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…


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 […]

The country comes to town

London’s Brixton gets some occasional bad press mainly because of past riots. However, it’s a great part of town and once a year comes the weekend long Lambeth Country Show. An opportunity to hear great music, lie about in the sunshine, quaff gallons of highly potent Chucklehead cider, watch a sheep shearing show and much more… all for free! Last year the headline act Aswad got totally rained off… a […]

Festival crowd

Wild flowers

Here comes the summer…

Very excited about the summer which hasn’t been shaping up too badly so far… After falling in love with travels in a camper van in foreign climes, finally bit the bullet and got one of these. For our first try out we headed out to Oldbury Hill in kent. The campsite was great, not least because of the friendly couple running it. Better still we only had to walk to […]

Crouch, touch, pause, engage

Back on the subject of sport, a mid week visit to the theatre proved to be well worth the effort. Crouch, touch, pause, engage tells the true life ‘coming out’ story of Gareth Thomas, a Welsh international professional rugby player. In the often very macho world of sport, let alone rugby, this could have gone far more horribly wrong for Mr Thomas. He did a brave thing and it all […]

The World Cup comes round again…

It’s been great to see women’s football being televised over the last couple of weeks. The Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 is with us, and so far, so fantastic. My opening watch was Germany vs Ivory Coast (1st ever World Cup and ranked 67th). There was no shortage of goals with Germany (ranked no.1) getting 10 to Ivory Coast’s nil point. The score line doesn’t tell the full story though. […]

A bloody good read…

After all the very negative, and frankly hostile coverage of “the immigration issue” in the run up to the UK general election, it was very refreshing to finally hear about, and read the stories on the subject that don’t get covered in the mainstream media. If her recent talk is anything to go by, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s latest book Exotic England is well worth a read. As are books on a […]


Maggi Hambling

The statue of Oscar Wilde near Charing Cross station featured early in getting to know my other half. Prior to that I don’t think I’d really heard much about Maggi Hambling. So thought we’d go and check out a bit more of her work at her War Requiem & Aftermath exhibition. Very moving it was too, particularly the room with anonymous portraits set against emotive strains of Benjamin Britten’s War […]