Looking and listening this week


Cogs of all sizes are needed to make things work. they have to mesh to be effective. If only the laws of engineering could be applied to society at large.

Looking at work by Rachell Smith. In particular, this portrait of Ricky Wilson

Listening to some nostalgia… Split Enz was the gateway band that got me hooked on Neil Finn and Crowded House, an addiction I have yet to shake.

Here is what they looked and sounded like the first time I saw them playing “I see red”, probably watching Countdown as a spotty teenager.

This is them the last time I saw them live.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

At some point recently, I passed a milestone of working 35 years and while I have occasionally thought about what retirement could be like I realised that it’s a lot closer now, even if I have to work until I’m 70 to afford it.

This recent New York Times article on Annie Leibovitz caught my attention. I don’t think Annie is planning her retirement anytime soon but why would she?

Listening to some electronica curtesy of Scottish band CHVRCHES (not misspelt!) I always had a soft spot for this genre ever since The Art of Noise released Close to the edit back in 1984. Lauren Mayberry has this delicate child like quality to her voice that isn’t forced and group shows how much a three piece band is capable of.

The lane


An image taken after the recent boot camp session that I kind of forgot about. It’s all about timing as these lanes can be in complete shadow except in the middle of the day.  It is really odd that this looks black and white but is pretty much straight out of the camera. I did think about cropping it to get the line coming in from the bottom right corner but I actually like it the way it is.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Week one of four weeks of an longer commute than normal. I wouldn’t mind if it was one long trip rather than several shorter ones with all the get on get off mucking around. It means you can’t really do much that requires concentration. It also takes away from my free time.

Looked at a folio by Peter Zelewski

Listening to Corinne Bailey Rae These NPR Tiny desk concerts are really well put together sessions.