Sunday, 22 November 2009

Belle De Jour

A word on the Belle DeJour/Brooke Marganti blog. A middle-class professional woman is artciulate enough to express her emotional journeys through page after age of tired cliches and the world goes mad. The love and hate for Cadbury's chocolate, expensive bras, red wine, being over-worked and under-loved. Its all there. The fact women can still relate to these things seems like a complete underlining of the self-indulgence of modern society. Reminds me of my year 9 English teacher and her complete lack of desire to teach me anything except how to hate your own middle-class comfort. Brooke Marganti fled comfot because she wanted the story of her life to have a seedy sub-plot; she wanted to be the classy call-girl of the Hollywood screen. Except she wasn't a film star, so she had to tell her story in a different way.

She works down the road. I'll probabaly see her in a high-collared coat buying three bottles of red from Sainsburys. Eyeing up the stubble-bearing man with the name badge that says, 'I'M A DOCTOR'.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Sunday video review

I've waited patiently for this video for around four months now and it finally arrived in my local bike shop today. The first thing that struck me upon watching the intro was that it appeared my copy was faulty; the title graphics were all blurry. A quick sigh of relief then when I realised that they were supposed to be that way...Unfortuntely however, this wasn't to be the only instance of blurriness in the video. This DVD's only major flaw is the production and filming, most of which was conducted by seasoned BMX video-maker Chad Shakelburg. Shaky camerawork, jerky footage and dodgy contrast ratios and littered throughout the video and were not what I expected from the man behind the famous Shook videos. A recent interview suggested he was getting sick of making bike videos and I think the end product of his efforts here showed.

The reason this is a problem is not because it entirely spoils the viewing experience, but simply because the riding deserved better. You get fantastic, original riding from the likes of Aaron Ross, Jim C, Kurt Rasmusson and many others. Aaaron throws insane combos over super tech terrain, Jim C drops throws a 24" bike down a rail and Kurt pulls off some wild grind variations. The final section, belonging to freecoaster legend Ian Schwartz, deserves special mention. This double-section displays a level of originality in riding that I dare say I've never seen before. 'Original' is often a by-word for 'kooky', but this isn't the case with Ian. Everything looks almost effortless and hence, fun. And it is this element - 'fun' - that the video as a whole seemed to represent and what put a smile on my face as I watched it. Some glitchy production doesn't spoil that too much, I just think a more crisp end-product could have made this video one of those 'must-buys' that ends up never leaving the DVD player rather than a film that has you asking 'that could have been done better'.

Friday, 7 August 2009


Your waking eyes held me, and kept me for much too long. Not a moment, not a minute, or an hour or a month.

When the hand quivered you held it still.
When the mind was at war you brought it to peace.
When the body grew tired you gave it a resting place in your arms.

The hand quivers.
The mind is at war.
The body is tired.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

The proverb was wrong. Regret never got them in the end.

Dirty wine glasses on a dirty mantle piece.
Dirty underwear on the bedroom floor.
Selfish minds driven by selfish hearts.
Dirty, selfish whores.

Only boredom will get you. In the end.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Spent last night hanging around Clifton suspension bridge. Incredible to think that this thing was engineered over a hundred and fifty years ago and is still standing strong.

Me enjoying the Cheltenham summer.