evening of poetry

Not something I would normally go to, poetry. However, as this English Pen Inspirations event involved the fabulous Patience Agbabi and the most excellent dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, it was definitely worth a punt. I was not disappointed. I could listen to both of them recite poetry all day. Their voices and rhythms are […]


How To Be Immortal 2

This excellent play (mainly) tells the story of Henrietta Lacks and explores ethical issues around the use and ownership of human body tissue. The play by Penny Dreadful is based on the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman developed a tumour in the 1950′s. Her […]


12 Years A Slave 4

Went to see this brilliant though hard to watch film at the weekend. Director Steve McQueen does a fantastic job of telling the story of Solomon Northup a free black man who was tricked, kidnapped and taken into slavery. Like many others I left the cinema feeling shell shocked. The pace of the film is […]


Stoke Newington Common in winter

Hackney Museum

Payed a visit to Hackney Museum cos I’d heard a rumour about a fantastic bit of knitting… Not that I’m particularly into knitting, but this was knitting with a difference and I do like models… The project, “knitting the common” involved several dedicated people putting together a scale model of their local common, and represent […]