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Little blog post I published about Maker Wednesday this week. We’re baking with Emma Chesters. She’s a delightful local baker showcasing her skills, products, and macaroon recipe at the Waiting Room. Let’s learn, cook and eat! I’ll be there to support her and showcase our developing Hack / Maker Space with shared tools and mini artist studios.

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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem photographed for the US Open. Agency: Ogilvy NY.

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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem photographed for the US Open. Agency: Ogilvy NY.

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Blackwater Polytechnic

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I cruised over to the Blackwater Polytechnic's Not Quite Open Studio this afternoon.

Blackwater Polytechnic was established by Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins four years ago as an informal educational establishment to bridge the gap between aesthetic quality, design and practical making in the construction industry.

Blackwater Polytechnic has subsequently broadened it’s activities to promote Essex and Essex creative people not because they need promoting but because they are really good – both the people and the county.

- Blackwater Polytechnic

Me Dad and me cycled from Kelvedon on a super sunny day. I kept letting out a sigh of delight. This weather is far too good at the moment (I know it will end, I don’t care if I jinx it).

The Not Quite Open Studio day was devised by Ben & Freddie to co-inside with Tendring Open Studios:

We wanted to have another exhibition and the timing tied in with the Colchester and Tendring Open Studio month organised by the dynamic and able Peter Jones. However we’re not really doing an Open Studio but rather pressing into service our new gallery area. Like many galleries in studios, it is a space in-between other spaces but nicely coherent.

Freddie doesn’t think her work looks great on the normal Blackwater type walls so we’ve gone a bit White Cube. It’s more a tilting one’s hat at the idea of a white gallery space.

So we have work by me – Ben Coode-Adams, Freddie Robins, Sara Impey, Paula Kane, Leigh Cameron, Simon Emery + the Paint Box, Justin Knopp + Typoretum, Sonia York and maybe some other people

- Ben Coode-Adams

I got to catch up with friends, see some great artwork and stuff that clever people have made, eat cake and drink tea in the sun. Couldn’t ask for much more than that. Here are a few pics of my favourite pieces below.

Keep your eyes peeled for more from the @BlackwaterPoly crew. They’re up to some exciting things.

Freddie Robins

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Sara Impey

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Ben Coode-Adams

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Roman River Music

Last year I joined Roman River Music, the Essex / Suffolk based classical music festival, to support their marketing and social media. This year the festival has taken on showcasing jazz, folk, and world music alongside it’s usual roster of classical offerings. The concerts & events are held in various venues from churches, night clubs to boats, and it’s a really great addition to Colchester’s burgeoning creative scene.

Yesterday I attended Bologna - Birthplace of the ‘cello.

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You crunch out of the car park, walk down a winding country path and pop out overlooking the reservoir and this super cute church. It was such an amazing view and the perfect way to start my Saturday morning.

The concert featured Jonathan Manson, the leading cellist & gamba player in the UK today. Orlando - the artistic Director - confessed he’d wanted Jonathan to play for a long time and was super chuffed he could join us this year.

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He put together a programme exploring the origins of the cello as a solo instrument. Playing works by Giuseppe Colombi, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Domenico Gabrielli and Johann Sebastian Bach. He talked through how the instrument changed and the accompanying music demonstrated theses developments. I thought he was a superb musician and a wonderful host.

Next I rolled up to Shostakovich 8th Quartet.

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Held at the stunning Stoke-by-Nayland church. I popped out and ran in to snap up the scene and listen to Shostakovich’s masterpiece. The piece is dedicated “to the victims of fascism and war” with a musical depiction of bombs falling and the desolation and grief that follows. Not uplifting, but moving work from Benjamin Nabarro & Emma Parker on violins, Yuri Zhislin on viola and Gemma Rosefield on cello.

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I then snuck out before Rachmaninov Vespers to head home but captured the church illuminated after the sun had set. Wonderful.

imageThere’s still a load more concerts on this week and at the weekend - until 4th October. So take a peek and join the festival if you can.

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Starting the morning checking out Roman River Music festival at Abberton Church for ‘Bologna - the birthplace of the cello’ #Abberton #essex #romanrivermusic #classical #cello

Starting the morning checking out Roman River Music festival at Abberton Church for ‘Bologna - the birthplace of the cello’ #Abberton #essex #romanrivermusic #classical #cello

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The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with ‘man-hating.’ If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism, by definition, is ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.

If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle.

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— Emma Watson
HeForShe campaign

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Godzilla vs MUTO

I’ve got some thoughts on the recent reboot of the Kaiju romance. This summer’s ‘Godzilla’ or ‘Godzilla vs MUTO’ in my opinion, tried to play tribute to the bygone era of the King of Monsters.

Godzilla is metaphor for the revenge nature will cast on the human race for our nuclear war/testing/arrogance. The power of man is foolish to think he can control nature. Godzilla is just that. He is the pure powerful force of nature (Mother earth’s bad ass lizard bitch) and we must respect him/nature. Look at him! Respect him!

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Doughnuts before bronuts.

Our first encounter was at Look mum no hands! on Old Street. They now stock London’s ‘gourmet’ doughnut bakeries latest treats. Little did I know they made the sluttiest sweet treats to pass my lips. And like a decent whore, he costs the earth and makes you want more. He knows what he’s doing and he’s seriously fucking good at it. Hats off Crosstown Doughnuts. Your pint sized food porn workers are grade A shit.

