Friday, October 13, 2006

About freaking time

What a week of uncertainty this has been, made nonetheless more eerie by the calendar surprise of Friday the 13th. Surely, October is not nearly half over? Everywhere we look condundrums abound: Does wearing shorts after September scream weather victim? Is the Banarama look back to stay? And most disconcerting of all, is the Conservative's bigging up of the new political blog, 18 Doughty Street, really worth a toff (I mean toss)?

With all that in limbo (oh sorry the Pope has left us in limbo on limbo, we forgot) let's get back to what is certain this week: the eventual coming of the sacred weekend and the imminent 'scripture' that is the 10th edition of City Slicker's "Week's Action, Weekend Reaction."

1) Fed up with the endless entourages of gangly gargantuans parading across world cities in the name of Fashion Week? React with some realistic sashaying of your own at the launch of the Marylebone location of the Cabbages & Frocks Market. Formerly in Hampstead, this market offers an excellent mismash of stalls. A real find. 14 Oct.

2) Have you accepted that this weekend in London is all about art fairs, but are bored of the media frenzy surrounding the Regent's Park art for millionaires Frieze Art Fair, and remain unconvinced that the next door Zoo Fair is any less daunting or pretentious? React by heading East to the Scope Art Fair where 'affordable art' actually means something. 12-15 Oct.

3) Climbing the walls wondering when you can escape for the hills on your next holiday? React by taking part in the Capital's Climbing Festival and leave that flat feeling behind. 14-15 Oct

18 Comments:

Anonymous max said...

Great! '18 Doughty Street is an anti-establishment, insurgent channel standing up for the little guy against big media, big business, big politics and big and undemocratic international institutions' ...

... which also has no obligation to be impartial, or accurate. And is stuffed full of right wing figures. And they're going to have a go at the BBC for being biased?

At least they're not calling themselves Doughty St News ...

1:57 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

So is this true?

18 Doughty Street is not a real blog. I came across it for the first time here just now and it looks legit enough.

How can they get away with that?

2:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard of that blog before
What a load of bollocks.

Die Conservative Party Die!!!!!!

2:03 pm  
Anonymous Ella said...

Afraid Slicky the 80s are definitely back

Find that day glo sweatshirt! :-)

2:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See 18 Doughty Street- but hear it? 18 Doughty Street named after the same London street where the Spectator used to live.

I hate to gripe, but video people often forget that there’s not much point in seeing somebody, if you can’t hear what they are saying. The audio track on the programme I tried to watch starts with a hooter, and goes on to sound like a man in a bath. I didn’t stay with it for more than a few seconds.

TV isn’t dead yet.

3:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm actually really enjoying some of the discussions and am playing them in the background as I work - the talking heads are less to my taste, but there you go.

Let's see who follows the Doughty Streeters into online TV battle. Anyone in Labour? Anyone, anyone...? If any Liberal Democrats wanted to get out there with this sort of thing you would think it was a massive opportunity for them to start defining themselves to UK voters a little better.

3:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That market looks great. Will make sure to swing by tomorrow. Marylebone is the epicentre eh?

Thanks CS!

3:54 pm  
Anonymous Frank N Stein said...

Me too oculd hardly believe it was Friday the Freaky 13th :-)

How time flies. Frieze IS a total rip off. Who buys that stuff? Scope sounds much better anything off Brick Lane offers more soul than some glamourama show in the West End.

3:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cabbages and Frocks - a fashion and food market. This sounds a wonderful combination to me

4:00 pm  
Anonymous Keith said...

18 Doughty Street is political TV for those who hate the BBC’s bias in both directions! This is the future of TV… It really is.

4:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other night I took myself to the Frieze art fair launch party and got wasted on champagne. This turned into an all night affair resulting in me back at a friend's house with a group of waiting staff we had picked up along the way.

The art was rubbish

5:05 pm  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loving action reaction weekend so glad it has come back City Slicker
You need a column :-)

11:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog here

Heading to scope art fair now. Thanks

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

city slicker how do you manage to get such random and hilarious spam?

get that comment verification thingy :-)

7:41 pm  
Blogger Jamie said...

Have added you to my blogroll, keep up the great blog :-)

2:17 pm  
Blogger Shep said...

80s...back?

When did they leave, el?

11:15 pm  

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