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Steve Hogarth: Here There and Everywhere

Posted by in Culture, Music, Record Cover Design, Travel

WHO IS THIS GUY? The late eighties were, as I’ve most likely said elsewhere, a time of discovery. Now in the age of Wiki we can look up anyone of interest and know all about them in moments but back then it was all detective work, piecing together fragments of information.  For those of us music junkies or audiophiles who took time to read the sleeve notes, certain names appeared. I can’t remember which one went first, it could have been The The, it could have been Do-Re-Mi and it…read more

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Travel: What I Pack

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MOBILE HOMES This piece was originally published in September 2017 but I soon found it needed an update and links. Depending on whether it’s a short break or a full on global relocation I will pack accordingly. In the latter instance however my three bags are my home; a house on wheels (minus the proverbial kitchen sink).  Changes to full service airline baggage rules means that I now need to reconfigure some of the contents for flight and some are now charging for more than one bag even if the…read more

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Taipei: Between Stormy Seas

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DATES Between 2012 and 2014 (don’t worry about the dates) I visited Taipei as well as surrounding towns and cities on a few occasions. I wrote four blogs, all on cafes and food but never a generic one. The problem with eateries is they have a habit of going bust so I’ve decided to just give a generic overview of the city as I saw it.  This includes imagery not seen previously and an excerpt from HOUSE OF MANY FACES. I can’t say my time in Taipei was a particularly…read more

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Nomad 20

Posted by in Book Cover Design, Publishing, Travel

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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Berlin: Just for a Moment

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Before I begin please take a moment to visit The Atlas or consider joining me on social (usual suspects: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Thanks kindly now onto the blog… One of the cities I would most like to return to is Berlin as I felt there was a lot more to discover, not least HANSA Studios and Tempelhof. Berlin as you may know has a long history with music and the avant-garde and I’ll get onto that in due course. However for a few moments in 2006 and even less on…read more

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Barcelona: Garden Recalled

Posted by in Architecture, Transport, Travel

BACK TO THE GARDEN The clock ticks forward; complex and constant, friend and foe. Andorra is caught between two countries and two towns. France and Spain, Toulouse and Barcelona. As the latter is my first international city I swing round for my third visit and after my night of purgatory at El Prat’s T2, knew just where to go. The metro journey was inexorably arduous yet simultaneously exciting. My last visit in 2010 would birth the poem, BCN from Terminal Wanderlust… I don’t remember our first date Age became me…read more

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The List: December

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1 December: Steve Jansen b. 1959 Harold Budd – Lovely Thunder released 1986 2 December: Peter Kingsbery b. 1952 Lucy Liu b. 1968 United Arab Emirates – National Day 1971 Laos – National Day 1975 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad released 1988 Michael Hedges d. 1997 3 December: Mel Smith b. 1952 5 December: David Bomberg b. 1890 Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene released 1976 6 December: Finland (Suomi) – Independence Day 1917 Steven Wright b. 1955 7 December: Claudia Brucken b. 1963 Perry Blake –…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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Nomad Italia

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INTRO It was 20 years ago that I visited the land of Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Roma, Pompeii not to mention pasta, pizza etc… The visit also marked my 30th birthday and in my haste I  failed to photograph the digital display I chanced upon in Roma showing the date 1 SETTEMBRE 2000. My path took me elsewhere that day so my regret is ever present. I almost returned to Italy in autumn 2011 but of course ended up choosing Asia and a whole new adventure. My journey was documented and can be…read more

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Travel: Station to Station

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NEWPORT – LONDON PADDINGTON, c1977 or 78 Before we commence on this spectacular trip down memory land, I should mention this post contains an affiliate link and with that let’s go! Do you remember your first train trip? Me neither but this one will do to start. The (then) brand new Inter City 125 had started operations from South Wales and my father treated us to a trip to London. Super smooth or as smooth as UK train travel got or gets.  Photo Credit/s: Phil Sangwell/Adam Bryant. Timetable shot KH….read more

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