john & george

friday lunch time i was minding my own business crossing shoreditch high street in the east end of london, when i heard a mans voice “george no, george come here!” i’m not sure what made me look to see who it was, but i sure am glad that i did. standing there before me was john dolan with his faithful friend george. i knew him, he did not know me from adam “are you john dolan?” i asked ” might be” “well is that george?” “yep” and there it started we chatted for a while, what a charming, humble man. i’m so glad to have shook his hand.

who? i hear you say, well let me tell you their story.

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the sticker club – review

so imagine you are 5, very very nearly 6, what in the world is your most favourite thing other than lego and cake? oh yeah, you got it right there, stickers. stickers are always a sure winner whether they be football, lego, aliens, cars, dinosaurs as long as they stick to something pretty much anything goes!

so when we received an email asking us whether we would like to review a new venture called the sticker club clearly our answer was always going to be YES!

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the end of our summer

how did eight weeks pass at such speed? i blinked and there it went. we did have a marvellous time though.

we started with two weeks in the sunny canaries. back briefly for our first camping and festival adventure at camp bestival. then i zoomed off of to india for a week for work, then back home and BOOM bank holiday weekend, and what better way to spend the bank holiday but down in rye and camber sands on the east sussex coast.

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return of the rude boy

after a little wonder around st pauls and a spot of lunch at barbecoa, we jumped on the number 23 bus down the strand and jumped off just by somerset house. we had been meaning to go for a number of weeks now, but with holidays, camping and me travelling for work, we hadn’t had a weekend free. so with a couple of hours free we were keen to catch the return of the rude boy exhibition at somerset house. with a big love of two-tone, ska and mod music in the HPMcQ house hold, this small curated exhibition by dean chalkley and harris elliott, showcasing the 21st century rudie didn’t disappoint. but you must hurry if you fancy going it finishes on the 25th august, and in the mean time here are some of my favs.

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romeria

there doesn’t have to be much reason in spain to have a fiesta however la romeria is quite a biggy in fiesta second to carnival time.

a romeria you say? well it comes from the word “romero” meaning travelling towards rome. it’s a catholic celebration, a pilgrimage that in today’s world is a procession, of floats, music and dancing, food and cattle! to translate in a very simple way it’s kind of spains harvest festival. the celebration lasts all day long, and why wouldn’t it?!

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we really went to camp bestival – i know!

oh me oh my, i said yes, and then i didn’t think about it for a while. i then thought i’d better start getting prepared for this, so i asked some questions, i made a list, i bought the things on the list, it came, i put it upstairs.

then last week, became the week. the week when were to go to camp bestival, the week where the HPMcQ family camping. i know i know, you can stop laughing right now, i was little bit scared.

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el pico teide

we recently spent a couple of weeks with my parents. a well deserved early summer holiday, relaxing, having lazy mornings and spending time lounging around, eating good food, drinking local beer and having absolutely nothing to do on the to do list. a very welcome change and break from the norm of day-to-day life.

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shoreditch street art – 14.06.14 part 1

a perfect summers morning in the east end of london, with an hour to kill before the shops open. what else better to do than take a wander amongst the streets discovering the hidden wonders of shoreditch. i’ll have to break todays shots down over a number of posts as i took so so many. so in no particular order i will start here right at the beginning of my day.

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the greatest family show on earth!

THE GREATEST FAMILY SHOW ON EARTH!

CARAVANSERAI / THE TRAVELLING BARN / PROJECT WILD THING

FROM CARAVAN COCKTAIL BOOTHS AND IMMERSIVE THEATRE FUN TO BARN DANCES, HOE DOWNS AND A PROJECT WILD THING HUB PLUS PIG’S BIG BALLROOM LINE UP REVELEALED

read the latest announcement from camp bestival below

The Travelling Barn

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canal strolling part two

i was east side again this saturday afternoon, but this time all on my tod. after leaving nanny minnie’s i fancied a little wonder. so instead of heading down to the regents canal, i headed a little further east, to the hertford union canal (ducketts canal), a short stretch of canal originally opened in 1830 as a short cut, which links up the regents canal to the lee navigation. 

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museum of london

to escape the miserable bank holiday weather, and to avoid the inevitable cabin fever that might have overtaken us all if we stayed in our home any longer, we popped north of the river to the museum of london for a little smooch about. however imagine our surprise as we came up the stairs and across the bridge to discover that the rotunda at the entrance of the museum had been painted by 3 iconic street artists, including one of my favourites,  thierry noir, john dolan and run.

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