Sunday, May 31, 2009

Last Of May

Pond Sedge - Carex Riparia

Little and Large - Radish duo

Got any biccies ?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Bloody Apprentice

I wondered what the hilarious Cassetteboy had been up to recently - seems that he's turned his hand to video editing, producing this bladdy brilliant Apprentice cut-up.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A lot of allotment (The list goes on)

(Respect due to Graham Duff, Mr Vegas, et al)

Ideal forum

Monday, May 25, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Key Fob

"An access gate to the allotment area is being provided but will remain locked with only allotment key holders having access through this route."

Packers' Field Community Use Agreement, February 2007
The City Academy & Bristol City Council

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Popeye in heaven

Loads of baby spinach around at the moment, ensuring that we're getting some iron in our diet, even though it's apparently not the kind of iron that's easily absorbed by the body and broccoli has twice as much. It was Dr. E. von Wolf who infamously put a decimal point in the wrong place when calculating the iron content of spinach, leading to Popeye's misguided spinach addiction.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


It's been too wet in recent years for this verbascum, but this year it's put on a good bloom.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Athelia & Other Stories

I've uploaded the 1999 album 'Athelia & Other Stories' which I produced in collaboration with poet Patrick Woodcock, to last fm.

1. On That Winter's Night
2. The Photograph
3. Malbork
4. The Cathedral
5. Mielno
6. The Crooked Vicar
7. Athelia

I say album - it's 44 seconds longer than an EP (23:22)


First harvest of lettuce thinnings.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Placebo Audio Vol.1

I've uploaded a new 4 track EP to last fm entitled Placebo Audio Vol.1.

1. Yew Creek
2. Cushion Den
3. Plain Drift
4. Cloud Roll

File under drone, ambient, electronica

Sunday, May 10, 2009


aka Common White Butterfly

aka Cabbage White

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Free West Indies match

What with the early finish to the 1st Test against the West Indies @ Lords and therefore no international cricket this weekend, it was off to the Bristol West Indies cricket club for a few hours, where a rounders ball could be chucked about in preparation for a Year 9 rounders team match.

"Are you with the visitors ?", someone asked.
"Are you with the home side ?"
"No - I'm a trespasser."
"But you're from Bristol, right ?"
"Yeah." (ish)
"Well, you're not a trespasser then."
: )

The visitors made a little over 200 from 40 ? overs, before the home side, starting off well at around five an over, lost a clatter of three or four wickets within the space of a few overs and were on about 50 for 4 when we left. (Move over Simon Hughes)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Pete Taylor

Pete Taylor, one of my neighbours at the allotment and a familiar local environmental activist and campaigner, has died. It's suspected that his death, at home, was connected to the asthma with which he'd had a lifelong struggle and which in part inspired his campaigns against, among other things, traffic pollution.

When I first took on my plot, Pete was very friendly, giving me spare tools, cuttings and advice. In return, I gave him pumpkins and helped to move some of his collection of saplings that he was famous for planting in and around the city. I learned early on of his asthma and hatred for bonfires, ensuring that if I did have to burn anything he wasn't around, although perversely, he still liked a smoke and would occasionally cadge tobacco from me.

He showed me photos of a house he'd acquired in Spain, gave me loads of "Thank You For Not Driving' stickers (a campaign which he'd masterminded) we shared responsibility for making sure the allotment cat had enough biscuits and often had a chat.

He was passionate and could be a bit angry and volatile at times, even to people on the same side, but I respected him the more for apologising when we fell out.

Having checked out now, Pete will be spared the redevelopment of the chocolate factory that lies between his home and allotment, but whatever happens, I'm sure I won't be alone in planting a tree somewhere in the vicinity in his memory.

More info & tributes @

Monday, May 04, 2009

A B C D Eno

I can't remember where I heard it this weekend, but someone was on the radio explaining that the reason that Brian Eno has created and achieved so much in his lifetime, is that he has four identical twins - A, B, C and D.

The maestro then turned up on Radio 4's 'The Museum Of Curiosity', on which he talked about geothermal energy and the fact that he composed the start up chime for an early version of Windows, on a Mac, adding that he doesn't like Windows and never uses it.

Clean sweep

I've written to the council many times about the flytipping that goes on around here but it still happens every week. I'm not sure what winds me up more; the gits who do this sort of thing, or the council's unwillingness to take the matter seriously and catch the perpetrators.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

It's in the trees - it's coming

Despite the Orwellian signs that have recently gone up on the Bristol - Bath cyclepath, there's no evidence of any cameras around. Perhaps the council have fitted birds with cameras or a satellite has been installed to monitor the area.

It's odd that these threatening / reassuring notices weren't around last year when there was a spate of a dozen or so muggings in the area. Surely, they couldn't have anything to do with the proposed development of the old chocolate factory and the mass opposition to the bulldozers that will soon start ripping up the hedgerows of this linear park.

Friday, May 01, 2009


Flora was the Roman goddess of everything flowery whose festival is celebrated in the first few days of May.