London in the Pink.. Back on the streets of secret London. I tell ya.. We're happening and vibrant round these parts.. even if we're on severe alert!
Saturday 30th of August 2014 08:48:59 AM
Waking up to smell the coffee. Heading towards the end of Summer 2014 in the Western Hemisphere - while too many parts of the world seem to have gone totally mad. As history books are testimony, I suspect it's always been like this on the planet of the Homo sapiens ..
Friday 29th of August 2014 07:44:32 AM
Greetings from the shadow in the hat..Just catching a few sun rays before the end of August.. Big congratulations to Kate Bush on her phenomenal magnificence! Wasn't there but read all about it! Go Kate!!
Wednesday 27th of August 2014 10:23:15 AM
Two for the price of one - A water feature AND a mural by Miro! You can't get beat that! We're getting. VERY cultural round these parts... ps..Consider this a small token of refuge from the madness going on out there..
Monday 25th of August 2014 09:00:00 AM
Hilarious comments on yesterday's water feature..Seems like it was more diuretic than calming...Here's a beautiful wall representing one of my favourite artists in a feeble attempt to raise the cultural tone!
Saturday 23rd of August 2014 01:56:04 PM
I'm sending a short water feature to give y'all a break from your daily routine, as I figure you might need it. I certainly do! I need as many water features as I can get!
Friday 22nd of August 2014 01:22:53 PM
Thanks for all the "likes" you've sent in for "Nostalgia".. Sending some Mountains, Cloud and Sky in return..
Monday 18th of August 2014 11:02:54 AM
I'm very happy to confirm that I will be releasing a new album, entitled "NOSTALGIA" on October 21st (US)/ October 27th (rest of world), on the Blue Note label in the USA and Island Records internationally. The record has been a labour of love, which I very much hope you will enjoy..
(For all you sound epicureans… It's coming out first in glorious vinyl ...which I can personally recommend as a listening experience!)…xxx
Love Annie Lennox
New Album - NOSTALGIA - Coming Soon - Annie Lennox
I’m very happy to confirm that I will be releasing a new album, entitled ” NOSTALGIA” on October 21st (US)/ October 27th (rest of world), on the Blue Note label in the USA and Island Records internationally. The record has been a labour of love, which I very much hope you will enjoy.. (For all...
Friday 15th of August 2014 02:29:27 PM
Over the last few weeks my blogs have been mainly focused on the plight of thousands of innocent civilians trapped in Gaza ( many of whom are young children) who have been the victims of bombing raids.
Whichever way you look at the arguments for and against on either side, it is abominable that any human being should have to suffer on such a scale. I have read most of the comments posted on my blogs.. The entire spectrum of viewpoints has been well represented .. from hate filled bigotry to more rational viewpoints, all passionately expressed. Somewhat predictably it is so often "There is only one side..and if you're not with us, you're against us."
For me, this kind of perspective only ever leads to destruction as the inevitable end game. The possibility for long term sustainable peace should be the only goal.. But it seems that after decades of abuse, the situation is further away from a positive solution than it ever was. How many more innocent people must be slaughtered? How many lives shattered?
Latest developments across the entire Middle East seem to be rapidly turning the region into an even bigger tinder keg of madness and extremism. What's the end game? I personally don't see how this can turn out well. I don't know how other people are feeling, but I find this all deeply disquieting.
Sunday 10th of August 2014 04:18:37 PM
Georgeous Leedy drum kit from 1928 .. Still has the original skins and sounds as good as gold..
Friday 8th of August 2014 06:23:57 PM
Rehearsal time.. Back in the groove folks.. and havin' fun.
Thursday 7th of August 2014 04:38:41 PM
Sending out appreciation to Victoria Beckham for donating 600 pieces of her clothing to auction off for mothers2mothers (m2m).
Victoria Beckham Presents an Exclusive Sale for mothers2mothers (m2m)
We are delighted to announce that Victoria Beckham and the outnet.com have partnered to sell more than 600 items of her clothing for mothers2mothers! You can register at the outnet.com from the 5th of August, with the sale opening on the 20th and closing on the 25th of August.
Wednesday 6th of August 2014 06:27:27 PM
CEASEFIRE IN GAZA TODAY
Check out this beautiful moment of children singing 'Sweet Dreams'.
PS22 Chorus "Sweet Dreams" ft. Kayla (by Eurythmics)
http://facebook.com/ps22chorus http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/ps22chorus 2010 PS22 Chorus member Kayla recently came for a visit, and sang...
