Film, Theatre, Music, Culture, Sport…

Films I’ve seen, entertainment I’ve had …


The World Cup comes round again…

It’s been great to see women’s football being televised over the last couple of weeks. The Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 is with us, and so far, so fantastic. My opening watch was Germany vs Ivory Coast (1st ever World Cup and ranked 67th). There was no shortage of goals with Germany (ranked no.1) getting 10 to Ivory Coast’s nil point. The score line doesn’t tell the full story though. […]


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 […]


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, […]

Sustainable Garden

Ruby Waz

Ruby Ruby Ruby is Her Name

Spent a very sane and sensible evening watching the very funny and entertaining Ruby Wax performing her one woman show Sane New World. Based on her book of the same name, the show suggests some explanations and practical solutions for surviving and thriving in this bonkers world of “must do more, more, more…”. As well as an open discussion of her own mental health challenges and the journey she’s taken […]


Entertainment…

During these past few weeks encompassing Christmas break and enforced house arrest due to incapacity (don’t ask), I’ve rediscovered the pleasures of lolling about on my sofa watching stuff on a screen or listening to the radio for extended periods. Thanks to box sets of The Sopranos, Orange is the New Black, and more recently Breaking Bad, (all of which I somehow managed not to get into at the time […]


The House That Will Not Stand

The House That Will Not Stand is a fantastic piece of theatre that puts you through an emotional wringer. Humorous, sad, anger and thought provoking, the story is set in early 19th Century New Orleans, during a period of French rule. A wealthy white man dies, leaving a black matriarchal “concubine” and his 3 daughters by her, as well as a white “wife”. All hell breaks loose…The playwright, Marcus Gardley […]


Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Tears Down The Hall

A certain someone claims they had to “insist” that we went to this gig… Leaving such claims aside, I have to say this was one of the best gigs I’ve been to this year (OK so I’ve probably already said that within the last year but you gotta admit, Africans definitely know how to party!!). The setting was the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. Not the first place […]


Hugh Masekela at the 2014 Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, Europe

What an honour it was to be in the presence of the great Hugh Masekela, and what a way to commemorate Steve Biko.                           As well as being a top notch¬† trumpeter, flugelhornist, bandleader, composer and singer who’s musical career it’s been a massive pleasure to follow over the years, Hugh Masekela is a great raconteur and political […]

Hugh Masekela

Ebo Taylor on stage

Bring on the music!

Great to have had the pleasure of going to 2 fantastic gigs in the last couple of weeks. First up a cool and dapper Ebo Taylor, 1970’s Highlife and Afrobeat legend, still struttin’. Excellent vibe at the gig itself… As a youngster living in Ghana in the late 70’s I didn’t really appreciate the sound, despite the fact that we had almost unlimited access to records via a relative, who’s […]