My Inspiration for Travel

Where did you get yours from?

Growing up in the 70’s & 80’s dad used to drag us around all over the place. My longest lasting memories are of those trips we had in various hired campervans. That’s where I got the bug for the campervan infatuation that I’m passing on to my kids.

What about my dad? Well as an author he thankfully has well-documented experience of travelling that started with his time in the war as part of the Forgotten Army, which took him to Burma (Myanmar), Singapore and Hong Kong. But his independent travelling started in 1966, when he took mum on what was then an epic journey by road (and track) from Oxford to Ohrid in the then Yugoslavia. Read more »

Crazy P – New Album – Walk Dance Talk Sing

How lovely to look forward to Crazy P returning to Brighton to play a full live set later this month. Their new album has only just be unveiled but it is available to stream as of today via Soundcloud, and below. Enjoy. We love the Crazy P and this new one is just as good as all the others – a doozy :)

Crazy P – Walk Dance Talk Sing

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NASA Travel Posters

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NASA’s own exoplanet travel posters – awesome!

Wow look at these beautiful pieces of poster artwork commissioned by NASA themselves to help inspire a generation to stay on board with the space discovery missions being run by NASA. Commissioned to look like art deco 1930’s era classic poster-work they certainly evoke memories of some classic science fiction artwork and could easily adorn any boys bedroom wall (and even their dad’s!)

There are brief descriptions of each on NASA California Jet Propulsion website here (where hi-res TIFF versions are also available to download) but the artwork really speaks for itself. Read more »

Submotion Orchestra – a study in bass & production

Formed in Leeds in 2009 the Submotion Orchestra are touching the zeitgeist with their dynamic frequencies and crisp production. Their sound has been heralded by younger dance fans and ageing beard-stroking musos alike. Influences span the decades, from jazz, to soul, ambient, dubstep, electronica and house but are all nailed firmly to the ground with some very sharp production and use of ground-breaking technology. Read more »

Interstellar is out of this world!

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I have to say that I loved the movie Interstellar. There’s something so bold and inspiring about it’s message that to me it feels like a call to action for our generation and that of our kids.

Christopher Nola’s epic magnum opus Interstellar opened on Friday 8th Nov 2014. I saw it in it’s native 70mm IMAX format and it was a simply wonderful visual and sonic feast. With a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer it’s audio mix was sometimes almost too over-powering, and at points over-bearing on the dialogue, but had a stealth and grandeur that matched the breadth and depth of the film and it’s themes. Read more »

True Detective – True Drama

I am a huge Mad Men fan and was a huge Breaking Bad fan (and before them West Wing, et al.) and felt compelled (for the first time) to write something about this extraordinary drama unfolding before my eyes.

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TD S01 E04 – SPOILER ALERT!

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Magic Mix Tape Tracklistings – The Magician

Since I always want them and there’s no place to find them all I thought I’d curate and share The Magician’s wonderful Magic Mix Tape track listings. Enjoy

Magic Tape Forty Twohttps://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-forty-six

01. Julio Bashmore feat. J’danna – Rhythm Of Auld 
02. Klaves – Oh No 
03. Redondo & Leon Bolier – Sunshine [SPINNIN’ DEEP]
04. Dante Klein – Ertesuppe [SPINNIN’ DEEP]
05. The Writers Block – Don’t Look Any Further (Love You All Over) [ULTRA]
06. Kokiri – Retrospect 
07. Kelis – Rumble (BrEaCh Remix) [NINJA]
08. DZ – House Every Weekend 
09. Dusky – Yoohoo [17 STEPS]
10. Friend Within – The Holiday [HE LOVES YOU]
11. Drew Hill – Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix) [DANSE CLUB]
12. Godford – Tragic Soul (Michael Calfan Remix)

Magic Tape Forty Twohttps://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-forty-five

01. Disciples – They Don’t Know
02. The Flexican & Sef – Mother’s Day
03. Shift K3Y – I Know 04. Klaves – People
05. Karen Harding – Say Something
06. NO ID – ?
07. Sakima – Energy (Courage Remix)
08. Blonde – I Loved You
09. Higher Self ft. Lauren Mason – Ghosts
10. Syv – Holding Back
11. SRTW – We Were Young (Sascha Kloeber Remix)
12. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (Alex Adair Remix)
13. Fastlane Lexi Love – Never Say No
14. Cyril Hahn ft. Ryan Ashley – Open

