Saturday, November 25, 2017

Recent Happiness Experiment

Thurs 23

Watching the clouds blow over against an azure sky (in back garden)

Writing up Cycle of Life proposal - thought up on walk down to bus stop

Deep talk with D

Fri 24

Driving through London at night listening to Any Questions

Lunch with N at Amici including chat with Maurizio

Finishing Reaction Time proposal to round off a productive work week

Friday, November 10, 2017

Happiness Experiment - York

Wed 8

Choral Evensong at York Minster - intercessionary (?) prayers for cathedral visitors

The driving enthusiasm of the Hyde Family Jam busking near The Shambles

Acquiring Osbourne's The Entertainer hardback at Minster Gate second-hand bookshop

Thurs 9

Watching docs at closed Yorkshire Museum at night at Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Evensong at York Minster from the wooden seats by the bossman

Reading in the late afternoon sun outside the Minster - Paper Towns

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Belfast


Porsche Boxter ride into the city

Early morning working in quiet as sun rose

Meeting with Richard Williams in cafe - long time connection with NIS


Docklands LR to City Airport in sunshine with glimpses of water

Showing Emma-R Proxy fine cut at her & Jonathan's place

Mentoring sesh with Roger at Carluccios St P

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Helsinki - Happiness Experiment

Sun 24/9/17 Helsinki - by the sea

Reading Paper Towns by the sparking sea

Working outside at a cafe by the sea with Ritva

Walking back to the hotel through the autumnal city listening to Van's Healing Game on my red ipod

Sat 23/9 Helsinki - on an island

Working in a room in the barracks building on the fortress island, working through from first principles

Walking round the island in the sunshine

Walking through the evening city guided by Ritva to the fine restaurant - cauliflower soup, pepper steak, berry granita

Fri 22/9 Helsinki - YLE

Watching A Date for Mad Mary on my hotel bed

Working on a big whiteboard at YLE working out strategy

Evening walk through docks to beach, listening to Brilliant Trees on way back

Thurs 21/9 - RCA

Spacious hotel room in Albertskatu overlooking the Alexander theatre

Teaching digital creativity at RCA Garden House

Lunch outdoors with Neville B

Friday, September 01, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna


Terra Mater

Watching The Ivory Game at Terra Mater's villa

Dinner in gast garten with Doc Campus folk

Walk up from Hietzing to ORF in morning sun

The Third Man - Burg Kino

Watching The Third Man for first time in years in cinema in situ - followed directly by view of the Riesenrad

Walk in hot morning sunshine to Schiele's studio and death place down Hietzinger Hauptstrasse (then up to ORF)

Talking to Jon on the birth of his son from Viennese bus

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna


Vienna - Ferris Wheel, Prater; Walking tour of Jewish Vienna 1st

Doing Harry Lime on Wiener Riesenrad - EFA approved

Walking tour of Jewish Vienna culminating in Rachel Whiteread's bunker-library memorial

Evening drink in beer garden with Tom from ORF



Finding and having exclusive time in Schiele's cell - contrast to 1984 - window glimpse

Visiting Schiele & Wally's neighbourhood outside of town in summer afternoon sun

Taking pride in the Kindertransport memorial in Westbahnhof thanking the British

Monday, August 28, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna


Schiele pilgrimage to Tulln - with triple coincidence - see SP4

Dinner with Daniel Karslake in Hietzing (where Schiele's studio was)

Reading Barbara Trapido Hornplayer with feet dangling in Danube under a lowering sky at 34 degrees (following snooze on a park bench listening to river sounds)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Vienna


LHR to Vienna
Half-circuit boat tour Danube/Danube Canal
Banks to Donaukanal

  • seeing The third Man ferris wheel whilst walking across town
  • boat ride along the Danube and round the Canal, with a posse of Rhinemaidens on a hen-do
  • sundown by the banks of the Donaukanal, reading Atomic Blonde and drinking spritzer & coffee

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Ireland

Carlingford via Ballymascanlon to Rush

Water colour painting of Carlingford from far pier

Rainy walk with kids to far pier via Murphy's railway cottage (about to be changed)

Walk along base of Slieve Foy with U via Abbey

Dublin (Mairin & Joe's)

Finding fossil for Des on Walk around Rush shore from harbour to our beach without path with Enfants Terribles

