March 23 2018 Basingstoke Irish Centre
Rabies Babies played a gig in Basingstoke with a few bands, including Emergency Bitter.
To be honest, from the look of them I thought that they would play boring old style punk, but they were really good and funny. I absolutely want to see them play again. I hope we do more shows with them. I was very impressed with the look of their fantastic shoes and leads, so this is what I drew.
I went to the ‘Making Her Mark’ exhibition at Hackney Museum.
Many incredible and courageous women are celebrated in the exhibition, but these shoes really struck me. They are so normal. They are smart, flat shoes. They are not fancy, they are not the shoes that you would imagine are ‘activist’ shoes. They are just normal shoes. I have shoes like this (for wearing on rare ‘smart’ occasions). Almost all women I know have these shoes.
Nicola Thorp got sent home from work for wearing these shoes. I’m not sure what Nicola Thorp’s job is, but it is not a firefighter or builder or mountaineer, (all of which are professions that these shoes are unsuitable for). Nicola Thorp got sent home for wearing these shoes because at her work place the dress code for women is to have high heeled shoes. This was in 2015.
Nicola Thorp decided to complain about this. She started an online petition, which led to unfair and sexist dress codes being discussed in parliament.
So, Nicola Thorp’s normal shoes, which look so normal, and not at all the shoes of an activist, are changing laws.
Hurrah for Nicola and her shoes!
My little friend Ozzy is three.
Happy Birthday Ozzy!
We stayed up with snacks, beer and tea til 6am watching the election on TV. Most exciting election this century. Lord Buckethead should have won Maidenhead, he wouldn’t be doing deals with line-dance hating thugs. This is my drawing of the Maidenhead results being called, Last Supper style. #nosleeptilhastings
I want my little friend Ozzy to grow up with healthcare, housing, education, opportunities, freedom and tolerance. We will get none of those if the Tories get in again. #VoteLabour #KickOutTheTories
Josie Long’s show ‘Something Better’ at the Duchess Theatre, London.
It was really funny, and I learned that I need to get a big necklace.
I went to the Royal Festival Hall for the Living In Future Times Festival, to hear Margaret Atwood discuss her new novel Hag-Seed. She is amazing, intelligent, forward thinking, funny and highly entertaining and interesting.
Also at the Festival Hall, was an installation by Zach Lieberman, featuring text from Hag-Seed which interacts with the observer.
Last weekend I cleaned my bike and took it to the bike shop to have the gears fixed. It’s like new again! I’m so happy!
The Spanish Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, with their silver medals.
Drawing inspired by Light Sentence by Mona Hatoum (1992) at Tate Modern.
They aren’t a menace and they aren’t a beach.
They are catchy tunes and violent energy.
Not a gig, but this little girl needed drawing. She was so amazing! She led the chanting for hours. Her strong clear voice shouting “FREE FREE PALESTINE!”. It was a massive march from Downing Street to the Israeli Embassy. Thousands of people of all kinds & colours demonstrating against the murder of children in Gaza. It was a boiling hot day, and many of the Muslims were fasting for Ramadan. We arrived late (due to Sleaford Mods the night before), but caught up with the march half way through.