Saturday, December 24, 2011

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching Inbetweeners clips with the Enfants Terribles

Listening to Rose Miller and her friends singing

Doing Christmassy errands along East Finchley high street

Trouble on the Estates

The 1st Estate:
Child abuse rife in the Catholic church in Ireland and beyond

The 2nd Estate:
Lords taking cash in brown envelopes (and largely getting away with it); Prince Andrew's network of dodgy connections; Prince Charles' marital infidelity

The 3rd Estate:
MPs fiddling their expenses on a grand scale

The 4th Estate:
Phone-hacking a widespread practice in the tabloid press

The Police: (neighbouring the Fourth Estate)
Selling stories to the tabloids

The Judiciary: (neighbouring the Fourth Estate)
Supressing the truth by enabling super-injunctions

The City: (neighbouring the Third Estate)
Gambling Other People's Money, then taking public money as a bail-out; speculating at everybody else's expense; creaming off unmerited bonuses regardless of preformance

No wonder the estates are rioting...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Things That Are No More #3: The Word magazine free podcast

So I was out for a run round the St Pancras and Islington cemetery this morning, listening to The Word podcast as is my wont (I was introduced to it a few years ago by Steve Moore and hold it in as great affection as he does). Nile Rodgers was the special guest and just after he explained how having his guitar retuned by his mother's latest boyfriend was a revelation to him and launched him into a frenzy of Beatles playing there was a bong and the podcast was cut off in its prime - a voice explained that now only magazine subscribers get the full Monty. I understand why David Hepworth and pals feel they need to do that but somehow sad nonetheless. The sad way of the world... [cf #1: the generosity of Shadbolt's]

Things That Are No More #2: Osman's

This, together with the next entry, is what inspired this series.

I was walking up Wardour Street yesterday evening and noticed after many years the stationers Osman on the corner of Broadwick Street has disappeared. Become a choclatier. I was an occasional customer back in my Solus days (1987-89). It was a Soho landmark and I feel its passing should be marked.

{Photo courtesy of Mark Hillary}

Things That Are No More #1: Veneer of the Week

Veneer of the Week on the front of Shadbolt's factory, formerly one of the few highlights on the North Circular

Can still be found on their website but that's no substitute

This week it is: Crown Cut American Black Walnut - now that would lift any journey on the NSR

Here's a good observation from the DHM blog:
"But the sign felt generous, like Shadbolts were decent and cared about their product, and when companies make a bit of extra effort like that, it’s always repaid in good will."

And here's a remark which accords with my memories - the exotic dimension - from the Bite blog:
"Some veneers carried the mystery of far-off places: Crown Cut Lebanon Cedar. (Others less so: Curly Birch.) "

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


My Movie Mashup
Human Footprint
Every Picture Tells A Story (2004)
PIXnMIX (2004)
TexTips 4Lovers, 4Karma, 4Mates, Islamic Inspiration, 4Change etc.
Origination Insite
Lost Generation
Digital Africa
Time Team Big Dig
" Big Roman Dig (2005)
New Shoots
Rolling Stock
My Shakespeare (rada)
X (2005)
Make Tracks
Ia xmas cd
The Unteachables
121 (2006)
The Play's The Thing
EIGF Advisory Board (2004)
Council for Industry and Higher Ed
Creative Licence Archive Group (2005)
ICA The Club

Friday, December 02, 2011

Monkeying around - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

The monkey I introduced into Cash and Burn made its first appearance in Broadcast

Became Facebook friends with Roddy Doyle

First meeting at Cafe Kick, Shoreditch with Steven the Wasted man

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lisa Hannigan at Shepherd's Bush Empire 30/11/11

Passenger tour

1 Home (Burned your letters)
2 Venn Diagram (your life?)
3 Ocean and a Rock
Lille? - [What'll I Do] ((Eh oh??)) [checked to here]
4 O Sleep - with John Smith
A Sail
5 Little Bird
6 Nowhere to Go ((Never))
7 Paper House
8 Pistachio - [Knots?] ((I???))
9 Teeth (You???)
10 I Don't Know (back in bottle)
What I'll Do
11 Safe Travels
12 Knots

