Monthly Archives: January 2016


David B and Christiane F

The recent news of David Bowie’s death took me back to the film Christiane F which Bowie wrote the soundtrack for. The film really affected me when I saw it back in the early ’80s, and no less so almost 25 years later when I watched it again recently. Without doubt one of the best films I have ever seen. A most realistic portrayal of the true story of 13 […]


Baaba Maal and band on stage

The traveller

Feeling a lot happier now we’ve got our first short trip of the year in a few weeks booked. Looking forward to feeling some warm rays on my bod. In the meantime speaking of travels, I did so vicariously by going to a fantastic performance by Baaba Maal and friends including Mansour Seck –  in London promoting his new album The Traveller (Do you see what I did there? Do […]


Sherpa

Got the new year off to a sobering start by seeing this excellent, moving and anger inducing film about climbing Mount Everest. For a change, told from the point of view of the Sherpa community. (most) Westerners come off looking pretty shabby to put it mildly – both the mountaineering “clients” and the mountain expedition industry that supports them. Many of the clients expose themselves as shallow, disrespectful, spoiled children […]