Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Terri Hooley 2

On the Belfast fire-bomber who set himself on fire yesterday night - He'll not be doing that again in a hurry.


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On the Connemara whiskey I bought him: I'll save that for a special occasion ...like when I'm thirsty.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Blasts from the Pasts

Jon King - Gang of Four
Gary Kemp - Spandau Ballet
Malcolm Garrett
Neville Brody
Pat Kane - Hue & Cry
Martyn Ware - Heaven 17
Oisin Lunny

Monday, December 02, 2013


Meeting Kathelin Gray at BAFTA, friend of William Burroughs, with roots in Hippy San Francisco

A visit to Hatchards where I bought Robert Harris' novel about the Dreyfus affair

Finishing The One from The Other by Philip Kerr

Beat Fact #21

In the Bond movie You Only Live Twice (in the Osaka Corporation offices) you see a Burroughs calculating machine - invented by William Burroughs' grandfather

Star Spot #560

Christopher Eccleston 29/11/13 outside Kenwood House

Creative Accounting #644 - Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera = The Clash + Wes Montgomery
(according to Roddy Frame)

Aztec Camera = Nick Lowe + Squeeze
(according to Addy Gee)


Asking questions to Stephen Frears about Philomena (which made me cry - the film not the questioning)

Roddy Frame's yellow-gold Gibson ES-295 'Scotty Moore' guitar at his performance of High Land, Hard Rain at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Reading The One From The Other on the Sunday tube, a Bernie Gunther historical thriller

Sunday, December 01, 2013


Snoozing on Saturday afternoon in the streaming sunlight

Family gathering to light the fourth candle at Elmgate

Sending off for a new passport at the local post office (soon to disappear)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Star Spots #441

Will Self (and dog) - Hampstead Heath

Melvyn Bragg - Festival Hall
Simon Armitage, poet - Festival Hall

Sebastian Faulks, Burlington Arcade

Blackberry-Picking - for Dylan


Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger
Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
We trekked and picked until the cans were full
Until the tinkling bottom had been covered
With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned
Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered
With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard's.
We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn't fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

YHEE - Sturm & Drang

Bringing home Thor and other comics to read with D

The open fire in the upstairs room at the Union Club where I interviewed Mike McCarthy

Getting my haircut on a rainy grey day in Drury Lane

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Simple Pleasures

Beautiful black girls
The British Library central book tower
Japanese women's eyes and faces
Creating things with friends
Books (made of paper)
Creative Thinking

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Leipzigzag - Saturday's HEE

Researching Allen Ginsberg in gardens of St Elisabeth Krankenhaus, Leipzig (where my dad was born)

Walking through Connewitz and other bits of Leipzig on an autumnal Saturday afternoon

Watching documentary pitches at DocFest Leipzig/Discovery Campus

Leipzig - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry (YHEE)

Reading new James Bond novel (Solo by William Boyd) on hotel bed just after dark in Leipzig with John Martyn accompanying after a long walk (cosy)

Reading about Peter Cook by Schiller monument in low autumnal light among trees in fall colours

Chatting to Belgian writer/director and Chicago director (who kindly gave me his Burroughs film)

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Buying underarmour with N

Writing steadily to Santana - with Ziggy on my neck

Blogging about the writing process

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


D asking question of Monsters University director

Alley people watching with D at Yalla Yalla, Soho

Reading new James Bond (Solo) on the Blanket in the autumn sun with Ziggy


Family meeting at the Bees' ground off Camrose Ave, the Hive (Barnet FC)

A quick game of backgammon with Delyana

Writing to my birthday soundtrack

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Creative Accounting #449

Woody Allen x Bananas x Exercise machine product testing = Charlie Chaplin x Modern Times x Eating machine product testing

Monday, September 30, 2013

Woody Allen

Awareness of mortality

Complete control

Sid Caesar - Mel Brooks

Louise Lasser
Diane Keaton

Office exercise machine (product testing) - Bananas : Feeding machine - Modern Times

