Recently randomly


Spring is coming. London Fields.


Bluebird snowboarding. Tignes.


Wedding days.


Waking up in Manchester. Takk


My new favourite pool. Crystal Palace


Real life Bring it on scenes. Crystal Palace.


Brighton day trips. Brighton beach.


Flying airplanes. Bethnal Green


Seaside walks. Hastings


Information Age. The Science Museum


Things you see when running. The Finsbury Park Spriggan


Julo Le Parc. Serpentine Gallery

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03 2015

Recently reading

The problem with ‘conversation’ marketing // “And now your brand purpose is more closely aligned to Buddhism than it is to chocolate.”

Listen to the words. I love this album concept // “If you just came out and said the core of the song in a sentence, people would be like, “Oh, you’re an asshole!” But if you get production, and you get a good beat behind it and a slick melody, people are like, “Oh, I love this song!” and never think what it’s about. And it’s subconsciously affecting us. I think people don’t really listen to lyrics. Some people do, and bless them, but they’re rare. I feel like the process of this album really taught me to listen.”

Be careful what you tweet // “Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval, and that is what led to her undoing. Her tormentors were instantly congratulated as they took Sacco down, bit by bit, and so they continued to do so. Their motivation was much the same as Sacco’s own — a bid for the attention of strangers — as she milled about Heathrow, hoping to amuse people she couldn’t see.”

You need more than just data // “there is a big difference between using data in combination with intuition and relying entirely on an algorithm”

What does the BBC stands for today // The internet is not keeping everyone informed, nor will it: it is, in fact, magnifying problems of information inequality, misinformation, polarisation and disengagement,” the report says. “Our job is keeping everyone informed. To do this, BBC News is going to have to start thinking how it is going to deliver on its mission to inform in an age beyond broadcasting.”

Working on the road // “But it started to wear us out. The default — and seemingly only acceptable response — to the question “How are you?” was “busy”.”

08

03 2015

Hastings


Hello Hastings.


Hastings Fisherman Museum.


Trying the local delicacy.


The Girl Annual


The Jerwood Gallery.


Gambling responsibly.


Fat Tuesday.


Train picnics


Back for Bingo

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02 2015

Recently reading

It’s been a while since I collated my favourite links but these are January’s favourites: Bike data // Theres a tear in my beer // Plastic People // Please listen to this playlist on shuffle //

Where have you cried in San Francisco // “An open-sourced collection of stories of places where people have publicly cried in SF/the Bay Area for The Bold Italic.”

You get what you pay for // “The tragedy is that, until this latest round of supermarket wars, many British consumers had begun to accept that if we want decent food, produced in ways we could feel confident about, then we would have to pay a fair price. Now, in the rush for bargain basement food, there’s a danger of going back to square one. But consumers shouldn’t kid themselves: if the shopping experience feels a bit cheap and nasty, ultimately, when the promotions have worn off and the customer loyalty has been won, the product may well be too”

American Psycho // “There is no suggestion that either love or faith can save the day. All that remains is the impression that we have created a world devoid of compassion and empathy, a fertile breeding ground for monsters to thrive while hiding in plain sight.”

My baby don’t understand me // “Over time, the fracture starts to splinter, and that same person you once knew grows suddenly unrecognizable”

Robot reviews // “instead of an overarticulate critic rambling about praxis, you get a review that gets down to the nitty-gritty about what exactly you see in front of you.”

The love algorithm // “…the secretary problem and its variations still do not provide a practical solution in a world where individual preference, goals, and societal context create a highly complex space of values that factor into decision making. In light of these complexities, we offer a general process that can determine the value of romantic options in a highly personal context. This algorithm is currently being developed into a service that will be available in 2015 for the general public”

01

02 2015

Frank and Tina’s: Tutto con moderazione





Ever since I moved away from home nearly ten years ago I realised my Italian heritage was less and less visible to new people I met and places I visited. I also spent a lot of time phoning my grandparents and mum to find out the tips and tricks for some of our family recipes. As I cooked and served these dishes for friends I would begin to tell them snippets of my family history, the regions in Italy my grandparents came from and how they met. It was then that the seed of an idea was planted in my head.