Rush pub with N to watch Gaelic match over coffee & red lemonade

Dinner near Joyce's house in N Dublin with Joe, Mairin & girls


Listening to S Town en famille

Getting Fish Fight job outside Italian in Chester

Entering home to see Ziggy

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Ireland



Painting Carlingford Lough from Rostrevor

The lanes and cottages around the Rostrevor Inn eg Water Street

Going to the cinema in Newry with D & N - Baby Driver

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Ireland


Church Hill
Gartan - Glebe House

Dinner with Seth & Deirdre in the Rostrevor Inn including live music from Dermot McQuaid who played May You Never & Whiskey in the Jar for me

The John Craxton in Derek Hill's house

Doing a watercolour of the view from The Rappa

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Happiness experiment entry - Donegal


Church Hill
Narin - beach
Glenties - Paul Moore
Ardara - Tony Gallagher

Drawing seascape on Narin beach

Having tour of Paul Moore's empty Connie building in Glenties main street

Chatting with Tony Gallagher in Nancy's, Ardara

Happiness Experiment entry - Donegal

Tues 1st August

Church Hill
Ards Forest Park - Meabh, Des & Elizabeth
Glen - Glen Restaurant/pub

Chatting deep with the kids on the beach - D, N, Meabh
The wild flowers along the beach path - Ards Forest Park
The steak at the Glen - best in years (from Limmerick)

Wed 2nd

Church Hill
Ramelton - Roy Greenslade
Kilmacrenan - Coffee Time
Letterkenny - Speer's
Rathmullan beach

Sneaky peak into Roy Greenslade's 18C home & library
Buying a soft cotton granddad shirt at Speer's old clothes shop
Walking & writing on the beach at Rathmullan

Monday, July 31, 2017

Happiness Experiment - Donegal

Sun 30 July

Glenveagh - head of the glen down to the lake

The double bass player playing at the Bridge Bar, Ramelton after dinner & drinks with Anita & Don

The wonderful walk down from the head of the glen to Glenveagh House

Driving home in the rain from Ramelton listening to Serial

Mon 31st July

Falcarragh - Dee & Seamus
Killahoey beach
Wild Atlantic Way
Horn Head

Watching the Enfants Terribles swimming at Killahoey while reading my book

The liquid amber birch in Seamus' garden

Looking down over the beach and coast towards Bunbeg - over wild fuchsias

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry - Ireland, Donegal

Sat 29 Aug - Church Hill, Donegal

Church Hill
Glebe Gallery

Playing table tennis with D

A Camden Town Auerbach in the Space exhibition at Glebe Gallery in the middle of Donegal

Watching The Verdict en famille from The Rappa's film collection

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ireland Summer 2017: Recent Happiness Experiment entries

Thurs 28 July

Playing chess with D in new space in National Gallery of Ireland

Hanging with Meabh, D & N in the Photography Gallery, Temple Bar

Watching Young Offenders with the De Burcas - Sean, Meabh & Orla

Dublin - National Gallery, Trinity, Hapenny Bridge, Temple Bar

Fri 29 July

Being welcomed to The Rappa, Church Hill, Donegal

Meditating on the beach at Rush during my run

Dinner conversation en famille at Larkins, Newmills

Church Hill, Donegal

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ireland Summer 2017 - Yesterday's Happiness Experiment

Wed 26/8/17 Chester to Dublin/Rush

Long walk along Rush beach at sunset with Des, Dylan, Noah - very low tide, Lambay Island looking magnificent

Lunch outdoors on deck at Dylan's overlooking Menai Straits - at Menai Bridge

Listening to Serial in the car en famille as we drove across North Wales to Anglesey

Chester to Menai Bridge (via Colwyn Bay)
to Holyhead
to Dublin Port
to Rush (Elizabeth & Des)

Sunday, July 09, 2017

U2 Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour (Twickenham)

(Whole of the Moon)

Sunday Bloody Sunday*
New Years Day
Bad (with "Heroes" and "Where Are We Now?" snippet)

Joshua Tree LP
With or Without You**

The Joshua Tree

Where the Streets Have No Name (with "All You Need Is Love" snippet)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

With or Without You**

Bullet the Blue Sky

Running to Stand Still

Red Hill Mining Town

In God's Country

Trip Through Your Wires (with "Love Me Do" snippet)

One Tree Hill


Mothers of the Disappeared

Miss Sarajevo (Passengers cover)

Beautiful Day (with "Starman" snippet)
Vertigo (with "Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio?" and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" snippet) (Uno Dos Tres)

