Time to catch up with some serious blog writing , after a 4 month writers block . Spent most the winter settling into a new boat , home on the river , and working on a new super modern eco house which was a good 45 minute bike ride across the other side of London . The project is called the slip house , on account of each floor slipping slightly forward of the one below . After working with straw bale , hemp concrete , timber frame and the like , it were interesting to be involved with such a contrasting style . Its mostly steel frame with cast concrete panels dropped in to make the floors and ceilings and insulated wooden infill panels for the walls and loads of triple glazed glass front and back. Its been designed by Carl Turner Architects who ive worked for on and off for ten years . The ecology building society funded the house and this meant build quality was high with NHBC involvement and the achievement of code for sustainability level 5 . Its also gonna be famous as Grand Designs are filming the whole spectacle . To be aired in October i think . Day to day i was doing most the first fix carpentry and getting stuck into whatever else down to installing the underfloor heating . Freezing outside work all winter , up at six , in the dark made a man of me and some popeye thighs from all that cycling . Would have loved to stay longer but old Olive Oils calling me , an old converted ships lifeboat im renovating and giving some much needed love……Now …..Wheres me spinach
Spent the best part of Sunday , slightly hungover, working with Adam ,Steve , Greer and the rest turning the front field at Hackney city farm into a bike powered cycle- in cinema for the night. We’ve been doing this bike electricity thing for five years or so from arts trail at the Big Chill festival to now under the Magnificent Revolution flag we’re flying , arts and ecology collection of bloody do gooders that we are. The basics are , put a bike and some bod pedalling it into training stand , spin the electric motor with the back wheel to make electricity which powers the projector and sound. The cycle-in has a 12 bike set up , generating roughly 500w of power and has a mish mash of bikes from punters who turn up on the night with em.
Few years ive been meeting up with mr. X from Into You Tattoo to get proper tats done . What do they mean? Fuck knows . Yesterday he finished off this stomach / rib cage severed head on a pole . Made me cry like a little girl and tortured me till i told him everything.
Last year after a hell bent glastonbury , Giant one eyed Sam of the legendary Mutoid Waste Company infamy let me pull up a trailer on his site in the deep dark haunted woods on the south downs and stick up my wigwam. Its been my home for the last year but time now to move my ass outta town , and head back to the big smoke. They wont get rid of me that easy though . Hope to keep involved in the community down there and might be even up for building workshops and the like when it comes around. Gonna miss that smoke filled tent and can already feel them tipi spirits looking for me in a fire somewhere…..Enough hippie bollox , eh !
Got me deal on this VW bus coupla years back. Was going to get itself towed away what with no tax and all . Drove that flying bread loaf upside down fried egg mobile around for a year and due to a world shortage of petrol , decided to renovate it it back to summit like its former glory and sell it on to some unsuspecting yuppie fool who thinks that owning a VW bus makes you into a wild nomadic traveller type, for the weeekend.
Am i going to miss it.? Not much. Also im not much of a salesman as you can tell . `I dont have to be . Its got a value to someone out there and im sure we ‘ll meet and shake hands one day.
Its my first time…Im a bit shy and a little shakey, but if we can have the lights off , i reckon i be ok. Fucking years ive been avoiding any kind of web bollocks but dont think i can dodge it no more . So , kicking and screaming ive been wrestled to the floor and given chinese burns by the internet, then its tied my hands behind my back and forced me to ‘upload content’ for everyone to have a good gawp at. You bunch of wierdos.
Im gonna write a whole bit about the container office in more detail soon with a stack of photos. Big love to everyone who came to help us officially open the doors to this revolutionary new building and bigger love to the usuals who got involved with set up and take down stuff. Next time i might try it with the lights on low and could even take me socks off. If yer lucky.