2017.8.19 Having the Algorithms Round for Tea, London

Having the Algorithms Round for Tea was the pilot event of discussion followed by live music, with the theme of the belief systems of artificial intelligence in London that will forever be remembered in silicon clouds, but more genuinely in the memory of the people… we couldn’t have done it without us. My heartfelt thanks…

Melbourne, Australia 2017.6.18 – 2017.6.20

Saint Kilda by the beach, south Melbourne, the long wooden roller coaster and ferris wheel of Luna amusement park, who have their Spiegeltent. The artists’ events were all cancelled over new health and safety regulations about wind resistance. They were asking for Tiger Lillies to fill in the gap before all being cancelled. Lucky for…

Adelaide, Australia 2017.6.14 – 2017.6.19

Adelaide, “The place where people come to die”… said by street paraders for whom expectation may form a large part of experience. If you want a city to spoil you a little more, Melbourne isn’t far, though down there they’re giving tax breaks to people if they move to the bush, because Melbourne has too…

Bergen, Norway, 2017.6.4 – 2017.6.8

don’t be late I didn’t realise Gatwick Airport from Kings Cross takes over one hour. The stress and dread as I missed the check in, became a mental cooling process. This catastrophe today felt creative, seeing the world through eyes of failure. I spent the day with Spew, and had a chance to look at…

Sète, France 2017.5.21 – 2017.6.1

gull zone The gulls sit on the roof most nights and sleep standing up. Maybe more often, if I was not walking onto the roof patio made for humans, with take-away pizza. Not twenty feet away, turning their heads to see, they might wake up and *bawk*, *bawk*, *bawk*…*bawk*, *bawk*, *bawk*, *bawk*. Others are high…

Istanbul 2017.5.19-21

(Advertising: my new UK election comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGy2xo1LNw8) Listening to gulls singing and other birds growling like dogs, from the 6th floor of Dedeman Hotel. It’s about a half-hour walk south to Beshiktash at the Bosphorous river, so I walked all the way down. Why do taxis keep honking horns when they pass me and there…

London 2017.5.16

Welcome to WordPress in London. My last post was written from the smartphone using the Swiftkey app keyboard, in random finger movements. I did a lot of patterns with my finger again and again, like square, circle or triangle, crossing, and just had fun in rhythm to music. It was not completely random words, because the…

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Saint Petersburg, 2017.5.9-11

Like Moscow, taxi drivers are so desperate for business they stand in your way, persuading politely, until they get a firm rejection, and Vlad has pre-booked. The seatbelt is difficult, Martyn takes a few minutes with the drivers’ help. Passing the Gazprom building, waving thank you. Your gas keeps London homes warm. Too bad Greenpeace…

Moscow 2017.5.8

stage dancing Yotaspace really looks like some kind of aircraft hanger. The crowd is whooping and chanting before anything happens: ‘Martyn, Martyn!…’vodka, vodka, vodka’… It was almost full and the show went well despite being ill and having a sore shoulder. I played more aggressively. You can all dance more if you like, but you…

Moscow 2017.5.7 (day off)

Flying with Aeroflot Russian Airlines from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Moscow, reading about Moscow traffic. We expect 50% usual speed because of reconstruction of the main ring road, parks, benches and more. So it’s better to use the Garden Ring Road (?). I remember last time it took us about an hour to get around…

London 2017.5.6 The Kings Head Theatre

On my way to see the Kings Head Theatre Bar since I’m in the area, where Tiger Lillies used to play in their early years. When I was about 7, my designer parents dragged us to the Business Design Centre on Upper Street in Islington, for example to a chair festival called Sit, where we…