Wednesday, December 24, 2008
October saw me complete my second year at AJE here in Doha, time passes slowly in some respects (it sometimes feels like ive lived here a lifetime) and quickly in others.
My original game plan was to spend 2 years out here, but that time has passd
AJE as a channel continues at a break neck pace to where im not sure, HR & finance continue to continue at a pace that im not sure is measurable.
I got a big promotion this year, I now head up the Media Management Unit along with the many other jobs I do on a daily basis.
I discovered the joys of tailored clothes, thanks to my tailor here in Doha.
I returned to the garden festival, I traveled a lot.
The most significant person in my life moved to Doha, initially on a 3 month contract but fingers crossed on a full time basis into 2009.
Ru moved out of the Southbank flat, Kathrin moved in.
Sister bought a flat in Bermondsey, parental units left Romania and planning on heading to Abhu Dhabi in early 2009.
I head out on holiday to Hong Kong for a short trip in Jan 09. I’ve booked tickets for garden 09, have weddings in the UK other than that I think im going to be in doha for a while.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
A quick personal update as I havnt done one for a while
Im still in
– I veer on a daily basis from Elation to thoughts of packing it all in and heading home it been 2 years and 2 months here in this sandy town,
There are things to do – Concerts, Jazz, Galleries & Museums have opened – this is infinitely better.
I have moved up in the company – I have a team (my old team infact) im involved with a number of exciting company projects, and I relish the challenge.
With the increase in population comes an epic increase in traffic – what was a 20 min commute now takes over an hour
Corporate bureaucracy is now at an all time high, Overtime from august still not paid, Qatarisation is now in full flow, I believe things are now traveling backwards. God bless western HR & Finance departments – you are gods people do not understand how good they have it.
Personally im getting back into creativity, im going to start printing again, I bought a screen, photo masque chemicals, inks & a squeegee. First project Christmas cards. Then personal calling cards the question of where to buy lazer printable OHP paper in
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I am increacingly concerned about the turning tide of freedom in britan, having re-read V for Vendetta its getting awfully precient. the increacing big brotherification of the place i call home is now scaring me. I work for an organisation that gives voices to the voiceless in a country with a terible human rights record, i find it hard to reconsile the two on a daily basis. i by virtue of my skin colour and the nationality of my passports i am garaunteed rights but i see headlines that make my skin crawl. maybe i should get used to dichotomy.
i echo Neils sentiments as well "
(And let it be understood that I think that child pornography, and the exploitation of actual children for porn or for sex is utterly wrong and bad, because actual children are being directly harmed. And also that I think that prosecuting as child pornographers a 16 and 17 year old who were legally able to have sex, because they took a sexual photograph of themselves and emailed it to themselves is utterly, insanely wrong, and a nice example of the law as blunt instrument.) "
Saturday, November 08, 2008
well i took some photos of the crews in action over the night and most turned out great. first time i saw so many people smiling as obama gave his acceptance speech it was amazing.
on other notes ive been here for over 2 years now - on one front it went very fast in others it seems to have been a lifetime i will write a proper summary soon but its been a turbulent time.
hugs to one and all who still read this very occasional missive
Monday, September 29, 2008
Its the year of weddings for me, quite a few, and im having to turn some down,
So far plans to travel to the following
Ghistlain & Armands in london
Lou & Olly's in wales - tho this is tricky as its the same as the
2nd weekend of the garden festival.
Ive had to turn Alice & Max down in berlin.
the Perth one may get turned down too
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Its always been the end of summer that has been indicitave of change to me, the end of the long heady days playing in the garden as a child, late warm nights drinking in the park then pub gardens as a teen ager, late night playing & dancing the nights away at festivals as a young man.
is this generaly symptomatic of the uk, are we feeling the chill of the last days of cool britania, i know the heady days of 1999-2004 are long gone, but were we enjoying an indian summer through 06&07 ?
