Tuesday, 14 December 2010

So It Goes

Why it telly not like this anymore?

Friday, 3 December 2010


Procrastination is always evident when trying to do essays.
My distraction (as per) is You tube.

Today I decided to look at Top of the Pops videos and came across these beauties.

Basically three of my fave bands taking the Michael because the BBC made them mime on their dead and gone programme.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Monday, 8 November 2010

This is Hardcore

Alright all you cheeky Common People
Today brought the best news in, forever
(well since last Spring when Belle& Sebastian reformed)
Somethings changed.

Do you remember the first time?
I remember back in the day dancing to Disco 2000, but I could've never imagined how much this would've grown into this F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.

"We're making a move, we're making it now, we're coming out of the side-lines."

Thursday, 28 October 2010

You wanna be with somebody who you really love

Probably the funniest person I've ever met.
Also, such a beaut.
I don't know anyone else in this world whom over-gorged on Christmas diner, therefore convinced themselves they were going to die, &could never eat it again.

Supermarket Sweep


Papa don't preach


This is my daddy, Ian Hornby.
He's my favorite.
Without him, I'd have the worst music taste ever.

There is a light & goes out


Our Kid


This is my godfather Kevin Mcbride.
He tells the most interesting tales.

Rebel, rebel


One of my best friends Thomas Baxendale.
Big fat goth.
I love it when he gets me into rubbish telly and we go to greasy spoons, he's the Northern touch I need in London.

Spin me round


My little sister Aimee.
The cutest kitten in the land.
She'll always be my favourite.

'The messiah is my sister, ain't no king man she's my queen.'

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Now I know how Joan of Arc felt..

Last night a few of my friends popped over and we ended up watching some videos that my dad had recorded on VCR in the 1980's.
The colours were amazing then and the people on television looked really plain in comparison to the 2000's.
My favourite bits were the recordings of The Smiths on Top of the Pops. Morrissey prancing around miming and struttin' his stuff was pleasing on the eyes.
Thanks Top of the Pops, you rekindled my love for a band whom were once a fave, but I'd given a rest.

'Behind the hatred there lies, a murderous desire for love.'

'My only weakness is a list of crimes, my only weakness is, well never mind.'

'Now you know the truth about me you won't see me anymore. Well, I'm still fond of you.'

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Poor attempt

At manipulating Polaroid I did a long time ago.
The picture had already come out fairly badly because of the lack of lighting and a problem with my flash so I choose to do what I could with it..

Friday, 13 August 2010


Thomas Baxendale has introduced me to the beautiful delight that is Pedro Martell aka 'Honey B Diva.'
All I can say is this is absolutely unreal. This is a real vibe, she/ he's inspired me to learn how to do cartwheels. I can't do forward roles yet, so this will be a fair task, but it has to be done. UTTER BABE.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

He's in there, and he's blasting like a rolling stone, singing at the top of his lungs..

You can't strive to be that, there's no way you own it.

worried shoes

Such a beaut song, Daniel Johnston the little beaut 'I took this from the Beatles.'

Such a beaut cover.
I'll always have big love for Karen O.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Physical love is pointless..

"The title was inspired by a Salvador Dali quip: "Picasso is Spanish, me too. Picasso is a genius, me too. Picasso is a communist, me neither".

"The Observer Monthly Music magazine has called it "the pop equivalent of an Emmanuelle movie."

"Gainsbourg claimed it was an "anti-fuck" song about the desperation and impossibility of physical love."


You can probably guess from all my Gainsbourg links that I've recently seen the film. Its wonderful I would encourage everyone to see it. This song is one of the funniest moments in the song.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Condé Nast, taking over the world, restaurant at a time..

Upon browsing the internet today, I discovered Condé Nast are opening GQ & Vogue restaurants in a bid to spread their brand values beyond glossy paper.

Currently they own a GQ bar, Vogue café and a Tatler club, but this is seemingly not enough. In interviews the chairman of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse has said he believes restaurants are a 'Natural way to extend brand values.'

The company are also planning on opening these resturants in countries where they do not currently publish, a perhaps clear attempt to reach a new market.

What ever could follow?

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Beach Baby

Photographs from our trip to Whitstable Biennale.

