Theatre Review: The Master and Margarita

Theatre Review: The Master and Margarita

  I should start by saying that Mr Bulgakov and I go pretty far back. All the way back to 1997 when I was cast in at least seven different parts in a my university’s stage adaptation of Black Snow, a witheringly satirical novella that recounts the hate-hate relationship between the author and the eccentric […]

Theatre Review: The Dark Earth and The Light Sky

Theatre Review: The Dark Earth and The Light Sky

I have the utmost admiration and respect for playwrights brave enough to attempt to reincarnate well known poets, Shelley’s ‘unacknowledged legislators of the world,’ on stage in order to shed some light on the mysterious cult status their lives seem to acquire; or use that mystery and status to explore some of the issues of […]

Creperie du Monde – Parisian Street Food with World Influences

Creperie du Monde – Parisian Street Food with World Influences

  Whether you agree with The Guardian’s assessment of Chatsworth Road as the ‘frontline of Hackney’s gentrification’ or find it to be grossly unfair, glib labeling, misleading and unhelpful, one thing is clear: there are fewer greater manifestations of the change in the atmosphere of the borough in general than the continental influence on our […]

Restaurant Review: Sheba – Restores One’s Faith in Banglatown

Restaurant Review: Sheba – Restores One’s Faith in Banglatown

A Londoner’s healthy scepticism and a doleful warning from our trusty well-thumbed Timeout London Eating and Drinking Guide (2004 Edition) stating that ‘there’s very little now that’s pukka to be found in “Banglatown”, and the general standard of food is pretty low’ has kept me away from the majority of curry houses on Brick lane. […]

Review: Rattlesnake @ Angel – The Thinking Londoner’s Bar

Review: Rattlesnake @ Angel – The Thinking Londoner’s Bar

  You might be forgiven for thinking initially that a bar called The Rattlesnake, Dublin-born designer Paul Daly’s newest venture, is only the latest in a long line of Tex Mex eateries and watering holes peppering Islington’s Upper Street. You wouldn’t be forgiven for long though, not once you’d set foot inside the door. Initial […]