Laura Mvula

September 2014

Laura Mvula

"I’ll be spending a lot of September just hanging out in London - I’ve got a lot to discover because I’ve only just moved here. I’ve lived in Birmingham my whole life so it’s a big change.   London still seems huge to me too so I’m trying to orientate myself. For me, the markets, museums and vintage shops in particular are a big draw and I’ll be spending a lot of my time off exploring them. I’m trying to work my way round the neighbourhoods – starting with East London because I spend a lot of work time in there so it feels most familiar. I recently stayed at a beautiful place off Columbia Road and I loved the atmosphere in that whole area – it had a real village feel. I would have breakfast at a café called Long White Cloud then dinner at the Spanish restaurant – Laxeiro. I bought a sack of jewellery from the place on the corner – Jump Like Alice. I never actually made it to the flower market though! I’ll have to go back." Laura Mvula

Food Experience

Gingerline Jubilee

The Gingerline foodie fun is back but this time they’re leaving their flame haired roots and moving to the Jubilee line instead, adding new destinations to the already popular process. It starts on the 24th of this month and runs through October so all food fanatics who love a hint of mystery should jump on board. If you’re not aware of the premise behind this then what happens is the organisers source alternative and unusual dining destinations and create a bespoke evening mixed with performance, art and design to give you, the guest, a night to remember. It’s all very hush hush though, to the point where you simply turn up on the night around 6pm at a destination along the tube line and await further instruction via text. So you have to leave it in their capable hands and trust them to organise an evening you will love. NB: they will. Tickets for the Gingerline Jubilee go on sale on the 1st September and it’s a very popular event s if you’re keen then hurry and buy your tickets asap. Twitter

Charity Sport

Dodgeball

This coming Saturday 6th, the UK’s biggest Dodgeball Championship is heading to Wimbledon Park. Mencap have organised the event and anyone can enter a team here, with all proceeds going straight to the charity. It’s £30 a person and the only stipulation is teams should dress in the same fancy dress attire. All in the name of team spirit of course. Prizes are awarded to not only the champion team but also the best dressed team so if you’re not overly confident in your sporting prowess as a unit then you may still be in with a chance of winning a prize for being the most fabulously dressed. It’s a complete sell out every year due to popularity so hurry and enter a team today if you can. After all the games the music starts and the after party goes on till 10pm as well as craft beers and food stalls throughout the day. Just be sure to remember the five rules of Dodgeball - dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge! Mencap Twitter

London

Totally Thames

September is Totally Thames month, celebrating London’s iconic ‘water feature’. The Thames Water Foundation are supporting a variety of cultural events throughout the month with 42 miles of River to celebrate! The events are extremely varied and too many to mention in this. They are all listed on the site but our picks would be the following: • Artistic Screen Printing, September 20th and for only a £1 donation. Print pre designed postcards of London scenes at either one of two locations. • Totally Thames Quiz on a boat We ruddy love a good quiz and so sit back on board your vessel and quiz it up with questions relating to your direct surroundings as you cruise along. £15 per player. • Photo Competition With two categories for 16’s and under and 16s and over, all the family can take part in this. There are a multitude of prizes available for entries with participants encouraged to capture the Thames they see and love. As they say, it changes every minute of every day so there is always something new to photograph. Snap snap. Twitter

Film

Pride

Pride is the latest British Drama that’s got all the film fans talking. Directed by Matthew Warchus it tells the true story of a group of LGBT activists who decide to raise money for the families affected by the famous 1984 miners’ strike. This led to a full ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign’ however the union at the time were reluctant to accept this help as they had public relations fears over being associated with such a group. Big names such as Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton lead the cast as the story unfolds to reveal the group take their funds direct to a mining village in Wales and the resulting relationship that forms from an unexpected pairing. It’s humorous and a tear jerker in one and a film we can’t wait to go see. With comparisons to The Full Monty and Brassed off it looks set to be another British cinematic triumph.

Food Festival

Festival of Heat

2014 marks the second Festival of Heat and its back due to just how popular the first one was, with over 3500 chilli lovers turning out to sample all things spicy. Hosted at the Spitalfield’s City Farm on Sunday the 24th September with live cook offs and demonstrations from some very passionate chefs as well as the chance to purchase a whole host of chilli related products. If a chicken korma is still considered spicy to you then perhaps give this day a miss. This will appeal more to anyone who loves a Jalapeño right through to a Scotch Bonnet. The event is free and as well as all the spice, there will be live folk music all day and other family friendly activities so don’t be afraid to bring the kids along. Just maybe be careful where nifty fingers go-a-picking before you have a screaming child with their tongue on fire. Not the spice induction they need really. Oh and if you yourself are a spice fiend with product to sell then you can in fact set up your own stall too, all via the website. City Farm Twitter

Art

Constable, The Making of a Master

Opening in September is a brand new V&A exhibition on John Constable, one of Britain’s most famous romantic painters. It will look at all his influences including ‘Constable Country’ in Suffolk for which he was once quoted as saying "I should paint my own places best, painting is but another word for feeling". His oil sketches were considered revolutionary and he transferred nature and the outside onto canvases like no other. As well as his own works there will be other masters of classical landscape on display to show visitors the artwork that inspired his own. “Constable would ultimately transform the genre of landscape painting, and in the process shape the enduring popular image of the English countryside.” Check out the website for all the opening times and other info. V&A Twitter

Event

Book Slam

Love a good book, enjoy a great joke, indulge in a night out? Then get yourself down to the Clapham Grand on the 3rd September for Book Slam, London’s literary nightclub. Comedian Mark Watson is not only a funny man on the stage but also a talented novelist (Bullet Points, A Light-Hearted Look At Murder, Eleven, and The Knot) and he is combining his two passions alongside Simon Rich (an American version of Mark essentially!) to read excerpts from their respective works to the audience. Josie Long will also be there on the evening with a mini set of her own and there will be music too from Moss Project, plus of course, there will be food . Certainly an alternative way to enjoy the Clapham Grand for sure. Tickets are a meagre £6 on the door so really you have no excuse. Twitter

Charity of the month

CLIC Sargent

10 children a day in the UK are given the devastating news they have cancer, a terrifying and daunting prospect for someone so young. CLIC Sergant is the leading children’s cancer charity in the UK and they work tirelessly to provide the care and support these children need. They provide the children and their family’s clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. From the day of diagnosis through treatment they are there every step of the way making their work invaluable. As always there are a tonne of ways you too can support and donate to this worthy cause. All this info is listed on the website as well how you can support in your area specifically and more information on all the work they do. Go on, donate, it might be a simple tenner to you but could mean the world to one sick child. Twitter

App of the month

Hyperlapse

The latest app from Instagram, Hyperlapse is a video app that allows you to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. With simple userbility and built in stabilisation, it looks sets to be as popular as it's big brother app for sure. Free to download too!