Thursday, July 31, 2008


I went to Brighton on Sunday with some MADS (MA Design Studies) friends. It was sublime except for the fact that I neglected to bring flip-flops (the beach is made of rocks, which I knew). I am the tenderest of "tenderfoot"s, so I had to mentally prepare for battle when it came time to toddle down to the water.

Here's a picture of the old pier:

And here's a picture of some of us at the new pier:

Needless to say, I will be doing my best to visit coastal towns and cities while the sun is out.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Can't Read, Can't Write

Last night, I watched the first part of an excellent mini-series documentary about adult illiteracy in Britain, and a maverick teacher (Phil Beadle) who's doing something about it. Check it out. I wish I had the ability to record it so everyone I know could watch it, but I don't, so just go to the website and read about him and his projects.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Retirement Show 2008

I went to the London Retirement Show 2008 on Friday.
Not kidding.

In other news, I made a silly poster because I was in one of those moods. Here it is.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rise Festival

Some friends and I went to the Rise Festival in Finsbury Park on Sunday to see Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and CSS. Sharon Jones played the shortest set I've ever seen, even at a festival. While the songs and band were great, the shortened set was highly disappointing. CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy, which came from a Beyonce quote and translates to: "I got tired of being sexy"), on the other hand was a ton of fun. The closest I can get to describing them is brazilian-electro-punk-pop. The lead singer (Lovefoxxx) is a trip. She had a yellow and black striped bodysuit, a yellow construction worker's hat with black stripes painted on it that continued down her face, and gold lame sadle bags that went around her neck and hung down like two saggy boobs. From the saddle bags, pulled out bananas and threw them into the crowd. They also had helium balloons tied to every large piece of stage equipment. They were obviously having fun with each other on stage, and as you know, I'm a sucker for that (sometimes, regardles of the music).