Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My garden, and how to grow it

Umbrella Plant





Pear Tree


Castor Oil

Honey Suckle



Japanese Maple


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Some of my favourite moments Part 1

It's great the YouTube has all of this material... Obviously, being there, at Glastonbury on a heady mixture of love and cider is the way to do it, but this clip is a nice reminder.

Flaming Lips at Glastonbury 2003 - Breathe


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Design a narrative

Based on previous experience/ reality TV stereotypes, Project Runway Season 11 will go a little like this: 

The west coast cow (or middle America hard-worker): Amanda
The fast sewer who hates working in teams: Benjamin
The experienced hand with good tailoring but little flair: Cindy
The international crazy: Daniel
The stubborn loopy: Emily
The family guy with experience: James
The judge's favourite nice guy: Joseph Aaron
The too good for this competition-er: Kate
The one the gay guys hate then love: Layana
The dark horse: Matthew
The stresshead one who drops out: Michelle
The mother figure: Patricia
The noisy one who gets re-instated after someone drops out: Richard
The one who always makes pants: Samantha
The flaming one: Stanley
The timid one who cries at the Skype chat with partner: Tu

Friday, August 3, 2012

I was reminded of this lovely tv spot, made at the time of the dotcom bubble peak

I think the music was an adaptation of some Eric Satie, especially commissioned. The sums of money to get this onto TV and big cinema screens must have been fairly eye watering. did not live much longer than ad run!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

An old edition of the News of the World

I found a Dec 2008 copy of the News of the World when doing a clear out. Why I kept it, I have no idea, but having a read through of the sports pages is quite illuminating how little the paper got right, though I'm sure it all felt completely on point at the time.

'Phil's just fine for Terry' - Phil Scolari given vote of confidence by John Terry.
"He's a great man, he gets on with everybody"
Phil Scolari sacked on Feb 9, 2009.

'Fab's done good - How Godfather Capello saved England.'
Clearly written before the shambles in South Africa 2010, the Capello index, the sacking of John Terry, reinstating of John Terry despite him leading a players revolt, the sacking of John Terry etc etc...

'I'd love to boss England' - by high flying Hull City manager Phil Brown...
Hull avoid relegation by one point, Brown disgraced as he grows a goatee and sings karaoke.

Carragher: We'll win the league.
Liverpool do not win the league and do not end their 19 years of hurt.

Forget the Ashes... 
Later that year, England win the Ashes

Oh well, farewell News of the World...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Skyscrapers in Croydon

Croydon is clearly going to be the new Manhattan. 
Images taken from the wonderful

1 Lansdowne Road

Cherry Orchard Road Tower

and this is the Skerne Road redevelopment, opposite my current house

Thursday, February 16, 2012