Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flower power - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

My first visit to the Chelsea Flower Show with U in bright evening sun

Starting my 1970s Folio edition of Brave New World

Working on Arts ideas for networked public service media

Big Art - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Talking to Grayson Perry about creativity, names and Rachel Whiteread

A meeting at Cutler's Hall - and walking back in the late afternoon sunshine from the City via the Aldwych (with outdoor supper in Somerset House courtyard)

Sitting alongside Jan Younghusband and John Newbigin at a knock-about debate about Public Art at the RSA chaired by Jon Snow

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Top 4: Comic book goodies


1 Wolverine

2 Batman

3 Silver Surfer

4 Nightcrawler


1 Silver Surfer

2 Arak

3 Iron Ghost

4 Matador

Top 4: Fizzy Drinks


1 Whole Earth Elderflower

2 San Pellegrino Aranciata

3 Sprite

4 7Up Cherry


1 Badoit

2 San Pellegrino Amara

3 Fentiman's Dandelion & Burdock

4 McDaid's Football Special (from Ramelton, Donegal)

Bubbling under: Whole Earth Cranberry, Fentiman's Ginger Beer, Coke

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Embarrassing Bodies passing 20 million pageviews

Surgery Live entering the public domain - Twitter site launched

The short, wonderous life of Oscar Wao book group sesh at JRT's

Friday, May 08, 2009

Athens arrival - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading the paper over breakfast

A swim on the roof top pool overlooking Athens

A first view of the Acropolis

Athens - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Delivering a session people said was inspiring, speaking on Networked Media and Documentary for the EDN (European Documentary Network) in Athens

A walk up the Acropolis
with three EDN colleagues for my first view of the Parthenon from up close, its yellow stone off-set by an azure sky

Dinner al fresco in a courtyard with Laurien (Dutch from IDFA), Meike (Dutch from IDFA) and Costas - beautiful light Greek food (tsatziki, red lentil paste, spiced meatballs, salad)

Bonus: headline and article in JC

Thursday, May 07, 2009

My letter to The Independent today

I loved Matthew Norman's line in his amusing piece on Jacqui Smith and the US shock jock Michael Savage on p.31 of today's edition (7 May 09): "Michael Savage is a new name to me, as perhaps it is to you." I loved it for its irony - or perhaps revelation, having just moments earlier read the by-line of your Political Correspondent Michael Savage on p.3. I'd like to think the two of them have never been seen in the same room at the same time.

Really care

Actor Michael Sheen on Francis Coppola & Apocalypse Now:
"It's a good example because the main thing is to really care about what you are doing, to put your heart and soul into it. If you do that, then people tend to care about what you're doing."

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The sparrow that nicked a chip from my lunch - a lovely al fresco lunch in a square in Geneva on my way home from the bizarreness of Eurovisionland

The views of Switzerland from the train window from Lucerne to Geneva, especially the lake bits

Getting a nomination for Sexperience in the Broadcast Digital Awards

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Weekend's Happiness Experiment entry


Reading in the sunshine by the fountain

A Phoenix outing with U to see (In the Loop)

Impromptu barbecue with neighbours Kate & James


Family cinema outing to Odeon (Muswell Hill) for Wolverine

Iphie's exercises by the balcony doors

Reading bedtime story with D

Luzern - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Midnight bells of Lucerne in the lakeside chestnut avenue

Reading Oscar Wao in the same avenue late afternoon

Speaking about Landshare, Big Art Mob and Embarrassing Bodies to the Eurovision CrossMedia summit - and listening to Chris Vallance of Radio 4 about his cross-platform experiments

Lucerne - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading the relaunch issue of Wired (uk) on the plane to Geneva - and spotting a cameo appearance of my name in a photo of Oli Barrett

The afternoon train journey from Geneva to Lucerne via Berne accompanied by David Sylvian - haven't set eyes on Berne since teenage traveling

Sunset over Lake Lucerne