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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:

Boris backs Thatcher | News |

Boris is at it again….

Boris backs Thatcher over golliwog sacking.

Evening Standard is sold to ex-KGB agent for £1

OK Londoners, scary-time. BBC news site has this story:

Russian ex-KGB agent Alexander Lebedev is to buy the London Evening Standard newspaper for the sum of £1.

The paper’s publisher – the Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) – said it had agreed to the sale of a majority interest in the paper to Mr Lebedev.

The billionaire businessman is believed to have made an offer for approximately a 76% share of the paper.

He has previously revealed that he used the paper to find out information when he was a young spy based in London.

The Evening Standard has vied with the Daily Mail for the “most odious rag in Britain” award for some time. The fact that it is out of step with so many Londoners’ views has left the good freebies (eg Metro) with a clear run. Personally, I think Metro is a far better paper that the Standard, in every way. And now the Standard has its very own Murdoch, in the shape of an ex-KGB Russian oligarch owner. Be afraid!

Full story on BBC news here.

Feeling Blue?

I got just the place for ya!

Today is Blue Monday, and considering yesterday was my birthday.. I know exactly what they mean.

Yes Boys and Girls. it is the worst day of the year! But lovely James and the Optimists Society (do you remember them?) have a cure.

Reclaimation of the most depressing day of the year will be taking place in various events and locations across the capital, with the main event being held at the Comedy Store. There you will find a laughter workshop. rumour has it there is SPACEHOPPERS, motivational seminar by the “The Gansta Motivator” that cannot be missed, as well a laughter workshops and laughter Yoga.

So don’t be miserable. Join us, the Beeb and get with the International Optmist Day vibe and turn yourself orange!

Grin and Beat it– The Optimist Society
13:00 – 14:30

The Comedy Store
1a Oxendon Street
Picadilly Tube

Bring your Oyster!

Yay! Finally Bring Stuff, my personal favourite (nearly) free fancy dress party organiser has just announced his latest Party.

“We are Londoners, embrace the Londoness!
We want you to come dressed as a visual interpretation of a tube station – a blacksmith with a large hammer for Hammersmith, a manchester clown for Piccadilly Circus or James Bond for Bond Street etc.
You get the idea, so be as creative as you can, with one exception. NO ANGEL COSTUMES, Angel Islington is off limits as it’s closed for engineering works! Seriously, angel costumes would be super-lame.
It’s the end of January, you’ve had enough time to detox and break those resolutions. Kick those blues and come and get trollied with us whilst dressed as an impeccable vision of a tube station, oh yes there will be dancing in the basement of the bar too if you’re hardcore enough.
Prizes for best costume in ludicrous categories and a few games to be played too if you can find them!

Sat 31st January, 7:30pm-2.00am
Zebranos at the Establishment (not the one off carnaby street)
18 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DS

Free before 10pm, £9 after. Mention Bring Stuff at the door to queue jump.
Come find us at the back of the bar, don’t forget your oyster cards.”

I already know what I’m going as… its going to be Absolutely Fabulous…(hint hint) and for those of you who dont know them all off by heart, here is a list of all the Stations currently open (Not sure if DLR is allowed).

Boris and Ken in Lego

I went to Legoland Windsor a few weeks back. Rain, queues, expense, queues… you get the picture. The kids loved it. But I was amused to see that the personnel at London City Hall have been updated. Boris, Ken: there they are…

London Film School Grad Shoots First Ad for Monkey Pod Games

The relationship to London is that the director of this sweet little ad for Monkey Pod Games is a graduate of the London Film School. I was at the LFS at the turn of the century, and Goor Moshe came after me, but our alumni organization is strong. Congrats Goor! Well done, and good luck with your career.


Radiohead Concert: Five out of Five


I thought I was going to be a Radiohead widow on Tango Tuesday. Kirmann had managed to get a ticket for PJ, but there was no joy for me. At the last possible minute, Mitlepunkt came through with a dodgey eBay purchase.


Alexander Boris de Pfeffel, in his mother’s words


What the hey-hey? His family calls him Alexander.

“When I was three months pregnant, we travelled to Mexico City by Greyhound bus. It was very uncomfortable, I was desperately sick. We stayed with a man called Boris Litwin, who drew me aside and said: ‘You can’t travel back like this, here are two first-class air tickets’.

I was so grateful, I said: ‘Whatever the baby is, I shall call it Boris.'”

In fact, she named her firstborn Alexander Boris de Pfeffel.

Well, he can’t be a toff if his parents went to Mexico City on a Greyhound bus, surely?

Also I’m surprised that he’s so keen on the Routemaster, with his mother to remind him of the difficulties that disabled bus users face.

All this and more at The Telegraph.

God drinks Guinness.

Last week it happened, and it happened to me…oh and to Flora at the same time too ;-)

We saw God aka Sean drink a pint of Guinness after clearly saying eearlier that he didn’t do drugs, oops sorry beer. I wa shocked, but after he bought me a beer I let it slide.

Have you met him too? Share your thoughts. Meanwhile here’s a random photo.


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