I was determined that one day I would turn these recipes and our story into a family cookbook and it has taken a while for me to have the confidence to crack on with writing this – I’m not a writer or photographer or chef. I just wanted to to share our story. But once I had enlisted a photographer and the cooking started I started jotting down the recipes and then piecing together a concise but hopefully interesting family story.

I very rarely got told exact measurements, I would be told key ingredients the secret tips and then practice my way though dishes for 2 – 15 people, mentally taking notes as I went. I have tried to make this apparent in the book because although we have specific ways of doing things the joy of cooking is understanding the basics and then figuring it out yourself with your senses. You need to taste it and know it needs more salt or less time in the oven, if you can cook this way instead you begin to find that cooking isn’t work—it’s play.

We know that every region in Italy has its own way of cooking key dishes just as every family has their own version of Sugo or Ragu or Lasagna. And this is true for all families and all cultures. Everyone thinks their version is the best and I love learning about everyone else’s little nuances.

Through the really quite excellent self publishing platform Blurb, some great photography and friends to sub my work I was able to create my family’s cookbook. I hope it will take anyone else who reads it on a short journey into the joy of cooking for family, friends and anyone else who sits down at the table.

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01 2015

2014

January was all about my love for knitting. I finished a scarf for me and one gift. Making something with my hands instead of looking at screens was incredibly satisfactory. I visited the seaside and kickstarted marathon training.


February was all about change as I decided it was time to take the plunge and leave my wonderful job at the Science Museum. There were early mornings, views from the clouds, lots of running and beautiful skies as well as a new job to start in April.


March was my last month at the Museum, mini heatwaves long ass training miles birthday fun times and a snowboarding trip to Andorra with seven #lads where I had some of the best snow conditions ever.


April was achieving my 3.30 marathon target, leaving party madness, Barceona fun times and being the new girl.


May was getting back out on my bike post marathon, moving house, dancing with friends and running PB’s.


June was cycling to Glastonbury, cycling to Brighton and running a half marathon in a heatwave. It was busy, reckless and set summer off on the right tracks.


July was weekends away in the sun, new friends, outside drinking and summer running.


August was our German family holiday, the best hen do/birth of Crack Squad, long runs whilst training for Amsterdam and being chased by cows.


September was weddings in the Cotswolds with the best people, jumping up in the air, seeing Grayson Perry speak again and running, always running.


October was fleeting visits to Bruges with friends who now live far away. More wonderful weddings with best friends. And half marathons after all nighters at Amsterdam Dance Festival.


November was all about exploring London with new people, book making and finding replacements for running as my injury post Amsterdam got worse and many hen do’s with old friends.


December was the most perfect wedding for lifelong friends, finishing the book. Partying with friends and dog walking.

31

12 2014

Lets get ready to Rumble

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12 2014

Recently reading

Susie Orbach //On the one hand it says that our bodies are the most important thing about us, that they’re signs to the world about who we are, what our expectations, our longings and our capacities are – and that because of this we have to decorate, train and shape them. And then there’s another kind of ideological message.

Getting older // I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!” My mom is a painter, and she writes and she reads and loves history and travels all the time. She has so many passions; she can be anything she wants. And my dad would be a radio DJ in another lifetime. He loves music so much. He collects vinyl and listens to music all the time. My parents can be whatever they want to be, and they still don’t know what that is. I love that. It’s one of those things where you can have as many lives as you want in one life.

The web is the real world // People still talk about the web like it isn’t the real world. But this is the real world in 2014: The press of a button on a smartphone can summon a ride home in minutes. Self-tracking devices turn footsteps on the sidewalk into data points. The Internet is art on the wall. Runners use GPS-based apps to draw pictures with the strides they take. Astronauts 3D-printed a socket wrench in outer space this year. Uber made skywriting as easy as sending a text message.

Looking back // Time degrades. Chances are anything that’s great now won’t be quite so much once time has got a hold of it.

