Category: Urban Life

  • The creeping Starbuckifiction of Sussex

    Starbucks has finally got its claws deeply into Worthing. Where next?

  • Capturing a Summer’s moment by the Thames

    I'm having one of those days, looking forward to a free hour or so, sandwiched between a day's working on a report for work, and an evening raiding with my Warcraft guild.

    However, I grabbed a little time over lunch to edit and upload a little video I shot while walking along the Thames on Friday evening, on the way to meeting friends in a pub. It was a glorious, sunny, summer's evening, and it felt just wonderful to be meandering along the river amongst the rush of Friday night humanity. Here's my attempt to capture it:


    I'm really enjoying creating these little "video photographs" of an experience, a moment in time, even if no-one else cares. :)

  • Covent Garden after the rain

    Shot last week, after sheltering from a sudeen downpour in the Apple Store. I managed not to buy anything. Does this mean that I'm finally an adult?

  • Back Garden Beauty

    I spent much of this afternoon back in the Lewisham flat, straightening out the garden and generally making it ship shape and Bristol fashion, ready to catch a buyer’s eye. And, actually, it’s looking in rather good shape right now. I caught some of the lovelier bits for posterity as this will be my last spring there…

    Dasiy, daisy

    In the shade of the tree

    Memories of Mum

    The back garden

    Honey suckle

  • It’s baaaaaack….

    Yesterday, somebody confidently announced to me that the snow in London we'd seen for the last couple of years was a rare event, and it wouldn't happen again.

    You know what's coming next, don't you?

    Could be an interesting journey home this evening.

  • Covent Garden Candids

    I used to do a lot of wandering around, just snapping pictures of life. I'm trying to get back into the swing of it:

    Genius at Work
    Genius at Work
    Genius at Work

  • An Urban Garden

    Our back garden in Lewisham, lit for a summer evening.


  • Foragers’ Harvest

    We've been foraging for fruit in the trees that grow adjacent to the flat in Lewisham:

    Elderberries for jam…

  • Work from home? The office? The coffee shop?

    Although working from home is convenient, sometimes it pays to go to the office.

    That's what Sheryl Crow discovered when she jettisoned her Nashville home studio for a Los Angeles one to record her latest album, "100 Miles From Memphis." The L.A. location led a few famous friends to stop by, including Justin Timberlake.

    "I dragged him into the studio and said, 'I want you to hear something,'" she recalled. She played him her cover of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name," redone with a Memphis sound.

    "He looked at me and said, 'You know I'm from Memphis … I've got the backgrounds on this.' And he came in and he sang on this," she said. "That sort of thing doesn't happen when you're working from home."


    I'm a  huge fan of working from home, but only as part of a mix of locations. And the quote above illustrates exactly why an "office" in the widest sense can be hugely useful. I work from two different offices, home and coffee shops. Each give me a different working experience, and each are suited to different tasks. 

  • Uh-Oh


    That’s just a few minutes’ walk from one of the office I work out of. Bad wallet news.