Smoke, Mirrors, Music, Movies

I finally got to series five of Breaking Bad (yeah, I know, two years after you did) and realised there are officially only two degrees of separation between me and Walter White. Todd, the new [...]

THE LONDON SANDMAN

Re. Dave McKean at Salon for the City June 26th-------Were you a fan of Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' series as I was as a youngster? Somehow it made the undeniable fairytale appeal [...]

LONDON GOLD – 32 STORIES

A couple of weeks back, with Suzette of A Curious Invitation, we held our 32 Londoners on The London Eye event.  Without any false modesty, I can shamelessly say it was absolutely [...]

IT’S A FINE LIFE

It is fifteen years ago today since the great London songwriter Lionel Bart died.  I love his songs.  I love the melodies, the slightly eastern european harmonies and the funny, [...]

AN EYEFUL OF LONDON

As well as looking for teleportation chambers when we were in Paris last month, we walked the city up and down. That is the best way to uncover its myths* I believe. We also benefitted from [...]

I LOVE MY UMBRELLA

"It feels as if this rain will never stop" you say, gazing out at a very damp London and feeling rather like one of the kids at the beginning of The Cat in a Hat.  But I don't mind. [...]

BREAD-CRUMBS IN BARNET

There has been a lot in the papers recently about how much food we waste. Vast quantities are dumped daily by supermarkets, food chains and restaurants and apparently the average family [...]

LONDON DAY OF THE DEAD

October 12th at 33 Fitzroy Square.How to die In LondonAntique Beat have programmed an incredible day of Death and the City related things for the Hendricks Carnival of [...]

LONDON BEYOND US

"The Future's not what it used to be Mr Angel" says the mysterious Robert De Niro character in one of my favourite films and in London that has certainly always been (and will always be) the [...]

FINDHORN

---------------------------------------Giant mute headsSand-sinking into sunGaze out still for onesWho will never now come*---------------------------------------*On the beach between Findhorn [...]

LIFE AFTER LONDON

Death has rather been in the air of late.  Despite the sunshine that has finally blazed London in light and with Andy Murray radiating health, victory, success and all that, I seem to have [...]

LOST IN THE TEMPLE OF LOVE

Sergey Chernov knocked on the battered door under the archway. We waited. A couple more knocks. Nothing.  Then, as we were discussing what to do, the door opened a crack and a wisp of [...]

THE LONDON FINGER

Nearly everyone knows about the London Eye. Looking over the rooftops from here I can see it winking between two chimneys. And of course the London Nose (or the Soho noses) have become a [...]

LONDON BRIDGING

Are you South of the river or North of the river? After the success of sold-out Salon No 1, we are back at Westminster Arts library with Salon No.2 featuring Travis Elborough and Chris Roberts...

LONDON TREACLE

Like many, I was languishing over Christmas with a bad bout of man-flu. Fortunately I was stationed in a lovely old house by the sea on the North coast of Scotland with only the odd seal [...]

(LONDON) LIFE BECOMING ART

Leigh Bowery by Fergus GreerLast night to Brixton to see the TABOO musical - a revival of the original award-winning production from about ten years back. I remember the posters and was intrigued [...]