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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 […]


Sustainable Garden

Brighton Festival

Had a lovely weekend in / around Brighton during which we checked out a couple of great acts at the festival, went for a lovely walk at Castle Hill Reserve on the South Downs and visited a great artist open house whilst indulging myself with the best flapjack I’ve ever tasted accompanied by a lovely cuppa, courtesy of Connie’s Kitzchen. The orchids and other wildflowers were out at the reserve, […]


Farewell Madiba

The day many of us have been dreading since it was reported over the summer that Nelson Mandela was struggling to overcome a lung infection. Can’t believe he’s gone… He lived a life that is definitely worth celebrating. RIP          


Blue is the warmest colour

2nd film in less than a week, I’m on a roll here. You don’t spot a decent film for ages then 3 come along at once…                         Blue is the warmest colour is French, and very, very, loooong (- 3hr and 7 minutes to be precise). Girl (Adèle) meets girl with blue hair (Emma), falls in love. All ends […]

Sea and sky

Philomena and Joanna’s

Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan is a great, and moving film about a woman searching for her son she was forced to give up as a teenager. Thoroughly recommend it. The Catholic church has a lot to answer for…Nuff said… On a slightly (let’s face it completely) tangential note another thing to thoroughly recommend is Joanna’s Restaurant in London’s Crystal Palace. Great place for a Sunday roast and […]


Muntu, Manu, and Courtney

Went to a fantastic gig at the Barbican last night. A low key celebration of Manu Dibango’s 80th birthday (only low key coz he didn’t want to make a fuss…). Fellow Cameroonian Muntu Valdo was the support for the evening and entertained with his amazing live loop effects, making one man on his own sound like a full band. Next up the main man Manu himself strolled on stage and […]


Technical support that’s actually er… helpful

Just wanted to thank the folk over at Krystal for helping me sort out some of the problems I was having with the photo galleries on this site. All now seems to be working lovely thanks to them pointing out (in a helpful and non patronising way) the obvious and not so obvious things that were causing a problem. And frankly going above and beyond the call of duty to […]


Candidates for Shit London? 1

Not that I particularly wish to promote Amazon the (in)famous online bookstore… there’s a book called Shit London which will make a good crimbo present for someone somewhere (hint, hint…). As I was wandering round and about while visiting a friend today, I came across this sign prompting disabled people to ring a non existent bell to get help getting into the offending public building. Now that’s pretty shit. Get […]


Proper Tea 1

In between giving the website (well the blog bit of it anyway) a long overdue overhaul, and other extreme busy ness, there has fortunately been time for a bit of amusement… Thanks to L and P for sending this one my way… And Deb for bringing this to my attention… Choice!