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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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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mick the fish

The legendary Mick the Fish, my next door neighbour and noted gourmand, is finally sharing his remarkable culinary skills with us all. He is a splendid amateur cook which you would know if you had been to any of his parties. And now he is taking them to a professional kitchen to provide brilliant meals for my wife’s Lovely Merchants. You can book for lunch, which I will certainly be doing. You can also taste my daughter Maude’s cakes, she is a pretty mean baker herself.

Lovely Merchants for Xmas
25th November 2012, from 12-5.30pm
with pop up lunch restaurant by Mick Adventures.(click on lovely merchants link to see menu)

Upstairs at the Victoria Pub, 2 Mornington Terrace, London NW1 7RR.

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Back in my spiritual heartland of Cadiz. Our village feels very different out of season, lazy and austere, very spartan but beautiful, many things closed, quiet and sombre, so rather like it was when I first chanced upon it 30 years ago. Cycled up some hills today which makes you feel part of the terrain, then drank too much sherry, which never tastes correct anywhere else but here is like a shot of the earth. Loving this elemental, elegant land but missing my chaotic, creative city and anxious to see my football team get their first win at the Emirates.

conil beach at 6pm yesterday.  andalucia house vejer

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