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27th November, 2019 / technology

Tape loop

If you insist your music arrive only as rented data packets, and consider physical formats an anachronism, then I guess you’re too cool to spool. Me? I’m breaking out the tapes.

24th November, 2019 / music

The Twilight Sad

O2 Ritz, Manchester. Our fifth, maybe sixth time seeing these brilliant, noisy, melodic, charming and criminally underappreciated Scots.

19th November, 2019 / art

Guernica

I was last-minute Googling decent coffee shops for our trip to Madrid when, through a random link, I learned that Guernica was on permanent display in the city. Guernica!

8th November, 2019 / interview

Rizamblings

This week, I had the pleasure of joining polymathic designer and poet Rizwana Khan to record an episode of her all-encompassing, stream of consciousness podcast.

19th October, 2019 / design

Primer EU: Futures For All

I spent this week in Madrid, where I attended Primer EU. With my increasing interest in futures and speculative design, I wanted to take a closer look at the community, its methods, and successes.

1st October, 2019 / art

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

Having admired Eliasson’s work for twenty years, I’d expected to love everything about this significant Tate survey. Instead, I began to wonder if I’d over-invested in his ideas.

25th September, 2019 / japan

Defying Tradition

Geri Coady is a designer and illustrator (and, lucky for me, my wife) sharing her lifelong passion for Japanese culture, language, and travel. Today, her first exhibition opens in Tokyo.

22nd September, 2019 / audio

The podcast that never was

The idea was to create a podcast series about sound and place, recording each episode in a different location. I assembled one episode but thought better of sharing it — until now.

19th September, 2019 / environment

Tomorrow, we strike

Thousands of websites will be unavailable during the Global Climate Strike, with millions of us taking to the streets to demand climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

14th September, 2019 / books

This searing light, the sun and everything else

We stood before Ian Curtis' earliest handwritten lyrics for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Hurried words and edits; deeply personal poetry the resonance of which its author would never know.

4th September, 2019 / travel

Cinque Terre

We’re back from our third trip to Cinque Terre, where we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary at the little Manarola apartment we love so much.

18th August, 2019 / ethics

Detaching from Facebook

I’ve deactivated my Facebook account, having become deeply uncomfortable with the company’s propensity to mislead and cause harm. I just wish I could truly delete it.

28th July, 2019 / newfoundland

The 92nd Tely 10

Ten miles, 1:44:58. Despite the heat and me feeling a bit rough, we shaved six minutes off our previous attempt, thanks to Geri running so strong!

19th July, 2019 / design

Timeline

Redesigning in the open is daunting but encourages progress. Although I’m far from finished, the new timeline is attracting attention, so I’ve written a little about it.

11th July, 2019 / art

Art in Real Life: Addressing the Sustainability Challenge

Ahead of its big new Olafur Eliasson show, Tate Modern hosted a discussion about the potential of culture to address sustainability and inspire change.

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