You’ve got to look good on a bike. When I first fell in love with cycling, it was the style and élan of the men and the machines that really appealed. To read more…….
THE WAY WE WORE
It’s back. For a few years now I’ve had a stream of people asking where they can get a copy of The Way We Wore, the street style memoir I wrote back in 2004, and rather frustratingly I’ve had to tell them all it is not available. You could spend increasingly large sums on a second hand copy – evidence of the fact that it has acquired something close to cut status – but could not buy one through the normal channels. Well you can now.
I’ve linked up with a company called Autharium to republish The Way We Wore as an e-book for you to download onto your digital thingy. They will also print you off an old fashioned physical copy if you ask nicely and give them a little extra dough, so now you have no excuse. If you want to follow the adventures of Britain’s remarkable trouser tribes, from Teddy Boys, through mods, skins, soul boys, punks, new romantics, up to the end of the whole teen clobber caper with acid house, well you jolly well can.
As part of this process I have re-read the book and I am still very proud of it, and it brings back amazing memories of terrible haircuts, great music, good friends and bad hangovers. So if you want to read about solatio box top loafers and pink pegs, bondage trousers and bowling shirts, ties in pins, hankies in pockets and shenanigans in Soho you can.
The Way We Wore is available from Autharium.
20 years today that I have done my show, you can listen to the live show from ronnie scotts between 12 noon and 3pm. I am immensely proud of such a relationship with such a city. My life’s work.
Tonight I will be taking part in 32 londoners;
-There are 32 pods on the London Eye.
-Each pod represents one of the 32 London boroughs.
-Place in each pod an enthusiastic speaker strongly associated with London.
-Let the speaker discuss his or her favourite Londoner.
-Let the guests choose a cocktail from a selection of 32, inspired by the London boroughs.
On 1 May, the 32 Londoners happening brings together all these elements. Speakers include such notables as Andrew Motion (on John Keats), Dan Cruickshank (John Stow), Claire Tomalin (Samuel Pepys), Ken Livingstone (Herbert Morrison), Robert Elms (Adam Faith) and Kate Kray (on her former husband Ronnie Kray, and his brother Reggie). Other speakers will enthuse about A-Z pioneer Phylis Pearsall, David Bowie, Zadie Smith, Joan Littlewood and Charlie Chaplin. If you fancy a bit of science, Londonist editor Matt Brown has chosen Michael Faraday, who was born close to the London Eye near Elephant and Castle.
I shall be talking to Leon Daniels, who is responsible for looking after our wonderful bus system – the most used public transport mode in London and the UK’s largest bus service. During the evening Leon will discuss his immediate and long term vision for the London Bus and its network in what is the first of a year-long programme of events to celebrate the Year of the Bus in 2014.
4th Februray 6.30pm – 8pm. london transport museum
love the old steam train that you can pick up from dungeoness to hythe.
My wife Christina is part of a sale on Friday, she will be displaying her photographic wares, cards and prints, while Maude is baking one of her legendary cakes. There will be lots of other stuff including hand made ceramics, jewellery, homemade chutneys and unusual gifts. There will be tasty bites to eat plus mulled wine - so save the date - friday 29th November from 12.30pm to 7pm
Home Sale 77, Basement , 77 King Henrys Road, London NW3 3QU
I am in conversation on sunday with my old mate and camden town lad Suggs from Madness; he has written an autobiography ‘That Close’, which is a fascinating look at his life both before and during the Madness years. Always great company, it should be a really entertaining evening.
Join me and the expert panel who selected the 150 exhibition posters, for an evening of conversation and film during which the panel explain how and why these posters made the cut, and also reveal their favourite posters from the whole exhibition. The evening will consist of two short films each followed by a panel conversation to delve into the history and background of poster art and design on the Underground and explore the role of commissioners and commissioning. To round off the evening there will also be the opportunity for a Q&A with members of the poster exhibition selection panel.
coming up at the v & a on friday 19th April, I will be joining in the discussion on how Bowie has influenced myself and lots of other devotees. should be a great event, but you need to book in advance.
Appearing at the wonderfully atmospheric Bishopsgate Institute this wednesday 30th January, interviewing an East End legend Eddie Johnson about his book Tales From The Two Puddings. He was governor of this famed Stratford boozer for half a century and has fantastic tales to tell of rogues and regulars, villains and heros, a real look back at life in a working class London institution.