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The Time & Leisure Guest Blog

Here you can find guest posts from local bloggers, experts and anyone else with a passion to share. At the end of every post is a link to their own blog or website, so if you enjoy the post, take a look.

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40 not so single, Tuesday 12 July 2011

I began my love affair with tennis when I was about 8 growing up in Sydney.

I remember walking by some local courts and being instantly hooked – the skills, the agility, the loveliness of it all. My parents humoured me with my first wooden racket and Dunlop Volley shoes. To this day, they are probably the best presents I ever received. I played every single weekend aspiring to be the next Arthur Ashe (I am showing my age here). In fact, my love affair still burns...

40 not so single is a local blog written by a high flying corporate lawyer who finds herself married with 3 kids, 40 and a stay at home mum. Whatever happened to her Gucci handbag and Prada high heels...

Read more: SW19 Fortnight

Dylan Kay, Monday 27 June 2011

It might apply in the gym, but this phrase has no place in the musician’s vocabulary.

This post is about my personal experience of RSI, and includes advice on how to overcome this debilitating injury.

In my time at music college and in my current teaching, I’ve come across many musicians who’ve suffered from some form of performance-related injury, whether RSI, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or similar...

Dylan Kay is a Surbiton-based guitarist, performer and teacher, who scribbles about guitar and music-related topics on his blog.

Read more: No Pain No Gain?

Chris Wood, Thursday 23 June 2011

Some of you will be aware that my group, Guest House Opera, performed in the Europa Gallery, Sutton the other week – the final event in this year’s Imagine Festival of Arts.

My thanks go to all the performers involved – singers and players – for doing such a fantastic job after so little time together. Many of the performers were local people, proving the point I’ve often tried to make: Sutton’s got talent! Indeed south London and Surrey generally has got talent, all these musicians need is an opportunity to perform and an appreciative audience to listen to them...

Chris Wood is resident composer with Guest House Opera and editor of Epsom, Sutton and Cheam Time & Leisure.

Read more: Long Live New, Live Music

40 not so single, Saturday 18 June 2011

I have heard a lot of people complain about the weather in this country and if the truth be known I am usually one of them.

I mean it’s supposed to be summer, the sky is supposed to be blue and the sun is supposed to be shining. I am supposed to be in my summer frock with tanned legs and sandals showing off my pretty pedicured feet. Instead it’s grey, wet and windy and I find myself rugged up in jeans, a knit, a weather proof jacket, socks and Jimmy Choo Hunter Wellingtons...

40 not so single is a local blog written by a high flying corporate lawyer who finds herself married with 3 kids, 40 and a stay at home mum. Whatever happened to her Gucci handbag and Prada high heels...

Read more: A Fair Day Out

Staring at Stars, Wednesday 15 June 2011

Since the popular festival South West Four turned into a weekender in its own right in 2010, Get Loaded in the Park, which used to form the weekender with the electronic music festival, took a year long sabbatical.

But Get Loaded came back this year, coupled with new festival Southern Sounds to form the new and exciting Clapham Weekender...

Staring at Stars is a local blog that reviews local and London events, as well as restaurants, books and photography. It is run by Nadine Truong who is also Time & Leisure’s What’s On Editor.

Read more: Clapham Weekender