Book Club

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

There is a pretty cool place around the corner from us in Shoreditch called ‘The Book Club‘. It serves food and you can play pool if you so wish. They have monthly listings for events ranging from music, poetry, talks and readings to workshops etc. All under one roof! Is this what they call a ‘cultural revolution’?

So sitting here I thought I would start up my own Book Club. Well sort of… the usual modus operandi is that everybody reads the same book and it gets discussed at another meeting (usually with liquid refreshments). I am pretty particular about the books I read (stuck in the mud, I guess), so I don’t usually go in for book clubs.  I thought I would tell you what I am reading and you could let me know if you’ve read it and liked it. If not, then I don’t mind, we don’t all have the same taste in books, clothes, art and films, do we?

Did I tell you about my obsession with books and their covers? I do have a passion for them and in another 10 years I will have to move to a bigger house to accommodate them all! I decided to revisit Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’. It is the Penguin Hardback Classics clothbound edition.

These are some old books we have collected of Aubrey Menen, just because we like the jacket designs. I’ve only read one called ‘Dead Man in the Silver Market’. It was very amusing. There is a great website for second hand books AbeBooks.


Eastbourne Open Houses to Bexhill on Sea

April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

David and I had a very cultural weekend when we went to visit our good friends T&T in Eastbourne recently. The kids were off to scout camp all weekend long and we took full advantage of our freedom. First call on our tour was the Eastbourne Open Houses, supporting my mother in law Christine (Dunn) and sister in law Sarah (Stokes), who were both exhibiting as part of the Art22 group. Both are very talented artists, not suprisingly we have many pictures adorning our walls at home.

As usual we could not get away without one purchase and the delights of Viv Cecil’s card engraving was too much to resist.

"The Old Lighthouse - Dungeness" Viv Cecil

"The Old Lighthouse - Dungeness" Viv Cecil

Afterwards, a trip to Hastings Old Town. Whilst scouring the antique shops & markets, we came across a fab old Singer sewing machine table.  It was in a pretty bad state but we got it anyway and since have had it reconditioned. It needs a new top to it and then it will go to the Shoreditch pad and will be used as a side table. Browsing in Myerscough & Mairs (eclectic retro) is usually an expensive affair for us but we did manage to walk out without breaking the bank. By this time, we were pretty ravenous, so some tapas at the Harris Restaurant was really well deserved and delicious.

Our final destination for the day was the De la Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on Sea, to see the Visual Art of John Cage exhibition. The views from the pavilion are amazing, as well as its architecture. John Cage’s etchings of Seven Day Diary (Not Known), caught our eye, particularly the Day 6 and Day 7. Bought the book ‘Every Day is a Good Day – The Visual Art of John Cage’ to read up on him and to be inspired to take different paths in life.


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