Sunday, 23 October 2011

Da Bears are in town

Finally, one of my dreams has come true. The Chicago Bears are in town, not only am I a huge fan of any team that wears a bear logo I am also a lover of the city of Chicago. Soldier Field was closed when I was there two years ago so now the Bears have come to me.
I am off to Wembley to see them play in the flesh. In the lead up I checked out my fierce friend in Trafalgar Square. I just hope they live up to my expectations.

Just as fierce as me in a bad mood

Bears about to eat London

As close as I could get to Soldier Field

Monday, 10 October 2011

Taking the Deptford biscuit - I finally got my paws on some

After searching far and wide I finally got my paws on some Deptford biscuits. This was after seeing some dopplegangers who could have easily come from the set of Pirates of the Caribbean walking down Deptford High Street. As they were carrying a basket full of the biscuits they must have been a part of the Make and Bake session at the Deptford Centre on Creekside. I looked around and they had gone just as mysteriously as they first appeared.
Well I finally made it to the Deptford Centre after watching the brilliant reds win the Merseyside Derby. Upon arrival I was offered some biscuits but unfortunately I did not make it in time to do the Make and Bake. Thankfully I was able to collect some biscuits including a beautifully packaged one depicting St Paul's Church and two others depicting Francis Drake and Elizabeth I. It is such an interesting project evoking the history of Deptford, bravo to Ashton and Mollett for getting everyone involved in this worthwhile endeavour -
So much so that I might persuade my close friend to produce some Deptford inspired ceramics ahead of next year's Deptford X. Perhaps her work could be inspired by the patterned ceramic pieces I have been finding on the shores of The Thames off Watergate Street. More about this next time...

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Who Let the Dog's Out? Rioting Hounds Make a Dog's Dinner of Ceramic Pieces at Deptford X Show

On Friday evening I attended the opening of Infractus 82 which included some imaginative ceramic pieces by Anja Lubach depicting faces, skulls and roses which had all been pushed into the surface of the clay.
Whilst enjoying the opening a number of weird human dog hybrids turned up and proceeded to trash the show. Firstly what can only be described as a homeless drunk mongrel arrived and sat on one of the works completely destroying it. Carrying a very old tape recorder playing some music and a can of special brew it began to make a dog's dinner of the display. This bizarre creature must have attracted the scent of a police hound who followed the crazy dog into the space. The police dog tried to arrest the miscreant and this is when a comedy scuffle occurred, ending up with the hound handcuffing himself while the offender still remained unshackled. Eventually a firedog came to the rescue but not before accidentally destroying another piece with the oxygen tank strapped to its back!
This surreal performance was dreamt up by George Tomlinson, associate artist from the well known theatre group Shunt, although judging by the shock on some people's faces they were genuinely concerned about the welfare of the ceramic pieces...
 Drunken mongrel leaves destruction in its wake after sitting on ceramic piece

 It was too drunk to realise that the edges of the clay were so sharp!

 A police hound sniffed out trouble and tried to restore order at the opening!

Not even the fire dog could save the works from smashing during this melee

I now need to find my Deptford biscuit after all of this exhausting art viewing!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Deptford X

It's my favourite time of the year, that's right Deptford X starts tomorrow.I cannot wait to view Infractus no 82 tomorrow night. I promise to take some pictures and post them soon after. Enjoy...

I am also on the prowl for my own Deptford biscuit -

Monday, 19 September 2011

My first photographic impressions of Deptford

I was looking through some of the photographs I have taken in the year since I moved to Deptford and thought I might add some. It is very different south of the river and I have enjoyed exploring the area surrounding the Thames.
Cool car near Cockpit Arts
 My squirrel mate Nev enjoying the snow in Greenwich Park.
Burning sky along Creek Road

 Fire in the sky, Creek Road

St Paul's Churchyard at sunset

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

my favourite eateries part 1...

Following my disappointment at watching my favourite reds (Liverpool) meekly capitulating to Spurs and an awful referee I thought I might cheer myself up by writing about my favourite Chinese restaurant in New Cross.
Uncle Wrinkle - (299 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AS) -
has the best food and friendly staff that I have come across in my year living on the south side of the river near Deptford.
Set in a small cafe which features a display case exhibiting the owner's ceramics this restaurant is a hidden gem. Always greeted by a smiling face and helpful attitude I never hesitate to order my favourite dishes. Amongst the great tasting food on offer I am partial to Chicken with Lemon Grass sauce, Chicken with Barbecue sauce and Crispy Shredded Chicken with Chilli. I never fail to enjoy the subtle tastes and reasonable prices on offer in this great establishment.
Meals are available to take away or there are a few tables available to eat in. I cannot wait until it opens again after summer holidays on Wednesday evening (21 September).