Sat in a kitchen. Enter a model carrying a ex-army kit bag. He rummages.

Then comes the presentation of framed illustrations of birds in hats.

I really like this.

Alice Tam’s collection are brilliantly both humorous and wonderfully drawn. You can see the full range on her blog . Iam a big fan of the Canadian Goose, Magpie and Blue Tit.

I have heard that Tam’s range have now been taken up by a card company but as yet I do not where they are available. Watch out for them.

Canada Goose in Straw Boater Hat

Magpie in St. Edwards Crown

Blue Tit in a Party Hat


Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence at his wife’s side, Elise, and their 3 children, until the day when reality skids and he wakes up as an old man in the year 2092. At 120, Mr. Nobody is both the oldest man in the world and the last mortal of a new mankind where nobody dies anymore. But that doesn’t seem to interest or bother him very much. The only questions that preoccupy him in the present is whether he lived the right life for himself, loved the woman whom he was supposed to love, and had the children whom he was meant to have… now his purpose is to find the right answer.

Scott Campbell, the celebrity tattoo artist, has gone great lengths to become synonymous with the fashion scene both on photo shoots and catwalk. Now as often seen exhibiting as a visual artist in his own right he is potentially best know for his temporary tats for Marc Jacobs (his personal tattoo client) and Louis Vuitton, most notably in their SS11 menswear presentation, in which he tattooed stunning LV logo neck panels. Long live temporary tattoos… when done by Scott Campbell.

Scott Campbell for Louis Vuitton SS11

I am fine with the fact i read reviews of tea online. I am also fine with being addicted to Twining’s Revive and Revitalise Lemon and Ginger. It’s such a good wake up drink, and whilst many comments highlight the absence of lemon and dominance of the ginger I hitherto disagree (it truly depends on the bag, and the lemon is most apparent with regards to aroma) and the ginger is more than a welcome flavour and offers an exciting spiciness to a morning brew.

Twinings Lemon & Ginger

For a further great tea experience away from home I would heartily recommend Yumchaa in Soho. A wonderful bright tea room offering a vast assortment of loose teas blended and assorted personally for you. The staff are friendly tea loving folk who try their best to meet your taste-buds requirements. Such a collection of smells make it a fun experience and sociable activity. The Mango and White Tea is pleasant afternoon choice and at only a couple of quid seems pretty good for a light catch up beverage or a peaceful rest.

Yumchaa Protest

The Orchard in Brockley is a true breath of fresh air. Last night I was lucky enough to have some time to catch up with old friends and we took a punt on The Orchard. This new establishment, which has failed to win over the area in previous incarnations (Formerly Aquarium and, before that Ecosium) has found the perfect balance. Intimate and yet open, correctly priced for the clientèle, friendly staff (although maybe not fully confident just yet) and a wide selection of both gastro food and a wide liquor selection. Like many other pubs in the area (Brockley Jack, Jam Circus and the Royal Albert) the decor is well thought out and comfortable for both stay-all-day yummy mummies, seemingly The Orchard’s daytime audience, and those looking for a new  place to drop in for a quick drink, or while away the hours over a board game and newspaper. Thumbs up.

This so-called summer throws up many dilemmas in what to wear, what to take, where to go. But it also plays havoc with skin. Changing temperature, being wind blasted, sweaty and then overly dry all lead to a confused epidermis. And so i really feel its worth investing in an old friend. Origins Modern Friction is a great buffing paste, easily removing any dry flakes and evening skin tone and replenishing natural oils. The all natural product containing Lemon Oil, Aloe, Bergamot and Peppermint with Vitamin C is a great part of a 3 times a week ritual.

Origins Modern Friction

Some plays are forgotten for good reason. Some only exist in their moment. But others fade and on resuscitation are even stronger.

Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining In Buckinghamshire is one such play.

Originally written in 1976 it marked Churchill’s first foray with Max Stafford-Clark, later leading onto Cloud Nine. Written in tight short scenes, including those based on verbatim and many historical, political and revolutionary sources the play questions the role of committee, academic idealism and practical action. Currently being staged at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre, Polly Findlay has bought this production into the modern day and reinforced the strength and timeliness of Churchill’s writing, especially with regards to the coalitions new notions of big society.

Light Shining In Buckinghamshire

Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Arcola Theatre, 14th July – 7th August 2010