Archive for April, 2009

From UK Special – London Rikshaw Ride

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Guy & Mari take a rikshaw ride in London’s West End!! You should try it too.. On Regent Street after a few drinks (probably the best way to do it) we are accosted by a rikshaw driver (rider?) & it doesn’t take much convincing to get us to hop on & go for a spin through the traffic & (cheering) crowds – yes we got a lot of encouragement from passersby.. It was very silly, very touristy but a lot of fun, a good laugh & actually a very good way to get from A to B.. highly recommended.

Mari, our rikshaw & driver.

Coasting down Regent Street.

Guy & Mari rip up the streets of London!!

From UK Special – Southbank Walk

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

One of my favourite & recommended walks in London is from Big Ben, over Westminster Bridge, all along Southbank to the Tate Modern, over the Millenium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral.. let’s go!!
Here’s a whole load of pic’s from the walk & you can also have a listen to some sounds I recorded along the way – click the play button below..

We depart Big Ben at high noon – & just love the majestic sound of the bell chiming.

London icons from Westminster Bridge.

Very gothic image.

Westminster Bridge & Houses Of Parliament from Southbank.

Step off Westminster Bridge onto Southbank & here’s the London Eye, London Aquarium building & art gallery.

London Aquarium.

Art gallery entrance – Salvador Dali is in the house!!

Under the London Eye.

London Eyecons..

Second hand book market under Waterloo Bridge.

Skaters make the most of modern architecture.

Skaters & graffiti.

19th century lamp post & 21st century electric “CD” box.

There’s even a beach on the south bank of the Thames!!

The Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral & the City.

Similar view, different time.

More London icons – Blackfriars Bridge, double decker bus & St Paul’s.

The old & the older Blackfriars Railway Bridge & red pillars.

The red pillars up close.

Looking into windows – people are at work in their offices overlooking Southbank.

Outdoor cafes.

Outdoor pub.

Southwark is one of the oldest parts of London & just off Southbank in the back streets you’ll find the Bishops Of Winchester Palace ruins.

Old & new London icons – the rebuilt Shakespeare Globe Theatre & the recreated power station as the Tate Modern Gallery.

The Tate Modern.

The Tate Modern is free for all but if you want you can make a donation – in a fun way.

Inside the Tate Modern – the old power station turbine hall is now the spectacular main gallery – let’s look at some of the exhibitions I’ve seen over the years..

The most simple concept with the most impact – the red glowing sun, in light fog with mirror ceiling – everyone just wanted to lie on the floor & look up & daydream..

White boxes.

Spiral stairs sculptures.

Spider sculpture.

Spider from the ground.

Under the spider.

Outside the Tate Modern we cross the Millenium footbridge over the Thames.

On the Millenium footbridge walking towards St Paul’s.

Majestic St Paul’s still towers over London.

One side of St Paul’s was being restored & the boarding was painted appropriately.

St Paul’s up close. Time your walk so you arrive at 5pm – most days you’ll catch evensong with the choir singing – a truly sublime experience.

As the sun sets we walk back along Southbank – here is a view of Festival Pier & Embankment.

Hungerford Bridge.

On certain evenings of the week you can catch free concerts in Queen Elizabeth Hall – here we enjoyed a choral group – have a listen to a quick sample of their sound I recorded – click on the play button below..

Outside Queen Elizabeth Hall is this fun sculpture deck & bar – love the legs in the air!!

Walking over Hungerford Bridge & a spectacular London night view.

We’re now back on Embankment side & a well deserved drink in the amazing old cellars & caverns of an ancient pub!! What a walk – what a day – highly recommended.
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From UK Special – Thames River Boat Trip

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

After a fun time at the British Music Experience it’s time to head back into central London & what better way to do it than by boat!! The British Music Experience is located in the O2 Arena at North Greenwich on the banks of the River Thames – so let’s jump on board our high speed cat into London..

Departing the O2 Arena by boat.

The O2 Arena.

Power station & Royal Naval College Greenwich.

Royal Naval College Greenwich.

Royal Naval College Greenwich – zero meridian set your watches now!!

New life in old buildings on the banks of the Thames.

