DECEMBER’S HERE AGAIN

The Song of DecemberI know the world has changedAnd mainly for the BetterBut I feel strangeWishing that weren’t trueFor I cannot recallWhen I last wrote a letter – I’m [...]

LOVE 2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8e-Z9LIrlM?fs=1] Here is Edison and those wonderful women re-made over the lead track from the new seasonal mini album ‘Seasons Songs’ by The [...]

F***ING LONDON!

The tower seen between the railings in the top picture is the priapic lump of open-plan office space called ‘The Shard” which is jack-booting its way across an historic part of [...]

UNQUIET SLUMBERS

I started this blog over five years ago with an account of a visit I paid to the lost River Fleet.  London’s subterranean waterways have remained an obsession.  I don’t know [...]

FACE LIFT

The Temple church is one of the oldest – and oddest – in London.  It used to also be one of the quietest until Dan Brown featured it in The Da Vinci Code.  It is [...]

WEARS…

I have my own little range of gentleman’s accessories.  These funny creatures were designed and are made for me by the funny creature called Ms ZaZa Delahey.  I wear them as [...]

ART OF DARKNESS

My friend Catherine Anyango who you may know as the designer of The Real Tuesday Weld artwork and maker of wonderful films such as this has just had her first book published.  It is a [...]

AN ENGLISH ASSASSIN

Only one British prime minister has been assassinated (although, perhaps understandably, there have been several attempts on the lives of others).  In 1812 John Bellingham shot Spencer [...]

IS..

A genus loci living in London for many centuries now.   Generally resident in a very old house near St James Church in Clerkenwell which is sometimes difficult to locate. Currently [...]

LIFE IS A ..

Cabaret and Cabaret is one of my favourite films so I am pleased to be DJ ing before the outdoor showing at the very wonderful Somerset House on the north bank of the Thames this Thursday evening [...]

ADVENTURES IN CORPOREALITY

One of the themes that link Clerkenwell EC1 and Borough SE1 is suffering. Both areas were historically home to London’s terrifying prisons – Newgate, Bridewell, The Fleet, The House [...]

LOST FOR WORDS

I occasionally get asked about illegal downloading. It’s a complex area and I never quite know what to say so I’m always interested to hear other people’s opinions. I do feel [...]

DEFYING GRAVITY

The other week, I spent a day with friends at a beautiful house in Topango Canyon – a kind of wonderful wilderness area within the city of Los Angeles.  The girl who owns it is [...]

JUST BELOW THE SURFACE

Clerkenwell get its name from a spring (one of many in the area on either side of what was the valley of the lost river Fleet). The spring formed a well which was regarded as sacred – or at [...]

A THAMES MENAGERIE

On returning from Los Angeles, I took a walk down the Thames – to re-aquaint myself as it were with home.  Passing the Houses of Parliament where there has recently been so much [...]

HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE

Just south of Clerkenwell are two places with gruesome pasts.  Smithfields, still a meat market, was once the abattoir of London and also the site for the slaughter of various human animals [...]

IN KENSINGTON GARDENS

… is a smallish area, packed solid with the tiny graves and loving memorials of countless canine ‘dearly beloved’. It goes a long way to prove to foreign visitors that [...]

IT WAS A WONDERFUL LIFE

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Mark from Sparklehorse. A gentle giant and a modest man. In London a few years back, he seemed a fish out of water – a rural creature blinking [...]