Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Thursday, 25 December 2014

It's Christmas!

Best present goes to personalised Nutella - thank you husband

Best reaction, Toby "this is the best Christmas ever - I only wanted the Guardians Sandman book and I got it!"

Best Crackers - balloon modelling ones from TKMaxx 

Best 'nope can't see much' present - a telescope

Best cat present - as little disruption as possible and maybe a catnip filled dangly Christmas tree.

(My thoughts are with those nearby that I can't begin to imagine what they're going through - huge love to you Sarah and Will, stay strong both of you you've been inspirational)

Monday, 15 December 2014

It's all for Charity...

The rather talented Jenny Lockyer, musician, storyteller and we see her in the pub - has a charity single out for Christmas in aid of Shelter. If this weather doesn't make you think about people living without a roof over their heads I don't know what will. Jenny's passionate about the cause - and rather than thinking she's only gone and done something about it!

The single "Give it Away" (nowt to do with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers) is available to listen to and download and all Jenny asks is if you possibly could donate that would be marvellous.

Now, there is a Toby link to all this. When the song was being recorded Jenny thought it might be good to have children as backing vocals on the chorus the trouble is getting the kids and for them to cooperate... well Toby was the one that did but him alone does not make much of a choir so she decided to go with the original version - which is marvellous.... go blinkin listen!

Jenny Lockyer with a teeny bit of help from Toby

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Rising Vamp

I won't like I'm in shock - Croydon's having one heck of a revamp but I never expected to see work from likes of Robert Motherwell, Peter Blake or Andy Warhol.

Gallery owner and art saviour of Croydon , Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison has plans beyond his new Rise Gallery for our concrete city he see's the hope in Croydon that most ignore. I've gone on about the talent that has come out of Croydon School of Art and Kevin has also lectured there. His vision is an art quarter, studios, public art... if anyone can make this real it's him after talking to him for ten minutes crikey that man knows what he's talking about and is passionate to make it a reality.

Croydon will always be butt of jokes if it doesn't change - I don't mean yet another shiny new shopping centre, the arts have been sold, trampled on and discarded in CR0 and it looks like the light has come! Places to live need art and a cultural side - ignore it and well you get ... well Croydon add a respect for creativity and appreciation for art, galleries, general public art, places for artists to thrive and as if by magic you'd have one hell of an area.

Am looking forward to meeting with Kevin again. If you are near here go see what I mean Rise is in the most unlikely part of Croydon too (7- 9 St Georges Walk) which makes the project even more fascinating. Hoorah St Kevin and thank you.