I delighted the aural and visual senses at a Bishi gig last night with my dear friend Mr Clarke. The Shoreditch church setting could not have been more fitting, the venue was bedecked with jewel coloured tea lights and the heady waft of mulled wine hung in the air. The atmosphere commanded a certain holy reverence.
Bishi delivered a hypnotic performance, imagine a Hindi Deity with Bardotesque features, Alison Goldfrapp's diminutive yet powerful stage presence, Ravi Shankar's virtuosity on sitar and street poetry issuing from her glorious voice box.
My current visual obsession is the work of US based photographer Loretta Lux. I equally love and am unsettled by her utopian representation of the child in her pictures. I connect with the awkwardness of their gaze and allow it to bore a hole right through me, the unreadability of their expressions renders them inhuman yet oddly vulnerable.
Spent last weekend slipping and sliding atop the icy pavements of Berlin with my coven of witches. We stayed in the Mitte district- Berlin's answer to SoHo, replete with guerilla galleries and bars. We lost a glove and found it again on our last day, little did we know that it would serve to be a lasting emblem of our stay in a city too cool for it's own good.
Berlin has a certain raffish beauty which is lent to it by the amazing urban art that decorates its concrete and Bauhaus environs. Delicious food also, lest we forget the impeccable Vietnamese fare to be had at Monsieur Vong's on Schonhauser Strasse.
Will endeavour to go back and make peace with the place.
There's nothing like January 1st to imbue you with a sense of promise and hope for the next three hundred and sixty-four days. Today feels like a blank canvas upon which I can right all the wrongs of last year. Today's palette features various shades of pink, ranging from the slightest blush to a brazen cerise. Undoubtedly the colour will morph into the murkiest shade of khaki as the year progresses, but right now I am basking in the innocence and ingenuity of pink.
Here are a few favourite resolutions I have collated over the years:
EXPECT AND ACCEPT
Stop speculating and assuming
stop being nice unnecessarily
be nice unnecessarily
learn to be decisive
get rid of stuff
give more to charity
bake a cake at least once a week
pray to whomever or whatever- it's good for the soul.