With Nigel

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sinead O'Connor at St. John's at Hackney church 27/11/11

1 Come Closer to Me (?)
2 Baby
3 Emperor's New Clothes
4 (North African)
5 Wolf
6 Someone Like Me (?) *
7 Stretched on grave
8 Ball/Animal
9 (Pink Dress)
10 Out of Africa(?) reggae
11 Nothing Compares to You
12 The Last Day
13 VIP
14 Old Lady
15 monk's prayer

with Adie Dunbar
Early outing for Feb2012 album

Friday, November 18, 2011

Quotation on child/adult

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

Margaret Atwood

I've always felt like this, even more after having children.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Cure

Albert Hall

3 Imaginary Boys:
10:15 on a Saturday Night
Fire in Cairo
3 Imaginary Boys

17 Seconds:
A Forest
17 Seconds

Other Voices
All Cats Are Grey*
Faith *

1 World War
2 ?
3 Plastic Passion
4 Boys Don't Cry
5 Killing an Arab
6 ?
7 Dissent
8 Spinter in Head
9 Charlotte Sometimes
10 Hanging Gardens
11 Let's Go to Bed
12 Japanese
13 Love Cats

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Smiling at Michael Johnson, holder of the 400m world record - and watching him from the front row of an audience with him at work

Bedtime reading with D

Listening to songs from Grace and Danger (while reading about them)

Starspots #288

Ken Clarke MP
by The Speaker's House

the Queen (almost)
at Westminster Abbey for St James's Bible anniversary

Alan Johnson MP
Strutton Ground

Michael Johnson
C4 caff

Russell Grant
Gym Box, Shepherds Bush

David Baddiel
Wembley (England vs Spain)

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

On the cobbles (Strutton Ground) reading about John Martyn with a coffee and pain au chocolat

Revisiting 1979 with The Cure at the Albert Hall playing their first three albums

Getting through the system

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day-before-yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Jog along the Liffey beyond Four Courts, catching late autumn sun

Porridge at Queen of Tarts

Walk around Rathescar lake, Co. Louth - found by chance. I fixed the dodgy sign at the nearest crossroads after.

Carlingford - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Family gathering at Bernadette's including first meeting with the delightful Aoife and chucking a ball/lads' talk out front with Des and the Enfants Terribles

Jog from pier to pier (cancelled out by breakfast at Dan's)

Coffee and chat over at Pierre McDonagh's in Greenore

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dublin - Day-before-yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Walk along Clontarf river-front with Bernadette (including Hot Press photographer's [Nixon] and posh food - best cappy I've had in Ireland)

Down to the Liffey by the Winding Stair in the low autumnal sun

Dinner with Orla and Meabh in Temple Bar

Little Jerusalem - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Finding Leopold Bloom's birthplace, Chaim Herzog's family home and hanging out in Little Jerusalem (Dublin 8)

Getting into the Irish-Jewish Museum by chance (thanks to Howard) in the heart of that bit of Dublin I'd want to live in - red brick, tree-lined streets, suburban tranquillity

Fresh Italian lunch at the Bernard Shaw, home of Dublin graffiti

Monday, October 24, 2011

Back in the Old Country - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Buying a mag for hols (all about David Bowie)

Having a laugh with the Enfants Terribles in McKevitt's after dinner

Being in Joe McKevitt's house on the 10th anniversary of his death

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday's Happiness Experiment entry

Doing admin on the Brighton train on the way to creative meeting at Ricochet

Picking up some old green Penguins, a record recycled as a dish and other bits and pieces in the North Laines

Watching the original Arthur en famille

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Catching low autumn rays on a Kenwood slope with U

Reading Robert Harris' The Fear Index in bed in the afternoon

Hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit by Paul Anka played by Chewy in Stokey Record Club with U, Sara, Wayne and Ben

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Playing Secret & Obvious with D at Ed's Diner after Tintin screening

Approaching Wembley in low autumn sun with the Enfants Terribles for Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears NFL game

Listening to Word podcast about Bowie on an afternoon jog

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Creative Accounting #433

On The Waterfront (1954) = A View from the Bridge (1955) + 0.3 X West Side Story

Starspot #212

David Morrissey reading Waugh's A Handful of Dust yesterday afternoon coming home on the Northern Line

