Snowmen of Hackney February 2012

Snowman-building hysteria, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington

Snow falls and England goes mad, in a good way. Here’s a selection of Hackney’s finest snowmen, crafted from the 10cm that fell overnight. My, we’re an excitable bunch!

Dishoom: a corner of Bombay in London

Dishoom Bombay Cafe, Covent Garden, London (C) Emma Field

Dishoom was created by some seriously homesick Bombayites.

DISHOOM /dishu:m/ n.
1. The old Bollywood sound effect produced when a hero lands a good punch, or when a bullet flies through the air
2. Similar to popular slang usage of the expression “Mojo”; e.g. “He’s got that Dishoom”

Childhood demon face off: Sidmouth Folk Festival

Sidmouth Folk Festival dancers © Emma Field

We all live with irrational hangover hates from our childhood. For some it’s Brussels sprouts. For others, an inability to get in the car without visiting the loo first. Me? Folk music…

Holdstone Down: where Jesus landed in a spaceship

North Devon coast © Craig Fast

Holdstone Down: great views, UFOs, Jesus and a cairn. What more could you want from a day trip in Devon?…

Lynmouth Raft Race

The rafts are pelted with flour as they wait for the starting whistle © Craig Fast

Britain plays proud host to some of the oddest events in the world. Yesterday I trotted off to nearby Lynmouth to watch one of them, the annual Lynmouth Raft Race…