Grey Beach

I went on a beach clean in the rain as part of a school trip with Tabitha's school. Beforehand I went for a wander among the rockpools. I really like anemones.

There was a nice dog at the clean. He would have been fluffy, were it not for the rain.


Norns

Dan's been getting into making electronic music. The hardware really triggers my Gear Acquisition Syndrome. I can just about resist Teenage Engineering most days (today was a hard day) but this Monome Norns is making me need to take a cold shower. I was alright until I found out you can SSH to it. If you can SSH to something, I'm basically sold on it.


I just realised that Facebook is a tool that allows you to get to know people you don't know very well, and lose touch with people with whom you're close. It's also great because it allows you an amount of performative pseudo-intellectualism that people will either agree with or not be bothered to interact with. It's a weaponised echo chamber where you're the weapon and the victim. Thank you for listening to my TED talk.


Saturday

I'm not usually into fêtes and things like that but, for whatever reason, I was in the mood for it today. We walked over the hill to go and have a look at this one in Saltdean and it was all very nice. Lots for the kid to do.


She made a biscuit. Please note the mushrooms, which were made using icing as an adhesive to keep the chocolate button caps on. The ladies running the operation were most impressed at this creativity. Being honest, I was impressed too.

Some good-looking cakes on display, and they've somehow managed to get one of them new Mac Pros already

Who loves fêtes?

They also had sunflower seed planting. Tabitha loves planting stuff. 20p. Bargain.

And she's got a crocheted hamster called Hampy


After how hectic this week has been, I think I really needed this. Artisan craft fayre this afternoon, which might be pushing it.


ГЭС-2, June 2019

Whilst I was in Moscow, I was super fortunate to visit the building site of ГЭС-2, which is going to be an amazing arts and culture hub, gallery, museum and venue for anything creative in the centre of Moscow. It's on the site of an old power station and storage vault (hit that link to read a better explanation of it all), but it's going to stretch right down to the river and also drastically improve the surrounding road infrastructure. I'm incredibly excited and proud to be involved in it, even in such a small capacity!

The scale of it all is mind-blowing. The main building is 38,000m2, and the vaults are 2,000m2, and there's between 600 and 1,500 people on site 24 hours a day.

The vaults

It's outside the site but I just like this picture. Lots of circles.

It was lunchtime when I visited so there were quite a few people chilling out on their own. Is street photography on a building site a thing?

These ceilings are amazing. They're concrete, but they're made by pressing wood into it as it dries, leaving an imprint. I love the effect.

Inside in the vaults

Yeah, street photography at building sites is a thing.


If I didn't have any other reason to go back to Moscow, I would go back just for this when it's open. I've seen the architect's renders and it's going to be amazing. I really believe it's going to be super important for art and culture in Moscow.