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Archive for September, 2009

It all started with a dinner at HIVE, which, I have to say was lovely – friendly, cute staff, great service, cool interior and a few mojitos. That kinda set the mood for wanting more from the night, which led to a casual stroll down to the MANGO LANDIN’. For some reason, I always seem to turn up at Mango Landin’ on a funk night. Or maybe it’s always a funk night there, I haven’t quite figured it out. The DJ was hitting us with some classic jams that you can’t help but love.

Rum became the order of the night, and that mixed with James Brown just took it up a notch. Craving for something a little bit more dingy (we mean that in a nice way) we hauled our arses down to the DOGSTAR – I love the Dogstar’s random mix of music – Girls Aloud one minute, Nirvana the next.

A smoke break later and we found ourselves chatting to Katie, the singer from Brixton’s own Illersapiens, – if you didn’t see them at the Brixton Splash, you missed. She was there with her friend Abe Amparo, who we discovered is a very young and talented artist.

Brixton-born and raised, Abe is very handy with a pencil (and lovely in person I might add). Her drawings and technique are out of this world, a mash-up of ridiculous photo-realism and surrealist imagery.

I managed to catch her debut show – under her artist’s name T.S. Abe – at the Electric Blue gallery in East London – yes it’s a Northern Line ride away but this Brixtonian’s work is worth the trip. Take a look for yourself.

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It’s been months now and I’m still hearing people whisper on the bus – ok that’s a lie – people talking on the bus, ‘What’s up with all this diggin’ bizness and construction bizness in the centre of town?’.

I’ll tell you what’s going on, we are getting a newly designed town square due for completion by spring 2010 and a reworking of the traffic flow. We are talking about a sleek open square with trees and lighting that provides a space for all manners of public expression for everyone. I can’t wait to be surprised by the events that might take place once the square is finished. Looking forward to this: ‘For sure for sure’.

BRIXTON! BACKWARDS NEVER, FORWARDS FOREVER!

For more info, check out here and here.

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The Brixton pound is here. It officially launches today at Lambeth Town Hall where the final design will be revealed. Olive Morris, Vincent Van Gogh and James Lovelock are among some of the locals who’s likenesses are being used on the notes. Go here to find to more: http://brixtonpound.wordpress.com

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