Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Cure - Hammersmith Odeon 21/12/14

Shake dog shake
3 change???
5 (wailing wall)
Japanese walk (visiting time)
Close to you
Let you go (sticky as chips)
Just like heaven *
Pictures of you **
I will always love you
Bass bass
(Miles and miles and miles)
(I hate my mum ) *

Encore 1
(Soldier song)
Charlotte Sometimes *
(The very first time)
The top? (pls come bk)

(Dressed to)
It's never enough

3 imaginary boys*
(Twist and turn)
(Waiting for something to happen)

Love cats
Let's go to bed
Why can't I be you
Boys don't cry **
Hey you yes you

Friday, December 19, 2014

Van Morrison - Nell's Jazz & Blues Club, W. Kensington

Baby please don't go *
I just Want to make love to you
You Don't love me no more
Blue money
Days like this
Magic time
Did ye get healed? **
Think twice before you go
Symphony said
I believe
Moondance (so what/god rest ye merry gentlemen/my funny valentine) *
In my memory (the comedown)
Wherever god Shines his light *
I can't stop loving you
It's too late to stop (walk when I walk) *
Brown eyed girl

Celtic Swing
Higher Than the World

Baby Please Don't Go/Parchment Farm/Don't Start Cryin Now
I just Wanna Make Love To You
You Don't Love Me No More
Blue Money
Days Like This
Magic Time
Did Ye Get Healed
Think Twice Before You Go
I Believe to My Soul
Moondance/My Funny Valentine
In the Midnight
Whenever God Shines His Light
I Can't Stop Loving You
Help Me
Brown Eyed Girl

Dave Keary (Guitar)
Paul Moore (Bass)
Paul Moran (Keyboards)
Bobby Ruggiero (Drums)
Dana Masters (Vocals)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


Man hugs with an uncool half with KG - Futurgasm cast & crew screening

N getting two work experience offers and talking docs at the event

Tats and a hint of naughtiness - Codename One Step Beyond sleeve


A chat about street art and a book gifted

Reading Men Women & Children

1st Christmas lunch of the season - at C4

Sunday, December 07, 2014


Shooting Scattergun with N in Chislehurst, Kent

Watching What We Did On Our Holidays with D

Christmas party at Dan & Stef's in Stoke Newington

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Peter Gabriel - So - Wembley Arena

1 Shock the Monkey
2 This Time You've Gone Too Far *
3 Undergrowth
4 Solisbury Hill (remember that now gone single)
5 Why don't you show yourself? (Mexican film)
6 SO
Don't Give Up *
Mercy St
This is the picture? *
7 Biko (encore)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Star Spot #412

Fenella Fielding (Carry On Screaming) - Mayfair Hotel 29/11/14

Horst - V&A 29.xi.14

Protege of Hoyningen-Huene
Bauhaus under Gropius
"The only real male elegance was English"
Lee Miller

Dali (1943)
Mainbocher Corset 39 ***
A torturous item of clothing
Original & Touched-up
Original better as clothing more artificial


Lisa Fonssageives 39 *
Nude behind veil Louis 14th style
Hand only thing in front of veil plus slit of raw reality down right

Hats by Best Lord Taylor 43 *
Red White Blue triangle
3 women reading papers

Dress by Sally Victor - Muriel Maxwell * 39
Red and white lipstick and sunglasses

Thursday, November 20, 2014


East Finchley Library Users Group's first campaign meeting in Martin school - Polly & I have been campaigning for the library for 10 years now

Meditation in the garden before work

Robert Elms Show - piece on the birth of The Who

Monday, November 03, 2014

Van Morrison opening Nell's Jazz & Blues Club, London W14

Van & 7 players
With Neil T
Front row, 5 feet from the Man

1 Celtic Swing
2 Long Long Long Gone?
3 the new Symphony sid

4 Someone like you
5 Magic Time **
6 Turn Away = who can I turn to

7 veedon fleece song? = In The Midnight
8 Rough God - actor impressions
9 Mose Allison

