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Rich and I went to a Q&A screening of Karl Hyde and Kieran Evan’s film The Outer Edges at the town cinema last night. The film takes a journey along the river Roding, around east London’s outer edges. Woodford, Purfleet, Tilbury, Dagenham, Barking – talking to allotment gardeners, body builders, boxers, amateur historians, bird watchers, club singers and market traders. These characters seem at odds with the often down-on-its-luck environment and a pattern of defiance in the face of undeniable adversity starts to emerge. Read More >

Posted: September 24th, 2013
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King’s Cross has been one of the more authentic parts of London for as long as I can remember. For a long time it didn’t seem to change at all, locked in a grubby one-way cycle. A place you went through to get somewhere else. It was often a little bit too real seemingly advertising itself as the home of the homeless, mentally ill, hookers, rent-boys, pimps, dealers, clubbers and art students with a penchant for London’s Hogarthian underbelly. Read More >

Posted: September 16th, 2013
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Richard Rogers ‘Inside Out’ at The Royal Academy is a generous and entertaining retrospective. My first visit to the RA’s new exhibition rooms at Burlington Gardens which opened last year. The exhibition is beautifully put together with large typographic walls and a bold colour theme which runs throughout, starting with a fluro-pink statement room before simplifying to coloured bus-stop text panels. Read More >

Posted: September 13th, 2013
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Mark Neville’s show at The Photographer’s Gallery documents the Northamptonshire town of Corby. Neville follows the fortunes of the Corby 16 – a group seeking compensation from the local council after negligent disposal of waste from the town’s steel mills which closed in the 1980’s. Read More >

Posted: September 13th, 2013
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RiffRaff productions have organised a pop-up gallery and theatre event as part of London Design Festival entitled “Lost Soles”. The events are inspired by the @abandonedshoes twitter feed. “Have You ever seen a random shoe at the side of the road and thought…Why? Of course You have! Report all sightings of Abandoned Shoes here!” The gallery and program of ten short plays will take place in the heart of London’s shoe district at 38 Earlham Street in Seven Dials. All “shoe-artworks” are being auctioned for charity.

Our contribution is a clog inspired by the celebrated dutch actress Sylvia Kristel. Read More >

Posted: September 11th, 2013
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We’re back from a week in Calla Ferrera, Mallorca, where we did nothing very much. Laid in the sun. Swam in a pool or in the sea. Ate and drank. I read quite a bit which I mention because it doesn’t happen very often. I read Ernest Hemingway’s “Fiesta” (The Sun Also Rises), a collection of his short stories, and chapters from “A Farewell to Arms”, “To Have And Have Not”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Death In The Afternoon”. Read More >

Posted: September 4th, 2013
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