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Creative Accounting #643 - Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood = Ulysses + The Wasteland + The Goons + Monty Python + Joe Orton

Love of words - Love of language

Creative Accounting #642 - The Big Chill

The Return of the Secaucus Seven => the Big Chill

JT (character)  => JT Lancer (character played by character)
running dog (dialogue reference)  => running dog shoes (prop)

Cucumber interview => Video camera interviews
"Karen & Dick" => Karen & Richard
"If it happens, it happens" => same
Earns "obscene" amounts => same

Monday, September 23, 2013

Starspots #644

Portland Place

Simon Schama
Rachel Johnson
Helena Kennedy
Peter Yorke

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Exploding Content speaking session at IBC focusing on Top of the Pops - watching John Landis' Thriller video for Michael Jackson

Seeing Mirjam Winkelman for lunch after 30 years of friendship - having our photo taken in the rain

Leisurely dinner on 17th floor of Apollo hotel with wine and cheese

THEE Amsterdam to Zaandam

Long bike ride with Adam Dorrell from Lauriergracht to Zaandam crazy hotel

Adam's flattering assessment of me over birthday lunch at YCanteen at NDSB (that I could change the world in some way for the better)

Run in Rembrandtpark in autumn sunshine

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Seeing N & D's 1936 Modern Times plaque in the Phoenix cinema centenary timeline when visiting to watch What Maisie Knew with U

Meeting futurologist Mark Stevenson and talking book writing

Having N's friend Alfie visit

Monday, August 26, 2013

Saturday's HEE

Seeing Freud's couch in the Freud Museum

Fish and chips in the rain under a big umbrella (Rock and Sole, Covent Garden)

Reading Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) and seeing the AC memorial on St Martin's Lane


Walking home from White Hart Lane with N (after a victory) in late afternoon summer sun past old church buildings and other architectural treasures

Listening to a radio show about The Waterboys (Mastertapes with Mike Scott and Steve Wickham) while jogging

Watching The Big Chill

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Last couple of days' HEE

Thurs 1st Aug Utö

Eating fresh raspberries in the woods with U and N

Eating a cinnamon bun with N on the beach at Storsand, Alö

Cycling the length of Utö with N & U

Fri 2

Early morning cycle to Storsand, Alö

Long (by Swedish standards) swim at Storasand, Utö

Vanilla cream bun in the afternoon after no food all day, under the pines at Storasand

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Glasgow singer (Dave, later John Martyn lookalike) singing outside the pub on Uto

Reading Uncut on the train platform

Jogging along the water and meditating on a swing seat

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday's Happiness Experiment Entry

Perfect meal of Toast Skagen and meatballs, mash and berries with U and N in a red, gold and brown restaurant

Now You See It with N and U

Vasa resurfaced ship with N

Monday's Happiness Experiment Entry

Seeing Alex again, with her laugh

Watching a bird feeding its two children with a cherry, at Nytorget

Walking over the Skinnarvitsberget and along the red fence ridge to the art galleries (where the man in docs leaning back over the skatepark edge photo was)

Sunday's Happiness Experiment Entry

Travelling the 4 of us

Swedish Allotments near Zinkensdamm, Sodermalm

Playing cards with D and U

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Italian Saturday lunch with Elke & family at Rugoletta

Finding the JJ Cale song Alan played at our wedding (JJ gone to heaven today)

Watching the lighting of the torch at London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony (1st anniversary)

Getting the band back together - Bruce Springsteen at Wembley 15/6/13 setlist

Bruce Springsteen at Wembley setlist 15/6/13: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

1. Land of Hope and Dreams
2. Jackson Cage
3. Radio Nowhere
4. Save My Love
5. Rosalita
6. This Hard Land
7. Lost in the Flood
8. Wrecking Ball
9. Death to My Hometown
10. Hungry Heart