10 Bo Diddley You don't love me *
11 Baby please Dont Go
12 sometimes we cry

13 John Lee Hooker
14 Streets of Arklow
15 John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillin *

16 brown eyed girl
17 whenever god shines his light
18 Moondance *

19 Somerset (Acker Bilk)
20 Lonely Avenue ***

1h 51m

:Celtic Swing
:Lost John
:The New Symphony Sid
:Someone Like You
:Magic Time
:Who Can I Turn To?
:In The Midnight
:Rough God Goes Riding
:If You Only Knew
:I Can Tell
:Baby Please Don't Go >
Parchman Farm >
Don't Start Crying Now
:Sometimes We Cry
:Think Twice Before You Go
:Streets of Arklow
:Boogie Chillen
:Whenever God Shines His Light
:Brown Eyed Girl
:Moondance >
My Funny Valentine
:Help Me > Stormy Monday >
Night Time Is The Right Time >

Lonely Avenue >
Mansion On The Hill >
Mean Old World

Van Morrison : vocals, saxes, harmonicas, maracas
The Van Morrison Band :
Dave Keary : guitar;
Dana Masters : vocals;
Paul Moran : keyboards, MA;
Paul Moore : electric and double bass;
Bobby Ruggiero: drums, MC;
Alistair White : trombone, tuba;
Chris White : saxophones, flute.

Celtic Swing
Lost John
Symphony Sid
Someone Like You
Magic Time (Dedicated by Van to Mary Bell)
Who Can I Turn To
In the Midnight
Rough God Goes Riding
If You Only Knew
I Can Tel (You Don't Love Me)
Baby Please Don't Go/Parchment Farm/Don't Start Cryin' Now
Sometimes We Cry
Think Twice Before You Go
Streets of Arklow
Boogie Chillin
Whenever God Shines His Light
Brown Eyed Girl
Moondance/Funny Valentine
Somerset (Acker Bilk tribute)
Help Me/Stormy Monday/Lonely Ave/Stormy Monday

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Leipzig Museum der bildenden Kunste

Max Beckmann of Leipzig
Portrait of a Carpet Dealer 46
Blessing hand

SP on green in a green shirt 38/9

Otto Mueller
Liebespaar 1919

Frans Masereel
Bolougne harbour 27
De Chirico

Wife of Artist 22
White stone

De Chirico
Two seated nudes 26
Cf Picasso classical

Lake by Moonlight 1827/8

Graveyard in the Snow 26/7
What lies beyond?

Portrait of Roman woman 1866
Modern classical

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Yesterday's HEE

Going with U to see Ida at the Phoenix

Local Greek en famille (Genco)

Walking to comic drawing course at Institute with D

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tuesday's and Wednesday's Happiness Experiment entry

Wed 17th

Breakfast with Tim Lovejoy at Wolesley

BAFTA sesh with Anna Rafferty

Joan Baez singing House Carpenter (Festival Hall, with Jon & Manu)

Tues 16th - N's 18th, our 19th anniversary

Cocktails and dinner at The Wolesley en famille

N's smile (post-braces)

Having an adult son

Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry

Crit Room with Anna Rafferty at Dome Theatre, Brighton as part of Brighton Digital Festival and Let's Get Real (Culture 24)

Returning to the Beech Hill, Derry the week of our wedding anniversary

Watching the Scottish Independence Referendum most of the night and getting the Union Saved result

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry - Derry

Walking around the walls of Derry, sitting on them, speaking on them - and passing various costumed historical characters (Culture Day)

Jogging around Beech Hill among the WW2 history (Camp One Europe)

Dinner at Browns with 360 degree Productions

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Joan Baez

1 Angelina
2 Flora
3 it's all over now baby blue
4 Jerusalem
5 (house carpenter) the demon lover**
6 joe hill
7 corn bread*
8 house of the rising sun
9 diamonds and rust
10 Imagine
Swing Lo Sweet Chariot
Hills hell
Seven curses

Festival Hall
Jon, Manu

Starspot #366

Andrew Marr
The Wolesley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today's Happiness Experiment entry - birthday special

Jogging listening to David Crosby - bought 1971's If Only I could remember my name as my birthday present to me