Friday, September 30, 2011

Starspots #211

30.ix.11 Feargal Sharkey (The Undertones) - East Finchley tube, he caught my wife's Northern Irish tones on the air

29.ix.11 Robert Harris (author) - Hatchards (wish I'd have had my copy of The Hitler Diaries for him to sign)

28.ix.11 Anna Richardson (The Sex Education Show) - chat out back on the terrace at C4

Jamie Oliver - in the office
Kirstie Allsop - in the office
Mariella Frostrup - in Pret near BBC Broadcasting House
Stephen Fry - in a warehouse in Hackney (100 Greatest Gadgets shoot)
Jon Snow - brief exchange outside QE2 Conference Hall, Westminster
Paul Brady (musician) - brief exchange in Khan's restaurant, Westbourne Grove
Leon Russell - ditto
Morgan Spurlock - quick chat in Showroom cinema in Sheffield
George Clarke - chat at Soho Square
Jeremy Hardy - chat in Showroom cinema in Sheffield
Neil Morrisey - chat on Parkway Walk, Finsbury Park
Boo Hewerdine (musician) - behind Feis in Finsbury Park
Michael Portillo - Horseferry Road

Friday, September 23, 2011

Helsinki - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

My speech going down so well at YLE

FotoFlaneur trip across Helsinki culminating in watching my much-needed capuccino being made in the Citroen van

Buying apples in the market by the port (where I probably landed on the SS Uganda all those years ago)

Eastwards Ho! - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Getting a bunch of developments signed off and the paperwork done

Worky lunch with Katie Boyd in the revamped C4 caff

Overview time (work) on the plane to Helsinki

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day-before-yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Ireland beating Australia at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand crowning BOD's and ROG's careers

Phone chat with Katherine in Aspen

Hitting 91.5 pm

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Walk along the Lea Navigation Canal from The Castle Bridge to Olympic Stadium with U and D in the autumn sunshine

Spurs beating Liverpool 4-0 with Adebayor scoring 2 on his home debut

Sunday night viewing - Jane Eyre at the Phoenix with U

Friday, September 09, 2011


Hierarchies have been under attack from networks for 20 years now.

Ben Hammersley

from here

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Listening to Heather Rabbatts' Desert Island Discs during my jog - fond memories of early days at 4Learning with Jonathan, James, George, Sally et al (many now at Royal Opera House with Heather)

Reading a vintage Penguin in the garden at sunset - Roger Casement's trial by H. Mongomery Hyde

Watching Harry Brown with N - the recent riots throw a new light on it (remarkably prescient)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Innovation quote

Innovation comes from creating environments where ideas connect.

— Steven Johnson in 2011


from Quotables

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Working with designer Neville Brody on a project to create a new London building

Reading through a selection of multiplatform ideas from Mint Digital

Watching 24 (season 5) with the Enfants Terribles

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lisa Hannigan - Bush Hall 19/7/11

A Sail
Paper House
Ocean and a Rock **
Venn Diagram
O Sleep (with John Smith)
Little Bird
Nowhere to go *** (hill, house - could be Home)
Dunno *
Sea Song
What I'll Do
Safe Travels Don't Die
Personal Jebus

[see original Set List in blue folder]

John Smith - supporting and accompanying
with Una

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Neil Diamond at The Millennium Dome 9/7/11

1 Soolimon
2 Shiloh
3 Cherry O Baby
Aint no sunshine
4 I'm a Believer
5 You don't bring me flowers
6 Holy holy
7 Sweet Caroline
8 I am I said
9 Cracklin' Rosie
10 America
11 Travelling Salvation Show
12 Released

With Ma and Mo

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Playing Top 3s with N & D at Cafe Rouge, Highgate with The Black Book (all since ripped off by Claudia Winkelman's King Of)

Lunch at Maurizio's with N - artichoke me, Milano salami him - the usual

Collecting D from Euston after his longest time away from home to date

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Songwriters' Circle 29/6/11

Mellow Yellow

Buffy Saint Marie:
Little Wheels
Universal Soldier *

Roger Cook:
Something's Got a Hold of My Heart
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing

