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Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Firing Line

Watching the documentary about the Rory Peck awards - ‎'the images on my screen we take for granted but imagine what goes on in the minds of those filming them' - Elizabeth Jones working on the Tahrir revolution ...for Al Jazeera ... you don't think about it because the scenes are shot from on high and you just think it's shot from a hotel - storycatchers on the frontline of danger

Friday, 30 December 2011

Christmas Ghost at Old Deptford Police Station

Photo by Jo McCormick

Woolfson and Tay Exhibition - pictures by Alejandro Salinas

Alejandro Salinas Photography
Portraits, Theatre and Wedding Photography

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Foulkestone in the garden

Just before Matt and I went to Denmark - here's Richard Sanderson and I in the back garden posing for a quick Foulkestone picture. We look like farmers.

At London Bridge

Waiting for the bus to Camberwell, taking pictures of the workers, the passers-by on London Bridge.

Greenwich in the early morning

We had breakfast at a nice little cafe - think it was called the Trafalgar (not the pub). Everything is called the Trafalgar in Greenwich.

Buying fish at Billingsgate Market for Christmas

Buying fish at Billingsgate Market for Christmas

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Bonfire and practise

Had a lovely bonfire today, cleared away the dead wood in the garden - and then rehearsal with Matt in the music studio.

Calm, getting ready for the New Year coming soon!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas tree

Decorated with berries and greenery from the garden.

Christmas decorations

I tied camelias and other greenery to the banister with ribbons ...

Christmas tree

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Session on the Garden of Earthly Delights

Exclusive session tracks with the London based songwriter
& poet mixed and recorded live on the show December 2011
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Thanks, Shane Quentin! That was good of you!

Ghosts of the Christmas Parlour

This was such fun! Jo and I were red Christmas ghosts and we even performed a play within a song for Good King Wenceslas which was a hoot, as I had forgotten the words. I will never forget blowing bubbles while Jo sang 'I'm forever blowing bubbles' very beautifully. Lots of great fun!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Ghosts of the Christmas Parlour

Young and beautiful Joanna McCormick and myself are performing 'Ghosts of the Christmas Parlour' aka Ladies in Red at the Old Police Station in Deptford this Friday evening. We may be singing:-

Ladies in Red
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
In the Bleak Midwinter

and more!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Soundart Radio

Just finished and sent off December's soundart radio show. Yes! Also put up Xmas tree complete with new lights and baubles and tinsel. We have located some berry holly in the Tarn and hopefully will raid it for a wreath for the door. Pictures to come.

Monday, 28 November 2011

The Ballad of Poly and Sharik Part Two

Poor little Poly. Where had she gone? We were terribly worried. Then Matt and I went to the Denmark Rainbow to stay with Teddy and Jenny, all the way to Orbyhage in South Jutland. We had a lovely time canoeing on the shallow sea and eating Jenny's delicious cakes, and scouring fields for stone age flint tools. But after that we came home to a lonely drake. Then Matt popped into the Tarn, our local bird sanctuary, and asked a lady who was working there if they had seen a Muscovy. Imagine our delight and surprise when she told us this story ...

Poly had been found by a neighbour on the other side of Fairy Hill Park, who lives on Broad Lawn, a lady also called Jenny. Jenny Broad-Lawn had fed the strange, tame bird, and taken her in. As she was going into hospital that afternoon she phoned the RSPCA, who took young Poly away. When the RSPCA found out she was ours the lady brought her back after inspecting our duck pen, which she pronounced truly an Edenic environment for two Muscovies.

So Poly was returned. Apparently there were posters advertising her 'found' status on the other side of the park - we hadn't seen them as we were in Denmark, plus we only sometimes walk to that side of Fairy Hill, we usually go the other way up to Eltham.

Hurray! Here's a picture of Poly and Sharik enjoying morning ablutions, a bowl of hot water on a frosty morn.

Foulkstone at Scaledown 25th Nov

Singing the Pace Egging Song

The Ballad of Poly and Sharik Part One

Blanaid left the ducks out after dark and we had a fox attack. Sadly Nick Nack was killed, I saw her throw up her little web feet and die, there by the pond. I left the body for the hungry foxes. Sharik was standing still by the pen, bite marks on his neck. Poor Sharik. But he was alive. But where was Poly. Later on by the house I saw Solly chase Loki the cat and he disturbed Poly who flew across the garden, panicking. We didn't clip the ducks this year just in case. I'm so glad. She flew across the park. Blanaid went next door and got Andrew to come with her into the park where they saw Poly. But they had Rosie the guide dog with them, and Rosie scared Poly. Poly flew off and we didn't know what had happened to her.


A wonderful, lovely, satisfying Foulkestone second gig at Scaledown on Friday. Thank you to Mark Braby and co for hosting a great night. Nice to see Sexton Ming briefly, although couldn't stay for his improvisation.

The vocoder sounded great on Pace Egging song - in which we requested money from the audience via a traditional song. This was opportune as donations were sought almost immediately afterwards.

A very nice evening. Video coming soon.