Darkness on the Edge of Town
11. Badlands
12. Adam Raised a Cain
13. Something in the Night
14. Candy’s Room
15. Racing in the Street
16. The Promised Land
17. Factory
18. Streets of Fire
19. Prove it All Night
20. Darkness on the Edge of Town

21. Shackled and Drawn ***
22. Waitin’ On A Sunny Day
23. The Rising
24. Light of Day
25. Pay Me My Money Down
26. Born to Run
27. Bobby Jean
28. Dancing In The Dark
29. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
30. Twist & Shout
31. Thunder Road (solo acoustic)

with Stu, Serge, Martin & Eddie

Stoned Immaculate - Rolling Stones set list 6 July 2013, Hyde Park


The Rolling Stones returned to Hyde Park, 44 years and 1 day since they played there in 1969. And 4 days after Jason's birthday.

Start Me Up
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Tumbling Dice
All Down The Line (By Request)  *?
Beast Of Burden
Doom And Gloom
Bitch (with Gary Clark Jr)
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women
You Got The Silver (with Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Before They Make Me Run (with Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Miss You
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Gimme Shelter
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Sympathy For The Devil
Brown Sugar
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Voce Choir and members of the London Youth Choir) **
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)

The Rolling Stones 50 & Counting touring band:
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Charlie Watts
Ronnie Wood
Mick Taylor
Darryl Jones
Chuck Leavell
Bobby Keys
Tim Ries
Bernard Fowler
Lisa Fischer
Matt Clifford

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Seeing Bobby Wellins live with Stan Tracey's band on his native Scotland - with Faith

Getting a special back stage view of a Spiegeltent thanks to Spiegeltentlady

Testing whiskies in the Malt Whisky Club in Leith with Fiona from Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Sunday, July 21, 2013

THEE Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival carnival in Princes St Gardens in bright summer sun - old school 99 with Gillian

Evening snooze in high Roxburghe room

Chat above Grassmarket with James from Ballyshannon

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Ziggy coming to sleep on the bed in the early morning

Drinking roobios tea with a splash of cherry cordial

Jogging to East Finchley Westminster Cemetery for first look around

Friday, July 19, 2013


Reading about Ginsberg in garden at dusk with Ziggy

Watching naughty Adam Sandler movie with the Enfants Terribles

Lambs Conduit Street hangout in the sun with Peter & Shelagh

Starspots #288

Michael Gove (restaurant St Peter St)
Simon Mayo (Somethin' Else)
Mark Wallinger

Jamie Oliver (FE@HFR)

Alan Bennett (Primrose Hill, Regent's Park Road)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Eating fresh hummus in Kerem (the Yemenite neighbourhood) with Sandra and Daphna

Hanging out in the fountain-centred circus in front of the old City Hall at the end of Bialek

Talking to documentary-makers in the garden of old City Hall at CoPro15

Sunday, May 26, 2013


The Thames at twilight with U (Mel Rose's wedding) at Tower Bridge

U on foreground, London in background

Text from Cecelia from outside a club about enjoying Asher Lev

Fridays HEE

Chat with Steve Moore in Strutton Ground

Man Ray's c1929 portrait of Lee Miller - Man Ray Portraits exhibition at NPG

Ideas and analysis session with James Rutherford

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Quote: Creativity

I define creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value.
— Ken Robinson

 Creative work in any field often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It's a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines and using metaphors and analogies.

  Ken on Creativity and Education

Monday, May 13, 2013

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Visit to Long Lane Pastures with U & D

Reading Wise Men on the rocking chair bathed in sunlight

Paralympics on Channel 4 beat Olympics on BBC to the Bafta

Friday, May 10, 2013

Hair play

Lunatic Fringe (Liffey St, Dublin)
Klassique Kuts (Rostrevor, Co. Down)
Pro Coif (Friern Barnet)
The Cut Above (Thomas St, Dublin)
Clipper of the Yard (New Scotland Yard, Dacre St)
Headmasters (Bayswater)
Headonist (Milton Keynes)

