I've been terrible at keeping this blog updated. This is in part to do with being super busy and in part to do with not quite having figured out how to used this excessively simple web-site building Weebly technology. Don't they know some of us use Windows Vista and are used to having to fight to get things to work?
Anyway I'll try and update as to recent happenings but first I thought I'd share a game I've just creatred with the world. It's called Rubber Motor Push, it's a game to play on the way home from a night out and here are the rules:
On the way back from a night out you pick a point on your way home to start counting the number of motorbikes, push bikes and rubber bands you can see. You count the number of motorbikes on your right hand, the number of push bikes on your left and and you pick up the rubber bands and put them in you pocket.
A perfect score is 5 of each. Mopeds count as half a motorbike, and rubber bands can carry over from pervious games. My score tonight was 2.5 motorbikes, 5 push bikes and 3 rubber bands (two carried over from a previous game I didn't even know I was playing.
The tricky bits are deciding where to start counting, not spotting a moped once you've managed to spot 5 motorbikes and doing all of this looking and counting after a few bevvies on a Friday.
If you live in the countryside you can play this game with tractors, and er... badgers
Here's a song I've just heard on Bob Harris' Radio 2 Show that sums it all up.... not the game, but life itself:
So what the frak have I been up to in the last 2 and a bit years!? Well, I moved out of Warwick having completed my Masters in Creative and Media Enterprises, back to London where I live in a self contained apartment in a house with my parents, cat and various lodgers coming and going. Volunteered at the 2008 London Film Festival then interned in the BFI marketing department for a few months and then they gave me a job!
I've been working at the BFI ever since and I love it. I get to see loads of movies and help promote their excellent film and television programmes AND I get a free copy of Sight & Sound every month! Living the dream!
My dad and I finally got the 1973 VW water proofed and back on the road. I named her after my late cat who died when I went on my first trip away in the bus :o( You can follow her exploits on the Gaia Bus tab at the top of the page.
I'm quite keen on festival shinanigans and have got volunteered and partied at a few more. Most excitingly I am now part of a really fun arts/music collective (despite not being much of an artist and nothing of a musician) called Autumn Shift. We've put on one little festival ourselves with help from the lovely Acid Jammers led by the Lovely Ed Saperia. The other festival we took our Spangly orange tent to was Festibelly. This was great and a real culmination of all the effort everyone had put in over the last year. Everyone had a blast, drank loads of tea and boogied well into the night! I could do more of that. In fact I will be, our next London Session is on the 4th of November and it promises to be much fun in the Brixton Dogstar
I also got to take my wonderful girlie Gillian to many of these festies in the Gaia Bus. I met Gill in a pub in East London and we had our first date on Valentines day 2009... I took her to see Shakespeare's most romantic play at the Hackney Empire: Othello :op
She wasn't put off and boy and I glad she wasn't! We've had so many absolutely aces times over the last year, including our mate Jake's own mini festival in Stoke, a jokes jolly over to France for new year's with loads of mates, a shared love of Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad and roller coasters! She's gone off to Liverpool to anthropologise. I'm missing her something crazy but have been up to Liverpool. I think it'll be somewhere I'll be happy to visit pretty regularly and her new friends are really nice and seem to be looking after her well. Also Skype with a webcam is a saviour! You can see her at the top of this précis
I've been keeping creative. I'm still working on my Kinderchess set. You can see the dragons I made when I had swine flu on my birthday last year. Gill bopped over to Kenya that summer to build sand dams and look at floofy lions and Zebra! I haven't done as many pieces as I would like but the next ones I plan on making (when I find time) are the trees. It's a great game. Once I've made the set I'll show you how it works if you're interested.
I've helped out with a couple of films that my mates have been making and which are due to appear shortly. I've acted for a couple of friends, including playing the ghost of a priest in a graveyard poetry video, a mad steam-punky ventriloquist with the professor for a short trailer set in a theatre and as part of a beastial tribe in a cool short film bot made by the lovely folks at Tea Fuelled Art. Also next week I'm going to be directing the Tea Fuelled submission for the 48 Hour film project... Which promised to be fun, mad and challenging in equal measures. Wish me luck.. I'll let you know how it goes.
What else has been happening? Well with one of my first pay cheques I bought a Brompton from E-bay to get me to and from work. It's great but it's almost been stolen from the bikeshed at work, the pannier has fallen off and the seat is now quite squeeky. I think it needs some TLC.
'I've been following the new series of Doctor Who with interest. Being a die-hard fan you kind of have to and it does reward that kind of obsession :op I've also played a bit more Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time having got stuck as a small child. I've also taken to dressing up as Link for fancy dress.... mostly to impress Gill the biggest Zelda fan I know.
I've been really, lucky, I've been able to see so many good bands, I have a new favourite Sound of Rum. Check them out! Best Lyrics and funky beats ever! I basically chase them around and drag my mates along! Also I filmed their first youtube video as a band on my phone, of which I'm a little too proud.
So that's a little overview of what I've been up to but there's much more besides and I'm sure you'll indulge me if I partake in some nostalgia in the posts to come... because you have no choice!
Most of all I've made lots of amazing friends, strengthened many more and worked hard to spread the love. I'm super grateful for all the opportunities I've been given and all of the times I've had to chill out completely or laugh until I cried. I'll sign off now with a quote I saw in Erich Fromm's Fear of Freedom:
"If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
If I am for myself only,
what am I?
If not now - when?"
The last time I wrote a regular blog I was still at Warwick Uni. The mind boggles how far the online world has progressed since I was there. Facebook was a new, university-exclusive, mildly diverting, site, not the behemoth of social interaction it is today. The closest thing to Twitter was the group text function on advanced mobile phones... And Myspace was popular with the kidz (but not with me, I had 6 friends). Ah how times have changed,I often feel like the professor, aged and perplexed. Angry and impotent. So I've decided to take the bull by the horn and recommence my online ramblings. I'm going to do a quick precis of what has happened since those heady regular blogging days. If you're interested you can jump back to the point at which I was still a regular incumbant of the East Midlands before the University of Warwick decided that if I wanted to continue blogging with them, under the most ridiculous URL I would have to start paying alumni fees. Boo: Al's Warwick Blog
So basically, I intend to use this weebly website as a hub for all my online activities. Let's hope that the free service is sufficient and efficient. I recognise it's a bit of a gamble to go with a service that isn't blog builder, but let's give it a dry run anyway. What's to lose? The manifesto of this page is going to be a little different to the one I wrote as my Warwick Blog Manifesto in 2005, but not much.
1: general diary of what I've been up to... so I'll have some kind of starting point when I come around to writing my memoirs... In fact once this is written memoirs will be pretty redundant... In that case it's just to keep The Man, and My Mammy informed about my doings and whereabouts. More over it's to list the things that make me happy... you know nostalgia and all that. I will be including
2: To be a hub for all my other online activities and manage my online presence... which is and important thing these days so I'm told. So hopefully I'll be able to keep a tab on my Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr etc on here.
3: This'll be a place to publish various writings, rants, poems, opinions, reviews / anything else I want off my chest.
4: To give the Gaia bus an online space, maybe connecting with other VW camper owners to offer/receive advice.
5: To keep tabs on The Professor, that cheeky old monkey.
6: To keep up with my Grandpa the most prolific blogger I know! Eric Avebury
7: To keep a track of my work and play, in case anyone sees it and wants to give me monies for doing it.
8: To give thanks to people who have helped me and for my general good fortune.