I’m back from Mexico! I had an amazing 6 weeks exploring and adventuring with my best bud Katie. I will update more in time (I have 10 rolls of film to go through and 500 digital snaps, arrrrgghh!) but for now I just want you all to know that I agree with the two lads in this picture.
¡ME ENCANTA MEXICO!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s the 10th anniversary of this lil Christmas album! I wrote and recorded it while living at my parents’ house in Cambridgeshire, recording vocals in a cupboard with a duvet in it, miking up the family piano and all that fun stuff. I think I did it all in a week or two, as a kind of personal challenge.
I’m still really happy with the outcome, I like the songs a lot! But jeeze it’s weird it was 10 years ago, time flies eh?
JUST LIKE SANTA HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
The other evening I was eating in a pub with my brother. There were some kids running around, having a jolly old time.
One of them was fully engrossed in a Nintendo Switch, walking down the stairs while playing. He took a trip and fell literally onto his face, SMACK!
My jaw dropped, it was a nasty fall! I awaited the inevitable screams of pain and distress. But, to my surprise, the kid’s eyes barely broke with the screen! He stood up and continued playing the game as if nothing had happened.
I swear he had a red mark on his forehead from where he fell. But he was totally nonplussed, just kept walking along, playing the game. I was amazed! I thought, either that kid is super tough, or the game he’s playing is some kind of digital heroin.
Turns out the latter was true because 30 minutes later, when it was time to leave, his mum took the Nintendo from him…
THEN he cried his freakin’ eyes out.
I’ve kept the note in my wallet since then, waiting for perfect opportunities to bust it out. I only had the courage a couple of times while paying for something cheap, getting the note out and saying “do you have change for this?”
Usually met with zero to mild amusement, I was dissatisfied.
BUT THEN… The other day Katie and I were eating at a pizza place. When it was time to pay, the waitress tapped my card on the card machine. “Can I leave a tip on the machine?” I asked, but it was too late! Neither Katie nor I had any change on us. We apologised.
Once the waitress had left I scoured my wallet for sneaky quids, and noticed the billion dollar note tucked amongst some receipts. There followed a whispered discussion. Should we leave it as a tip? Will she find it funny, or think we’re taking the piss? Am I even ready to part with this joke that only I seem to enjoy? In the end we agreed she seemed to have a sense of humour, so we left it tentatively in the dish for her to find once we’d gone.
While Katie was unlocking her bike I peered anxiously through the window. Why hasn’t she picked up the dish yet??? Is she going to be angry?! Will she hate us?!! Oh god. What have I done.
The waitress approached our table. She picked up the note to inspect it… and looked puzzled. I held my breath.
A massive grin spread over her face and she started laughing! SUCCESS! She held the billion dollar note aloft to show a table of diners, giggling.
As we walked past she merrily tucked it in her shirt for safe keeping, noticed us and gave an excited wave. We waved back and gave a thumbs up, happy in the knowledge that the joke was enjoyed.
On the walk home I remembered this image I’d seen earlier that day on Wholesome Memes…
That was me for the whole walk home :)
I’ve finally done it! I’ve been tinkering around with website redesigns for the last year or so, and I’ve actually settled on something I’d like to go forward with! It’s pretty minimal, I know. I wanted to make a space where I could be free to create whatever I felt like, without constraints around tone or expectations. So the design got stripped back further and further until I ended up with this. It’s a work in progress and will be tweaked and added to as time goes on.
I’ve grown tired of sharing things on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, whatever. I found that more and more I was creating things in a specific way because “that’s what you do” on that platform. Searching for views and likes rather than making things because I was excited by an idea or just expressing whatever I felt like. So I’ve made this website as a space for freedom from all that. I hope you like it. But mostly: I hope I like it!
I think I’m moving towards leaving social media altogether, so if you’d like to keep in touch with me and whatever I’m doing please bookmark this website (like in the old days) and sign up to my mailing list for regular-ish updates!
I love you
I was in a village near Stroud this weekend on a retreat with Holly Stoppit and a bunch of performer friends. It was very beautiful.
While I was there I had this epiphany:
Trees go up
Lungs go down
Trees have air outside
Lungs have air inside
Trees take in CO2 and give out oxygen
Lungs give out CO2 and take in oxygen