Art Deco - V&A 16/7/03

Etoile du nord - cassandre 27
ruffian on the stair poster c83
Nord express 27
great watery treatment of steam

Jeune fille en vert - tamara de l c27
(pompidou) interplay of curves (belly) & hard edges (conical breasts)
signature bright red lips
bright cols punctuating grey palate
La belle rafaella 27 (private col london)
scarlet on greys
tight cropping

Mirror w woman's head - franz hagenauer 25 wien
my art deco woman's head screenprint
those bright red lips again

Jeanne paquin - chimere evening gown 25

Albert Gleizes - brooklyn bridge 15
textured cubism - unusual ext subject cf. Delaunay

Demetre chiparus - les girls c30
bronze & ivory chryselephantine
cf hungarian? Deco photo of line of women R-L

Auburn 851 boat tail speedster 35
Gordon miller buehrig
super-charged !!!
Wheel arches 2die4 & that fabulous deco waste of space


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Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery

William Strang - portrait of lady in red hat (vita sackville-west) 1918
Red (hat) + green (blouse) - Passion (picasso)
Very distinctive face

John Lavery - RB Cunninghame Graham 1893
John Buchan - moorland browns

Jacob Epstein - RB Cunninghame Graham 1923 bronze
Windswept hair
Another distinctive visage

Percy Wyndham Lewis - Froanna (the artist's wife) 1937
A different kind of brown palette - red/browen lifted with blue (incl her eyes)
Warmth and intimacy of an interior with only a sliver of daylight yet something cool about her
A superficial modernism

DG Rosetti - Regina Cordium (Alice Wilding) 1866
Use of gold - cf Klimt
Unusual, not conventionally beautiful face (big chin, wide apart eyes)
Mediaeval vibe, courtly romance
Symbolism - flowers, emblems

John Byrne - Self-portrait in Stetson 1989
Kinky Friedman
Cf Stanley Spencer

Constable - Hampstead Heath c1830
St Paul's alone on the distant skyline
North London as open countryside
2/3 sky

Optician's sign - part of John Quinton Pringle display
God's eyes in The Great Gatsby
90 Saltmarket, Glasgow (c1896)
Cf Seurat; Delaunay

Ben Nicholson - Still life 1946-50
Finishing off Picasso's Cubism
Classicism of De Chirico

Edward Baird - Unidentified Aircraft (over montrose) 1942
45% sky - cf Constable
Very original composition - another way of showing its about (off-stage) sky
Townscape cf Schiele
Upturned faces have a certain graceful calm in spite of fear - religious

Lowry - VE day 1945
The right artist for celebration
Memory: VE day 50th anniversary with U in Belfast
Restrained pallette cf Bridget Riley's egyptian paintings
Fades to white in bg

Ossip Zadkine - The Music Group 1926 bronze
Bought from the Exhibition of Jewish Artists 1943 - what and where was that?
Cf Picasso - Demoiselles d'Avignon - mask-like faces: Man Ray - portrait of woman with mask

Craigie Aitchison - Wayney Dead 2 1986
Cf Klee - universal simplicity
Honesty/loyalty of animal's mourning
Flower symbolism cf Rossetti - this is a universal flower of no particular kind



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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Friday's Happiness Experiment entry

Booking gig tickets for N (Wizz Khalifa)

Eating tuna and lime with Des

Walking up Savages Lane and along the mountain lane in the dark with U

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Coming down through Queen Meabh's Gap down to the famine village - Eileen's birthday walk

Chatting to Maura about my prospective book

Violet hour along Carlingford Lough (from the yacht club)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wednesday's Happiness Experiment entry

The trapeze woman rising and falling in the snow at Bianco, the circus show at The Roundhouse with Meabh, Rob and Noah

Rum'n'raisin from Marine Ices

Reading The Sun Also Rises on the terrace out back of Horseferry

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Chatting on the terrace out back of Horseferry with Katie Boyd (working on HealthFreaks)