Tuesday 5th of August 2014 03:07:17 PM
Over the last week, the gamut of divisive opinions on the situation in Gaza has been represented and expressed freely on this blog. What tends to happen is that people tend to take "sides." As simplistic as it might seem, my perspective lies on the side of "sustainable peace." This should absolutely be the main imperative for all political leaders and representatives in the region. But as this onslaught continues, the more obscure the possibility of peace seems to become. I have personally observed the situation over the last two decades and have never before felt such an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. Where on earth does the peaceful solution lie? Half the population of Gaza are teenagers and children..They are trapped. There is nowhere for them to safely avoid the bombardment. As time passes, the numbers of the dead and wounded will continue to rise exponentially while the hospital facilities and basic services will cease to function. What kind of future can both sides hope to have after this kind of armageddon?
A prospective ceasefire in Gaza fell apart Friday morning when two Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting inside Gaza and a third was suspected captured.
Subsequent Israeli strikes killed at least 62 Palestinians in east Rafah, where the capture was reported, and 19 in south Rafah later in the day, according to the Gaza health ministry.
“I think it’s going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together again,” US president Barack Obama said. He condemned Hamas.
Obama said that “innocent civilians in Gaza caught in the crossfire have to weigh on our conscience and we have to do more to protect them.”
1,600 Palestinians have been killed and an estimated 8,750 wounded in the conflict so far, the ministry said.
Israel continued striking Gaza Friday night. Rockets continued to fly into Israel, the army said, and air raid sirens were reported in Ashkelon and elsewhere.
The Israeli army named the missing soldier as Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23. Sixty-three soldiers have been killed in the conflict.
Hamas political officials denied knowledge of a captured soldier. One said, “Even if it was true, the military leadership are the only ones authorized to report such an event.”
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said.
An estimated 250,000 Gazans have sought refuge in UN shelters, UNRWA said, warning of an imminent collapse of its support network.
Saturday 2nd of August 2014 03:59:10 PM
"World stands disgraced as Israeli shelling of schools kills at least 15"..
UN condems IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law
Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting.
( Excerpt from The Guardian newspaper)
At the UN school the first shell came just after the early morning call to prayer, when most of those taking shelter were asleep, crammed into classrooms with what few possessions they had managed to snatch as they fled their homes.About 3,300 people had squashed into Jabaliya Elementary A&B Girls' School since the Israeli military warned people to leave their homes and neighbourhoods or risk death under intense bombardment. Classroom number one, near the school's entrance, had become home to about 40 people, mostly women and children.As a shell blasted through the wall, showering occupants with shrapnel and spattering blood on walls and floors, Amna Zantit, 31, scrambled to gather up her three terrified infants in a panicked bid for the relative safety of the schoolyard. "Everyone was trying to escape," she said, clutching her eight-month old baby tightly. Minutes later, a second shell slammed through the roof of the two-storey school. At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 injured. Most were women or children.Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said the shelling of the school was a "serious violation of international law by Israeli forces".Krähenbühl said: "Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced."Khalil al-Halabi, the UN official in charge of the schools in the area, was quickly on the scene. Bodies were littered over the classroom, and the badly injured lay in pools of blood amid the debris and rubble caused by the blast. "I was shaking," he said. "It was very, very hard for me to see the blood and hear the children crying."
Gaza: nothing more shameful than attacking sleeping children, says Ban Ki-moon - video
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon issues a statement, after a school in Gaza was shelled by Israeli forces on Wednesday
Thursday 31st of July 2014 09:00:01 AM
Jon Snow's plea for the children of Gaza...
Jon Snow: a tribute to the children of Gaza
"I’m back and in the comfort of this studio it is hard to imagine I was ever away. I don’t need to imagine though because what I saw is etched in my mind."
Read more in Jon Snow's blog: http://bit.ly/1khvuiz
Monday 28th of July 2014 09:53:16 AM
Gaza fighting continues as both sides reject each others' cease fire announcements. According to Unicef the death toll in Gaza has risen to more than 1,030, with 218 children killed, two thirds of them under the age of 12.
At some point in time the leaders will have to come to some kind of agreement, otherwise the future will be total oblivion on both sides…That has always been at the core of any statement I've ever made about this horrendous situation.
It's in everyone's best interest to find a peaceful solution.
Sunday 27th of July 2014 04:49:25 PM
No Winners - During the 17 day conflict in Gaza more than 700 Palestinians -mostly civilians- have been killed . Israeli has lost 32 soldiers in the violence. Cease fire ...Cease Fire ... Cease Fire!!!
Friday 25th of July 2014 03:33:14 AM
As yesterday's blog illustrated, the issue of what's happening in Gaza is deeply divisive and contentious, as it has been for decades.
One common theme of self interest both sides must surely share is that ordinary citizens want to live sustainably peaceful lives.
Tragically the extremity of the situation means that "carnage" is the modus operandi. It is a horrendous price to pay and will only extend the bloodbath further to create more instability for everyone caught up in it.
This Gordion knot of violence is not the way to a peaceful solution FOR EITHER SIDE and never will be. Blessed are the peace makers.. But where are they???!!!!
Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 06:03:20 PM