11th – 31st August 2013

Journal update (11/08-31/08) which included Ukulele Wednesday jam, rehearsing with Simon Lawrence, jazz at the Half Moon, photographing the Mitch Daniels Band, V&A and NHM Lates

Ukulele Wednesday, Albany Pub, Great Portland Street (Wednesday 14th August)

After a chaotic few weeks moving house; a ukulele jam was the ideal way to de-stress. Having a singsong & making some noise/music was brilliant fun and much needed! I left a bit too early and managed to miss the BBC film crew turning up! #fail I won’t give too much away – but you will get to see a bit of the Albany Ukulele night on a well known bbc doc about tuneful singing in the Autumn! 😉


Rehearsal/jam with Simon Lawrence, Holland Park (Thursday 15th August)

As a photographer I did a photoshoot with Simon Lawrence back in July. Please click this link to see the pics: http://www.besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/simon-lawrence.html

However, on the 15th August I was wearing my ‘musical’ hat instead. Simon and I had a very productive rehearsal/songwriting session at Holland Park. It was a very promising start to a new music project.


‘Vie a Bord’ Book Launch, Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden (Thursday 15th August)

Huge congratulations to Hermione Fricker following an interesting book launch at the Poetry Cafe. Hermione’s book ‘Vie à Bord (Life on board)‘ is based on her experiences as a volunteer on a marine conservation ship of Swiss and French crew, Fleur de Passion, for The Changing Oceans Expedition, which examines human impacts on marine ecosystems. The crew travelled from Sicily through the Mediterranean to Crete, down the Suez Canal and on through the Red Sea to Hurghada in Egypt and Hermione Fricker turned these adventures into her book.


In addition to listening to readings from the book and seeing images from the journey, we were also treated to live music from talented performers including Simon Lawrence and Hermione herself.


Half Moon, Putney (Sunday 18th August)

The Half Moon in Putney was the place where I played my VERY first gig back in 1999 on bass guitar (for an all-girl pop/rock band called Gender!) It’s now one of my local pubs. I enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon there, listening to some fantastic live jazz thanks to Douce Vitesse.



Photographing the Mitch Daniels gig, Trobadour (Wednesday 22nd August)

Back in May I photographed singer/songwriter/guitarist Mitch Daniels and percussionist Tom Triggs as they busked on the Southbank. They were really outstanding then, but now with a full band their sound is even more impressive. It was great to see the Mitch Daniels Band headlining the Troubadour, and even better to have been the photographer for the gig. I will be updating my photoblog shortly. Please check this link after Tuesday 3rd September : http://www.besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/


The Mitch Daniels band will be headlining a fundraising gig at the Islington 02 Academy2 venue on Friday 18th October. It is going to be amazing and I will be an official photographer for the gig. Really can’t wait. Please buy a ticket. It’s going to be amazing and every ticket sold is enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net. Please follow this link to get your tickets: https://www.facebook.com/mitchdanielsmusic/app_102483650494


Lates at the V&A and Natural History Museum, Friday 30th August

After a much needed and very relaxing week in Kent, I returned to London and headed straight for the museums. One of the things I love most about London is its free museums – and the fact the museums once a month (if not more) do late night events.

The theme at the V&A this month was ‘The World of Minecraft’ my friend Katie and I went along, neither of us having any idea what Minecraft was (other than it was some kind of computer game) so we spent most of the time being baffle. The place was packed though so it’s obviously very popular. We met artist and prop maker Greg Aronowitz who was happy to discuss his work. He had various art objects displayed throughout the gallery.


After spending sometime being confused by the ‘Mindcraft’ stuff, we then headed to the Natural History Museum and enjoyed some live music as well as moseying around their set collection. I would love to play some of my songs there in the future.


28th July – 10th August 2013

Journal update (28/07-10/08) moving house and not much creativity.


Sadly there is not a great deal of creativity in this journal update, as moving house has dominated everything for the fortnight. It was the end of an era for me as after five years in North London I packed up and left my gorgeous neighbourhood in Muswell Hill to move to Putney in South West London. I still haven’t unpacked yet, but I’m loving Putney. 🙂 There are so many beautiful views to photograph, and there seems to be a good local music scene, so I’m hoping to get a bit more creative again once I’m more settled in.


Waving goodbye to my previous neighbourhood in Muswell Hill…


… and saying ‘hello’ to Putney 🙂