Finishing the day's work in the back garden in the Spring sunshine

Attending the launch of Nesta's Creative Industries report and chatting with that circle of colleagues from Anthony L to David Puttnam to Richard from BFI

Monday, April 22, 2013

Saturday's Happiness Experiment entry

Breaking out The Rug for the first time this year for a snooze in the sun

Extended jog past lower part of the cemetery

Dropping the Enfants Terribles at various North London places

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Green fallafel at Palestinian restaurant on Golborne Road with the Enfants Terribles

Meabh's birthday with Ciara, Kelsey and Rob at Trellick

Reading Mr Standfast in the garden on The Rug

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dexys - Soar 3

Soar show
Duke of Yorks, St Martins Lane
with Peter Curran

All of Soar
Youre Incapable of Love ***
John Joe **

1 don't stand me down
2 Geno (mex)
3 I Love You
4 (?Until I Believe In My Soul - Trombone)
5 Light Turns Green *
6 Fire

7 So Secure/bad habit
8 Tell Me What She's Like

1st Empire Shepherds Bush 2012
2nd Corn Exchange Cambridge 11/9/12
3rd this 15/4/13

Madeleine Hyland
No Mick Talbot
Dave Rough? - drums
Big Jim
Lucy Fiddle

1. Now 

 2. Lost 

 3. Me 

 4. She Got a Wiggle 

 5. You 

 6. I'm Thinking Of You 

 7. I'm Always Going To Love You 

 8. Incapable Of Love
 9. Nowhere Is Home 

 10. Free 

 11. It's OK John Joe
 12. Free (reprise) 

 13. The Waltz 

 14. Geno 

 15. I Love You (Listen To This) 

 16. Until I Believe In My Soul 

 17. 'Burning' skit part 1 

 18. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green 

 19. 'Burning' skit part 2 

 20. Until I Believe In My Soul (reprise) 

 21. Liars A To E 

 22. This Is What She's Like

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Property Scandal scandal - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Drowning sorrows with George, Kirsty, Rebecca, Guy 9/11 and Charlotte including Carlton Tequila

The Great British Property Scandal talk at MIP TV well received with spontaneous applause after video

Seafoodfest at lunchtime with the The Great British Property Scandal crew

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Cannes Do - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading Waugh's Decline and Fall on the beach at Cannes in the Spring sunshine

Slow dinner by the sea in Juan Les Pins, with the spirit of Nat and Dora Gee

Night walk along the beach at Juan and round the jardin public

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Chris Ashton's try in Sarries victory over Ulster at Twickenham

A warm reunion hug from Paul Gilpin on the streets of Twickenham

Taking N to Gaelic in Montrose Park in the first sun of Spring

Friday, March 29, 2013

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching Killing Them Softly with the Enfants Terribles - the car killing beautifully shot

The view from our room - Mariners Quay - the last of the sun on the cliff

Joining in Mastermind

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Looking at the View

Tate Britian

Philip Wilson Steer - The Bridge (1887/8)
Cf Munch - fence and water and figures
Scandinavian/Norh Sea palette

John Nash - The Cornfield 1918
Abstraction of landscape

John Brett 1831-1902
The British Channel seen from the Dorsetshire cliffs 1871
Amamzingly fresh and modern looking
Luminous pointillism
Cf his Florence from Bellosguardo - Preraphaelite luminescence, Holman Hunt

Tristam Hillier 1905-83
La Route des Alpes 1937
Neue Sachlichkeit + De Chirico
Bold use of red (pylon)

Paul Graham
Roundabout, Anderstown, Belfast 1984
Full of telling detail in all planes

Union Jack flag in tree, Co. Tyrone
Powerful use of colour and composition (centred on tiny flag)

Richard Long
The Crossing Place of Road and River...
Fabulous minimalism

Graham Sutherland
Welsh Landscape with roads 1936
Cf miro, ernst, chirico

Patrick Caulfield
After Lunch 75
Brilliant use of photographic for impact

Henry Lamb
Lytton Strachey 14
Brown palette
Languid pose

Julian Opie
Radio Wind Tyres 2000
Cf Caulfield

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sinead's Blessings - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Sinead O'Connor, in the absence of a sample and drumbeat, being forced to sing VIP acapella at the Barby

