Film, Theatre, Music, Culture, Sport…

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

Get me, culture vulture…

Been to see a couple of really good plays recently. Saving the best til last, I’ll start with Ghost From Another Place. Tells the story of a who’s been away for a while and returns to his old East End haunts to find things in the gang world have changed a bit… First half of the play is better than the second half but the sum of two halves is […]

Briefs – the second coming

Never imagined that this would be my thing, but decided to expand my horizons and was very pleasantly surprised by this acrobatic Aussie outfit. A very talented bunch of guys. Did things with their bodies that just shouldn’t be possible, and very amusing to boot…   Briefs: The Second Coming Promo with Vox Pops from Briefs on Vimeo.   Catch em if you can…


One of the best feel good films I’ve seen this year and a top contender for one of my all time favourites. A story of solidarity where you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find it. Pride is a fantastic film so go see it. Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton are fabulous and in fact so are the whole cast. Here’s a little taster and more stuff on the film’s  website.   […]

Poppies at the tower

I was in the area so thought I’d take a quick gander at the ceramic poppies in the moat at the Tower of London. I didn’t actually go to the exhibition on this occasion as there’s a great view from the bridge approach and surrounds. I’m not sure if Joe Public can actually walk amongst the poppies, but imagine it would be a really cool thing to do. Whilst I […]

Woan playing lute

World City Music Village

Had a bloody fabulous day enjoying music from around the world. Cultural Cooperation put on a great event – World City Music Village at Wilton’s  Music Hall. All the performers on the day were highly talented to say the least. Stand out performers for me were Kasai Masai – great to see them again, it’s been a few years – they really got the place jumping. And, new to me, […]

Blow the Fuse 25th Anniversary 1

I’ve long admired and followed the fantastic bunch of women that are the driving force behind Blow the Fuse Jazz. Ever since I was more of a nipper than I am now. So there was no way I was going to miss their 25th Anniversary gig. What a great night. These talented women never disappoint and it’s a pleasure to watch them play together in their various formations and with […]

Easter musings

Interesting couple of weeks since last post. Great to have a week off over Easter to catch up with family and friends and generally be a slovenly slothy slug. Got round to bit of culture n stuff in the lead up to the resurrection. First up an interesting mix of Jazz and sitar with Deirdre Cartwright / Baluji Shrivastav ensemble. Bloody fantastic performance from all and a really good night. Also went […]

Emotional Roller Coaster

It’s been a fairly hectic cultural schedule over the last week or so including way more cinema outings than I’d normally have. First off the very entertaining the grand budapest hotel – a fine bit of silliness to end a hard working week.   Next up, an afternoon socializing at the BFI Flare Film Festival after watching a great film, Tru Love. A fantastic film shot in just 20 days […]

Sizwe Banzi is Dead…

… No need to worry – we’re just talking about a most excellent play that I went to see last week. I was really disappointed to have missed this play at the Young Vic first time round, so extremely pleased to get another chance and bag tickets for the current run. Set in Apartheid South Africa in 1972, Sizwe Banzi is Dead deals with the unfunny issue of the much […]