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 […]
Much has been written lately of the demise of the High Street as a shopping experience and various solutions have been put forward as to how we could save it. Here’s my question, addressed to Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg Does the government actually want to save the High Street? And if so- what plan if any, does the Government have for securing the future of the High Street? The High Street needs a level playing field if it is to compete with online retailers who enjoy vastly reduced operating costs and as we have seen recently with Amazon very dubious tax liabilities. If the High street based retailers are to compete on price then we need to look at ways in which their overheads could be reduced. I know from running businesses myself that one of the greatest costs to the retailer is business rates. May I suggest cutting the burden of Business rates which in some cases are almost as high as the rent? Maybe then we would see a return to the High Street with people actually going out to shops to make their purchases. Here’s an alternative theory for why the […]
The thought of a trip to the dentist when you know there’s going to be bad news is not something I relish but the pain has been so excruciating that I just want to get in the chair and scream ‘’Get this thing out of my mouth’’. I sit down in the chair and press my thumbs against my forefingers and squeeze hard. I’m hoping he can’t read my mind. I know I know, floss in the mornings- floss in the evenings. How many do you smoke sir? Ooh I gave up last week, just after this tooth started giving me gip. (This is me talking to myself of course.) Thankfully my dental technician is not one of those finger-wagging flossers. I think we sorted that one out on my last visit. After all who is paying your wages my good dentured friend? My last memorable extraction was over fifteen years ago and I don’t think I have suffered from having one less tooth in my head but as you get older the thought of losing teeth gets a bit scary. I’m thinking, how will I eat Steak with two teeth missing on the left side of my jaw? […]