Memories · Notes from West London · Technology

More Elephant Pictures, and reflections on photo albums

Earlier this month I wrote this piece about The Elephant Parade, an event that took place exactly 10 years ago here in London. Streets, parks, squares and indoor spaces were populated by life-size models of baby elephants, painted by a variety of artists. It captured our imagination, and I took photographs of all 250+ elephants.… Continue reading More Elephant Pictures, and reflections on photo albums

Memories · Notes from West London

The Elephant Parade, 10 years on

10 years ago, in the late spring and early summer of 2010, London’s public spaces were home to hundreds of colourfully painted statues of baby elephants. The Elephant Parade, as it was called, featured over 250 of them in streets, parks, squares and a few indoor locations such as Westfield Shepherds Bush and the Museum… Continue reading The Elephant Parade, 10 years on

At the movies · Home life · Memories

“Breaking Away” and “feel-good” movies

In search of family viewing, and after a false start, we watch “Breaking Away” (the 1979 film directed by Peter Yates) in memory of my father. Last week’s ITV drama “Quiz” was a real treat. It was based on events related to the quiz show “Who wants to be a millionaire?” nearly 20 years ago… Continue reading “Breaking Away” and “feel-good” movies

Gigs · Memories · Music

Album of the week: #7 “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This” (New York Dolls)

After a gap of three weeks, for reasons explained in this piece, I have chosen another Album of the week. It was the title that appealed to me: “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This”, by the New York Dolls. The album passed me by on its release in 2006. I came… Continue reading Album of the week: #7 “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This” (New York Dolls)

Memories

Memories of “The Brothers” and “The White Album”

As mentioned  in this post from earlier today about “The Wheat Album” by the Rutles, here is a piece from “1000 Memories” containing brief childhood recollections of a BBC drama (“The Brothers”) and the LP released by the Beatles in 1968, usually known as “The White Album”. The Brothers There was a new programme on… Continue reading Memories of “The Brothers” and “The White Album”

Home life · Memories · Music

Album of the week: #3 “Norman … Rockwell!” (Lana del Rey) [contains rude words]

Before you read on, be aware that this piece contains many rude words, or rather the same curse word repeated many times in different forms. If you are sensitive to such things, or are under 13, please stop reading now. If not, continue to the next paragraph, after these photos of the CD cover and… Continue reading Album of the week: #3 “Norman … Rockwell!” (Lana del Rey) [contains rude words]