Infographic IPA: Bottled

This new flat is great for brewing. Temperature stayed up around 28 so a quick brew was possible. I did however forget how slow and tedious sterilising the bottles is. Always with the beer goggles on this process.


So eventually 50 bottles filled. There was no carbonated tablets so ended up using sugar, diluting it into water and adding it to the 23litres. Rather scary, could be 23 rank litres of flat brown water. Hmmm here’s hoping. Need to start designing some labels. Only have 4 weeks.


Favourite album of all time

So I have started blogging again and on a variety of subjects. One of them being music. I should then start at the top and work my way on down.

Graceland by Paul Simon

Graceland by Paul Simon is my greatest album of all time. There you go, I said it.

After recently seeing NME journalists vote “The Queen is Dead” by The Smiths the greatest album of all time in a bizarre we-are-sorry-Morrisey-here’s-some-free-publicity twist I was surprised to say the least. I am not saying its not a great album, it may even sneak on up into my top 10 but it really doesn’t do it for me like Graceland.

Perhaps its based upon a childhood of Carol King or Paul Simon being played in the car during trips around Ireland. I suspect as such, its that nostalgic fuzzy feeling I get when ‘Boy in the bubble’ comes on. I didn’t start listening to The Smiths till the 00’s where as Paul has had a solid decade of play ahead.

Also and proof is in the above record, you can go into pretty much any charity shop in the UK and get a copy of Graceland for under a £1. Show me another great album (excluding The Vengaboys) that you can pick up for that price?

So here is the question, what is your greatest album of all time?


Kodak and Instagram

“You push the button, we do the rest”

George Eastman

Kodak and instagram

If George could see this I fear his head would melt.

Portrait Insta through the viewfinder. Oh how things have changed, this is the most use my wee Kodak duaflex gets. He pioneered the ease of photography to the masses, now phones have taken it to the next level of access. I reckon he would have loved it, maybe not the business model but certainly the photography access.

Film Festival requirement hullabaloo

“If you are aged between 8-25 years old, resident in the UK and you have made a short film in the last 18 months that is under 10 minutes long – including titles and end credits – that was inspired by east London”


Its weird coming across Film Festivals with such a specific niche of film and often film maker they are looking for. Since making an experimental war film I assumed I would nicely find a few niche festivals that would love my film. Alas that premiere is still eluding Dragoon.

Its been a weird month since finishing Dragoon. Lots of submissions and a large number of rejections. It wouldn’t be so hard if it wasn’t such an expensive and time consuming process. Thankfully I have been able to use this great source to save a lot of money.

It has been disappointing however to find so little waivers in place for local film makers in the UK. A number of major film festivals across the pond in the US of A offer waivers to local film makers. Often a simple case of any films coming from a specific University or College receive free submission. Other times it is anyone from the local city. I am yet to find such a waiver in place in any festival in the UK.

Come on big festivals in the UK, give us poor local film makers a break even just a slight discount from being from the local area. It would make such a difference.