At Porchester Hall with Claire and Jacqui, for BBC4.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Songwriters' Circle 28/6/11

Leon Russell:

Nick Lowe:
Beast in the Cage (Johnny Cash)
Cruel to be Kind
I Read Alot More

Paul Brady:
Nobody Knows
Luck of the Draw
The World is What You Make

Train Arriving

At Porchester Hall with Neil B, for BBC4.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

First blackberry of the year picked

Life drawing (first time in a fair while) - Justa

Reading Ulysses late at night when all are abed

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Creative Accounting #663

Matthew and Son (Cat Stevens) - all but the start of the chorus = Mad World (Tears for Fears) - all but the start of the chorus

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Feis 3 Van

Real real gone
I can't stop loving you
Have I told you lately
(Never let me go)
In the garden? No methon no guru *
Girl from the Co Down
Step right up
Walk when I walk **

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Feis 2 Dylan

Gonna change my way of thinking
Its all over now baby blue
Things have changed
Tangled up in blue
Summer days (and summer nights are gone)
Simple twist of fate
Hard rain
Highway 61 **
Forgetful heart
Mr Jones *
Rolling Stone ***
Blowing in the Wind

Feis 1

The Undertones
(Get Over You)

The Waterboys
Glastonbury Song(?)
You're a big girl now
September 1913
Whole of the Moon
Fishermen's Blue
Don't you love me(?)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading Jill Dawson's Lucky Bunny in the back garden in the late afternoon sun and earlier with singing wafting over from Martin School fields (punctuated with dozing in the shade and having a love-in with Tommy Boy)

