Saturday, 29 November 2014

MUSIC REVIEW: Lekiddo - Lord of the Lobsters: It's Christmas (I Bet You Don't Know What I'll Bring You) [PPkk Remix]

©Lekiddo 2014

Music charts around the Christmas period have been a disappointment of late. As a child of the 80s, I shamelessly enjoy the sentimental pipes of Sir Cliff’s Saviour’s Day and the heartache and sleigh bells of Wham’s Last Christmas. Old festive favourites do make a reappearance in the charts every year but how refreshing would it be for a more recent song that was also deliciously on-theme to make an appearance? Glastonbury favourite Lekiddo - Lord of the Lobsters may have just what Christmas music fans are yearning for!

Friday, 3 October 2014

BOB Wines - Now open for business!

Photo: BOB Wines
Previously, I posted about a speciality wine shop on Anerley Road in Crystal Palace that had just been granted its licence.

Since then, logos of a devilishly handsome gent have appeared on the windows, shelves shipped from Italy have been installed to hold casks and stock has arrived including the prestigious Champagne Gouturbe Bouillot, for celebrations or moments of “Why the hell not?” decadence, and locally brewed ales such as South London-based Clarence & Frederick’s for any occasion.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Staying In: Strictly's Back!

Officially, autumn began last Tuesday (thank you Google Doodle for the reminder). In my world, autumn starts tonight when the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing kicks off with the live dances.

SCD is the glittering light that brightens up the cold bitter British evenings for millions of viewers. It’s unashamed, old fashioned entertainment that is on a par with watching an old Gene Kelly film on a Sunday afternoon in the feelgood stakes.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Restaurant Review: Tbilisi, 91 Holloway Road

Until recently, I shamefully dismissed Holloway Road as just a place to travel to for gigs at The Garage or comedy showcases at the Hen & Chickens and the only food available was from a kebab shop or Maccy D’s on the journey home. You had to make your way to Upper Street for a restaurant worthy of a hot date or family do. Georgian restaurant Tbilisi, on Holloway Road, is the little culinary surprise that proved me wrong.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sport: London Rockin Rollers

Photo: Max Lundsten

Last Saturday I visited Newham Leisure Centre to cheer on my favourite flat track roller derby team - London Rockin Rollers  - who were taking on Ruhrpott Roller Girls from Essen, Germany. An afternoon of dangerous sport, rock music and homemade cupcakes? Something for everyone surely!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Kräftskiva - Scandinavians show you how to party properly

Photo: Natalia Kinsey
With the end of summer, there’s no better way to make the most of what’s left than with a traditional Scandinavian crayfish party. Originally from Sweden but enthusiastically celebrated throughout the other Nordic countries, crayfish parties take place every August and are an uninhibited affair - participants should leave shyness and delicate table manners at home. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wine Enthusiasts Rejoice! New independent shop to open in Crystal Palace

Followers of my Twitter self, HologramTiger, may recall last week when I shared a petition to show support for a business that planned to open a fine wine shop on Anerley Road, Crystal Palace. Tremendous local support and over 470 signatures later and the business has been granted its licence!

Review: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk - Barbican

Photo by Natalia Kinsey
The V&A usually takes all the glory for exhibiting the most extraordinary of fashion designers. Yet the Barbican has a particular knack for truly transporting visitors to the wonderfully peculiar worlds of design (Viktor & Rolf’s kooky dolls in their decadent miniature homes in 2008 immediately spring to mind). It is no longer just about the garments and sketches, it is also about the dreams that drive them. The Barbican’s recent offering was the first major exhibition dedicated to everyone’s favourite French rebel - Jean Paul Gaultier - and completely immersed one in his world of clever playfulness and unconventional bold sexiness.  

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Film Review: Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry’s latest fantastical cinematic offering, Mood Indigo, is an adaptation of a Boris Vian novel and stars the ever-versatile Romain Duris as Colin, a wealthy carefree man living with his lawyer and cook enthusiast friend Nicolas (Omar Sy). The pair reside in a bright, spacious apartment and indulge in delightful pastimes such as playing the “pianocktail” (different keys and tempos empty cocktail ingredients into a glass - a Willy Wonka-esque creation for grown ups). Colin’s life takes an even brighter turn when he meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou) who he soon marries. Everything changes dramatically for the newlyweds when Chloé has a water lily growing in her lung and Colin tries to do what he can to afford the growing medical expenses.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Dance Review: Brasil Brasileiro at Sadlers Wells

