Friday, January 30, 2009

Track of the Day - Solid Air

John Martyn - Solid Air

He's going home - over the hill...

The last thing I saw him play live was the whole Solid Air LP at the Albert Hall

We shared a birthday - RIP

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else.

John Updike, writer (1932- yesterday 2009)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Channeling energies - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Elvis Costello's voice on New Amsterdam

Starting big work on Landshare with Six to Start, Mint and Keo

Channel 4 winning Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Awards

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Starspot #56

Gok (Channel 4 reception yesterday)

Howard Jacobson, writer (Channel 4 21.i.09)

Jeremy Isaacs, first Chief Exec of Channel 4 (C4 21.i.09) - we spoke about Public Service Broadcasting

Feargal Sharkey of The Undertones (East Finchley tube, 13.i.09) - we chatted about music and the impact of digital

Track Of The Day - Inauguration

Abraham, Martin and John - Marvin Gaye

They paved the way for TODAY

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Teenage Kicks - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Chatting to Feargal Sharkey on the tube in to town

Listening to vinyl in the back room (Weekend, Miles, James Moody, Santana, etc.)

Brainstorming for URM8

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Best of 2008

[Work in progress]

1 The Visitor
2 Frost/Nixon
3 In Bruges
4 Il y a longtemps que je t'aime/I've Loved You So Long
5 Hunger
6 Wall-E

Michael Fassbinder (Hunger)

Kristen Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long)

Supporting Actor:
Heath Ledger (Dark Knight)

Supporting Actress:
Anne-Marie Duff (Garage)

Steve McQueen (Hunger)

Martin McDonagh - In Bruges


Osama bin Everywhere (Channel 4)

(Asa - Asa)
(Givin' It Up - George Benson & Al Jarreau)

Beggin' - Madcon (Asa - Jailer, Portishead - The Rip)

Schlomo & various guests [Jarvis Cocker, Cleveland Watkiss et al] (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank)

(The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon)

Art exhibition:
Francis Bacon (Tate Britain)

Brendan at the Chelsea (Lyric)

Sports event:
Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons
(Snatches of the Olympic action glimpsed in and around Bayonne)


Friday, January 09, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing August: Osage County at the National Theatre performed by Steppenwolf Company from Chicago with Janey Walker - and bumping into my cousin Jonathan, Carl, my cousin's cousin Chloe, Luke formerly of Channel 4's drama dept. and Sarah friend of Manou (all the world's a small stage)

Walking home through fog coloured with diffused sodium light

Listening to Soul Music about So What (Radio 4)

Creative Accounting #421

The Corrections + The Cocktail Party/Family Reunion(?) + Tennessee Williams + Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf = August: Osage County

Track of the Day

So What - Miles Davis - from Kind of Blue (1959) as featured on Soul Music (BBC Radio 4)

Image courtesy of Miles Constable: "I attempted to capture the swirl and tones of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue"

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

True Value

For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honour; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.

Arne Garborg, Norwegian writer (1851-1924)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Track of the Day

Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

Don't worry about a thing
cause every little thing gonna be all right
Singin don't worry about a thing
cause every little thing gonna be all right

Rise up this mornin
Smiled with the risin sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Sayin: this is my message to you-ou-ou

Friday, January 02, 2009

New Year's Happiness Experiment entry

Wed 31 Dec 2008:

A pint of the black stuff with Matteo in PJ's, Carlingford - plus a chat with Ian Fox, same spot an hour before

People giving the (Irish) finger from their passing cars

A chat with Pierre McDonagh in his kitchen in Greenore

Thu 1 Jan 2009:

Making a fire with D - in Bernadette's house (kept it going all day)

Watching war movies with N (looking after him while sick)

Reading Watchmen while listening to Kind of Blue in bed


Jogging along the mountain for the last time this trip - to the white forest gate past the steps by the stream

Lunch with my nieces Meabh and Orla, with a fleeting appearance from Eileen and Mateo - at McKevitt's

Taking leave of Bronagh - she read from Seamus Heaney's Clearances (the one about peeling potatoes)