can you get more random?

The world’s ugliest buildings

November 15th, 2008 Posted in General | No Comments »

Virtual Tourist have just published a press release listing (in their opinion) the worlds ugliest buildings. While you can argue with their choice (I quite like Liverpool Cathedral and I don’t find Tour Montparnasse in Paris that much of an eyesore), it’s a shame they didn’t spend ore time promoting the article on their site. the link from the article at Yahoo ! went straight to the reuters site, and I had to spend a few minutes on VirtualTourist before I found the press release. It would have been nice to have the article promoted in the virtual tourist home page, with links to photos on their site. Yet another missed opportunity I guess.

Hmm what to do today. As I’m in Barcelona, I think I’ll have lunch at Quimet & Quimet, a wonderful little tapas bar in Poble Sec. Or maybe I’ll just spend the rest of the morning looking out over Plaça Vicenç Martorell here at Chelo, with another one of their amazing fruit juices.

Back to work on monday. What joy!

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Blind pilot lands plane

November 7th, 2008 Posted in General | No Comments »

A pretty incredible story from the BBC, a blind pilot landed a plane after he had a stroke whilst flying and loosing his sight.

I’ve never been very good at flying, this is the sort of thing that makes me more sure than ever that we’re better off with both feet on the ground.

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Vegetarian Paris

October 30th, 2008 Posted in food and drink | No Comments »

Being a vegetarian in France isn’t easy. I have a couple of hardcore (ex-)vegetarian friends who moved to France and have moved back to the dark side. Its more understandable when you realise the almost complete lack of understanding of vegetarianism amongst the local population. Asking for a vegetable salad “sans viande” will often result in a chicken salad, as apparently chicken isn’t meat in the french sense of the word. Vegetarian salad with bacon is another common dish, and when asking for the version ‘sans bacon’ the salad will return with the bacon bits (mostly) picked out by hand.

So it’s good to know that there are more and more vegetarian restaurants appearing in Paris, here are a couple of vegetarian resources I’ve found recently:

I also discovered v3ggie.com, a vegetarian search engine which gives interesting results, and has a greate recipe search feature.

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Vacation in Paris

August 2nd, 2008 Posted in General, travel | No Comments »

My studio is available to rent for 4 days in August, so if you fancy a short break in Paris, staying in an apartment by Canal st Martin, let me know.

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More great restaurants in Barcelona

July 25th, 2008 Posted in food and drink, travel | No Comments »

I’m back in Barcelona, and have been trying out some more restaurants. I’ve been told that catalonians don’t go in for tapas, and the tapas restaurants in Barcelona are only for tourists, but I’m still a fan. For a great tapas restaurant, try Flauta in eixample, an unpretentious, welcoming place, great for something to eat before going out for a drink in the area. Or for something a little more classy, my two discoveries this week are Botega Sepulveda and Los Caracoles

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Tea

July 18th, 2008 Posted in General | No Comments »

Just heard on BBC Radio 4:

“We all know that tea is one of lifes essentials, and I for one can’t help having a deep suspicion of anyone that doesn’t like tea”

Well I’d agree with that!

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Sonar 2008 Roundup

June 27th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m back from Sonar, and the first thing on my mind is reserving for next year. Unfurtunately I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked, due to other commitments. In fact, I only made it to the friday night, but that alone was worth it. Madness were excellent, Richie Hawtin was incredible, Justice were amazing. And arriving back in Barcelona on the bus as the sun was rising over the port was unforgettable.

Next year I’ll be there again, and I’ll definately be going to more of the daytime concerts.

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Sonar 2008 Roundup

June 27th, 2008 Posted in General | No Comments »

I’m back from Sonar, and the first thing on my mind is reserving for next year. Unfurtunately I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked, due to other commitments. In fact, I only made it to the friday night, but that alone was worth it. Madness were excellent, Richie Hawtin was incredible, Justice were amazing. And arriving back in Barcelona on the bus as the sun was rising over the port was unforgettable.

Next year I’ll be there again, and I’ll definitely be going to more of the daytime concerts.

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Sonar 2008 – Saturday

May 19th, 2008 Posted in music | No Comments »

Sonar by Day – Saturday 21st June

CaboSanRoque (ES)
Camping (PuPilo Records/ES) – Alternative / Indie / Expérimentale
COH plays Cosey (Raster Noton/DE)
DJ Birdy (ManzanasTraigo!/ES)
DJ Key (Funky Noise/MA)
Doozer (BrokenLoop/ES)
Electrotoylets (ES) – Electrique / Folk / Nu-Jazz
Grobas (Thrasher Home-981Sessions/ES) – Electronique / House / Techno
Kid Acne (Lex/UK) – Hip Hop / Punk / Rap
Matmos (Matador/US) – Electronique / Expérimentale / Autre
Northern State (Ipecac/US)
Señor Rosa (ES) Can’t find link
Skymark (Soulsociedad/CH) – Soul / Hip Hop / Jazz
The Black Dog (Soma/UK) – IDM / Ambiance / Electronique
The Duloks (UK) – Indie / New Wave / Comédie
The Field (Kompakt/SE)

DIRTY presents
Dirty Sound System (FR)
Discodeine (FR) – Club / Emotronic / Religieux
Pilooski (FR) – Electrique / Expérimentale / Psychédélique

