An inspiration to us all: An evening with Joan Bakewell

I’ve long been an admirer of Joan Bakewell. After all, not only has she had the kind of lengthy and successful career most of us can only dream of, she is also a trailblazer, in the truest sense of the word, having been one of Britain’s first female broadcasters. Now – unbelievably – 83 years … Continue reading An inspiration to us all: An evening with Joan Bakewell

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Chilean wines show yet again that they are a force to be reckoned with

  We tasted a great selection of wines at tonight's Chilean-themed Wine & Dine, held by the Central London Wine Society. I found two of the whites, the BioBio 2015 Zarcillo Gewurztraminer and the San Antonio 2008 Casa Marin Riesling, to be especially good - I love a Gewurzt, and at just £6.50 (from The … Continue reading Chilean wines show yet again that they are a force to be reckoned with

‘Wild Thing’: a night on the tiles with Oliver Reed

Just back from a blistering night's theatre at one of my favourite Islington venues, The King's Head Theatre Pub, where the entertainment is always of the highest standard. 'Oliver Reed: Wild Thing' is a one-man show about the life & times of the original hell-raiser, performed brilliantly by Rob Crouch, who also co-wrote the play. Set … Continue reading ‘Wild Thing’: a night on the tiles with Oliver Reed

Mary vs Elizabeth: a very modern retelling of Schiller’s ‘Mary Stuart’

It’s unusual, even in this day & age, for a play’s two lead roles to be played by women – and it was even more unusual 200 years ago, when Friedrich Schiller wrote his classic play ‘Mary Stuart’. Not that he had much choice about the sex of its protagonists: its plot concerns the two … Continue reading Mary vs Elizabeth: a very modern retelling of Schiller’s ‘Mary Stuart’

A cracking tasting at Central London Wine Society gets 2017 underway

  Had a particularly nice time tonight, at Joyce and Paul Mapplebeck's annual 'Best Wines Around the Wine Clubs' tasting - always one of my favourite Central London Wine Society events in January. We tried two very good whites - a 2015 Torres Vina Esmeralda (a bargain at £6.99) and a 2015 Yalumba Y Series … Continue reading A cracking tasting at Central London Wine Society gets 2017 underway