An Extra Day

today i’m handing over the reins to some excellent guest bloggers who will be sharing very cool posts over the next 2 weeks! i’ll still be on twitter, and possibly posting photos of my new place & its progression on instagram.

first up is Vic who you may know from photography projects like Other People’s Houses and 1010. she has a series on her blog called No Biggie that never fails to surprise me (and make me laugh).

Hello. It’s vic here. I just wanted to thank Diana for asking me to blog while she’s moving. It’s an honour to be able to tell you about my latest little project:

Every four years, we get an extra day at the end of February. A free 24 hours. This year, I wanted to make mine special, to really do something.

So I walked around central London with a friend with the intention of meeting 24 new people, taking their photos and putting them online. All in 24 hours.

We met a man who’s been selling fruit for 50 years. A woman who scouts models. We met someone who’s dreading saying goodbye, someone hoping for good news. We talked about Kanye West, about fashion, drama school, Miss Piggy and Jon Hamm, we talked about values and a sense of community. A couple of people thought we were crazy. Only two

people we asked said no. Mostly, we were reminded that people are surprising, interesting, open and kind. Everyone has a story to tell.

29th February, 2012 was:


Woolwich Dockyard Portraits

got totally sucked in by this amazing set of photos taken by George Plemper in London in the late 70’s & early 80’s

For a period of 5 years between 1978 to 1982 photography was a way to prove to myself that I was still alive. Unable to unable to make sense of the “real world” and “real people” who told me that I was too sensitive, too quiet, too thoughtful, too strange, I found that my world changed when I picked up the camera. Through the viewfinder a new and better world opened up and, best of all, it acted as a shield. I did not have to get too close when I held the camera. In 1979-82 I used to visit the Clockhouse Community Centre in Woolwich Dockyard, London SE18 and these are a few of the sights I saw.

all photographs by George Plemper


the book club

this place looks really awesome, the book club is situated in a former victorian warehouse in the east end of london that’s been renovated into a new venue for eating, drinking, meeting & dancing.

bringing together wit, wisdom and enough food and drink to see you through from early breakfast to a nightcap at last orders at the bar, the book club offers a new cultural revolution to the east end’s social scene. the book club fuses lively, creative events and late night drinking seven days a week with an alternative menu of brain-teasing and mind-expanding thought for food in the form of workshops, talks, cultural showcases, parties, ping pong, pool  and the best in new music.

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the tweed run

this put a big smile on my face this morning

“What ho! 400 of London’s most sartorial Gents and most finely attired Ladies gathered in Chelsea on Saturday for the Tweed Run 2010 … this weekend brought bright sun and blue skies for a truly unique group ride around London.”

(sent to me by my brother)