June 18, 2015
My latest ‘peculiar’ illustrated facts, commissioned by Peckham Peculiar, an independent, arts-lead community newspaper. You can read the full issues here
FACT: Wham! wrote their hit song Club Tropicana in a basement flat in Peckham.
FACT: Beatles manager Brian Epstein had a relative who ran a firm called Weldons of Peckham in Rye Lane, whom he permitted to make the official Beatles sweater.
FACT: Austin’s of Peckham Rye was one of the largest antique and second-hand dealers in Europe. Austin’s Court now occupies the site.
FACT: Some scenes from the popular television series On the Buses were filmed at Nunhead bus garage, later demolished in 1999
December 07, 2014
Some illustrations for issue 6 of Peckham Peculiar, a free community newspaper. Each issue reveals 3 ‘peculiar’ facts relating to the Peckham and Nunhead area. Read the full issue here
Nunhead had its own football team between 1904 and 1949
Firework manufacturer Brocks once had a factory in Nunhead
In the 18th century melons and grapes were grown in market gardens in se15
June 15, 2014
So Tom and I went to Sicily for just over a week. We stayed in Syracuse for a few nights, and then spent the rest of our time in a tiny Village on Etna mountain in a bungalow at the end of an Italian couples garden. Some reasons why staying there is recommended:
the wine they make there is very very nice, too nice
it gets so dark at night you can see a million stars
the volcanic soil makes the vegetables unreal. We brought almonds back with us because they taste so… almondy.
you can drive everywhere from the mountain, surrounding towns etc.
there aren’t any tourists staying on mount Etna, they come in the day to go up a cable car, then leave.
climbing to the top of the volcano is quite tough going, but worth it. Plus you can stop and buy cake and chips half way up. The view at the top is a bit what I expect Mars to look like.
Reasons not to stay there:
If you can’t drive or are a nervous driver be warned. They drive like morons.
There is no 2.
The place we stayed in had a swimming pool. I tried and failed to do some Hockney-esque pool sketches. Turns out it’s really hard to draw perfect swimming pool water with pencils. That was the problem for me and the area, it was all just so damn pretty and perfect.
Tom morphing into Rooney
Canoli - deep fried pastry tubes filled with sweet ricotta.
May 16, 2014
The birthday card for my sister this year is Matisse inspired. She can often be found on her laptop.
April 28, 2014
Wednesleydale with Cranberries
February 05, 2014