Sunday, 20 June 2010


"Then the searchlight which had been turned on the world was turned off again and never for one moment since has there been any light that’s stronger than this — kitchen — candle."
Right now I think i'll know when I'm in love,

When someone wakes me up with a cup of Earl Grey
Exactly the way I like it

(No sugar, no milk, no china mugs, 1/4 cold water)
Without me having to ask them.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Monday, 24 May 2010

Sunday, 11 April 2010

A how to on manipulating polaroids

The Traditional
Manipulation Technique
By Filippo Centenari & Beppe Bolchi

Filippo and Beppe applied the "classic" manipulation technique that we all know and love from original SX70 film material: applying rounded tools to move the emulsion under the foil as well as using heat and cold to create different tonal ranges.

The manipulation expert Filippo says: After taking your first picture, let it develop for some time, while protecting it from light. Afterwards you can use cool or warm tools to manipulate the color development, for example a lighter/fire/heater/hairdryer to create reddish or orange results at the applied spots or ice cubes which make the cooled parts lighter and less sepia.

You can also apply tools on the surface of the picture in a drawing-like way. Utilize different tools in order to change the outcome of your strokes and patterns (pencils, wooden sticks, etc) which don't harm the foils surface. Start manipulating the film gently and repeat it over the same area in order to achieve the classic SX manipulation result of twisted, artistic, watercolor-like effects.

Both artists explain that higher pressure or a knife will reach the white layer underneath by breaking through the chemical paste onto the back-layer of the integral picture, which can result in beautiful patterns.

When the emulsion is dry after a couple of hours you can also paint on it with a soft pen or watercolors, explains Beppe. Using this “manipulation” method on PX Silver Shade material, you don't have to do it right away, but you can take your time and do it back home, with all the time and tools you need. For impressive result take the image apart after the development process is complete and wait some minutes in order to let the emulsion take air.

Beppe says that the PX Silver Shade emulsion is very soft and easy to manipulate if the transparent foil is lifted from the background. This doesn't have to be done right away after development, but can be done an hour or more after (Beppe successfully tried it 24 hours after development!). In this case, the emulsion is still wet (be careful so you won’t stick to the transparent layer) and it’s possible to touch it softly and gently directly.

The Integral Emulsion Lift
By Philippe Garcia

The emulsion lift technique is possible and quite easy with the new PX Silver Shade materials. Philippe applied a similar process as he had done before on TZ Artistic film.

Material needed: PX Silver Shade film, scissors or cutter, a bowl of hot water, a watercolor brush (for painting) and a surface on which to transfer the emulsion. Philippe recommends watercolor paper for your first try.

Before beginning, take a picture and let it dry properly. This step takes much longer than with many other instant films. Philippe recommends letting the film dry for one full day before attempting the lift technique.

When the film is absolutely dry, you can open it by cutting the edges of the white frame with scissors or a cutter. Then tear all the layers apart, so that all you are left with is the mylar (transparent plastic) sheet, where the image should be printed on the inside. You will then need a bowl filled with hot water, about 40-45°C (about 105-113°F). Make sure your bowl is big enough to hold the new receiving sheet or surface.

Dip the mylar sheet in the water, backside on top. After a short time you should see the emulsion is starting to peel off the plastic support. Use a watercolor painting brush to help remove it from the mylar, starting in the corners and pushing towards the center.

Normally the emulsion will peel off completely and float in the water. You can then dispose of the mylar sheet in a recycling bin for plastics. Turn the emulsion upside down in the water, using the brush, and try to make it float on the top of the water as flat as possible, so that the image is visible in its normal direction.

At this point you can slide the new receiving sheet under the emulsion, and let the emulsion get in touch with it. Phillipe suggests using watercolor paper for a first try, as it is the easiest to deal with, but you can also use many other things as a surface. When the 2 elements are in perfect contact (which happens in time as the paper tends to float and the emulsion tends to sink), use your fingers to keep them together and take the whole thing out of the water.

You can now arrange the emulsion on the paper, and give it the shape you like. If the emulsion gets stuck in the wrong position, just add some water with the brush to help it move again. When you’re pleased with the results, dry on a flat, horizontal surface.

Can't wait to get my student loan so I can buy some film and start trying!

Sunday, 28 March 2010



This is why I bloody love Masterchef.
I have never seen a multi-toned blue beard anywhere else in life.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

DJ feat JL

I've just booked my ticket to go and see Daniel Johnston & support by Jeffrey Lewis at Troxy.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Home is where the heart is.

