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Happy International Women’s Day…

…To all of you women out there. The spirit was very willing, but sadly the flesh very weak. Despite all my good intentions, I didn’t make it to the Million Women Rise march. Fortunately many other women did represent and march for a good cause – an end to violence against women and girls. Instead, I got to spend a lovely day relaxing with my favourite international woman. Speaking of […]


Dogs and clouds…

During recent meanderings around the web checking out various photo galleries I came across the bizarre and the stunning… Here’s just a little sample… Click on the pictures to see more.


An evening of poetry

Not something I would normally go to, poetry. However, as this English Pen Inspirations event involved the fabulous Patience Agbabi and the most excellent dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, it was definitely worth a punt. I was not disappointed. I could listen to both of them recite poetry all day. Their voices and rhythms are so lyrical and intoxicating. The event was in support of English PEN, a world wide […]


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 […]


Stoke Newington Common in winter

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 […]


Beautiful sunny morning 2

Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning which inspired me to take a walk and some more photos, then come back home and start a new collection of photos on the seasons. Looking forward to having guests for Sunday lunch tomorrow and us all catching up with Deb on Skype. She’s got a dongle now you know which is a rare and wonderful thing in the rural land of the […]