Getting recognition for transforming Quotables into a primetime series

Giving my annual talk out at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield

Sinead O'Connor - Barbican 27/3/13

1 Queen of Denmark
2 Pink Dress
3 Emperor's New Clothes
4 Junkie monkey
5 JackieO
6. Jesus - batteries - hallowed ground
7 Mother (of three)
8 Stretched on this grave
9 Nothing Compares 2U
10 Universe inside of me
11 Thank You
12 My Love acapella trio
13 Fire in Babylon *
14 The Last Day of our acquaintance
15 VIP acapella out of necessity **
16 Vineyard
17 Glory of Jah
18 Word of Jah (her favourite song)

Barbican Irish Festival
Cambridge Corn Exchange
The Forum, Kentish Town
Empire Shepherds Bush sly and robbie
St James's Church Hackney
Pigalle Club
Barbican this evening

Father & Son - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Going into battle for N against The System (PPS)

A philosophical lunch with N

Listening to Julie Burchill chosing Hatikvah on Desert Island Discs

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Creative Accounting #455 - Hitch

The Lady Vanishes + 1938 X Miss Froy's tune / Margaret Lockwood + Michael Redgrave = The 39 Steps  + 1935 X Mr Memory's act / Madeleine Carroll + Robert Donat

Creative Accounting #454

The Lady Vanishes X Hitchcock / 1938 = Uncommon Danger X Ambler / 1937

Modern Times - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Laughing with D Charlie Wilf at Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times at the Festival Hall accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Carl Davis

A bottle of Zeppelin wine acquired during a meeting at Mint about bringing a physical aspect to a multiplatform TV series

Seeing the Broadcast article based on the round table about multiplatform and being singled out by quote and Tshirt

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Big Fella - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Doing family tree stuff and chatting with Chloe Moss

D's laugh - watching a crap comedy

N getting an A* for his Michael Collins story

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cairlinn - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Breakfast in Dan's cafe

Was It Something I Said formerly known as Quotalicious got the green light

Seeing nephews&nieces

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Carrying Margaret Murphy's coffin with Eoin and other family, arms linked

Chatting to Cecilia about family history on the Irish side at McKevitt's

Watching Dan and Elizabeth-Ann rehearsing The Importance of Being Earnest

To The Old Country - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Walking the piers of Carlingford at sunset with the Enfants Terribles in memory of Margaret Murphy

Talking deep with D at the wake

The light contrast as the afternoon sun caught only the higher, snow-covered peaks of the Mournes

Friday, March 08, 2013

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching the skills and vision of Scott Parker as Spurs took apart Inter Milan 3-0 at the Lane, accompanied by N

Heart to Heart with N in the car and walking along

Dropping D to his dyslexia tutor and planning his route home

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Starspots #398

4/3/13 Natural History Museum
Ed Balls
Robert Peston, chat about Speakers for Schools
George Aligyah, chat about East Finchley

3/3/13 Allianz Park, new home of Saracens
Schalk Brits
Neil de Kock
Chris Wyles

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Creative Accounting #445

Platoon / Nam = Lord of the Flies / Korea

Chris = Ralph
Elias = Simon
Barnes = Jack
Gardner = Piggy
Notice reference to "the Beast needs feeding"

Wednesday's Happiness Experiment entry

Remembering Steve Simmons with Stu

Seeing first cut of Was It Something I Said pilot

Starting family tree on MyHeritage

Tuesday's (26th) Happiness Experiment entry

Holding a London 2012 Gold Medal (Peter Wilson's)

Chatting to Konnie Huq about Black Mirrory stuff

Prepping sixth form interview with N

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Starspots #776

Mary Portas - 124 Horseferry Road (music chat)

Konnie Huq - Ivy (geek chat)

