I’m hitting all my Kiwi music favourites up on Youtube today. In less than two weeks I’m making my regular February pilgrimage to the sweet shores of Aotearoa. I always get really nervous before a trip home – what if everything has changed? What if I’ve changed too much? What if none of my friends love me anymore? What if I decide I can’t leave again? I just become a stressed out knot of feelings. I’m not ready to leave London yet, but New Zealand in the summer is just so damn amazing…
Adventures in brand land – agency Wolff Olins’ have hives on the roof of their Kings Cross studio here in London. I found this sweet, short video which explains how they came to be. (Pardon the pun.)
There’s an old wives tale that you should tell your bees about births, deaths, and marriages…
Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich and oh my god, Annie Lennox’s eyes… A classic from 1992. The video is based in part on the film Dangerous Liaisons (starring Malkovich).
My Friday pick – an oldie but a goodie. Such athleticism!
My not-so secret? I’m a blubberer. I get weepy at tiny animals, internet onions, thoughts of home, and heart-warming stories of people being nice on the tube. I can trace it back to the first time I watched E.T. at my grandmother’s house, and spent the evening wiping my snotty nose into my sleeves. So when I saw Frank Warren’s, founder of PostSecret, TED presentation, I lost it. Watch right through to the end, or skip ahead to 8:30.
I love plums. The smell of them takes me back to being a kid running loose in my aunt and uncle’s orchard. My tribe of cousins and I were forever in trouble for climbing the trees and attempting to scoff all the fruit before it was ripe (hello tummy aches). We’d tear strips of fluffy lichen off the plum trees, and fashion them as beards, and attempt to feed plums to the ponies in the next paddock. These delicious, juicy little fruits are in season now and what better way to make the most of their abundance than by making plum-cake? This recipe/video by Thomas Blanchard is particularly tasty – I love the floating typography.
A cut n’ paste job on Mad Men to create a version of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Sensational.
Long time CFS favourites Gaggle have released the first single from their new album From The Mouth Of The Cave is called Army Of Birds. Do what it says on the packet – watch full screen (change the settings to HD) and pop your headphones on. Lovely, and a little bit trippy.
This looks good, in a big, flashy Bazza way. While waiting for Christmas to come (why tease us now?) I must remember to watch the 1974 version (starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow).