Wednesday 26 January 2011

A basilica in Bombay

Yesterday evening I ventured out of the hotel and discovered The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount five minutes walk away!
Oh just so Catholic, as as if someone had pulled a cracker and the contents had created glittering interior, with, and not limited to Mother and Child surrounded by neon, so devote and almost intoxicating.

I did some drawing and took some secret photographs and wept (prior to the drawing and photography).

A better Biryani in Bombay

Another wonderful reason for working in Bombay is lunchtime. For three days now, working with the best sales team in all of India, I have had the priviledge of lunching with them and enjoying great food and excellent conversation.
To 26th is Republic Day in India and actually a Public Holiday . . .

Happy Republic Day! God bless us all.

Monday 24 January 2011

Bombay - quite wonderful

Arrived at 1am this morning for a weeks work. A lovely 20 degrees at the airport and climbed to 35 today. Peaceable and the perfect antidote to January in the UK. Sunshine, warmth and lovely people. I am hunkered down in Bandra, western suberb, home to many Catholic Churches and Bollywood stars. Staying at the most excellent and attentive Taj Lands End Hotel.
Featured: Arrival at the airport this morning and Sun sets over Bandra this evening.

Saturday 22 January 2011

Nottingdale but not if you are in a hurry!

Handy for the Westfields Shopping Centre and beneath the headquarters of the fashion company Monsoon Accessorize nestles the new only-been-open-a-couple of months resturant-cafe Nottingdale.

Service slow, steak-frites gorgeous, most of the other stuff (dishes) had run out. Hey-ho the company was excellent and surrounding (architecture) brilliant!

I suppose the cleverer diners takes in the Monsoon Art Collection at the top of their building, between courses.

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Offspring envy

Not other peoples'. Mine.
Over the last week both Megan and Bron have started blogs.
Click here or here
What really astonishes me (and makes me proud) is that each blog reflects what is unique, to my mind, about each creator. That,and fear, fear of what they will do to me having shared these links. Each blog's voice, tempo and topic is so very different.

(Horrid children - so full of talent)

Saturday 15 January 2011

Standing Sitting it's all commuting

All we do is stand and wait

Why, why, why,

La Roux

La Gaga







We can break the pattern

we can change the colour - lyric La Roux Cover My Eyes Bonus Track

The Darkness of Commuting

. . . Is now ready to depart . . .
. . . Security announcement . .
. . . Destroyed without notice . .
All we do is stand,
And wait.
For January to end.
Dressed in beetle black, we carry Friday flowers.
All scurry,
Platform. Carriage. Seat.
Endless, darkness, darkness.

Friday 14 January 2011

More revelations from West London

Another excellent place for lunch in Shepherds Bush is the Fisherman's Hut, another example of imaginative naming in resturant and fast-food outlets.
As importantly it is next to a pound shop which offers and excellent range of storage containers. Both places are located opposite Shepherds Bush Market one of London's great markets the place to head for music CDs, fresh and cooked foods, yams and other exotic fruits and household goods and furnishings and. . . . Its all here.

Thursday 13 January 2011

Hard where

Along with stationery shops hardware stores are a facination, especially the small independant variety. West London has its fair share with a growing trend for women to working behing the counter. The result is a a much better customer experience than the traditional grumpy bloke

Netherwood Hardware, 78 Shepherds Bush Road, is a excellent example of Hardwear with a gentle touch!

Monday 10 January 2011

Fabio Revisited

I'm in the bedroom with tissues and when

I know you're outside banging that I won't let you in'

Cause it's a hard life with love in the world

And I'm a hard girl, loving me is like straightening curls

(Equipment - Model's own)

Friday 7 January 2011

Take Over Control

One single touch from you, I'm gone Still got the rush when I'm alone
I think it is time I let you know
Take all of me, I will devote
You set me free, my body's yours
It feels the best when you're involved

Afrojack: Take Over Control
Featuring Eva Simons

Wednesday 5 January 2011

Fish and Chip Shops in West London 2

Since November I have enjoyed the flood of requests asking for more guidance on good eating places in West London. So the New Year gets off to a great start with a visit to Ocean Billy's. This establishment is stone's throw from Loftus Road home ground of QPR. My Saveloy was reasonably priced and excellent. There is seating for eight people.
The word saveloy is assumed to originate from the Swiss-French cervelas or servelat
ultimately from Latin cerebrus: originally a pork brain sausage particularly associated with Switzerland.
More anon!