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 Day2 . Old Aquaintences, Tequila and Busses

SXSW Day2 . Old Aquaintences, Tequila and Busses

So, although I intended to get an early night, I couldn’t get to sleep until 2 am then woke up again at 4 until finally passing out at about 7. I’m not used to insomnia and pulling myself out of bed at 11am was a struggle. I don’t normally get jet lag going back in […]

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 […]

Don’t Call it a Resolution

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in culture, holiday | No Comments
Don’t Call it a Resolution

Aaaah! The fresh feeling of a freshly laundered year was upon us a month ago, and like many folk I had a small stack of hopes, dreams and let’s say, ‘resolutions’ – all racked up ready for the new year. These included most of the usual suspects – getting fitter with some daily exercise, to […]

Cycle of spring

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in bike, holiday | No Comments

I think it was the beginning of March that I eagerly agreed to join 7 of my school friends on a cycle ride from the edge of Holland to Amsterdam and back with a few overnight stops along the way at Utrecht on the way there and Rotterdam,  the way back.  It’s going to be […]