2018 was the year of the Dog
2018 (MMXVIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 18th year of the 3rd millennium, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 9th year of the 2010s decade.
Not such a great year running, partly due to some injury niggles. It was also an insanely hot Summer preventing long runs. Here’s the primary Strava data.
It was a year where music helped contextualise a world weighing heavy, my favourite albums serving as coping mechanisms.
A short interview with Netmag about the return of New Adventures.
Images from two shows in one day: Space Shifters at the Hayward Gallery, and Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro.
Kentish Town Forum, London
On our way back from Doki Doki Manchester, we stopped in at the David Mellor factory and museum, near Hathersage.
Alexandra Palace, London
It’s taken a summer of hard work to establish a comfortable baseline for wherever our new adventures might take us. Here are some notes about our new design and build.
People always asked if New Adventures might ever return. “Never,” was our stock reply. But this year we realised just how much we’d missed it — and missed you — and wondered if a return might re-energise digital design and those that value it.
Instagram photos and stories from our anniversary trip.
Instagrams from 9th–24th August.
Plus Slowdive, Interpol, and The Twilight Sad. Hyde Park.
Robert Smith’s Meltdown at Royal Festival Hall, London
Plus Broken Social Scene, Warpaint, Future Islands, Cat Power and others. All Points East, Victoria Park, London
I feel awkward talking to machines, and I always will. My comfort zone ends at the ATM or self-service checkout, where I’ll conclude transactions with a whispered ‘Thank you’.
Instagrams and notes from our trip.
In part one, I wrote about the digital trail that led me to an osprey named Shana and the community crowdsourcing her story. Part two follows her action-packed migration, and considers her legacy.
The digital trail led me to an electricity substation near Walmart, and my first encounter with its globetrotting tenant. In documenting the moment, I joined a community of far-flung onlookers crowdsourcing her story.
We feel refreshed after the mossy calm of Kokedera, but it’s time to descend from the peaceful hills and head into the city. Our bus arrives, and we enjoy the short trip downtown.
We arrive at Saga-Arashiyama station hoping to store our cases in coin lockers, but all are in use. And so we drag our wheelies in the suffocating Spring heat, weaving around a billion tourists.
We arrive in style, aboard the impressive 500 Type Eva Evangelion Shinkansen, delighted to be back in Hiroshima. This charming city made a big impression on us two years earlier.
We catch a local train out of sprawling Osaka to the Kawabe district in Hyōgo Prefecture. The family of our friend, Yusuke, has invited us to stay, even though he’s working away in the Philippines.
Two years ago, an overnight stay in this sprawling city left a mixed impression, but my second visit benefits from everything Geri learned while filming last year, and the thrill of Grand Sumo!
Our trips to Japan tend to rest on two very distinct styles of accommodation: mostly, we’re content with Airbnb boltholes, but occasionally there’s the luxury of a five star hotel.
Despite markedly different approaches to customer service, Bear Pond and Koffee Mameya have much in common, not least their unflinching dedication to quality. When coffee reaches this level, the experience is mind-altering.
I’d agreed to meet Geri for coffee. Usually, that means a brisk walk into town, but on this occasion, she was in the future. She was 6,000 miles away.
Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Kyoto, 26-29 March.
Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Hiroshima, 24-26 March.
Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Osaka, 21-24 March.
Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Tokyo, 17-21 and 29-31 March.
The expansive views from the hard-won summit deserved my full attention, but cognitively I was elsewhere; present in multiple locations by way of a weak but welcome signal.
Instagrams from a wintry camping and hiking trip in the Lakes.
Including a night at the new Inn by Mallard Cottage, and a few cold hours wandering around slushy Toronto.