Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Amazing 2012 Olympic posters which will never be used

Just found these amazing posters over on Creative Review. It's such a shame they'll never see the light of day at the 2012 Olympics. The diving one above is my favourite.

Further job losses at Grattan

I posted a while back about job loses at Grattan in Bradford, and today they have announced another 160 losses with clothing sourcing moving to Germany. It's a sad day but not that much of a surprise.

On a good note ASDA have announced the possibility of 375 new jobs if planning permission goes through for a new store in Leeds.

The figures on the news will only tell you about the job losses, but keep looking at you'll see glimmers of a recovery. It's small and very slow at the moment but it's coming.

Who and what to see at Glastonbury 2009

I'm really excited about the Glastonbury Festival 2009. This year will be my 4th time. The line up looked a bit ropey at first but if you look a little further there are some gems hidden in there.

But even if the line-up's not what you wanted don't worry Glastonbury is less about the acts and more about the experience. I really don't care if it rains or it's baking hot weather conditions all add to the weekend and enhance your memories when you leave.

For my ten pence worth these are the bands you should try and see. If none take your fancy there's so much more to do in the fringe areas like Shangrila.

Here's my list of the acts to see at this year's Glastonbury
  • The Specials
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Bjorn Again
  • Doves
  • Jamie T
  • The Streets
  • Rolf Harris
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Kasbian
  • Spinal Tap
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • Rolf Harris (again)
  • Tindersticks
  • The Wonderstuff
  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Blur
  • Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  • Madness
  • Tom Jones
  • Tony Christie
  • The Prodigy
  • Glasvegas
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Georgie Fame
  • Magic Numbers
  • Gong
You can't see all these unfortunately as some of them clash. But sometimes it's better to miss stuff just because you were spending time wandering around the site soaking up the atmosphere.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Just what is it that you want to do?

We wanna a be free, free to do what we wanna do. We wanna get loaded!

I don't want to get loaded what ever that is (I'm sure everyone has their own way). But what I want to do, I don't know. Like most people I stumble through life lurching from one thing to another. Sure making some great and terrible decisions which take moment's of clarity and out of those I've done well, chosen the right career, a great place to work. I've got a very loving family and three amazing children who I love more than the world. My girlfriend is clever and very beautiful and I'm a very lucky person.

This week I had a tragedy in my family, I won't go into it here. What this has made me do is stand back and ask myself just what's important. Life's too short to have regrets or miss opportunities or not create opportunities. Its possible that you wake up one morning and do all the normal things you do every day and then life just stops.

There's no second chance, one last phone call, just one more email, 10 more minutes with the kids. Life is so precious you really, really must make the most of it because one day you'll blink and it's gone.

I've just read a very inspiring post on Chris Garrett's blog. Chris asks you what do you do that's just like breathing? What comes naturally to you for work or pleasure. Take some time to read it, its inspired me I hope it does you too.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Clear out therapy

I admit it I'm a hoarder. I keep loads of stuff I should get rid of it clutters my house and so clutters my life. Well last night I decided to de-clutter!

I went through all my clothes including my socks, any which didn't have a pair have gone in the bin, not more odd socks for me or mornings of frustration just lumping for an odd pair. out also went the odd cufflinks you know the ones I'd been holding on to for years in the vain hope the other on would turn up, it never did.

I moved around the furniture too, made loads more space - why did I not do it sooner!

Today's advice de-clutter and take your spare stuff to the skip, or if its good enough to the charity shop.