Evening burst of Led Zep in the car on the way to Primrose Hill

Chats with a woman from Cushendun and a girl in Friern Barnet

Sunday, May 29, 2011


I've been spending the weekend at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland. While I was in the hood I thought I'd have a go at finding my great-grandparents' house which is somewhere in a town about 50km East of Krakow. My grand-mother died a few years ago in London and with her went the address. So all I had to go on, beside the name of the town, was a description, based on memories of 75 years ago, of how my distant cousin (of my father's generation) used to get to the house from the train station with all the timings in horse and cart terms; a rough memory of a street name from the Communist era incorporating the glorious name of papa Stalin; and A&M - the letters of my great-grandparents' first names which (the one concrete fact) were on a shield or crest high on the house.
So I set off, with my older son, at 10 this morning in some wheels organised by Adam, one of the friendly admins of the Dragonforum documentary workshop. You're into rural Poland within minutes of leaving the city centre. I was nervous for some reason - I knew we had very little to go on and my phone research of the previous day had drawn blanks and stonewalling, I didn't want to disappoint or be disappointed or lose the link with the family home where eggs were kept in sinks in the basement and from which my grandmother struck out on rides on the first bicycle in the town. Scraps of stories, not quite accurate, Chinese whispered through the family filtered by old age and post-war reticence.
I started with my Hamburg cousin's three quarters of a century old description of the 15 minute cart ride from the nearest station (which bore another name than the town). We got out where my best guess was combining the description (sent via Facebook, fairplay to Anni for being so wired at her age) and Googlemap. I'd been told the crest was near a balcony and the building on a corner. The first corner looked promising but no initials. The diagonally opposite corner looked equally possible. More or less every balconied building felt warm - the right age of building, crying out for a crest. After 40 minutes of searching the confidence was ebbing. I rang my dad's cousin who had found and visited the house in the mid 80s but didn't know the address. Nor whether the house was in fact on a corner. And doubted there was a balcony as the owner had spotted him and called down from a window. So all I had left was the initialed crest. The owner in the 80s name - which was not in the phonebook. And the Stalin street scrap.
We trawled every main street (three) of the sleepy Sunday town whilst the inhabitants stood around the church listening to the amplified service playing I imagine to a packed house of God-fearing Catholics inside. I know my great-grandmother was killed in this town in the view of others and I pictured it in the under reconstruction main square with its piles of cobbles, mass drifting over and my strapping half Irish-Catholic son standing with unconscious strength on its new stones in his Leinster top, blue as the sky.
No joy. So we hit the back streets. No a crest, shield or initialled plaque in the place. It was getting hotter. 26 degrees the day we arrived, 12 the next day, back over 20 today, fluctuating like my confidence in finding this link. We passed a corner shop. Junior needed a Coke (why do they mainly sell Pepsi in this country being one of his preoccupations of the weekend). My other half had given one piece of advice at the outset of the day by text - talk to people. I talked to the middle-aged female shop keeper, she had a bit of English. Do you know where there used to be a video sklep? (I'd heard sometime in or after the 80s the ground floor had been turned into a video store). Or do you know where Stalinska was in the Commiedays? She asked a local fella hanging out by her doorway. A contrary barman from the opposite corner approached. The shopkeeper urged them to help. They went off into Andrej's bar to find an old map. We waited expectantly. A break? They failed to reappear, the shopkeeper chased, they reluctantly got their shit together, had a quick somewhat heated debate and eventually, again at the helpful shopkeeper's urging, the hanging-in-the-shop fella started to lead us off to where they'd concluded the Stalin street used to be. We followed in silence, he spoke little English, we spoke less Polish (like not a single word except Sklep, Alkohole and Computery - this last and first turned out to be on the money). Down one of the three bigger streets we'd already tried then off to the left, pulling up on a three way junction, indicating a not particularly old corner house. I asked him which of the three joining streets was the Stalin one, gave him a few zloty which he was reluctant to take, then walked the length of that street as well as exploring the junction. Nada. Back behind the now deserted church. Mission failed. I'd sent some vibes to my grandmother looking for help (I was favourite first-born after all) but to no avail. Cut along the side of the church back to the rendez-vous with Machek our taxiguy? Or one last look at that Stalin junction? Back to the junction, then retracing our steps earlier with the shop hanger guide... Then out the corner of my eye I spot the only crest in town. A. M. A swirly L for Laub conjoining them. What a moment of pure soaring joy. "That's the first time I've seen a prayer answered" says A and L's great-great-grandson.
We contemplate the letters. Look at the door (beside the Computery Sklep) but there's no bell and it looks pretty unihabited. I spot something in the red brick beside the door - some scratched graffti dated June 1922. My grandmother's childhood era. Any more? No, but high up not easily noticed a bell. I ring. Nothing. Then some movement. A boy the age of my son comes to the door. After a bit of explanation (and he had heard tell of strange Englishman Marcel's 1980s visit) he cautiously let us in, his parents weren't around, and allowed us to get a feel for the place with its high but shallow rooms. I didn't push to see the egg basement.
We headed back up the hill to the square. I now knew for sure Dora's feet had pounded this trail. And I felt she'd be pleased we'd made the effort to see the place she spoke of with affection til her last days despite what had happened there. I was glad to have brought their great-great-grandson to be seen by A & M and to have joined that link.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Carlingford -Yesterday's and Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Sat 30th

Reading the paper in the sunshine on the grass at the corner of the harbour (by James Murphy's childhood home)

Drawing Carlingford from the far pier, warmed by the sunshine in a gentle breeze

Watching Thor with a bunch of 11 year old boyz

Sun 1st

Breakfast reading the paper in Dan's Stonewall Caff

Chatting to Meabh about her art

Walk with Des, Orla, Meabh, D & N along the beach in Rush, lively sea over to Lambey Island

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry

Shelagh Fogherty's last show with Nicky Campbell on Radio 5 Breakfast - end of the second golden era

Canoeing round Lusty Beg in an Irish-built North American wood and fibre-glass canoe

Drawing one of the eight stone figures on White Island

Royal Wedding Day - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching Kate's wedding dress emerge (complete with Irish-style lace) with the staff of Lusty Beg

Drawing in the walled garden of Fountain Court near Enniskillen, lying on the well tended grass in the afternoon sun by a fountain

Jogging the length and breadth of Lusty Beg in the morning, no-one else to be seen

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lusty Beg - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

D lying on me on cairn by Drumskinny stone circle

Winning a round of drinks in the Lusty Beg pub quiz as The G-unit

The smell of cut grass wafting around the old gravestones in St Mary's churchyard, Ardess

