The Last Plastic Carrier Bag at Morrison’s

The Last Plastic Carrier Bag at Morrison’s

April 7, 2021

I meant to write this post for Global Recycling Day, but, as is often the way, I was too busy. The images I’m sharing with this post are by ScapaJoe. For Global Recycling Day, we shared their piece ‘Inside My Head’ on SHSO – a creative blog I run along with my mates Joe Haze … Read More

Tales from the Covoid

Tales from the Covoid

April 6, 2021

It’s been sunny. I have stuff to do. The restrictions are being relaxed. I feel a lot better now. Almost good in fact. But things did get quite grim for a while. I was listening to a radio show back in January, and the DJ spoke about not having been particularly productive during this last … Read More

A Few Good Things

A Few Good Things

December 30, 2020

It’s not all been bad… It’s undoubtedly been a difficult year. A horrible year even. But… there are some things that weren’t shit for me in 2020. Here’s some stuff (in no particular order and with no particular theme) that have made me smile in the weird year of the pandemic. Some of it is … Read More

Lockdown Diary (Part Five)

Lockdown Diary (Part Five)

June 15, 2020

I’ve not written one of these for a while. Lockdown has got less strict and less weird, I’ve been busier, seen more people, felt better. In what I would deem as a responsible way, I’ve broken the lockdown since it began. I was dropping some post at a friend’s house at the beginning of lockdown, … Read More

Lockdown Diary (Part Four)

Lockdown Diary (Part Four)

April 30, 2020

I want to go somewhere mad. But nowhere is open. Anywhere. A weird consequence of globalisation that none of us were expecting. The world is small and quiet. Tomorrow it will be six weeks since I had a beer in a bar. It’s been six weeks since I rode a bus. I’ve sort of lost … Read More

Lockdown Diary (Part Three)

Lockdown Diary (Part Three)

April 26, 2020

I’ve not written for a while. I read my last post back and I felt that it was very negative and I didn’t even end up sharing it on any social media. That was quite early on in the lockdown. Since then I’ve been a lot more upbeat, and assuming that this doesn’t go on … Read More

Lockdown Diary (Part Two)

Lockdown Diary (Part Two)

April 1, 2020

I think I dealt with the first part of this pretty well. In some ways I was even weirdly glad of it all. I wouldn’t be left homeless or completely broke and, after months of little free time, diminished amounts of work meant that I would have more time for creative projects. As the weekend … Read More

Lockdown Diary

Lockdown Diary

March 27, 2020

Two weeks and two days ago I was sat in a bar, just next door to where I was living, planning many things for the year ahead. I went down to Outlaws Yacht Club, as I did most days, where one of the owners had kindly offered to help out with advice about licensing our … Read More

A Golden Weekend – The Off Licence presents CMYK

A Golden Weekend – The Off Licence presents CMYK

June 20, 2019

This post originally appeared on DIY Leeds *** This was such a good party. The Off Licence is the brainchild of my friends Ben Etherington and Alex Kelsall, who are also Schwein residents. They’d been talking about putting a night on themselves since before coming on board with the Schwein crew and it’s been awesome … Read More

The Opiate of the Masses

The Opiate of the Masses

April 10, 2019

My mate Brett used to say ‘That’s dead seventies’ about anything he thought of as grim or old fashioned. ‘I think TV is dead seventies’ I said to him one day. ‘Like things still being on at particular times and just that people watch it at all.’ I’ve always found the notion of watching TV … Read More

Controversial, but…

Controversial, but…

April 10, 2019

The other day I made someone chuckle because they said something about feminists and I apparently pulled a face of disgust. “So you’re not a feminist, then?” my friend asked, laughing. “God no!” I said. This kind of response from me is usually either met with amusement or horror, so I feel I should maybe … Read More

Goodbye, Mint Club

Goodbye, Mint Club

March 8, 2019

This piece originally was originally written for DIY Leeds (for those not in the know, Google does not penalise this kind of duplicate content) *** I need to stop going to gigs on acid. Well, I don’t, because it’s brilliant, but I probably should when I intend to review them objectively because it makes everything … Read More

Nicolas Dixon Mural at Leeds Trinity

Nicolas Dixon Mural at Leeds Trinity

January 15, 2019

Last week I took up the brilliant opportunity of helping prolific Leeds artist Nicolas Dixon out as he painted a mural in the Trinity Centre. Along with  Peachzz , Florence Blanchard, Raul33 & D7606, artists for Blackbox and OllyStudio, he has transformed the Albion Street entrance to the shopping centre. This will coincide with new … Read More

Studio Space (Part Three)

Studio Space (Part Three)

January 10, 2019

Swift progress is being made doing up our wonderful new space… After some discussion, we decided not to paint the studio ourselves. That was our original plan – and we even had some of our lovely friends volunteer to help. On thinking it through, however, we realised that the time we’d spend doing it would … Read More

The Moral Quandry of Greggs Vegan Sausage Rolls

The Moral Quandry of Greggs Vegan Sausage Rolls

January 6, 2019

In recent times I’ve made a concerted effort to eat less meat and I’ve started 2019 with an aim to avoid meat products altogether. This is the only new year’s resolution I’ve ever made. This was what one of my friends had to say about the new vegan sausage rolls at Greggs… “Profits from this … Read More