Our last performance of Backstage in Biscuit Land at the Barbican took place last Saturday and then we sadly said goodbye to this great venue.
It was a beautiful sunny day so I took the opportunity to be outside while … read more
It’s late, I’m exhausted, but I’m happy. Tonight Backstage In Biscuit Land opened at the Barbican’s Pit Theatre. The Barbican Centre has been part of my life since I was tiny. In fact I was born at Bart’s Hospital, … read more
For reasons that are too tasteless to describe here, this post is dedicated to a poor defenceless porker and a well-known wild boar.
When Ed Miliband attempted to eat a bacon sandwich a while back he was at least … read more
I had a ‘ticcing fit’ earlier. Will, who was supporting me, managed to get me onto a mat and wrestle the broom I’d grabbed out of my hands. A few minutes later I found myself ranting about ‘the … read more
Once a week when I was at primary school our class used do the short walk through 1980s Clerkenwell to the Barbican Centre Children’s Library. Every time we got to the familiar brutalist brick paths, which have a painted yellow … read more
The castle’s been having some work done on the roof for the last few weeks so there’s a scaffolding tower in my garden. It’s just outside my bedroom window and from certain angles it blocks my view of the lamp-post… read more
The expression usually goes ‘Your dinner’s in the dog’. But that wasn’t the case tonight though when the dog was on me, the dinner was on the floor, and Olive? Olive was struggling to decide which crisis to deal with … read more
I’m saying, “I love cats” a lot at the moment – I mean a ridiculous amount. Every few minutes I announce my adoration of felines, and it’s driving me crazy.
The thing is if I’m honest, I’m not that fussed … read more
For the first time in a long time I feel optimistic about a political event. A thoughtful, principled politician, who, as an MP, has worked tirelessly for social justice for over three decades, has just been announced as the new … read more
A couple of days ago Iain Duncan Smith, Minister for Work and Pensions, used an ordinary word in a very ugly way.
This is what he said about the numbers of working disabled people:
“But the most important point … read more