I have always been a huge fan of Meryl Streep - ever since Kramer Versus Kramer, Silkwood, Plenty right to the ridiculously funny Its Complicated.
I love her serenity, her posture, her everything. Meryl is just so damn cool. Not only that but I know she would look so great in so many of our relaxed pieces - the Draped Cashmere Cardigan, Lottie Cashmere Tunic, the Easy Pleat Front Jersey Trousers, swaddled in the Luxe Cashmere Contrast Border Wrap......
My adoration of her increased beyond all boundaries when the other day, I happened upon a speech she gave recently to a group of college students (I believe). In this speech she said everything all of us think at some stage but I for one could never be so eloquent to put on paper. Rarely have I been so inspired to make changes in my life. I simply have to share.
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” - Meryl Streep
The Smoke is Rising
‘A subtle, tender and withering portrait of a society in confused transition... An exceptionally accomplished novel.’ Sidhartha Deb
Savagely funny and deeply poignant, The Smoke is Rising is a riveting portrait
My album of the week
Madison Violet - No Fool for Trying
My song of the week
Oh Susanna! - Greyhound Bus
I've always been a huge fan of Country and Western and love Bob Harris Country on Radio 2 Thursday evenings - 7-8. He has introduced me to lots of great artists. The ones I have featured thus week are wonderful.
London’s most eccentric dining.
Situated on the corner of Queensbridge Road and Richmond Road in Hackney, LMNT has been transformed a rundown pub into something quite unique.
The decor at LMNT is a shrine to extravagance, with a riot of influences including ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek. Try to imagine divinely embellished alcoves, raised opera boxes, Sphinx fireplaces, a huge Greek-effect mask dominating one wall and a gigantic classical urn that you can dine in. Strangely enough the eccentric mix of decor, opera music and European menu works, and the restaurant provides warm and relaxed surroundings for a rather different restaurant experience.
Originally opened by Peter Ilic in 2000, LMNT has now established itself well amongst its locals and followers from further afield. This is largely down to the efforts of Head Chef Slavko Bogdanovic who has reorganised and restyled the menu using strong flavours and bold contrasts. He has also taken into account the location and demands of the customer when pricing the menu and has come up with a winning combination of quality food at exceptional prices.
Without exception the best value, stunningly good cuisine in London.