Monday, 27 July 2009


....It seems like I have been a cultural hermit in the last few weeks or so. Which perhaps is true. So i've made up for it by being a social butterfly.


Kat, Nisha, Ivvet and Alex, (below) accompanied me for
drinks near our old stomping ground, the Science Mueum.


Richie and Denners strike a pose in the Slaughtered Lamb

Phil & Bond follow suit


Familiar faces at the Stag's Head

Lynn & Joss laugh it off

Body Shop....

....The Wellcome Collection hosts yet another fascinating exhibition with the opening of 'Exquisite Bodies' on 30th July. In truth, there isn't a great deal exquisite on display as the forgotten history of the anatomical model is explored, with it's unique combination of serious science and fairground horror. Lifelike wax models, showcasing everything from the ravages of syphilis and disease to bearded ladies, remind us of a macabre Victorian obsession that featured in medical schools and curiosity cabinets alike. The best free freak show in town.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Match of the Day....

....Here's the final edit of the AMV Derby which I blogged about a few weeks back. Makes us look okay......I think!

AMV Derby from Roy Barker on Vimeo.

Monday, 13 July 2009

The power of Michael Jackson....

....Flashmobbing is the new cool thing. And Michael Jackson is le musique du choix. This makes my hair stand on end - and you just know there could easily be a million people taking part in a spontaneous dance to MJ.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Friday, 10 July 2009


....And then suddenly Goldman Close was filled with alloy wheeled metallic 4x4s. These cars appeared from nowhere - full of young Asian men, dressed quite smart, talking loud and taking photos. With music blaring they wanted everyone to see them.
I obliged with a completely lifeless film.


....Out of dad's birthday celebrations came photos from times gone by. I couldn't help but share them with you - for once his bow-tie nowhere to be seen, but still managing to retain every inch of his iconic style that I have copied ever since.

Sketching whilst on holiday and looking almost Hunter S Thompson-esque

A simply stunning black sandal / short shorts / red visor combination.

Cut to modern times and an opportunity to see exactly what I will look like in 32 years!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

The greatest....

....Earlier today Roger Federer won an historic 15th Grand Slam title by beating Andy Roddick at Wimbledon. At just 27 he has won the most Slams and is already widely considered the greatest ever tennis player. I have to agree, but can only wonder at what his final tally may be!

Dad's 60th....


Family and friends gathered in Nottingham to help celebrate dad turning 60. We had a fantastic dinner on the river at Tom Browns restaurant, whilst on Sunday we barbequed in the sun of Nana's garden.

Dad opens presents

Dinner at Tom Browns


Cake cutter

The full photo reel is here too:

TBC team pursuit....

....As the incredible weather remained over London, TBC decided upon a team pursuit on Friday evening. Regent Park's Inner Circle was to be our velodrome and Chris, Ed, Liam, Giles, Quoc and myself were the competitors.

We split in to 2 teams of three and completed 5 laps of the 1km circle. It was more more intense and physically demanding than we expected, but massively fun too. Chris, Ed and Liam ran out winners with a team time of 8m 24s, a lead of 11 seconds. Team pursuit mark II will not be too far round the corner I'm sure.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Inside Nature's Giants....

....The first in this series aired on Monday, with the autopsy of an elephant. Rather than just employing shock tactics, this programme was genuinely insightful, educational and as a result truly absorbing. The basic premise is that by dissecting some of the worlds largest animals we can discover their evolutionary secrets. I advise you to catch the next installment, when a fin whale gets the treatment whilst washed up on shore. Heck, even the oft acerbic Charlie Brooker likes it!