Tuesday, 29 May 2012


This film about a Paris child protection unit won the jury price at Cannes in 2011. What I can gather it has beautiful and haunting acting. It will be screened at Cine lumiere from 1. June - 12. July. I would really love to see films from Europe more widely available here in London!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Pentecost Sunday

We had our 'first street party' this Sunday down the road. Well, it was meant to be a friendly demonstration outside a politicians home against all the cuts the government is pushing through. Whilst the atmosphere was friendly and it was interesting for our children to experience a bit of grass root politics (if you can call it that) I am in two minds however about involving the families of politicians in any way. But on the other hand, our families are directly affected, too .....


Friday, 25 May 2012

It's a sunny Friday

We just ordered new gas for the BBQ, are planning a picnic in Richmond Park this evening with the kids (the park is open till 21.00) and might even venture into Soho on Sunday to visit the new Flea Market (if it is not too hot) on Dean Street. 

And for our well deserved drink, we will use these ice cube strawberries to keep cool.


Have a lovely Weekend!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Chelsea Flower Show

Here are two of the gardens that impressed me most:

Quiet Time
Korean DMZ Forbidden Garden
by Jihae Hwang

DMZ stand for Korean Demilitarised Zone - the garden wants to show how nature manages to thrive in an area once fought over and destroyed. It symbolises the history, suffering and hope and ongoing conflict with  plants in abundance, a memorial bench made out of dog tags, bottles with messages to family and friends on the other side, hanging from the fence, a rose next to a bullet and the omni-present watch tower, protecting or threatening? I could not make up my mind about that.

Satoyama Life
by Kazuyuki Ishihara

The designer was inspired by the simple life of people in the Satoyama, living in harmony with nature. I just loved the soft feel of the little garden. Very inviting, but honouring nature with restraining her ever so lightly and with the utmost respect.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Chelsea Flower Show - first Impressions

Monday, 21 May 2012

London Art Fairs and more ...

Found this Guide about the London Art Fair - helps to keep on top of things.

And here you can figure out what to wear in a few years time: The Graduate Fashion Show of the Royal College of Art,  30th Mai

And if the Sofa (among a million other things) can be re-invented, you can explore  here: London Design Week starts tomorrow.

Convertible Sofa Convertible Sofa Convertible Sofa

Sosia Bed by Campeggi

Sun and Flowers

The sun is supposed to come back later today and I am looking forward to going to the Chelsea Flower Show - never been and looking very much forward to it. Tickets have long gone but there is for the first time the Chelsea Fringe to discover which covers the whole of London (more or less).

How to pimp your pavement


or how to transform the Canal into a Floating Forest are only two projects of an amazing program you can find here. It's on till the 10th of June.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Festival of Baroque Music

The Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, which starts this coming Friday, will open with Le Concert des Nations under Jordi Savall at St. John's, Smith Square. Among other they will play Franz Biber's Batalia - descriptive, sometimes wild, dissonant, contemporary.

Monday, 14 May 2012

what we love

What we love
determines what we seek
what we seek determines
what we think and do
what we think and do
determines who we are
and who we will become

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, 13 May 2012


The Photographers' Gallery will re-open next Saturday, 19. May 2012

found here

Look at the space they gained! It's two minutes from Oxford Circus, so no excuse. Entry is free, but they are always looking for support

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Books, Books, Books

Free books at the Carneby Book Exchange - a great idea! You can sit and enjoy a find , take a book with you and leave one for other people to enjoy. A book club with a difference. You will find it at Kingly Court, just off Carneby Street.

And whilst searching for an appropriate picture I stumbled over this very bookish blog with some lovely book related art etc. like 

Reading Print Art "I READ" 8x10 Books Love Poster / Modern Art

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Travelling in Style

St Pancras

This is the entrance to St Pancras International Station and its Hotel. Recently renovated it does remind you of the glorious days of travelling.

These days, one needs huge signs to even find the entrance ...

King's Cross

Friday, 4 May 2012

For the Diary

London can be overwhelming - the amount of amazing art, culture and sport events is huge on a normal day, but with the Olympics looming: who can keep up (in a good way) ?

I thought I start collecting some dates for my diary, hugely personal but hopefully you find something of interest for you, too. Might be worth browsing a bit over the coming long weekend since the forecast is miserable ...

Should the sun come out - The Walled Garden at Fulham Palace has reopened - it used to be quite an overgrown but lovely former kitchen garden at the end of the Park - I am looking forward to see it in its former glory. And the Cafe is definitely worth a visit!

Till 23. May The Flying Duchman at the ENO - because I love the theme

25. May The Caught by the River Variety Show is a spin off by the nature and culture website Caught by the River, an intriguing combination of fishing, music, bird watching, poetry, writing and gardening .... 

Check out Rivertones 1, a mix of words by Dylan Thomas, spoken by Richard Burton and studio sounds of King Tubby, I found on their website!

5. July 2012 A story to tell : Past and future dreams for East London by artists, architects, residents and of course politicians

found here

Have a lovely weekend!