Showing posts from June, 2012

Lord of the Flies

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a private viewing at the Tate Modern with my good buddy Mel. Both he and his wife have memberships entitling them to free entry and +1 which I hope will mean more visits to come. The first being to view the Damien Hirst Retrospective Exhibition . Firstly I had a few preconceptions and had almost determined my feelings about the exhibition before I'd even seen it. This was mostly due to the fact that Damien Hirst's work is often in the media, not to mention often very publicly criticised. I would guess that most people will be aware of a piece of his work albeit some unknowingly. I believe my first experience came about due to his work with skulls. Makes sense right? Upon entering the Tate Modern you're first offering is "For the Love of God". Perhaps better known as the platinum skull covered in 8,601 flawless diamonds including a pear shaped pink diamond in the centre of the forehead. Or if you prefer £50,00

Summer Solstice 2012

Summer Solstice - yesterday Wednesday 20th June 2012 marked the longest day of the year. I don't really know much about it, but it may well mark the end of the Summer here in the UK as we are forecast a deluge of storms in the next couple days alone. Put that hose pipe down I say! It's been a pretty weak effort at Summer to be fair, even our almost always annual trip to France was riddled with showers. Anyway, find out more about it by clicking the link, and take a look at this pretty picture why don't ya? It certainly felt like the longest day between the hours of 09:00 and 17:30. Not even a lunch time pint in the sunshine at my favourite haunt the Shaston Arms could make today pass quicker. The 'missable if you don't know' but 'huge when you do realise' plug on Ganton Street is still adorned in the Union Jack for the Queen's Jubilee, and foot fall outside the Shaston was slow until around 14:00 when we had to head back to work. Alread

Aliens vs. Ugly Dinosaurs

Wealth is of the heart and mind and not of the pocket? Someone might wish to express this notion to our friends Nike and Kanye West. Whilst at it maybe have a word with the artist formally known as Skateboard P, and wether this mantra really warrants being stitched into his highly priced (and in my opinion unimaginative) clothing line. This past weekend (9th June 2012) saw the much anticipated release of the Nike Air Yeezy II. I basically have a couple views on this that I want to share with you and hopefully find out how my peers and fellow sneaker enthusiasts feel about it too. My e-buddy @thelifeofsam planted this seed with his article over at So Fraiche and I'd really like to sit, smoke and throw around some ideas some time for a collaborative article with him. Just don't mention my longer second toe... Now the release of the Nike Air Yeezy I was a pretty special event. It lived up to the hype surrounding the release of a very limited edition shoe des