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I’m not really a beer drinker – except perhaps on a hot summer’s day whilst sitting on a beach with a cold bottle in hand – but I am a Hunter S. Thompson fan. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of my favourite reads.

I am also a HUGE fan of Ralph Steadman’s illustrations which you’ll most likely come across in Hunter S. Thompson’s books. And last week I went along to a preview screening of For No Good Reason; a documentary on the life and works of Ralph Steadman.

For No Good Reason film trailer

The documentary includes private moments with Ralph Steadman and features Johnny Depp as the ‘interviewer’ throughout. Johnny being Johnny is quite mesmerising to watch – and not just for aesthetic reasons. ūüėČ

There is also some brilliant footage of Hunter S. Thompson hanging out with Ralph Steadman which gives you an insight into the long standing relationship between these two artists: they may have been chalk and cheese but there was also a great affinity between them.

Before, during and after the screening, beer and ale were served in bottles that carried labels designed by Ralph Steadman. Admittedly I was swigging water from a bottle whilst the boys enjoyed their booze. But I still couldn’t help taking these pics (below), which demonstrate clearly Steadman’s warped sense of humour and unique craft.

Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman

One of the most interesting elements in the documentary was watching Ralph Steadman’s creative process: how he could create an animal from a blot of ink. And if you’re walking along the Fulham Road (Chelsea end – just by 86) and are passing my favourite bookshop: Peter Harrington, you might just spot a few of Ralph Steadman’s framed prints in the window – so you can see for yourself what a great illustrator he really is.

After trying The Botanist’s new bar menu last night, I popped into The Sloane Club to take a look at the High Profiles exhibition, which¬†aims to raise funds for the Renton Foundation.

The Renton Foundation is a charity initiative set up by Mencap to offer leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Caroline Stanley, a trustee of the Renton Foundation and the daughter of its founder Lord Renton, is showcasing 35 bas-relief portrait profiles of many known faces Рincluding Renton Foundation’s Patron Norma Major and Earl Cadogan.

When Lord Renton died at the age of 98 in 2007, he was the longest serving Parliamentarian ever. But it was the impact of his daughter Davina, who had Rett’s syndrome (a neurological disorder), that sparked a long devotion to the cause of those with learning disabilities.

The exhibition which is shared with three other artists: David Welsh, Hugh Dunford Wood and Rod Friend, is only running for two days and so ends today: 6th November 2012.

If you are interested in popping along too, the exhibition will be open from 6pm Р9pm at The Sloane Club, 52 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8BS.

More information on the Renton Foundation.

1. Grey Goose Winter Ball in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Saturday 10th November at Battersea Power Station.

The party theme will be¬†1950s Cote D’Azur¬†and a specially designed Grey Goose cocktail reflecting this time and place will greet guests on arrival.¬†Michelin-starred head chef at The Connaught,¬†Helene Darroze, will also be curating a Mediterranean-inspired three course menu whilst¬†three bespoke portable cocktail bars will be auctioned that night. More information and tickets.

2. Interior Design Masterclass on 24th November at The Saatchi Gallery. If you’re looking for inspiration and/or a bit of help with redesigning a room in your house or flat, this could be the class for you. From 1pm – 4.30pm, it costs ¬£60. More information.

3. ‘High Profiles’ exhitibiton at The Sloane Club on 5th and 6th November. This exhibition which will¬†showcase 35 sculptures of the great and the good¬†aims to raise money for the¬†Renton Foundation, a charity initiative, set up by Mencap to offer leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Details: The Sloane Club, 52 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BS. Monday 5th November, 6pm – 9pm; Tuesday 6th November, 6pm – 9pm.

4.¬†Do you know about Deuxi√®me or its sister shop Deuxi√®me Too, both on New King’s Road? They are both dress agencies which¬†sell designer clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that are all nearly-new, second-hand or vintage. Well they’re having a Christmas styling event on 20th November from 7pm to 9pm, which you might be interested in. More information and tickets.

5. Dukebox’s Carn-Evil ends on Saturday 3rd November with DJ Rich Stone, so there’s still time to head down for some wicked fun which will be going on until 3.30am.

 

I started the week by checking out Jeremy Reed at Chelsea Theatre as part of their SACRED Season.

On Wednesday, I listened to David Byrne of Talking Heads fame in conversation with Matthew Herbert aka Doctor Rockit/Radio Boy/Wishmountain amongst other muso identities. The first question put to this duo was ‘Do we have enough music?’ The evening was an opportunity to indulge in a discussion about the state of today’s music industry, which was fascinating.

I attended a cocktail-making masterclass at Mahiki. But beforehand I sipped a couple of cocktails from the bar, including this Wiki Tiki delight. Yummy!

I finally managed to enjoy Sophie’s free breakfast offer this weekend, which ends on 4th November 2012. A tip: get there early because not only does it get very busy but the steak and chips breakfast also goes very quickly.

Spotted at Burlington Arcade: Pudsey in Theo Fennell’s window. Have you seen their limited edition bracelets for BBC Children In Need?

One of my fave documentaries is Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop and I’m wondering if this is a piece of work by Space Invader in Soho. Anyone know?

Who, in Chelsea, hasn’t spotted the parrot man yet?

I love being a member of the V&A. Not only can you just walk into an exhibition by simply showing your membership card but you can also pop in over and over again, if you enjoyed the exhibition that much.

The Hollywood Costume exhibition was heaving on Saturday – and I’m keen to return. There’s plenty to take in and with the crowds, it wasn’t easy to read all the placards which contribute largely to the meaning of the costumes.

The Gourmet Burger Kitchen tomato sauce container always makes me smile. I love it. Yesterday, I grabbed a Classic Burger from the O2 branch whilst discovering that GBK are also still serving the Windsor Burger, which I wholly recommend.

Last night was Muse’s gig, which was amazing!! Laser lights, stunning visuals and rockstar performances – I wanted to see it all over again as it came to an end. Definitely going to see them again!

I took this photo whilst walking across Hungerford Bridge yesterday and as I watched a similar view whilst watching Skyfall earlier today, it made me feel lucky to be a Londoner. Urban paradise. ūüėČ

Eyebrow threading at Strip Wax Bar.

Loving the new spin studio at my gym!

I also love my new eyelash extensions by Boudoir Lashes!

Tommy’s Margarita at 86.

The Wellesley Hotel opens in Hyde Park later this year. The building used to be the legendary jazz club Pizza on the Park – and its jazz legacy is set to continue with this stunning art deco boutique hotel, which will also be a massive draw for cigar fans. Watch out!

Street art in Clerkenwell.

Saturday morning cupcakes from Storm in a Cupcake, Chelsea’s latest cupcake shop.

The John Williams’ 80th Birthday Concert was amazing. The concert kicked off with Superman’s theme tune and ended with Stars Wars. In between, there was a string of Williams’ classics. Schindler’s List was hauntingly beautiful whilst E.T., magical.

Last night, I returned to Barbarella after the launch party, for dinner. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was yet again buzzing, so there was no way we were leaving after the food. We stayed and danced the night away instead!

And right now, Sleepless In Seattle is on in the background. Love!

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