I went to the ‘Making Her Mark’ exhibition at Hackney Museum.

Many incredible and courageous women are celebrated in the exhibition, but these shoes really struck me. They are so normal. They are smart, flat shoes. They are not fancy, they are not the shoes that you would imagine are ‘activist’ shoes. They are just normal shoes. I have shoes like this (for wearing on rare ‘smart’ occasions). Almost all women I know have these shoes.

Nicola Thorp got sent home from work for wearing these shoes. I’m not sure what Nicola Thorp’s job is, but it is not a firefighter or builder or mountaineer, (all of which are professions that these shoes are unsuitable for). Nicola Thorp got sent home for wearing these shoes because at her work place the dress code for women is to have high heeled shoes. This was in 2015.

Nicola Thorp decided to complain about this. She started an online petition, which led to unfair and sexist dress codes being discussed in parliament.

So, Nicola Thorp’s normal shoes, which look so normal, and not at all the shoes of an activist, are changing laws.

Hurrah for Nicola and her shoes!




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R.I.P. M.E.S.

I love The Fall and I always will.

I saw The Fall so many times. Sometimes they ruled so much and they were the greatest band on earth. Sometimes they were shite.

Thank you Mark E. Smith, for making the albums that were so influential to me.




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My little friend Ozzy is three.
Happy Birthday Ozzy!


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Jane Weaver

Ramsgate Music Hall, 20th Oct 2017

Not the first time seeing the fantastic Jane Weaver, but our first time in Ramsgate.
The music hall is brilliant, it was a joy seeing Jane Weaver there.

This quick sketch was done in the bar afterwards.


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Euros Childs

Euros Childs and Oh Peas! at the Sebright Arms. 19th Nov 2017.

My first trip to the Sebright Arms since it’s been done up. The gig room is loads better than before, but it is about £6 a pint. Before the gig we had food at a place 2 mins down the road called VegItalian; a cafe on a double decker bus that does vegan & veg food. It was v good.

Rosie Oh Peas! was support act and backing band for Euros. For her set she played guitar and sang (no effects or keyboards this time), and then for her backing band stint she moved between keys, drums and guitar.

Euros Childs plays in London yearly, when he has a new album to tour and each time it is with a different backing band and always different, always good. He played some older stuff, including my favourite song about dog shit from last years album Refresh and a lot of stuff from the new album House Arrest. He’s got some new keyboards and was using his phone as a drum machine, which sounded surprisingly alright.


more Euros Childs reviews on Gigs & Pencils:
Euros Childs at the Boston Arms 2013  Euros Childs at the Red Hedgehog 2014

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Laika the first dog in space

A short animation I made celebrating Laika the dog, who went to space in Sputnik 2 Sixty years ago today. The soundtrack is a recording from my band, Mofam.

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At Oslo, Hackney. 5th October 2017.

This was a really special gig. The Liminañas blew me away. Their set was part beautiful pop, part cool groovy 60s French pop, part psychedelic, and sometimes a wall of guitar fuzz. Always absolutely fantastic. This was their first gig in London. I hope they will come again soon.



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