We all know the perils of driving your car in a bus lane in London, it can be a costly business. I recently received two penalty charge notices for riding my Motorcycle in a bus lane. I have to admit I didn’t realise this constituted an offence, I thought motorcycles could use Bus lanes , but that’s not the case. I have been driving a car for 25 years in London and I am always on the look out for bus lanes and their varying times of operation. All London boroughs’ seem to have different policies and this leads to confusion. One of my tickets was for riding in the bus lane that is on Norwood road, skirting round the edge of Brockwell Park in Herne Hill SE24, I was not causing any obstruction or slowing the flow of traffic and had no idea I was committing an offence. When you ride a motorcycle in town you are freeing up road space for cars and other large vehicles. It seems grossly unfair that Lambeth council are dishing out penalty notices to bike riders, riders help alleviate the traffic congestion in town, they do not add to it. Bus lanes should […]
This week I shared my 50th birthday with BBC2 which was launched in April 1964. To mark the occasion the Beeb are showing some re-runs of old classics, The Likely Lads being the first ever comedy broadcast on the channel, I grew up watching Bob, Terry and Thelma. pond life at 50 Here is my photo of the day, a view from my window and one I hadn’t noticed before today. Its amazing that we don’t see half of what is around us.
I first saw David Hockney’s work in 1986 in London at his exhibition Moving Focus prints at the Tate. I bought a poster took it home and hung it on my bedroom wall and like all budding photographers took a photo of it. Here is the photo complete with my own reflection Once you discover David Hockney you never grow tired of his work and today affirmed that when I saw ‘views of hotel well’ print in the Dulwich exhibition 28 years after I first encountered it at the Tate.Today I visited the Dulwich Picture gallery to see his latest show Hockney Print Maker. The etching and lithography are superb and give insight into some of the techniques he would later go on to be famous for.The work with printer Ken Tyler being especially good. Dulwich Picture Gallery Hockney Printmaker until 11 May 2014
I cycled over Blackfriars Bridge last week about 6pm just as the sun was going down. The pastel colours were stunning in the dying sun and I got off my bike and took a couple of pics on my Canon G10 . This one struck me , I hadn’t seen this view before and thought it was worth a post. There are three London Landmarks in this photo, one is obvious but can you name all
London Tourdates Magazine Venue Review – Half Moon, Herne Hill Your guide to essential bricks and mortar – the venues that are home to the capital’s greatest live music events by Tourdates Staff Writer, first published in London Tourdates #024 ,13th June 2008 Not many people know about Herne Hill. Like Brixton’s quieter, more well behaved neighbour, it sits at the entrance to the sprawling Brockwell Park. And with its leafy Victorian streets, you’d be forgiven for dismissing the area as just another boringly wealthy South London suburb that’s not on the tube. It does, though, have its livelier side! The Half Moon has existed as a live venue since the early 60s. The Police, U2 and Van Morrison have all reportedly played there and it’s rumoured that once upon a time even Frank Sinatra popped in for a jam after a show. Robert Harrison took over the venue in 2006. He’d worked in bars and venues since the early 90s and after starting out at the Tea Rooms Des Artiste in Clapham opened The Dogstar – often regarded as the first DJ Bar – in Brixton in 1995. Since taking over, Harrison has transformed The Half Moon in terms […]
The Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant Streatham Back in the late 1980’s I shared a bedsit with my friend Dennis in Streatham, it cost £23 a week, unimaginable these days. In true bedsit tradition we had our local Indian curry house, we went there most weeks, eat the same dishes and always seemed to pay £22 for two. Recently when Dennis was back in London I returned to the restaurant for a trip down memory lane, some 20 years after my last visit. The Taj Mahal was established back in 1962, it has basic seating for about 30 people and a small bar at the front of the restaurant. On arriving we were met by the owner Moben, who remembered us from years before, he is very knowledgeable about his food and he made us feel very welcome. We chose starters of, Onion Bhaji, Prawn Puree, Vegetable Samosa and mains of Chicken Jalfrezi, Lamb Naga and for old times’ sake we had Chicken Korma and Lamb Rogan. The Naga Lamb was tender and fell apart in my mouth the flavour was excellent and the chicken in the Jalfrezi was perfectly cooked. The curries were very tasty and not overly spiced. We […]