Monthly Archives: March 2014

Day Nine and Ten: A tale of two Shards

Imagine just for a moment that Charles Dickens wrote Fifty Shades of Grey. Combining Victorian grimness with modern tales of sexual debauchery – it wouldn’t be such a bad thing, would it? He’d certainly give Shades a moral twist. Yes, you can be whipped into a frenzy of erotic bliss – but do consider the poor man’s arm administering the pain, […]

This London cafe will make you cry with joy…

I guarantee this cafe will bring back a few memories. OK, the coffee’s crap (instant), the tea ain’t much better, but I’ll give a million pounds you can’t get this experience anywhere else. It lies somewhere in deepest, darkest SE11. I say ‘somewhere’ because that just about accurately pinpoints its location, a crossroads with a […]

Fifty Shards: Day Eight

Day Eight: March 18, 2014. 8.15am. As the traffic mounts (!), a pigeon flies the roost never to be seen again. Temperature: A mild morning. But grey. Appropriately grey. Though it has been real pleasant so one mustn’t complain. Greyscale: A clarity of grey. Couldn’t be anymore honest, could it? In E L James’s words: “Read me book!” Ms […]

The load of garbage that is the Affordable Art Fair

At the Affordable Art Fair down in Battersea Park, it struck me how mundane the idea of ‘affordable’ is. Even more so, how money equates to ‘good’ art. We constantly hear in the news of another record-breaking work, the squillions at auction for a Klimt, the fact that the gut-wrenching depression of Francis Bacon’s mind […]

Fifty Shards: Day Seven

Day Seven: March 12, 2014. 7.45. A golden light, the shard reflects like a knife poised for murder. Temperature: The promise of warm weather brings out whimsy in the form of open shirts and cottons. Just might be a bit early in the day… there’s bite in that air! Greyscale: Grey? Who said anything about grey? Try a […]

Calm inside a storm

Take away the car and a space very quickly becomes real. Suddenly you have people. You have calm. And everything becomes a little more civilised. You have to wonder how the four-wheeled beast became so popular. They are destructive on so many levels, from the aural to the visual. Like many cities of a similar size, Sydney […]

Scenes from Sydney, the town that grew

An old water reservoir has been turned into a sunken park. In some ways, this is representative of Sydney, which reinvents itself every ten years or so. It’s a city of aspiration and also a lot of regret. It’s scarred by bad planning though these mistakes also maketh the city. Paddington Reservoir is like something […]