Tuesday, 31 July 2012


An earlier start than usual for Kempton to beat the Pandemonium in districts London West and after a bleary morning peering into house clearance trucks and drinking tea in the rain it is all back to Arcadia and then off up west to see actors and actresses on stage at The Donmar Warehouse for the opening night of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come in costumes supervised and additionally made by the Empress.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Old Town Evening Star No. 5

Should you find yourself abroad in Arcadia East over the holiday season beware! Bible John - Fen Preacher, the collaboration of words and illustration between myself and the artist John Richardson walks again off the pages of the new edition of the Old Town Evening Star and towards the edge of town.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Electric Bite Alarm Silent Choir

In certain corners of Arcadia if you stop and pause for a moment you will hear the sounds of The Electric Bite Alarm Silent Choir as orchestrated by choirmaster and ordnance expert Mr. Bruno Vincent in The White Tent at Port Eliot last Sunday morning and captured in the sketchbook of Mr. Pete Fowler.   In the diary Bruno Vincent - A Jack of All Trades  you can read about the electrification of the choir and further adventures.

Saturday, 28 July 2012


Found this morning after waking late for once and enjoyed over a stewed pot of tea brewed Dogger Bank style, despatches from Tomoland and Caught by the River containing the latest batch of photographs of those at arms in Arcadia at Port Eliot by Neil Thomson, artist, gentleman and finder of phantoms.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Vintage Fishing Tackle for the Soldiers

A day for soldiers all at Spitalfields yesterday as squadrons returned from and prepared for campaigns in equal measure.  A long day of purpose in a near empty city symbolised by a find on Howard of the Manchesters' (a member of the Camden Passage Old Guard) stall of a set of photographs of comrades past.  Aptly coined over a yard of ale in The Golden Heart by Mr. Jeff Barrett.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

3rd National Camping & Outdoor Life Exhibition - Olympia

Once upon a time in Arcadia and most probably on a Thursday a global event happened which was organised without the need of fuss and with little thought to jamborees and which brought tens of thousands of visitors to the city known as London, namely the 3rd National Camping and Outdoor Life Exhibition.  This gathering of household names including the legendary and immaculately dressed Barrie Welham who is still alive and thriving today on the South Coast, was held at Olympia in the region of Arcadia London West.  Visitors to the exhibition were able to witness television and radio commentator Harvey Torbett casting in the purpose built Exhibition Pool and meet other anglers in the aptly named Anglers' Corner.

Should you wish to relive the wild abandoned days of the 3rd National Camping and Outdoor Life Exhibition you are advised to visit me today at my stall in Anglers Corner at Spitalfields Antiques Market where I sell Vintage Fishing Tackle for the Soul and where all the talk will be of the Exhibition Pool and the cut of Barrie Welham's Dreadnought trousers.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Great Gatsby meets The Wild Geese Uptown

In kitchens across Arcadia, Elgar is once again on the radiogram, sidearms are in the refridgerator and the Empress is at rehearsals in the Donmar as the clink of milk and pale ale bottles is heard echoing off the tiles of the pantry floor for the first time since last Wednesday morning.  Cats and dogs, whilst standing by their Terrier Beds mourning with heavy paws the passing of Bible John's terrier, Rufus, are again putting things in order and across all districts trumpets are sounded in solemn beauty by the brass section of The June Brides for the following: Their gracious majesties the Port Eliot Festival and in particular Lord and Lady St. Germans, Matt Clayton, Roberta McCaughan, Mary Kirkham and Roo, the saviours of soul known as Caught by the River who are without need of introduction, Jeff Barrett, Andrew Walsh and Robin Turner, the genius and spirit of Mr. Martin Clark, the family that is Rough Trade, the kindness and gentility of the Yorkshire Film Archive, and all those who served in Arcadia during the campaign known as Port Eliot 2012.  At the going down of the sun and the opening of the stage and bar so brilliantly run by Count Carl Goswell and Sambrooks Brewery we shall remember you:  Mr. Will Burns, Mr. Luke Jennings, Mr. Jon Berry, Mr. Mathew Clayton, Mr. Roger Wyndham Barnes,  The Gentle Author, Mr. Tom O'Reilly, Mr. Neil Thomson, Artist-in-Residence Mr. Pete Fowler, Silent Choir Master Sir Bruno Vincent, Mr. Fitch, trawlerman drunk on tea, lost library books found and of course, your good selves.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

A White Tent For The Soul

Once upon a time in Arcadia, most notably a Thursday and the day known henceforth as to-day The World of Andrews of Arcadia presents A White Tent of Words, Archive Slide and Silent Film For The Soul in the Caught by the River Field at Port Eliot Festival.  The canvas doors open at 14:00hrs when Mr Natty will be performing Post-War Regulation Angling Club Haircuts.  After that each day's events, lost shipping forecasts and other angling outbursts will be written up for the lost in chalk outside the tent.  Should you be within the bounds of the Festival we look forward to your good company over the forthcoming weekend.   Tea shall be drunk trawlerman style, cat and dogs will be kissed and there will be more than just Elgar on the Radiogram.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Road Westwards

It is Wednesday and in Arcadia all roads lead westward, out Beyond the Outskirts of Pandemonium towards the county of Devon, over the Saltash Bridge and onwards to The Port Eliot Festival.