Monday, April 30, 2012

Leuven - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Osama Bin Laden sleeps with the fishes

The waft as flowersmell as I jogged into the Botanical Garden, Leuven

Where's Gary?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Leuven - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Steack frites for Sunday lunch

Drinking Belgian cherry beer and reading (Death in the Family) in the hot emerging afternoon sun

Reading Uncut about Dexy's, PiL, etc. in the late afternoon sun on the old market place, Leuven

Rain - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Writing about Kevin Macdonald's Marley doc (Marley's Ghost)

Saturday afternoon snooze with the rain pattering on the skylight

Watching a movie with U & D (Three & Out, shot around East Finchley)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happiness Experiment entry 24/4/12

Getting tickets from Kevin Macdonald to see his Marley doc at the Tricycle in good old Buckley Road

My Beautiful Funeral session with Livity

Meeting with Des and Leslie about Wasted

Happiness Experiment entry 23/4/12

Lunching with Lloyd Newson of DV8, discussing Can We Talk About This?

Getting involved in Robert Peston's Speakers for Schools

The stars of learning support poster at Compton

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Corporate Missions

GSK 4/12:

We exist to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Silence is a Rhythm too

Life = A Symphony, made up of rhythms and punctuated with sounds

Friday, April 20, 2012

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

She Stoops to Conquer at the Olivier spearheaded by the East Finchley posse of Sophie Thompson and Steve Pemberton
Supper with D in local caff
Browsing Flickr

Creative Accounting #145

She Stoops to Conquer (Goldsmith) = Tom Jones (Fielding) + The Rake's Progress (Hogarth)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching Audrey Tautou in Delicatesse at the Phoenix
Reading What's Mine is Yours with a fresh coffee and croissant in an empty tube carriage
Chatting with Noora about San Francisco and marriage

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

This weekend's Happiness Experiment entry

N's American Football style run
Reading The Word
The art deco Riviera Hotel, Weymouth
Having Weymouth beach all to myself (7am)
Reading On the Road lying at the edge of a rugby field
The line of trees following the curve of the hill above Weymouth RFC

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Starspots #128

Gary Kemp
Trevor Bolder (Spider from Mars)
Charles Shaar Murray
Heddon St W1

Wednesday's Happiness Experiment entry

Family end-of-hols dinner at Cafe Rouge, Highgate with Meabh and Alfie as guests

Starting On the Road - Jack Kerouac

Reading Esquire at the hairdresser

Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry

Magic show with D, his first - Pete Firman - chat with Anthony Owen

Walking around with a good Cypriot tan

Congratulations around work for Emmy

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Breakfasting with the Enfants Terribles

Having Meabh around the house

Cracking through a load of work

Friday, April 13, 2012


Jazz Cafe
Wingate & Finchley FC
BBC Radio Theatre
The Walks
East Finchley Constitutional Club
Eva's Polish Deli
Edgware Academy
Edgware Library
Dept of Energy & Climate Change
West Breakwater, Brighton Marina
Camden Town Brewery
Casa Pepe, East Finchley
Camden Tattoo & Piercing
Gate 24a
AGC Equity Partners
Louis Patiserie, Hampstead
East Finchley Supermarket
Jamie's Italian
Alec Tiranti

MORE Mayorships

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Recent Happiness Experiment entries

Sun 8th Apr:
Veging out behind a laurel-like bush

Reading two books set in Cyprus - Bitter Lemons (Laurence Durrell) and Judas Country (Gavin Kyle)

Snorkelling with U - tracked down the yellow fish

Mon 9th:

Lunch a deux with U on a terrace by the sea under the raspberry-type trees

Exploring the Tombs of the Kings archaeological site a quartre in the late afternoon sun

Greek coffee and baklava to round off the jovial last supper in Paphos port

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Playing table-tennis and full size tennis with N, the latter at sundown

Snorkelling with N, close-up with some shiny white fish

Reading Laurence Durrell's Bitter Lemons about Cyprus

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Phrases I like

The hard of thinking
quite a gifted layabout

Good Thursday and Friday - recent Happiness Experiment entries

Thurs 5th April:
Magic show by D in ancient amphitheatre in Paphos archaeological area behind the harbour

Hovering over a yellow rainbow fish trying out D's goggles and snorkel

The mosaic of the four seasons at House of Dionysis, Paphos

Good Friday 6th April:
Beating the Turkish Cypriot shesh besh lovers at backgammon in Turkish Nicosia

DJing my way along the Limasol-Paphos highway past the Rock of Aphrodite (her birthplace) at sunset to the likes of She's Not There (Santana) as well as Jimi Hendrix, Massive Attack, The Cure and Joy Division (Mykonos-style sundowner vibes)

Jogging down to the headland just after sunset to Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Sunshine following me (Cannes and Paphos) - Recent Happiness Experiment entries

Sunday 1st April:
Being loomed over by Miss World (formerly Miss Venezuela)

Picking up the Non-Fiction International Digital Emmy with the Live from the Clinic team

Drawing the scene from the space between the Musee Picasso, Antibes and the palm sunday church with the spirit of Joie de Vivre (1946) which is the jewel in the crown of the former

Monday 2nd:
Breakfast on the terrace of the Carlton, near the Dog Bar which typifies its Englishness

A flood of lovely messages via Facebook about the Emmy win

Securing some JC space for mothernachus

Tuesday 3rd:
Lively family chat over breakfast in the airport on the way to Cyprus - topics included burning issues of the day like Blazing Saddles

Arriving in Cyprus for the first time - shades of the Old Country

Enjoying the quiet of a lawn by the sea, out back of the hotel, very tranquil

Wed 4th:
Finishing a book worthy of the Shelf of Honour: Nemesis by Philip Roth, moving, tragic and insightful I masterful

A chilled out dinner by the harbour in Pathos en famille en plein air involving tahini and other Mediterranean fare

First sea swim of the year with D - including finding two Euro coins N needed for his collection in the shallows

Monday, April 02, 2012