Definitely showing my age here quoting from an XTC song from the 80's....This has indeed, thought been a week of multi sensory experiences.
To cover sound first, I was delighted to attend performances at Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival including the amazing Arcangel accompanied by Dani de Moron. Along with my flamenco guitarist friends, we were transported back to wonderful times at the Flamenco Biennal in Seville last September, good times!
There were two visual highlights in the week. As a member of the Creative Exchange (artist and designer network in North London), I also manage a series of events for their members. This month's event was a talk by travel photographer and writer Nori Jemil. Having won awards for her photography in travel magazines, Nori talked us round her current exhibition in Palmers Green. From Antarctica to the top of a glacier in Peru, her images were fascinating, and the stories behind them truly inspiring.
My second sensory adventure was to Ottolenghi's wonderful 'Nopi' restaurant for a friend's birthday. If you have never been there, you HAVE to go! The food is amazing - Middle Eastern and Asian inspired sharing plates including the best sea bass I have ever had. AND, to add to the sensory overload, pay a visit to their very quirky toilets, which thankfully I had been warned about so that I didn't get lost/stuck inside this kaleidoscope like tardis!
Last and by no means least, I was honoured to deliver another event on behalf of the MS Society to launch their £100m appeal. If they meet this target over the next 10 years it will be ground breaking as they are on the cusp of finding a cure for the the cruel disease of MS. Eminent scientists and clinicians in their field including Professor Robin Franklin, Dr Jeremy Chataway and Professor David Miller led an inspiring Q & A to tell everyone more about the exciting advances being made in this area of neuroscience.
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.