No instrumentals please, we’re British

“When was the last time we had an instrumental UK number one?” I ask, apropos of nothing in particular. A little out of the blue to be sure, but the question had popped into my head and the topic is entirely in keeping with the kind of abstract...

The Ninjas at the bottom of the garden

“Things have changed,” said Felipe Altenfelder as we pulled out of the airport carpark. “You’ll notice some differences.” I’d arrived in São Paulo to start work on a documentary film about Fora do Eixo – the network of...

The boy is eating an apple

I’m learning Spanish. I’m just beginning, but I’m quite pleased with my progress so far. A little bit each day, and this time next year, I’ll be able to ask where the bank is, order a cup of coffee with no milk, and tell people to seek...

First few days in Venezuela

The Caracas crew in the barrio I’ve been in Caracas since Friday with my friends Jez, Ruth, Alex, Rich, Will and Leo… and I’m at a bit of a loss to describe my experience to date. Amazing, inspiring, and occasionally terrifying would about cover it....

What if Birmingham IS shit?

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: I like living in Birmingham. I moved here from New Zealand with a job to return to, phoned them after 6 months and said “sorry – I’m not coming back”. That was nearly eight years ago. But I am...

Support BOY for Waitangi Day

As you’ll no doubt already know, it’s traditional to give generous gifts to New Zealanders on Waitangi Day*. New Zealander Taika Waititi is trying to get his film BOY screened in the United States. February 6th is Waitangi Day. I’ve just put those...