Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fresh ones - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing Colin Jones at the opening of his exhibition of early Who photos (at Proud Central) - young Keith Moon was particularly captivating

Sharing my know-how with Jamie Oliver's Fresh One over in Nile Street

Chatting about movies over lunch with FilmFour's Paul Grindey

Hoxton - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Speaking at Hoxton Hall, an old East End music hall with original fixtures and fittings

Bumping into my friend Roger on his way home from hanging out with his fellow sci-fi authors

A nice afternoon ride in a posh Bima

Friday, September 18, 2009

My 1st submission to Guardian Notes & Queries

Are there any examples of books being improved in translation?

The Asterix books - for example, the dog is Idéfix in French (meaning obsession) but Dogmatix in English, adding the canine pun to the idea of single-mindedness; the druid is Panoramix in the original (meaning panoramic) but Getafix in the translation, providing a more relevant name through druggy wordplay.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading Evelyn Waugh's Men at Arms in the late summer sun

Picking up a 2nd hand copy of the Beatles' Blue Album on a whim in our high street

Jogging round London's biggest cemetery with youngest Enfant Terrible

Friday, September 04, 2009

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading Rupert Brooke in the wee small hours (my copy from Clapham Old Town)

An easy run around St Pancras Cemetery in the autumn sun

Seeing the first designs for CQD

Belfast - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Finishing 'The Great Lover' by Jill Dawson about Rupert Brooke

A positive meeting with the Culture & Arts Minister for Northern Ireland

The pool of water outside the Radisson Hotel where Ed Baker and I dined on a sunny evening

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Some Kind of Wonderful - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

More John Hughes - Some Kind of Wonderful

The 1940s pencil sketches on the wall of the stairs down to the gents at The Ivy (during Guardian Student Media Awards judging)

A distinctly autumnal meeting about Landshare out on the back terrace of Channel 4