Though jays are fairly large and colourful, getting a photo is tricky. They don’t hang around much and they’re quite skittish. This was one of a pair I saw in Regent’s Park.
Hard to believe this is Central London. There is nothing as rewarding to the spirit as sunlight on spring foliage.
Sunlight and clearing [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-10.jpg]Glorious tree
Glorious tree [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-11.jpg]Pathway through green
Pathway through green [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-12.jpg]Sunlight on trunk
Sunlight on trunk [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-2.jpg]Mother, daughter, dog
Mother, daughter, dog [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-3.jpg]Nettles and old railings
Nettles and old railings [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-4.jpg]This is central London
This is central London [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-5.jpg]Regent's green
Regent's green [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-6.jpg]Walkers and sculpture
Walkers and sculpture [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-7.jpg]Jay
Jay [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-8.jpg]My favourite tree
My favourite tree [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-updated/thumbs/thumbs_spring-regents-9.jpg]Red meets green
Red meets green
Out on the bike with my camera. Dodging showers but catching the wonderful time that is spring. It really is so green after the rain.
Spring in Regent's Park
Bowler bowls; batsman waits [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_buds.jpg]Buds
Buds [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_cricket-and-bt-tower.jpg]Cricket & BT Tower
Cricket & BT Tower [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_cricket-in-the-nets.jpg]Cricket in the nets
Cricket in the nets [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_dandelions.jpg]Dandelions
Dandelions [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_fly-on-pansy.jpg]Fly on pansy
Fly on pansy [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_foliage.jpg]Foliage
Foliage [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_green.jpg]Green
Green [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_happy-dog-in-springtime.jpg]Happy dog in springtime
Happy dog in springtime [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_shower-clouds.jpg]Shower clouds
Shower clouds [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_spring-clouds-and-cricket-whites.jpg]Spring clouds and cricket whites
Spring clouds and cricket whites [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_walker-and-dogs.jpg]Walker and dogs
Walker and dogs [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_walker-and-green-2.jpg]Walker in the greens
Walker in the greens [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/spring-in-regent039s-park/thumbs/thumbs_walker-and-green.jpg]Walker in the greens
Walker in the greens
I was invited to the final performance of Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges at the Pimlico Academy. It was great to sit with a school audience and hear student reactions to different parts of the play.
The concept is run by Central YMCA’s Y Touring Theatre of Debate. They commission plays about different social issues and then tour schools nationally. It’s interactive with a facilitator asking questions to the audience about beliefs and controversial topics raised in the production. The actors come back in character to also answer questions from the students.
I came away thinking it was an excellent way of learning while in dialogue and being entertained at the same time. With a big chunk of funding from the Wellcome Trust it’s small wonder the plays tend to major on health issues. Stunted Trees itself was about the current and future developments in brain intervention technology.
We were back at the very special Wilton’s Music Hall for the Other Voices Festival. I have to confess I’d not heard of it but going to the gig and watching the following evening’s performance (Matthew E White headlining) I’ve come away very impressed. It all started in Derry and has blossomed into a thinking person’s music festival. Amazingly the tickets are free. On the night we went we saw Dexys, Villagers and John Grant. All quiet different. I really liked Conor O’Brien’s guitar picking and how John Grant fuses rock sound with electronics and synths. His Icelandic band featured a bass player who looked a bit like George Best when he’d put on weight!
Wiltons Other Voices
Kevin wonders why it's so dark. Someone forgot to tell him the sun went down 2 hours ago. [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-other-voices/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-other-voices-2.jpg]Dexys
As a regular to South Wales it's great to see Lucy Morgan from Swansea who in the regular Dexys lineup on violin. [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-other-voices/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-other-voices-5.jpg]John Grant
John Grant [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-other-voices/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-other-voices-6.jpg]John Grant
There was a funny moment when John forgot he'd left the mic at the piano. He stepped up to the mic stand to make a profound comment and it was a very quiet voice. The whole hall erupted in laughter. [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-other-voices/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-other-voices-7.jpg]John Grant
Duet with Conor O'Brien of Villagers.
I’d attended the brilliant Way to Blue concert at Barbican. This was a follow up CD release event at the wonderful Wilton’s Music Hall. The event was curated by Joe Boyd and the Barbican Centre. Joe did a bit of show and tell presentation from his laptop about what it was like working with Nick Drake. Musicians Green Gartside, Robyn Hitchcock, Kate St John came on a performed tracks by both Nick and his mother, Molly.
Wiltons Music Hall
The front houses that betray the existence of an amazing music hall [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-music-hall/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-drake-2.jpg]Inside Wilton's
Balcony level [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-music-hall/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-drake-3.jpg]Wilton's entrance
Foyer and box office. Bar on the right. [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-music-hall/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-drake-4.jpg]Upper level bar
Upper level cocktail bar [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-music-hall/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-drake-gig.jpg]Performance
Robyn Hitchcock performs his closing song from Way to Blue, I Saw Nick Drake. [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-music-hall/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-drake.jpg]The hall
Wilton's Music Hall - should be a UNESCO site. [img src=http://nigelhomer.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/wiltons-music-hall/thumbs/thumbs_wiltons-drake-1_0.jpg]Performance
Green Gartside, Neill MacColl and Robyn Hitchcock performing Nick Drake song