Film, Theatre, Music, Culture, Sport…

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

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The delightful film Hunt for the Wilderpeople had me in stitches much of the way through. And wishing the 3 months to my next visit to one of my favourite travel destinations in the world so far, will pass quickly (- and the time there pass lingeringly of course). Julian Dennison puts in a stellar performance as Ricky, the young wayward lad who shares his adventure in the New Zealand […]

All that Jazz

Had the pleasure of going to a couple of great Jazz gigs recently… First up the fine, mellow, and melodic Alison Rayner Quintet aka ARQ. Alison on double bass, Steve Lodder piano, Buster Birch on drums, Diane McLoughlin on saxophone, Deirdre Cartwright on guitar. These guys are all superb and have got playing together with feeling cracked. A joy to watch. I’ve  also enjoyed following Alison, Deirdre and Diane in […]

Ode to Janis Joplin

This month saw the UK general release of Janis, Little Girl Blue, a film about the late, great Janis Joplin whose untimely  over 45 years ago  at the tender age of 27 was a big loss to the world in my humble opinion. Looking forward to seeing the film which by all accounts is fantastic. In the meantime opted to see the brilliant production, Janis, Full Tilt at the Theatre […]

Two weekends of great…

… theatre… One of the bit pluses of living in the big smoke. Theatres coming out of your ears and great productions abound. Last weekend it was Richmond’s fabulous little Orange Tree Theatre for The Rolling Stone, a Chris Urch play about Uganda’s anti gay laws. This weekend it was August Wilson’s absolutely fantastic Ma Rainey’s Bottom at the National. Totally concur with The Guardian review. I can’t think of many […]

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 […]


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 […]

Kasai Masai's, Nickens Nkoso dancing

Sounds of…

…Free music… One of the things I love about a typical fickle British summer is the amount of superb free music that can be found without too much looking. The Horniman Museum and Gardens is one such fabulous venue and provides lots of other stuff to occupy, including the nearby lovely Sydenham Hill Woods, which form part of London’s Green Chain Walk. I digress. I’ve spoken of the fantastic Congolese […]

The country comes to town

London’s Brixton gets some occasional bad press mainly because of past riots. However, it’s a great part of town and once a year comes the weekend long Lambeth Country Show. An opportunity to hear great music, lie about in the sunshine, quaff gallons of highly potent Chucklehead cider, watch a sheep shearing show and much more… all for free! Last year the headline act Aswad got totally rained off… a […]

Festival crowd

Crouch, touch, pause, engage

Back on the subject of sport, a mid week visit to the theatre proved to be well worth the effort. Crouch, touch, pause, engage tells the true life ‘coming out’ story of Gareth Thomas, a Welsh international professional rugby player. In the often very macho world of sport, let alone rugby, this could have gone far more horribly wrong for Mr Thomas. He did a brave thing and it all […]