A fresh blackberry as first food of the day

A clay pipe from Wexford from D

The new David Mitchell novel from U

Easy Rider and Dennis Hopper photos of the 60s from Ma

Shower with new gel from Burren

Watching first cut of Bez ep 2

Long chat with Steve Moore at Temple

Guided tour of Temple Church by vicar, discussing Magna Carta

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Interviewing Jamie Oliver in his office for When Sparks Fly

Finding loads of old music to download - listening to Michael Franks now

Lunch at 15 - a celebratory sausage

Star Spot #809

Russell Brand cycling along the Regent's Canal at Hackney

Creative Accounting #671 - Jude Law cast as Damon Albarn

Jude Law = Damon Albarn

(Jude top, Damon bottom, if the mike wasn't a giveaway)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Brunch in Upper St with N

Playing Otello with N while listening to records

Visiting book shop with N

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Sorting out my records (recent acquisitions)

Watching Marathon Man with N - discovering the golden age of 70s cinema

Meeting Buddy & Bella for the first time (including an outing to Sunny Hill Park involving eating Israeli food including jachnun)

Creative Accounting #268

Marathon Man = Boys from Brazil + Odessa File

Creative Accounting #267

The Usual Suspects / Inception = complex plot + narrative layers

Creative Accounting #266

The Usual Suspects / True Detective = police office interrogation

Friday, August 22, 2014

HEE Wednesday - to Edinburgh

Writing opening of Jamie Oliver chapter of When Sparks Fly on early morning train to Edinburgh

Views of the Lake District

Listening to BJ Novak of Inglorious Basterds reading his stories at the Edinburgh Fringe with Dan and Steph

YHEE Edinburgh

Honours salad with Compte from Savoie at Honours restaurant with Maverick

MacTaggart lecture and briefing session by David Abraham at Edinburgh TV Festival

Signing off Tattoo Twists eps 5-8

Star Spot #488

Gerry Sadowitz - York Place, Edinburgh

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THEE Naxos


Laughing in the sea with the Enfants Terribles

Playing bouncing water ball with D

Late lunch chat with N

YHEE Naxos


Reading D's Infinity comics

The wind on Pyrgaki beach

Sunset from outside Grotta hotel, enhanced with a coffee

Monday, August 11, 2014

YHEE Plaka

A reggae track at the Yazoo full moon party (by Gobey)

Sunset dip at Plaka in intense golden light

The sea breeze up at Grotta (reading Amos Oz)

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Today's HEE Plaka


Finishing Mitla Pass on the couch overlooking the old city

Fertility rite in Naxos town

Backgammon showdown at sundown in Yazoo vs DG

YHEE North Naxos

Yoghurt, honey and walnuts at Apollonas port at sundown (plus Greek coffee)

Fertility rite at upper Kouros

Crimson sunset on North-West coast on way home

Friday, August 08, 2014

YHEE coastal Naxos

Watching Casablanca outdoors beside the Venetian Castle of Chora

The marble pebbles of the beach in Abram

The seaside tavern on Abram beach

Old Chora

Wednesday's HEE


Playing backgammon with the Enfants Terribles on a stone step in Halki

Reading and drinking coffee under a hundred year old plane tree in Filoti

Walking and talking about deep stuff with the Enfants Terribles through Filoti

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

YHEE Naxos Yazoo

Naxos Old Town

Finishing Foreign Country by Charles Somebody, poolside spy thriller

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on her Right Buttock

Hanging at Yazoo including backgammon with the Enfants Terribles

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

YHEE Naxos

Naxos town

The shade netting of the Yazoo bar, Plaka

Underwater handstands at sunset at Plaka

Laughing off adversity (codename: swordfish) with D

Monday, August 04, 2014

Yesterday's HEE - To Mykonos and Naxos

Dinner en famille by the sea at sunset

The Enfants Terribles asleep on each other on the early morning plane

Greek white buildings

LGW to Mykonos
To Naxos


A Madmen creative ideas development session of some sort

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment Entry

A cappuccino from Maurizio's with N

Watching a video of D performing in Mile End

Meditating in the deckchair in the garden

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Star Spots #255

W/e 18/7/14

David Morrissey
Northern Line from Highgate

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Recording Britain - Sheffield Art Gallery

