- The Irishman
- John Wick 3
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- The Gentlemen
A day trip to the town of Roubaix. I knew only of the Paris-Roubaix Cycling race, but it’s also home to La Piscine. This repurposed swimming bath is now a museum of art and industry.
It’s well worth a visit if you are in the area.
On a cold and appropriately grey day between Christmas and New Year, we visited Ypres in Belgium – and visited a few of the historical sites from World War One including:
- Tyne-Cot cemetery, where nearly 12000 British and Commonwealth bodies are buried.
- Langemark cemetery where over 44000 German soldiers are buried and commemorated.
- The Menin Gate, where the last post ceremony has been observed almost continuously since 1927.
- The Christmas Truce memorial, near Comines-Warneton where a football match was played out on Christmas Day 1914.
Writing a ‘best of the decade’ or a top ten of the ‘tens’ is a heavy lift. When you listen to a LOT of music, then it’s a struggle to pull out the absolute favourites.
For this one, I chose my favourite album of each year… this wouldn’t be a bad list of albums to keep on repeat for a decade.
- 2010 – Black Noise – Pantha du Prince
- 2011 – Ceremonials – Florence and the Machine
- 2012 – Rhythm & Respose – Glen Hansard
- 2013 – Les Revenants (OST) – Mogwai
- 2014 – El Pintor – Interpol
- 2015 – Gomorrah (OST) – Mokadelic
- 2016 – You want it darker – Leonard Cohen
- 2017 – Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams
- 2018 – Here lies the body – Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
- 2019 – Ghosteen – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
My Spotify client tells me that I saved 63 albums in my ‘2019’ folder – these are my top 10, in no particular order.
- Remind me Tomorrow – Sharon van Etten
- Ghosteen – Nick Cave and the Bad seeds
- The Undivided Five – A Winged history for the Sullen
- Six Lethargies – Keaton Henson
- Everything not saved will be lost (pt1 & pt2) – Foals
- Lust and Learn – Slow Show
- Crow Hill – Meursault
- This Wild Willing – Glen Hansard
- Assume Form – James Blake
- Norman Fucking Rockwell – Lana del Rey
As part of the Dublin Open House festival (openhouse.ie), we took a walk to the Pigeon House Power station. This abandoned Victorian power station is behind a fence for most of the year but with the Open House, we had access to the building, and some unique views of the Poolbeg Chimneys. Couple with some great weather, this was a nice way to use my new camera for the first time.
A couple of nights in Galway, coupled with a driven loop of Connemara – one of the most beautiful areas I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Squeezed in a quick trip to Kylemore Abbey, situated in Kylemore pass – a Victorian house, convent and once upon a time, a girls school.
Here are some picture highlights.
There has been a lot of change around here. In the last seven months, I’ve turned 50, got a new job, sold my house and moved country.
In a list, it doesn’t look much, but I suspect that a therapist would talk about ‘life changes’ and tut as they wrote a small list at the top of a blank page.
Some of it has been refreshing, some of it a bit scary, most of it successful and all of it required hard work.
However, here I am. And you know, it feels pretty good!
In the process of making some of these life changes, I’ve been through a massive detox. Moving house inspired me to do a massive declutter and purge of both my physical and digital world.
Some of the work is still ongoing, and it’s giving me the impetus to get back to having a focused online presence.
So, here I am… back, and refocused.
A time always comes in an artist’s life when he must take his bearings, draw closer to his own centre, and then try to stay there… A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. This is why, perhaps, after working and producing for twenty years, I still live with the idea that my work has not even begun.Albert Camus – 1968
Don’t aim for consistently heroic efforts. Aim for being heroic at consistency.
Heroic efforts = take a huge toll emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Not a sustainable thing to strive for.
Consistency = compounds over time. Good enough over and over again makes you great.— Brad Stulberg (@BStulberg) September 18, 2018