Monday, December 29, 2008

Rollin a bit further and heading for a whole pile of danger, didn't hit a single stone though. Boxing Day roll pic from Len.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Long time since's a quick clip of the Crossfire Christmas Jam that happened a couple of weeks internet in London, it's so backward up there.....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rollin againslow and low

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tenuous November 5th post

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Crossfire Halloween Massacre.

vicar heelflip disaster on the tombstone, chris oliver

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Barrier Kult

Monday, September 22, 2008

Have a look at the bottom picture on this link to Hong Kong Fixed.....
A roller face off set up at a track in Hong Kong i presume... permament rollers where you can simply ride up any time and do some spinning. The way things are going these things will be set up at some of the new skateparks as the scenes crossover, spin, carve, grind, sprint, skid......

Styley found this bit of skate history.

Monday, August 25, 2008

My photographs are in the art show downstairs at the Foundry this weekend. The show is a group show which is part of London's Calling
Here is a quick review/preview from Bill.
Each of the four images represents a courier killed while working in London.
Working as a courier you come to expect the unexpected each day, you expect a near miss, some lost skin, a stolen bike or to be wet and cold all day. No one expects to lose their life. These images are dedicated to the eight London couriers who have died at work over the years.
The locations and even the dates of these tragic deaths have become blurred. I wanted these photographs to remind us of the real dangers and unexpected turns in the road and also to remember the eight riders who died doing their job.

Mark Francis - London, d. June.1999, died in hospital from injuries sustained June 8, 1999, East Smithfield, by unknown lorry.

Sebastian Lukomski - London, d. 23.Feb.2004, killed at junction of Lower Thames Street and Queen Street Place, by a left turning tipper truck.

Joe Cooper - London, d. 1989, killed on the job at Pentonville Road, by an unknown HGV

Calvin Simpson - London, d. 1991, killed on the job at Stamford Street by an unknown HGV.

Names and details can be found at the Messenger Memorial

Link to Japanese Fixed blog

Bill's write up at Moving Target

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Mike sent me this picture of the dial and the rest of the Rollapaluza rig....

Thursday, July 03, 2008

I got a Gocco......
thanks to Styley for searching the charity shops of Yokohama and finding a nearly new PG11....being the bargain hunter he is he got it for a fraction of the price they sell for on ebay or the shops in the U.S. and arrived last week and i set to work learning how to operate it. The instructions are pretty much all Japanese and the vhs tape isn't compatible with the multi region dvd player....plenty of how to blog sites though and Q&A user groups so with a little internet help and some guessing i got a few sketchy prints from the photocopies i had. I didn't know that making the screens was a chemical process between the surface of the screen and the carbon toner in the photocopy.... so anything that contains carbon can be used to make screens...pencil,drawing ink, photocopies, some laser prints and the pens that come with the Gocco.... i'm sure there are more so a bit of experimentation, the problem with experiments with the Gocco is the cost of the consumables you need. For each exposure you need 2 bulbs and one screen.... i got 6 screens and 2 bulbs with the set from Japan so i had to find a cheap supply of both....i don't think i found cost almost £15 for 5 screens and the same for 10 bulbs from a uk supplier and that's without postage......not cheap but i got it all through in a couple of days. Mistakes will be costly.
The box of bulbs looks like a design classic on it's own.

There is a blue screen to add into the unit that somehow helps a photocopied image transfer onto the screen, i need to find out more about the science of this thing.

A quick clip of the exposure of the screen, the bulbs are similar to the old flash bulbs/flash cubes on top of old instamatic cameras. This means they flash and thats it, in the bin, 2 per exposure and thats the end of them.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The first painted dial for Rollapaluza in use for the first time on Saturday at Mile EndPicture taken by Caspar......

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Styley is big in Japan.......

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Saturday, June 07, 2008

London River fact...
"· Neckinger: rising in Southwark, the Neckinger joins the Thames via St Saviour’s Dock, where pirates were hanged in the 17th century. The river’s name may derive from the term ‘devil’s neckcloth’ (i.e. the noose). In the 19th century, the mouth of the Neckinger was known as Jacob’s Island, a place of great poverty and squalor, described as the very capital of cholera and the Venice of drains. Charles Dickens lets one of his best-known characters, Bill Sykes (from Oliver Twist) meet a violent death in the mud of the Dock."
London's lost rivers

Friday, June 06, 2008

Rollapaluza dial painting.......