Peter Wilson - Ivy (guns & Olympics chat)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Promised Land - Sunday's Happiness Experiment entry

Running around the moshav on my usual route by the Taninim river

Reading My Life on the terrace and walking around the moshav

Chatting to Cecelia with U and the Enfants Terribles


Bet Hananya
Ben Gurion

The Promised Land - Saturday's Happiness Experiment entry

Graffitied old wrecked house in Jaffa with Sandra and Daphna

Noam's animation studio in Jaffa with preview of his old Tel Aviv film

Catching up with Jaffa, Itzik and family in Petach Tikva


Petach Tikvah
Beit Hananya

The Promised Land - Friday's Happiness Experiment entry

Chatting to Danny the beer&pizza man at Ein Hod with Liam, N, D & U

Reading on the ruined pier at Caesaria at sundown

Watching Michael Mann's Ali


Bet Hananya
Ein Hod

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Promised Land - Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry

Chatting with Adam Zuabi and D over tea at the house

Lunching at the port in Caesaria with Adam and U

Watching Bridesmaids accompanied by D's laugh


Bet Hananya

The Promised Land - Wednesday's Happiness Experiment entry

Long slow lunch with U at the port in Caesaria, waited upon by a half-Morrocan, half-Russian beauty with black hair and green eyes

Dancing at Aidan's barmitzvah to C2C's Down the Road with the hard core of the two families

Enjoying the ancient tranquility of the Coral Palace at Caesaria on the beach below by the dyeing pool


Bet Hananya
Kibbutz just south of Caesaria

The Promised Land - Tuesday's Happiness Experiment entry

Encounter with a man and woman who were singing Bgalil Tel Chai(?) At sunset by the Roaring Lion monument to Joseph Trumpledor

Encounter with a hippy chick on the path above the waterfall south of Metulla, talking about birds, flowers and life at the outpost

The outpost vibe of Metulla main street and environs


Kfar Szold
Waterfalls just south of Metulla
Tel Chai memorial
Bet Hananya

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Promised Land - Monday's Happiness Experiment entry

Massive population of cranes visiting the Hula valley

Views of Sea of Galilee - aquamarine against aquamarine hills (from West shore)

Arriving at the Hammat Gader hot mineral baths in late afternoon sun after rain under a triple rainbow

Kfar Szold
Hula nature reserve
Rosh Pina
Hammat Gader

The Promised Land - Sunday's Happiness Experiment entry

One of my all-time best coffees at Abud Adham in Kfar Yasif - we were in search of hummus

Settling in to kibbutz Kfar Szold near Kiryat Shemona

A meaty feast at Doris Katzarim with Doris and Noris in Rosh Pina


Bet Chananya
Kfar Yasif
Kfar Szold
Rosh Pina

The Promised Land - Saturday's Happiness Experiment entry

Running along the Tannanim stream listening to Soul Music about You've Got a Friend

Eating Yemeni dough rolls with tomato with the O'Vadiahs

A trip up to the spy heroine (Abramson of the Nisi) in Zikron Jakov

(Benyamina) [fri night]
Bet Chananya
Zikron Jakov

The Promised Land - Friday's Happiness Experiment entry

Walking down the stone ramp en famille at Ben Gurion

Eating meat soup at Bet Chananya with the O'Vadiahs

Being inspired to write (about Skrik) by The Great Gatsby


London Luton to Ben Gurion Tel Aviv
Bet Chananya

Friday, February 15, 2013

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Eating with U beneath the marble of No. 8 Northumberland Avenue (Boyds)

Starting The Great Gatsby for the 2nd time (28 years on)

Watching a play based on The Sun Also Rises

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Checking out Joe Orton's flat

Listening to Any Questions while driving around London

Channel 4 won Rio 2016 Paralympics

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Chatting with Katie Boyd over lunch

Going to Clerkenwell through jerusalem Passage (for Broadcast roundtable interview)

