Monday, March 31, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Wallk on the Heath with U on first Summer Time afternoon of the year

Reading in the back garden

Chatting to allotment neighbours

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Creative Accounting #65

Things We Lost in the Fire:

Benicio Del Toro = Brad Pitt but darker

David Duchovny = Richard Gere but less distinctive

Friday, March 28, 2008

Track of the Day

Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen - Live in NYC

Come on and meet me... Come on and meet me... Come on and meet me...

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Getting my backlog of expenses cleared - seem to have been cashflowing Channel 4 for a couple of months ;-)

(Blast from the past) Watching a woman's long hair blowing in the slipstream of the tube, unbeknown to her right out the window towards my carriage

The tranquility of my street as I approach home - wet, sodium light, breeze

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Walking and talking with Holmes around the backstreets of Victoria

The backstreets of Westminster at dusk

Edwardian thrillers - reading John Buchan (Three Hostages)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Simple Pleasures

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."


Know yourself

"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we
become disguised to ourselves."

La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)


"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."

Abraham Lincoln

Creative Accounting #65

Christopher Jones (Ryan's Daughter) = Peter O'Toole + Tom Courtney

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hair play

Lunatic Fringe (Liffey St, Dublin)
Klassique Kuts (Rostrevor, Co. Down)

Friday's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing Sean, Orla and Meabh and sisters-in-law

Visiting the Memorial Gardens in Parnell Square, Dublin commemorating the Easter Rising with N

Finding all the Julian Opie artworks making up Walking in O'Connell Street with N

Today's Happiness Experiment entry (Sat)

Visiting the little visited Goward Dolmen near Hilltown, Co. Down with Cormaic Murnion and boys

Walking in the Mournes near Hilltown

Jogging from pier to pier in Carlingford, Co. Louth

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Drama bums - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Meeting up again with Jason Isaacs after twenty years, at the RTS Programme Awards

Chatting with Matthew Macfadyen, star of Secret Life (Channel 4), whose superb performance won the best actor award

Getting the go-ahead for Searching for Osama which I'm really looking forward to doing

The Boys are Back in Town - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Walking back with N through Dublin past the GPO in the run up to the Easter Rising commemoration, talking about that history as if recounting the Exodus, passing on cultural heritage

Checking out the Phil Lynott statue just off of Grafton Street with N

Sharing the flight over to Ireland with D - looking out over the coast together on descent

Monday, March 17, 2008

Track of the Day - Hot off the Press

for Paddy's Day a brand new arrival...

How can a Poor Boy? from Van's new record out today Keep It Simple

Broached on the couch with N

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Creative Accounting #26

Paul Brady + Christie Moore + Roxy Music = Damien Dempsey

(in the wake of Folk Hibernia, last night on BBC4)

Friday, March 07, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Wandering around Brussels (Q. Why did the Belgian chicken cross the road? A. Because there's fuck all else to do in Brussels)

Late night barflying with Jan (Younghusband) and Tabitha (Jackson)

Watching James Marsh's 'Man on Wire' at the Discovery Campus documentary event - chatted with James about the behind-the-scenes over dinner (where were the famous Belgian thin chips?)

Creative Accounting #22

Paul Klee - Cubism = Keith Haring

See Tiere spielen Komoedie (1937)

Bringing home the silverware - Today's Happiness Experiment entry (Thurs)

Winning one of the inaugural Media Guardian Innovation Awards alongside the likes of Skins and Radiohead (the Cadbury's gorilla was robbed) - with my Mrs and my dear ol' mum present

A nightboat down the Thames to the Millennium Dome

A surprise live appearance by whatever that rapper with the book who sings "Radiohead - just a band" is called - first heard that choon the other week in Rough Trade down Brick Lane

Creative Accounting #21

Jack Johnson = Michael Franks + sun + muscle

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Skin deep - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching Skins

Reading The 6th Lamentation - historical thrillers

The Regency - Spurs caff (with Christian Ahlert of Open Business)

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The children's enthusiasm at the First Light Awards presented by Kevin Spacey, Ian McKellan et al, hosted with her usual brilliance by Davina McCall

The calm late evening tube journey home

Finding out N has got in to his school of choice

Track of the Day

Tainted Love by Soft Cell

Must find my Gloria Jones single this weekend...