From wearing a friend’s dressing gown to dry off after getting soaked in a rainstorm to taking a knife to a gunfight at the O.K. Corral, I’m always inappropriately dressed.
Maybe it’s a sign of getting old or maybe it’s trying to impress the ladies so I don’t die completely alone but I’m trying to change this.
And this month I’m trying to change this so I look like I belong at two events you simply must go to if you are anywhere near London (if you don’t live nearby then you should travel).
The first is Ten Days of Silence, a solo show by Lauren Baker which is on at 99 Projects in Kensal Rise from May 6th (aka Friday) to the 29th of May.
The artworks were inspired by her time spent doing silent meditation during a recent trip to Mexico and use neon light, mosaic and metal sculpture, as well as works on canvas and print.
All the pieces are a reflection of her inner journey, with the highs and lows she experienced.
Lauren Baker explained: “Many of us are afraid of silence. We’re always doing something – thinking, texting, music, TV – to occupy the space.
“Being quiet and taking space is fundamental to happiness, and yet we often neglect this.
She added: “The 10 days of silence I experienced, felt like a rollercoaster. My heart broke open. I cried tears of joy.
“My compassion grew, and my empathy grew. It felt like my vision expanded from tunnel to near 360 vision.
“The source of love is deep within us, and we make a daily choice to lift others with a word, an action, a thought – to bring joy. This is what I would like each person to experience through my
I’m looking for a nice shirt to wear for my first visit to the show (something tells me I’ll visit quite a few times this month) as I’m increasingly convinced the nice silvery grey one I used to have got left in a closet in New York City.
The second event I’m shopping for is Indie Amnesty on May 13th and so I’m looking for something to reveal my inner 90s indie kid, without the melancholy and the infinite sadness of the 21st century.
I’m thinking maybe a band tshirt but my skinny fit days are long gone.
Taking place at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club it is organised by the world’s best comedian Alex Haddow (if you haven’t seen her do comedy you should definitely see her do comedy) and she’ll be on the decks on the night.
This means I need something to make me look good on the dancefloor (because I fear my moves won’t make me look on the dancefloor) while covering up the fact I won’t have managed to lose two stone in two weeks.
Back then I didn’t know the machine they were raging about was an office printer.
Nowadays I’m just hoping Alex is the kind of DJ who takes requests but “accidentally” forgets to play them because she’s the queen of the decks and doesn’t need someone suggesting Oxygen by JJ72 (aka me requesting Oxygen) or Bees by Ooberman.
The other important thing for most UK people to do this week is vote.
Local elections are taking place on Thursday and residents of Croydon will also be choosing who they want to be their first directly elected mayor.
Some (mainly just me) will be interested to see how many votes Winston McKenzie will manage to get.
A potted history for those who aren’t aware of him: He’s been a member of every major UK political party and has also stood in quite a few elections as an independent or minor party candidate.
Back in 2014 he didn’t do himself any favours during a UKIP carnival when, as the party’s candidate, he called the town a dump.
Yes, it’s a choice between the party which has bankrupted London’s most populous borough or the party which is being fined for breaking the rules it created about Covid and illegal gatherings, by having illegal gatherings in Downing Street. Oh, what a time to be alive.
Stay safe for another week!