Good And Bad Sculpture

London has so many statues no-one notices half of them, but putting up a public figure always courts controversy now, which is why we ended up with the Princess Diana Drain. I like this because it makes a great noise, but would it have killed the artist to add a few plants around it? The […]

A London Peculiarity

I was always taught to say ‘the anniversary of my birthday’ rather than ‘my birthday’, so last night I celebrated this anniversary in the Club at The Ivy, where, one is reminded that the ‘Chatham House Rule’ is in force. Checking the phrase’s origin, I found the full definition of this very London rule; “When […]

London: What We Missed Earlier

The designer of this lovely site, the very excellent Simon Moore, sends me a trove of London photographs taken in 1955. This is the largest collection of theatre and cinema hoardings I’ve seen from the period. Once you get used to the empty streets, ladies in hats and super-clean cars, you start to notice how […]

London; Good, Bad & Seriously Ugly

So I’m walking from Regent’s Park to Camden and thinking, ‘Nice spring day, who needs to go to Japan to see blossom?’ And I come over the bridge, reminding myself that on a weekday, when Camden’s not full of mooching Norwegian Goths being sold fake magic mushrooms, the area’s not so bad… And I see […]

Stewart Lee’s Back…

…in a new comedy vehicle called Comedy Vehicle. Just to remind you of his laconic, dry attitude to stand-up, here’s a brief moment from an earlier set.

Fun With Sheep

Yes, I know it’s been on the web a lot this week but the ending is adorable, and it gives the Welsh something to do other than hanging around fishing villages posing for jigsaw lids or rejecting Zaha Hadid’s brilliant designs for the Cardiff Opera House.

London’s A Beach

As the warm weather continues, London residents thoughtfully place mattresses on street corners for sunbathers. Meanwhile, the photo below depicts a sand-sculptor making some kind of vegetarian statement involving a chained pig and a barbecue. The interesting thing about this is that it’s not at the coast but on the beach of the Thames yesterday, […]

Egg-Shaped Happiness!

Writing ‘Paperboy’ was a bit of a memory feat for me, requiring me to trawl through everything that influenced my childhood. Some stuff I’d liked to have included didn’t make the cut – if ‘Paperboy’ had been an eBook maybe I could have embedded illustrative videos into the chapters – in which case I’d certainly […]

Because It’s Warm Enough Now

Thanks to global warming, summer seems to have started early in London. At Shoreditch House yesterday, some addled media-types were actually swimming in the rooftop pool (although one women sported an amusing swimsuit/ knitted beanie combo), and I donned the first mutton-dressed-as-mutton T-shirt of the year. Looking for jolly new T’s online I found these.

Tough Mothers

London’s a tough city. Braving the mean streets to look for a Mother’s Day gift for the old bat, I came across this. Or why not take her to the Barbican, where, for reasons that escape me, a ‘Nippy’ waitress from the 1940s was serving tea on stilts (she was on stilts, not the tea).