21 May: Foggy on Shetland, it was difficult to see which was a puffin and which was a seagull (Gav kept calling them pigeons)
22 May: Pyjamas and cleaning day followed by a bad choice of film (i’m barred from picking a film for a while)
23 May: Woke up to good news!
24 May: A Very British Eid.
25 May: Gardening Day
26 May: Everyone is angry about Dominic Cummings, Gove says that he’s also gone for a drive to test his eyesight. Does anyone believe that our government is doing a good job?
27 May: Surely NO ONE can still believe that Johnson is a good leader?
28 May: Doctors protest outside Downing Street while the Tory MPs who have shafted them ‘clap for the NHS’. The new ‘Track & Trace’ app is launched, but doesn’t work. Matt Hancock laughs on TV.
11 May: We watched Dirty Dancing and decided that we should practice our dirty dancing moves in case they ever made a follow up film and needed some new stars for the film. We were not feeling Alert, but we tried to Stay Alert.
12 May: Gav had the lockdown blues, Damaged Goods did a mail out about the Rabies Babies record, which was sort of sad because I am really missing having gigs and band practices. We went to bed early and listened to Gideon Coe’s show on 6music.
13 May: Work stuff.
14 May: I had to cycle in to work to take my back up.
15 & 16 May: ill again
17 May: A bit better, did cleaning (of me and the flat) and we tested out the inks for the screenprinted sleeve for the Rabies Babies record.
18 May: Slow internet and social distancing visitors.
19 May: Puffins!
20 May: The contrails are back ruining the sky.
I’ve started making a lyric zine for the new Rabies Babies record. All of the band members are illustrating songs, here’s a sneak preview of one that i’m doing….
It was a lot more fun than i expected… we danced til 2am.
Monday blues. I just couldn’t concentrate on work.
Gardening and family skype.
Saturday 4th April.
I got really bored with lockdown so i pretended that it was Christmas Day. We drank weird drinks from the leftover xmas booze and we watched Planet of the Apes on telly.
How to play:
1. Write a list of things that you would like to buy, things that are usually always in the shops.
2. Go shopping.
3. See how many you can buy off the list.
I played with Gav. We both wrote lists and he went out to the shops. We both scored 8 out of 11 items.
Last year I saw Juniore play at the 100 club, i did this drawing and posted it on twitter. The band saw it and asked if they could use it on a postcard to be included in the vinyl release of their fab new album Un Deux Trois.
I made a gig poster out of an old crisp packet.
Moe and Sheehan married last week at a traditional Cambodian wedding in Kirivong, Cambodia. It was the most amazing and beautiful wedding – 2 days of blessings, celebrations, dancing, making new friends and learning how to chat & count in Khmer. I celebrated with four generations from England, Scotland, Ireland, Peru and Cambodia.
This is a card I drew from the foreign guests (from Ireland, Scotland, England & Peru) to the groom’s mum for her warm and wonderful hospitality.
I made a poster for a Loud Women gig (line up was part-instigated by myself and Rabies Babies drummer Tabi), celebrating many birthdays and anniversaries, with our dream line up.
Testing out a new approach – i did a pencil sketch, scanned it then traced in illustrator using a wacom.
I’m a bit late adding this one up… our oystercards did us well on saturday and we will top them up in time for the next gig back at the Hand in Hand on 13th April.
This is one that i forgot to put up at the time, from March 2017
On saturday there was the People’s Vote March to demand that the people get the final say on Brexit. These excited kids were at my local overground station. They were so full of hope that their facepaint and home made banners and t-shirts would make a difference.
On the train was this cute little toddler, he seemed to love his little banner.
The whole of London was packed with people with home made banners and EU flags. It took us two hours to get from Bond Street Tube to the start of the march on Park Lane and a further three hours to get to Trafalgar Square – I didn’t make it to Parliment because I had to leave by 5pm to get to a gig. Along the way there was so many colourful characters of all ages, but this lady’s banner ‘Old person against Brexit’ stayed in my head.
Gina Martin is an inspiration and hero.
In summer 2017 Gina was at a music festival when she became aware that a man standing nearby had taken a photo up her skirt of her crotch and was sharing the picture with his friends in the crowd. She grabbed his phone, despite him being quite a bit bigger than her, and ran to the police with it. She was horrified that the police told her that they could not do anything.
But, Gina didn’t give up, she started an online petition and began campaigning to make up-skirting a criminal offence.
A few days ago a law was passed so that now ‘up skirting’ is a sexual offence in England and Wales. We have Gina Martin to thank for bringing about this well overdue law.