Friday, 30 March 2018

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day: A Vince Taylor Playlist - @rexosborn Is Leading The Tour Today

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day on The Daily Constitutional!

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road Station every Friday at 2pm.


DC Editor Adam writes…


Rex is leading the Rock'n'Roll London Walk today.

Like all the London Walks guides who take charge of the Rock'n'Roll London Walk, Rex has a broad taste in music. You can be sure he will be roping all sorts of artists, gigs, records and events into his tour this afternoon.

I do know that he is particularly drawn to the story of Vince Taylor, the wayward, Isleworth-born rocker who has become something of a cult figure. His enigmatic story, shot through with drugs and brushes with the law, is the stuff of rock'n'roll legend. 



Morrissey is said to be a particular devotee of Taylor who was always very big in France. Adam Ant wrote a cracking tribute to him on his 2013 album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter. In 1999, ol' grumpy chops Van Morrison doffed his cap to Taylor in his song Going Down Geneva with the lyric…



Vince Taylor used to live here
No one's even heard of him
Just who he was
Just where he fits in


If those lines apply to you, then I'm sure Rex will put you right this afternoon.

To get you in the mood, here's a short playlist of Vince Taylor-related tunes, including The Clash's cover of his most famous song Brand New Cadillac. The playlist closes with the man himself performing what, for many of us, is one of the first sure blows delivered by the mainly timid and jelly-kneed British challengers to Elvis's belt back in the 50s. 








The 
Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at 2pm Tottenham Court Road station (exit 1) every Friday all year round – and every Wednesday at 7pm from 7th March 2017. You can follow the Rock'n'Roll London Walk on Facebook – www.facebook.com/musictourslondon
Here's the trailer…








A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Thursday, 29 March 2018

A NEW Home For the Wonderful Cartoon Museum @Cartoonmuseumuk #LoveLondon

DC Editor Adam writes…



The wonderful Cartoon Museum is to get a new home!

My favourite little museum in the world has been existing of late under a cripplingly high rent for its site in Bloomsbury.

The good news is that it will soon move to a new site in Fitzrovia – and a fundraising drive is underway to help the transition which will safeguard this brilliant and resourceful little museum for the next 25 years.  As soon as I have more details of any fundraising events, I'll post them here on The Daily Constitutional.


Here's how the news was announced last night…





Good luck (and thanks!) to everyone at The Cartoon Museum!



Here's a post from The DC archive on The Cartoon Museum. It's Panel 11 in my Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London blog, a love letter to the best little corner of Bloomsbury…

(You can catch up with the with all the posts in my cartoon & Comic Book Tour Of London blog here: cartoonandcomicbooklondon.blogspot.co.uk)





Panel 11: The Cartoon Museum







There it is, tucked away in plain view, struggling to be noticed in the presence of that upstaging old ham The British Museum.

Just to clarify: the good people at the Cartoon Museum are not describing the BM as an "upstaging old ham". That's all my own work, folks.

Indeed when Anita O'Brien, the curator at the Cartoon Museum got in touch with The Daily Constitutional recently, one of the first things she did was direct us to the British Museum as a great resource for London-themed cartoons. 


Anita was writing in response to my request for a London-themed cartoon recommendation and she sent us not one, but two, in the shape of this pair of marvellous Heath Robinsons…








The Cartoon Museum receives very little funding, yet manages to sustain a vivid, rolling programme of exhibitions covering everything from The Beano to William Hogarth.


The collection – rotated regularly – also features originals from Charles M Schultz and Doonesbury creator G.B Trudeau. I'm told that Trudeau dropped off the originals in person one day, travelling incognito - he enjoyed a mooch around the collection first - as a paying customer! Artists from George du Maurier to Gillray are also represented in the permanent collection alongside such diverse contemporary figures as Posy Simmonds (Tamara DreweGemma Bovary) and Alan Moore (V For VendettaFrom Hell).

There are workshops for kids and courses for adults, too. There's a great bookshop, events and talks from the likes of Martin Rowson and no corporate coffee concession stinking the place up. 

And I hear that there may even be a ghost on the premises, too.

Crikey!







The Cartoon Museum


35 Little Russell Street
London
WC1A 2HH



A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Monday, 26 March 2018

In & Around #London #Photoblog… Here's What We've Got To Look Forward To #Spring

The Monday Photoblog!

DC Editor Adam writes…


It's been a LONG winter, but the clocks went forward this weekend and here's what we've got to look forward to in London over the coming weeks…


The V&A





Westminster Cathedral

Embankment Gardens







Any suggestions for the Monday In & Around slot? Do you have five London pictures you'd like to share? Drop me a line at the usual address.





A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Saturday, 24 March 2018

Don't Forget… #ClocksGoForward

Don't forget that the clocks go FORWARD tonight…


In Covent Garden…




In Soho caf├ęs…



In Soho churches…


In Fleet Street…


In Forest Hill…







A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.