Getting to the art of the matter

See that little pile of treats above? These were just some of my purchases from an artists’ open studio event in Nottingham yesterday. And these were some more… I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute. Yesterday morning we headed to St Jude’s Church in Mapperley where a group of artists were […]

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Poetry and crime

I like poetry – in fact I have been known to write poetry (probably really badly but what the hell) – however I really don’t know very much about it so an evening at Five Leaves Bookshop with poets Stuart Henson and John Harvey seemed a good opportunity to learn more. The evening, a few […]

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The one with some partial nudity

A couple of weeks ago a bright pink marquee appeared in Market Square, Nottingham, and the Ladyboys of Bangkok brought a touch of glamour to the city centre. When they went on their merry way, a new structure replaced it – The Magnificent Spiegeltent – and it promised delights for all the family. Over two […]

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On the trail of some decent ale (part 1)

I worked from home this week. The combination of a short week and the need to have not one but two missing fillings replaced on Wednesday lunchtime made it sensible to do so. It also made it possible to have some leisure time in the evenings for a change and so we went out on […]

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Out on a school night? What a drag!

“Ooh, ooh, ooh,” exclaimed my friend Paul at Cucamara, pointing his finger madly at me as he does when he gets excited, “Drag Queen Bingo, Tuesday.” “Yes, yes, no, bugger, Tuesday? I’m meant to be in London.” I’ve been very excited about the prospect of Drag Queen Bingo since Paul first mentioned it. I mean, […]

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Votes for women

Do I think of myself as a feminist? I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot recently. After the gender pay thing hit the headlines, everyone went into overdrive about gender inequality in a way I hadn’t really noticed since the late 70s and early 80s. At work a new women’s group was formed. I […]

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Look off centre for some inspiration

A little while ago I wrote in this blog that I loved being based somewhere that felt like it had a cultural revolution going on (it was here). This morning that point was brought home to me again when I took part in a series of workshops organised as part of Nottingham’s first Off Centre […]

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If you go down to the woods today…

  … You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, you’ll never believe your eyes. Because if you go down to the woods at Wollaton Hall, there be dragons. Well, dinosaurs actually, not dragons, and though they’re not actually living and breathing, it’s as good as. These are the […]

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