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2016 was dire

Happy New Year everyone! My first act of 2017 was to scatter the accursed ashes of 2016 into the winds of time via the medium of a parody song. Basically, my dad was amusing himself over Christmas by trying to rewrite Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” to incorporate the ever-expanding list of celebrity deaths in 2016. Now I am no singer/songwriter, but as the death toll rose, I couldn’t help getting drawn into the gravitational pull of this ludicrous creative endeavour, until I ended up rewriting most of the song myself. I have put FAR too much hard work into this… Fun fact: there is one person who appears in this list who also appears in the original song. Clue: it’s not Paul Daniels.

Bakery NYC

Irrelevant photo of Mikey Rossiter (colour man of The Last Bookshop) atop a roof in NYC

Sales reps rap

It’s the 1980s, you are a sales rep for the Southern Food Brokerage Corporation, and your boss wants you and all your colleagues to join in with a little bit of harmless fun…

Lucy Kitt Mahogany Sessions

A couple of lovely new summery outdoor recordings from our good friend Lucy Kitt…

A conversation with my 12 year old self

In 1992, a boy made a video talking to his future self. 20 years later, he supplies the other half of the conversation…

The Bakery is on IMDb

And about time too. Click here.

ERADICATE

Here’s a short film by some of the chaps that work at The Mill. Everything was done in 48hrs as part of the Sci-Fi london 48 hour film competitionr. The film has been short listed in the top 20, so good luck to them!  

You don’t know how lucky you are

This won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I thought I’d post this music video up because I think it’s really striking and powerful. A lot of my childhood was spent in mid Wales, where the barren craggy landscapes and tumbledown slate ruins seem to hold a memory of generations of hardship. Where small Welsh mining communities once toiled, often there is now emptiness. A distant echo of long dead industry. A silence broken only by sheep, wind and small avalanches of scree.  Finding a mouldy sheep skull among nettles in a rocky pile that used to be someone’s fireplace, you wonder how people ever called this place home. How did they ever make ends meet, and huddle here against the cold? Nothing happens in this video, yet still it stirs up all these thoughts and memories. Or rather, a lot happens in this video, but all of it is played out on the face of a lone woman. The music video is for a track by Keaton Henson, titled You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are. That’s pretty mesmerising isn’t it? I do really like the song, but I have to say I admire the director, David Wilson, for...

I love marrow

I came across this superb campaign when it was first released back in 2007. It’s for a bone marrow charity. It had a superb website back then too, which had a fine selection of desktop wallpapers. Alas www.ilovemarrow.com is no longer, though it’s video lives on: Long live the days of nice small well executed campaigns like this.

Persistence.

Here’s a topic for discussion. I truly believe that persistence is the most important quality when doing anything remotely creative. Skills and natural talent of course help an awful lot, but it’s persistence that makes our ideas see the light of day. Now meet The Treeman, a chap from Liverpool who can play the guitar and write songs. He’s become somewhat famous on YouTube because of the video below and is also a new hero of mine because if he embodies one thing, it’s persistence. If you’ve ever tried to do anything that is difficult, you will no doubt connect with this man. I do warn you, the video is a little alarming to start with but oh god, is it funny too. It’s to no surprise that he’s got a bit of a following because of that rather vibrant video. The more fantastic thing is that he’s actually finished recording an EP and is booking gigs off the back of this fame. Of course there are going to be a large amount of ironic fans out there, but i’d also like to think that the majority of the fans find something inspiring about him.  I’d hazard a guess...