Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
sounds like : as if someone has just thrown a slice of pineapple at your face from a passing fruit cart.
something to ponder: will they serve pina coladas when we get there?
Thursday, 8 December 2011
ivan lives in colorado with his wife michelle. the man’s a mystic - sign up to the chaikhana poetry mail out and you will concur i'm sure.
listening to: liszt's ‘la campanella’, i keep returning to this piano solo piece. it manages to be delicate and a bit agitated, while also surprisingly serene. i've also been listening to radiohead's ‘creep’.
reading: the yoga tradition by georg fuerstein. and the novel musashi, by eiji yoshikawa. of course, i have a stack (literally) of poetry books all around my desk.
watching: cadfael - a medieval monk solving murders. now why does that feel so cosy?
eating: gluten-free pumpkin pie. well, i would be if there was any left...
loving:the sunny day with snow glistening on the ground. inspires moments of stillness.
loathing: am i loathing anything? i hope not. though i have to admit to a few things i’d like to see changed. do you think we can set the world to rights with a list of 25 items or less?
tired of: ...social institutions that have forgotten what it means to be a human in the world.
bored of: too much is purposeful. it can become a compulsion. i know i'm doing something right when i have moments of boredom in my day.
dreaming of: i used to dream i was fighting zombies. or flying above rooftops at twilight. lately i've been travelling through strange lands, labyrinthine buildings, following vaguely familiar pathways to unknown destinations. every time i think i know my dream landscape well, new, strange vistas open up.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
who: veronica falls
sounds like : a hypnotic invitation to make out, based on meteorological circumstances.
something to ponder: maybe i should get my hep shots before i wear a vial of someone elses blood?
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
reading: john snow's autobiography - he's a bit of a hero and it's a great account of what it's like to be an investigative journalist, which is my dream.
watching: the power of nightmares, a 3 part documentary by adam curtis about the rise of the politics of fear in relation to neo liberalism and radical Islam. a truly illuminating watch.
eating: borek, the spinach and cheese pastries that my amazing local corner shop sells. they're massively addictive!
loving: the amount of suggestions, insights and warmth i've got from the residents of the hosing estate where we've just set up a community centre. i feel really grateful for having a job which allows me to interact with some inspiring people in a meaningful way, and that doesn't involve sitting behind a computer.
loathing: the media's relentlessly negative portrayal of young people and their position in society. if you keep telling them they're the 'lost generation' they'll start to believe it... put some solutions out there instead of telling people how hopeless they are.
tired of: the police popping up at every demo in vast numbers, no matter how peaceful, and using unnecessary force.
bored of: everyone in the public eye talking about how shit everything is (politicians, journalists, media).
scared of: prejudiced, narrow minded, greedy people... especially the ones in parliament and heading up other powerful institutions.
dreaming of: far away places... continually.
Friday, 2 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
well, it's officially half way through the week. and unofficially too, i suppose (i'm not one to stand on ceremony).
so, what's going on here is a new weekly feature we're trying out, in which we have a look at a few things that are getting us through the week. starting from the bag from whence all said objects would be retrieved, right down to the industrial strength, 48 hour deodorant that i would consider keeping in a holster strapped to my thigh, except that i don't need to (that's the whole point of long-wearing deodorant i think - it's a exercise in holster-minimisation).
is any of this stuff in your bag? or are you more of a holster girl? is cleanser actually the best invention in the world? will the fluoro yellow of the cambridge satchel cause actual and lasting damage to my retinas? or will tortoiseshell specs offer adequate protection? answers on a postcard please.
satchel: cambridge satchel company @ mybag.com
leather trousers: gareth pugh @ farfetch.com
chiffon blouse: lipsy @ cargoclothing.com
specs: dsquared2, 01635277299
leather gloves: gantuk.com
scarf: david longshaw at harrods.com
cleanser: eve lom @ beautyexpert.co.uk
deodorant: mitchum @ boots
why we love them: as we listened to them, while reading about the double dip recession (ice-cream anyone?), we thought, yuck, not that again. the link is tenuous, yet we've decided that their ambivalent air might be just what we need to survive yet another finanical fiasco. yay, go team yuck!
Monday, 28 November 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
she goes to guess! ok, so it's the weekend, and it's bloody cold. we know you want to be sitting in bed watching rubbish tv on 4od (shhhh, don't worry 4od, i still love you; it just has to be a secret love).
but might i suggest that in amongst all this tv watching, you trip your pretty self down to guess (162-168 regent street).
why? they're holding a weekend-long event to celebrate the launch of their holiday party and christmas collections, and there are a veritable bevy of treats on offer, including chocolate, manicures, cosmopolitans, hairdressers and stylists on tap. and, best of all, guess are offering 30% off all purchases (no doubt conditions apply, but i don't think they're the sign-your-life-away conditions; just regular conditions).
it runs from 10 til 5 saturday and sunday. personally, i've got my eyes on a pair of fab boots: my head is telling me to exercise restraint, but i fear that my cosmo-addled heart may lure me over to the dark side.
still, at least my nails will look fabulous.
who is she: liz green
sounds like: part folk, part blues, all amazing.
why we love her: experiencing hyperglycaemia as a result of over-exposure to saccharine girlpop? she’s the antidote.
most likely to say: don’t give me none of that medicine for i'll spit it right back out.
not out of place on a: vintage emporium playlist.
something to ponder: the sunday times calls your music “haunting and beautiful”; how do you top that?
Thursday, 24 November 2011
who are they: weezer
sounds like : you're 14 again (provided you were born in the same year as i was). or, more prosaically, everyone's favourite quirky alt-rockers take on the epic last tune, and pass with flying colours.
most likely to say: our lead singer shares his name with a body of water and new york state governor.
not out of place on a: stereo at 3am: the streamers are wilting, and a lone dancer sways out of time, lighter in the air.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
feeling irritable? spiky even? let your jewellery do the talking (so you don't have to) with kirsty doyle's acrux collection.
for those of you who haven't been instantly won over by these ultra-violet delights, don't worry: it won't make you look like the type of person that shops in camden (you know, in those shops? you know the ones we're talking about. with the scary shoes that are made out of soviet-era car tyres).
no - these spikes are made from czech crystal, so you're staying on the pretty side of punk (apologies to messrs vicious and mclaren, who are currently rolling in their graves, but, well, i like pretty things).
wallet feeling extra generous this wednesday? check out the rest of her pieces here.
acrux necklace: 259.00
acrux bracelet: 127.00
who are they: groove armada
sounds like : sunset at your favourite beach: sand between your toes, salt in your eyelashes and the smell of fish and chips with vinegar on your hands. don’t forget to wipe the sand off your feet before your get back in the kingswood, kids.
most likely to say: we are groove armada, we’re fond of sand dunes and salty air (and superstyling).
not out of place on a : ministry chill out compilation you buy during schoolies week in byron bay (c. 2001).
something to ponder : why can’t the weather always be balmy? and where can we get some good fish and chips?
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
we love a bit of snobbery. who doesn't? it's good for the soul, and doesn't involve consuming empty calories.
boys, if you think your nose appears to best advantage in the air at a 45 degree angle, check out dappered's five types of snobs in men's style.
personal preference, or prickishness? you decide.