1. Information is Beautiful
This is the blog of the moment, set up recently by my mate David McCandless. Davids amazing info-graphics are a precise way of showing ideas, issues, concepts and quite complex subjects in a visual and immediately intriguing way. Check out the book too, of the same name. In my opinion, this is one of the hippest websites on the planet at the moment, awesome to read, look at, stare at; you can get lost for hours.
2. The Secret Blog of Patrick Patos Manning
No one knows the identity of this blogger, based in Trinidad. Its top secret, though everyone has ideas. But this is basically a hilarious satirical blog by a lone anarchist. He tells us of the life of Trinidads Prime Minister, Patrick, or Patos Manniing . . . very funny and subversive and every now and then I find myself wandering to these online pages to read the ribald comments left by the blogger. Anyone wanting to know anything about politics in Trinidad, need look no further.
3. Geoffrey Philps Blog
Geoffrey Philp is a Jamaican writer based in South Florida and his blog is dedicated to news, ideas, and interviews with contemporary Caribbean authors. I love dipping into it to feel up to date with anyting to do with words, poetry, news and literary notable events in the region.
4. More Tea Vicar
This is a tea blog. My mate Saara Marchadour is a tea nut and writes it. She introduced me to Tea Pigs and showed me just what is in a PG Tips tea bag. A must if you like tea. Sara is also manager of The Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill Gate, yes, that bookshop.
5. Rigby and Peller
This is the website for Rigby and Peller, who have the royal commission to make underwear for the Queen. I often browse this site before I go in to the shop. I only buy my bras from Rigby and Peller, strong, sexy black bras. Yum. This is the only lingerie shop that takes my breasts seriously.
6. The Pleasure Lab
The Pleasure Lab is a one man show run by another mate, Gyan Nisarg. Ladies, if youve never had a Taoist Erotic massage, then save up and take the plunge. Highly recommended. Enjoy.
7. Jan Day
Ive done tons of work with Jan Day and yes, she is now a mate too. Jan is one of the best tantra teacher in the UK. She does all kinds of work on love, sex and intimacy and she is a most wonderful person to work with. Check out her site.
8. John Hawken
Ive also worked a lot with John Hawken. He is a very knowledgeable and I also recommend him highly. His background is in experimental theatre, psychotherapy and shamanism, a mixed bag of tricks. I have learnt a lot from him.
9. Lexi Cinema
The Lexi is my local cinema, so local its at the end of my street. I go there often and love it. Each film is introduced by staff; they have real poccorn in bowls and a good bar. Great to have such a place in the hood.
10. Arvon Foundation
Over the last ten years, I have been a student, Centre Director, Jerwood/Arvon mentee and tutor for Arvon. Arvon gave me a ten year apprenticeship to the pen. I return again and again. I think this is an amazing organisation. For anyone who wants to write, log on. There are bursaries available for those on a low income.
11. The Wellcome Collection
The Wellcome Collections Café in Euston is my central London office. I met here once a month in 2009 with another writer to exchange feedback on my latest book and hers. I hold tutorials here with my students from Goldsmiths. They have an excellent tea shop, Blackwells bookshop, a library and errr . . . collection of curios.