Reading O Jerusalem Sherlock Holmes (non-Conan Doyle) story set in Holy Land

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Fwd: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Rebecca / Suspicion - murderer in the house

Begin forwarded message:

From: Adam Gee <adam@arkangel.co.uk>
Date: 3 February 2013 21:03:16 GMT
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Subject: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Joseph Cotten - Orson Wells - Touch of Evil -Psycho
Staircase - SoaD / Psycho

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Joseph Cotten - Orson Wells - Touch of Evil -Psycho
Staircase - SoaD / Psycho

Sunday, January 27, 2013

NYC 4 - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Catching the last rays at Liberty Landing with a view of Statue of Liberty

Breakfast at a diner reading Hitchcock's Blonde - Star at 18th

Walking up and down the Highline in winter sunshine

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing the 5th Skrik (Munch) at Moma and comparing it to Starry Night

Photographing travellers at Grand Central

Getting angles on the Empire State and Chrysler buildings

Creative Accounting #311

Highline / NYC = Parkland Walk + canals / London

Creative Accounting #328

Skrik / anxiety X swirls = Starry Night / wonder X swirls

NYC2 - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

The cute waitress in the vest at the Coffee Shop, Union Square

Hitting the treadmill NYC style

Browsing in Barnes & Noble - an endangered pleasure

Saturday, January 26, 2013

New York 1 - Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry

First visit to the Highline (southern end)

Diner breakfast over the NY Times near Chelsea

Picking up the Impact Media Award: Best Digital Program on behalf of the Live from the Clinic team

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Tues 22nd

Arts Council gathering with Anthony

Tour of RCA by Neville Brody post Big Art Mob meeting

N getting A* in his Antony & Cleopatra exam - getting the news from him by phone on the bus

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The green Parrots on the Run in the tree beside the eucalyptus

Listening to George Benson (Tenderly) pissed on red wine on the plane to New York - first time there since Nov 07

Getting emails about everyday stuff from N - and leaving articles for D on his bed

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Weekend's Happiness Experiment entry


Watching 'It' (1927) with Clara Bow at the Phoenix introduced by Kevin Brownlow and accompanied by Stephen Horne

Sunday afternoon purchase at Black Gull - Hitchcock's Blonde by John Hamilton

Running easily through St Pancras cemetery


Breakfast with the Enfants Terribles after my run

Going to see Life of Pi with D after reading it together

Chatting to N about rap and music whilst sorting out my CDs

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading Time Out

Listening to In Our Time on The Wasteland

Chatting to Keiichi M about the future

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Watching beginning of Lincoln with D and discussing the politics and history

Chat with John at the garage

SIG for NYC trip

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Annual photographic portrait competition exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

Haircut with Keiko and GQ

JAG's birthday gig at Jazz Caff (Yolanda Brown and Go Jazz) - 30th anniversary of our friendship

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Lunch with N at Rugoletta

Dinner at Leafy's with Bella, Tessa and Bernard

Working side by side with N

Friday, January 04, 2013

Delight quote

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.


No resolution(s) this year - just a focus
on Service
in broad terms
and in the context of relationships

‘His service is perfect freedom’ (from the Book of Common Prayer)
"O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom;"
 ‘Whom to serve is perfect freedom’ (St Augustine)

But I don't mean this in this kind of religious sense - I'm thinking in a more Human or Humanist sense.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

New Year's Happiness Experiment entries

Thurs 3rd Jan 2013
  1. Chips and ketchup on the walk home in the glow of the Christmas lights
  2. Brainstorming sesh with Gill about Photography
  3. Working on analysis of The Space

Wed 2nd 
  1. Long afternoon chat with JRT in dark, rainy Hampstead
  2. Watching Restless with U & N
  3. Reading The Yellow Birds

Tues 1st Jan 2013
  1. Walk along Hertford Union Canal with Alfie & Ella, U & D from Broadway Market to Fish Island
  2. First run of the year
  3. The light at sunset - by Lower Bottom Lock