I live in an apartment on The Thames at Battersea. Within a 100 yards is Battersea Square – a tree strewn, cobble stoned ‘triangle’ with cafes, a hairdresser, The Battersea Rickshaw (A fine Indian restaurant), Barrio (a bar), a dry cleaning shop and an estate agents. Being a creature of habit, I have breakfast, invariably falling in the door at 8.00 am (9.00 am on Sundays), at Mazar, a Lebanese cafe bar run by Marlon and his extremely friendly team. ( I always eat the same breakfast – see my *About* section and smoke Marlboros, drink coffee, read papers and watch the world go by)
I’ve only been living in Battersea since February – but I have met some very amusing people in The Square. With their blessing, I thought I would write about a few of the people I have met.
First – Alyson Jackson, a designer, who has a shop packed with unusual furniture, lights, rugs, and general ‘curiosities’. Alyson is running a campaign to *Say NO to the new road changes being proposed to Battersea Church Road*. If you live in the Battersea Square area – please contact Alyson for further details, if you want further details. I am always interested in art and anything to do with art. Alyson was even kind enough to buy one of my absurd F**kART drawings! I was flattered! I won’t, however, be taking up her habit of jogging past looking athletic and fit. I do admire those who jog. I find it easier to get on a bus these days.
I like her shop Mish-Mash – and, if you are looking for unusual furniture, paintings, gift items – why not have a look at her website, or even better – drop in to her shop. You never know… I may be drinking Lebanese Red in The Square and I would be delighted to meet you should you find yourself down here! I do not, however, have *opening hours* – so I may or may not be in The Square!
And so… to cricket… and The Lashings World XI.
I enjoy cricket. I watch it – Test and One Day Internationals. I no longer play it and even when I did, I did so badly as befits a hack player. I am looking forward to The Ashes. Long time resident of Battersea Square – he appears to run his business empire from a table outside at Mazar with his iphone and iPad and a mad dog called Buddy who barks at postmen – is David Folb, who owns Lashings World XI and a nightclub bearing the same name in Kent.
I am talking with David about the possibility of lawyers playing against some of the great legends of cricket – many of whom meet with David regularly at his table outside at Mazar; including Henry Blofeld, the great cricket commentator, who I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday. I’ll say no more at present on this….but the Lashings World XI website will give you a hint at what I am planning in this direction. It may or may not come off – but if you are a lawyer and are interested in cricket and interested in talking to me about *A Plan*…. please contact me by email and I will call you back. Have a look around the Lashings website if you are *into cricket*
And… you just have to love that logo – which I first saw on the side of a black Range Rover which parked up in The Square when I first arrived. Wonderful!
More on this when I know more - but I am keen to see lawyers take on some serious cricketers. Who wouldn’t want to bowl out Richie Richardson or knock a legend for SIX?
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So… my life is not just unremitting legal analysis and tilting at windmills….
Have a good week
Best, as ever