Wednesday, 22 September 2010

another year ...another ramadan

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Old St Pancras Churchyard.

Before Thomas Hardy gave up architecture to become a poet - writer. He was in charge of collecting the bones from the cementery during the construction of St Pancras Station. So disgusted with the immorality of progress he later wrote:
We late-lamented, resting here,
Are mixed to human jam,
And each to each exclaims in fear,
'I know not which I am!'


In 1994 the channel tunnel terminal by Grimshaw opened to huge acclaim.
15 years later it closed and has now reopened as a temporary theatre showing the Railway Children.
The concrete finishes are still perfect...we know that buildings often
have a 25year life span... but 15 years!
How many railway themed plays are there? what are they going to do??

Tuesday, 13 July 2010


Thursday, 13 May 2010


Hebron series...


Friday, 16 April 2010


Salonica, Greece
Birthplace of Niko Kostaras and home of the Rotunda, built by Galerius Caesar in 300AD for use as a place of worship by the mysterious Samothratian Kabirii, then a Christian Church, then a mosque, now a Greek Orthodox Church. What next? McDonalds?

Caspar Hall, Painter

Caspar Hall - ruthless editor - this hand will go in the bin unless I save it...

the streets ARE paved in gold

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Richard Hamilton

Saturday, 20 February 2010


We went across London to see Nation at the National Theatre.

We got off the tube at Embankment and walked across the river Thames

Past the Royal Festival Hall

Past the bright & new South Bank

Past the kids doing tricks

to the National Theatre by Dennis Lasdun

where material is king

and the boundaries of what is inside

and outside are not defined

and the threshold is managed by a local entrepeneur

The interior of the auditorium was as much a play as the play

after the play finished we made our way back home, life had not diminished outside, the skaters were skating

in their appropriated skate park which the authorities have now realised is a part of the architecture

back over the bridge past the busker

wearing his busking shoes

and playing his busking sax

under the gaze of the ever watching eye

down underground

onto the late train


Thursday, 11 February 2010



EL PISTO was the house of this man....

that became a fantastic bar

that is famous for its.... [not their recipe]

Rabo de Toro (bull’s tail)

2 kg bull’s tail
2 ripe tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 head garlic
2 bay leaves
1 litre Montilla wine
Olive oil

Clean and remove fat from the bull’s tails and leave in water to drain out blood. Rinse thoroughly and place in a heavy bottomed pan with onion, garlic, tomatoes and bay leaves. Add wine and water to cover and season with salt then simmer over a low heat until the meat is tender. Remove the meat from the pot and process liquid to make sauce. Bring sauce to the boil again and season to taste. Return meat to sauce again and serve reheated 24 hours later. Serve with thickly cut fried potatoes.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

1956 TOROS

Monday, 8 February 2010

Paris, 40 in the 4eme