Posts from the “Travel” Category

Standing in the middle of the road on the busy Camden Road at rush hour, taking a photo of the sunset and a van with Camden got in the way!

and a little bit of video from the top deck of the 253 bus too.

SONG OF THE DAY  Madness -One Step Beyond

This photo is really near where I used to be tape op in a recording studio next to where Suggs from Madness used to live, he would come in and borrow sugar. I still see him around, at my gym, having coffee in the cafe near my house…too long ago to go up and say ‘remember me?’ Oh and congratulations to me..this is my 400th post.

The Spoon Carving Workshop was a Triumph!

Yes…Mr. P.  absolutely loved his birthday surprise. I went back to pick him up at the end of his workshop to find Mr P., Mr  A. and  Mr G. all carving away the most beautiful spoons with Barn the Spoon ( read the article by clicking on his name) with the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park out the window.

I have to say I quite fancied doing a bit of spoon carving myself. Mr G. and  Mr A. were both quite experienced carvers, and had their own tools and their spoon carving was rather good, but I can imagine Mr. P. could get good too as it is just the sort of thing he likes do, especially all that whittling..sorry carving. During the day they learned all the health and safety ways of holding all the correct tools, cut the wood outside for the spoon with axe and then did the carving with other interesting tools ( the lovely  Mr G. gave Mr P. a special tool he had hand made, so Mr P. could carry on carving at home…). It is well worth looking at some spoon carving round and about…..( I hear some people biting their arms off..spoon carving! rather eat glass…. each to their own eh?).

We all went and had some food in a Lebanese place in Mile End  called The Orange Room and got the 277 bus back to Highbury and Islington, then managed to leg it up the Holloway Road home just before the Arsenal fans poured out of the Emirates stadium.

Today more people are doing another day of spooning, which is for more experienced carvers. Mr P. is off to his community allotment/garden and I really should do some guitar practice. The roast chicken is in the oven and a couple of mates are popping by to help us eat it on their way home from Hampstead Heath. Wow! it sounds like someone else’s life. Did I step into a shiny magazine just for a moment? Just for a moment, all is calm and  all is bright.  I cannot quite believe it is nearly blinking December and the days are just racing by! It is blue skies and  a peachy little chill outside. Happy Days.

SONG OF THE DAY -Led Zeppelin -Kashmir

Yup every so often I like a bit of old Led, Zep and this is my favourite…crank it up kids. x

Today I want to live somewhere else…….

Sometimes London is  hard work. Especially getting about. You get up and think, how about going to the V&A or Regents Park, or the River  and then you imagine all the people on the tube and the crowds everywhere, and the  loud European students and the  blocks of tourists who don’t know where they are going, standing still at  all the entrances and just by the doors, and the school trips in the museums and at the zoo, so if you are feeling a bit tired, you think, actually I would rather just stay local and have a cuppa in my manor, my village… I’ll go to Holloway instead. I have just started reading a book that a dear friend gave me called….wait for it. The Days and Nights of London Now – As Told by Those Who Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it and Long for it. LONDONERS – by a Canadian Londoner called Craig Taylor (Granta).  The book is full of interviews, I read the first 50 pages yesterday, but am finding it a really inspiring and poignant read. Whether I will be able to sit still long enough to read it all….let’s see.

Today I woke up and felt the need to live in a small community by the sea with a good health food shop, fruit and veg shop, butchers, charity shop, book shop and tea shop.  It usually  happens when I have a little window to think in between working mostly all the time. Ah well. You never know what will be just around the corner if you write what you are thinking , then say aloud what you are writing , then act…..Right oh. Back to the clutter clearing.

SONG OF THE DAY – Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Gulp, little lump in the throat when I hear this song.

Song of the Day – See it in a Boy’s Eyes

First, one last picture from my little visit to France last week. I was on a boat at the time, dancing down the Seine so the angle of the Eiffel tower is great. Such a wonderful structure, with so much history and  is the most visited paid monument on the world.

Now onto my song of the day.  Jamelia co-wrote this with Chris Martin from Coldplay. he sings backing vocals too. See it in a Boy’s Eyes came out in 2004.

I think it is a really well crafted song, and it’s a very classy video. I don’t understand people who make rude remarks about  Chris Martin and Coldplay. They should try writing such good pop songs, and should listen to the words properly too. They are great songwriters. I’d co-write a song with them any day…..

Had a good day yesterday…actually enjoyed doing a bit of ironing and tidied my desk…always a good sign that I am feeling a little more relaxed, and not quite so hormonal. ha ha. The arrangements for next term are going well too, but I dropped a banana down the back of the piano, which is rubbish, as it only has three castors and weighs an absolute ton. So today I shall have to take everything off the top, and then with with great difficulty move it to get the banana out.