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All about the good stuff like taking photos, playing music and watching films. Reviews of theatre, exhibitions, days out, especially with the kids. Seriously South East London-centric.

My Sunday Photo – underneath the arches

Deptford is undergoing a lot of change. In parts it is barely recognisable. The train carriage which was turned into a café and painted by Morag Myerscough has gone, and the … Continue reading

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Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road, at the White Bear Theatre (review)

Walking into the White Bear Theatre above the pub of the same name in Kennington, you find yourself practically inside a messy, retro, rundown motel room.  This is the living … Continue reading

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Abigail, at the Bunker Theatre (review)

It felt fitting for me, in my first assignment for Ginger Wig and Strolling Man, to be reviewing a play which closes the inaugural season of the newest off-West End … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – Harlequin Building

It was a lucky chance. I had a few minutes to spare on the first snow day of the year, a cold sleety evening, when I came across the Harlequin … Continue reading

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Adventures in Moominland, at the Southbank Centre (review)

Just before Christmas we were given the most wonderful gift: a trip around the Adventures of Moominland exhibition, which is part of Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre and is now … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – branching out

You can’t really take a bad picture from this spot in Crystal Palace Park. We spent a lovely (but freezing) few hours there on the last, very wintry day of the holidays. … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – Happy New Year from Kingly Street

It’s the first day of the year and I wanted to share a photo from today. Our menfolk had gone to the football so we girls went on a girls’ … Continue reading

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The Hound of the Baskervilles, at the Jack Studio Theatre (review)

This will feel like rubbing salt into open wounds, because if you don’t already have a ticket to see The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Jack Studio Theatre, I’m … Continue reading

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Babe the Sheep-Pig, at the Polka Theatre (review)

You probably remember ‘Babe’ the film from 1995, which was a surprise box-office success about a pig who wanted to become a sheepdog.  Both the film and the production now … Continue reading

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UncommonGoods – my top picks

UncommonGoods is an online retailer based in New York with a massive selection of products on offer. A lot of what they sell is perfect for gifts and they asked me … Continue reading

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Kiki’s Delivery Service, at the Southwark Playhouse (review)

This week we were very excited to attend the press preview of Kiki’s Delivery Service at the Southwark Playhouse (my new favourite place, having loved Licensed to Ill there the previous week).  As … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – fog

I haven’t seen such fog in years. We were up on Blackheath yesterday morning for football, which was a perfect place to admire the fog. There was little visibility, the colours were … Continue reading

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Licensed to Ill, at the Southwark Playhouse (review)

Last week I finally made it to the Southwark Playhouse, an outing which I have been promising myself for some time now.  The theatre is located on Newington Causeway, not … Continue reading

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Meet me in St Louis, film screening in St Catherine’s Church (9th December 2016)

The New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival takes place in April/May, but this year the team has been involved in putting on some events and screenings out of the normal festival time. … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – multi-coloured leaves

Fresh from my recent triumph of having been featured on the Instagram feed of Photalife, (Darren runs My Sunday Photo and had chosen some of his favourites of the week), here … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – Flower Garden

I took my photo, I chose my photo, I prepared my photo and I went to write this post. Only to discover that the content and the colours is pretty … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – park life

I take this photo every year and it never gets old.  Is it only me who takes the same photo more than once?  I fight the impulse but rarely conquer … Continue reading

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A Pocketful of Grimms, at the Canada Water Culture Space (review)

We have been to see a show by the Story Pocket Theatre before.  We saw Arabian Nights last year, and it was a delight, and we were really looking forward to seeing … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – view from the office

Funnily enough, this is not the view from my office.  This week I glimpsed what it might be like to work for a grown up company in the city, when … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – rainbow cake

I’m not going to lie. My day improved at the very sight of this most beautiful cake. Tasting it only increased the joy (though I got short shrift, sharing it with … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – red vine

This photo says London autumn to me. This shocking red vine (Virginia Creeper, I think) is climbing over a wall and peering over the fence on a bright October day, but … Continue reading

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In the Heights, one year birthday show, at the Kings Cross Theatre (review)

We all know that musical theatre is not for everyone, in fact it is seen as quite the done thing in my circles to roll one’s eyes and say that … Continue reading

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Depths of my Mind, by Scarabeus Aerial Theatre (at the BRIT School) (review)

I’m trying to type quickly as you will need to be fast to get to this show. Really:  you ought to read this, book a ticket and go fast as … Continue reading

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School Reviewer

September.  A month that can only mean one thing. The start of a new term at school. And for some families, like mine, this September has been a looming deadline … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – autumn

With apologies for a few weeks away (which may have turned into months), here I am back with My Sunday Photo. I don’t know where my Sundays have gone, but … Continue reading

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Torn, at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (Royal Court) (review)