Being an individual on the internet // our modern age is becoming an increasingly level playing field with such a vast number of people able to access an unrestricted pool of information at the touch of a key.

How to east toast // Understandably, given how great it can be, there is a tendency to try and insert toast into situations where, frankly, it does not work.

CTRL ALT DEL // nowadays internet users have almost absolute control over the videos they watch,” says Texier of the inspiration for her video. “But the users don’t yet have power over the action itself: they cannot modify what’s happening in front of their eyes. In my mind that would definitely represent the next step in video evolution: image and narrative control.

Rookie. Editors letter // How does it feel to exist in a moment, connected to another human being and to the world, without thinking about what it signifies, what it’ll look like in memory? That cohesion frames the moment and turns it into a scene from a movie. I don’t quite know how to let experiences just unfold and be surprised by how they affect me; “We don’t like to admit it,” said Julian, “but the idea of losing control is one that fascinates controlled people such as ourselves more than almost anything. […] And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? […] To be absolutely free! […] To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! […] let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.”

30

12 2014

Here and there


London letting off steam // Granary Square


Naughty whippets // Hathern


Women fashion power // Design museum


On top of London // Crystal Palace


OK Tracy // The White Cube


Regents lapping // London


Basically Might Ducks // Somerset House


Constructing worlds // Barbican


Babbmas 2014 // Dalston

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12 2014

Recently, reading

Making yourself priceless // Education is the “obvious outlet for the money Millennials can spend,” Perry Wong, the director of research at the Milken Institute, told us, noting that if young people invest less in physical things like houses, they’ll have more to invest in themselves. “In the past, housing was the main vehicle for investment, but education is also a vehicle.” In an ideas economy, up-to-date knowledge could be a more nimble and valuable asset than a house.

But I’m a creative // To make an object worthy of your uncommodified hours, someone, somewhere, has to do some fucking work.

You are what you tweet // There is so much choice of what to experience and ‘how to be’ that people genuinely are different versions of themselves in different situations and different groups. Second, the way today’s thirty and forty somethings are much ‘younger’ than generation before and actively try to avoid growing up. Then there’s social media, where we’re seeing folks projecting a more ‘perfect’ social self, an idea of who they would like to be,rather than who they are. For example, it’s quite cool (people say) in the UK to have a work ethic and look disciplined, so loads of folks are exaggerating how much they go to the gym and what they do there. Just the data tends to show people claim to dismiss ‘celebrity’ yet the Daily Mail website is one of the most popular sites in the world.

Time management // I think time-regulated labor is very obsolete today, especially for knowledge work. But there are other ways of controlling output and measuring performance.

The power of being ordinary // We are tempted to have experiences for the purpose of photographing them, and apply a filter to them, because the last thing we want is for our lives to look ordinary. But when we stand before a Rembrandt self-portrait, we realise that being ordinary – being human – is where the real interest lies.

Cheating algorithms // …everything these days is a battle between algos and quants then quantified cheating is going to have to get more sophisticated. Before long insurance company analysts will be able to spot the telltale traces of sensors strapped to turntables, pets or robots. The machine cheats will have to get more sophisticated.

The morality of tech // Every big tech company begins life as a scrappy upstart, working out some kink in the system that makes it useful, and then using that as leverage to build itself into a giant, sprawling service — whereupon it becomes both invaluable and infamous. It’s a rite of passage to really fuck things up somewhere along the way. We want a thing, fast and preferably cheap. Not much else matters. We know Amazon’s not a nice company, and that the people who work there are treated poorly. We don’t always like it, but there is absolutely, definitively, nothing we will do to stop it. We are happily addicted. Whatever we do, we can’t stop ourselves from making it bigger and more successful and more terrifying and more necessary

November in London // Sometimes, London is throwing the cocktail party for you. Because of the dark, this time of year might see you cramming more into your time than you’d usually achieve: old friends, new ones, dinners and canal-walks and afternoons in the pub, using those same bloody buses to skip between two or three parties in a night. Sitting in Trafalgar Square on a Saturday afternoon, something I might never do when the weather is good, but that seems so essential in the late autumn.

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12 2014