Caspar brought down the bare wood on the Saturday and i started to prime them on Sunday..Bank holiday meant the paint shop was closed so the black paint had to wait

Ingenious circle drawing method.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sarah is attending a conference at Washington State University in Vancouver W.A. this weekend...she presented her work yesterday;

Digital Poetry and the Avant-Garde

Break Out 2.2
Session A
11:45-1:00 PM
Saturday, 31 May 2008

"Crossed Lines"
Sarah Atkinson

Crossed Lines (2002-2007, Dir: Sarah Atkinson) is a multiform, multiscreen interactive film installation. The piece amalgamates multiform plots, multiscreen viewing environments, interactive interfaces and interactive story navigation forms into one storytelling paradigm. This presentation probes the challenges of designing, authoring and scripting such an ambitious piece, drawing comparisons to traditional approaches to screenplay authoring and traditional modes of fictional production. Practical demonstrations will be included alongside supporting user response data. Various theories and paradigmatic perspectives are referenced whilst reflecting on the extensive creative developmental and production process of the filmic installation.

Presenter Information
Sarah Atkinson
Independent Artist
United Kingdom

Can't wait to hear how it was received.

This is the full program of events and talks.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Finally today i got the inside view, another 6 weeks on crutches to seal up the remaining cracks.....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I wrote a quick travel guide type thing from my trip to Paraguay in 2005...

Apparently there is a really bad outbreak of Yellow Fever at the moment in Paraguay so get immunised well before you get there if you are inspired by this!!!

There are several boats a week that travel along the Rio Paraguay, a long and sultry river which begins in the Pantanal of Brasil and ends at the border with Argentina in the south. The passenger boat called the Aquidaban seems best avoided because of the crowds but the weekly journey of the Guarani, a freighter is a real treat. I say treat as it is far from comfortable or reliable but if you want an authentic, no frills view of life on the river then this is it.
The Guarani
The majority of the boat is taken up with all kinds of goods for the small towns and villages along the river. Food, furniture, oil, motorcycles and a huge load of gravel we collected en-route were part of the cargo. For a negotiated price of about $20 we secured a rough dark cabin above the engine.
The Guarani fills up with stones
There are no real comforts but food can be taken with the crew and the few locals who take the boat between villages. Sitting up on the tin roof watching the river go by and observing the comings and goings as the boat gets caught on sandbanks, loads and unloads and the crew get on with the tasks of running the boat. Fishing off the back of the boat in their spare time to have the old lady cook up the catch in the evening.
The passage takes roughly 2 to 3 days depending on all of the above. It is a working freighter so as such the passengers are the last concern of the crew but having said that we never felt unwelcome or in the way.
Small towns such as Puerto Pinasco and Puerto Vallemi slowly pass by. There is a huge chest freezer with beers in to help pass the time and a really ancient looking giant tv showing a constant stream of Football and Paraguayan soap operas by the kitchen area at the back of the boat. The toilet and the shower are one in the same being just a hole in the floor to stand over and a shower head directly above it, saves time i guess. All very basic and in no way designed for tourists expecting comfort or service. Brilliant. Take a good book and let the river slowly pass by.
Unloading goods, Guarani, Rio Paraguay
The weather went from sweltering airless heat to heavy rain and strong wind so be warned.
The end of our ride came after 3 days at Isla Margerita which is at the border with Brasil, we arrived at midnight and with Brasil on the far bank of the river we quickly found some cheap lodging right next to where we had disembarked. The owner of the room also happened to own a boat so for a small fee took us across the river the next day. We had arrived in Brasil.
None of the towns have a real port or dock so the boat just ties up on the riverbank. Concepcion is a major town by Paraguayan standards and can easily be reached by bus from AsunciĆ³n. Find the river and the Guarani leaves sometime on a Tuesday. Speak with the captain to negotiate your passage. Timings and days vary so prepare to be very patient.
Comfort onboard

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

So my wounds are healing pretty well, the faded muscles taking longer, the bone and metal...who knows, good i hope....there was a piece of string sticking out of my leg....a dissolving stitch that didn't melt so i had the nurse pull it out today and this is the resulting hole highlighted with an iodine spray....the hole is closing up.......keep stretching.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Greg has a section in this pool session....ruler!! Check the -1.44 point......

Friday, May 09, 2008

Go to this tonight if you can....i wish i was in San Francisco tonight, if i left now i might just get there...

