Friday, January 29, 2016

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

  1. Reading 'Why Sinatra Matters' at Rugoletta - an Italian moment
  2. Watching 'A War' with U on Fri night whilst stroking Ziggy
  3. Drinking tea brought from China (in lovely tins)

Bowie facts

  • Bowie shared a birthday with Elvis (8th Jan)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


U in rabbit fur coat at Burns Night at Cha Cha Cha

Watching The Invention of Lying in breaks (in spite of Ricky Gervais)

Working through proposals etc listening to jazz which is new to me

Saturday, January 23, 2016


The smell of a new paperback - Brooklyn

Listening to Christy Moore while reading

Run at dusk

Monday, January 18, 2016

Berlin trips

1 Redbus 2001?
3 Leipzig - Olympic Stadium 2011
2 Zoo area - Sean
4 Dylan 1/15
5 Noah 1/16

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Punk Jews

  • Lou Reed
  • Joey Ramone
  • Tommy Ramone
  • Jonathan Richman
  • Lenny Kaye
  • Richard Hell
  • Chris Stein
Music Jews:
  • Bob Dylan
  • Carole King
  • Donald Fagen
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Carly Simon
  • Paul Simon
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Neil Diamond
  • Herb Alpert
  • David Guetta
  • Lenny Kravitz

Desert Island Discs 1/16 (Berlin)

1 james Taylor - fire & rain
2 Beatles - lucy in the sky with diamonds
3 carol king - it's too late
4 curtis mayfield - move on up
5 Bob dylan - hurricane
6 nirvana - teen spirit
7 the doors - riders on the storm
8 led Zep - stairway to heaven
Book: odyssey
Luxury: my pillow

1 curtis mayfield - move on up
2 john Martyn - small hours
3 miles Davis - flamenco sketches
4 john Coltrane - a love supreme, part 1
5 van - love in the afternoon
6 the clash - white man
7 marvin gaye - what's going on
8 Frank Sinatra - one for my baby

Book: Ulysses - james joyce
Luxury: pencil & notebooks

Bowie thoughts from Berlin

An earthworm or caterpillar chewing up a rich mix of influencers...

  • Anthony Newley
  • Syd Barrett
  • Lou Reed
  • The Rolling Stones
  • music hall
  • musical theatre
  • drum 'n' bass
  • etc.
...and spitting them out evolved into a sequence of personas (under the constructed name of David Bowie)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quotation on teaching

When one teaches, two learn.
Robert Heinlein


Can it be argued that all literature (perhaps all art) (or most) is about Loneliness? (and/or by extension Connection)

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Reading comic book from Don't Panic (Phonogram) in the back room with the Christmas tree and lights - last night

Afternoon stroll through Pimlico to Tate for 'Artists & Empire'

Luis's potatoes fresh from the allotments


Reading 'After The Crash' in the garden at lunchtime in the winter sun

Watching 'Mommy' late at night

Watching first rough cuts of 'Young Swingers'

Artist & Empire (Tate Britain)

Benjamin West - death of Gen Wolfe 1779
Injun with tats

The spiritual form of Nelson 1805-9
Unique palette
Cf Indian circular paintings

Henry oNeill
Eastward ho
Photograph-like cropping
Original composition - corner triangles

Home again 1859
Original spiral composition

Allan Stewart
To the memory of brave men (shangani) 1897
A presence out in the forest

George Joy
Death of Gen Gordon
Half-half composition
Upward power view but with upper figure smaller/vulnerable

Thomas Barker
The secret of England's greatness
Dramatic lighting
Beautiful black skin

Kainaiwa artist
War bonnet
Eagle feathers
Belonged to Buchan
From Shot-on-both-Sides chief
See Karsh photo from NPG Scot
Memory Hold the Door autobiog

Hew Locke
Edward Colston & Edmund Burke from Restoration 2006
Photos plus mixed media eg trade beads
Solution to Rhodes debate

Sunday, January 03, 2016

New Year's Eve's Happiness Experiment entry

Chilling our way to the new year with N in the Christmassy back room & watching Black Mass

Walk & talk with Bill Thompson from Camden Town to Kings Cross along the canal

Reading The Four Quartets by the canal at Kings Cross

New Year's Day's Happiness Experiment entry

Morning long jog to start the year

Walk around The Case is Altered through Bentley Priory (Battle of Britain) and past Grims Dyke with U N D & Joan

Watching Sherlock en famille

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

A very moist Sarries v Leicester with N with a visit after to Syd's box

Working with N on his first Advertising essay

Breakfast chat in South End Green with JRT

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Late Sunday lunch a quatre at the Clissold Arms to round off the holidays

Jog in the rain listening to Inheritance Tracks

Playing the maracas at Danny's 50th birthday jazz band party