Art Vandals

Music in the Tuileries Gardens - Manet
Man waved/hit with? walking stick
See Julian Barnes review of Manet retrospective in Paris - Guardian 16/4/11

Monday, April 25, 2011

Carlingford - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Sitting reading outside Dan's Stonewall Cafe (The Heather Blazing)

Walking along the harbour in the evening with U

Reading The Brigade to N

Rush / Ros Eo - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Making the Creature of the Irish Lagoon with D on Rush beach at sundown (after a jog down together)

The sound of the low tide whilst in my headspace on my morning run

Walking the beach with U in the evening

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bob Geldof on Robert Elms (Radio London)

I get into this melancholic state, it's not a depression ... you can use it [depression] as an animus, I mean physical things can spark it like twilight - I get very edgy if I'm not doing stuff
If there's nothing going on I have to have a book that I just get lost in, somebody else's world
If you have an idea, this is the city to live in if you have ideas, I mean London is driven by the culture of ideas ... so this is the place to be if you want to be in music and the arts, that's my view, it's the most exciting city in the world, and I could choose to live elsewhere so I choose to be here

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry

Following up GTD/PWD with Steve

First shadowing day with Noah C

Booking Olympics tickets

To Ireland - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading The Heather Blazing (Colm Toibin) in the air above Ireland

Laying and playing on the beach at Rush in the evening

Watching Starsky and Hutch en famille

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Torquay - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The sound of the steam train chuffing away from the beach at Paignton

N's rugby runs

The sight of orange sheep on a hillside

Torquay - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Finding out by chance that I'd met Pete H's mum unknowingly at Clive's QC do in the museum

Jogging down into the valley to the next village (Daccombe)

Walking along the beach-houses in Paignton beneath the gardens

Saturday, April 16, 2011

From Derry to Torquay - yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Randomly crossing paths with Alice Taylor and Cory Doctorow in some motorway service station near Taunton

Breakfast at the Beech Hill overlooking the pond and green bridge

Reunited with D after me being in Derry and him in Brixton

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry - Antibes

Walking to le vieil Antibes, the square between the Musee Picasso and the cathedral

Dinner with the Maverick folk en plein air after the Digital Emmys

The hip bones of the girl on the jetty at the far-point of my run

Today's Happiness Experiment entry - Cote d'Azur

Picasso's Joie de Vivre (1946) at the Musee Picasso, Antibes

The birds chirping inside Nice airport departure lounge

The glaring sea off le vieil Antibes from the balcony of the Musee Picasso

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today's Happiness Experiment entry - Hearts and Skins

Watching Skins (series 5)

Having a heart-to-heart with N

Entering into the Broadcast Digital Awards

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day-before-yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Walking from Embankment via Whitehall and St James's Park to Victoria with D - the daffodils and sculpture (Charles Wheeler) in particular

Being shadowed by Chris W

Chatting to Noam S at a C4 reception

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Jogging in the spring sunshine

Breaking out the hammock chair - sign of spring

Good numbers for My Healthchecker and Embarrassing Bodies

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

The costumes in The Fifth Element

Lunch at the Rugoletta with my bro

Getting some headspace in the garden (wind, rain and birds)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Starspot #322

10/3/11 Michael Johnson (runner) - Channel 4

10/3/11 Michael Portillo - Sutton Ground

3/11 Paul Young - Brent Cross

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Creative Accounting # 421

John Smith = Ray Lamontagne - hat

Paul Brady - Union Chapel 25/2/11

Paul Brady - vocals, guitar, mandolin, bazouki?
Keith Fletcher - keyboards, backing vocals

1 who knows why
2 trusting you
3 same old story*
4 the island
5 the world is what you make it

6 one more
7 homes of donegal

See set list in blue folder

John Smith

1 axe mountain**
2 winter*

Met John after
Saw him once before supporting David Gray at the Roundhouse

With Una

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fragments of The Story

Adam Curtis:
The giant sandpit they're playing in has got a framework.

Television has become tired and rigid, and reached a dead end.

Karl James - story listener:
I try to get to people before their experience becomes a story.

