Thursday, March 29, 2007

- yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Buying a signed first edition from Hatchards in Piccadilly - Justin Cartwright's new novel

The allotments in the new BST evening from the new railings

Safiya's joy at getting the job

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring has sprung - recent Happiness Experiment entries

N getting his brown belt for karate - the best in his glass, "very good speed, stance and technique" according to his sensei

Watching Walk on Water in bed in the afternoon, an Israeli thriller recommended by Mici

Daytime sleep

Having Ja and family round for impromptu post-park supper

Reading about 1940 and watching Enigma

Watching Andrew Davies' fun adaptation of Northanger Abbey - the book that resulted in me going to gothic Girton

Lunchtime constitutional with Jonathan Holmes around backstreets of Victoria enjoying the architectural details under a bright spring sun

Breaking the News being nominated for a TV Craft BAFTA - congratulations to Davie McGirr and the creative and technical teams at Illumina Digital

Reading Indian in the Cupboard with D and N - enjoying the anticipation of getting to the climax

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Milton's keen - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Late afternoon snooze

Writing my 121 blog on the London-Galilee axis

Danny's annual review - with Ma

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Human Footprint - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry


Doing an experiment to demonstrate static electricity with D using a balloon and scraps of paper: "It's very odd. I've never seen anything like it!"

Writing for Human Footprint Interactive - a bit of creative writing is good for the soul

Reading Silverfin with N in our bed

Monday, March 19, 2007

Ace of Love - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading by the balcony with the enfants terribles playing in the room - Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson

Playing Kalooki with Rita and her great-grandchildren - naturally the youngest son wins - flows into Mother's Day family gathering at Cyprus Avenue

Jane Austen night in with U - Mansfield Park, memories of German trains with JRT

N calls hearts "love" as in '3 of Love'

Sunday, March 18, 2007


A Buddhist goes up to a hot dog vendor:
"Make me one with everything"

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Body Memory

N (age 10) was talking about remembering kata moves in karate: "Your body has a memory itself." He's worked out for himself a distinction between "brain" memory and body memory.

"That's what the future's like - everything's white" - N watching a sci-fi movie.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Bright on time - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Working from the beach in Brighton - between the piers - thanks to the ol' Craicberry

Friday fish lunch at the Regency - with soon-to-be colleague Matt Locke

Working at the 24 Hour Museum on their revamped online incarnation

The buzz - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Hooking up with Alfie Dennen and getting the buzz about Big Art Mob

Watching more Skins

Working on stuff for Channel 4 Radio

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spring has sprung - Recent Happiness Experiment entries


Unpacking my books in the new room with the balcony open

A haircut Saturday with N - including the usual picnic on the steps of the masonic temple at the end of long acre, playing Guess the (Passerby's) Name

Playing the Top Three game with N in the tube


Ghaly's goal for Spurs against Chelsea in the FA Cup - football at the Bridge with Stu


Chat with James Bradburne, Steve Moore and Janey Walker in posh caff in Green Park - above all, the spring sunshine (first no coat day of the year)

Listening to Doug Miller's Desert Island Discs - especially Starless and Bible Black by Stan Tracey Quartet (what a title - Dylan Thomas's?)

Meeting Rebecca Wilson from the Saatchi site/Your Gallery (10 million hits a day!) - Dylan playing in the empty caff (Tupelo Honey, Camden Town - the old Van-Bob axis)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Big Fat Zero Honey

"God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through."
Paul Valery

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Under the skin - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching Skins - Chris' story

Elevenses with Tana Wollen, moving on to a new phase

Lunch with Fiona Kilkelly, chat ranging from her new job at Skillset - Interactive Media to the pleasures of Galway and the West coast of Ireland

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Not crap - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Brainstorming with Stuart Cosgrove and Tana Wollen - came up with Everything's Crap

Chewing the fat with researchers at Researcher Development Programme drinks

Bathtime with D the urchin

Friday, March 02, 2007

today's Happiness Experiment entry

chatting with Will Gompertz, Head of Tate Media, at the old Tate Gallery about art and tv - always impressed by the holes in the outside walls from near-miss bombs from the Second World War (a characteristic shared with the Exhibition Road bit of the V&A)

getting my shit together for Human Footprint Interactive

a bit of blog reading including Cybersoc (about yesterday's Social Media Consensus meeting) and What I Learned on Holiday by James Crabtree

King of Libraries - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Late afternoon wander with Doug Miller to Percy Circus

Chat with Doug and Oli Barrett at British Library

First meeting of Social Media Consensus starting in first carbon-neutral restaurant in London, Acorn House

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Mighty Pen - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The First Light film awards at the Odeon West End with Sean Bean, Sanjiv Baskhar, Cassie and Sid from Skins, Imelda Stauton; presented by Alex Zane - chatting to the shaggy one after the show

Uploading... Innovation at Nesta - sesh with Mark Ea, author of Herd, self-proclaimed Herdmeister

Dinner with Shaun Woodward, Minister for Creative Industries - wandering around the weird world of politics, rather them than me

Dinner out with U at the Lavendar Lady

N getting a good school report - sense of a love of learning emerging

Writing with an ink pen - N just progressed onto The Pen today