Thursday, August 25, 2011


Have your heard? To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic show Only Fools and Horses, Del Boy and Rodney's 'Nelson Mandela House', Peckham flat has been recreated for the public! To be in with the chance to rent this nostalgic experience for the night, you need to enter a competition through Gold TV's facebook site, before September 4th. How much will a night in this babe magnet set you back, you ask? Well, sticking with the theme, the rent is in line with 1981 prices... that will be £18, thank you very much! Imagine fixing yourself a drink at the living room bar and ordering a take away, before slipping under those famous satin bed sheets for some surreal shut eye...

Lovely Jubbly!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jewellery at its finest - Christopher St James

Tucked away down a little side street near Leicester Square, Cecil Court feels like the kind of place you'd find in a Dickens novel! As soon as you step into this narrow thoroughfare, you instantly leave all the touristy hustle and bustle behind you, as if the place was invisible. It's lined with small, intimate shops where you can find rare and antique maps, books, stamps, all those nice, old smelling kind of places. But the jewel in the crown is Christopher St James, the most gorgeous little jewellery shop i have ever seen. I can't tell you the number of times i've stood outside this shop after closing hours, peering through the window at all the goodies, wishing i'd just walked a little faster! It's owned by Mr Christopher St. James himself, who is such a wonderful, passionate, friendly guy, that it makes the visit all the more lovely. Oh the stories this man has, having lived between London and Paris for years. He has been commissioned to make jewellery for some really exciting projects, like the films Phantom of the Opera, Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love, as well a  number of plays and operas in the West End. The designs are original, achingly beautiful and all at very reasonable prices. Take a detour next time you're in the area...and take some pennies!
As i was snapping away, my eye was drawn to this exceptionally blingy calculator. The story behind it is just gorgeous. It turns out that this sparkly number is actually designer customised. It was made by Alexander McQueen for Christopher, as a thank you for designing jewellery for one of his catwalk shows. Such a thoughtful gift.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Museum of Broken Relationships

I've been so excited about this eclectic exhibition coming to London. Anything that promises to tell stories of lost love through the weird and wonderful, is my kind of museum. It's been touring the world (via Croatia) collecting objects and stories along the way, objects that define the 'love legacy' of relationships past. i love the concept of channeling the sadness and/or anger of a break up through creativity. By donating a meaningful object the exhibition hopes to act as therapeutic closure for all involved. You'd think the whole thing would border on depressing, but some of the stories of lucky escapes and intense love are actually really uplifting. There's a story in there that everybody can relate to. Turns out that it doesn't matter who you are, or where you're from, a broken heart is a broken heart. There is something comforting in that. My favourite item? Hmmm, think it's the Spanish scientist voodoo doll...i have a vengeful streak!
oooh the intrigue...what were the words??
Magic 8 balls can get addictive...

ahhh....the mix tape
The Museum of Broken Relationships runs August 15 – September 4 at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London WC2.