(Our story becomes a pattern)
(Sometimes the story isn't where we expected it to be)
There are different ways of being articulate.

Not everyone's used to being listened to.

Phil Gyford:
1 Set the Tone (annotations not comments)
2 Listen
3 Have an obscure topic
[ ] The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Nick Ryan/Paul Bennun:
[ ] Papa Sangre

Relationship between meditation and story

Lucy Kimbell:
[ ] Mydex

Graham Linehan:
Computer games aren't productive, that's like a trance state.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Songwriters' Circle 10/02/11 Bush Hall (BBC4)

Fran Healy of Travis

* Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
* Swing *

Ron Sexsmith

* Secret Heart
* Love Shines

Graham Gouldman of 10CC

* one of his Yardbirds songs
* one of his Hollies songs
* I'm Not In Love *
* The Things We Do For Love
* Busstop

7 songs each plus an Everley Brothers encore together

This is the 4th of these programmes I have seen recorded.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Recent Happiness Experiment entries

Chatting with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall about Fish Fight

Drinking plenty of rum cocktails at the launch of The Art Project powered by Google at Tate Britain and chatting to various arty and geeky folks

Planning a big Fish Fight plan

An Appointment with Mr Yeats with Mike Scott and The Waterboys, second row at the Barbican Hall (with U)

An appointment with the Queen Mother (gym sesh)

Working on Jamie's Dream School, getting closer to TX

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading WB Yeats on the way to Ireland

Watching the start of the Six Nations (Wales v England) at Des's with the Enfants Terribles

Hanging with the De Burcas

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Running in the rain along Rush beach (Co. Dublin) opposite Lambey Island - and through the shallows

Meditating by the sea

Looking at Annie Liebowitz's photographs in a big book we bought Bronagh that now belongs to Orla

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Mike Scott and the Waterboys - An appointment with Mr Yeats (Barbican Hall) 3/2/11

1 White Birds *
2 Inisfree
3 Mad as the mist and snow
4 Politics
5 Let the Earth Bear Witness
6 The Faery's last song
The Song of Wandering Aengus
Down by the Salley Gardens
September 1913
7 To the waters and the wild
8 Don't Bang the Drum
9 Whole of the Moon

Mike Scott
Steve Wickham
Kate St John
Sarah Allen (flute) (Flook)
Blaise Margail (trombone)
James Hallawell (keyboards)
Katie Kim (vocals)

with Una

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today's Happiness Experiment entry - meditation

Learning about meditating from Andy at Headspace with U

Taking D to visit his friend Pierre in Brixton

Entering some new space in first meditations

Patti Smith at St Giles-in-the-fields

1 In my Blakian years
2 Dancing barefoot
3 Wing
4 Paths that cross (for Mapplethorpe in his grief)
5 Ghost Dance
6 Helpless
After Nature (Sebald)
7 Wild leaves (for Mapplethorpe in his illness)
8 Pissing in the River
9 Because the night
10 People have the power (encore)

Readings from Just Kids

Jesse Smith (piano)
Michael Campbell (percussion)
red haired fella (harp/violin)

27 Jan 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Going to buy Lego ninja with D

Watching my first post-restructure/Features & Factual Entertainment project go out - Big Fish Fight / Hugh's Fish Fight

Celebrating Captain James Murphy's 100th birthday on 11.1.11 with D

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Recent entries for the Happiness Experiment - Love London

Saturday 8/1:

Seeing the Godfathers of Groove at the Jazz Cafe for John Grounds' annual jazz birthday outing

Buying an old copy of Robert Lowell poetry from Black Gull which belonged to Ivo Jarosy of the Academy Cinema, Oxford St

A late night catch up with my old school friends Jon, Paul and Dave and spouses on the way home

Sunday 9/11:

Looking at the Thames barrier in low winter afternoon sunshine with N on a trip to Woolwich via the East End

Wandering around Brick Lane with N

Discovering a track on an LP late at night when its time came - Robert Plant's Fortune Teller on Raising Sand

Monday, January 03, 2011

Today's entry for the Happiness Experiment - Pure gold

Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Festival Hall with Dylan Charlie

View from Waterloo Bridge at night

Late afternoon jog with D