The audience files into the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs and takes their seats around the edge of what feels like a community centre, in the stripped space which has been transformed by designer … Continue reading

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Acrobosc Ibiza

For most of us, everyday life is too sedentary, office-based, grey. It’s an everyday struggle to break the cycle of kids playing in their digital worlds.  What they really ought to be … Continue reading

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Jungle Book by Metta Theatre, at London Wonderground (review)

As visual entertainment, Jungle Book in the Spiegeltent at London Wonderground was quite mesmerising. However as a remake of the original Rudyard Kipling stories, for today’s audience, I kept losing … Continue reading

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Leandro, at the Space (Roof Garden, Crossrail Place) (review)

We were very happy to be invited to see Leandro at the Space’s performance space at the Roof Garden in Crossrail Place – partly because it was such a sweet show … Continue reading

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Primetime 2016, at the Royal Court Theatre (review)

This time last year we were introduced to the great annual event known as Primetime, which comes to the Royal Court Theatre at the beginning of the summer holidays.  It is a series … Continue reading

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James and the Giant Peach, at the Polka Theatre (review)

There’s such a treat waiting for you at the Polka Theatre, afternoons and evenings in the Main Theatre, until 14th August! It is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, so … Continue reading

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The Big Lunch (in the Church) 2016

This community comes in all shapes and sizes, nationalities, colours, faiths and non-faiths and sort-of faiths, and all ages. On Sunday we did not let the weather get us down, … Continue reading

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Brainiac Live! Science Abuse – at Udderbelly (review)

You might already know this but Brainiac Science Abuse (known as Brainiacs) is a cult television show which was on TV in the noughties.  Richard Hammond was the first presenter … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – secret garden

Yesterday we were at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich for a fantastic show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium which I will write about separately.  As I looked down from the Observatory … Continue reading

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Above and Beyond, at the National Maritime Museum (review)

The National Maritime Museum has just opened a new interactive exhibition called Above and Beyond about flight and aerospace.  We went along last weekend to have a look, and had … Continue reading

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Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, at Udderbelly (review)

Simon Shlomo Kahn jumps onto the Udderbelly stage with a big microphone in his hand looking more like Simon Bird in Friday Night Dinner (and my brother as a younger … Continue reading

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Blossom 2016

Cherry blossom has featured in these pages many times before.  You can read earlier posts like this one from 2013 and this one from 2014. I don’t like the phrase but I suppose … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – daisies and cherry blossom

As you might know I have a soft spot for blooming cherry blossom trees (for instance, this post from 2014, and so many of my photos every spring in my Instagram feed). But there … Continue reading

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The Box of Photographs, at the Polka Theatre (review)

The Box of Photographs, in its last week at the Polka Theatre, comes from truly interesting origins.  The photographs in the title are real, a set of pictures taken over … Continue reading

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A community watching films together (for free) – NXDFFF16

You can barely walk down the street these days without tripping over a new film festival. The cinema seems like the last place anyone would want to watch a film … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – colourful cranes

Cranes are a normal sight in London. Construction of all sorts is everywhere. We were at the Greenwich Peninsula yesterday and I spotted these. It’s even more of a boost … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – free outdoor film screening (NXDFFF16)

For the third year running I have been helping with the local free film festival (the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival, which is part of the Free Film Festivals family). … Continue reading

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The Amazing Bubble Man, at Udderbelly (review)

If you’ve been loafing around the South Bank recently you might have seen some inflatable purple legs, or indeed some udders, pointing skywards. In fact it’s a giant purple tent and it houses … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – fishy business

This week I got a sneaky peek at a lovely mosaic that the kids at school have been making for one of their outside walls, with the help of two … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – Stik people

If you are interested in street art you will know the name Stik. He is a British graffiti artist whose art, predominantly of stick people, can be found on walls all … Continue reading

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Chiqas, at the Pelton Arms (review)

The Pelton Arms is a pub close to our heart.  And not only because a member of my immediate family has lived next to it for over twenty years. I … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – Peace Rocks

This is a railing at the top of our local park which is full of ‘peace rocks’. Two local organisations Bold Vision and Artmongers have recently been to Syria and they … Continue reading

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My Father, Odysseus, at the Unicorn Theatre (review)

Continuing their Greek season, the Unicorn Theatre’s current offering for the older children’s age group (11 years +)  is My Father, Odysseus, a new story based on the ancient myth of … Continue reading

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My Sunday Photo – glockenspiel

This week’s photo shows my current highlight of the week. It might sound silly to you but it is really important to me that we have a spangly new orchestra … Continue reading

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The Lost Things, at Greenwich Theatre (review)

Last month we were treated to a very different experience at Greenwich Theatre. I don’t wish to spoil the experience or the plot as I would love you to see … Continue reading

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