Posted on Feb 5th, 2013 | 10 comments
This evening, in a foul mood, having just stepped out of a shivery drizzle and into the Tube, I heard something of a rarity: live violin music.
I love the musicians who perform in the official spaces in the official busking spaces of Underground stations. But here was a man on a train, travelling along the line, making beautiful music as we journeyed home.
He was obviously homeless or at least had fallen on hard...
Posted on Dec 8th, 2012 | 2 comments
Over the past several years my family and I have criss-crossed the city trying out different ice skating rinks. I’ve loved it since childhood, when I would force my mother to drive from 2 1/2 hours to the nearest ice rink so I could pretend I was an ice princess. (I have a great picture of me trying to do an arabesque on ice — the minute my mother hit the shutter, I hit a chink in the ice and she...
Posted on Aug 16th, 2012 | 1 comment
I thought the coolest thing that Jeremy Deller has done was his documentary about Depeche Mode fanatics, “Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode“. That was until we visited Sacrilege, his inflatable Stonehenge.
This is surely the only giant bouncy prehistoric World Heritage site in the world. It’s travelling around England and, looking for something more inspiring than another day at the local park, I sent my...
Posted on Jun 9th, 2012 | 0 comments
Our quest for the best burger took us today to Brixton Village Market, to try Honest Burgers. It’s drawn raves from The Observer’s Jay Raynor, Metro and TimeOut, among many others. In the olden days, before children, this is the kind of place I would have strategised to visit with my friend R. before the first magazine or newspaper write-up. These days, we’re lucky to get someplace while it...
Posted on May 2nd, 2012 | 10 comments
I’ve always thought there was something sweet and a little deluded about British surfers. Sure, this is an island and there are loads of nice beaches. But when it comes to waves, it’s not as if we have the big surf of Hawaii or the iconic breaks of Australia. And yet, surf aficionados like me can find some very nice beaches for learning.
I’ve tried several spots with varying success, but I’ve...
Posted on Oct 10th, 2011 | 4 comments
Destination: Vintage Vacations, near Ryde, Isle of Wight, 07802 758113
Great for: holidaying with other families, having a chill-out getaway
Pack: Football, cricket sets, badminton sets, croquet sets, and the novel you’ve been meaning to read
Don’t forget: Your wellies, just in case
The one problem with writing about travel: you find someplace really cool you want to tell the world about…and then...