Friday, September 23, 2011

Deckchairs 2 new plays at Leytonstone library

EARLY BLIGHT – a heart breaking exploration of a doomed mother/daughter relationship
Helen – Hazel Bell
June - Diane Lefley
DAY TRIPPERS – confident Beryl and prudish Doris on an annual works outing get a few surprises
Beryl - Diane Lefley
Doris – Hazel Bell

September 23rd

September 24th

Leytonstone Library
6 Church Lane,
Leytonstone E11 1HG

Presented by


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Famous thoughts?

Below are some real situations I have found myself in over the course of my life. They involve famous people and, um, my 'magination.

Famous person 1. SHIRLEY MACLAINE.
Situation: She was accepting an honourary Doctorate from Acadia University, NS in 1985. I was 17, working for Saga foods, as a runner.
Expression: hard to describe exactly but she looked at me...
Imagination: "Hmmm. He's not bad, though a little young. WHAT? LISTEN I MIGHT BE 51, BUT I'M A MOVIE STAR!"

Famous Person 2. BEN WHISHAW
Situation: I was sitting on the steps of St Martin's in the Fields in London recently with my brother and his two sons. They were at the end of their summer holiday, it was a sunny day we were tired from walking from St Pauls, we looked a lazy college volleyball team watching the buskers at Trafalgar square. Ben Wishaw came through a pack of people quickly. He was wearing a jaunty scarf and sailed along into the pack of people up St Martin's Lane. He definitely had a good look.
Imagination: "Yanks. Tourists!"

Situation: walking back from work cutting down the back way near Pollards Row in the east end and wondering it I should walk to the next tube or go into the cafe and check to see if I had any messages from my wife. There in front were Neil Tennant and his boyfriend taking snaps of local buildings. Neil Tennant looked at me, then looked away.
Imagination: "Too old. I don't do old!"

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cash Cow or White Elephant? Olympics' Mega Mall finally opens

Read Article HERE

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sandpiper by Elizabeth Bishop

New Poems from Graham Buchan

Graham Buchan graduated as a Chemical Engineer but chose instead a freelance career in the film industry as a writer, editor, producer and director. He has published two books and a pamphlet with The Tall Lighthouse, and short stories, travel writing and many film and art reviews.

Shakespeare rewrites Hamlet

Hey! Hamlet!
Shit happens.


I know that under
that calm, cool and controlled, placid exterior
you hide a calm, cool and controlled placid interior.
Yes, you really are boring.


He was never quite as optimistic
as his website

Poetry Unplugged 15th Anniversary

On Tuesday 6th of September the Poetry Cafe at Betterton Street in London hosted the 15th anniversary birthday party of Poetry Unplugged complete with birthday cake and previous hosts, John Citizen, Carl Dhiman and current host Niall O'Sullivan introducing 37 acts and which featured many old regulars or at least attendees including, Paul Birtill, Tim Wells, Emma Hammond, Donall Dempsey and so on. What made the night curious was how the hosting styles differed. John Citizen was more laconic and quizzical bantering with the audience as if to say, "Did I say that?" Or "the birthday cake has been mullered!" Carl Dhiman more like a stern, but compelling showman and O'Sullivan like a cheeky Phys Ed teacher knowing he has the best job and can ditch the classroom at any time. It was a lively atmosphere, good vibes, though the old stock phrases such as "please turn off your mobiles" and "don't hang around the entrance and talk during intermission" were still being ignored as every one hung out in front and sucked on a fag during the intermissions. It was good to see Graham Buchan read; the audience especially liked his slow, grating delivery so include some new poems from him in the next post.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Tallin: Soviet influence in exotic Baltic jewel?

Read Article HERE

How Yah Doon? - Blogged