Tag Archives: London

Bloomsbury Publishing’s Twenty-Fifth Birthday Party

Birthday party in a huge marquee in Bedford Square. Twinkly lights in the huge plane trees. Vast numbers of people, including my collaborator the wonderful writer Tracey Turner, illustrator/author Steve Appleby and the ubiquitous Grayson Perry in peach satin – … Continue reading

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London riots

Annoyed to run out of loo rolls and find little Sainsbury’s round the corner has been trashed by rioters.  Inconsiderate.  Spoke to a policeman guarding the wreckage. He said people had been coming up to him all morning with suggestions … Continue reading

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Primrose Hill again

Big gap due to sickliness.  Practicing for the Coughing Olympics.  But early morning walks still delightful, especially with lime trees in blossom.  Pity about the swarms of silly keep fit people.  Why can’t they just walk or run?  One man … Continue reading

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Slutwalk – not

Bother.  Went down to Trafalgar Square to to join Slutwalk and discovered a crowd of Swiss footballer supporters and a Victims of Child Abuse rally.  I’d got the day wrong.

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Poetic dust

Whilst walking through Camden Town after visiting the Wellcome’s Dirt exhibition, I passed 8 Royal College Street, where young poets Rimbaud and Verlaine briefly lodged in the 1870s.  I scraped some doorstep dust into a small plastic bag, watched by … Continue reading

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Women Should Be In Charge

Last night to Women Should Be In Charge event at the ICA in London, organised by Bob and Roberta Smith, who is a man btw.  Hmm.  Not good.  Andy Warhol, Thomas Gainsborough, Claude Monet and Banksy were all there, ready … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs in Primrose Hill.

Society of Authors meeting a couple of evenings ago – and great to see Lynne Reid Banks there being feisty.  Author of L-Shaped Room and about 40 other books, she was also one of the first TV news reporters in … Continue reading

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