This summer, samba extravaganza Brasil Brasileiro returned to Sadlers Wells to give Londoners a full flavoured taste of Brazil but without the drama that was the World Cup. Dance is one of Brazil’s greatest exports and director Claudio Segovia’s show takes the audience on a journey that is a history lesson and carnival combined.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Snap of the Week: New Technicolour Kings Cross Station Entrance

Photo: Natalia Kinsey

London commutes tend to be dull affairs with a steel and concrete backdrop. Grey, grey and grey encasing human cattle on their way to the office. Which is why a little joy was had when I first walked through the new King's Boulevard entrance to King's Cross station. The new entrance is long and winding - which describes a lot of King's Cross station - but this lends itself to the glorious colour changing wall panel flowing from shimmering whites to pretty pinks to sparkly blues. It feels like the set of a sci-fi film with a psychedelic twist.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Dance Review: English National Ballet's Lest We Forget at Barbican Theatre

Tamara Rojo’s appointment as artistic director for the English National Ballet has proven to be a thrilling move as triumphantly shown with Lest We Forget - a collection of bold new commissions to mark the centenary of the First World War. Rojo has taken brave steps with this production - it is the first English National Ballet season ever at the more contemporary Barbican rather than the usual classical home that is The Coliseum. It is also the first time that contemporary dance choreographers Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant have collaborated with a ballet company.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Snap of the Week - Kite over Primrose Hill

Natalia Kinsey

Last weekend saw a glorious burst of sunshine with highs of 19 degrees. Coats were discarded and barbeques dusted off.

I paid a visit to the park in Primrose Hill which was thriving with romantic couples, families and enthusiastic dogs great and small. Groups of visitors clamoured over the top of the hill to take in the impressive panoramic view of London and take what was hopefully a photo that could do it justice.

As the sun was setting, the wind began to pick up. A man and his daughter began to fly a home made kite. A bold red triangle flying majestically in the soft hazy sky. A great way to finish the weekend.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Review: Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras - La Pepa at Sadlers Wells

This month, dance lovers in London were given the rare treat of a visit from flamenco queen Sara Baras for this year’s Flamenco Festival in Sadler’s Wells. Accompanied by a tremendous force of a corps de ballet and musicians on guitars and percussion that drive you giddy with the passionate rhythms, Baras’ latest production ‘La Pepa’ is a tribute to the Spanish Constitution of Cadiz in 1812 and a celebration of her beloved country.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Comedy Review - Dirty Fan Male at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

Valentine's Day produced a little crisis - I wanted to do “something” with my significant other which was not depressingly and cynically marketed (overpriced bland set menus served with the elbows and awkward conversations of strangers? No ta) . So I booked tickets for Dirty Fan Male at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club - an evening of love letters to soft porn stars read out with musical accompaniment. This is how you do romance properly.

Dirty Fan Male is presented by Jonny Trunk, founder of Trunk Records, who recalls his past job managing his glamour model sister’s fan club along with their mother who had left her job at the National Trust especially. This eventually led to handling huge volumes of fan mail for several other models in the soft porn industry. Over the years, Trunk collected fan correspondence full of an incredibly wide and colourful range of sexual and romantic desires.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Snap of the Week - Couture Cat, Selfridges

January is usually the least inspired month for shop window displays on the high street - an army of aggressive red banners roaring 'SALE' in your crowd-weary and weather-beaten face, stamping out the remains of sparkling whimsy from the previous festive period.

So a welcoming 'hurrah!' goes to Selfridges, which last week launched their Festival of Imagination, for starting 2014 with this feline beauty clad in a dramatic butterfly gown which attention-seeking stars would fight over for the red carpet. It's fantastical, dreamy and ever so gothic. Refreshing originality and bursts of colour breaking through the most cynical month on Oxford Street.


Saturday, 18 January 2014

Dance Review: English National Ballet's Le Corsaire at The Coliseum

The festive sparkle of December was carried through to the usually glum January thanks to the English National Ballet’s swashbuckling Le Corsaire. The first time that a UK company has performed this ballet in its entirety, this production didn’t fail in delivering the spectacular.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Theatre Review - The El. Train at Hoxton Hall

The last show I attended in 2013 was The El. Train - three one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill put together for the first time in a single production. The venue was the Victorian grade II listed Hoxton Hall which had been transformed into 1920s New York with a “Hell Hole” saloon bar serving up period-inspired cocktails and blaring out melancholic jazz. The theatre itself was turned into a cramped dark tenement block with the piercing sound of a railway train racing overhead followed by live music and the heart-rending vocals of Nicola Hughes.