Bompas & Parr’s – Architectural Punchbowl

4 12 2009


Next week in London is a 3-day extravaganza that is going to be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
How do you fancy seeing an entire room being flooded with punch?! Even better – you get to drink said punch and even float across it on a giant slice of orange peel!

Bonkers.

The guys behind it are Sam Bompas and Harry Parr – better known as Bompas & Parr – Jellymongers and there are still tickets available for Wednesday 9th December.

The video (produced by yours truly) gives only a hint of what to expect…

Cheers!

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Fancy Rewinding to the 80’s?

24 11 2009

Over the summer i took my narrow boat on a journey of discovery to Henley-on-Thames. Not just an idle jaunt, it was in fact to visit the 80’s Rewind Festival with a couple of friends.

I can honestly say it was one of the best festival i’ve been to – and i’ve been to Glastonbury, V, Phoenix, Isle of Wight, Secret Garden, White Air, Guildford (okay – Guildford Festival wasn’t really much competition but you get the gist)

As well as the weather being absolutely glorious and the obvious comfort of mooring my home at the edge of the site – there was also a great atmosphere, no hassles and nearly everyone made an attempt to dress in an 80’s vibe.

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Blitz Bitz Bigtime Hitz

4 10 2009

Hair crop

The other week i had an audition for the part of a 1940’s newsreader/presenter. In order to get into character it was suggested that we bring along a 1940’s style outfit – maybe a blouse and skirt or a wartime uniform – so the producers could really see what we’d look like as the part.

Well. Not being one to do things by half – i really got into character! I bought an original 1940’s dress from Rokit in Covent Garden. I had my hair done in a FANTASTIC 1940’s style by Natasha at Lipstick & Curls AND she also did my make-up AMAZINGLY!
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*VIDEO* – Roller Derby – Roll Britannia

24 07 2009

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Hey hey!  Last weekend was Roll Britannia. There was lots of Derby love (along with a few bumps and bruises) and of course, a man dressed as banana.

Roll Britannia is the FIRST European Roller Derby tournament.

In all, 12 teams took part from across England, Scotland and Germany.  Out of the 12, 4 made it through to the Sunday finals and they were – 
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*Video* – Freestyle Football – UPDATE

12 07 2009

kikisdad - Flickr

Freestyle Football is my new favourite thing (watching it rather than attempting it). A while back i interviewed Oli Hayes on the Southbank for a Japanese show called Earth TV. I also cut a shorter piece to be entered into the RedBull Reporter competition – have a look at the video to see his (and my) skills in action-
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Moonwalk Flashmob – Liverpool Street

28 06 2009

A flashmob descended upon Liverpool Street on Friday evening for a pre-arranged moonwalk, en masse. Organized through the usual social networking channels – most notably Twitter – the message was simple –

“Right. It’s on. There will be a mass moonwalk at 6pm tonight at Liverpool Street station.”

With no further information needed, I, along with a significant percentage of London’s social media savvy population, headed to the station.

Arriving with a few minutes to spare, it was enough time to suss out the best spot for documenting the event.
With a heavy police presence and an unusually high volume of ‘commuters’ (eagerly gripping their mobile phones) if you weren’t in on the plan – you definitely knew that something was different…

Tannoy messages began to address the crowd –
“If you have just arrived at the station for the Michael Jackson Moonwalk event scheduled for eighteen hundred hours, please make your way outside onto Liverpool Street outside the McDonalds where it will now be taking place.”

Confusion is placed in our minds –
“Is it a bluff?”

“Are they trying to disperse us?”

“Will it actually end up happening in here and then we’ll have gone outside and missed it?”

Argh!

Anyways. We headed for the escalator at 17:59 and 30 seconds, hoping to get a rising aerial shot of the concourse.

17:59 and 50 seconds– on the escalator – camera is on.

18:00 –
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Nothing.

Top of the escalators and it all seems to be happening outside…

What’s happening exactly though isn’t a moonwalk – it’s people with cameras waiting to take pictures of a moonwalk. Everywhere you turn is someone looking expectantly, holding a cameraphone aloft. If they haven’t got a camera phone, they’ve got a camera, if they haven’t got a camera they’re on the phone, if they’re not with either of those – they have a video camera, and not just a little handycam – huge broadcast quality Z1s et al.

After 20 minutes, of taking pictures of people taking pictures, i’m ready to leave when suddenly a speaker system bursts into life and a man begins to speak.

After he speaks, the Michael Jackson music begins.

And…

Nobody really does anything. People take photos of… people doing nothing.

Bizarre.

It reminded me of the recent Liverpool Street ‘riots’ where a media mob descended on just one person attempting to smash in a window. Desperate for something to film, with nothing really going on.

For me the most interesting thing is the lure of this event, not for people to be involved in the actual moonwalk, but to be involved just as an observer.

Is this the death of the Flashmob? Surely the point of them is to be unexpected? A brief, bizarre interlude, in the otherwise predictable routine of someone’s day. It all becomes a bit ‘pop will eat itself’ when it’s mass-marketed and pre-publicized to the gawkers. (and maybe even a little in bad taste when you consider the reason for the gathering was someone’s death?)

I like Flashmobs – but i think they need to go back underground, maybe even on the Underground again – a la the circle line party. [Click here for the Circle Line party flashmob video]

I honestly didn’t see anyone moonwalk on that Friday evening. But I did spot a very cute dog, so i guess it was worth it…





Floating Theatre – Fous de Bassin

27 06 2009

Canon in 2D - Flickr
I saw the most amazing performance last night – called Fous de Bassin. It was a half hour show, on water, by a French theatre company called Ilotopie. I’ve not seen anything like it but i definitely hope to see more. The video is some highlights of the show, cut to the music by Phil Spectrum which accompanies the actual spectacle.   I filmed some video of the Fous de Bassin in Docklands
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