Archive for October, 2010

The Sun Sets in the West

Monday, October 25th, 2010

For those that may not know, I work in Notting Hill. In parts bohemian and others desolate, it’s not quite the romantic vision non-visitors hold. Nevertheless it has its moments, from herds of elephant statues, mad sculptural exhibitions involving fire-breathing robot bulls, and this, spied while leaving the office the other night, through the scaffold:

In the distance lies Holland Park, Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush and beyond.  Eventually, me.

Summer in Hammersmith

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

There’s a river just behind my house.  There’s a big road in the way, but ten minutes of your time and a subway reward the adventurer with a placid view of the Thames that makes the W6 bustle seem worlds away.

Fall

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

London isn’t always the nicest of places.  Sometimes it’s an unending wall of grey, especially at this time of year.  But sometimes, the clouds disappear.

The Student Radio Awards 2010

Monday, October 11th, 2010

It’s that time of the year again, and tickets have gone on sale so the countdown has begun.  The Student Radio Awards 2010 are on the 11th November, and they will be as usual celebrating the best that UK student radio in the has to offer.  I’ve been going to the awards since around 2003, when I was a member of the Radio Warwick crew that won Best Station, and since 2004 I’ve been involved in some capacity with the visual design of the event itself.

Once again I’ll be producing the awards magazine/brochure (I’ve been doing it for years, and still I’ve never decided what to call it) that you’ll find on the tables to flick through, spill alcohol on, and hopefully take home on the night.  We’re pulling out lots of stops this year to make it an extra exciting souvenir, so please do spend some time having a good nose through – I guarantee it’ll be worth it.  I’m hoping that time and other factors to detail a bit of the production here on Shinypixel, so stay tuned for what promises to be an interesting annual excursion into the world of print design…

On Being A Bit Ill

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Being a bit ill is crap.  Don’t take my word for it – try it yourself.  No?  Oh well, your loss.  Except not really – because feeling slightly off-colour isn’t a position anyone wants to be in, least of all me. Everyone at the moment has a cold, and my body’s evidently not one to be caught behind-trend.  In fact it’s assumed the role of tastemaker, harbouring its second illness in a month, much to my obvious chagrin.  It’s rare for this to happen, and I can see why – it’s double the crapness already.  Mix in an extra ear infection and we’ll be reaching the heights of Saturday night light entertainment in no time.

One of the worst things about having a bit of a cold is the rekindling of those childhood memories of lying in bed with just some Vicks VapoRub for company.  Life in the halcyon days of youth is all school-time, play-time, meal-time – until the inevitable playground virus floors you under the covers with a hot nose, sore throat and deflated demeanour.  As the cruel world of adulthood sweeps the fun bits away, all the Old You and New You share are those times huddled beneath the duvet wanting the world to go away.  Good job no-one told me that when I was little.

But there’s a saying about clouds such as these, which is fulfilled by the dazzling array of bewildering things that you can wave, huff or shove in your face in an attempt to rid yourself of the malefactors within.  For instance: I defy anyone to not let out a sigh of guilty pleasure upon hearing the words “Olbas Oil”.  A magical substance which, upon inhalation, is like attacking your sinuses with a menthol laser – it’s so strong you can feel it working as it numbs your nose into happy submission.  To follow it up you can neck as many strongly-flavoured blackcurrant sweets as you can handle with the excuse that just this once it’s good for you.  (Except your teeth.)  Lemsip is however to be avoided unless you’re the kind of person who wants to actively make yourself feel worse.

On top of all that, some people claim that being a bit ill makes you grumpy.  I don’t have a clue what they’re talking about – I feel better already.  Goodnight!