Bompas & Parr’s – Architectural Punchbowl

4 12 2009


Next week in London is a 3-day extravaganza that is going to be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
How do you fancy seeing an entire room being flooded with punch?! Even better – you get to drink said punch and even float across it on a giant slice of orange peel!

Bonkers.

The guys behind it are Sam Bompas and Harry Parr – better known as Bompas & Parr – Jellymongers and there are still tickets available for Wednesday 9th December.

The video (produced by yours truly) gives only a hint of what to expect…

Cheers!





Narrowboats rock!

3 12 2009


With this year’s flakey economy, and a growing alternative lifestyle movement, the appeal of boat-living seems to be on the increase.

I moved aboard over 3 years ago, at a time when i wanted more independence but within the realms of affordability. The romantic notion of heading off into the sunset, a beer in hand and a Jack Russell at the helm were also mixed up in my vision of a boating future.

This year i’ve been along the Thames, up the River Lee, down the Grand Union and across the Regent’s Canal. I’ve learnt about oil filters, engine mounts and fuel pumps. I’ve got stuck in the mud, driven over my barge pole and waded the canal in ill-fitting Wellingtons.

And with every experience and story – i’ve grown to love it even more (although there are some things i’ll just never learn to love)…

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HotSpots in Wonderland

27 11 2009


Ice-skating, German sausages, wooden trinkets, funfairs and death slides – just a few of my favourite things and all of them available at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

I haven’t had a chance to check it out this year but last year i reported on it for the London Lite (RIP) and it’s definitely a HotSpot (or should that be Cool Spot?!) for London’s largest ice-rink alone.
Anyways – It’s free to get in and is open until January 3rd, 10am – 10pm.





Fancy Rewinding to the 80’s?

24 11 2009

Over the summer i took my narrow boat on a journey of discovery to Henley-on-Thames. Not just an idle jaunt, it was in fact to visit the 80’s Rewind Festival with a couple of friends.

I can honestly say it was one of the best festival i’ve been to – and i’ve been to Glastonbury, V, Phoenix, Isle of Wight, Secret Garden, White Air, Guildford (okay – Guildford Festival wasn’t really much competition but you get the gist)

As well as the weather being absolutely glorious and the obvious comfort of mooring my home at the edge of the site – there was also a great atmosphere, no hassles and nearly everyone made an attempt to dress in an 80’s vibe.

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Shop in a box? Hmmmv…

7 11 2009

Situated opposite Starbucks, at Liverpool Street station, are four polished words – ‘Shop in a box’. Now i’m all for a convenient vending machine – i ADORE the Japanese alcohol dispensers and Amsterdam’s croquette machines – but somehow ‘Shop in a box’ doesn’t fill me with glee.

HMV SHop in a Box at Liverpool Street

Maybe it’s because i associate ‘shopping’ with fun and human interaction? (even if it is shoulder barging the queue-pushers at Primark in Ealing)…

But anyway – always one to try something new – i thought i’d attempt a purchase at the coffins of retail.  Apart from feeling EXTREMELY conspicuous – the first issue i had was whether i was registered.  What?!  I’ve got to type in my personal details with someone watching over me behind a Caramel Macchiato?  I think not…
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