Mike Hawthorn - The first formula 1 World champion

July 18, 2017
Reading is such an amazing thing that can lead you to such great discovery’s and to new interests. Recently I featured a story of British cyclist Tom Simpson and whilst visiting the cool book shop in Hermanus (...), that of British motor racing icon Tom Hawthorn who’s story is equally as incredible and tragic to that of Simpson's.

(Whats the design story) Morning Glory ?

July 18, 2017
Without a doubt, one of my favourite albums growing up was Oasis second album "Whats the story morning glory". Dont get me wrong! I loved the first album, which i remember, at the time, was competing against another UK upstart, Shed Seven. But without a doubt Oasis came well and truly on top and Shed Seven unfortunately are something of an unknown outside of the UK today. Shame, they were also pretty good. Oasis second musical bout was tougher, paired against brit pop heavy weight blur, yet the mancunians still reigned supreme. Oasis second album secured them as a revitalised Beatles for a generarion hungry for their own piece of music history and culture. The name Oasis came from a water slide park in Swindon of all places. I liked that. I was a boy from Bristol and i was intrigued by the musical phenomenon that was happening up North. The stone Roses, The Vurve, Happy Mondays were bringing excitement and an alternative to the mass produced pop of the 80's. The 90's were given a acid house, Brit pop filled f#!k you middle finger to the 80's ! Watching Liam size up the thousands in the crowed as the gutair riff for Morning Glory begins was almost like he wanted to kick the living shit out of everyone in the crowd. Like he was getting some strengh from wanting to fight each and everyone of us. It was just brilliant. Watching the band, you wanted to say a huge fu@k you to those bastards who thought that britpop was just a fad. Whether it was or wasn't, at the time, we needed it and after Oasis imploaded, the music and the memorys still mean a lot to some us today! In the 90's i was adjusting to becoming an adult; leaving university, first jobs, relationships and drinking far to much at bars that screached out the britpop soundtrack!

After 7 years of living overseas, Oaisis and britpop make me proud to be British. I am currently teaching my two year old to play Wondereall on his toy guitar.

There was also some great visual imagery and design. The cover for Moening Glory...
And whats the space all about between the word Glory and the question mark? ?

And the tbird album... ( car in pool)


The new new thing: A silicon valley story

July 18, 2017
After reading the brilliant Steve Jobs bio by Issac... Which incidently is in my yop 10 reads, i was hungry to read more about the pioneieers of silicon valley. Unbeknown to me, i was going to find what i was looking for at a fantastic second hand book shop at Gordons bay, just outside of Cape Town. The book i found was New New thing , published back in 199? by... And followed jim.. Founder of Netscape on his crazy antrepenirail adventures.

Visions of Idealistic life in 1950's America

July 18, 2017
In my late 20's I was lucky enough to teavel throughout America. It was an ambition I had had from an early age. Growing up in the UK, I was surrounded by culture coming accross from the US. From music, comic books and magazines to the television of the time seemed to be dominated with shows from America and my mothers twin sisters were regular travellers, mainly due to being Elvis fans and would bring presents back, that were only available there.

Visions of Idealistic holidays in 1950's America

When the world knows your name

July 18, 2017
I was recently at a gathering for my 3 year old sons pre school and all us parents had to wear stickers with our names on. Early in the evening, each time someone address me with my name, I would look at someone strangely forgetting the name badge I was wearing and wondering how they knew my name! Very soon, we all adjusted to the fact that we were all wearing stickers. Suddenly, it was making it easier for us to approach each other, taking a layer of difficulty out of meeting each other. I thought to myself, what would happen, if for just one day we all wore a stickers with our names on? Would we speak more to each other more. Would it break down a barrier?

Tom Simpson - 50 years after tragedy at Le Tour De France

July 13, 2017
LIFE: Today marks the 50 year anniversary of the tragic death of English cyclist Tom Simpson at Le Tour De France...

As many of us follow this years Le Tour De France, I think its worth taking a couple of minutes to remember the contribution that Tom Simpson gave to British cycling. Today marks exactly 50 years since his tragic death on the 13th stage of the tour on Mont Ventoux. Although Tom's death was related to the limits these cyclist push themselves, the heat and also the fact that he had ingested a cocktail of alcohol and amphetamines, to me, it still feels like such a shame that the tours organisers missed a trick, with the opportunity to pay homage to Tom's legacy. If your interested to read more I've added a link to an article that was published by the Guardian earlier this week. Cycling to work and back fealt like the right thing to do today... and who knows... one day I might give Ventoux a go!







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