Category Archives: London

Kim and Sally at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Everyone is very excited because later this month one of Kim and Sally’s ‘yukata’ and ‘obi’ designs outfits, produced when they were the Bentley & Spens textile design partnership, is to be featured in Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk an eye … Continue reading

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I remember monkey bottles, kangaroo tails, and Frank Ifield

  I am fortunate to have worked through a period in journalism when the gifts, the perks – the freebies to apply the correct journalistic parlance – were worth having. My diary is housed within a handsome Papyrus leather book … Continue reading

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Mick Owens – the artful life of a generous man

Michael Owens looms disproportionately large in my life; a presence in four of the rooms of my home to be precise. For a man I shared a house with nearly 40 years ago, and whom for the past ten years … Continue reading

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Vandals at work – the death of the bungalow

There soon won’t be any 1930s bungalows left. While conservation groups, local authorities and investors, watched closely by the likes of English Heritage, take pains to preserve ancient cottages as well as properties from the Victorian and Georgian eras anything … Continue reading

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It’s A Family Affair: Twenty years of Robert Elms shows.

What does it take to get Sir Paul Smith, Gilbert and George, Nick Lowe, Gary Kemp, and very nearly Rod Stewart, into the same Soho jazz club at the same time? The answer, were you not tuned into Radio London … Continue reading

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Ahem – The Age of Fashion

London Collections: Men brought a touch of elegance to an otherwise damp start to the New Year, and in their quiet, English, tweedy, home counties ways, both Hackett and Ted Baker  reset the fashion bar. Jeremy Hackett is a charming … Continue reading

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The Man From Whitton

I met a man from Whitton the other day. “Where,” you say. Well just hang on moment. He didn’t actually say he was from Whitton, at first. Initially, he only confided that he was from somewhere near Twickenham, whereupon noticing … Continue reading

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Kim at The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Those Londoners who haven’t been down to Cornwall to see Kim’s embroidery/paintings will have the opportunity to enjoy them in the flesh, later this week. From Thursday to Sunday (November 1-4) a selection of her works will be on sale … Continue reading

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Summer at the Serpentine – Thursday nights with my mate Bob

I learnt a lot of things about London and Londoners on Thursday. For example I learn that Michael Caine made his screen debut in the 1961 film The Day The Earth Caught Fire, playing a London bobby ushering members of … Continue reading

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A Sporting Chance

A few days ago I had a letter of mine read out on BBC Radio 4, although not for the first time. If it is at all possible I seem to be getting even more unhappy with the way the … Continue reading

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