Author Archives: jackjasondavis

Because why go only once?

The choice was room service in the hotel room by myself or Christmas-market food with friends. Clearly there was only one right answer…

Christmassy Luxembourg

Sometimes you just have to schedule Monday morning meetings that require you to fly in the night before and enjoy the Christmas market. I took a tasting menu approach to dinner: first a bratwurst with sauerkraut . . . . . . then some raclette over potatoes . . . . . . with a […]

It’s open studio season! And yes, I bought all the things.

Remember all the potter friends I made at the ceramics fair in Oxford? Well the ones with studios in London had open studios this weekend, where they let you come in and see their work spaces and also buy whatever they have on hand. I started out in Greenwich with Maze Hill Pottery, which is […]

Weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon

Remember my goal of seeing all of Shakespeare’s plays performed before I turn 40? Well, notwithstanding what happened last Sunday, it’s STILL ON. We’re just going to have to add “-something” to the end of it. Which means that when the RSC does a new production of King John, one girds one’s loins and boards […]

Lights are up!

One of my favourite nights of the year: when I come home and my little Passage is all lit up for the holidays. It’s just the best. And since I’m in England I don’t even have to pretend I’m horrified they didn’t wait until after Thanksgiving. That window you can see just over the shop […]

As one turns 40

Somewhere across town the London Symphony Orchestra is performing Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet for an audience of n minus 1, as I think the expression goes. That’s because instead of occupying seat C42 in the Circle, I’m sitting cozily in my living room, enveloped in wool and candlelight and the sounds of a Beethoven symphony […]

An old play and a new friend

Tonight after work I hurried off to the Barbican to see the RSC’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. It was an interesting take on the play — all the roles were reversed, with women in the men’s roles and men in the women’s roles. Some of it worked well, mainly because the RSC […]