We made eyes across the counter and I heard you whisper ‘take me’…

So what did I devour? Why the peanut butter and blackcurrent compote - filled with peanut butter cream and topped with Tongan vanilla bean icing. EAR MAH GAWD. The topping would have serviced, but you swooped in with your salty cream, got it over everyone, and they loved it.

Round two (next day darlings, not in one sitting) was the chocolate truffle doughnut. “Filled with Belgium milk chocolate truffle Grenache, topped with dark chocolate Grenache and dusted with bittersweet cocoa powder”. Damnn. Whisper that in my ear again baby. The surprise cream attack has made this the best bloody doughnut I have ever consumed. It has overtaken a chilled chocolate dough, chocolate filled doughnut I ate at school once. Yep. That wonder was logged into the wank bank but this dreamboat has smashed it. Double pen - er - pleasure.

If you are looking for a food porn hit. I would give these guys a call (good lord you can order online) or grab one on a street corner near you. Best sluts in town.

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Meet my new OTT phone cover, Nicola the sweet fox by Hello Geeks from the Forest #phonecase #case #fix #foxcase #hugeasscase #hellogeeks

Meet my new OTT phone cover, Nicola the sweet fox by Hello Geeks from the Forest #phonecase #case #fix #foxcase #hugeasscase #hellogeeks

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LCD Soundsystem
Losing My Edge

"I was there".

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"I have been going to the same party for ten years, and in no way is that sad"

Desert Island Disco marked my tenth year at Bestival. I’m a creature of habit. I like structure. But I also like to deviate from the plan… I sound like a bloody horoscope. So I like to party within an unorganised structure?

This year also felt like Rob da Bank’s festival baby had found it’s voice / groove / taste / bounce. And it shouted LETS DO THIS.

Bestival is a fancy dress party on an island where some bands play, DJ’s rock up, there’s a splash of arts, a dash of weird shit, and plenty of good views and vibes.

Each year I think “Alright Rob mate, what are you going to do this year? Are you going to change XXX and what the fuck about XXXX?”. You overhear people saying: “Is this your first year?”, and they add: “Yeah I was here for XXXX and saw XXX”. Yeah, it does sound dickish. And yeah, I think it is becoming one of those ‘I was there’ moments.

But each year I grow at this party, and each year I love watching this festival bitch grow with me. We’ve gone through some shit, Bestival and me. I don’t want to talk about the first year, or even the second. The one with the rain, SPACE, the three day bender, the Bestival letters, when we just stayed in the amphitheater, Neil-a-rama, the main stage locations, convinced we’d met Soulwax, the three chicken head mother fuckers….

To ease the memory triggers I’m just going to list stuff and then ramble at the bottom. This is all really for my pleasure anyhoo…

11th Bestival 2014
Theme: Desert Island Disco
Costume: Attempted ‘Castaway’ James Murphy

Bands: Beck, Caribou, Jenovah Collective, Bonobo (is he/it a band?), John Wizards, Major Lazor, Chvrches, Chic feat Nile Rodgers
DJ’s: Boys Noise, Rob da Bank (Port opening ceremony), Boys Noize, SBTRKT, DJ Yoda (twice)

Wot I saw: Opening Ceremony with the Druids, inspirational stuff from Kate Tempest, a woman from the Slits smashing ideas on goals and achievements, Reggaerobics, Mr Motivator, a huge synthasizer in the woods (pictured above), SHIT FACED SHAKESPEARE

Highlights: The best sausage rolls in town, 4 pint bestivales, that dick dance with the two guys - and one of them looked like pillowfort - Johnny’s calliope in the caravanserai and a world record breaking mahusive discoball

Negative note: I lost my phone which seriously sucked. But hey, first time for everything.

I feel warm knowing each year will feature my festival favourites and discovering new faces, things and shit. I met some great people this year. Plus some peeps allowed me to hang around with them… And I know it must have been annoying so I really appreciated that.

I’m already looking forward to next year, even though currently, I may not have anyone to go with. I’m excited about meeting people this year and seeing what situation I’m in when September rolls round. (I hear tickets are already on sale). I’m excited by the unknown and knowing you can always have a good time at Bestival. I have so far.

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ALL ABOARD! #BESTIVAL #thebestfestival #hmsbestival #ahoy #hellosailor

ALL ABOARD! #BESTIVAL #thebestfestival #hmsbestival #ahoy #hellosailor

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Sam & me tried out the new supper at Look mum no hands! Mare Street this week.

Their Italian head chef Andrea has whipped up a petite menu of glorious bar snacks. From chicken wings, burgers to veggie dishes. Each item also has a recommended local beer by manager and brew aficionado Christian.

We shared the BLPT (bacon, lettuce, pepper and tomato) burger with the aubergine and emmenthal ‘toastie’. As you can see it was like a delicious volcano with edible flowers and a seriously spicy pesto.

Sloshed down with a Rothaus Pilsner and Magic Rock Simpleton. You can’t really go wrong with craft beer on tap.

Grub is served from Wednesday to Saturday from 4 - 9pm and I seriously recommend dropping in to check it out.

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Banners based on the diagrams of tax avoidance schemes from the St Helier 2017 demonstration, made by Ed Hall  (at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery)

Banners based on the diagrams of tax avoidance schemes from the St Helier 2017 demonstration, made by Ed Hall (at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery)