Giveaway: 3 Pairs of Affordable Art Fair Tickets

I’m back in London for a few days (Copenhagen was brilliant), am happy to announce that I’ve officially reached my funding goal for my exhibition (thank you so much to all who pledged) and thought I’d continue the art theme with a fun giveaway.


I’ve teamed up with BIC who have three pairs of tickets saved for a couple of lucky Little London Observationist readers who’d like to head over to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park this week.  It runs from 24-27 October and you can pick up a snazzy new piece of art for your flat from around £40.


Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:

How many Sudoku puzzles can one BIC® Cristal® pen complete?
a)     984
b)     985
c)     986

The winners will be selected and notified by the kind people at BIC who will make sure you receive your tickets. The competition will run for 48 hours, until 9pm on Thursday night.

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BIC is feeling generous due to the launch of their 2013 BIC® Cristal® Challenge and this is part of the celebration. It’s another competition that will also result in Affordable Art Fair tickets for the winners plus a tenner. The challenge? Use up all the ink in one BIC® Cristal® Medium pen.

To show London how it’s done, they have renowned artist Funny Tummy hanging out at the Affordable Art Fair where he’s going to attempt to create a giant London cityscape using just one pen…and all the ink.

And that’s a lot of ink. Apparently, there’s 3km of the black stuff in each BIC pen. That means each one can sign up to 9,431 signatures, complete 986 sudoku puzzles or write 506 postcards. Who knew?

If you want to give it a go, get your hands on a pen, use up all the ink, send the empty pen to BIC and they’ll send you £10. There’s more info at

In the meantime, leave your answer to the question above in a comment for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Affordable Art Fair. Pass it on!


GIVEAWAY: Pair of Tickets to See Roger Hodgson of Supertramp at Royal Albert Hall

I grew up with the sounds of Supertramp – The Logical Song, Dreamer, Give a Little Bit. My dad was a roadie with the band long before I was born and has shared plenty of stories. Supertramp were the first concert I went to at the age of 11. Co-founder Roger Hodgson still plays solo shows singing the songs he wrote for Supertramp and is currently on a worldwide Breakfast in America tour. (Here’s a review from a happy fan who saw him play last month.)

Excited to hear he has a show on May 25th at the Royal Albert Hall, an amazing London venue, I bought tickets. I’ll be travelling for work now which means I won’t be able to go, so I thought I’d give away my pair of tickets to one of you!

One pair of tickets to see Roger Hodgson at The Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday May 25th


1.) Share the link to Little London Observationist either on one of your social networks or in some way – perhaps a friend who you know might like to follow along.

2.) After you shared the link, leave a comment on the blog to let me know where you shared it and why you want the tickets!

I will need time to get them to you, so I’ll ask a friend to choose a winner by selecting a random number correlated to the comments on the blog on May 16, one week from today.

Good luck!

Photography Contest! Win a pair of Tickets to Globe Media Gala

I’ve got a pair of hot tickets to give away. They are for the exclusive, invite-only, international fashion show and launch party for a Globe Media pop-up exhibition at the newly re-opened Assembly Hall in Islington on April 1.

Who wants them?  

Since you know I love photos of London, the tickets will be given away to the winner of a photography contest. As you can read in the press release below, this four-day event is about celebrating the cultural voices of countries seen in a negative light through the arts. This contest will show off London, of course.

To enter: submit one photo (.jpeg) of London showing a unappealing aspect of life or a part of the city itself that is usually seen in a negative light photographed in a positive way. Along with the photo, send a 3-4 sentence explanation of your choice and your full name.  Photographs must be your own.

Send your submission to

DEADLINE: March 30, 2010, 8pm GMT

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the event below and the top five photos will be featured in a post at the beginning of April on this blog.


LAUNCH PARTY on 1st APRIL, 6-9pm, with FASHION SHOW, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & REFRESHMENTS for pop-up exhibition and film screenings courtesy of ICA Films, April 2nd-4th

Live dance, music & high end fashion show (stylist from Italian Vogue); participating designers include: Kali Arulpragasa of Superfertile (UK/Sri Lanka) – that’s M.I.A.’s sister, Denny Wirawan (Indonesia), Stephen Pelger (Romania), Ananya (London-based Indian), Akosua (London-based South African), Osman Yousefzada (London-based with Afghani heritage), Telfar, Turkmen Gallery, Erickson Beamon, Pippa Small…and more.

Celebrating the cultural voices of countries often seen in negative light (everywhere from Somalia to Poland, Eritrea to Iraq), Globe Media is showcasing stories about the good things left behind all made by a multi-faceted, creative group of refugees and first generation British citizens. This pop-up exhibition holds a magazine, short films, pictures, crafts, exhibits and audio. Films screening on rotation include I is for India and Gypsy Caravan, courtesy of ICA Films.

The project is called Globe Media, a product of Springboard Media, a London-based charity which sits under the umbrella of long-established and respected not-for-profit organisation, CSV. The Globe Media project is funded by the Transformation Fund. The aim has been to give education in media to those either with backgrounds as journalists or creatives internationally, or to those wishing to be empowered by storytelling and looking for ways forward through their transit in life. A charity raffle (donations wilfully accepted!!!) has some great prizes, and proceeds are going to Broken Silence, helping sickle cell.