Thursday, 31 May 2012

Meeting with Australian journalist & author Lynne O'Donnell discussing her time in War Zones & High Tea in Mosul.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Smoking Romeo y Julieta cuban cigar on very spot Winston Churchill smoked his. Launch of The Yacht's Cigar Club.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

David Fairman's 65th Birthday Party was a stunning affair at The Chelsea Arts Club. Old friends, wine & canapes.
First Pimms Cocktail of season, with amazing actress @KarinaCornell, in the sunny beer garden of @crowngreyhound pub, Dulwich @Pimms_oClock!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Early evening walk down the Regents canal through Hackney Marshes with Rita Abreu sharing ideas about creativity!
Late afternoon nibbles & drinks Al-Fresco in courtyard of the Italian Restaurant Amici. Amazing Aperol spritzers
The @Kennington Village Fete was surprisingly good. Sublime opera performances &made to dress as District Judge thanks to Nichola Hartwell!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Stunning summer walk through Regents Park, rounded off with Rag Time at Open Air Theatre perfect date #OATragtime
Perfect London date for a foreigner, should always start with champagne lunch, on beautifully sunny Primrose Hill for the best skyline views
More rehearsals for closing ceremonies for the @London2012 Olympics. The opening will be the biggest spectacle the closing the biggest party

Friday, 25 May 2012

The first interviews for Making of DVD for our feature film Vigilia. Director Amanda Baker & I discussing first stages of the film process!
Looking forward to see what Andy Francis of E-style comes up with for redesign of my websites - great company & creative ideas @estyle_Andy

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Meetings on the stern of The Yacht, in the open air with Wifi & virgin cocktails, make office based work far more pleasant than being inside
Enlightening meeting with Joe Twyman, pollster @YouGov, discussing research into attitudes to Rape & Justice, in regards to our film Vigilia

Monday, 21 May 2012

As many know my amazing mother, Betty Toy suffers with Alzheimer's. Please share this for Dementia Awareness Week
In 1 year, 2 Apple Laptops stolen, 2 Apple Computers hard drives fail & 1 Powerbook just refuses to boot, time to go back to PCs @MacRumours

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Impress Lithuanian sociologist Kristina Vesetsita by quick trip to @Oxo_Tower, some of best views & cocktails (mines a Press Gang) in London

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Having been on set of Tim Burton's film "Dark Shadows" on backlot @PinewoodStudios. Nice to see it on big screen.
Great to see Sarah Soetaert back as Roxy Hart in Musical @ChicagoLondon - made my 40th Birthday by singing to me Marilyn Monroe + JFK style!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

For those of you who didn't catch my letter in the Evening Standard on Mayoral results day, you can find it here.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Rebecca Taffs @KettnersLondon shows manager, Caroline (who nearly lost our custom), how to treat patrons who'd been using venue for 15 years
My dear friend & bon vivant, Carole Stone, bids her friends & club members a fond farewell as she leaves for pastures new. An amazing woman.
Director Amanda Baker, putting her mark on our feature film Vigilia (written by @RhiPratchett) by inserting @BBCNewsnight scene with Paxman
Yet more good news for film industry now the grown-ups are back in power & the @BFI have been given back control.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

2nd rehearsal for role in Closing Ceremonies for @London2012 Olympic Games. Very happy to learn I get to wear hat - that was a deal breaker!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Superb exhibition @TateBritain, Picasso & Modern British Art. A composite of my 17 years of London Gallery visits. Moore, Bacon, Hockney etc

Friday, 11 May 2012

Thanks to the amazing @SamandMEblog for reminding that it's M.E. awareness week, a disease I've had over 20 years
Lunch with the delectable Sarah Lloyd-Hughes at Pancras Grand. Cannot wait to do public speaking course with her

Thursday, 10 May 2012

1st rehearsal for my role in the Closing Ceremonies for @London2012 Olympic Games last night. Amazing team of people to work with & such fun
18. Travel back to Wales, with hugely impressed son, after impromptu, surprise day out in Dublin. Return to London to collapse - The End!
17. Get back to Wexford to discover everything booked. Find nice concierge @WhitesofWexford Hotel - to sort out stay in sister hotel nearby
16. Complete day with trip to Wax Museum @waxplus learn about Irish Uprising, Irish writers & use recording equipment used by Paolo Nutini.
15. 17:55 need to get to an Exhibit for 6pm (15 min walks away) Son Charles gets CityTour Driver whose finished his shift to taxi us there.
14. Visit @stpatrickscath edral & Walk down the river Liffey to crossover Ha'penny Bridge & past Jameson Whisky Distillery for photographs.
13. Visit @NMIreland National Museum of Ireland's Natural History & Archaeology. Son impresses knowing "Irish People call this the Dead Zoo"
12. Visit The @ScienceGallery at Trinity College & discover if you're really happy, via a series of experiments, set in a pop-up laboratory.
11. Take in the amazing stained glass windows of @BewleysIreland Cafe on Grafton Street & impress son by singing Bob Geldof's hit Rat-Trap!
10. Have amazing Green Cod & Duck Fat Chips with Virgin Cocktails at newly opened restaurant @BITEdublin with Irish Friends Rachel & David.
9. Photo taken with Molly Malone & visit Trinity College Dublin @tcddublin, persuade 12 year old son, this is something he should aspire to
8. Take a break on O'Connell Street with an amazing Hot Chocolate from Cafe Carlo, though you might have to wait
7. Take in @GuinnessIreland, @DublinZoo, @Dubliniaviking, @IMMAIreland & Kilmainham Gaol, on Dublin City Bus Tour
6. Start day with Irish Breakfast before finding open-top bus tour of Dublin with CitySightSeeing to get bearings
5. Arrive in Dublin, walk to B&B's one perfect room available in @HotelOSheas. Order son perfect pint of Guinness & listen to Irish music.
4. Get to Wexford, 2 minutes to spare for bus to Dublin, still no Euros. Another lovely driver even stops at shop for us enroute @Wexfordbus
3.Arrive at Rosslare dock 5 minutes to spare to catch bus to Wexford but no Euros. Find great bus driver who takes sterling @buseireanndeals
2. Drive to Pembroke, with no knowledge of boat times, to arrive just in time to catch the only ferry of the day @Irish_Ferries to Rosslare.
Steps to take 12 year old child to @VisitDublin for a day. 1: Take Charles Atherton-Laurie to ensure perfect weather regardless of forecasts

Monday, 7 May 2012

Atherton(-Laurie) boys, took Ireland by storm & are on tiumphant return to Pembroke, aboard ferry Isle of Inishmore - full details to follow

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Making my first ever trip to Ireland with son, Charles Atherton-Laurie. On Ferry to Rosslare. Beautiful day,calm sea. Any tips when we land?
Pleased @BorisJohnson scraped through to remain The Mayor of London (albeit far to close), city won't be in financial melt down on my return

Friday, 4 May 2012

If you're in London, pick up a copy of Evening Standard & check out my letter on pg. 55 "The Barriers to Adoption"
Film, The Avengers Assemble, a nicely made Hollywood romp from favorite director, Joss Whedon, no Serenity though
MD, Barry Basset at camera hire company @VMItv epitomises all that's great in film industry - true collaborator

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Writer @RhiPratchett based the vigilante group in our feature film Vigilia on actual Indian Gulabi Gang. Inspired

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

With the voting for #LondonMayor due to start tomorrow. Have the bookies got it right for @BorisJohnson to win it

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Hoping big brother, Richard Toy, had amazing Birthday yesterday, wherever he was? It's the big one next year I think - unless he's hidden:)