The Land of Lost Content

It’s somehow fitting that an attraction dubbed ‘The Land of Lost Content’ should sit off the beaten track, and you can’t get much further off than Craven Arms in deepest Shropshire, at the gateway to the Welsh Marches. But a location like that has given Stella Mitchell, a devotee of domestic ephemera, a venue […]

Jukebox – Jewkbox!

I’ve written before about events at the Jewish Museum in Camden and, once again, they’ve pulled off not only a fascinating dive into a subject close to our hearts but also a superb pun (and see the foot of the article for the alternative version). Jukebox – Jewkbox! explores the links between Jews and […]

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    If there’s a Cocktail Heaven, it’s Definitely at Trader Vic’s

If there’s a Cocktail Heaven, it’s Definitely at Trader Vic’s

Lovers of Tiki decor and a good cocktail within reach of London are doubly blessed for, lurking below the Hilton in Park Lane, is not just a fantastic Tiki-themed cocktail bar, but also one of the original chain of post-War Trader Vic’s, now one of the longest surviving anywhere.

First the history bit. ‘Vic’ is […]

Kenneth Williams and Friends at the British Library

I’d love to think that I’m so intimately connected on the cultural front that I don’t need Facebook to tell me what’s happening, but it doesn’t half come in handy sometimes. Without a handy post from actor and writer David Benson, I’d have failed to spot a one-off event at the British Library to […]

So Farewell Vintage Magazine Store


Usually I craft each of these blog posts well in advance of publication, and schedule them so as not to flood the blog with new material each time we’ve been somewhere or when a subject crosses my mind, but sometimes time is just too short. And so it is with the news, spotted on […]

Open House or Open Garage?

Luckily, work commitments usually mean that I’m in London for Open House weekend, and although the need to be in certain places at certain times doesn’t allow us to get booked up for some of the more in-demand venues, the element of improvisation sometimes takes us to places we wouldn’t have put at the […]

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    A Nice Way to Spend a Saturday – Punks, Soho and a Passport to the Other Pimlico

A Nice Way to Spend a Saturday – Punks, Soho and a Passport to the Other Pimlico

A whole day ahead of us in London, no prior arrangements other than a stop off at Embankment tube and meeting up with some very good friends – how much could we fit in?

Let’s start with a stroll along the river and across to Lambeth. Ever since I started spending a lot of time […]

The Birmingham Bash

It would be unfair to call Colin Silcocks a promoter. Promoters arrange gigs to make money, whereas for the past thirty odd years, Colin – under the banner of the Rockin’ 50s Club – has arranged gigs in and around Birmingham with one aim and one only – to bring great rock’n’roll to anyone […]

Curry in a Time Warp

It was shortly after our visit to Veeraswamy that Mrs M commented that she remembered going for a meal at another very traditional Indian restaurant somewhere down the Strand, but this one at the opposite end of the price spectrum from the luxuries of Veeraswamy. But, she feared, it was probably long gone. Something […]

Crate Digging in Greenwich

A day out in Greenwich is always a good bet if you want to get out of the immediate City and Westminster area, and it’s much easier now that the river Clippers take Oyster cards and you don’t have to join the long queues for tickets. Even as the creeping tide of steel and […]