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I was going to put this one on flickr but realised it might be a little too graphic for friends and family so it's hidden away here on my blog, a place of limited traffic. It's one side of my leg after i had the staples removed on Wednesday, there is actually another smaller one on the other side of my leg which under normal standards would be pretty full on but against this one it's small fry...Mike mentioned the zombie look, well here is a true Halloween costume for the year round costume party...i don't really like it but i suppose i'm stuck with i just have to get my leg to move properly again and everything will be cool....then i can laugh about it all.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The thing that saved my sanity during my 15 days in hospital was the constant visits from friends and family, not one day went by without seeing a familiar face so thanks to everyone who came especially Siobhan and Ione who were there everyday, Len and Kaz and Sunay...thanks for the cool picture Len, Dad, Sarah, Cherry, Matt, Maisie and Martha....can i say good times??

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Alan sent me this picture....i reckon it's at the Deeble Road ramp in Kettering at the comp we set up back in time in 19???? Wish i still had that Minor Threat top but not too sure about the Television was the heady times though, we all made mistakes, a large field of vision was the main benefit.

Friday, April 25, 2008

check this, siobhan and ione went down to Swansea for the weekend and had a rad time checking out the sights and getting into the idea of moving down there again when siobhan goes back to work at the beginning of July...anyhoo a cool weekend catching up with her workmates and showing ione the sights of the Gower peninsula, she loves seaguls!!!
On the way back we went to Caldicot to check out the park was pretty cold and windy and was snowing off and on...they stayed in the car and i braved the elements to have a quick skate...cruised around the tranny for a bit and then the block on the driveway caught my eye, you might know it, not too big in any way...Fully Flared as i was i decided to catch up on my Marc Johnson skills and got into trying to roll along the block and ollie off the high end which as you might know is probably not too much higher than 3 foot or so....third time trying and crunch!!! My dreams of block tech came to an abrupt i lay there in the wind and light snow i wondered if it wasnt such a bad hit after all...trying to get to my feet set my mind at ease and i knew my leg was in bits below my knee......siobhan called 999 and a car came in less than 10....armed with gas and a big yellow strap on splint i set to waiting for the real ambulance, i finished the tank of gas which left me grinning....ambulance back to Newport and so began a marathon hospital stay that ended 3 days ago.....i was in Newport for a week stuck in a cancer ward high on morphine and hallucinating. In the meantime Siobhan and Ione were staying in a hotel by the motorway and back at Swansea for a couple of nights too....nothing was done to repair my leg, i got xrays and a ct scan and waited for someone to decide what to Friday i had had enough and asked to get back to Worthing....they agreed and sent me in an ambulance all the way from Newport to Worthing....i got there on Saturday and finally they decided by Thursday to operate...i was getting seriously institutionalised....there actually was another skater in my ward which was rad who had also broken his leg on his mates mini ramp!!! Gonna find that thing when i get's right on the beach apparently. Owned by the ex drummer of the ordinary boys....should be rad!
Anyway i had as i knew broken the tibia and fibia near the top at the knee....the scan showed many fragments and some pushed into the knee joint....serious and scary!!!
Operation lasted well over 2 hours and i woke up all happy and pain free....easy i thought...not so, the anaesthetic soon wore off and i felt like absolute death for about 3 days.....
Then i got transported to a mad rehab hospital which the average age of long term patient must have been 80.....5 days there and i was ready to go insane....i left on Tuesday....15 nights, 3 hospitals, 2 countries, a 3 hour operation and 2 metal plates better don't get better than that for an injury story....anyway fingers crossed for the state of my sorry bones...i get the staples out next Wednesday of which there are 2 long lines either side of my leg...i got a bag full of drugs and i get the joy of injecting my abdomen once a day with a blood thinner to stop my blood clotting....
Looking forward to bending the old leg again soon...thanks to everyone that visited me in Worthing and a million thanks to Siobhan for coming everyday and putting the nurses to shame , if she had the medical knowledge she would be a killer health care professional....rock on, it's all that which kept me going...thanks!!!!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rowell Muties at their best......

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

ione eats out in Worthing during the week, happy to try a variety of cuisines and states of puree...and the first time in a high chair at the Diner in Portslade..... courgette puree is her current food of choice....

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Styley has left the residing in Japan, gonna miss you chief..... see you when we get there!!!