(Love works in) Mysterious Ways (with "Miss You" snippet) (women icons song)

Ultraviolet (Light My Way) (Syria song)


Brian Eno
Vanessa Redgrave
Stella McCartney

My U2:

  • Live Aid (1985)
  • Twickenham (Vertigo?)
  • This

"Fans attending The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 night two in Twickenham enjoyed a slightly different set from last night. There were more than 10 different songs snippets featuring band favorites David Bowie, the Beatles, the Ramones, and the Rolling Stones.  Both Stella and Mary McCartney were given shoutouts from Bono, which explains why there were so many Beatles snippets.
"Mysterious Ways" made its European leg tour debut as another female fan was brought onstage during the song.  
During "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," Bono praised Alice Wroe for the HERStory project. Ahead of "One Tree Hill," Bono remembered both Greg Carroll and actress Natasha Richardson, acknowledging that her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, was in the audience. Bono also thanked "on behalf of the entire nation" Brian Eno: "Let me say this off script: There wouldn't be side 2, and there wouldn't be a side 1 if it weren't for Brian Eno, who's here tonight.

Bono dedicated the show to the people of London and to the heroes of the London Fire Brigade. He also thanked his cousin, AJ Rankin, for being one of his heroes as he "always has my back.

The next show is in Berlin on Wednesday."

Sat 8th:

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Star Spots No. 221


Michael Grade - outside House of Lords

Robert Winston - Embankment tube platform

Monday, June 12, 2017

Happiness Experiment entries - Sheffield

12/6/17 Mon

Reading 'After the Fall' on the train in 1st class

Helping interactive documentary makers at MeetMarket Sheffield DocFest

Watching one of the few good VR/360 programmes I have seen - about Rode, a Melbourne street artist

11/6/17 Sun

Discussion about You have no idea how much I love you with Amir Bar-Lev & Molly after the screening

Planning a doc with Yony L

Dinner at Piccolino with Andy, Alex, Alison & Charlotte plus encounter with Bill

10/6/17 Sat

Met Walter Murch

Annual dinner with Ritva at Piccolino

Breakfast with Daniel & DocCampus folk

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Helsinki - Happiness Experiment

2/6/17 Fri

Coast walk from Ritva's market building to main port market building in Friday evening sun ☀️ with N

Happiness & appreciation at end of Short & Sweet Programme 1 at YLE

Seeing classic American cars cruising near the port in the evening sun of 2nd day of Finnish summer

Dinner at the Green Vault in Kallio including lamb tartar

Wandering around Kallio in evening sun with N

Cafe chat with N outside Kallio cafe/hairdresser watching the world 🌎 go by

Trip out to Lonna island 🌴 in evening sun with N

Exquisite meal both outside & in including white fish

Watching participants near finished films including Long Live the Porn King and What is the essence of stand-up? (with my guard scene)

Walking through Helsinki with N round lake in evening

Reading Before the Fall on a plane ✈️

Sharing my hotel room with N

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Star Spot No. 287

Charles Dance - Renoir Cinema, Brunswick Square (now Curzon Bloomsbury) 3/5/17 at launch of Sheffield DocFest with Daisy Asquith & Alex H

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happiness Experiment Entries - Finland


Reading 'My Promised Land'

A late afternoon walk through Helsinki in the cool Spring sunshine to meet Noora - the ship building, the post office, the station, all under an azure sky

Bumping into Andrew Missingham by chance at the airport, coming off the same plane - small world


Teaching (short form video at YLE)

Reading in the park above the port after work

Getting my old dual-time watch fixed at Stockmann

Monday, April 17, 2017

Temps Perdu

Loppylugs record shop, Edgware

mentioned in passing on Radio London this morning

Friday, April 14, 2017

David Hockney - Tate Britain 17/3/17

Artist Surrounded by Artistic Devices 65
republish on SP4

Rubber ring floating in a swimming pool 71
figurative abstract
cf O'Keeffe

my bro is only 17 1962
cf Boty - cut swear word
cf Basquiat
phrases recur in 
3rd love painting 60

we 2 boys together clinging 61
quite chaste

the most beautiful boy in the world 61
bacon influence flesh

1st Marriage 62
use of bare canvas

chair theme
pool theme

boxes like Bacon


Sunbather 64
X water 'devices'

Medical bldg 66
cf Riley
figurative abstract 

cf O'Keeffe - flat on abstract figurative bldg scenes

X water devices
cf OKeeffe palette
X grass (plant?) devices 
just missed absence of people
the core work


