Walking in Rhythm

I was asked today if I would be able to make up a playlist of songs that are around the tempo of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da by the Beatles – as that was a great song to go walking to. Turns out that’s around 113 beats per minute. So armed with a bit of technology,...

By Request: Sunday Jazz

Every now and then, a friend asks me to make up a Sunday Jazz Spotify playlist. This time, it was the turn of Nick in Belfast. Here’s what I came up with: Click here to listen Gary Burton – Boston Marathon Peggy Lee – Black Coffee Gil Scott-Heron – Ain’t...

Photo of the day – 114

I went for a bike ride today, along with about 200,000 other people. It was for Critical Mass – an international cycling movement who campaign for better cycling conditions in urban centres. This was the biggest celebration ride they’d ever staged. The...

TV Series idea: Dad Rock

Music as culture as a TV format – and an antidote to X-Factor. Guys (like me) now in their 40s and 50s who once harboured dreams of rock/pop stardom, but were just a bit rubbish so they gave it all up. We assemble a bunch of them together, get a couple of music...

Cities: solved

I’ve been travelling a lot in Europe recently, and I’ve come to the conclusion that making a great, vibrant, creative city is really, really simple. What follows is my 5-step plan to better cities. If you get these things right, ALL else will follow. 1)...