Kenneth Clark
Pilgrim Trust

John Piper - Tithe barn, gt coxwell
Brooding style - De Chirico

Deller and Alan Kane - Protest House, Cardiff 2001
From Folk Archive project
Size gives it the grandeur of art

What's the enemy? Hitler, change, progress, modernisation, development

Paul Nash
Woods on the Avon shore
Fluid, quick watercolour with his abstract sense

Alan Reynolds
Dorset LS
Klee inspired
Try this style


Richard seddon
Cottages at norton, Derbyshire
Brown and green and pencil

Porter valley Derbyshire *
A good artist
A touch of Nash

Michael Rothenstein
Old cottages Norby
Very accomplished

Photography can do much, but it cannot give us the colour and atmosphere of a scene, the intangible genius loci
Herbert Read 1941

Richard Long
A 6 hour run

A green and pleasant land whose features have been moulded in liberty, whose every winding lane and irregular building is an expression of our national character

H Read 41


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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Today's Happiness Experiment entry - West & East

Watching House of Cards (2013) episode 1 and House of Cards (1990) episode 1 back to back

Walking&talking with U around Red Lion Square/Lamb's Conduit St/Bloomsbury

Graffiti safari around Brick Lane

Creative Accounting #178

House of Cards = Macbeth + Othello

You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.

Starspot #366

Michael Portillo (Short's Gardens WC2) in a candy stripe summer jacket

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The weekend's Happiness Experiment entries


Coffee with Ciara at Lisboa

Record shopping at Honest Jon's

Picking up a 60s copy of a Hemingway novel Across the River in Kensington on 8 mile Canal to River walk


Cross-Isle of Dogs walk with D to a beach overlooking the North Greenwich peninsula

Reading What Was Promised in the garden at dusk

Playing Urban Lion Hunt

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Celebration post-exam lunch with N in garden of Cote, Highgate

Deep illness/cold sleep in the morning

Evening jog and garden read

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Celebration dinner for end of N's exams with N & D discussing N's work experience day at Ogilvy

Listening to dub reggae in the dark, in particular Ranking Dread

Meeting with Alex A and Tim Lovejoy about State

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Yesterday's HEE

Watching a dog catch a frisbee on our evening walk around Kenwood en famille

Writing up Power to the People in conjunction with Mark Stevenson

A solid day's writing and reading work at home

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas & John Newman - Proud Camden

Proud Camden

1 heatwave **
2 many rivers to cross
3 jimmy b * come back jimmy b
4 something
5 dancing in the street

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

D dancing with Michael Franti

Talk about/in front of Seurat's Baigneurs a Asnieres

Reading while listening to LSO rehearsal in Trafalgar Square

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Islington Assembly Hall - with Dylan

1 11:59 and 59 seconds**
2 Closer to You
3 Never Let You Go
4 Forever there for you * (new song - about 15 year old son)
5 All the Freaky People
6 I Love You
7 first song from new album (out in June)
Hey World
bits of It's A Family Affair, Bomb the World

I'm Alive
Life is Better with You
On and on?
Say goodbye?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Starspot #387

Antony Worrall Thompson (Gatwick 28.4.14)

Nick Lowe at Union Chapel, Islington

1 Cruel to Be Kind
2 House for Sale
3 Without Love
Check Out Time
4 I Knew The Bride when she used to rock'n'roll
5 Only a Rose * - with Geraint Watkins (vocals & keyboards)
6 What's so funny about peace love and understanding

Previous: Once or twice at BBC Songwriters' Circle

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Quotation: The Simple Pleasure of Food

I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.

