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24 Mar

A Day In Brighton

On my recent gallivanting through Europe, I decided to spend the day in Brighton.  This prepossessing seaside city in East Sussex has long been a popular day trip for Londoners. The capital was proving her critics right and sulked under grey gloom for weeks. I felt like I needed something a little brighter and so I hopped on a train in search of elusive vitamin D and headed to South East England’s shores. Brighton teeters on the brink between Victorian detail and urbanism. Sadly now known as the homeless capital of the UK, the contrast and grunge of this quirky place is home to artists and sensitive creative types who flock to the mild climate and colourful lanes. The iconic...
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9 Mar

Cereal Killer Cafe

I have long had a love affair with cereal. Frosties and Fruit loops are my Achilles heel. On a recent trip to London, I knew I had a pilgrimage to make.     Identical twins from Belfast, Alan and Gary Keery, were struck with the idea for Cereal Killer Café one hungover morning when the craving for cereal and chocolate milk occurred. They weathered, failed crowd funding and plenty of doubt to bring their vision of 80’s and 90’s nostalgia to light.     Their original Shoreditch space is full of colourful boxes and memorabilia. Accused by some locals of gentrification, the twins prefer to call it economic development in an area where creative ideas work. They have proved their doubters wrong and...
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24 Feb


We said in an interview recently that we tell stories of African people locally and abroad. What makes someone African? The colour of our skin? We like to think it’s an indomitable spirit, loving your country and your city, living in it and giving yourself to it, what could make you more African? The mother and daughter team of Casa Marani have been feeding the residents of Johannesburg for 20 years at the Bryanston market, they recently took the leap and moved to a tiny shop on 4th Avenue Parkhurst, squeezed between two much larger stores, blink and you might miss them.     From the street it's not immediately obvious what you'll find in Casa Marani, a warmth draws you in, something tells...
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14 Feb

The Creative Struggle

David Rose in Schitt’s Creek clutching onto his sweater whilst snapping at Stevie that “Funky is a neon t-shirt that you buy at an airport gift shop next to a bejewelled iPhone case this is luxury”, perfectly sums up most of my life. I stare disparagingly at floral-clad hipsters as they mockingly ask me if I know what colour is, yes I know what colour is and I choose most gleefully to not wear any. If I wanted to look like a pile of reindeer poop I’d shimmy into a Doré or a Queenspark and call myself Marge. Popular culture has in a small way destroyed the credibility of creative people the world round. We are seen as frivolous and ridiculous. As...
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3 Feb

A Jacksons Affair

Begrudgingly dragging myself to Jackson's Real Food Market in Bryanston wasn't how I saw my last weekend panning out. I find social media in general, overwhelming enough, without adding the antioxidant-rich maze of health do’s and dont's to that as well. The frenetic pace of our lives doesn't satiate us, we add so-called fitness inspiration Instagram feeds to it (narcissistic norm-core shaming labelled as inspirational) We have to balance our chi and soak our Chia seeds! Consume Kombucha to fight cancer and quinoa for fibre or was it protein? We are told to pull coconut oil through our teeth and Gwyneth/Goop tell us to put Jade eggs in our lady parts. This is all before an interval session of running and sprinting...
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