Sunday, June 29, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading in the corner of the garden by the hebes in the late afternoon on the blue blanket (Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence)

Walking along the Grand Union Canal north from Great Lindford with Danny & N in the summer breeze

Walking down to the Phoenix, East Finchley at sunset for a Sunday evening film (Female Agents)


On a Titanic centre T-shirt from Belfast:

It was fine when it left us

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Track of the Day

The Creator has a Master Plan - Brooklyn Funk Essentials

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Playing table tennis with N

Playing tennis with N in Waterlow Park

Watching Bill Murray in Stripes with N

Creative Accounting #29

Bill Murray / John Belushi = Harold Ramis + Ivan Reitman

BM: Night before military graduation troop rousing speech (Stripes)
JB: Bluto's call to arms (Animal House)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Track of the Day

She is So Beautiful - Mike Scott (of The Waterboys) - from Bring 'Em All In

For she is like a song
She is like a ray of light
She is like children praying
Like harps and bells and cymbals playing
And she is like a wind
Moving, soothing, bringing joy
And here am I

Pine Ridge, Findhorn December 1992

Monday, June 16, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Evening sun and summer shower - can't see a rainbow yet

Hitting 91 again

Reading Learning to love you more on the way home - with musical accompaniment - as recommended by Louise Brown

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Playing tennis with N at Waterlow Park - he's gotten the knack - trying out a new raquet

Sunday evening film at the Phoenix with U - Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone

Chatting to allotment Maurice in the garden - back after 6 months

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tuesday's Happiness Experiment entry

A dip in the Banff springs - 39 degrees in the outdoor water, with snowy peaks all around - with Jane Mote of UKTV

Working/writing with jazz (Miles and Trane)

An evening moment down by the Bow river falls

Rocky Raod from Banff - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Jogging beside the Bow river falls

Doing a speaking session at Banff TV Festival which went down well

Photowalk down by the confluence of the Bow river and the Spray, with spectacular luminous snowy mountain backdrop

Monday, June 09, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Bike ride with Mike up the Humber River and along Lake Ontario

A black squirrel, a chipmunk, a black and gosssamer dragonfly and various colourful bird spotted jogging and cycling

Mike's family - a gathering for Francesca's birthday

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Downtown - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Jogging under a shower of helicopter seeds near High Park, Toronto

A slow lunch at La Palette in Kensington Market, Toronto's answer to Camden Town - un petit coin de Belgique beneath rustling trees and bordered by yellow flowers

Getting another message from Maura Logue

Star spots #365

David Morrison (at BAFTA 28/5)

Alan Parker (at Dorchester hotel 11/5) - he liked the story about D watching The Commitments with me a couple of Fridays before - he disappeared upstairs and came back with his stopwatch, a few minutes later: "That's 4 minutes 35 without an F word"


Nick Pearson asked his young nephew if he knew what a watch is - "yes, sure, a clock with a belt"

Westwards Ho! - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

View down on the sunlit sea and some last islands off of Ireland on the way over to Canada - and of ice-lattice islands on the other side of the ocean

Hitting 92

Chatting in the back yard on Constance with Mike Stewart - a year since we were last together

Friday, June 06, 2008

Domestic Interior - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry.

D lying on my belly during storytime (read by U) just like in that poster I used to have, Il Sonno Profondo

Walking home at twilight

Seeing the near finished designs for Osama Loves - the same colours as the Lure of the East poster

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The yellow stone of Cheltenham (and Bath)

Filming Richard Dawkins on Darwin at the Cheltenham Science Festival

The Science Heroes & Zeroes debate - part of my Cheltenham/FameLab commission - Galileo a worthy winner

Monday, June 02, 2008

British Orientalism notes

William Simpson 1823-99
Al-Bahr al-Kabir or the Great Sea - rock-cut cistern under the site of Soloman's temple (1870)

Holman Hunt became a campaigner for a Jewish state in Palestine

Arthur Melville 1855-1904 (Scottish)
An Arab Interior 1881 ***
Red (hat) - browns cf Osama Loves design
Nat Gal Scot

The Music Lesson **
Guildhall art gal
Square composition
Intimate warmth

Frank Dicksee
Leila 1892
Cf Klimt gold/red

Jerusalem, looking to Mount Scopus 25

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Loads of pictures flowing into Big Art Mob - including mine from the Cans Festival in Leake St

Taking the the Enfants Terribles to the James Bond 'For Your Eyes Only' exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

Having my second oldest friend round for a roast chicken dinner