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Doodle down London town

9th September 2005

As a result of making a last-minute decision to dodge down to London’s oh-so trendy Shoreditch to preview the first Black Convoy show on our shores, I’m feeling a little fatigued back here in Nottingham.

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Early morning train journeys do not a good birthday make, but it was good to see London again, and a treat to see everyone going about their business with smiles and defiance despite recent events. Last night’s show was a cracking event, with hundreds turning up for their free Black Convoy Beer, and it was a joy to meet up with a few more Convoyers, especially the ridiculously talented Miles Donovan and McFaul...

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Burgerman seemed slightly tipsy when I bumped into him, although I may just have been confused by seeing him shambling around in a suit. Quite surprised by the number of people waiting to meet him - Jon, you’re quite famous it seems! Shame I didn’t get to meet all the gang - just too many people there. Maybe next time. The show itself, lodged in the Jaguar Shoes gallery, completely encompassed the space - every wall, fixture, fitting, pillar - even the bar. The collaborative backdrops (all monochrome and very striking for it) had then been doodled over by the team, resulting in a blitz of characters, symbols, familiar and unfamiliar icons.

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Some of the crowd were very Hoxton, and I’m sure most Brits will understand what I mean by that. Not that there’s anything wrong with that of course. Pretention is cool in it’s own way. So as not to upset anyone, I should also say that many in attendance were lovely, sexy, highly unpretentious-looking souls, and it was very nice to meet some of you.

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Great also to see BritPack chappy Mike again, and discuss tales of cork tiling, traffic offences, plagiarising designs and other golden nuggets.

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I hope you’ll forgive the lack of insightful commentary here, but after 24 hours of trains, rushing about, staying in a strange bed and rushing back to the office, I’m not exactly up to much today. Anyway, it’s my birthday, so I shouldn’t apologise really. More cake, boys?

More?

I’ve uploaded some larger images to the Black Convoy gallery. Sorry they’re not very good, but I didn’t exactly make much of an effort.

Responses

# Mike Stenhouse responded on 12th September 2005 with...

Oh, I realised that I forgot to wish you a happy birthday before you set of for dinner! So, belatedly, happy birthday… Sorry about that.

I seem to remember babbling about the mighty Will Barras so I feel honour-bound to send the link:
www.willbarras.com

My cork tiles have arrived. I’m very excited…

It was good to catch up!

# Simon Collison responded on 13th September 2005 with...

Mike: The Will Barras stuff is very choice indeed - cheers for the link. Was good to catch up the other night. Good luck pinning your life to the wall…

# Alex B. responded on 15th September 2005 with...

I haven’t been here in a while, but I’m glad I came back. Love the new design man.

# Piano Man responded on 27th September 2005 with...

Simon, your taste in music sucks big time.

# Colly responded on 28th September 2005 with...

Piano Man: Not sure how that comment relates to this post, but thanks. My parents always hated the music I listened to, and so I knew it was right. You’ve confirmed that.

What you listening to, Piano Man? Dido? Robbie, some obscure and awful happy trancefloor bollocks? Great. Hope you’re happy.

# Mike Stenhouse responded on 28th September 2005 with...

Elton John, surely? Hey, Tiny Dancer was good but I can leave the rest…

# Piano Man responded on 29th September 2005 with...

Dido, Robbie, lol… Very funny.  I guess what annoys me the most is that you pontificate about things you know very little about.  Maybe if you understood independent music you would be a little more informed.

What music do you write, what instrument do you play Simon?

# Simon Collison responded on 29th September 2005 with...

I guess what annoys me the most is that you assume I know very little. Which major independent record companies are your clients right now, Piano Man? How many people from great bands do you have a drink with regularly? How long have you been passionately buying music, following bands around the country….

You force me to say this just to inform you that I do know enough about what’s going on.

Still don’t understand how any of this is relevant to Black Convoy…

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