Converted warehouses on the banks of the Thames.

Canary Wharf development.

Canary Wharf apartments.

Coming up to Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge.

Tower of London.

Tower of London jetty.

HMS Belfast & Her Majesty’s Royal Navy in dock.

The Gherkin in the City of London.

St Paul’s.

Millenium Bridge & the Tate Modern.

The Tate Modern.

OXO Tower.

Thames River view.

Moored ship & deco landmark building on the banks of the Thames.

Under Hungerford Bridge.

Looking back to Hungerford Bridge & Charing Cross station.

Victoria Embankment spires.

Victoria Embankment & Westminster.

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben.

London Aquarium.

Under the London Eye from the River Thames.

London Eye.

London Eye people in their pods.

Arriving at the London Eye jetty after a very fast, very fun 40 minute boat trip from the O2 Arena at North Greenwich.

Clemens en August fashion tour 2009

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

A most spectacular fashion event & collection of stylish Spring & Summer wear from Clemens en August label available in Tokyo only from Thursday April 16 – Sunday April 19 at Eye of Gyre gallery & exhibition space 2F Chanel Building Omotesando 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya-ku.
This is a fashion tour just like a rock & roll tour – the world’s only temporary concept store with fabulous men’s & women’s fashion not stocked anywhere – but instead sold in season, twice a year in contemporary art galleries & museums in carefully selected cities.
Tokyo this is your moment to upgrade your wardrobe!!
For all details please see www.clemensenaugust.com

With Alexander Brenninkmeijer – President & Owner of Clemens en August at the Eye Of Gyre space on Omotesando – the temporary home of the fashion brand while on tour in Tokyo. Click on the play button below to listen to my interview with Alexander..

Part of the Clemens en August collection on tour & on sale in Tokyo.

Book detail at Clemens en August 2009 tour in Tokyo.

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2009.4.9 Tokyo Expresso at 101 Tokyo

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Spring has sprung & Tokyo is fun!! We get back to 101 Tokyo contemporary art fair, British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith tells us about his new project in Japan, we chat with Tokyo Made fashion designer Anna of Nana Plus 7, there’s great club & live music this weekend in Tokyo & more – including bicycles..

With British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith at the opening of Project 10 exhibition at the Paul Smith Space gallery in Jingumae, Tokyo.

Project 10 exhibition opening at Paul Smith Space gallery in Jingumae, Tokyo.

101 Tokyo contemporary art fair entrance.

With artist Kazumasa Noguchi at 101 Tokyo.

With gallerist Dominique Perregaux at 101 Tokyo.

With artist Kazuki Umezawa at 101 Tokyo.

Kazuki Umezawa artworks at 101 Tokyo.

Artist Masaru Aikawa at 101 Tokyo.

Hand painted Bowie album jacket by Masaru Aikawa.

With Anna of fashion brand Nana Plus 7.

Spring sakura blooming in Tokyo 2009.

Sakura & blue skies in Springtime Tokyo 2009.
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2009.4.2 Tokyo Expresso at 101 Tokyo

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

A very culture creative Tokyo this week with 101 Tokyo contemporary art fair, Tokyo International Player’s production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III & even a dash of disco thrown in the mix – here we go again Tokyo..

101 Tokyo contemporary art fair director Jason Jenkins.

With artist & architect Kazumasa Noguchi at the Nakaochia Gallery booth at 101 Tokyo contemporary art fair.

Music performance art at 101 Tokyo contemporary art fair.

Tokyo International Player’s flyer for production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III.
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On Air Everyday Again

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

After 2 years of launching my new on-line radio programs & slacking off with late night & weekend on-air radio programs I’m very happy (& quite surprised) to announce that I’m returning to live weekday daytime FM radio. From April 1st 2009 I’m going to be on the air in Tokyo on 76.1 Inter FM Monday-Friday 10am-3pm with the program Global Satellite & together again with my lovely co-host Sayoko Kamei. Join us every day (hard at work) for an international mix of music, news, guests & entertainment. And for those of you anywhere in the world who want to listen to programs on-line I’ll continue to upload programs here on my website to Tokyo Expresso, Jet Set UK, Lounge & Air:Line..