Archive for August, 2010

Its Raining its Pouring…

So its been raining – not a lot to do when it is raining, or at least I think thats the popular assumption.

Could be really boring and go to the Cinema, Ice skating or bowling, but I’ve done all that a thousand times already!! Personally I think everyone goes to Westfeild when it rains.

I often wondered how buisness was crossing the constantly empty slip road on my way across our brand spanking new (albiet 50 years late) access bridge across the A40 – no one ever seems to be driving in or out of Westfield – but come the rains? my gosh it is like they are qeuing to get out of Glastonbury.

I find it totally annoying that when I attempt to use this route on the way home on a night out, which is quite frequently at the monement with the constant closures and works at Latimer road tube when all the Westfeild security gaurds at 20 metre intervals, ask me what I think I am doing – Walking home I say. Last time, the finally one near the bridge lift told me I would ‘they would kill me there’ – the cars at the top, or my fellow estate residents? He then informed me I wasn’t allowed to use this path. Why build a bridge if you are going to pester everyone that wants to use it? – and as I informed him that access path and birdge to my Estate and the rest of North Kensington was compulsary to the building of the centre, planning was refused until it was there. FACT – that totally shut him up although I am still interested to find out who exactly was going to kill me *rolls eyes*

ANYWAY….

I’ve been wondering what The Serpentine Pavillion looks in the rain, I go every year on a nice warm summers day, and take an abundance of photos, is it as cool in the rain? I wonder – am aiming to find out this weekend.


So this weekend, if it rains – I will be taking another look at Jean Nouvel’s Red Pavillion, getting away with NOT watering my garden, and probably not joining the rest of the City in Westfeild… what are you up to?

Fire & Knives: Issue 4.

One of the advantages of having a very interesting boss, is that you tend to find interesting things lying around the office/warehouse. One of those recent things was Issue 3 of Fire & Knives, a lovely food quarterly that began publication in November last year.

Issue 4 is slated for imminent release, while I understand that copies of Issue 3 are still available in Foyles and Magma Books. There’s a fairly obvious degree of inspiration coming from the guys at MeatPaper magazine in San Francisco, but this is duly noted on the inside cover, and takes nothing away from the London publication.

While you’re waiting for Issue 4, it’s probably a good idea to sit back and enjoy an espresso. Now… what to serve it in?

N.E.R.D. Album Preview @ Present, Shoreditch.

Last night an eager crowd – kept cool and loose by the bartenders of 69 Colebrook Row – crammed into the men’s clothing store Present on Shoreditch High Street, to hear a preview of N.E.R.D.’s latest record. Pharrell was on-hand to introduce each track, but not until after we as an audience had been sternly warned about impending prosecution should we record, photograph, or fail to clap anything during the performance. Eyes rolled, the music played, Pharrell wandered around and chatted to people. A surprisingly low-key affair, all-in-all.

Not having an in-depth prior knowledge of  N.E.R.D. personally, I won’t offer any kind of re(pre?)view, other than that the record is pretty eclectic and choppy. Mid-September release, we’re told. More here: http://www.sohh.com/2010/05/pharrells_nerd_album_keeps_girls_waiting.html

OH MY GOD!!!

I am SO going to the V&A Lates on the 27th August, Its Retro Hollywood Glamour!
Marilyn Monroe (universal studios)

I was just tucking myself up for bedtime, and having a quick flick through the Royal Borough, and there it was staring at me in the ‘events section’ – Now I’m wide awake trying to decide which of my favourite starlets to be!

“bask in Technicolor 1950s Hollywood glamour at the V&A with the likes of Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe”

They also mention The Fiztrovia Radio Hour, a really cool theatrical production, thats like a radio show acted out on the stage I once got to see, well gatecrashed at the Globe. They were terrific and every single member of the audience was in vintage clothing.

Too awesome – I have a problem though. It is a very close girlfriends birthday bash that night, in Angel at a pretty decent cocktail bar with a equally decent happy hour. I will either have to decide or work out how to excuse showing up late, in a mid-thigh slit velvet cocktail dress… or does that just work?

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