Yearly Archives: 2014


Crocodile tears and creativity… 1

… First the crocodile tears. We’ve all by now probably heard news of the terrible abduction of the school girls from Chibok village in Nigeria. If not check out the numerous stories on the net including on the Al Jazeera and / or The Guardian websites. Well I was hanging out with some friends over the weekend, (a Nigerian or two amongst them), and was pointed in the direction of […]


Aaaaah sweet 1

Well today was a lovely late spring day as it turned out. So headed off to my childhood stomping grounds around Totteridge for a few hours outdoors.Taking in the countryside in the big smoke of London. Misplacing (read losing) ourselves in the wonder of nature… The geese and ducks had been busy so as well as coming across beautiful clumps of buttercups, Flag Irises and Ox Eye Daisies by the […]


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s bike… 5

… oh but i do… Cycling in to work today I spied a guy on a very interesting bicycle. I pedaled hard to catch up with him at the next light… Says me: That’s a really interesting design did you build it yourself? Says he: No but I met the bloke who did Turns out it was designed and built by the  Moulton Bicycle Company. Their bikes are objects of […]


Intergenerations…

Over the summer I spent a bit of time volunteering for Age UK a charity working with and for older people. Blown away by this fantastic project between an Age UK branch and a local school…  


Blow the Fuse 25th Anniversary 1

I’ve long admired and followed the fantastic bunch of women that are the driving force behind Blow the Fuse Jazz. Ever since I was more of a nipper than I am now. So there was no way I was going to miss their 25th Anniversary gig. What a great night. These talented women never disappoint and it’s a pleasure to watch them play together in their various formations and with […]


A wonderful week in Spain… 2

Back to Casa Granadina for a week of spring sunshine, warmth, relaxation, walking and all things good. Stopped off in Torremelinos en route from the airport for lovely meal,  cold beer (non alcoholic). Picked up a couple of nice tees in a local mall. Arrived at Casa Granadina, the river was more than a trickle and refreshingly cooling on the feet. Got down and dirty on the river bank trying […]


Easter musings

Interesting couple of weeks since last post. Great to have a week off over Easter to catch up with family and friends and generally be a slovenly slothy slug. Got round to bit of culture n stuff in the lead up to the resurrection. First up an interesting mix of Jazz and sitar with Deirdre Cartwright / Baluji Shrivastav ensemble. Bloody fantastic performance from all and a really good night. Also went […]


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 we later passed him having been reunited with his friends). As well as containing possibly […]


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 after watching a great film, Tru Love. A fantastic film shot in just 20 days […]


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 Africa in 1972, Sizwe Banzi is Dead deals with the unfunny issue of the much […]