Category Archives: Art, books, theatre, cinema

“Chasing Trane” – the life and music of John Coltrane

Last week I went to the ICA Cinema to see John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane”, a new documentary about the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. For me, the greatest of the sax players, the man who took the instrument to the … Continue reading

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A few days at the Edinburgh Festival, August 2017

My wife, Kath,  and I have just spent a few days at Edinburgh Festival. It’s the first time I’ve been to the festival since 1981, when I went up for a week and slept on a friend’s floor, while going … Continue reading

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Some poems – “Growin’ Up – Snapshots/fragments”

So, this is a new venture for me. Poems. The poems here are snapshots and fragments of memories from the first 25 years of my life. Some of the memories may be faulty, but they are moments which resurface from … Continue reading

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lovelondonscenes 131 – Brick Lane, on reflection

In April I had a walk through the City and onto Brick Lane and Spitalfields. This one I took of a building which fired the image back at me. My favourite Brick Lane moment was just off Brick Lane. The … Continue reading

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In Manchester

On 24 and 25 March I spent some time in Manchester, one of England’s great cities, but one I don’t know terribly well, other than for its football and music. I’ve been there quite a few times in the past, … Continue reading

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Prague – the culture

In my first blog on Prague, I quoted Milan Kundera about the centrality of Czech culture to that of Western Europe. We experienced some of that in our three days in the city, focusing on the art and that historical … Continue reading

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“Lazarus”, by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, at the King’s Cross Theatre, 22 January 2017

This Sunday afternoon, Kath and I went to see the last performance of “Lazarus”, the musical created by David Bowie and playwright Enda Walsh. You probably know that this was first performed in New York in December 2015, not long … Continue reading

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