It’s been a very long time since the site has seen a truly personal post, since one of us has shared how we’re really feeling. It’s been almost two years since Yin published, Losing Your Equilibrium, which I remember impacting me greatly when I first read it, one of the lessons he imparted upon us was to ‘Be energised by what you do.’ At a time when I don’t feel particularly energised, let’s return to that idea, hopefully this’ll be cathartic for me and in sharing my feelings I can put some other people at ease by letting them know they’re not alone.
While the name Jacob Anderson might not ring bells immediately, Raleigh Ritchie most likely does and if you’re a Game of Thrones fan then Grey Worm, commander of the Unsullied, might even be his most familiar alter ego. Fortunately Grey Worm was no where to be found and we met the man somewhere between Raleigh and Jacob to talk life, music, videos, acting and his debut album, You’re a Man Now, Boy.
If you don’t recognise Joel it might be because he’s changed his hair style since the last time we spoke, it’s been almost three years since we sat down for our first Conversation With Joel Baker and like each of us he’s been on a journey and come a long way in that time. As positive and energetic as always, the Nottingham born musician takes us back to where it all began and tells us why his latest musical offering, Bran Flakes Vol. 1, sees a noticeable change to his sound. You could even call him a rapper now…
London has a massive running culture, you’ve probably seen local running groups jog past you as you drag yourself to the corner shop on a Sunday morning in need of milk and Honey Nut Cheerios. You’ve likely heard of illustrious groups such as Run Dem Crew, who regularly take over London’s streets and who’s popularity has snowballed since their inception. London’s passion for running culminates once a year with the world renowned London Marathon, a massive celebration that knows no boundaries and manages to generate excitement each and every year come rain or shine. While this 5km with Nike and Kevin Hart was far from a marathon, it was the longest distance Adam and I had ever run, so did we even make it to the finish line?
A great deal of beauty exists on our planet, often it can be found within communities and within the individuals that they’re made up of. Amongst all the talk surrounding a series of recent tragedies and the media spectacle that ensued, one wonderful quote regularly reappeared, “I am always comforted by realising that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” We too often forget that the majority of people we share this planet with are good willed and want many of the same simple things from this journey of being and becoming that we call life as we do. I’m reminded of this when I look back at all of the incredible people I came across in Myanmar, while in some aspects our lives are very different, we undeniably shared simple values and passions. Their positivity and joy was inspiring, and hopefully I can pass that light on to you with this post.
How many restaurants have you spent the last few years saying you must visit? How often does a place get mentioned in conversation and you find yourself saying, “I’ve heard it’s great, I’ve been meaning to go!” Well The London Restaurant Festival, now in its fourth year, is here to help you cram all those restaurants you’ve been dying to visit into a one day tour all throughout October. Tapas tours, Chinese tours, Japanese tours, Champagne themed, you name it, they’ve got it covered. The awesome Tiger Beer invited us to Chinatown to check out their tour of 6 restaurants in 6 hours. I’m going to stop here and you’re going to read on because I know you can’t resist the food photography that’s going to follow!
Artists have a way of reimagining a place, retelling its story and rewording the preexisting dogma that surrounds it. Romantically, the struggling artist moves to where ever she is drawn, anywhere that will allow her to create and survive. Artists attract other artists and soon their influence begins to reshape the landscape, by being forever associated with “the cool” others are soon drawn in. What started as a change to the symbolic architecture of a place soon begins to impact the physical architecture, somewhere previously ignored now contains the trendiest clubs, restaurants, bars and stores around. Maybe this is a little like what’s happening to Hackney Wick, maybe it’s not?