HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR The Chinese and the Greeks were arguing as to who were the better artists. The king said, “We’ll settle this matter with a debate.” The Chinese began talking, but the Greeks wouldn’t say anything. They left. The Chinese suggested then that they […]

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BRASILIEROS

BRASILIEROS Went back to Brazil for a spontaneous 2 week adventure. I flew into beautiful Rio and then headed back up to Bahia, this time thankfully free from drugs, to visit Fiona and Stanley in Ilheus and then up further north to Salvador, the capital […]

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The gay messiah is coming

THE GAY MESSIAH IS COMING A title sure to agitate all the rabid Republican Americans out there who froth and fulminate each time I so much as mention Michael Moore. This time however, I am writing about altogether nobler activist: the divine and talented Rufus […]

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Berlin the Beautiful

Berlin the Beautiful Just in Berlin to do some research for this documentary project about that city since 1989. Although I’d been there briefly last year, I was slapped in the face by the changes. Which was, by turns, shocking and rather stingingly pleasant. It’s […]

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The last night of my proms

THE LAST NIGHT OF MY PROMS Through the summer I’ve been presenting for BBC4 (the Beeb’s new digital arts channel) from the Proms – the greatest music festival in the World. What an honour. When I first came to England after Berlin, I would go […]

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The motorcycle diaries

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES Just been to see The Motorcycle Diaries with Joshua and Richard. It’s a pretty thin film – beautiful scenery but a over simple linear narrative that repeats itself in cliches and heart-tweaking “moments”. It feels like a film from a much older […]

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Ulysses on british rail

Ulysses on British Rail Been wrapped up in a cyclone of work lately. My heart sank fathoms when I got my schedule for this summer. 25 filming days through August! No dreamy, green-hazy days at the Hampstead Ponds, no sunstruck cycling through the dusty Summer […]

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new york new york new york

… so good they named it thrice. I certainly didn’t…. As schedules dictated I arrived in New York on Friday, worked on Saturday and then had 6 days free until I was required to work again. We were in Manhattan filming a pilot for “Cash […]

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holy islander

So in love with the Island . It’s been a constant presence in my life since I started meditating 5 years ago. It was my first introduction to Buddhism via the builderly, unshaven monks who were rebuilding the farm house when I first visited and […]

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