Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bank Holiday Weekend - Part II - Notting Hill Carnival

I hadn't been for years so decided
to take my mates that hadn't experienced yet.
We enjoyed. I love dancing in the streets!
Or anywhere for that matter!!
Love dancing fullstop!

Packed as usual

Bank Holiday Weekend - Part I - World Tea Party

Yet another London Biennale event
at the Royal Academy School Gallery, Hornsey

Max at the guitar,

Dorothea Fayne contralto,

and photos of past performances.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Black Olive pate

My friend Xana in Portugal thaught me how to do this:

2 hand fulls of pitted black olives
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tea spoon of tabasco or chilli to taste ( the idea is to have a kick)
3 soup spoons of olive oil
a pinch of salt & black pepper to taste

put all in the mixer glass
mix w the hand held mixer (not too much, you don't want to do olive puree like I did at the 1st attempt!!)
stop when its all in small lumps

Of course you can adjust all to taste & the better quality ingredients you use the better it will taste.

Get crisps or little toasts (melba) or cheese crackers and enjoy!

Let me know how you get on if you try it.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

oh ya!

Random ad in the tube...

Kiyoshi Yasuda

Yesterday went to the '17 Gallery' in Shoreditch to see an installation by the above Japanese artist. After we went for dinner at the Vietnamese close by and for a post dinner drink next door. Had a FAB night.

First 3 photos w compliments from Mr Swinglehurst

There's me...

Zandra, Andrew & Kiyoshi

Feed your imagination

Went to see this exhibition at the Oxo tower gallery, photography competition sponsored by Seeds of Change, on until 18 September, free.

This one was the overall winner

Animal Farm

Yesterday I finished reading ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell. It’s interesting but also disturbing. Not as disturbing as ‘1984’ though, it almost made me cry but not quite! There are some really brutal scenes. It is very well written all around. It’s a satire/ metaphor to Communism and translates well the anti – Stalinist feeling of the epoch it was written in. Even if one could say it can be equally applied to today in certain ways. I can understand how it became so popular and a classic. It’s full of 2nd meanings. I wanted to read it more by curiosity. Whilst reading there were times, especially towards the end, I thought ‘why am I reading this?!’ Not sure if to recommend it or not.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Learning Photoshop

My 1st creations

This one was made w Nick Swinglehurst's help...
'David on a vortex' - funny, when I took the original photo, this is how it felt...

1st Summer Party/ BBQ at Nick's

Legendary Rum punch and some mean Bloody Mary's - oh ya baby!

Bloody Mary production line - Tim cought on the act!

The food was gorgeous...

DJ Nick on the decks, bring it on! I was a bit trollied at this point...I guess you can tell by the foto!!


I've decided to learn Esperanto. It's been on my mind for quite some years and Daniel Tammett has inspired me to actually do it! All I needed was a little motivation!! The first word I've learned was 'arbo' - tree - árvore.

I've also been developing writing w my left hand. It looks like the writting of a 5 year old but a year ago it was illegible!!!! Some progress is being made!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Fruitstock w Friends

Fruitstock in Regent's Park was a nice close
to the weekend and a way to stop myself
from doing my own headin! what are Friends for?!

Longshore Drift 2006 - Brighton

Thanks to Katie Sollohub, the Princess,
for organising it all, fantastic job.

And there was several performances.

The LB pose in full swing.

The day was beautiful,

full of colour,

but the Sunset was a touch...

Thursday, August 03, 2006

This is Home !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sigh)

‘Born on a blue day’ by Daniel Tammet

This book just came out. I read it in 3 days. I just got back into reading big style. Loved it and just wanted to read on. Was also tempted to take my time to prolong the enjoyment but being part of the ‘I want it all now’ generation, wanted to read the end of it.

Daniel has Savant Syndrome, an extremely rare form of Asperger's syndrome, which is high functioning autism. I saw a programme about him and that’s how my curiosity came about. He recited Pi to 22,514 decimal points! The book tells you all about both the making of the programme and how he came to recite Pi.

The book is autobiographical giving an insight into Daniel’s thought processing and also into his upbringing and the path that led him to where he is today. Is also full of interesting facts like why ladybirds have the colours they do.

It’s written in a simple and accessible way even though it gets ‘technical’ at times like when how Prime numbers work is explained. Other more complex mathematical and scientific facts are also detailed. For people into numbers (and reading), languages and the brain this book is a MUST. It will make you cry and laugh. There are also a few personal revelations.

One of the things that came across in this book is the acceptance of difference. What difference it makes. Other things are the importance to constantly thrive to improve, challenge oneself and the importance of helping others.

Daniel is obviously very gifted even if you do realise by reading, his frustration at certain limitations…

I could go on and on. I really enjoyed reading this book. I won’t though. Hopefully you’ll read it yourself and come back to let me know your opinion.

You can get an autographed copy if you wish at

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Check this out - 1h long audio/ visual