London

Wandering along the canal

I often like to get some fresh air in my lunch break by walking along the canal near my work. There's not a lot there, just some houseboats and a small lock, and a lot of lunchtime joggers and the odd person eating sandwiches on a sunny day. I'm a big fan of canals, and I think I've walked along pretty much the whole length of this one at various points.... Read More...

Save Waterloo Library

I made these posters to help a friend campaign to stop Waterloo Library being closed down and sold off (there is definitely no resemblance intended to a certain range of paperback books . . ). Lambeth council is making devastating cuts to their libraries after having their budget cut. This government have been slowly and deliberately destroying every public service they can, if it doesn't make their rich business friends richer, they don't care. Libraries are incredibly important, and the poorer the area the more vital they are. Even with my family, who did have books at home, there is no way I would have the education I have now if I hadn't have been constantly reading books from the public library growing up.... Read More...

Red Lead & Choleric Humours

In the days when I worked at Hampton Court I got to go to quite a few of their special events. They had a roster of actors who could portray the various monarchs who had lived at the palace (and two Henry VIIIs) and would do special days with re-enactments based on various time periods or themes. On one of the days they had a day based on science in the time of Charles II. I found some photos when I was tidying up the computer the other day.... Read More...

Ponder this to get nearer to nothing

Long time, no see. In the last week I started a new design job, had some major dental work done, and also moved. Busy. I now have a bit more money, and a lot more space though, which is always a good thing. I've got a fair few things to catch up with here. I've got films I took at Homespun Festival to develop and scan, and some illustration and sewing things to finish.... Read More...

Frozy, Dog Legs and Los Cripis

Last night I went to see my friends Frozy play with Dog Legs and Los Cripis. Los Cripis are from Argentina, but play over in the UK quite frequently. I don't know any other bands from Argentina, so they can be my favourite one. I tried to take some photos, but the lighting in the bar was appalling, and I don't like to disturb people with flash, so here's a music video instead. Don't watch it if you don't like blood. Los Cripis have an album out now, and Frozy have one coming soon. Why not give them some money?... Read More...

BARR at Power Lunches

The other night I went to see BARR aka Brendan Fowler at Power Lunches. I had pretty much forgotten about him until I saw the gig announcement on the Upset the Rhythm mailing list, but I was really happy when I saw it. I always like good spoken word. He doesn't do so much music these days, more photography (he'd come over to the UK to give a talk at the Tate). I never got around to seeing him at the time, and somehow only a handful of people I know remembered his existence, and even fewer could make it on that particular Sunday, but luckily it turned out my friend Tobi was coming up from Brighton. I was particularly keen to go, because the next morning I was due to go off for two weeks to teach a residential course in the middle of nowhere, so it was my last outing for a few weeks, and I've been a skint hermit recently.... Read More...

Tate Britain

I went to the Tate Britain the other day. I went there planning to go to the Folk Art exhibition, but realised I didn't have the time or money to do it justice that day, and what I was actually in the mood for was post-war modern art. So that's what I looked at.... Read More...

No jokes about fireman’s poles here

Some people I know put on a byo gig on Friday at the old fire station in Stoke Newington. It makes a great venue. More of these, please. The band in the photo above are Tyrannosaurus Dead. I didn't take a lot of pictures, because it's difficult in low light situations, and I don't like to use flash if the ambient lighting is atmospheric.... Read More...

Space is Ace II

My friend Mel put on a space-themed night at Power Lunches with some other students from her MA course. I helped out by designing the flyer, helping with decorating, and djing in the bar. I had a really good time, but I really don’t have anything nice to say about the behaviour of the three other St Martin’s students. The night was really popular though, the place was packed, and everyone seemed to have a good time, which was the important thing.... Read More...