Magic Tape Forty Twohttps://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-forty-four

01. Farrow – In Your Arms
02. Danglo – Forget You
03. Linden Jay feat. Sam Frank – Be Like You
04. Beni feat. Anthony & Cleopatra – Protect
05. Billon feat. Maxine Ashley – Special
06. Moko – Your Love
07. Gabriel & Castellon – Don’t You Know
08. Le Youth feat. Javeon – Wanna Feel Your Love
09. Jonas Rathsman – Skepparkrans
10. Franky Rizardo – A New Recreation
11. Linier – Dance With Me
12. Jessie Ware – Tough Love (Cyril Hahn Remix)

Magic Tape Forty Twohttps://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-forty-three

01. Mausi – My Friend has a Swimming Pool (The Magician remix)
02. Wilfred Giroux – Stronger (extended mix)
03. The Night Light – Your Love
04. Nicky Night Time – Everybody Together
05. Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep
06. Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
07. Monarchy – Living Without You (MK remix)
08. Livin’ Joy – Dreamer (????? REMIX)
09. Disciples – Poison Arrow (Kilter remix)
10. Nile Rodgers – What You Wanna Do (Moon Boots remix)
11. Whitney – Love will save the Day (The Golden Boy remix)

Magic Tape Forty Twohttps://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-forty-two

01. Mickey – Sweet Baby
02. Javeon – Intoxicated(The Magician Remix)
03. Kulkid – Forgot about Kul
04. Disclosure & Friend Within – The Mechanism
05. Sub Focus – Close (feat. MNEK) (Friend Within Remix)
06. Youan – Lose Control
07. Katy B – Still(Billon Remix)
08. ID – ID
09. Kelis – Rumble(Breach Remix)
10. Eagles For Hands – Handprints

Magic Tape Forty Onehttps://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-forty-one

01. #Unknown – NEW #79
02. The Knocks feat. X Ambassadors – Comfortable (Rogue Vogue remix)
03. Spada – Red Velvet
04. Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Mike Mago remix)
05. Hot Natured – Benediction (LXURY remix)
06. Jonas Rathsman – Hope I’m Wrong
07. Journeyman – Constellations
08. Isaac Tichauer – Changes
09. The Young Punx – All These Things Are Gone

Magic Tape Fortyhttps://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-forty

01. Rog2kay Years and Years – Real ( Tobtok remix )
02. Watermät – Bullit
03. Chasing Kurt ‘From The Inside’ (Henrik Schwarz remix)
04. Dorsia – Ghana
05. Chromeo – Come Alive ( The Magician Remix )
06. Mike Mago – Man Hands
07. Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – Shake that ( Blonde Remix )
08. Lancelot – Givin it up ( Panda Remix )
09. Ellie Goulding – Goodness Gracious ( Honest Remix ) Read more »

Martian Night Panorama

I am still absolutely aghast and amazed at this incredible high def 360 degree panorama of Mars and the Milky Way filled night sky taken by the Mars Rover. It’s almost certainly the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Simply the most humbling and beautiful experience. As if being there. One of the current furthest outposts of mankind. Awesome.

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian night in The World
Go full screen and zoom in. Enjoy

Autocells, The Origin of Life and Gaia Theory

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The famous Martian meteorite ALH 84001 contains a “fossil” that was ruled out as life because of its small size, however it could still be an autocell – a precursor to life. Credit: NASA

The World Fantasy Convention 2013 took place at the Brighton Metropole earlier this month. My father was one of the guests of honour. His thing is science fiction, and on one of his panels he mentioned a discovery of a new scientific phenomenon to a dumbfounded fantasy audience. You see that’s the difference between fantasy and science fiction – the former is escapism, the latter merely disorientation but often based on fact. Read more »

In2Deep – a deep house mix tape

I’m proud to say that I used to be DJ Tim The Groovedigger and from about ’91 to ’98 used to have residencies and run club nights playing all manner of dance music.

My favourite spell was running a regular Brighton night In2Deep which I brought down with me from Oxford (where we had a great Sunday night at PoNaNa). Heavily influenced by Paul Trouble Anderson it was a proper US deep house and garage night. Here is one of the best remaining mix tapes for your delectation.

In2Deep – a deep house mix tape

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