Saturday, September 30, 2006

The good, the bad, and the ugly ... and Morricone

Universally acclaimed, legendary film composer Ennio Morricone whose work includes over 450 film scores including Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Cinema Paradiso is set to perform two intimate, rare UK concert performances at the London Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, Friday the first and Saturday the second of December 2006.
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Thursday, September 28, 2006

WEEKLY PHOTO (28 September 2006)

Photograph by Tiki Chris © 2006
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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Savory little Brazilian breaks

Just round the corner from my flat is a little place called Coffee Café. No, not a very original name, but the owner’s intent is well conveyed. However, in my opinion a better name might be Coxinha Kitchen.

As the green and yellow colour scheme of the café’s signage connotes, Coffee Café is Brazilian owned and run. In addition to a good cup o’ joe and your run-of-the-mill sandwiches and other lunch items, the two incredibly friendly Brasileiras that work behind the counter and in the kitchen serve a variety of homemade pastelzinhos. Among these treats is one tempting morsel that deserves at least a few sentences about it: the coxinha.

Coxinha is Portuguese for “little thigh” and refers to a spicy ball of minced chicken meat, in the shape of a chicken leg, that’s deep-fried in a wheat flour batter. Sound good? Well, it tastes even better, and just knowing that these yummies are fresh and available and virtually right outside my building’s door is awfully tempting.

Coffee Café is located on Compton Street between St John Street and Goswell Road.

Prank of England £10 Note


Thursday, September 21, 2006

WEEKLY PHOTO (21 September 2006)

The Baron of Piccadilly
Photograph by Tiki Chris © 2006
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A great review of Scotti's Snack Bar in Clerkenwell

I had been meaning to write a review of Scotti's Snack Bar, a great little place near my flat that exudes a phenomenal atmosphere that, if distilled, would probably taste like HP's Brown Sauce (and that's a good thing). However, when I came across the following review, I realized that someone else had already written what I intended.

Scottis, Clerkenwell Green, EC1
by Russell Davies
a good place for a cup of tea and a think
January 10, 2005

... coffee and a break from the 21st century.

here to read the complete post.

I would like to add the following picture of the entrance to Scotti's, taken recently by Emiana:

There. That was easy.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Very Nearly Almost Issue One

Limited to only 120 copies, Very...Nearly...Almost is a "photozine full of pretty pictures of vandalism." The free zine is hand numbered and only available at Best, Bond, Stussy, and Boxfresh. According to the zine's corresponding blog, Issue 2 is "already in the pipeline."

I got #43.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

WEEKLY PHOTO (14 September 2006)

Behold the Knights of Middle England!
Photograph by Chris Mavergames © 2006
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Thursday, September 07, 2006

WEEKLY PHOTO (7 September 2006)

The Commander
Photograph by Emiana © 2006
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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Free Wicker Man with every purchase

Before (or perhaps instead of) catching the Nick Cage remake of the classic film, The Wicker Man, why not just purchase a copy of today's Guardian newspaper (Wednesday 6 September), which comes with a free DVD of the original?

Besides, I very seriously doubt the new film will have anything as saucy (or goofy) as Brit Ekland shakin' her thang in throes of Pagan lust.

Yep, I got mine! And, nope, I don't normally read the Guardian, but I must admit I found the following article about The Wicker Man remake to be hilarious.

Early reviews torch The Wicker Man
Staff and agencies
Guardian Unlimited
Friday September 1, 2006

Neil LaBute's remake of The Wicker Man opened in the US today to a small but fierce bonfire of bad reviews. Expect its flames to be fanned in the days ahead.

Click here to read the complete review.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Melancholiacs at the Betsey Trotwood Friday 8 September

"Foot Stompin' Beer Swiggin' Rock 'n' Roll" at a real live pub!

London Design Festival 15-30 September 2006

I was perusing the Official Guide to the London Design Festival 2006 last night and was astounded by the list of venues and events, which are all over town, all over the design-spectrum, and mostly free and open to the general public. Among the truly many highlights, are the following events:

New Designers Selection
Thursday 21: 10.00-21.00 Friday 22: 10.00-22.00 (18.00-20.00 invite only) Saturday 23: 10.00-18.00 Sunday 24: 10.00-16.00
Brick Lane 95 Brick Lane London E1 6QL
New Designers SELECTION is an event that showcases an outstanding group of 50 young designers to have emerged from the New Designers exhibition in July 2006 at the Business Design Centre. New Designers SELECTION is an exclusive opportunity for you to see inspiring design from the freshest thinkers of today including furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, product and more.

Saddle with Attitude
Friday 18.00-21.00 Saturday 10.30-17.30
21 Clerkenwell Green London
One Hand Clapping design & communications celebrate Vespa's 60th Anniversary by creating a customised vintage scooter show room installation. Prints and designer upholstery capture the essential essence of modern chic, eternal romanticism, classic 1960's Italian style and the ever increasing pragmatism of economic and eco-efficient scooter transport in today's society.

United nations of Scandinavian Design
Monday to Saturday 10.00-18.60 Sundays 11.00-17.00
86 Marylebone High Street London W1U 4QS
Skandium presents a selection of classic modern pieces mixed with new, contemporary items such as furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics, wallpaper, accessories to show the vibrant, timeless mix of Scandinavian Design.

Vitra and Eames: An Exhibition
Monday to Thursday 9.00-17.30 Friday 9.00–17.00
30 Clerkenwell Road London EC1M 5PG
To mark the opening of Vitra and Eames: an exhibition and the 50th Anniversary of the Eames Lounge Chair, Vitra is hosting an informal lecture presented by Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office, film producer and grandson of the acclaimed design duo Charles and Ray Eames. Eames Demetrios travels the world delivering lectures on the seminal designs of the Eameses from a very personal perspective. His intimate knowledge of the personalities behind the designs brings a new dimension to our understanding.
Ticket information: Free but booking is essential and numbers are limited. Send reservations to

Click here to visit the LDF website.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Perfect weather? Never!

Sunshine delays train
Yahoo! News UK
Friday September 1, 02:24 PM

A c2c spokesman said: "The driver was looking into a mirror on the platform to check to see if he could proceed ... Because of the glare on the mirror, he felt he could not properly see and the train was delayed for seven minutes."

here to read the full article.

Polynesian power at the British Museum

Power & Taboo: Sacred objects from the Pacific
28 September 2006 – 7 January 2007
British Museum

Room 5
Admission free

Power & Taboo explores the power of the gods in the Polynesian islands of the eastern Pacific. Displaying part of the British Museum's remarkable early collections from this region, and illustrated with images made in the early part of European settlement (1760-1860), the exhibition investigates Polynesian ideas about the gods and how to manage their powers. Many of the objects have had a lasting influence on 20th Century artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore. Lectures, films and events, which tie in with the themes of the exhibition, will begin later this month.

Click here to visit the British Museum online.