Friday, June 21, 2019

Star Spots - May/June 2019

11/6 Chris Evans - Endell St

16/6 Sandi Toksvig - Cafe Rouge, Highgate

18/6 Festival Hall
Alex Jennings
David Dimbleby
Paul Gambaccini
Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Israel 5

Wed 5th June

- sea swim
to Tel Aviv - Kfra Saba
- Dalit & 2 daughters
to Petach Tiqva
- Ronen
to Hod Hasharon
- Jaffa & family

Thurs 6th - Dora Gee's birthday

Petach Tiqva - Ronen
Tel Aviv port - breakfast
Tel Aviv beach - walk R & N

to Ben Gurion
to Luton

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Israel 4

- sea swim
- meeting Ricardo
Sderot to Beersheva
- train museum
- old town
- Lola's

Israel 3

Mon 2/6/19

Ashkelon to Sderot
- meeting with Sapir
Sderot to Jerusalem (solo drive with music)
- route 1 into Jerusalem (remains of armoured vehicles)
Jerusalem, near Old City
West Bank
St Saba monastery with Adam Z & N at sundown
edge of Judean desert
dinner at old Railway Station
Jerusalem to Ashkelon night drive

Monday, June 03, 2019

Israel 2

Sun 2/6/19

Yad Mordechai kibbutz
- cemetery & closed museum
- cinematek
- Cinema South Film Festival
- screening students' films
- hummous/falafel restaurant
- opening film premiere Mosad

Mon 3/6

- swim

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Ashkelon trip 1

Fri 31/5/19

Luton to Tel Aviv
(Deneese pearlmn michael c)
Evening drive to Caesaria - C's
(Cecelia, Shea) N reunion

Sat 1/6
Reading in garden, early morning (Biggie)
Caesaria aqueduct to port walk - C & N
Caesaria to Ashkelon
Regina Goren
Archie's dinner
Scubar - Champions League final Spurs v Liverpool

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Story Snippet

I find myself sitting next to Sissel on the six-hour train journey from Trondheim to Oslo. She is an elegant elderly lady with a wicked laugh. She is a native of Trondheim who used to be the projectionist at the Cinemateket where I delivered my lecture on Thursday. She is on her way to Oslo airport to head for Berlin, her first visit there since 1977. The last time she went she tried to call David Bowie and Iggy Pop. She found the phone number of their flat under James Osterberg in the phone book. She rang but a woman answered and said they were out.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Norway - April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 

  • Abram Games blue plaque unveiling, The Vale, London NW11
  • LHR-Oslo-Trondheim

Thursday 4th April

  • Dromedar cafe
  • Delivered lecture at Cinemateket
  • Workshop at Isak cultural centre
  • Walk with Line - cathedral, Bakklandet (old working class quarter)
  • Cinemateket - Brief Encounter
  • Svartlamoen with Line - hippy area & great bar (Lars & Kay & Kristin)

Friday 5th April

  • Breakfast at Scandia hotel
  • Walk through Bakklandet & back lanes
  • Workshop at Isak cultural centre
  • Podcast recording with Audun
  • Walk to shore of Trondheim Fjord
  • Walk back to Bakklandet for dinner (Folk & Fe)
  • Sunset by river app. cathedral

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Star Spot No. 766

Jeremy Irons & Sinead Cusack 30/1/19 Barbican after party

Trevor McDonald, Charlie Brooker
6/2/19 Broadcast awards, Grosvenor Ho.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Story snippet

Brian works in our excellent local second-hand bookshop. I was in there the other day and bought a slim volume about the 60s by Jenny Diski. This prompted me to ask Brian where he was in the 60s. He told me that for one year he was in Vietnam. He had been conscripted from his home in Texas and found himself in the mobile air corps, buzzing around in helicopters. When I asked him whether he'd found himself in the front line he explained that while serving on the choppers, he jumped off one day as they were landing and his glasses fell off, got lost. At this point they moved him to an admin job because unusually he could type. It took them a long time to replace the glasses, they had to fly them in from Japan.

When Brian got back from Vietnam after the standard year (half a year for officers) there was a GI Bill which enabled him to go to university in Texas, in Austin, where he studied history. It also enabled him to come to London in 1972 to do his Masters, at LSE I think. He's been here ever since.

He also told me that he recently got his UK citizenship at a ceremony in Islington town Hall. He was impressed by the lady Mayor who helped make a real event out of it.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Mouse moment

I am sitting on a bench outside Kenwood house, slightly set back from the sandy path. An Irish woman appears beside the man and woman sitting just forward and left of me. She is exclaiming about a mouse she has just seen, along the benches to the left which are out of my sightlines. She hates mice, she tells the couple on the bench (I don't think she knows them). Then her husband appears at her side. He looks like a cartoon mouse. Big front teeth. Long nose. Thin face. A cap right out of the Aristocats. The man of thr bench couple surmises that it was perhaps her bright red shoes which attracted the mouse. She said she had seen a rat at her feet at the nearby cafe once. "Perhaps it's a baby rat" she muses. "No, it's a mouse" says the mouse husband.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019


First music of the year 🎶 U2 - New Year's Day

First food of the year 🍉 raspberry

First viewing of the year 🎥 scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody