Tuesday, 27 January 2009


....Click on the picture, (courtesy of James), and check out the hoards of people, (2m apparently), that clustered like ants to see Obama's Inauguration.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Coffee @....

....London's best and my favourite local coffee shop chain, Coffee@, have closed their doors. Rumour has it the bailiffs have been called and the owner has fled to foreign shores. Serious.
And I only needed to buy two more coffee's to get a complimentary cup as well. Damn.
Coffee@ will be missed should they not return - in the meantime I need to find a new favourite in E2, starting now.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009


....Jon Snow has a cult following which shows no signs of slowing down. He now writes a blog for Channel 4 that gives his fresh outlook on the latest news stories, but also the daily traumas of choosing the right tie!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Monday, 19 January 2009

I could be a part-time model....

....You'll only find the title of this post humorous if you've watched Flight of the Conchords. If you haven't, you should. Anyway, I digress. Yesterday I (un)willingly helped soon to be photographer to the stars, Robin, on a shoot for Dockers. He works with friend Lior under the name 'F/27' and they embarrassed me on camera by using a stylist that was clearly still asleep at 8am this particular Sunday morning!

I look like some strange hybrid of Will Young and Jake from Scissor Sisters. O H D E A R. It's a good job the images are technically brilliant - keep an eye on F/27 you lot.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Charity case....

....I've made it. I've finally made it. Dad left a message on my phone to tell me that as he strolled through Whitley Bay, he noticed something familiar in the window of the Age Concern charity shop.

There it was - a framed, signed(!) print of one of my Degree show photographs - in all its glory. Dad whisked inside and bought it for a bargain £4.99, (although I'm not sure it was because he wanted it or was simply saving embarrassment for the Barker family and their son's education!)

Thursday, 15 January 2009


....Before Christmas I had been obsessionally looking at fixed gear mini edits that crop up all over the internet. I rarely posted them. Today I stumbled across another that reminds me why I love riding my bike and the fun you can have on it. Oh and the soundtrack probably helps!

guava from Eric Hires on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009


....Clementine refused to accept the artistic integrity of Roy's blog.


....We've some new photographs on our stairwell at work from the agency, East. The stand out for me is a series from Kai Wiechmann, called 'Superheroes'.

Marcroy x Konrath....

....Scrolling through design site, 'it's nice that', I noticed a collaboration between Andreas and Marcroy Smith. Lovely.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Today I am mostly listening to....

....TV On The Radio. Absolutely loving it.

Village Green....

....Tom has accused me of neglecting his wonderful design studio on here the pages of this blog. I clearly under estimated the creative corners that this site was reaching.......Nana, you enjoying this?! It would be a shame not to share Village Green with the, ahem, world - so, Tom, here you are.

Glasvegas sleeve artwork from Tom's own fair hands.

Fabric Saturday posters

The End....

...It's lovely when you're sitting at your desk, in front of your computer and then a little package comes your way from the postie. Today I got this tee - which I bought because it reminded me of the final still at the end of an old movie, but has received comments linking it to the London club of the same name, and the impending doom of the recession!

Rugger bugger....

....Ed Hoadley. Friend, colleague, marathon runner and failed rugby pro turned Project Manager, has a new blog. Rather than being self absorbed and writing about himself like the rest of us, he is actually putting together a concise, funny and truthful review of the current Premiership rugby campaign. So for any of you that like the odd ruck, click here.

Back in the day!

Monday, 12 January 2009

Le Crutch....

....Ed has a blog - direct from his boudoir en Paris. C'est bon.
He is also a rather superb illustrator, don't you know.


....the liver spotted Dalmation that now belongs to Ed and Denise. Click on the photo to enlarge and see the Bowie-esque eyes!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

The Boundary....

....This hotel has finally opened after being under construction for quite sometime. The joint venture between Terence & Vicki Conran boasts a rooftop pool to rival that of Shoreditch House directly opposite. There is also a bakery, food store and restaurant, called Albion


....A few pics of things I've stumbled across and rather like.

Eine graffiti on the shutters of an art gallery on Redchurch Street.

Hue beer, drunk as an accompaniment 
to a fantastic meal at Huong Viet.

Colourful Fireball BMX

Crying Clem....

....Ever style conscious, Clementine took exception to her newest jacket. She soon admitted defeat and Richie, Anne & I went for a lovely walk through Clissold Park, stumbling across this bike shop and a rather random Sylvanian Families store!

Frozen stream in Clissold Park

Builders Merchants....

....Spotted this fantastic old sign on a wall-side in Finsbury Park.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Society of the Spectacle....

....College pal and nominated Glasto' car driver, James, has a blog which you should check out. Now. Then click the link on his blog to return to mine......


....I was watching a BBCFour programme last night on fashion throughout the decades. This particular episode concentrated on the '40s - part of which included CC41. This stands for 'Civilian Clothing 1941', soon becoming known as the 'Cheeses' and appeared on items as diverse as furniture, linen, sports goods and housewares. It is the logo design in particular that made me want to write this post - created by Reginald Ship in the same year - who was also responsible for numerous clothing designs. Any more information on this designer is unfortunately hard to come by, but I think it holds up well even now.


(click image to enlarge and read).

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Fixed Gear Topshop....

....Fixed gears have quite literally hit the High Street. Oh Dear. (And the sad the truth is that today I'm wearing the shirt that the mannequin on the left is sporting!)


Wednesday, 7 January 2009


.....Thanks to Boris, for the next 18 months motorbikes are now allowed in the bus lane. I think this is an incredibly stupid idea, as do most cyclists and last night I experienced the potential dangers first hand. For what seemed like the whole commute home, four motorbikes whizzed past and in front of me, within inches of my bike.

Letter of confirmation stolen from here

They really are a different prospect to deal with than any other traffic - faster, nippier and more keen to dive in and out of traffic just like we (cyclists) are....except we're much more vulnerable. It is only an 18 month trial, one that I hope isn't continued - as a result of common sense rather than an increase of cycle / motorbike accidents on the road.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Double Che....

....Alicia and I managed to see an old fashioned double bill on New Years Day. It meant we sat in darkness, not talking for the majority of Jan 1st, but maybe that was best after revelries the night before! We saw parts 1 & 2 of Che at the Rich Mix cinema.

As usual, my ignorance is staggering - so although I know bits of the 'Che' story and see his image plastered everywhere, I really didn't know what to expect. In terms of history, it was remarkable what Castro, Guevara and the Cuban rebels managed to achieve in the liberation of the country. What I hadn't appreciated was Che's attempt, failure and death in Bolivia some years later.

Directionally, Steven Soderbergh has done a fantastic job in the contrasting styles of both films - Part One shifting time frames between black & white and colour scenes, culminating in Che's address to the United Nations assembly. Part Two is altogether quieter and beautifully shot in muted blues and greys. Both Alicia and I loved the films and felt a slight knowledgeable reward to boot!

Dans le noir on NYE....

....Alicia and I didn't spend Christmas together, so New Year's Eve became the day that we exchanged presents and went for dinner.


Our choice of restaurant was borne out of the joint decision for something intimate, new and memorable - so we booked a table at Dans Le Noir. Here, you eat in total darkness and are waited on by blind staff....surely ticking all the boxes we required!


We were led to our table, after a pre-dinner cocktail, along with two other couples who we sat alongside. Literally right next to one another - straight away the 'intimate' part of our dinner was lost, as a group conversation ensued that really couldn't be avoided. In all honesty, it wasn't a problem and we all got on, but Alicia and I couldn't help but feel we had ended up coming to dinner with four others rather than just ourselves.

(follow my leader)

I chose the 'special' menu, where I had no idea what I would be served and Alicia went for the (safer) vegetarian option. Three courses and three glasses of wine followed - all of which I used my hands to consume! I managed to guess the majority of my food - it was tasty, but certainly not outstanding...I felt it was a pretty safe menu to be honest. (Mine was foie gras / steak, liver & mash / dark chocolate mousse & elderflower sorbet).

Time absolutely flew, (and without watches - that are left in a locker along with phone / camera etc - we had no idea), and when we emerged from the darkness it was suddenly 11.55pm. We were offered to the upstairs bar with a glass of champagne and then before we knew it, it was 2009. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

(2009 is now)

Alicia and I got back on our bikes, came home to share a bottle of bubbly, have a dance in the living room and that was that!

(tiny dancers)

We had a great time - a great dinner, but a compete one-off. I do, however, recommend it - it was an experience like no other, placing trust in others, your taste and your senses. Try to ask for a private table though.....

(happy new year from Roy & Lic)