Festival Essentials

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in culture, festival, Food, holiday, music, photography | No Comments
Festival Essentials

With Glastonbury this weekend, Festival season is officially with us, so I thought I’d put together a quick list of what I feel is my personal survival kit after twenty odd years of making it a summer habit (it started for me with Reading 94′). Now this list will overlap with the countless festival guides […]

Getting Down the Garonne

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Art, culture, Food, holiday, photography | No Comments
Getting Down the Garonne

As an early Summer break, my wife and I thought it would be worth taking a chill week off and visiting France. Despite having traveled to a fair few far flung places, I’d not been to France before, and felt it was high time to dredge up my pigeon language skills and bag a baguette. […]

Summer Learning…

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in festival, Food, holiday, photography, Uncategorized | No Comments
Summer Learning…

What I learnt this summer… The summer is never as long as you think it will be. Shorts are de rigur for hot days spent at a desk. Shorts should not be above the knee, unless you are a Scout or can pull it off (I’ve certainly tried but my pins / buns don’t quite […]

Austin blitz

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in coffee, culture, festival, Food, holiday, music, U*S*A | No Comments
Austin blitz

As an antidote to my previous rambling posts, here’s a quick fire ‘photo story’ of my SXSW / Austin snapshots, all from my phone and not really processed / cropped. WYSIWYG. There’s other pics in my posts, but I might include them all here with captions too. For more considered photos, My Instagram lives here […]

SXSW Day 6. Johnny 2 gigs

SXSW Day 6. Johnny 2 gigs

I got back into the British music embassy a bit later than expected (it’s taking me a lot longer to get places than  I think it should) but just in time to meet a Canadian publicist and Australian design agency director at a speed networking event. 2pm quickly comes around and the venue is packed […]

SXSW Day 5. Late Pancakes, Springs and Welsh Music in a church

SXSW Day 5. Late Pancakes, Springs and Welsh Music in a church

I’m hoping that my body clock and sleeping patterns are so thrown up and sideways right now, that when I get back to the UK, I’ll sleep so well I’ll be right as rain for work Monday morning. Stranger things have happened. Which is how I had a 2pm breakfast (despite waking at 9am) in […]

SXSW Day 4. Mary, Meetings, Cameras, Fans & Tradegy

SXSW Day 4. Mary, Meetings, Cameras, Fans & Tradegy

South by takes over this town, for good and not. It clearly brings an overwhelming focus and celebration of creativity to the town and generates a huge level of excitement and revenue, but also it seems a strain on the area and it’s resources. Initially I couldn’t make it to town for a networking breakfast […]

SXSW day 3. Film, chill and bands (finally)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Art, coffee, culture, Drawing, festival, Food, holiday, music, U*S*A | No Comments
SXSW day 3. Film, chill and bands (finally)

Waking up I promised myself no migas taco for breakfast. So I hopped on the metro rail ( unfortunately not a monorail as I had initially thought) after the ticket machine swallowed up 7dollars of my change and went in search of city treasure thrift. It was underwhelming, so I decided to stop in Cisco’s […]

SXSW Day 1. Acclimatizing

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Art, coffee, culture, Design, Drawing, festival, Food, holiday, music, U*S*A, VJ | No Comments
SXSW Day 1. Acclimatizing

After being woken by a bird (I presume) that sounded like a Guinea pig, and not being able to figure out how to use the coffee machine I headed out to explore the ‘hood. I picked up a coffee and a migas taco and walked west toward downtown via the Blanton museum of art. Housing […]

How to Boil an Egg

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Art, coffee, Food, music | One Comment
How to Boil an Egg

I like eggs. I don’t eat them as often as I like, but my weekend breakfasts certainly have a ellipsoidal shaped space for them. Commonly on Saturdays I’ll go for a fried egg in a croissant for breakfast – sounds odd, but I urge you to try it, an American play on fried egg sandwich, […]

Fresh porcini mushroom pasta recipe

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Food, photography | No Comments
Fresh porcini mushroom pasta recipe

It’s autumn again, and that means the hills and woods are alive with fungus! One of the most sought after cooking mushrooms are Porcini’s, or ‘Ceps’. I first encountered fresh porcini’s last summer while staying near lake Como in Northern Italy, where I ate the most amazing simple dish of mushroom spaghetti , seemingly cooked […]