Dodie Smith (born May 3, 1896) best known for I Capture the Castle and The Hundred and One Dalmations

Quotation: fighting a hard battle

Article dated January 1898 in a Boston, Massachusetts periodical, Zion’s Herald (though probably published in England before December 25, 1897):
“IAN MACLAREN,” along with other celebrities, was asked to send a Christmas message to an influential religious weekly in England. He responded by sending the short but striking sentence: “Be pitiful, for every man is fighting a hard battle.” No message is more needed in our days of stress and storm, of selfish striving and merciless competition.
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Today read an article in The Guardian about a new hit economics book, Capital in the 21st century - it's thrust is:

 * Returns to capital are rising faster than economies are growing. The wealthy are getting wealthier while everybody else is struggling. Inequality will widen to the point where it becomes unsustainable – both politically and economically – unless action is taken to redistribute income and wealth.
* rising inequality is killing capitalism
* there are limits to what markets can do

 which gives the 1898 phrase "our days of stress and storm, of selfish striving and merciless competition" particular resonance


A hard day's work on SFV

A good night's sleep

Giving the Enfants Terribles their Tshirts from Toronto

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

YHEE -Toronto

Bumping into John & Andrea by chance at Gatwick straight after their wedding weekend

Meeting the makers of Edwyn Collins doc and Clueless/teen comedy film on taxi into downtown Toronto - correctly guessing the roots of the latter

Reading in the milky afternoon sun in calm oasis that is quad of University of Toronto/Victoria

Monday, April 28, 2014

This weekend's Happiness Experiment entries


Publishing Songlines #7 to relaunch the project, inspired by yesterday's gathering at October Gallery

Listening back to my very young sons' voices on Songlines

Listening to John & Andrea's wedding vows in an ancient chapel in Dode, Kent


A long walk around the North Downs of Kent with U through bluebell woods and country lanes

Reading A Whispered Name on a wet Sunday afternoon by the balcony

Coming home

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Brainstorming around branded short form video with four work colleagues at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury

Watching Gogglebox on Channel 4

Recording two Songlines

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Today's Happiness Experiment - Cambridge

John Craxton's paintings (on first visit to Fitzwilliam for yonks)

Walking around the gardens of Girton

Ploughman's Lunch in The Orchard, Granchester


Creative Accounting #267

Robert Redford + Faye Dunaway (Three Days of the Condor) = Robert Donat + Madeleine Carroll (The 39 Steps)

[yoked together]

Creative Accounting #266

Serpico + Sidney (Lumet) / Three Days of the Condor + Sydney (Pollack) = Who can you Trust?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

John Craxton - Fitzwilliam, Cambridge 12/4/14

Cf Picasso - Antibes period

Miro, Leger

Pastoral for PW 48

Red and Yellow LS 45
Modern palette
50s graphic style

Friend of L Freud
Knew Julian Trevelyan
Peter Watson
Knew Sutherland
Born 22
Friend of Patrick Leigh fermor
Collected by peter pears

Cart Track 42/3
De Chirico

Deeply Greek/Mediterranean

Dark LS: Hydra 60/61
Highly graphical cf Hepworth, Nicholson; St Ives

Margot Fonteyn and John Craxton in Greece, 1951

12/4/14 UB40 - St Albans, Alban Arena

with Una

Getting over the Storm

0 Cherry-O Baby
1 Don't Let It Pass You By **
2 Boomboomshackalacka *
3 One in 10
Here I am (Come & Take Me)
4 Love is all is alright *
Can't help falling in love with you

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Late lunch en plein air at Quai St Pierre

Reading on the beach beside the Palais, beach all to myself

Reading on the beach at the Western end of town en plein soleil

YHEE Cannes

Dinner overlooking the sea at my favourite restaurant in Juan Les Pins

Another jog to Port Gallice at sundown

Interesting short form video insights at MIP Digital Fronts, especially from Vice

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

YHEE Juan Les Pins

Chilled out dinner outdoors in typical S. French restaurant

Finishing Dark Side of the Moon book over laid back salad lunch

Sundown jog to port at East end of Juan

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Dinner at the Bull & Bush with old friends - Richard over from Oakland, JRT, Dan

Very deep orange sunset from the train just outside Bristol

Giving a lecture at the Watershed Bristol for DocFest (Devise to Deliver)

Monday, April 07, 2014


Walking 7.5 miles through parks with U culminating with a selfie atop Primrose Hill

Family dinner in Highgate after the long march

Watching The Conversation with N and U


No number in English has an A til you get to a thousAnd