10 minute walk from home. No excuses.


Fermentation snip


Nov 24, 2018

Sugar Hill Gang

The Temptations Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Soooul Traaain.

Bob Mortimer

Oct 27, 2018

Ladies and genetleman, if you are feeling a bit down, luxuriate in the baroque madness that is Bob Mortimer.

Would I lie to you?

What must it be like to be Henning Wehn?

London Mastaba

Aug 17, 2018

Ok. So the “Mastaba” is colourful. It is completely out of place, very much “look at me mummy, look, look” art. The shape, the colours, the materials. What on earth have they to do with the location? The Guardian calls it “a floating bath toy”

Guardian review

Now. The accompanying explanatory exhibition is quite interesting. It was policed by a small army of attractive young people. The materials used in the explanatory exhibition were wall posters and old oil drums, so I don’t know how much visible damage a crazed art critic could do if they went at it with a sledge hammer. A mastaba is either an Egyptian bench or burial tomb (think flat topped pyramid). In the exhibition the artist, Christo, had quite a thing about oil barrels. Oil barrels piled on top of each other. Oil barrels blocking streets. Oil barrels wrapped in distressed cloths. Beautiful models and pictures of oil barrels in different locations and configurations. I paid attention. I learned/saw that oil barrels from different companies are variously brightly-coloured, a bit like horse racing jockeys’ silks to distinguish them in a race.

There is a plan to build a four time (?) sized mastaba in the desert of Abu Dhabi. That makes sense. Oil drums, oil state. North African / Egyptian / Middle East location. I see some connections. But. What do brightly-coloured drums in the shape of an Egyptian burial mound have to do with a lake in Hyde Park, London? Oh. It’s to provoke. But of course. Well, I am provoked.

Bike uplift

Aug 1, 2018

The Virago has been running reliably since the new ignition unit and spark plugs were fitted (and the battery terminals secured!) I have decided to spend a bit more money on it and run it as a commuter since it is so cheap to run.

I have sent the seat off to Bradford to be recovered.

I bought a couple of handle bar end mirrors from an EBay seller. I had to cannibalise the old mirror fittings but they look fairly atttactive, if a little vulnerable if the bike falls over.

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The regulations for UK vehicles driving/riding in Europe require (?) a Country-of-origin sticker on the number plate and masking of the head light throw to the left to prevent dazzling drivers of oncoming traffic when driving on the right. I had to cut down the number plate sticker and bought an old-school GB sticker on the back box. Various fiddling, cutting and fixing was required as the box curves a fair bit. Should do the job.

Troubadour Earls Court

Jun 15, 2018

Another evening of creative jazz sax with James Morton.

Car, plane, key, look, car.

James Morton sax player