London Fields to Hackney Wick… 1

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 […]

Olympic Stadium London

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 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 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 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 […]