Give us this day

Give us this day

In order to be good at something, you need to first spend time being bad at it. Musical instruments, and particularly the violin, where ‘bad’ takes on whole new layers of meaning, are very good examples of this idea. My students, when I had students, would...
My superpower is eggs

My superpower is eggs

I make great eggs. Really seriously ‘restaurant-grade’ boiled, poached or scrambled eggs. Omelettes are a specialty, and I make a baked egg stack with pancetta that is out of this world. You’d think that a boiled egg is just a boiled egg – but...

Un-Convention Caracas highlights: day 3

In which we share an unusual breakfast, Jez and Ruth present at a bi-lingual press conference, Alex explains Cameraboy Will’s patented two-step ‘Vengabus then text’ dating technique, and we witness the strict discipline of the Tiuna el Fuerte hip hop...

Merry Christmas from the house of Dubber

Just thought I’d say a quick Merry Christmas before the yuletide activities kick off here in the Dubber house. A quiet one this time: friends over for dinner tonight, and then since Jake’s away in India and we Skyped today (he’ll have no internet for...

One week later, Brian shows me how it’s done

[Video link] Last week, Brian from UB40 came along to the Hare and Hounds to look over my shoulder and get a few jazz DJ-ing tips so that he can fill in for me while I’m away in May. This week, he came back armed with some music of his own, and gave me a much...

Teaching Brian to DJ

I did my usual weekly DJ gig at the Hare and Hounds today – playing polite, laid back jazz records while people eat their roast dinners. But this time, I had a surprise visitor. Brian Travers, who you’ll know as the sax player from UB40, had been asked if...