Film, Theatre, Music, Culture, Sport…

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

Here comes the summer…

You can tell it’s summer in London – festival season and lots of good stuff happening on the South Bank along the river. It’s just been Refugee Week and another great festival, “Celebrating Sanctuary” laid on courtesy of Coin Street Community Builders. A fantastic day of great music, poetry, dance, yummy food celebrated in the great company of London’s wonderfully diverse community. There was loads of great stuff but my […]

Time Flies

Can’t quite believe I’ve been back a month already. Really don’t know where the time has gone. Memory of trip thankfully has not yet faded. Largely down to repeatedly perusing photos while organising into print and virtual albums. On that note I’ve now got round to uploading photos from Tokyo (where I stopped over en route to New Zealand) and Hong Kong (where I stopped over en route home). Today […]

Women’s footy world cup – semi final…

As an ex footy player meself (ahem) I was glued to the matches I could get on my not quite satellite or cable but slightly better than terrestrial TV. What a great tournament the Women’s Football World Cup has turned out to be. A shame it hasn’t had more main stream coverage. Brazil vs USA semi final was a classic game marred only by the nonsense that was Hope Solo’s […]

Brighton Pride 4

After weeks of rain, finally the sun came out in force for Brighton Pride. Missed the parade but wandered over to the women’s tent and caught some great acts including  The Mad’Moiselles, Greymatter and Al Start (I totally fell in love with the bass line of Take it Back). Somehow I managed to wander around all day with me camera and not take any photos. However take my word for […]

Africa Day

Another bank holiday pissing down with rain. Undeterred (sorta) went down for the last bit of Africa Day in Trafalgar Sq. Hardier folk than we had braved most of the day and though the turnout could’ve been better the vibe was great. Disappointed to have got there too late to catch Miriam Makeba we nevertheless had a great hour or so skanking it up with the fabulous Misty in Roots […]

This Is England

Decided to take my own advice from previous post, get out more. So tonight decided not to do my usual leave work and spend evening idly surfing the net thing and took meself off to the cinema to see This Is England.   I was semi prepared for it to be a pretty depressing film but was pleasantly surprised. That’s not to say parts of the film weren’t depressing (what […]

Blimey what’s going on …

… I don’t normally do this much culture in one go! But over the weekend saw an excellent but somewhat depressing play by Bea Campbell and Judith Jones called Blame. Exceedingly well acted, strong, gripping storyline but utterly, utterly depressing. Fortunately (or so I thought) had some good cheer on the horizon with comedy in the form of Lee Hurst’s one man show at his Backyard Comedy Club. The first […]

Food and sport

Last few days was kind of tied up with work but managed to get out for some fantastic food in the Adams Morgan area of town which near where we’re staying. Really cool area and over the course of the week I’ve visited most evenings for dinner, sampling delicious Ethiopian, New Orleans and Ghanaian fayre. Earlier in the week also managed to hook up with a cousin I hadn’t seen […]

Blood Diamond

Another work trip to the US of A. This time a flying visit to Washington DC. On the flight over watched the movie Blood Diamond which got me interested in finding out more about the war in Sierra Leone, and the whole issue of Blood diamonds generally. The film was had a sorta happy ending but I guess this probably wasn’t the case for a helluva lot of those affected […]