Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ed Sheeran – ginger warbler of your dreams

People of a red-haired persuasion always seem to have a knack of keeping a watchful third eye on their fellow gingers. The famous ones, the infamous ones, the successful ones and the ones who’ve failed. The upcoming ones, also. My friend Ailsa was ranting and raving about one Ed Sheeran when I went to see her in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, which has just ended.

I thought he was a comedian, but when I looked him up, I realised he’s a singer and that I’d seen him before in the first video below. He’s pretty up-and-coming, as far as my brief internet scouring tells me. I have a feeling “A Team” will be a soundtrack to my first winter in London.

And he also did a fantastic cover of one of my favourite songs, Skinny Love, originally by Bon Iver and also covered by Birdy.


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St Matthew in the City, Auckland

My friend Zeno was telling me this weekend about the New Zealand police recruitment ad campaign, designed by M&C Saatchi. They were pretty cool pieces of work, but I then explored a little further to discover what other work the ad agency had done in that part of the world, which was when I found the legends at St Matthew in the City, Auckland. The progressive Anglican church has hit the headlines several times with its tongue-in-cheek ads. I don’t know about you, but I reckon I would go to church next Sunday if I saw these. Take a look:


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Cultural moments that remind me of my father

Today is the 42nd anniversary of the end of Woodstock, the great 3-day rock extravaganza, regarded by many to be a pivotal ‘moment’ in the history of modern music. Co-incidentally, today I was walking home listening to one of my favourite songs, which was performed for the first time at Woodstock.

A cover of the original Beatles tune, Joe Cocker’s rendition of I’ll Get By (With A Little Help From My Friends) was always the first and last song to be played in the car with my father when we used to drive up and down, to and from, my boarding school when I was young.

It’s probably one of the best live performances of any song ever done.

I was actually speaking to my father earlier on today, mostly about ‘real life’ in London. I was moaning about the godawful cruelty of a 9-6 working day and he began explaining to me the fact that, while it takes some getting used to, eventually it becomes incredibly easy. So easy, in fact, that you forget it was ever difficult in the first place. He sounded a little bit like Michael Gambon in one of my favourite scenes from any movie.

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The Cube pop-up restaurant

Pop-up restaurants are experiencing a huge amount of attention at the moment, especially since summer is in full swing and, in London at least, that’s when most of them seem to appear.

My friend Jake is a chef at a well-known restaurant near London Bridge and, now that I’ve moved down from the wilds of Scotland, he has become my reference point for all things cool and current in the world of food and drink. He’s taken me to a couple of pop-up places like Frank’s Campari Bar in Peckham.

However, today I was speaking to a friend of mine about the phenomenon and he mentioned something altogether on another level. The Swedish appliance makers, Electrolux, have sponsored a massive publicity drive using the medium of the pop-up restaurant. The project is called The Cube.

The Cube is an especially designed restaurant with a capacity of just 18 diners. Electrolux are touring two such restaurants across Europe this summer in particularly high-profile and stunning locations such as the triumphal arch at the Parc Cinquantenaire in Brussels, where it launched its tour in April.

While the website states that the restaurants will be visiting Switzerland, Russia and Sweden, reports of a delay until next summer, at least for the Stockholm restaurant, suggest that it may be a while before The Cube comes closer to home. Imagine if they attached it to Big Ben? I’d eat dinner there.



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London releases new Olympics logo

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Manchester riots – a bit disappointing, really…

My friend Shacks went to Manchester for the week, obviously not expecting quite so much excitement as she found:

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Amy, Amy, Amy


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