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17
Jan

Number 2 – A Cold Week In Tokyo

I realise that some of you live in places that are really cold, and compared to what you might experience, Tokyo isn’t really a cold city, but bear with me, because for us, it’s been a cold week. We’ve barely seen the temperature rise above 6C and at night it’s…

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9
Jan

Number 1 – Hakuba To Tokyo

Today I posted the first in a new series of weekly short films on YouTube. My hope is to use these to give you some background and behind the scenes moments to my life and work here in Tokyo and also my travels during the year. This one starts in…

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6
Jan

The Hiatus Ends – Or Why I Didn’t Quit Twitter

Today is Epiphany. The sixth of January marks the end of the Christmas season, 12 days after most of us have given our gifts and eaten our epic meals, we remember the visit of the three wise men and with it the bizarre simplicity of the story behind Christmas. After…

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21
Dec

This Week I Quit 2016

2016 has been a shit year. From the ongoing tragedy in Syria, to Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the deaths of so many our favourites artists, like Prince, Bowie, and Leonard Cohen to name just a few, it’s felt like a relentlessly awful year. Even our favourite YouTube…

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4
Dec

This Week I Quit Pinterest

Many of the things I’ve quit recently have been big, gnarly, emotionally draining experiences. (like Late Night Satire, Being a Film Critic, Discussing Identity Online). So I’ll admit when it came to pick something for this week, I was looking for some low hanging fruit, something a little easier to…

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3
Dec

Art And Nature In Inawashiro

Last week I enjoyed a short, relaxing stay in Inawashiro, a beautiful and dramatic area in the mountains north of Tokyo. The week leading up to the trip had been odd. We were woken one morning by a long M7.2 earthquake under the waters off Fukushima, in the area devastated…

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22
Nov

How I’ve Changed My Mind About The Internet

I’ve been active online for more than 20 years. From the early days of email lists, relay chat, and basic web sites, through forums then onto blogs, followed by social media and online video, I’ve always been an advocate for having a active, authentic and public, online presence. I believed…

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16
Nov

Mute – Twitter Finally Gives Users Some Useful Tools

It’s been hard to like Twitter in recent years. What was once the social media platform of choice for so many creatives, writers and thinkers has become increasingly less fun to use. Instead of feeling like a cafe full of calm, enjoyable conversations it has too often resembled a fractious,…

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This Week I Quit Satire
15
Nov

This Week I Quit Late Night Satire

My youth was marked by a “golden age” of TV and satire. A lot of the best satire came from the UK. Some shows highlighted the absurdities of everyday working life, a line we can draw from the great Fawlty Towers and The Young Ones, to more recent offerings like…

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10
Nov

We Need Art

Shock is too weak a word to describe the way I felt yesterday watching the news from the US elections.  It wasn’t so much like an earthquake as like the feeling that comes after, the unnerving sense everything that was once solid has become strangely liquid and unstable. I opened…

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