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26
Mar

I’m now settling into a quiet holiday routines. Bike rides, slow lunches, walks on the beach and plenty of time to think. Just last week I was complaining to some photographer friends how I was feeling flat, stuck in a rut as it were. I often find the best way…

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24
Mar

This morning I flew into Adelaide, on the start of a short holiday. In some ways the flight from Singapore to Adelaide is too short, not long enough to catch a proper sleep on the plane, so as the day draws to a close I’m feeling shattered before the sun…

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22
Mar

This morning I finished the painting you see above. It’s 30×20 inches and will hang opposite the entranceway to my studio here in Singapore. So everyone who comes in will see it. You can also catch a glimpse of the painting from the comfortable chairs in the lounge outside the…

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15
Mar

“Politics is the art of the possible.” Otto von Bismark I’ve always been fascinated by this quote, attributed to the 19th Century German politician known as the Iron Chancellor. On the one hand it recognises how human interactions, especially when they involve matters of power and social importance are always…

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14
Mar

Last night Singapore was treated to a concert of the highest quality by one the brightest sparks in the music world, Esperanza Spalding. Touring on the back of her recent album, Radio Music Society and here as part of the Mosaic Music Festival, Esperanza and her full 12 piece band…

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8
Mar

“Why are you so dressed up?” My daughter hit me with this question as we met after school recently. I had been at an event and was wearing a slim-fit black shirt, dark jeans and boots. I reminded my daughter that I often picked her from school dressed like this…

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1
Mar

I don’t often write about relationships. However, I wanted to share the following quote, from poet Rainer Maria Rilke. I’m thankful to my friend, composer and saxophonist Spike Mason, for introducing me to Rilke’s work (Spike recently released an amazing set of Jazz compositions, Widening Circles, based on Rilke’s poems)….

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28
Feb

Norah Jones is one of my favourite contemporary singer-songwriters. So, it was with a sense of giddy anticipation that I booked tickets last year for last night’s performance at the new, 5,000 seat Star Theatre here in Singapore. The anticipation proved to be worth it, because it was a wonderful…

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27
Feb

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting people on Twitter (where you find me as @fernandogros), especially creative voices here where I live, in Singapore. However, I don’t often find curated lists of people to follow. By contrast, in Hong Kong, there were a few really good lists….

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25
Feb

Social Media Week Singapore recently had an evening with three events focussed on music and social media, sponsored by the online music platform Deezer. The night was hosted by Broadcast HQ, which is a cleverly designed bar, bistro, music store and live venue. Where Music, Social & Tech Collide The…

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