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House of Many Faces

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WELCOME TO THE HOUSE Teach English and travel the world! Yeah we’ve all seen the adverts but what is the reality? Usually treading with extreme caution. This one has been difficult to birth due to my business with the blog, nevertheless two years late it is finally time to unleash this latest instalment of my peripatetic life on the world. Written over several years in China and South East Asia, House of Many Faces, continues on from 2012’s Year Amid Winter. Having survived Istanbul, a move to Bangkok is thwarted…read more

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Nomad 20

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DOWN BUT NOT OUT In 1933 George Orwell released a seminal work called ‘Down & Out in Paris & London.’ This book detailed life for Orwell – a naïve young man on the road doing odd jobs and living in backpacker style residences of the day.  I did not read it until well after writing Nomad. When I did it was astonishing how remarkably similar our lives had been, a good 60 years apart, the odd jobs and living arrangements (and indeed the public lovemaking he encountered) were still very much in…read more

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The Nordic Theory of Everything

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CHINESE DREAM VERSUS FINNISH DREAM In 1997 I had the option of doing my masters degree. Swayed by peer pressure I chose not to and this has proven to be a big mistake (one of many). In China for example, a masters would have provided work in a proper university (rather than the colleges calling themselves universities). A feat I achieved only once and by fluke. The difference in how a teacher is treated in a real university was certainly an eye opener eg trips to spas and private chalets!…read more

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Eno: Some Suggestions (in Plain English)

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This blog was originally published on the eve of 2018 which marked the 70th birthday of Brian Eno. It occurred to me that while he is often spoken about, written about and admired, there wasn’t really a generic overview of best bits; solo and collaborative, which as you may imagine is a formidable body of work, so here’s my take on things both sonic and visual. *disclaimer – this is just what I like, it is near impossible to cover everything he’s produced. Blog contains affiliate links. FRIPPERY ON ALL FOURS The first…read more

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The List: November

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1 November: Jacques Attali b. 1943 Magne Furuholmen b. 1962 Roxy Music – Stranded released 1973 Kraftwerk – Autobahn released 1974 Antigua and Barbuda – National Day 1981 Cocteau Twins – Treasure released 1984 Wang Chung – To Live and Die in LA released 1985 Icehouse – Boxes released 1985 2 November: The Police – Outlandos d’Amour released 1978 Razorback movie opens 1984 Bryan Ferry – Bete Noir released 1987 INXS – Full Moon, Dirty Hearts released 1993 3 November: Henri Matisse d. 1954 Steven Wilson b. 1967 Dominica –…read more

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Suede: Catching Up with the Insatiable Ones

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URBAN HYMNS OK, I was never into Brit-pop and as previously stated the nineties left me pretty much cold in terms of musical development in our humble isles (the UK). Recently in my local library I spotted (front man) Brett Anderson’s biog Coal Black Mornings and from there wanted to go back and listen to the music. An interesting pointer here is like U2, SUEDE were slow to adapt to colour, the first two albums sound like a grimy urban landscape in just about any hinterland town in the UK…read more

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Notate 20

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A BOOK BORN IN AUTUMN Nostalgia makes the autumn of twenty years ago seem a serenely magical place yet it was if anything fraught with frenetic tension combining nowhere to live, a non-career and turning 30. I was just back from Italy and needed to finish my second book with only four days to do it. I did but was unable to properly promote it.  Looking back it all seems rather strange though I still believed in what I was doing even if ignorance met every release – save Mezzanine…read more

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RE:COVERED: New Zealand Music Cover Design

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Between 2001 and 2004 while based in Wellington and in London I researched and put together a project called RE:COVERED detailing NZ music design. It has been absent from the web for some time but I decided to put a selected version up here on the blog. I always intended to do an Australian version but have never had the time. Blog includes an affiliate link. ENVELOPING NEW ZEALAND MUSIC What is New Zealand design? Does it have its own identity? Or is it simply a cross section of outside…read more

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The List: March

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1 March: Wales (Cymru) – St David’s Day South Korea – Samiljeol (Independence Day) 1919 Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon released 1973 David Sylvian/Holger Czukay – Plight and Premonition released 1988 Bosnia – Independence Day 1992 Tim Bowness/Peter Chilvers – California, Norfolk released 2002 Tim Bowness – Flowers at the Scene released 2019 3 March: Chris Hughes b. 1954 Barbican Centre in London opens 1982 Chic – Chic-ism released 1992 4 March: Ken Robinson b. 1950 Stina Nordenstam b. 1969 Huang Chung released 1982 OMD – Dazzle…read more

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A Lyrical Oasis: Bomberg’s Dinora

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BOMBERG’S DINORA Just looking You can almost smell the sienna. Mystique as musky essence alcoves. Dinora herself transforms into arabesque. This is how the Mona Lisa should have looked No pretensions. Dinora image retouched by KH specifically for this blog. The London ‘musky alcove’ image was taken in Wapping in 2008. Read my other blog on David Bomberg here. Read about Lyrical Oasis here. From A Lyrical Oasis

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