London Calling

Another band I followed around town was The Clash. There’s an exhibition at the Museum of London exploring the background of ‘London Calling’ and the influence this particular record has had on so many. This record has been misused so many times for so many things – any reference to London and you’ll often here…

Up The Junction

Clapham Junction could rightly be the epicentre of South London. Goodness knows just how many times I’ve passed through on the train over the years, often humming one of my favourite songs, ‘Up the Junction’ by Squeeze from 1979, even today – wait, actually today. In 1979 I was a fresh-faced 18-year-old, running up and…

Advent

We went. We bought. We decorated. What a pleasant experience it is in selecting a Christmas tree, packing it up and lugging it home (well Guy did anyway). Our tree of choice was a 6ft Norwegian Spruce (grown in Hertfordshire, naturally), a variety that smells of forest and that doesn’t shed its leaves….yeah right. Oh,…

Into the Fog

Another cracking ‘must-see’ exhibition, ‘In Real Life’ over at the TATE Modern by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. You may remember my post from December 2018, when Eliasson installed 24 blocks of melting Arctic ice in the forecourt of the TATE, highlighting the urgency of climate change. One year on and we’re all experiencing the ravages…

Exploring Perception

“Looking is, I feel, a vital aspect of existence. Perception constitutes our awareness of what it is to be human, indeed what it is to be alive.”  – Bridget Riley I am so fortunate to be in London during a full retrospective at the Hayward Gallery of one of my favourite artists, Bridget Riley. She’s 88…

‘Mauvember’ in Sydney

It’s November already – or as I like to call it ‘Mauvember’. A glorious time of the year when Summer returns, heatwaves blast in from the west and the Jacaranda trees explode into a purple haze. It’s also the time for the annual Sculpture by the Sea, the world’s largest free sculpture exhibition, with over…

Rock Pool Heaven

Once again, we’re being blessed with another mild, some might say warm, winter at a balmy 19 degrees most days. This is possibly the best time of the year, jet-blue skies and blazing sunshine, though overnight and early morning can feel a tad chilly as it drops below 10 degrees. “Nice for some. We dream…

In The Bleak Mid-Winter

All right, so it’s not that bleak, but on a blustery cold showery day in Sydney, with barely a patch of blue to make a sailors suit, it felt like the depths of winter. And of course it is, the Winter Solstice. No druids to be found on Bondi this morning (aside from Ants of…

A Winter’s Tale

First full week of winter here in Sydney and we’ve had a week of extremes. We were up in the Blue Mountains last weekend in glorious weak winter sunshine, chatting to our hosts about the possibility of snow…. Naaaa, “nothing on the forecast” he said “not cold enough”…. so not a day back down on…

In Da House with The Cure

Sydney’s annual winter festival VIVID opened on Friday to the usual thronging crowds, spectacular Circular Quay setting, lights and projections, but tempered a little by super-cautious security and over-inflated prices. You know you’re not in Argentina when two thimbles of wine cost $27 (that’s a whopping 840 pesos for anyone reading in BA) including a…