3.10.15: Eel Pie For Phil Collins

A day dedicated to friends old and new… First, a lovely lunch in Camden Town with ex-pat Canadian Yvette Ray who was such an important part of my days with cub. Then we hop a train for Twickenham to meet the dynamic Sue Palmer for a magical trip to Eel Pie Island, a former hotbed for a myriad of music scenes (ballroom dancing, jazz sessions, R&B hootenannies, the Rolling Stones’ first shows, psychedelic freakouts…) and now a collection of cottages, artist studios, a shipbuilding shed and home of the Richmond Yacht Club (thanks for the tour, Doug!) where a portrait of Phil Collins hangs proudly above the proscenium (he learned to play drums here).

After a walk along the Thames, past manors built for mistresses and former palaces, we end up at Sue and David’s cozy house for tea and talk about Dartington College, gluten-free meringues, Gibellina, witch hazel and all kinds of other wonderful things…

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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

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