This is a life

29th October 2011

The black turntables, the beer and the girls, the Maceo Plex and the Sister Nancy. The faders, the channels, the booth monitor, the Skintologists, the 78 Edits, the collaborators, the conspirators, the hastily scribbled notes and ideas that grow damp in the back pocket on the ride back home. The Brick Lane Beigel, the so strong tea, the broken glass crunching on bare-foot girl feet, chubby hands clutching too high heels, the furtive whisper – taxi, taxi – the Junior Murvin, the clash, The Clash, and remember not to forget – enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think. The black turntables, the ones and the twos, the endless vari-speed merry go round of nights out in the city. The hugs and the kissing, the between song pissing, the terrible rhymes, the return of hard times, the jet black headphones, the long way home. Take me out, tonight, because I want to hear music and I want to see lights. She’s a model and she’s looking good. You were working as a waitress in a… My life in songs and rhythms and dances, Witness the Fitness, deliver, deliver, nothing left to believe in but these things. The black turntables, the spinning, the spinning, the spinning, the spinning, till we’re all so dizzy we can’t stand up and we can’t fall down so we dance and dance till the lights come on… We dance and dance until it’s gone.

Revolution within tent

22nd October 2011

Just been down to New Change, E4. Looking for signs of change around St Paul’s, down there at the tent village in the heart of the city. I want to contribute, to take part, but I don’t know how, so for now I just shoot, then cycle home. It’s funny, I normally enjoy being in a minority, but here the standout slogan is -we are the 99%, (where the other 1% are the people who have most of the money). It’s great to see people taking a stand instead of just taking pictures. I think the city hope this lot are more likely to be beaten by the weather than a police baton on the head. With winter coming they may be correct. But the people here, in the tents, are undoubtedly in the right. It is evidently time for our governments to make plans for the people, not their powerful pals who already have, literally, more money than they know what to do with. This is about finding a new, fairer way of living, with less consuming and more community; less power play and more pure play; success without excess; enough instead of far too much. Simple really.

Coco on Cafe Del Mar album

17th October 2011

The latest Cafe Del Mar – Terrace mix features a special version of Chris Coco’s Summer Sun and Harmonica Track, his collaboration with Captain Bliss. And some other rather good tunes.

Battle

15th October 2011

Today. For a change.

We left the city by train. And went to watch a version of the battle at Battle. There was a lot of shouting but no blood. Like we were all in a re-enactment of the last day of summer we strolled in t shirts and ignored the east wind. D and I had a shooting competition. This time it was a draw.

now that’s what I call a paint job

14th October 2011

This from She One at the White Canvas Project show. See, cars can be beautiful. But mostly only when they are taken apart and turned into art.