Jon Stewart Drops the Comedy to Talk Charleston

“We still won’t do jackshit”

Jaws – See It Before You Go Swimming

I’ve just been reading an interesting article about Jaws over on the Guardian. I hadn’t realised that Jaws essentially created the Hollywood Summer blockbuster; before Jaws Summer was a quiet period “why go to the movies when the sun is shining?”.

It was also one of the first event movies, where “front loaded” marketing and promotion drove incredible demand before anybody have seen a single frame.

The article included the original trailer for Jaws, which I’d not seen before. It’s a brilliant trailer, capturing some of the tension of the opening scene of the film, teasing with enough of the “sea chase” and Robert Shaw’s brilliant character Quint to make you want to see the film all without showing the shark.

Jaws is a brilliant film until you see the shark, but rubber sharks notwithstanding the trailer really made me want to see Jaws again.

London Haiku

A windy London
Blowing dust into my eyes
More tears in the rain

A Visual History of Lamborghini

Lamborghini Model History animated gif

The best animated gif… in the world!

East India Youth

I can’t remember which of my Twitter chums recommended East India Youth to me, but if it was you – I thank you.

I’ve played his first release, the Hostel EP, so much that if it had been on vinyl I would have worn it out. Looking For Someone and particularly Heaven How Long are both fabulous, but it was the track Coastal Reflexions that really grabbed me. Coastal Reflexions is like a modern day Autobahn, but recounting a train journey to the coast rather than “fun, fun, fun on the Autobahn”.

His first album Total Strife Forever built on the Hostel EP and delivered some wonderfully moody instrumentals alongside the songs, the opening track Glitter Recession is a particular favourite. The deluxe version of the album also includes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, an almost hour long imagined soundtrack for the 1916 silent movie which is worth the cost of the album alone.

East India Youth’s next album Culture of Volume is out on April 6th and the two tracks (do we still call them singles?) released so far are full of promise.

Turn Away is my new Hostel EP, I’m playing this track on a daily basis.

London by iPhone Redux

When I closed my Flickr account last month I’d  forgotten that back in 2009 I started a collection I called London by iPhone, where I would capture and collate photographs I took in and of London.

I don’t think anybody else was following this, the lack of engagement was one of the reasons I closed my Flickr account, but I realised that I enjoyed watching it grow and looking back on where I’ve been and what I’ve done.

So I thought I’d create a new dedicated site that I can update easily on the move. Tumblr seemed the obvious answer, and a lunchtime’s hacking resulted in a shiny new home for my photos.

Uploading the 150 or so images was achieved via the wonder that is IFTT which is why the photos are in a slightly randomised order and lack captions, but I really couldn’t face uploading them individually and after a little jiggery pokery the majority are now in chronological order. I present the new London by iPhone.

26/05/2015 – Update – Tumblr has turned out to be a pain in the arse so I’ve put my London photos back on Flickr. Sigh…

Here once more is London By iPhone.