Monday, 22 December 2008

The lost boy

This kid, had the tattoos done when he was 17. He’s only 18 now. I think he’s in a band too.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Oh well then, I guess that's it.

I used to enjoy popping into Woolies on a Saturday, staring at all the bright plastic colours, just before going to the cafe. Somehow visiting the pound shop, just wont be the same.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Twisted Christmas

I went to see Twisted Christmas at the Barbican, Thursday night.
A cluster of musicians rearranging Christmas classics whilst singing a few festive songs of their own too. Personally I thought some of the musicians missed the point or perhaps they were just crap, other acts were pretty ace. Daniel Knox, stood out for me and this chap Matthew Robins with his Shadow puppet show too.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Big Daddy amigo.

Went to see the Lucha Libre last night at the Roundhouse in Camden. Very, very, entertaining. Midget wrestlers, serious looking wrestlers and transvestite wrestlers all the way from Mexico. Matt Reynolds, El-Gavino and the Skidmore. were in attendance for this big kid day out.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Barkingside Bovril

Popped over to Matt Goddin's, on Saturday. I foolishly joined in on a cocktail spree; I made one too and called it Barkinside Bovril, even though the finished product was blue? I followed this by a platter of fine cheese. Yes, I should know better at my age. Still, it was a good laugh and nice to see some familiar faces.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future

Part 1 : The past. Soho of old.
Met up with the Dailytitlow, James, Laura (that'll be James' missus) and Johnny logic ( not pictured, for some reason). We quaffed a few beers in the Coach and Horses, one of Francis Bacon's old drinking establishments. The place does have character and kind of reminds me of Caravan holidays as a kid; just a little bit pikey, but somehow nice and cosy too.

Part 2 : The present. Soho today.
The Dailytitlow and I, batted on to the Soho House Hotel for a few late tipples. I guess this is the modern, new-age Soho. Private drinking clubs and late night hotel bars. Put it all on the tab and can I get a good wifi connection? Still, it's a pleasant experience, you don't spend ages waiting at the bar and you can always pretty much get a seat. Which is a bonus in London these days.

Part 3 : The future. On my way home.
I love the mosaics at Tottenham Court Road tube station. I remember when they installed them. Mainly because one of them is the Bionic man, and being a small kid at the time, Steve Austin was a hero. Sir Eduardo Paolozzi designed the mosaics and I find that they are very nice to gaze at, especially when you're a bit drunk on the way home. I should imagine millions of people use that station and never knowing that Steve Austin is keeping a safe eye over them. Almost like a modern day Angel if you like.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

I'm the hangman.

Woo yeah! right on! We managed to break an all new record with in November.
80 million page turns with 1.8 million unique users. Nuts is now the biggest Men's lifestyle website in the UK. Fact. I'm used to working for magazines that are on the brink of closing, I guess I don't have to worry to much about getting made redundant. Well, for not for the time being anyway. The trouble with Nuts is, I always tend to feel that I should have chosen a more creative path. However, when I have those days, wondering how I sleep at night, from doing the devils work. 'I'm the Hangman' song from the series Snuffbox, springs to mind. Some lyrics below...

I knew I’d go to hell, on judgement day

Why should I feel so sad
The hours are good and the monies not bad

I think of all the jobs that I could have gone in to
Sweeping up parks, driving trains to Waterloo
I could have been a painter or the worlds greatest wit

I could have been a sailor, but the hat didn’t fit.

I’m the hang man.

Hangman song in it's full entirety.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

The Slat's

I went to a Photographic Exhibition, featuring Paul Slattery's Oasis images. There is book to follow the event. I first met the slat's, way back in the early 90s whilst working for Retna pictures. He was a renowned character back then, what with his extensive Smiths back catalogue , Joy Division and various other legendary bands, not to mention the stories that went with them too. He turned up one day with a demo tape, asking what we thought of the band; he had been taking some photos of them whilst they were recording in the studio. Well. I thought they were OK. Clearly the rest of the planet, liked them a lot, lot more. I still think Oasis is a shit name for a band though...
The Photographer, Ray Stevenson was there too. Check out his work, especially if you're a punk fan. He's stuffs fucking ace!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Biddy muppet

Had a spot of lunch with the today. We popped into Leon, which is just below the Blue Fin Building - AKA the new IPC dwellings. The old building ( also known as Tharg's spaceship - see pic directly above ) Kings Reach Tower, was where 2000ad was churned out and not forgetting, the NME's indie war days...

Friday, 21 November 2008


I took this the other week when I was a bit tippled. I like to think of it as the doorway to my subconscious.
I guess you can throw the boy out of art school, but...

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Bacon is murder

I went to the French House for dinner on Saturday. This was one of Francis Bacon's and the post war Soho crowds old haunts. Like a lot of people, I find this period of time quite fascinating. Then again, I think I like anything that's old. I got the impression that the place hasn't changed very much - and dare I say it. You could actually hear Londoners accents inside the pub. Yes, not cockneys, but an actual London accent. Like a living museum, almost.
Anyway this place is not for the vegetarian. Everyone said "try the Chateaubriand" so I did.
And wow. very, very, very tasty indeed.
Have I put Michael Winner out of a job yet?

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

I go out on Friday night and I come home on Saturday morning

The Johnny Logic will be off traveling soon. We had a few drinks on Friday to celebrate this.
James, aka Knighty/ Jimmy/ super hands the 2nd, got us on the guest list at the Bethnal Green Working Men's club. I find it gets to rammed and annoying in there on Saturdays these days, so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to swing a small cat ( not Putland, of course) around on the Friday.