Monday, 27 October 2008


Our Felix knitted a firework. It is so much friendlier than the ones that make the puppies frightened. Are you coming to visit us soon Felix? I do hope so...

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There perhaps isn't a lead singer in the world who has the kind of following that Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode enjoys in Russia. Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams have made a film about Depeche Mode fans, by travelling from Europe to North America, to Mexico and Russia. 
In Russia 9th May is Victory Day, a national holiday, but the date coincides with Dave Gahan's birthday, so it is also known throughout the country as 'Dave Day'. There is beautiful footage of young Muscovites, joined in a mass sing a long to Depeche Mode songs. To be able to gather and to celebrate their favourite band, provided some kind of emotional release after the hardships of communism. 
In Eastern Berlin and across FUSSR, there is no band merchandise. The posters come from the walls as soon as they go up. Fans work hard to get the Depeche Mode look. They get together to make badges,  T-shirts, cartoons and shrines. Depeche Mode has become a religion and a hobby.
Even if you are not a DP fan we strongly recommend this film. It has had it's first screening at BFI and should be out on Mute soon. 


The School of life, ( ) is holding a series of Sunday Sermons, and Louise has been busy knitting a 'Grey Area Collection Bag' to collect confessions and questions. 
In the old days, most of us looked to religion for direction on how to live.  Now we spend our Sundays reading the papers or surfing the net, finding little in the way of good council.
The School of Life have asked maverick cultural figures to tell us what they see as the virtues to cling to and the vices to be wary of. 
Sermons will be on Punctuality, Seduction, Pessimism, Curiosity, and Loving Your Neighbour.
To book, e-mail or ring 020 7833 1010.
All sermons will take place at 11.30am at the Horse Hospital on Collenade.


It was lovely to have Celia back in the shop last week. On her forth day of darning, leaving fear and indecision behind, she attempted to darn the gaping hole across the back of the jumper. The horizontal lines were a useful guide to fixing a a gap which had been bothering her for some time.... she still has a long way to go.... which delights us.