"Fi you're coming home and i cannot wait,
your arrival has yet to come and you cannot be late
for Fianna shes the lady from London town
she won't let up and she wont bring you down
she puts a smile upon everyone's face
no matter where or whatever place.
she's got the look and the attiude to match
she's smashing hearts across the land
just make sure 20 Granville is off the latch
for this young lady yes she's back!"

Thank God for old friends.

Thursday, 11 March 2010


making plans, making plans, making plans.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Another Level..

Decided to knit again, without Eileen, the out come was tragic.
So I went out to buy some new needles but Atlantis don't sell them.

I found this though;

Television drama at its best.. if you ever find out your mother has 'gone gay' in the future, you and your brother will rip up her clothes with knives, your dad will whack his head against the car horn, and you'll call her a slag.
Obviously you'll find out because a lady leaves her a dirty voicemail, right?

Friday, 26 February 2010

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Gold zone


I took this in summer 2007, of one of my best friends/little brother.
Probably the best summer ever.
Really reminds me of home, Preston train stations 'Gold Zone.'


My favorite type of love is the type
which only lasts a very short
amount of time
thats it
a glance

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Make us a brew?

If you’re looking for a real greasy spoon though, this isn’t the place. On Greek Street, in London’s gay capital Soho lies probably one of the nicest day and early hangouts I’ve ever laid my eyes on.
If you just peeped at the outside, you’d defiantly wonder if you’d stepped out of W1 and into Paris. With all the Gingham tea cloths and lovely single flowers on the table, you are sure to be contented. The pots of tea are huge and the cakes, which are slightly pricy but covered in summer fruits, or chocolate, what ever you go for.
If it couldn’t get any better, when I wondered upstairs I stumbled on an exhibition by Sigur Ros’ lead singer Jónsi Birgisson and his partner Alex Somers' named ‘Riceboy Sleeps.’ The upstairs was covered in their art and had a lovely soundtrack blasting out of a tinny old radio.
Defiantly worth a visit.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Trellick Tower's been calling, I know she'll leave me in the morning.


'Women raped in elevators, children attacked by heroin addicts in the basement, and homeless squatters setting fire to flats were among the more lurid. So bad was the Tower's reputation that one urban myth told how the architect, wracked with guilt at creating this monstrosity, threw himself from the roof.'

With that lovely description, me and my flatmate thought it would be a brilliant idea to chuck ourselves in at the deep end and head out there. Walking through the lovely Maida Vale, past the British Broadcasting Centre's studios and many a house you'd be more than happy living in for the rest of your life, we were wondering if we were in the right place.
After finding the canal, it was in our vision. Huge and monstrous with its arm, the TV mast flying high above the 30Th floor we knew it was the one we'd read about. In the courtyard to get round into the building we found shit and socks, and all we could smell was piss. So we snuck in through the entrance, with the first thing to come to vision being a man, who can only be described as the modern spit of Happy Monday's Bez almost barging into us, with the backing track of the receptionists Reggae music.
The rubbish shoots were all blocked and the noise of the lift sounded like a cross between the stings in an orchestral soundtrack and what i would put my finger on as the noise a spaceship would make. The corridors had been painted bright yellow, to cheer up the place?
Despite all this, the building is grade two listed, as it was designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger (whom was also the architect of the Barbican.) Love it or hate it that is the question? After returning home and seeing the refurbs of the top floors, I'm still not sure if I could be swayed to desire to live there or not.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

If I want to have tomato sauce on my ham butties I will.

I'm a little peeved today.
I don't think I'm really that good at this 'real life' thing I've been doing since I moved out, I have recently gone over stropy, developed a sly soft spot for cheesy 90's tunes and Elton John, I almost put tomato sauce on everything I can (I'll never give this up) and I have even invested in potato waffles and fish fingers instead of the real things I usually buy.
Why? I don't know. I've decided I don't really like the 'school playground' and I want to play catch on my own?
Maybe the lack of inspiration I've been giving myself has made me revert back to the brain I had during early years, I don't know.

On another note;
Romance is Boring. It really is. My indecisivness has lead me to repel the opposite sex through not brushing my hair or wearing makeup.

Due to the distractions of last week, I completely forgot about Los Campesinos at Rough Trade east, GUTTED. However I made my self a bit jollier by buying their new album, I love it.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad..

I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don't feel so bad.

Snaz date..

lovin' life.

My X-Factor finalist song would be,,,


Dj Pied Piper and the Master of the Ceremonies- Do You Really Like It?