Sunday, September 24, 2017

Helsinki - Happiness Experiment

Sun 24/9/17 Helsinki - by the sea

Reading Paper Towns by the sparking sea

Working outside at a cafe by the sea with Ritva

Walking back to the hotel through the autumnal city listening to Van's Healing Game on my red ipod

Sat 23/9 Helsinki - on an island

Working in a room in the barracks building on the fortress island, working through from first principles

Walking round the island in the sunshine

Walking through the evening city guided by Ritva to the fine restaurant - cauliflower soup, pepper steak, berry granita

Fri 22/9 Helsinki - YLE

Watching A Date for Mad Mary on my hotel bed

Working on a big whiteboard at YLE working out strategy

Evening walk through docks to beach, listening to Brilliant Trees on way back

Thurs 21/9 - RCA

Spacious hotel room in Albertskatu overlooking the Alexander theatre

Teaching digital creativity at RCA Garden House

Lunch outdoors with Neville B

Friday, September 01, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna

30/8/17

ORF
Terra Mater

Watching The Ivory Game at Terra Mater's villa

Dinner in gast garten with Doc Campus folk

Walk up from Hietzing to ORF in morning sun

31/8/17
ORF
The Third Man - Burg Kino
Prater

Watching The Third Man for first time in years in cinema in situ - followed directly by view of the Riesenrad

Walk in hot morning sunshine to Schiele's studio and death place down Hietzinger Hauptstrasse (then up to ORF)

Talking to Jon on the birth of his son from Viennese bus

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna

28/8/17

Vienna - Ferris Wheel, Prater; Walking tour of Jewish Vienna 1st

Doing Harry Lime on Wiener Riesenrad - EFA approved

Walking tour of Jewish Vienna culminating in Rachel Whiteread's bunker-library memorial

Evening drink in beer garden with Tom from ORF

29/8/17

Neulengbach

Finding and having exclusive time in Schiele's cell - contrast to 1984 - window glimpse

Visiting Schiele & Wally's neighbourhood outside of town in summer afternoon sun

Taking pride in the Kindertransport memorial in Westbahnhof thanking the British

Monday, August 28, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna

27/8/17

Schiele pilgrimage to Tulln - with triple coincidence - see SP4

Dinner with Daniel Karslake in Hietzing (where Schiele's studio was)

Reading Barbara Trapido Hornplayer with feet dangling in Danube under a lowering sky at 34 degrees (following snooze on a park bench listening to river sounds)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna

26/8/17

LHR to Vienna
Half-circuit boat tour Danube/Danube Canal
Banks to Donaukanal


  • seeing The third Man ferris wheel whilst walking across town
  • boat ride along the Danube and round the Canal, with a posse of Rhinemaidens on a hen-do
  • sundown by the banks of the Donaukanal, reading Atomic Blonde and drinking spritzer & coffee

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Ireland

6/8/17
Carlingford
Carlingford via Ballymascanlon to Rush

Water colour painting of Carlingford from far pier

Rainy walk with kids to far pier via Murphy's railway cottage (about to be changed)

Walk along base of Slieve Foy with U via Abbey

7/8/17
Rush
Dublin (Mairin & Joe's)

Finding fossil for Des on Walk around Rush shore from harbour to our beach without path with Enfants Terribles

Rush pub with N to watch Gaelic match over coffee & red lemonade

Dinner near Joyce's house in N Dublin with Joe, Mairin & girls

8/8/17
Rush
Dublin
Holyhead
Chester
home

Listening to S Town en famille

Getting Fish Fight job outside Italian in Chester

Entering home to see Ziggy

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Ireland

5/8/17

Rostrevor
Carlingford
Newry

Painting Carlingford Lough from Rostrevor

The lanes and cottages around the Rostrevor Inn eg Water Street

Going to the cinema in Newry with D & N - Baby Driver