CHRISTMAS IN CLERKENWELL

You may not have known it but the Christmas Cracker was invented in Clerkenwell. A certain Thomas Smith, confectioner, based in Goswell Road developed it in the 1840s from a Parisian [...]

EEL HEART LOVE

Yesterday to Broadway market to drink cocktails for Joe’s birthday. He has reached the ancient age of 30 and therefore will not be able to drink there much longer as it now seems to be [...]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUESDAY

It was 66 years ago today. I watched ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ the other night. How wonderful.And each time I see the Cinncinati Kid, I just..Anyway, I hope she’s having a [...]

CRAZY IN (AND OUT OF) LOVE

http://www.youtube.com/get_player‘Be careful what you wish for because it might just come true’ – as someone or other said and indeed things have been so crazy of late, I barely [...]

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

My friend Pete Sollet sent me this photograph. Big deal right? But this isn’t the central east side of London, it’s the lower east side of Manhattan. I do look forward to eating there [...]

WILD GOOSE CHASE

I started this blog four years ago with an account of a visit I made to see the buried river Fleet far beneath the pavements of Clerkenwell. A lot has happened in the time since but I’ve [...]

ANYTHING BUT LOVE

I used to share an apartment with my friend the writer Glen Duncan in Notting Hill before we moved to Clerkenwell. At that time he had written three novels almost entirely concerned with the ins [...]

EASTER PARADE

You wore your Sunday bestI wore my summer dressAt the Easter bank holiday parade You said: ‘It seems like a stillFrom some Nineteen Sixties foreign film”I said: ” I hope I [...]

DID IT FEEL GOOD?

Last night to the premiere of the new Richard Curtis feel-good, comedy ‘The Boat that Rocked” in Leicester Square. Now I’ve never been to a red carpet affair before so I found [...]

LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE CITY

One of the nicest, although slightly embarrassing, things about tourists (and about being a tourist) is the eagerness and ready wonder found in the experience of a new city. You see this in [...]

WALTZ FOR ONE

Eva Vives a Spanish film writer and director made this film in Manhattan with our friend Aurelia Thierree last year (or perhaps the one before). It has rarely been seen but was shown prior to The [...]

FEBRUARY IS HERE

The snow came today and London is transformed. Builders and bankers having a snowball fight on Waterloo Bridge. A sort of hush. No buses and a curious camaraderie. Heaven for let-off-for-the-day [...]

DEAD ENDS

Suddenly, there is a creaking, a heavy clunk and a sound as if old gears are grinding. The door in the wall behind me is slowly opening and a thin column of light is cast on the wet cobblestones. [...]