The Raptor Foundation: wildlife sanctuary and educator

Thoroughly enjoyed our day out at The Raptor Foundation, near Huntingdon. Got to see eagles, owls, hawks, falcons...oh, and meerkats! Who are even more hilarious in the flesh than they are in those insurance ads - just so funny, and complete exhibitionists. The birds, of course, are beautiful, and breathtaking to watch as they swoop … Continue reading The Raptor Foundation: wildlife sanctuary and educator

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Burt Bacharach, at the London Palladium. Need I say more?

The London Palladium has played host to many stars over the years, but few, I would wager, as iconic as Burt Bacharach. Unbelievably, this is his first visit to the Palladium - and it's clear from the outset that this dapper & charming man is going to make the absolute most of it, bringing with … Continue reading Burt Bacharach, at the London Palladium. Need I say more?

‘Odd Shaped Balls’: tackling homophobia in sport head-on, with a measure of success

It's no easy task, being the only actor on stage and knowing that the audience's full attention is on you, with no hiding place. It's safe to say, though, that Matthew Marrs manages it with aplomb in 'Odd Shaped Balls', a one-man show that stole the headlines at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has … Continue reading ‘Odd Shaped Balls’: tackling homophobia in sport head-on, with a measure of success

A very special night at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, watching my childhood heart throbs Wet Wet Wet

A very special evening out tonight, watching Wet Wet Wet perform at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Have to say that going to a gig in Chelsea is a very different experience from any other gigs I've been to: welcome to the world of wood-fired pizzas, Pimms' tents, duck rotisseries, artisan cupcakes and, I kid you … Continue reading A very special night at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, watching my childhood heart throbs Wet Wet Wet

Getting the weekend off to a swing with wine and jazz at Vivat Bacchus

Just back from a lovely evening at Vivat Bacchus, a mellow City wine bar known for its well-stocked wine cellar and its famed Cheese Room. Needless to say, we partook enthusiastically of both, while soaking up the live jazz that's become such a big draw on Friday nights. The stand out wine for me? A … Continue reading Getting the weekend off to a swing with wine and jazz at Vivat Bacchus

‘Gotto’ in Hackey Wick – a most welcome addition to the neighbourhood

I'm a big fan of Brewer Street's Mele e Pere - and a big fan of Italian food in general. So, when my lovely friend Joanna told me that a sister restaurant, 'Gotto', was opening in Hackney Wick, I needed no persuasion at all to join Jo there for dinner. It's an interesting choice of … Continue reading ‘Gotto’ in Hackey Wick – a most welcome addition to the neighbourhood

‘Christie in Love’ at the King’s Head Theatre: unsettling, but important, viewing

In 1953 a man named John Christie was finally captured, and hanged, after committing at least eight murders over the course of a decade. Howard Brenton's 1969 play, based around a single setting and featuring just three, excellent, actors manages to create a real sense of menace that never leaves the room. There's a palpable … Continue reading ‘Christie in Love’ at the King’s Head Theatre: unsettling, but important, viewing

Maggie O’Farrell on writing, awards – and the inspiration behind her latest novel

Spent today at Emerald Street's inaugural literary festival, over in glamorous South Kensington. Interesting choice of venue - the Royal Geographical Society - not too sure of the connection between it and literature, but quite enjoyed my mini-tour of South Ken. afterwards. Went to several of the panel sessions, but the stand-out one, for me, … Continue reading Maggie O’Farrell on writing, awards – and the inspiration behind her latest novel

‘Off the King’s Road’: Jermyn Street Theatre gets it right yet again

It's a testament to how highly Jermyn Street Theatre is regarded that it's able to put on productions such as 'Off the King's Road', which I went to see earlier this evening. How many other theatres with a capacity of just 100 could attract actors of the calibre of Michael Brandon and Cherie Lunghi? Oh, … Continue reading ‘Off the King’s Road’: Jermyn Street Theatre gets it right yet again