July – A Playlist

So, July’s playlist is probably the most random one to date. It started as Rosie and I were trying to put together some love songs for a friends Wedding Blessing Ceremony where I seemingly got stuck in the mid-90’s. It then got a little injection of actual new music Tom Misch, Kiiara and Protoje are all great. Then Glastonbury happened….and my two big take-aways from that were Christine and The Queens, and Band of Skull’s. Then I remembered what a great guitarist Dave Navarro was and felt obliged to put in a track from both his time with Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Jane’s Addiction.

Farewell EU – We’ll miss you.

It’s Saturday morning on 25 June 2016, 24 hours after the UK voted to leave the European Union. I, in all honesty, spent most of yesterday figuring out how I felt.

I voted remain.

I did so knowing that the European Union is not perfect and needs reshaping. That migration is an issue for all the countries in the union, but hoping that the economic benefits far outweighed any nagging doubts. They certainly did in my mind.

Beautiful Italian Food
Beautiful Italian Food

More than any political union or talks of “Super States”, Continental Europe is an amazing, beautiful, place filled with warm people and products that are loved across the UK – From the freshly cooked French Baguette to a German, or Belgian, Beer. Italian Pasta’s, Salami’s and Danish Pastries, the list could go on and on.

I voted remain for other reasons too.

I work in an industry where travel abroad is common and so many of my colleagues are able to work in Europe without the need for the bureaucratic red tape that is normally associated with the industry. Get booked for something in Spain? Holland? You just book the flight, do the work, get paid and go home.

With our intention to leave Europe that could be in doubt and the days of visas and carnet’s could be about to return – adding cost to festivals, promoters and bands.

I think of my friends in a couple of bands who are taking there first steps on the European festival circuit. They must be questioning what comes next and what additional costs will be involved.

Then I think of those who run companies who buy directly from places in France and Germany who are world leaders and innovators in the Pro-Audio world. And the British companies who buy from and sell to both companies and consumers in Europe. Will there now be tariffs applied to things imported and exported? Will it ultimately end up costing UK jobs?

I find the vote to leave a devastating blow to an industry I love one that is already trying to overcome closing venues and a decline in music and ticket sales.

I hope, for the UK’s sake, we join the single market allowing seamless trade with the rest of Europe but that’s not with out issues that are far too deep and complicated for here.

In a day where David Cameron resigned and the Parliamentary Labour Party launched a vote of no confidence in leader Jeremy Corbyn the wisest words went to Jeremy Clarkson. Who tweeted;

Right. We should have 24 hours of despair and moaning, and then we will all have to roll up our sleeves and make this shit shower work.

And we will.

Chichester Flower Festival

A couple of weeks ago Rosie and I headed off just down the coast to Chichester. There were two reasons for this, firstly Rosie wanted to get a couple of her rings re-plated and secondly as we had some extra time we decided to visit Chichester Cathedral and go to the annual Flower Festival. Unusually, I didn’t take one of my Nikon DSLR’s partly out of respect for the ancient building partly because on the Cathedrals own website it said such cameras were forbidden (in hindsight I wished I had because there were plenty of people with them). So, armed with just my iPhone I set about snapping like I normally would – here are 13 of my favourites from that day.

May – A Playlist

So, here we are at the beginning of May and it’s time for another playlist. This one got a little explicit but there are some great songs in there from D’Angelo’s Soultronic to Tom Misch’s Wander With Me and the interesting  There Will Be Time by Mumford & Sons/Baaba Maal. A quick warning there are quite a few explicit tracks…don’t listen around those who are sensitive.

The Algarve – Black and White

Rosie and I spent a couple of early-April days down in the Algarve at a villa just South of Almancil. It was a great opportunity to take my trusted Nikon D5300, this time paired with a 50mm lens, and capture some of the local area. In two days I took just over 120 photos which got edited down to just over 50! I think they really stand out; from the Church and village just to the east of Almancil, to the beauty of the sunset over the beach at Quinta Do Lago and the markets and sun bleached streets of the ancient town of Olhão it was a remarkable trip.

The Algarve – In Colour

Rosie and I spent a couple of early-April days down in the Algarve at a villa just South of Almancil. It was a great opportunity to take my trusted Nikon D5300, this time paired with a 50mm lens, and capture some of the local area. In two days I took just over 120 photos which got edited down to just over 50! I think they really stand out; from the Church and village just to the east of Almancil, to the beauty of the sunset over the beach at Quinta Do Lago and the markets and sun bleached streets of the ancient town of Olhão it was a remarkable trip.

Goodwood Estate

As Rosie is back at university we weren’t able to head away for our normal week in the sun around our anniversary. So, instead we headed down to stay at the Goodwood Hotel in the heart of the Sussex countryside. After an amazing massage, an even more amazing dinner and an awkward midnight fire alarm we were greeted by a beautiful sunny Friday. So we went off to explore the vast estate with camera and 35mm lens in hand.