Lemn Balm.

It’s Sunday.  The journalist is off to the Innocent
at Regents
Park with her friends. I
stay and work on the garden and cook food. I stripped it down, the garden, and
I found beneath the underground Lemon Balm, 
Rocket Lettuce and Mint. How cool is that!  It was an awakening,  the pungent waft of the herbs. I
discovered them hiding under the  undergrowth. Sometimes it’s the small things,
the herbs in the undergrowth. .

journalists brother is down in London
with his girlfriend to go see Tottenham (football) , they’re staying in Islington,
 so I cook a chicken for him and her and
make some wicked toffee which goes down a storm. The sun is shining hot hot
hot.  It’s the hottest day in the year so
far.  They are having a great time and I
am tempted but truth is I wanna be at home enjoying a peaceful weekend.   Seems incredibly domesticated doesn’t it,
food and garden.  If you took a look at
my life you would understand the significance of these simple things.

The garden
is more or less stripped the sun is dipping lazy and there are long 
shadows stretching as if getting ready to sleep inside a blanket of night.  I bike it from hackney to Marleybone to do an
interview on BBC London on  a radio
programme with Dotun Adebayo and Valley Fonatine.  I am a guest with DJ Excalibur.   

But first I'm meeting someone who has become a friend. Joelle is  in London
with her friend (apea) for the weekend. They are here from Holland.
Joelle has recently found her family in Mauritious.  We met when she shared her story with me, at a
reading I did in Amsterdam.
All three of us go into the BBC.  Norman
, sauntered out of the studio as his show had just finished.”lemn!”.  We are always cool,  myself and The Jay – we connect on a level. We
catch up in a quick exchange say goodbye,   I go
into studio with Dotun Adebayo
Valley Fontane  and DJ Excalibur and the
interview begins.

interview is a fascinating one. So much so that I asked for a copy and I have
it here. It is now on the front page of my web site in the left hadn column  at http://www.lemnsissay.com  . The subject matter for the interview was
Race and the arts. I’d love to hear what you think.    

I flipped
out of the studio at about 9.10pm and  Joelle Apea and myself chatted for an hour  at an Italian café on a table in the street. It was very euro chic.  I am a little high because it was such a
charged interview.  We turn over the subject matter. Though they were on the other side of the glass of the studio they heard every minute of it. At one point the interviewer just stopped dead, she was so
shocked. It was what I believe to be good radio, engaging, informative, imaginative and far reaching.  That’s my kind of weekend too – all of those things.  Did I tell
you that I don’t drink any more. Not a drop. It’s all good.


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