Archive for November, 2007

West India Quay and All That

London is developing so fast that even I can’t keep up with it. Last weekend I went to the Museum of the Docklands to check out an exhibition about slavery in London. This museum must be one of London’s biggest bargains. A £5 ticket allows you unlimited entrance for a year! It’s a fascinating place chocked full of interesting artefacts that relate the story of the history of the docklands/ The Sailortown gallery is the Museum’s second full size reconstruction. Stepping through the doors the visitor is transported back 150 years to the dark, winding streets of Wapping in the 1840s and 1850s. Apparently the museum has been open for 4 years but I guess, like me, noone knows about it. The place was virtually empty when I went which was a real shame.

The Museum is part of the new West India Quay, another Docklands development that seems to have sprung up from nowhere. It’s quite a trendy area with lots of restaurants overlooking the Thames and I had a fairly decent tapas at the restaurant two doors down from the Museum. I’m sure it’s busy with City workers during the week but I went on a Sunday and the whole place was very quiet.

Just Shoot Me


Another cracking 2 week workshop from my Alma Mater, The London Film School. This one is for the shooters out there: Lighting for HD with award-winning Cinematographer Nina Kellgren BSC. You can get more information here. Discounts available for freelancers.

December Burlesque


Just in time for Christmas, Simone from the Curzon is organizing the first year of The Smoking Cabinet Festival (a festival of burlesque and cabaret-themed films). From December 7th – 9th, the event will include silent film screenings, live performance, live music, cabaret, debate and general merriment.

Simone says “We’ll have a whole host of activities taking place over the course of the weekend. On opening night we’ll present dancers, cabaret performers and The London Improvisers Orchestra performing a rampant jazz improvisation to some gems from the silent period. Throughout the weekend we’ll also have rip-roaring debate courtesy of numerous special guests including Vanessa Toulmin, Amy Lame, Marisa Carnesky, Fabien Riggall and many, many more.”

You can book tickets at the Curzon and get more info on the Smoking Cabinet Website or hit their Myspace page and become a friend.

Death of the ID Card?

After today’s farcical cack handed debacle of the 25million records now out in the ether maybe its time to be thankful in one respect that the ID Card must surely be dead in the water. Night night.

‘Emergency Rule’ in Pakistan

A very interesting addition to formal news coverage is available on our sister sites in Pakistan:

It’s so amazing to read the day-to-day, personal experiences behind the headlines.

From Karachi: “I woke up early morning, went to TV lounge , turn on TV and found it dumb & dead again. No channels. Its indeed a question to ponder how much we are a laughing stock for the rest of the world which is planning for MARS in 2025. Media is supposed to be the only hope people have to reach out to truth in difficult times but being unique our government blocked tools of news/information not allowing people to know what’s happening around.”

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