Friday, February 29, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry (thurs)

Walking in the streets behind Blackfriars/Fleet Street and stumbling upon a variety of public art

Coming up with the eccentric British amateur voice for 4mations

Reading The 6th Lamentation by William Brodrick - a class thriller stumbled upon in Greenwich Village (Felony & Mayhem)

Tracks of the Days (wed + thurs + fri)

Head and Heart by John Martyn from Bless the Weather

My secret brother

Glory Box by Portishead from Dummy

Cracklin' Rosy by Neil Diamond

Memories of drumming lessons at the Fender Sound House

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Track of the Day

New World Order by Curtis Mayfield from the LP New World Order

Bought on my first day as a freelancer in 1987 - a new world order for me

Recent Happiness Experiment entries


Being perched on the paragliding cliff-top above West Beach, Newhaven, East Sussex watching the Adam's Family trying to fly their new kite

Spurs winning the League Cup - enjoyed among a load of Chelsea fans in the White Horse, Rottingdean

The sea


Watching Skins on E4

Lunch chat with Steve Moore

Doing homework with the Enfants Terribles - Roman roads and old-style school reports


A while before sunset

Walking half-way to skool with N

Making progress on the design of 4mations

Choe Creation

Here's an interesting arrival in London and Newcastle (simultaneously) this week. Peripatetic (LA born) David Choe has a new show opening this Friday night at the Lazarides Galleries. Here's a sneak preview of the new work...

Picture courtesy David Choe and Lazarides Gallery
Copyright: David Choe 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry (Sat)

Ronan O'Gara's one-handed pass - plus a great performance from England in Paris

A traditional north Laines mooch en famille

Barnstorming: A chilled out afternoon of rugby, kite-flying and chat at the new Lilley Villas in Laughton, East Sussex

Track of the Day (Sat)

The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys

On the road home from Lewes

Friday, February 22, 2008

Up in the Downs - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Playing the story chain game with N D and U- a rolling stone makes its way to a shanty town overlooking Seoul, birthplace of a dictatorial general, when a sudden earthquake sweeps us from the caves beneath Jamaica to a Chinese mountain peak where there lies the dead body of a gold-bearded old man.

Walking through the downs near Woodingdean, East Sussex - the curves of chalk

Siesta in Mariners Quay, overlooking the cliff canal

a single lovely action

"Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the
world weigh less than a single lovely action."

James Russell Lowell
poet, editor and diplomat (1819-1891)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Walking along Brighton Beach at sunset en famille

Taking D to his swimming lesson

Mariners Quay

Quote of the day

"Cornflakes, I'm gonna take you down!"

N (age 11) portraying a cereal killer


"These are my principles. If you don't like them ...I have others."
(Groucho Marx)

courtesy of Zoe Margolis (Girl with a One Track Mind)

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Duchamp's Nu Descendant un Escalier at private view of Tate Modern's new exhibition - Duchamp . Man Ray . Picabia (someone should make it in wood)

Nightwalk from Horseferry Road to Tate Modern, especially the stretch near Gabriel's Wharf

Discovering U & I had listened to the same countryside programme on Radio 4 on early Saturday morning about the South Downs and Weald of Kent and picked up on the same stuff

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Starspots #43 - arty smarties

Andrew Marr, BBC journalist - Tate Britain (Modern Painters: the Camden Town Group) 11.ii.08

Michael Nyman, composer - Tate Modern (Duchamp . Man Ray . Picabia) 19.ii.08
Joan Bakewell - ditto

Monday, February 18, 2008

Playing away - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Walk along the Thames at Fulham/Putney Bridge (with the enfants terribles)

N's first A team rugby match - versus Hammmersmith & Fulham at Hurlingham Park in cold winter sun

Strawberries off a barrow in a nostalgic old corner of Ranelagh Gardens SW6 by the railway arch

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The most beautiful Valentine's card from U

Lunchtime chat with Andy Phillips of Channel 4 Radio

A class opening goal from Berby in Prague

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Track of the Day - Andy Harris

Janie Jones by The Clash

in memory of Andy Harris RIP

He's in love with rock'n'roll woaahh

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Dinner with the Enfants Terribles at our quiet spot in Highgate

Practising rugby at our 'private' field in Hampstead Garden Suburb, then rushing home to enjoy a couple of fantastic tries by England

Golden winter sun

Friday, February 08, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Winter sun

Meeting and chatting with a fella called John who was reading The Fountainhead outside in the sunshine at Amici's at lunchtime

Collecting the enfants terribles from skool armed with cakes

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing the Eric Gill sculpture inside Broadcasting House foyer

Walking from Broadcasting House to El Parador, Mornington Crescent

Walking the Enfants Terribles half-way to school

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Monday, February 04, 2008

Friday, February 01, 2008

Fear factor

"Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?"

Kahlil Gibran

Nothing is neutral and neutral is less than nothing

"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Elie Wiesel - writer, Nobel laureate

Track of the Day

Tough choice today - could have been Bjork and Antony Hegarty (Dull Flame of Desire) or Shane MacGowan (Snake with Eyes of Garnet) - I do love my little orange Shuffle - but the award goes to...

Donny Hathaway - The Ghetto

which took me places while I was flat on my back in the gym