NARROW WAY OF THINKING?
The weather’s been pretty awful over Easter down in London but I did manage to get out to Camden to walk from Camden Town to Regents Park, taking shots of the Regents Canal for a book proposal. Canals are interesting things: walking along them makes you feel that you aren’t in London or the London you know. I did Little Venice last Sunday and the canal path from Camden to Maida Hill is fantastic. There are little communities of people who live on their boats, apart from the rest of the city. I’ve never walked this route before and I’m really enjoying the research for this book. I’m just hoping that I’ll be able to make it happen as a book because I spend so much time wandering around London that it would be great if someone paid me something for the privilege. The whole recession thing has been so depressing that it’s been nice to do something that doesn’t rely on a booming economy. So here are a few shots taken along the Regents Canal between Camden Town and the back of Edgware Road…










LONDON CALLING (AGAIN)
Here’s some more random photos taken near Euston Road, one taken in Angel, in Little Venice and Paddington taken over the last couple of weeks including when Dave Morris came down to see me. I’m off to San Diego next Tuesday so I’ll be posting a review of Dark Knight before I go and details of what we’ve got planned at the show for TRIPWIRE Annual and Studio Space. The Annual is printed now…











SAINTLY BEHAVIOUR
Last Saturday, on my way to Manchester for the Studio Space signing, I got to see the new St Pancras station in all its glory. It’s been open for about three months now but this is the first chance I got to see it and I have to say that it’s amazing. I’ve also been working near it this week at a contract publishers near Caledonian Road, so here are some photos of the new station and a few from the canal nearby including a man removing grafitti and the tomb of John Soane, architect of the Bank of England in Old St Pancras churchyard. I’ll be posting a few more and then I’ll put my post up about the signing last weekend…






















GO WEST YOUNG MAN 2008 PART FOUR
Okay, so Bristol was over two weeks’ ago now but it’s been a crazy month what with the Studio Space book, trying to polish off the Annual and keeping up with my regular film-related writing (like the Indy review last week) so I’ve let this last part of my Bristol online diary slip. So the show went very well and on Monday morning, I crammed Louise and Walter Simonson into my Nissan Micra and we left the Ramada. I say crammed because my car had rather a lot of boxes in it from the weekend plus my bags and I had suggested they could grab a lift back with me to London because they were going back that way and so was I, so I thought it might have been fun. So we left Redcliffe in Bristol with Louise crushed in the back and Walter sitting with two boxes in the front and headed for Clifton, because I promised I would show them the suspension bridge, which I have only ever seen once and it was in Winter. The weather was perfect (crisp blue sky with sunshine) and so it seemed to be the ideal opportunity. We got to Clifton, met my brother briefly, who lives in Clifton and walked across the bridge and even went up to the Observatory and got a great view of the gorge.
I had planned to go to Salisbury because I had never seen Stonehenge or the Cathedral there but I decided instead to take Walt and Weezie to Bradford-on-Avon, where my friend Jaspre and his partner Ronnie and their two daughters live. Bradford is a great place and people don’t seem to know about it, unlike Bath, so it’s pretty quiet. So I made our way to Bradford, getting slightly lost and driving through Bath but we made it just after lunch and met Jaspre, who took us on a walking tour of the place, up through an area called the Tory, which is located above Bradford-on-Avon, past a Saxon church, a tithe barn and to lunch by the canalside. I have visited Bradford a couple of times before but hadn’t seen this bit so that was a lot of fun. Jaspre, Walt and Weezie also seemed to hit it off, which was good. Then, leaving Bradford at 5.15pm, we headed towards Avebury, and the way there I pointed out the White Horse at Cherhill to the Simonsons. So we stopped at Avebury where the weather had gotten a little cloudy but we still had a bit of a wander around the standing stones as Walter remembered the place fondly from when he was last over here. The rape seed fields look like they have been added in in Photoshop and it is a really fantastic place. No wonder Julian Cope likes it. So we left Avebury and ended up in Marlborough in Wiltshire for dinner, which we left after eating and continued the circuitous route back to London. I had to drop them off at Egham, a place I am not familiar with, so we got lost and their friend Richard Burton had to come and find us. So I eventually left the Simonsons at Richard’s house at about 11.45pm and then didn’t get home until 1am because I got lost in Egham trying to find the motorway again. So that is the end of my epic Monday after Bristol but I really enjoyed the day as Walt and Weezie are great company and I enjoyed showing them places they didn’t know and wouldn’t have gone to otherwise. Here is a selection of photos from that day including lots of Clifton, Bradford-on-Avon and one of Avebury…









GO WEST YOUNG MAN 2008 PART THREE
Sunday at Bristol was a great day for us as we had Dave Gibbons, Walter Simonson and Dave Taylor all signed on the table so we had a fantastic turnout and sold lots of the book. Dave Taylor is an exceptionally nice bloke and he has a very cute daughter (whose name I don’t remember). Before the show, me and Gary took a wander by the canal at Bristol and I took some great shots. The day passed quickly and we packed up the table, having had a great weekend and Gary headed back to Winchester. In the evening, I went for dinner with Dave Morris, his friend Pat, Misako Rocks and Sean Wilson’s friend Akiko and we went to the Spyglass, the restaurant on the boat in Bristol. It was a very relaxing end to the weekend. So here are a few photos of the canalside at Bristol including some nice crane shots, photos from the Sunday including Walter and Dave Gibbons signing, Dave Taylor signing (apologies for getting the side of Dave) and the Bristol canalside at night. Part Four (where I recount our mammoth trip back to London with Walter and Louise Simonson squeezed into my tiny car) will be up over the weekend but first my Indiana Jones review up on Thursday…