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Artist spotlight: Judith Rugg

One of my real passions is art and craft from local artists and creators. So today I’d like to introduce you to the work of an extremely talented artist and someone I’m happy to call a friend, Brixton-based artist Judith Rugg.

Judith previewed her latest series of paintings last month and Ted and I were both so taken with them that I had to share them with you.

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Which Shakespeare play should you see?

Which Shakespeare play should you see? flow chart


(Which is handy.)

Exhibition: Björk Digital at Somerset House

Somerset House is building a name for itself in interactive and digitally led exhibits (its Big Data exhibition earlier this year was authoritative, multi-layered and extremely rewarding), but it still seems quite a coup for them to snag the European premiere of Björk’s journey into virtual reality. It’s an absolute must-see for anyone interested in her music, in digital art or in the potential of VR.

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October culture roundup

This month, I am …

Reading …

Paper Girls by Brian Vaughan

Vaughan’s the author of epic fan favourite Saga, and this sounded right up my street. It’s about four girls with newspaper rounds. One post-Halloween morning, they head out and discover … things have changed.


So basically if the all-female Ghostbusters reboot was set in 1988 and crossed with the Goonies. And yes, it’s that good.

(Have you seen Ghostbusters the reboot yet? It’s amazing! I loved it.)

Listening to …

Warpaint: Heads Up

The latest from my favourite Cali alt-rockers. Moody, dark and great getting-ready-to-go-out music as the nights draw in. (Warning: May result in heavier application of eyeliner than intended.)

Watching …

Designated Survivor


Kiefer Sutherland as a somewhat-reluctant president after all the others get blown up at the State of the Union. Only two episodes in so far, but it’s very well acted and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes. And also he has great glasses. It’s releasing weekly on Netflix UK.




I’m a sucker for anything with Allison Janney in it, and this Netflix Original is a sharply observed and nuanced performance from a great cast. The plot’s a bit silly (homeless girl takes baby from neglectful mother) but Janney, Ellen Page and Tammy Blanchard are all extremely watchable.




Linklater really can do youth, can’t he. I’m guessing you’ve all already seen this, but if not, it’s new to Netflix UK and very lovely. Patricia Arquette is excellent – totally deserved her Oscar for Best Supporting.

Excited about …

Slow-cooked soups, dals, stews – anything hot, steamy and scrumptious. Also tea. Lots of tea.


Last chance to see: Clangers, Bagpuss and Co. at the V&A Museum of Childhood

A sunny Saturday so I dragged Ted along to visit some old friends.

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Goodbye to summer at Frank’s Café …

… and hello Autumn.

No question that it’s here now – the temperature’s dropped, the night air has a cool edge to it, and rain showers have arrived.

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Totally Thames: Bascule Chamber Concert

You all know Tower Bridge.


The famous one that’s in all the pictures, with the double drawbridge in the middle.

The drawbridge weighs over a thousand tonnes. It is counterbalanced by huge weights, which also weigh over a thousand tonnes.

When the bridges lift, the weights slowly drop into two large chambers called “bascule chambers”. They’re situated in the base of the central supports of the bridge.

When the bridges are down, these chambers are empty.

“That’s a good place for a concert,” thought a chap called Iain Chambers.

“That sounds fun,” thought I.

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September culture roundup

This month, I am …

Reading …

Vanity Fair by Thackeray. What a romp! We’re all Team Becky, right?


(If you’re not Team Becky, I’m not sure we can be friends. ?)

(But of course you’re Team Becky.)

Listening to …

Here by Teenage Fanclub.

The soundtrack to Autumn 2016.


The nicest chaps in pop, still making the prettiest songs on the block.

Watching …

Friday Night Lights season 3



Oh Riggins.

(Also I am strangely addicted to Eat Well for Less, but let’s not talk about that.)

Excited about …

Björk Digital at Somerset House!


And vegetables. Lots of vegetables.

Which Hockney would you invite to dinner?

That’s the question my good friend Mr. White and I asked ourselves as we explored his latest exhibition, “82 Portraits and 1 Still Life”, at the Royal Academy.

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August culture roundup

This month, I am …

Reading …

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


And *headdesk*ing every time Nathan Price opens his mouth.

Also both Carrie Fisher’s autobiographies.

wishful-drinking    shockaholic

<3 Carrie. #teamleia #leiaforever #mykindofprincess

Watching …

Stranger Things. Eleven, you’re our new hero, and Netflix, you are too good to us.


But OMG can I hold your hand? It’s so scary!*

Excited about …

The Olympics! Especially the synchronized swimming.


*If you hear a rumour that it was Ted who said that, rather than me, I cannot, of course, confirm it.


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