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Saturday, 22 November 2008
Intercontinental

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Sibongile Khumalo, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Childs, Jerome Harris, Byron Wallen and Jason Yarde bow at the end of their performance at The London Jazz Festival last night. Before the break we were entertained by the talented artist in residence, Ayanna Witter-Johnson accompanied by Tom Crawley.

It was good to hear Sibongile sing jazz. She’s actually a trained opera singer but the last concert of hers that I attended was dominated by gospel sounds (my least favourite of the three). The musicians were top and really put life into her song “Little Girl”. Shortly after that they masterfully deconstructed a number by Abdullah Ebrahim.

By the comings and goings of the audience during the performances I suspect there were people moving between the different shows (according to the programme there were twenty shows that overlapped with ours).  I found this a bit annoying - that people walked up and down the aisles and in and out the hall like it was a wine bar. Perhaps the group shouldn’t have chosen to perform under the name of a hotel chain.

Posted by bigblue on 22/11/2008 at 07:27 AM
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Friday, 21 November 2008
Cobbles at night

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I found this small patch in Sevenoaks, near The Shambles. Even if they’re not the most beautiful they are among the more genuine cobbles that I’ve seen. I lit this shot with a combination of street lights and car headlights.

Tonight I’m off to The London Jazz Festival. I wish Sibongile Khumalo and Gilad Atzmon weren’t performing at the same time.

Posted by bigblue on 21/11/2008 at 07:35 AM
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Thursday, 20 November 2008
Deli Wala

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I found myself back here with a friend last night - my first visit here in about 6 months. The decor is pretty much the same. “Captain” wasn’t waiting tables, but “Mr Carpet” was on till duty. It was strangely quiet - we were the only customers. The food was as good as always at this vegetarian joint in Southall. I still prefer their Mysore Dosa to any dosa that is on offer at Chennai Dosa (which has branches in Wembley or Croydon).

Posted by bigblue on 20/11/2008 at 07:42 AM
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Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Luggage at Heathrow

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I was waiting for my luggage and thinking that the abandoned pile next to me was not an auspicious sign.

On my travels last week I read The Black Swan book - very interesting.

Posted by bigblue on 19/11/2008 at 06:40 AM
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Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Commercial explanation

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Bringing out merchandise, in this case in the form of a book, provides the answer to your own question.

Background here. I took this photo in a bookshop a while ago.

Posted by bigblue on 18/11/2008 at 08:00 AM
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Monday, 17 November 2008
I really don’t need this advice

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But the person who took my suitcase does!

Posted by bigblue on 17/11/2008 at 09:33 PM
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The Good Food Shop of Oxted

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On my return from my trip the local shop that I mentioned in my last post looked as if it had been attacked.

I hope it reopens soon.

Posted by bigblue on 17/11/2008 at 06:13 AM
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Food miles

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As I reluctantly travelled last week to a different continent for a business meeting, I considered the small ways that I have been making positive ecological choices.

The Good Food Shop, in Oxted, sells local honey (5 food miles) and local chutney (1 food mile). Apparently in the current economic climate local retailers are benefiting against out-of-town centres and malls.

Posted by bigblue on 17/11/2008 at 05:05 AM
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