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