Beach revelations

I recently went to New Zealand for adventures with my friend Lizzy. A big itinerary was planned and we visited lots of places and saw many things. But some interesting unplanned things happened on the trip as well. The photos which make up this collage were taken on the deck of a cafe at hot […]

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Doubling up

I’ve taken photos on and off for much of my life, starting as a kid when I got my first instamatic, through borrowing my brother’s SLR, learning how to develop my own photos in my late teens and then pursuing it as part of my art school days in my early twenties. But I guess […]

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Japan

I visited Japan recently with friends, and saw temples, skyscrapers, distant cousins, video games, hot springs, mountains, bullet trains and a whole host of other things. It was the trip of a lifetime and I really ought to write something about it (and I will soon). In the meantime I’m posting pictures to Flickr, and […]

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Memories of old tapes

Made for me by Jas Toomer. I think he made this for me in 1989 to replace a previous Big Black compilation he gave me in 1988 when we worked in a flower-packing factory in South Lincolnshire.

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Dreams and remembering my dad

I had a strange dream the other night. Which is a strange thing to say, as I think each and every one of my dreams have been strange. They are always surreal, and I never wake and think, “Hey, what an ordinary, normal, dream”. So instead I’m going to say I had an *interesting* dream. […]

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Goodbye Tony Wilson

I was upset to hear yesterday of the news of the death of Tony Wilson (obituary here on the BBC News website, though Blogdial says it nicely too). I got the chance to meet and chat with him in 2005 and I’m glad that I was able to let him know how much his TV […]

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From the land of Oz

Earlier this year it was my birthday, and a good friend who lives in Australia sent me over three Scritti Politti 12″ singles. The parcel was sent via sea-mail and arrived yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised but not, however, expecting the records to be padded and packaged with all manner of exotic (to these eyes […]

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Listomatic

Currently on car stereo: Klute – No One’s Listening Any More Genesis – Greatest Hits (Disc 2) Ginger Baker Trio – Going Back Home Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV Films recently seen: My Best Fiend House of Flying Daggers Chronicles of Narnia Currently reading: Midge Ure – If I was Ulrika Jonsson – Honest Barry […]

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Sociology Essay 1

It used to be thought that the extended family was typical in pre-industrial England and that the nuclear family became predominant as a result of industrialisation. Historical and sociological research has shown this to be too simple a view – discuss (June 1986, paper one). The general view that the extended family, which had grandparents, […]

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