What now as a man, no longer a boy, what now the world is ending, what we took as normal, as given with the easy credit, easy lifestyle we all took for granted, as the world slides into an ever increacing mess, the collapse of the capatalist world - is this the end of rome, is the us government playing nero as rome burns?
this strikes me as i come to the end of my 20s, i am more serious, i dont feel like playing anymore, those things i took as granted are gone, i no longer play, i am harder and faster and now the best i have ever been, professionaly and personaly those days that were summer are gone, that which was for play are gone, the end of autum approach and the winter which is for work and settleing in for quiet days in front of the fire with those i care about.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
its strange after having lost contact (well not really having lost contact whilst here in doha, but not having properly caught up with some old friends) how easily you slip back into that old comfort zone.
how do you deal with the innevitable loss that after your breif meeting, parting brings.
on another note im still a shameless cad, but after the last few lonley months what is a boy to do?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
There is something quite strange and morbid about watching all this footage coming out of georgia & south osettia, a town i knew, a people i had the honour of meeting ever so breifly last time round.
my heart goes out to you as you prepare for a war you can not win,
there is something deeply bizarre looking at the quad split of the feeds and seeing beijing and olympics footage above watching russian and georgian troops, receiving breaking news wires about olympic golds, next to talk of humanitarian corridors.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Im now ensconced in my new job in the newsroom, sat on superdesk, facilitating communications, solving problems and CSVing, as well as managing the media desk. upside is im now working a 8hr day on a regular sunday-thursday shift! woot!
Monday, June 23, 2008
The 10cent plague: a romp through the history of the american comic industry and the faux morality thrown at it by the mothers & church groups of the mid-west.facinating read both on the history of comics and morality of the mid-west.
In Athena's Camp; preparing for warfare in the information age: origionaly prepared for the Rand Institute & the Secratary of defence; a dry but worthy tombe on the changes to military afairs when ever informational systems change, rangiong from genghis khan through napolian to the gulf war, a read for those interested in how information changes things - in this case warfare.
Strange Attractor Journal Three: Whimsical and facinating collection of journalistic articles from the fringes, everything from zootoxins & psychodelics, to recountings of travels to balanese transvestite festivals. - good stuff.
Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris: ecelent foodie book on paris, havnt been for a while but will be packing it when i get there.
The Gunslinger Born (The Dark Tower Graphic Novel); my obsession with the dark tower septet is known, good adaptation in graphic novel form. nuff said
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Nothing like the strangley dadaistic aspect of opening a newspaper in doha - this week the guardian weekly - Censorship of a picabia - shown in an article about the new tate modern show.
To add to the generally quite surreal aspect of censoring a major and well know artwork, the sticker is A) partialy transparent B) self adhesive - that would be quite easily removed without too much issueI wonder what one of the Dadaists would think! perhaps a social comment on censorship itself
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
god bless google books: information from long out of prints on the shin & sosaku hanga movements (creative print movement) on both father and son Hide & Yuzaburo Kawanishi.
Their prints have long facinated me, I have a Yuzaburo of Kobe bay in the 1960s - that belonged to my grandfather - given to him by the artist himself. i have long wanted a Hide of Kobe bay to match it.
for those not not familliar with the pairs work they are charachterised by bold vibrant colours with a distinct lack of black outlines - typical of the classical Ukio-e movements that had come earlier (and distinctive to traditional japanese prints)
the distinction between shin hanga and sosaku hanga - is this the litteral differance that all the work was created by one artist - the blocks, the inking and the printing in the case of shin, in the case of sosaku all the processes were done by different artists/craftsmen.
what facinates me about the movement is the pure use of colour - whimsical yet serious
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
firstly a sad one: Naveed Alvi a colleague, was killed a couple of days ago in a tragic road accident involving a boat coming off its trailer, he was a much loved person in the channel. he will be missed,
second: a very good friend (for now cant mention their name) possibly my best friend out here has resigned, im going to miss them deeply - but i have to say its the right decision for them, they have been struggling with the workplace and their boss for some time - i wish them the best of luck - and if your reading it - love you my friend - may the future bring you great happiness - as you certainly haven't had it here, and you deserve it.
and here a great discussion panel with josh at the USC Public Diplomacy center
Saturday, February 16, 2008
for posterity i write the names i can rember and care about
Richard & Gil
and others that i cant remember or cant include
Its a massive loss, weve gone from bleeding out,now were hemoraging hard, we now seriously need a trauma surgeon, a bandaid will not do.
Ive met some new people, become obsessed with Rescue Me, Season 5 of the wire has started and im dreaming of london & croatia.
For people reading this im planning to be in london at the start of april for 10days - get your bids in now.
Friday, January 04, 2008
"My guess is that, among your list, Dubai has got the best chance to be
called "quaint" one of these years. It's built on oil and
autocracy.... its got a phantom-like, Fatehpur Sikri feeling to it,
like a Las Vegas desert dream. Maybe it can thrive as an offshore
colony for India. In much the way that, say, Vegas seems really sexy
and sophisticated to someone from Omaha.