Orihuela: The Murals of San Isidro

1976 was a period of great change and renewal around the world (Punk in the UK, the death of Mao Zedong in China and the death of Francisco Franco in Spain the previous year). I have been based in the latter since late 2018 and have been grateful for the fascinating journey it has given […]

Cardiff: Kizuna Japan Design Exhibition

Having always had a thing for JAPAN (the country as well as the band) my timing back home could not have been better for the KIZUNA design exhibition at the National Museum. Kizuna meaning a bond or link between people relates to the relationship between Wales and Japan whose connections date back at least 400 […]

Bristol: Brunel, Bridges and Bakeries

Something beginning with B? So far this year I’ve visited Bilbao, Biarritz, Barcelona, Brussels and Barry so Bristol more than follows suit and coincidentally it’s a sister city to my former home in Guangzhou. Unlike the others though, this is a city very well known to me. Like Cardiff and Newport I’ll be revisiting some […]

Madrid: Vista of Art and Food

So what happened in Madrid? Well, not a lot actually. The most unusual thing is the sudden lack of warmth doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. It’s cold, but a cold that I recognise. Coming from a much more agreeable Hanoi winter hasn’t had too much of an effect so that’s […]

Dating the Page: Screenshots

  As mentioned previously, this year I’ve been busy piecing together the 30 year overview ‘Dating the Page.’ Despite much of it being existing material it is an expansive project and has proven very taxing to put together. It is the first time I’ve put imagery with my poems, many of which have been retouched for […]

Culture: Hodgkin in Hong Kong

This year marks the 40th anniversary of my first visit to Hong Kong when the tap water was brown and green and white stripy Tristars perilously glided into Kai Tak. Apparently it is also the length of time some local collectors have been purchasing Howard Hodgkin paintings. Taking that into consideration it is astonishing to […]

Education: Will Careers Like Eno’s Ever Become the Norm?

In the sixties there was a band who made pleasant jingle-jangle guitar pop. Toward the end of the decade they decided to experiment and came up with The White Album and thus the rule book of popular music was re-written. The myth that has grown up around The Beatles since is as staggering as it […]