Summer Countdown to the Sickle Cell Fundraiser: Sept 2011

Another week closes with the ‘summer’ holidays officially here.  The children are off school so I wish them all a happy and enjoyable break from teachers telling them what to do!

It’s also a busy time for me, catching up if I can with friends celebrating significant birthdays, jobs and those simply travelling by as part of their summer pilgrimage away from their own confines, commonly known as the office! I now embark on working aggressively on at least 25 new pieces of work for the September show. I’ll also be preparing a new range of prints and cards for sale on my website so watch this space! More information on the show, including guest performances by a number of talented musicians will be announced shortly.

If I haven’t mentioned this already, a percentage of sales from original work sold from the show will go towards the Sickle Cell Society. The Society was first set up as a registered charity in 1979. It was formed by a group of patients, parents and health professionals who were all concerned about the lack of understanding and the inadequacy of treatment for sufferers of sickle cell disorders. Your support would be appreciated

For the benefit of providing you with further insight into how Sickle Cell impacts on sufferers please watch the attached video clip featuring a young man called Junior. For further information please visit


Ps- Wishing you all a great weekend. May it be a happy, healthy and memorable one. All the best! D

Jazz Artist Clive Raven performs at the Pheasantry in Chelsea

Clive Raven

Another week ends very quickly it seems and it’s only a week before a good friend Clive Raven performs at The Pheasantry Pizza Express with Aimua Eghobamien and Yuko Yokoi. Clive has a rich and varied musical background which includes performing with Roy Ayers in New York and Europe, including London’s Ronnie Scott’s for four consecutive years.

His influences include the likes of Mark Murphy, Mel Tormé, Miles Davis and George Benson, reflecting a life in and around music.

Whilst a seasoned guitarist, writer, arranger and programmer, he is a compelling vocalist performing regularly in London venues such as The Vortex and The Spice of Life.  The very best wishes Clive for next week’s gig.

I hope you all have a great weekend and, if you’re around the Chelsea area next week, maybe we’ll bump into each other!

All the best!


The Pheasantry
152 Kings Road
 SW3 4UT

For further details on Clive please visit

Independent Thinking- A Thought for the Day

David Emmanuel Noel

I write today, July 5th, after American Independence Day. It’s timely as I think about my own ‘independence’ and ones ability to independently create a path in life: one that is progressive and fruitful but equally inspirational to those I care, love ,continually support and mean a lot to. I guess, society tells us we are never completely independent but inter-dependent in that we do need a social connect with our environment and  of course key people in it. All I will say is, to the best of your ability, make the people who constitute your environment be the most encouraging, aiding you to your full potential. As James Freeman Clarke  said ’ we are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.’

So another month is upon us so be sure to make it count towards a true purpose. We all at least have one; there is no telling what you can do when we’re inspired by them. Equally, there is no telling what you can do when you truly believe in them. Perhaps, only the higher spirits know what will happen when you act upon them! Wishing you all good health, happiness and prosperity!