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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.


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...

BC beer

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.


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.


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


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?


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.


# 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:

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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