Thursday, 28 July 2016

#TheAusterityGames @CamdenFringe @telltelltale @JanieOxford

DC Editor Adam writes…

Delighted to see this old Tweet of mine getting another outing this week thanks to the folk at Tell Tale theatre company…









The Austerity Games by Janie Hampton is one of my favourite London books of all. Click here for my review, first posted on The Daily Constitutional back in January 2012.



Which is why I was delighted to find out that it has been turned into a play.

The Austerity Games runs (pun intended!) at Kentish Town Community Centre on the 19th, 20th & 21st August 2016 as part of the Camden Fringe Festival. You can book tickets here: www.camdenfringe.com

Good luck to Tell Tale, and all involved with the Camden Fringe this year. Yet ANOTHER reason not to bother with Edinburgh in August (only joking, Edinburgh… well, HALF joking… back in 2011 I blogged 26 reasons to stay in London every August, the Camden Fringe was one of 'em and most of the reasons remain valid! Catch up with that earlier post HERE.)






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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

#plaque366 Flicker Alley @CecilCourt

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series





The birth of the British movie business commemorated in Cecil Court…







The shops in Cecil Court have a number of paper "plaques" in their windows commemorating specific movie businesses…







The plaque was unveiled by the actor Simon Callow in 2012…




Find the plaque here…






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Four Years Ago Today #London2012

Adam writes…


Four years ago today London's third Olympic Games opened. Having had a quick rake through the archive, here are a few snaps from The Daily Constitutional first posted four years ago…


Bugger. I tried to capture the Red Arrows flypast but they move at a hell of a lick!




'mon Andy! This item of headgear appeared on the statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns the day after Andy Murray won gold in the men's singles

I grew quite fond of Wenlock and Mandeville…



The Dutch always blend in, barely noticeable…


Sone people got into the spirit of things in Soho…


… others in Soho, not so much


And then it was all over and all we had left were memories, medals and Wenlock's footprints…













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A #RollingStones Playlist For The Rolling Stones #London Walk: Extracurricular Ron

Adam writes…


A playlist ahead of this week's Rolling Stones London Walk – Street Fighting Men which meets at 2:30pm at Tottenham Court Road tube on Thursday…





Extracurricular Ronnie Wood

Old Ron is The New Boy in the Rolling Stones: he didn't join until 1975!

His career in Rock'n'Roll goes back way longer than that. My playlist kicks off with two tracks from his first recording band The Birds. The Birds remain a great mystery for many of us: how did such a tight band, with such a big live following, fail to hit the big time? 

They enjoy a faintly infamous footnote in the British Invasion story thanks to their brief managerial connection with South London gangsters the Richardsons (who later gained tabloid notoriety as The Torture Gang) and for their publicity stunt in which they approached The Byrds at London airport upon their arrival in 1965 with a writ accusing the "theft" of their name.

The three tracks from The Birds kick off with what many believe to be the definitive version of Leaving Here - a cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland penned number, later tackled by Motörhead - the late Lemmy was a big fan of The Birds. Track three You're On My Mind was penned by Wood and perhaps goes some way to explain The Birds' ultimate failure – in attempting to bridge the gap between pop and R&B the band falls between two stools. The verse is pure Bo Diddley, the chorus clearly a tilt at the hit parade.

Tracks four and five come from Ron's stint with Jeff Beck, where he handled bass guitar duties. It was with The Jeff Beck Group that Wood fell-in with Rod Stewart and track six is from Stewart's finest hour An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (1969). I've chosen Dirty Old Town from that album because Wood contributes harmonica to the track – a versatile fella to have around, ol' Ron Wood.

Tracks 7-10 showcase The Faces, the biggest party in the history of Rock'n'Roll - Wood & Stewart teaming up with McGlagen, Laine and Jones late-of-the-parish of The Small Faces.

The last track is the reggae-tinged opener to Wood's 1974 solo record, the title of which tells us just how in-demand Wood has been among his peers down through the years: it was called I've Got My Own Album to Do







And here he is in back in '85 with Dylan and Keef at Live Aid…






At around the four-minute mark, you will see that Ron takes Dylan's guitar from him, gives him his own guitar and walks offstage mid-song. Dylan had broken a string an Ron gave up his instrument to keep the show going. This, for me, sums the man up. Cheers Ronnie!








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