I took some photos of my friend Tukru, Finn of Finns, Suomi of the Suomalainen, performing some songs. Band members failed to materialise in rehearsal, so it was solo time to try the songs out in front of an audience. The lighting was a bit tricky, as there was nothing but one red spotlight, so I went for black and white. Tukru claims the genre is “Awkward Crybabycore”. Check out the twitter account for the band for more upcoming news.
(Knitting ghost from the Moomins)
So it’s October now. The last few weeks I’ve been bouncing back and forth between Kent and Sussex. Job-hunting is boring and tedious, and has pushed back moving house. All my things are packed up in boxes, ready to go, but the going isn’t happening yet. I’ve also had tonisilitis for the last week, which is finally clearing up. I’ve got too many of my own projects I need to finish. So not the most fun of times, but hopefully it won’t drag on forever.
Here’s some interesting odds and ends:
I’ve recently started a directory of zines in the UK and Ireland. People can submit their zines, and categorise them according to the topics they cover, making it easy for readers to find new zines that cover the topics they’re interested in, and help zine librarians stock their collections. It’s also useful for zine even organisers, helping to find people in the local area to invite wh.
At the moment it’s a humble web form that feeds into a spreadsheet that people can search and filter but not edit. Hopefully in the future it will be possible to turn it into a fancier website.
All the details can be found here.
After Malcesine, Limone sul Garda and Riva del Garda, I present to you Torbole. I went to Torbole just because the boat from Riva del Garda to Malcesine stopped there along the way, and I’d never been there before. It was a weird little place. Like Riva, it used to be in Austria until 1918. Everyone except the staff of the restaurants seemed to be German, and really into intensely staring at you in the street. The light and the way the water looked along the harbour front was beautiful though, and I spent most of the hour before the boat back sitting on a bench soaking it in. I don’t think this is a real place, I think it’s a screen from one of those new-age computer games from the 90s like Myst.
About five years ago I did two risograph prints, one based on Diana Wynne Jones’ Fire and Hemlock, and the other on Euripides’ Bacchae. Each print was an edition of 50, and I sold all of them a long a time ago (except for a couple of copies I kept for myself). Now I have a giclée printer though, I have resurrected them as a new edition. This time they’re printed on Canson Infinity rag museum paper, which is an acid free and archival watercolour paper for fine art digital printing.
For the curious, the Greek text reads “I caught this young lion myself, without a trap” and comes from the scene where Agave presents Dionysus with her own son’s severed head.
Available from the shop for £10 each. The price includes UK postage, international is extra.
So far I’ve shown you Malcesine and Limone sul Garda. I also took the boat to Riva del Garda at the northern end of the lake (which is also in a different province- Trentino). It was raining all day, so I figured I might as well go to the colder, rainy end of the lake and visit the museum, and save the outdoorsy stuff on the southern end like archaeological sites for a sunny day.
From 1815-1918 Riva was actually in Austria, and although it’s typically Italian in many ways, there’s a definite alpine influence there (and a lot of German and Austrian tourists). I had been there once before, in about 2000. A little while ago I dug up some photos I’d taken on a disposable camera then, and posted them here.
I’m moving house in the near future, and have been decluttering and getting rid of or selling things quite a bit. I found a thick A3 folder with prints in, so I’m having a big print sale to clear them. All 10×8 prints are £5, and A3 posters are £8, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. UK postage is free, and international shipping is automatically calculated by weight.
In my last post about Lake Garda, I showed Malcesine, where I was staying. Now I’m heading over to Limone sul Garda on the other side of the lake. I didn’t spend much money while I was in Italy, but a hefty chunk of the (tiny) budget went on ferry tickets. Boats constantly criss-cross the lake to all the towns, and it’s the most scenic way to see the area. If you’re in a hurry, you can take the bus on land, but I was on holiday, so by definition, not in a hurry.
24 page 1/4 sized perzine on green paper
This one is about the experience of growing up holidaying in a caravan at French campsites. A typical holiday for British people, but probably weird and exotic for those from further away. Available for £2 from my shop (includes UK postage- international extra)
- Ocean-going glamour of cross-channel ferries
- Family arguments about putting tents up
- The wonders of the French hypermarché
- Wholesome Dutch people
- Rubbish circuses where the attractions are one dog and one llama
I have two new zines available this month. This is a mini zine I made for the 24 hour zine project, which runs every July. You have to write and layout 24 pages within 24 hours. No pre-preparation is allowed. It’s a fun challenge. Available from my shop for £1 (including UK postage).
24 page 1/6 sized mini perzine on yellow paper
- Patchwork quilts
- Tidying up
- Modular Synths
- Rescuing Bumblebees
- Winning £4 on the lottery
- Not letting myself watch Stranger Things until I’ve done my work
- Getting frustrated with the inner workings of the Labour Party