Friday, 31 December 2010

To those in 2010 who struggled with loss & heartbreak and those lucky enough not to. I wish you all an amazing 2011 & a very Happy New Year
Watching the DVD of Frank Kapra's "It's a Wonderful Life" ensures perfect end to a London Christmas, thanks to all who made it so special.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Working towards big news story on January 1st 2011 & hoping technical team behind the comedy website deliver it on time & fully functioning.
Impromptu visit from my friend & first love Lisa Evans joins Amanda Paul for a lunch-time soiree in London-hope 2011 continues in same vein.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Sony PS3's new video game, Call of Duty Black Ops is not for faint hearted. Half day with friend David Williams reminiscent of our childhood
Proper London Christmas completed by gentle walk down the Thames, followed by Champagne at Tate Members bar with dear friend Cristina Keech.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

After Walking alone through ice covered Richmond Park, sit drinking hot chocolate as the sun sets over the grazing deers. Good Boxing Day.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

A perfect end to a fabulous Christmas day, a great dinner thanks to Suraya Gaeta and Louis Hayward followed by drinking, dancing & Red Dwarf
Never felt more loved in my life, over 100 Christmas messages landed on phone this morning. Thanks to all dear friends, just what was needed
Well done to Vintage swimmers who braved the ice covered Serpentine, to doff to the Peter Pan Cup Christmas Morning, as ice prevented race.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Back in Brixton. Violent black youth attacks my car after running in front of me. The expletives didn't seem very, well - Merry Christmas!
Champagne in Harvey Nicholl's, a yearly custom, shared for the first time with my son Charles Atherton-Laurie as our final farewell together

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Charles Atherton-Laurie cooks wonderful hosts Robin Das & Gillian Wheeler farewell meal, as thanks for putting us up for another Christmas.
Seeing Tron Legacy 3D at Imax Cinema in Waterloo, London with son, Charles Atherton-Laurie who saw the original Tron on YouTube last night.
Son, Charles Atherton-Laurie, joins his Uncle Richard Toy for Japanese Bento his Camden & exchange Christmas presents for his Aunt Margaret.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Battersea Arts Centre finally comes through for son Charles Atherton-Laurie, with promenade performance, The Great Escape: A borrowers Tale.
Son, Charles Atherton-Laurie, gathers an appreciative female audience in Harrods whilst singing Johnny B. Goode on latest Karaoke machine.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Son, Charles Atherton-Laurie meets choreographer Matthew Bourne after his ballet Cinderella at Saddler's Wells Theatre & asks great question
Charles Atherton-Laurie goes to a story telling & snow globe making session at Discover in East London - One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
Son, Charles Atherton-Laurie goes Christmas shopping in the Toy department of Harrods and discovers that buying presents is really expensive

Monday, 20 December 2010

Singing Christmas Carols under the Norweigan Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square with my son Charles and a choir called rethink charity choir
Son, Charles Atherton-Laurie discovers Santa is in fact a time traveling android, after visit to Illumini, Crypt-mas at St. Pancras Church.
Decorating Gingerbread Men and House at Royal Festival Hall as part of the Hansel & Gretel performance with son, Charles Atherton-Laurie.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Sledging down a snow covered Primrose Hill with my son Charles Atherton-Laurie. A fantastical London Christmas fantasy come true - awesome!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

In Tring having a traditional Christmas of playing family games with my son and David. Snowed in, warm drinks, good company and very happy.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Cardiff snow bound, but son Charles Atherton-Laurie & I made it out just in time to start our London Christmas week together - tough drive.
Christmas drinks, Crypt in St. Martins in the Field Church, Trafalgar Square, snowing outside, mulled wine inside, perfect start to season.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

The Vigilia screenwriters Christmas dinner with Rhianna Prathcett & Amanda Baker at Cafe des Amis in Covent Garden was a roaring success.
"Waffles" Christmas party at "The Heights" bar, Regent Street. Great crowd of the press, music industry, film & TV thanks Christina Jensen.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

A Ponni Arumugam night, Champagne in the Cork & Bottle, Leciester Square, film Social Network in the Odeon & Dinner at Woodlands Restaurant.
Did I miss a student protest in London yesterday? Never seen so many police lining the streets around Westminster but not a banner in sight?

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Charles Wahab has done an amazing job with the specification of A Thousand Voices for a Broken System. A first, a self editing documentary.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Hoping that Sara Fazlali runs for Prime Minister. Intelligent, beautiful, insightful and honest. We need her clarity of thinking and heart.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Extremely touched by Karolina Gburczyk's generosity and tenderness. Julia Biel's band @RitzyCinema, good wine and a Christmas card in Polish
Thanks Robin Das & Gillian Wheeler for an amazing home cooked meal, a chance to catch up with Kim Heggland & an intelligent informed debate.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Apparently a copy of Reginald D Hunter live in London, performing "F**k you in the the Age of Consequence" is available online somewhere?

Thursday, 9 December 2010

A Christmas dinner with Cristina Keech at Mediterraneo Restaurant in Notting Hill. Good Italian fare, great wine and excellent company.
TV news images of the student protesters reminiscent of the closing scenes of film V for Vendetta? Expect a big bang in Big Ben at Midnight?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Contented Limited meeting - Gerard Davies Joana Carew & Hugh Hobson. Changing attitudes to UK education are reverting to traditional values.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

An impromptu visit to the club Quintessentially Soho with Anita Liammari resulted in fortuitous meeting of friend Ponni Arumugam & guests.
Wishing son Charles Atherton-Laurie a good trip to Cologne in Germany. Educational trip that involves Christmas Markets & chocolate tasting.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Kenitsh Town studios doing 4Thought interview for Channel 4, my views on White parents adopting Black children, transmission date to follow.
I have a new denim man. Thanks to Greg at Liberty's, Regent Street for taking the time to replete me with a new pair of japanese made jeans
A Sunday running around the Welsh Valleys and Cardiff with son Charles Atherton-Laurie delivering our first Christmas cards of the season.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Thanks Photographer, Christina Jansen for the invitation to the new casting agency launch & Christmas Party "The Green Room" good luck Patti

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Lambeth One Support the only organisation supposedly helping me get new accommodation, has dropped me for complaining about their service.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Finishing touches to Reginald D Hunter's online video Bootleg project, filmed in Soho Theatre, London. Available next, week links to follow.
Carole Stone's Christmas Party at Quintessentially Soho, a gathering of the great and the good. Interesting conversation with Robert Powell.