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Coffee heaven

We had a quick wander down to St Paul’s Square at lunchtime to try out the coffee at Saint Caffè (we designed their promotional literature and menu board) and it really is very good. The coffee beans are supplied by some Italian brothers (who know their stuff apparently), and they’re freshly ground on the premises. The beans that is, not the Italians ...

The interior has been decked out in an understated, classy kind of way and is a far cry from the sandwich place that used to be there. I hope you’ll excuse the not-quite-in-focus photography but I had to show this cute heart Lucie put onto the Latte – such a lovely touch. I like it when people consider little details like that.

Next time, I think I’m going to treat myself to one of the petit fours ... or perhaps a macaroon or two ... or a nice big slice of chocolate cake ...

Sundown at the Ashfield garage

On the way to work today I noticed that Ashfield Motors on Caroline Street (just off St Paul’s Square) has been fenced off, the signs saying it’s soon to become an office development.

It was such an ace looking place, like something you might see in the middle of nowhere, off a dusty old US highway in the 1950s. It’s a bit of romantic nostalgia I suppose but it’s a real shame to see it go – there’s something special and rare about places with that level of character.

Anyway, I remembered that we’d seen a fantastic photo of the garage when we were at last year’s Cure Zone exhibition.

Photographer Catharine Frediani captured this image in 2007 and it’s part of a series called Finding America – photos that were taken in Britain but look quintessentially American. It struck me at the time as a really interesting concept, and I’m now especially glad the Ashfield was included. You can see the rest of the series on Catharine’s page of the Cure Zone website. (I can’t link direct to the specific page as it’s a Flash site)

Drumming ... Japanese style

I first went to see Kodo, a group of Japanese drummers, about six years ago. It was quite an experience - even in the cheap seats (!) the thunderousness was staggering; and the stamina of the drummers a-mazing.

They’re back at Symphony Hall tomorrow (Friday) night. Hope they’re as good as I remember.