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Archive for the month “July, 2012”

Gigantic aMAZEme Book Maze in London Will Be Made from 250,000 Books!

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Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo have put out a call for volunteers to help them build a massive maze in London using 250,000 books.

I have decided to volunteer for this! Should be such fun! That’s if the Olympic traffic allows me to get there……….:)


Carol Ann Duffy read this poem at King’s Place in May.

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Carol Ann Duffy

(Published in The Guardian, Saturday 2 May 2009)

Dedicated with love to the
memory of UA Fanthorpe

We first met when your last breath
cooled in my palm like an egg;
you dead, and a thrush outside
sang it was morning.
I backed out of the room, feeling
the flowers freshen and shine in my arms.

The night before, we met again, to unsay
unbearable farewells, to see
our eyes brighten with re-strung tears.
O I had my sudden wish –
though I barely knew you –
to stand at the door of your house,
feeling my heartbeat calm,
as they carried you in, home, home and healing.
Then slow weeks, removing the wheelchair, the drugs,
the oxygen mask and tank, the commode,
the appointment cards,
until it was summer again
and I saw you open the doors to the gift of your garden.

Strange and beautiful to see
the roses close to their own premonitions,
the grass sweeten and cool and green
where a blackbird eased a worm into the lawn.
There you were,
a glass of lemony wine in each hand,
walking towards me always, your magnolia tree
marrying itself to the May air.

How you talked! And how I listened,
spellbound, humbled, daughterly,
to your tall tales, your wise words,
the joy of your accent, unenglish, dancey, humorous;
watching your ash hair flare and redden,
the loving litany of who we had been
making me place my hands in your warm hands,
younger than mine are now.
Then time only the moon. And the balm of dusk.
And you my mother.

A poem about her dead mother from the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and read by her @ King’s Place, with steady gaze and major emotional impact…. travelling back in time through a whirlwind of devastatingly ordinary images that so often tell the story of the dying and the living..of the love and the loss..tracing back from the final weeks of commodes and the paraphernalia surrounding final, painful leavetakings,way back to the happier days of familiar movement, talk and proffered glasses of wine in a spring garden ..and yes for me , this resonates .. such a good poem from such a great poet.

King’s Place offers music, poetry readings (I also heard Seamus Heaney read here), conversations with interesting people (Fiona Shaw was excellent) in a comfortable space that isn’t too large, so the atmosphere is fairly intimate and the acoustics are good, as befits a venue primarily concerned with musical events. Check out their current programme:

and don’t forget to sit outside by the canal with a coffee or a glass of wine, before the event.


Sofar Discoveries! The Dø and Maud in Cahoots!

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I discovered this French/Finnish band  through Sofar ..Songs from a (living) room.

I have been lucky enough to attend a Sofar gig in East London. I loved it. I don’t really want to tell you why. It’s a secret. My secret. No. That’s not right. Sofar is intimate and special but it is also a growing phenomena that is going global! Check it out!

I was particularly impressed by Maud in Cahoots, two sisters from Dublin , who are going from strength to strength. I hear that they will be performing @ Ronnie Scott’s in September ..I hope to be there .. more info to follow!

Foreign Slippers – There is Dead Inside

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“First time of hearing ‘There is Dead Inside’ live from the fabulous new ‘Farewell to the Old Ghosts’ album and a great example of the diversity of their music. The fab setting is St Pancras Old Church, London
Do check out the music (get the physical CD for the award winning design) here and
Great stuff 🙂 “

the wonderful Foreign Slippers performing @ St. Pancras Old Church

captured so well by

Mike Watts aka Dr Fizzy.. we are thankful to you, especially as we didn’t get to this gig….



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A tribute to rock music pioneer Jon Lord from the RAH

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We pay tribute to the late Jon Lord, who has performed at a number of legendary concerts at the Hall since 1969.

Hey London! What song are you listening to?

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“Inspired by Tyler Cullen’s project on the streets of New York, we wanted to see what beats were moving the streets of London.”


The Tanks: Art in Action + Tate = from 18 July – 28 October 2012

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” The Tanks will be launched with a fifteen-week festival from 18 July to 28 October 2012 celebrating performance and installation art and the historical works that have shaped it…”


Recce app turns London into a charming toy town to show what’s around you

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Recce is a new app for finding the things around you in London. There are many applications that offer mapping and pins for local restaurants and landmarks, but this one is so cute, it’s definitely worth a mention.


The Chesterfield

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Sit down and make yourself comfy .. listen to some music .. have a browse, while you sip your coffee .. and do leave us a message…tell us what you think ..underneath the chesterfield would be the perfect place ..  or you can always email us..

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