Tuesday, 31 August 2010

My Best Theory

... Jimmy Eat World

Yes still a major lack of posts, but we've been busy making our own internet-less fun over bank holiday. Sherree and I made this choccie cake with our new heart tin, which we bought on our shopping spree to spruce up the flat. Also purchased a nice welcoming door mat (everyone has them, I felt left out) and some fake flowers from the cash and carry at the bottom the road.

It almost makes up for how upset I was at missing the farmers market, which has amaaazing cakes.

Also popped down to Ikon Eastside, which I've been walking past everyday but never had the chance to go in. The video installation on at the moment was a lovely break from the busy bank holiday crowds. Lazing about on bean bags gazing at Sergio Vega's paradise is a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


Just so you don't have to listen on their website and have them sneakily post to your facebook at the same time.
Listening to this, plus all my old music which I've finally loaded on the mac, also reminds me that I haven't been festival-ing this year. Which is slightly sad. But a break from Leeds was needed, and as of yesterday I have a burning desire to do a different one next year, perhaps even abroad. Yes, I'm pretty crazy like that. Anyway, I have a year to plan.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Skippin' Town

...The Drums

As usual my lack of efficiency has meant that I forgot to write about going to China, possibly the only exciting thing that would have made for good reading. But I did do a little post on the Meshed Media blog, so you can read that instead if you're interested.

Have slowly been working through some photos though, so can write a bit with those...


Ricksaw ride


Chaoyang District, Beijing


1. This was at a restaurant by the side of the lake at Houhai. It just so happened that this was the only resturant with a table free by the water, and it had the most beautiful turquoise sequined tablecloth, with pink cushions. Lovely.
2. At the end of a long day, David and I were too lazy to walk all the way back to the subway from the Forbidden City, so we risked our lives and took a ricksaw through backstreets and rushhour traffic. (even though it's always rush hour in Beijing centre) It was great fun though.
3. This day I walked around Beijing city centre for hours and ended up going in a massive circle. It was in the mid-late thirties. Very very hot. But this was a cute park I passed through.
4. This is the market street inbetween the University and my hotel which I walked through every morning and night, in rain and shine. Lots of people stared at me, but after a while I gave a smile and a wave to the street food vendors, and picked up some sweet bread from the same man with his little bread stand, yummeee.
5. Another little street, this one was by a great shopping street - so good we had to go twice, I cant remember the name, but it's amongst lots of Hutongs.

Monday, 23 August 2010


...Paper Route

Way back when it was the Christmas German Market, Sherree and I had a go on the carousel. We had a whale of a time, and laughed all the way round. Out of a whole roll used in my shitty supersnapper camera, this was the only photo which came out alright.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

City with no children

...Arcade Fire

I'm a bit of grown up now. I have a grown up apartment in the city (which doesn't yet have the internet, hence lack of posting). This is our view of the lovely industrial wasteland come creative canvas that is Digbeth. It might not look much, but it's kinda distracting when your just sat there.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Films of Colour

A few months ago Alex, Jaime and I decided it would be fun to spend a day making an animated music video, amid a shed load of work. So we did. We roped in Jaime's sister Shawnee, who was good enough to lay in their freezing cold living room all afternoon and wiggle around on demand, as Alex and Jaime crawled about with props and I balanced on a not so stable chair above with the camera.
For a days planning and creating using the contents of our 'making baskets', we were pretty impressed with our efforts. But then time went by and we had lots of boring work to do. But finally Alex has found time around working in her burger van to edit the photos together.
And this is the result.

Films of Colour - 'Actions' from Alex Carruthers on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Young Blood

...The Naked & Famous

I forgot to post this (along with everything else), but while looking for a flat last weekend, we popped into the BMAG Waterhall to have a look round the Steve McCurry exhibition. It was real good, well worth a look.
More than just 'man+camera+far east= oooo isn't that good', makes me wish I'd had more time and an adventurous spirit in China. Not that I saw any children with guns... just sayin.

On a lighter note....

the naked & famous don't seem to be on spotify, so here's a bit of youtube