Monthly Archives: January 2014


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 cells have been cultured in laboratories ever since, greatly contributing to scientific knowledge of cancer […]


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 slow enough to give time for the viewer to take in the reality of the […]


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 the common over 4 seasons. The detail is unbelievable – even down to knitted figures […]

Stoke Newington Common in winter