20 years

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.

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32 londoners

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.

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london transport museum

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.

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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


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in conversation with suggs

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.

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london transport museum

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.

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v & a

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.

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tales from the two puddings

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.

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Currently freezing but extremely happy, as light snow falls from the slate grey skies in one of my favourite places on earth. Boats for buses, canals for roads and the feeling that it could still be the 16th Century as so little has changed here in Venice. Overpriced, touristy, stuffy, and a little pongy, yet magnetically appealing there really is nowhere else on earth like this. And in winter when the water is high but the visitor numbers are comparatively low, you can easily loose yourself in the backwaters of this unique city and float from bridge to bridge, fondamenta to fondamenta reveling in the watery wierdness of it all and forgetting that there is another car crazy world away from here. Venice is always magical and never more so than now.

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maude’s cupcakes

my lovely maude baked 100 cupcakes today for tomorrow’s sale of lovely merchants – they taste great, but are little consolation for my football team losing again.

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