BILLINGHAM550 | Tuesday, August 9, 2022

9:32 PM

#BILLINGHAM550: I’m packing up to leave the UK, and this beast is still with me. 30 years ago, @dgovarnie and I went shopping to buy him a guitar and me a camera bag. I don’t know if that guitar is still alive but this bag, the venerable Billingham 550 definitely is. Needs a service and a replacement end pocket but it’s still carting my camera gear or my clothes, depending on the occasion. £150 in 1992. They’re still making it! £689 in 2022! I don’t think I have anything else from when I was 18, do you? #camerabag #madeinbritain #billingham

BACKGARDEN | Tuesday, August 9, 2022

9:35 PM

#BACKGARDEN: I’ve decided that the back garden is finished. Great weekend with various friends popping over, but it will soon be enjoyed by others… but not sure if they’ll look after it quite as well 😆 #brexit #garden #england #richmond

HOTTERTHANJULY | Sunday, July 10, 2022

1:53 PM

#HOTTERTHANJULY: the glorious crew at #Northops have raised over £1000 for @sheltercharity if I #skate through #London on the #SundayStroll wearing these - and we are in for next Sunday, weather will be 33℃, and while nobody needs to see a middle-aged man doing this, at least I don’t have to worry about being cold. #HotPants #sequins #rosabloom - borrowed from @conroybryony and being fitted by @saffstickles - so I’d better not fall over… #shelter #endhomelessness

GUNSNROSES | Friday, July 1, 2022

10:00 PM

#GUNSNROSES: dragged there by @cj.moore2018 who found a loophole in my policy against gigs by artists over the age of 50 by buying the ticket himself. A fine time was had despite the complete and utter fuckery at the stadium. My third stadium gig since 1988. Also: good grief, #Slash is phenomenal. Lovely crowd, unexpectedly nice and polite everywhere. Was not expecting that. 👍🏽👍🏽 #gig #london

STVINCENT | Wednesday, June 29, 2022

10:14 PM

#STVINCENT: as the Berlin gig was canned, I hastily bought the last standing ticket on Saturday night, and got in early to bag a decent spot. Never disappointing watching Annie becoming St Vincent with a band this good not seen since Prince used to ply his trade, and constant entertainment on stage from the cheerleader serving drinks to the band and generally being a delight. Annie Clark is a genius. #gig #london

ALTJ | Tuesday, June 7, 2022

11:09 PM

#ALTJ: started well, ended well, unfortunately the middle was #Brexit converted to music and I felt like immediately leaving the country. They really can play together, sound of the trio was great, but songs a bit dull. New album is pretty good but there’s too many sleepy bedwetting tunes in the setlist. Thanks @banquetrecords for putting these little gigs on, though. #gig #london #kingston