American Collectors 68
paired portraits 90 degrees connections or not btwn couples

por of an artist (pool w 2 figs) 72
another pair
a diff 90 degrees
weird mirror reflection 

geldzahler & chris scott 69
90 degrees
X glass devices
 SP4 on devices

isherwood & bachardy 68
90 degrees with head

mr & mrs clark * 70/1
 find cane steel chair loft
X carpet devices
2 45s to make 90
regency roots gainsborough

my parents 77 *
flower pot theme
mirror avatar child between them
Tate has all the great ones
cf his shoes in My Mother Bolton Abbey

cubist photography (composite polaroid)

gregory swimming la 31/3 82
those werent water devices - painted on pool

like a compilation of old london exhibs

Nichols Canyon 80
great palette - original

going up garrowby hill 2000
variable pov with distortion

the 4 seasons, wolfgaye woods 
extension of polaroids

ipad drawings - process captured
ipad to paint - digital to concrete

(from EN)

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happiness Experiment entries - Finland

Monday 27 March

Dinner overlooking sea inlet with Noora in Helsinki

Evening walk through Helsinki in the lowering sun

Watching Inferno movie on the plane to Finland, Hollywood nonsense

Tues 28

Successful three hour lecture to 150 YLE staff, punctuated with cinnamon buns

Dinner with Ritva & Raimo at the art nouveau bank building - including Riesling & fish soup

Meeting about Finland centenary TV dance event with Markkus & Ritva - burst of idea generation

Wed 29

Short Form Video workshop at YLE - starting to engage with the ideas

Lunch with Erko talking docs

Run at sunset along the waterfront (with still frozen sea) to a small island

Thurs 30

Reading Bright, Precious Days on the way home from a bright, precious day

Watching more short form with the workshop

Reuniting with U

Fri 31

Creating more ideas with Distillery

Dinner with the Enfants Terribles at Yalla Yalla

Reading the end of Bright, Precious Days

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Star Spot No. 655

Emma Thompson
Hampstead Heath 12/3/17

Alex Brooker (The Last Leg)
Northern Line 9/3/17

Monday, February 06, 2017

Marble Arch cinema

Odeon Marble Arch (1963)

Disney Cinema
Robin Hood
Terry Thomas - I sssay sire

The Cure in Orange - Tim Pope
Hear My Song - Princess Di

Disney St Martins Lane

Ionic Golders Green

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Happiness Experiment entries 27/12/16 - 3/1/17

Tues 27/12/16

1 Intimate chat with JRT (£0)
2 Country walk with U between Essendon & Newgate Street (£0)
3 Reading Tom Stoppard's Travesties in the garden with water-rock (£0)

1 D's pals round for his 17th (£80)
2 giving D some guitar music (£20)
3 walk to copses & Parliament Hill in the fog en famille (£0)

Thurs 29/12/16

1 Walk in Kenwood in the sunny fogginess (£0)
2 Reading Ali Smith’s ‘Autumn’ in the sunny winter garden (£0)
3 Re-broaching ‘Ulysses’ (£0)

Fri 30/12/16

1 woods walk & talk with Martin - Queens & Highgate Woods (£0)
2 finishing Reasons to Stay Alive (£4)
3 watching Humans 2.0 (£0)


1 Matthew’s friendship and compliments (£0)
2 Ian’s warmth (£0)
3 Reading by the Christmas tree (with music) (£0)

Sun 1/1/17 New Year’s Day 

1 Reading TS Eliot (Murder in the Cathedral & The Waste Land) and listening to his poetry read by Jeremy Irons on Radio 4 (Prufrock & The Waste Land) (£0)
2 Watching Agatha Christie mystery in front of fire with U & N (£0)
3 Cake with rose water made by Annie B (£0)


1 Supporting & being supported by PJE  (£0)
2 Visiting George Michael’s house and floral shrine  (£0)
3 Supporting JRT with Dave P - visiting him in Benedict Cumberbatch’s flat with top-floor cinema  (£0)


1 Reading The Affair outside in the freezing garden & by the Christmas tree
2 watching Titanic documentary
3 writing SQT proposal

I will enjoy my day

Creative Accounting #325

Lalaland / Birdman = soulless Hollywood crap X too clever for own good

Creative Accounting #324

Emma Stone (Lalaland) = Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday) - attractiveness