On 24 October I went to see the showcase of Tainted at The Vaults, London. It's a brand new musical, not yet in full production, and of enormous interest to me. That's because it features the songs of Soft Cell, and singer Marc Almond - and effectively they've been the soundtrack to my life! So in my opinion, … Continue reading Rock & Pop in Pictures – Tainted – A New Musical
On 30 September 2018, 80's synth pop duo Soft Cell played their last ever concert. It sold-out at the O2 in London - one of the UK's largest concert venues, holding 20,000 people. And it was beamed live to cinemas around the UK, and in other countries. I've been part of the cult of Soft Cell … Continue reading Rock & Pop in Pictures: Soft Cell: One Night, One Final Time, The O2, London, 30 September 2018
I’ve always been big into music. I go to lots of concerts and festivals. And I enjoy capturing the events in pictures. Photography has always been an integral part of my blog. So it seemed natural to start posting my rock and pop photography, as it’s another one of my passions. Since I’m a massive … Continue reading Rock & Pop in Pictures: Marc Almond, The Water Rats, London, January 2016
I was enormously lucky to be invited to last week's London launch party for a new Soft Cell beer! Anyone who knows me knows I've been a massive fan of 80's synth-pop duo Soft Cell since I was a young teenager. And their new, limited-edition, Soft Cell beer is named Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - … Continue reading Say Hello Wave Goodbye: Attending the Soft Cell Beer (& Box Set) Launch!
It's Wimbledon tennis fortnight, so here's a new take on classic strawberries and cream - Low-Carb No-Bake English Strawberry & Vanilla Cream Cheesecake! It's light and sweet for enjoying sitting in the sun. Or indulge in a slice in front of a Wimbledon or World Cup match on the TV! 6g net carbs per generous slice. … Continue reading Low-Carb No-Bake English Strawberry & Vanilla Cream Cheesecake
Last weekend, 27 April, I went to the opening of Creative Rage - an exhibition of multi-media pieces by members of the UK-based progressive LGBTQ artistic community. If you want to catch it, it runs until 2 September at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Here's some of my favourite images, a bit of background, and a little practical information.
The fourth Folkestone Triennial contemporary art festival runs until 5 November 2017. Two weeks ago I downloaded a copy of the Triennial map and spent a happy day exploring this arty, bohemian, regenerating British seaside town while searching for the contemporary art installed all around it. Here's pictures of some of the installations, to whet your appetite in case you fancy doing the same, or in case you can't get there in person.
If you've got a free weekend and fancy making it foodie, it's a fine idea to go and explore all that Brighton has to offer. Its food scene is in itself up there in the top reasons to visit Brighton. So here's my tips for just 6 must-try food experiences - all within 15 minutes walk of each other in the centre of this fabulous funky city. Whether you fancy fresh local seafood, fish and chips, the most decadent chocolate cake, gourmet vegetarian, or something a bit more global - no worries, it's all here.
So August has ended, the kids have dragged their feet back to school, commuter trains are once again standing room only, and people are beginning to post 'jokes' about how many sleeps it is 'til Christmas. But let's not give in so easily - if it's only early September and it's 19° outside, then it's still a British summer, right?! So my Travel in Pictures Summer Season is extended for a couple of weeks longer, and today invites you for a stroll along the promenade to take in Brighton (UK) beach and seafront, and the wonderfully iconic, mesmerising and desolately beautiful West Pier. There's just no doubt that Brighton seafront is one of the top 10 reasons to visit Brighton. And arguably, one of the top 10 reasons to visit England!