An evening with Tim Vine



As Patron of our local arts centre in Raynes Park, the Lantern Arts Centre, the epic master of the one liner Time Vine took the opportunity to preview his new Chat Show before taking it to the Edinburgh Festival.

I first saw Time Vine many years ago in pantomime at Wimbledon Theatre, playing alongside John Barrowman in Cinderella.  As the comic character Buttons, Tim had me in stitches and has done ever since.  His classic one liners are award winning and legendary! He also co-wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Not Going Out with Lee Mack, a great double act the pair of them.

The Lantern Arts Centre is a great venue.  Within walking distance of home, the venue has taken up residence in the majority of the space of the Raynes Park Methodist Church.  When I dropped off my payment for the Time Vine tickets I was lucky enough to receive a tour of the place, courtesy of Artistic Directors John and Georgie Talbot, a couple of fabulous actors who I have known for a number of years through my links with a school theatre group I commissioned as part of my work as Graffiti Manager at a London local authority.  I was amazed at the volume of ‘stuff’ around the place, rooms, theatre space, props, and a newly opened costume store, where anyone can hire one of the many fabulous performance costumes.  Anyone for Widow Twanky?!

But getting back to the main man Time Vine….actually I can’t remember any of his jokes.  Is that good or bad?  I remember laughing as much as I ever did, his one liners were as sharp as ever, with the added value of impromptu gags at the expense of members of the audience, who had been asked to volunteer to join Tim on stage before the start of the show.  You know you’re in trouble if you put your hand up for things like that, and I did wonder why a couple of people bothered!  You certainly wouldn’t get me doing that, well not sober anyway!

You can check out Tim on his web site, which also includes a number of his YouTube videos.  You have been warned!


My Raynes Park

Frozen Field by Debs Coady
Cannon Hill Common

Morning Light

Sunny St Saviours by Debs Coady

Sunny St Saviours

Pause by Debs Coady


Frozen Field by Debs Coady

Frozen Field

Park Life by Debs Coady

Park Life





















A little while ago I was tipped off about a local photo contest, the first of its kind in the area,  running to promote the local My Raynes Park Festival.  Not averse to taking a few snaps with my iPhone in the neighbourhood, I decided to enter the maximum five shots taken in and around the area.  I’ve never entered a ‘proper’ photo contest before, prior to this I’ve only ever submitted photos to Instagram related challenges, with mixed results!

I have to confess to being pretty pleased with my submissions and it felt pretty good to have my photos displayed on the organiser’s online gallery.  As the closing date drew nearer, more and more photos appeared and 168 photos were submitted in total, in two categories, under and over 17 years of age.

A few days later I received emails telling me that two of my images, Pause and Morning Light had been shortlisted.  Well chuffed!  So, I was invited, along with my guests (dragged hubby and the kids along!) to the prize winning event on 15 June 2013 at the Raynes Park Library, in the presence of the Mayor of Merton, Krystal Miller.  When we arrived, of course we made a beeline towards my two photos, only half interested in everybody elses!  Is that ungracious, or just human nature?  It is a contest after all and we snub all  competition!!  But they both looked so great mounted on the wall.

So to the awards.  To be honest, the awards part is a bit of a blur.  I remember that Pause received a highly commended, and although I thought Morning Light was a far nicer photo, I was delighted to receive the recognition.  But when they announced the winner of the 17+ category as….Debs Coady with Morning Light, I was so shocked, or gobsmacked as I think I might have said to everybody at the time.  How lame is that?!  But, OK this is a small town local event, but I was actually thrilled to bits!!  And so surprised, because I didn’t think both my shortlisted photos would even get a mention.  But they did and I am extremely grateful and very pleased to receive a couple of certificates, £100 winners cheque (now banked!) and I am now the proud owner of two rather lovely mounted photos.

Good on you Raynes Park Photo Festival, I look forward to the next one….