Just in case you missed this fab House of Fraser photo


I know it’s a bit fruity, but…

Khajuraho…Khajuraho is a world heritage UNESCO site 

Philip Pullman meets the Uke meister in Oxford

Ukeleles in OxfordI WAS proceeding in a westerly direction when I spotted a photo opportunity and a sound bite to boot. Outside a theatre in Oxford, a juxtaposition presented itself.

And as you all know, I cannot resist a juxtaposition, of whatever type it may be.

Yes, it was Philip Pullman (pictured left) with one of the founding members of the band – the Ukulele Orchestra of the UK with  Will Grove-White (pictured, right).  Will was playing at the New Theatre and apparently Philip is a fan of the ukulele and I think asked Will to sign his rather wonderful book about the ukulele for him.

We did overhear Philip say how much Will’s book had helped him in his ukulele playing.

Pure fantasy? I think not. I was there. 

Playing cards of the world: Kathleen Wowk

KATH WOWK worked at Stanley Gibbons in the 1970s and wrote a book, Playing Cards of the World,  a book which is widely regarded but in fact got her expelled from Kenneth Grant’s OTO.

Kenneth Grant regarded the tarot cards as sacred but Kath secularised them, he considered.

Kathleen Wowk

I often wonder what became of the lovely Kath. If anyone knows, please drop me a line.

Jan Magee, Kath, David Hall and yours truly went to the Knebworth Rolling Stones concert in 1976, where Kath distinguished herself by dragging us all to the very front so we could have a good old dekko at the goings on.

This is a picture Kath gave me during the 1970s, showing her in Nottingham, where she was born. She was of Ukranian descent, and contributed a translation of Liber OZ to SOTHiS magazine, way back when. 

The Freedom of Information Act is important

Dr Helen SainsburyALL UK JOURNALISTS ought to be up in arms at the internal panel instituted by the Tory government to review the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation – particularly so because on the panel is a senior civil servant, Jack Straw and Michael Howard and no journalists whatever.

Let me give you by illustration a request I made to Vale of the White Horse Council in what was a marginal seat.  You can find the link here. After two months of incompetence, the folk are still unable to answer the very simple question. I am sure that councils don’t want to be bothered with requests like this.

Now, the thing is that we all know councils are hard pressed, but the fact is the Vale of the White Horse Council seemed to lose some postal votes just before the last general election.  And after several months, it is still unable to answer the basic question – why?  

Here be Osney Swamp

THIS IS a picture of Osney Swamp, before Christ Church sold the land and allotted the er, lots,  for development.   Map courtesy of Christ Church College. 

Osney Swamp

Hey Facebook – here’s my Nathasthan picture again

FACEBOOK seems to not know its elbow from its arse. So here’s my Nathasthan picture again, via Twitter. OK? ♦

Nathasthan - 27 Mill Street