Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Creativity quote

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

End of summer's day yellow light

Writing the Commissioner's Q&A piece for Broadcast

A lively Features routine with Jay

Monday, July 23, 2012

Olympia - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The Moment in the Olympic Opening Ceremony - among the first to enjoy it at the technical dress rehearsal

Reading about Olympia (Victorine Meurent) in a novel whose name I can't recall by a woman whose name I can't recall

John Martyn's voice

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paris - This weekend's Happiness Experiment entries


Lunch outdoors on a corner of Rue Vielle du Temple 3e in the Marais

Reading, photographing and snoozing (D) in the park behind the Musee Picasso

Seeing M Le President cruise by in advance of the 'Blue Arrows' at the Bastille Day parade


Seeing Dejeuner sur l'Herbe with D

Walking along the Canal St Martin in pace with the Mathilda through locks and turning bridges

Laughing with D at the Gare du Nord

Saturday, July 14, 2012

We'll always have Paris - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Spotting the French 'blue arrows' by mistake above the Musee d'Orsay - part of the Bastille Day celebrations

Chatting with strangers at Chartier's over dinner

The Eiffel Tower at night in the rain from Trocadero

Thursday, July 12, 2012


You get at the true meaning of things sideways.
— Alexei Sayle in 2010

Talking about Elvis Costello/Clive Langer/Robert Wyatt's Shipbuilding. A key to great art and writing, and an explanation why most of the bad stuff is bad.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Marc Almond - Empire, Shepherds Bush 9/7/12

With Peter Curran

1 The Stars We Are
2 (Dreams)
3 (Redeemed through Beauty)
4 (Out of my window)
5 Bed
6 Waifs & Strays
7 (Singing Sea)
8 Sandboy
9 My Nijinski
10 Always
Northern Soul selection
11 After Laughter Comes Tears *
12 Tainted Love
13 (What I Do what I say)
14 Jackie
15 Marc Bolan song

4th MA gig
Supporting Siouxsie and Cure at Hammy Odeon
Victoria Palace - The Stars We Are
Union Chapel - after accident
(Belfast International airport)

Female sax, trumpet, trombone and two singers
Birthday gig

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

The bed in the Malmaison Birmingham

N winning the Media Prize at school outright, plus being nominated for Science

Paloma T coming round for supper as her sojourn in London approaches its end

Tuesday 3rd July

The last show of Embarrassing Bodies Live from the Clinic Series 2 - on set at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham with Dr Dawn and Dr Christian

Catch up with Nigel G at Live from the Clinic wrap party

Talking Big Art Mob with Alfie - and him taking on D as a mentor

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Summer party on a roof near Old St courtesy of Paul Bennun and Somethin' Else - where I just missed an encounter with Tom Robinson (first gig, age 15)

Gathering of the London 2012 Olympics web team with Alex Balfour, Deborah Elstein and co. - where I just missed a chance encounter with daughter of Joanathan Holmes

Lively chat over lunch with Damian K

Monday, July 02, 2012

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Winding the clock in the Caledonian Market Clock Tower with Alfie, U, D, Bernard and co.

Chatting with Ja in his back garden

Watching D swim the crawl


Having a haircut with Chris

Wandering around Covent Garden/Seven Dials in the afternoon sun

Watching David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust on BBC4, in particular Mike Garson demoing his piano playing