FLOGSTA DANSHALL & HARMÖNIA present SKWEEE
Rigas Den Andre, Pavan, Joxaren & Daniel Savio (Flogsta Danshall/SE)
Randy Barracuda, Mesak, Sla & Eero Johannes (Harmönia/FI)

OSAKA INVASION presents
Bogulta (JP) – Punk / Electrique / Trance
DJ Scotch Egg (Load/JP) – Happy Hardcre / Comédie / Punk
Maruosa (Renda/JP) – Breakcore
Ove Naxx (Accelmuzhik/JP) – Alternative / Expérimentale / Comédie

Sonar by Night – Saturday 21st June

Angel Molina (SonarMusic/ES)
Antipop Consortium (US)
Buraka Som Sistema DJ’s (PT) – Breakbeat / Club
Check One (ES) – Dub / Electronique / Breakbeat
Chloé (Kill the DJ/FR) – Electronique / Chansons populaires mélodramatiques
Clark (Warp/UK) – Electronique / Alternative
DJ Mehdi (FR) vs A-Trak feat. Kid Sister (US)
DJ Yoda Magic Cinema Show (Antidote/UK)
Dubfire (Sci+Tec/US)
M.I.A. (XL/UK)
Miss Kittin (Nobody’s Bizzness/FR) – Electrique / Techno / Pop
Neon Neon (Lex/UK-US) – Electrique / Pop
Oscar Mulero (Warm Up-Zero Oscillator/ES) – Techno / Electronique
Ricardo Villalobos (Sei Es Drum/CL)
Sharon Schael (Female Pressure/VE) – Techno / Club / Electronique
Soulwax (Modular/BE)
X-102 discovers The Rings of Saturn (Underground Resistance/US)
Yazoo (Mute/UK) – Pop / Electrique

DIAL presents
Efdemin (DE) – Techno / House / Expérimentale
Pantha Du Prince (DE) – Techno / Expérimentale / House

ED BANGER RECORDS presents
Busy P. (FR) – Electrique / Screamo
Krazy Baldhead (FR) – Breakbeat / Electrique / Hip Hop
Nil (FR) – Electronique / Funk / Shoegaze
SebastiAn (FR)

FREERANGE presents
Jimpster (UK) – House / Electronique / Down-tempo
Milton Jackson (UK) – IDM

that’s all – hopefully now you should be able to decide which days/nights you want to buy tickets for (assuming you’re not going for the general pass).

There’s also links to many of the artists on the Last.fm event page

See you there!

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Sonar 2008 – Friday

May 19th, 2008 Posted in music | No Comments »

Continuing the list of links to bands performing at Sonar this year, here’s the list for friday.

Sonar by Day – friday 20th June
Aixònoéspànic
Blackjoy
Deepchord Presents Echospace
El Guincho
First Aid Kit – Electronica / Pop / Emo
F-on – Can’t find link
Shape of Broad Minds (SBM) – Hip Hop / Rock / Rap
Kalabrese pres. The Rumpelorchestra
Konono Nº1 – Folk / Alternative / Electronica
Le Rok – Electronica / Indie / House
Nisei vs Za
QA’A
Quiet Village – Jazz / Psychedelic / Surf
Tara de Long – Hip Hop / Country / Turntablism
Tender Forever – Soul / Pop / Folk
Vasco Ispirián – can’t find link
Virginie – Soul / Hip Hop / Down-tempo
Yellow Swans – Experimental / Industrial / Psychedelic
Yo Mayesty – Alternative / Club / Rap

NINJA TUNE & COUNTER RECORDS present
Daedelus – Experimental / Experimental / Experimental
J.Mountain
The Heavy
The Long Lost – Rock / Pop / Pop Punk

Sonar by Night – friday 20th June
BC vs JC feat. Darren Emerson
Boys Noize (Boysnoize Records/DE) – Electronica / Indie / Techno
Diplo (Mad Decent/US) – Psychedelic / Electronica / Reggae
Dj Soak (Coffy Records/ES) – Hip Hop / Electronica / Big Beat
Erol Alkan (UK) – Alternative / Club / Psychedelic
Ewan Pearson (Misericord/UK)
Frankie Knuckles (Def Mix/US) – House
Hercules and Love Affair (DFA-EMI/US) – Experimental
Justice (Ed Banger Records/FR) – Christian / Club
Madness (Lucky Seven/UK) – Ska
Pulshar (PhonoBox/ES) – Dub / Electronica / Soul
Rob Da Bank (Sunday Best/UK)
Róisín Murphy (EMI/IE) – Electronica / Disco House / Pop
Suite on Clouds (ES) – Electronica / Lounge / Down-tempo
The Pinker Tones (Pinkerland/ES) – Electronica / Lounge / Alternative
Yelle (Source Etc./FR) – Pop/Club

BBC Radio 1 presents
Flying Lotus (Warp/US) – Hip Hop / Experimental / Indie
Mala (Digital Mystikz/UK)
Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1/UK)
Shackleton (Skull Disco/UK)
Selected by Mary Anne Hobbs

MINUS presents CONTAKT
Gaiser (US)
Heartthrob
Magda
Marc Houle
Richie Hawtin – Techno
Troy Pierce – Techno

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY RADIO presents
Buraka Som Sistema – Breakbeat / Club / Ghettotech
Theo Parrish

Basquiat Strings

I can’t find URLs for all artists, so if you know of any I’ve missed (or if I’ve made a mistake anywhere), please let me know.

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