Shirley Oaks Survivors Group At Lambeth Council

July 23, 2015

7:00pm, 22nd July 2015 – Lambeth Town Hall

Survivors of Shirley Oaks children’s home made representations to Lambeth Council. The full council meeting was attended by two thirds of councillors. The public galleries overflowed. more…

World Exclusive: Greece & EU – The Deal Is Done (Probably)

July 9, 2015

Fresh from a lemonade with a top Syriza insider this blog can reveal the deal is done. Probably. “99.99%”. More to follow on http://louderthanwar.com/author/tales-southbank/

Live In Athens

July 7, 2015

I am in Athens blogging. Read my daily reports on a punk rock web site:

http://louderthanwar.com/author/tales-southbank/

Waterloo Carnival! Endorsed by God! Hated by Kids!

July 4, 2015

1:30pm, 3rd July 2015 – Lower Marsh

“Smile. Come on smile. Jump up and down a bit” said the teacher to the kids. It’s Waterloo carnival.

Recently trained and legally obliged by Government decree to inform upon any nine year old not fully appreciative of British Values the teachers are understandably jumpy themselves. It’s a problem. Who knows where not jumping up and down on command might lead. Wearing crazy bright outfits? It certainly won’t prepare a good workfare placement candidate.

There were some people in amazing costumes. Adult people. Some even more senior than me and I qualify for free coffee at Waterloo Action Centre. There were big feathers, big grins and little old bums by the bus pass load. more…

Twatland 2015

July 4, 2015

This year’s anti austerity march is already long forgotten and Russell Brand now loves the rozzers. A country style chalkboard advertises locally caught seafood on the new Lower Marsh market. Reality escapes us. The patients care team are not answering the phone to parents of kids lost in 30 degrees somewhere behind the floods of Kennington. No escaping reality on that bus. more…

Ray Lee – Chorus

August 10, 2014

9:00pm, 9th August 2014 – Watch This Space, St Johns Church

Blimey, should I repent to Alien Gods, join the Luddites, rewatch ET or miss the Drugs that once might have made this less uninteresting?

Looking up giant alien beings reach into the distance, swinging lolloping arms of bleeping technology against the dusk sky. Their intentions are unclear. Long tripod legs remain rooted into the church grounds but look set to run. Towards or away from me? Their intentions are unclear. Where have they come from? Beetlejuice, Porton Down or a nice barn workshop in the home counties. Whatever, I don’t trust them. What starts as a gentle chorus of beeps slowly builds into a throbbing cacophony of sirens. A thousand temptresses screaming “someone’s nudged your car”. Or your intergalactic war of the worlds machine. There’s no denying these long legged tripods with alien technology have a menace born in the war of the worlds poster. Imagine a dozen of these landed in your local church and making such a din as to drown out big brother. You’d have to see what it was wouldn’t you. As I did. Drawn by the mysterious unknown into a floodlight lanscape made unfamiliar for a close encounter. more…

Abi Collins – Une Femme Exposée

July 20, 2014

12:45pm, 20th July 2014 – Watch This Space, St Johns Church

Lazy stereotypes can be very very funny if they target the right group. And this was very very funny. Water off a Russian ducks back. After all, it’s only a bit of fun.

Everyone was laughing. Quite right. The diminutive performer was expertly funny. more…

Circus Katoen – Ex Aequo

July 19, 2014

1pm, 19th July 2014 – Watch This Space, National Theatre

Circus is the only word I understand in the title of this show (which I think is Dutch) so imagine my surprise when this show wasn’t really circus. I think it was more mime. More mime because of the breton jumper and the lack of red noses. more…

Bash Street Theatre – The Strongman

July 19, 2014

5pm, 18th July 2014 – Watch This Space, St Johns Church

What do you want in the blazing sun? Black and white movie slapstick comedy theatre fun!

The evil villain, booo, is behind you! The courting lovers, aaaah, are foiled at every gag. Ladder gags, balancing tricks going wrong gags, weights that can’t be lifted gags. Huurah! more…

Miss Behave

July 6, 2014

1:30pm, 6th July 2014 – Watch This Space, St Johns Church

This was really a parents must stay creche ran by an adult entertainer feeding children sweets. more…


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