Last summer I was interviewed for a French radio documentary about Cardiff, called “Cardiff, Histories Fantastiques”. I am described as a ‘bloguese’! Literally the best thing I have ever been called.
Apparently I also have the capability of speaking two languages simultaneously! Who knew.
If your French is functional, listen below! If not so much, concentrate, and you’ll hear me talking in the background.
Access the radio show here: ESCALE 2 : « CARDIFF, HISTOIRES FANTASTIQUES »
Documentaire de Michel Pomarède
Réalisation : Guillaume Baldy
Prise de son et mixage : Claire Levasseur
Last night, I went to a rather marvellous gig at The Gate in Cardiff, featuring Cate Le Bon, who I’ll happily claim as a local artist (okay, she’s not really from round here, but she cut her musical teeth here over the past six or whatever years). I’ve been to see her before, many years ago at a Kruger show. Last night’s show reminded me of a great interview that we published in Kruger (a local music magazine that I used to write for, that sadly no longer exists).
Luckily for YOU, the article still exists on Kruger’s Issuu page, so you can read it there. The wonderful Lisa Matthews wrote it, and the photography is flipping ACE too. Click on the picture below to go read!
Kruger Issue 14: Krugerville / Cate le Bon by Lisa Matthews
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine contacted me about writing a story for a children’s book she was putting together. The book is called Tal’s Good Feet, and it was put together by Vicki Simpson to raise money for a little boy called Tal Campbell, who has cerebral palsy. The money goes towards his medical bills and important operations … you can read more about him on the Tal’s Good Feet website.
The book is a compilation of short stories aimed at children between six to nine years old, and my story was illustrated by the rather marvellous Adam Chard. It’s priced at a very reasonable £6.99. All the money from the book goes towards his treatment, so if you have any gift giving occasions coming up, BUY THIS BOOK!
Head over to the We Are Cardiff website and watch the We Are Cardiff film over by there!
In other news, I’ve just started putting together shorts from the rest of the footage that didn’t get used in the rest of the film. Only 18 hours worth to go through …!
Also recently I hooked up with an old friend, Emily Jones, who is a rather wonderful illustrator. We only ever knew each other on the Cardiff drinking/watching bands circuit, so imagine my surprise when I found out how wonderful she is at painting and drawing. We’ve decided to work on some stuff together, so hopefully there will be some news about that sometime soon!
Emily Jones’ website is called Can You Draw a Dinosaur and you can like her on Facebook.
I’m a big fan of her landscapes…
and her characters….
(Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada)
I’m currently getting towards the end of a five month trip around the world, which has, so far, covered the following:
– cenote diving and jungle ruins in Mexico;
– Vegas, LA, San Francisco and Burning Man in America;
– 5am fish markets, the Studio Ghibli Museum and the tallest ferris wheel in the world in Japan;
– five days of Golden Week bedlam in Hong Kong;
– a month of ancient customs in Tana Torajah and beautiful beaches on the Togean Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia;
– fighting Aussies and sunburned Brits in Kuta, Bali;
– the most insane shopping malls I’ve ever seen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
I’m currently heading north through Malaysia and then Thailand, aiming to reach Bangkok around the 14th November. Then I’ve got a week there for my final blast before travelling home on the 24th.
It’s been an amazing trip – really amazing. I’m blogging the better parts here: www.toseewhatsticks.wordpress.com. Come over and see what I’ve been doing!
(Kadidiri Island, the Togean Islands, Sulawesi)