Tuesday, September 30, 2008

David Bishop tagged me with this meme

Find a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer and post the lyrics on your blog and why you've chosen it. NB: It doesn't have to be your favourite song, it just has to express how you feel about writing and/or being a writer. It can be literal, metaphorical, about a particular form or aspect of writing - whatever you want. Then tag 5 others to do the same.

and as someone who's always up for a challenge, I thought I'd give it some consideration. After a little deliberation, I chose Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It talks about people who are born from a privileged background and contrasts it with the lot of most writers who have to struggle to get work published and to make a decent living, myself included. I think it sums up a lot of what I feel it means to be a writer:

Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Some folks are born made to wave the flag
Ooh, they're red, white and blue
And when the band plays "Hail To The Chief"
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord


It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no senator's son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one


Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh
But when the taxman come to the door
Lord, the house look a like a rummage sale, yes

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no millionaire's son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one

Yeah, some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war
And when you ask them, how much should we give
Ooh, they only answer, more, more, more, yeah

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no military son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate son

tag Steve Colgan http://stevyncolgan.blogspot.com/, Paul Cornell http://paulcornell.blogspot.com/, David Baillie http://www.davidbaillie.net/ and Bill Baker http://www.specfric.blogspot.com/

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

So this is my first post about this year's Open House London, which took place last weekend (Sept 20-21st 2008). Amazingly, the weather was spectacular: bright blue sky and quite warm. We had a shitty August so it wasn't guaranteed that it would be nice. As with other years, I wanted to go places I'd not been to before so Saturday I decided to go to the Wimbledon Windmill and the Banqueting House on Whitehall. I'd never seen a windmill in the flesh before and I'd also heard that the Banqueting House was pretty spectacular so both seemed like interesting picks. It took forever to get to the Windmill: myself and my mate Andy drove towards Hammersmith and all the way down Fulham Palace Road and across Putney Bridge and the traffic was terrible until we got the other side of Putney. This is the disadvantage of picking places miles from home. But when we got to the Windmill, it was pretty interesting. A post mill built in 1817, it's not in use now and is a museum and it was quite something to climb up the rickety stairs to the centre of the windmill. But what was even nicer was the fact that it sat on the edge of Wimbldeon Common. We didn't see any wombles (joke for my English readers) but it was truly a beautiful place with a lake/ large pond a few minutes walk from the Windmill. Apart from a plane passing overhead every two minutes (it's on the flight path from Heathrow) you could have almost been in the country. It was a shame to leave the Common and it made us realise how much beauty there is in London. Being a North Londoner, I didn't know about Wimbledon Common and this is part of what Open House is about…
So we headed north of the river through Victoria towards Whitehall. The Banqueting Hall is the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall, built and designed by Inigo Jones around 1622 and I had never seen it so I thought 'Why not?' We found somewhere to park and walked across the Mall towards it, through Horse Guards (another fabulous building that I still haven't seen inside because the queues are always huge) and we had to wait to cross Whitehall because there was a parade from Northern Ireland going across. I'm not sure what the parade was for but I did get some great shots of people in colourful regalia. But we made it after a short wait and went inside. The Banqueting House is elegant, magnificent and well worth a visit with its high walls and exquisite ceiling. Here are some photos from Saturday. I did even more on my own on Sunday but that's for another post…

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Here are some more London photos of Heals on Tottenham Court Road, the BT Tower in Fitzrovia, statues around Portland Place near Regent's Park, a statue of Churchill and Roosevelt in Mayfair, a photo of the launch party of Open House and more. Heals was great to photograph because of the way that the flags moved in the delicate breeze and the view of the BT Tower from an extreme angle. Here you go…

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After last week's review of the TRIPWIRE Annual on Down The Tubes, Richard Bruton has been kind enough to review it on the FPI Blog. Check it out here: http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/?p=9420.
Preparation for the Superheroes Special is proceeding apace but it looks like the Whedon interview might not be happening. He's battling with Dollhouse at the moment so it might be difficult to get it in. But it should still be a very nice package. 

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Last Sunday because the weather was very nice again, I decided to go down to Vauxhall Bridge to reshoot it with my SLR for the Bridges book. I last shot the bridge back in January 2006 (check out http://www.pmkane.com/bb/JM_Blog_3.htm which was in my old blog location to see just how filthy my Converse got wandering along the 'beach' near the bridge). The tide was too high this time so no such luck again but here are a few photos for you including one of MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Bridge from the north side. Next post will be something on Open House weekend, which happened the weekend of 20th to 21st September…

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

John Freeman at downthetubes has reviewed the Annual and he's said some very nice things about it. He's been an advocate of what we do for a number of years now, so why not check out his review at http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.com/2008/09/in-review-tripwire-annual-2008-html

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Monday, September 15, 2008

And here are some more photos that I took during my visit to Kew including the Pagoda, which looks better from a distance, the Redwood trees and a few plants in the Temperate House…

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