Mike D (Beastie Boys) Brooklyn Toile Wallpaper

Oh yes, thats Mike D of the Beastie Boys. Designing awesome Brooklyn-inspired Wallpaper:

“Designed by Mike D & Revolver NY

Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys decided he wanted a Brooklyn inspired toile wallpaper that would line the walls of his Brooklyn brownstone. The vision was to pay tribute to all things Brooklyn in a way that would appear to be a traditional French Country Toile, but when you step to it the pattern reveals elements and vignettes that make up the truth about Brooklyn. Mike approached Vincent J. Ficarra and Adela Qersaqi of Revolver New York to help execute his vision artistically and Flavor Paper to produce the design as wallpaper. Due to the level of detail and shading in Vincent’s design we decided to produce the Brooklyn Toile as a digital print, but stay tuned as it may be revised into a hand screened print soon!

Brooklyn Toile captures many angles of life in the King’s borough from Coney Island to Hasidic Jews to Notorious B.I.G., the design covers many of the aspects of daily life dealing with subways and pigeons in a poetic way. Go on and get some!!!”

See it here: http://www.flavorpaper.com/wallpaper/detail_in_cat/55/152/Brooklyn-Toile

(ps: thanks to my OH for showing me this – WANT IT!)

Madonna at Murrayfield, Edinburgh 21/7/12

So yes, been busy with moving house and unpacking a ridiculous amount of boxes but we’re fully in now and love the house but more of that another time (i have to show you some of the excellent accessories i’ve bought:-). Last week, i won tickets to go and see Madonna at Murrayfield on her MDNA tour. I enter a ton of competitions, have my name on all sorts of lists but this was by far the best thing i’ve won for ages. I love Madonna and after a schoolfriend ballsing up arranging to go see her Blonde Ambition tour at Wembley, London many moons ago, i’ve never seen her live. I’d debating buying tickets for this tour but balked at the £100+ tickets so was very happy indeed to win these, and even better, G’s parents could babysit for the night – result!

Later last week, half my office ended up winning tickets too as it seems there were quite a few unsold tickets (and you could definately see this at the show) so much excitement (and not quite as much work getting done…) in my office last Thursday/Friday.

So G and I dropped off The Young Lady with the grandparents, bought our ready-mixed Gin&Tonics from Marks and Spencers and got the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh to have a few drinks before heading to Murrayfield. So we mooched down to the stadium for 7ish; i bought a tshirt (and was slightly gobsmacked at the guy next to me spending £400 on ‘one of everything’); we had a couple of beers and a burger, found our seats; had a listen to DJ Alesso (the support act); had a last loo break (the womens were even more disgusting than festival portaloos – yes, that bad) and bought another beer for the show.

The sound at Murrayfield stadium (it’s day job is a Rugby football stadium) was the worst i think i have ever experienced – i could barely hear anything other than bass of the new stuff though i guess it was lucky that for some reason the sound evened out for the classics. There’s been some controversy about the routine for Bang Bang where she brandishes a gun about (particularly with this concert – some pious newspaper articles asking ‘how dare she’ just a couple of days after the horrendous outdoor cinema shooting in the US, but seriously, it’s just theatre though in the daylight, was lost on me a bit (especially as i could barely hear too…). Highlights for me were Crazy for You, Express Yourself (and a very deliberate insertion of a bit of Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’), Vogue and Like A Prayer (see a video somebody too off Youtube here) – which got me all choked up and teary with the sound of 60,000 people singing every word. She closed with Celebration which was excellent too. Had i been able to hear the new stuff they may have been favourites too.

There were plenty of vocal complaints from folk leaving the stadium but they were wrong – Madonna was not shite but the sound most certainly was. I’d have been sorely disappointed if we’d spent £200+ on tickets for a concert i could only half-hear. However, SHE was amazing – don’t forget she’s 53 dancing seriously intricate choreography with dancers more than half her age and whilst some of the more recent material may not be so memorable, i’m so glad she hasn’t turned into a femal version of The Rolling Stones, just churning out the classics for cash, and she’s still creating new music. Many people i think were also complaining because this is what they were expecting (but as far as i’m concerned, they’re just stupid). Luckily the train home included a ton of people happy to have a good singalong (good fun until they ran out of Madonna songs and started on ‘Kumbaya’….)

I wish my camera phone was better but here are some pics i took.

Life. Yoga. Walking. Reading. Buddhism. Baking. Thats all.

It’s been a funny few weeks – not funny ha ha but funny in the way that the universe reminds you of the wider world and how it still continues to kick you up the arse whether you need it or not. The last couple of weeks have included: having the winning bid for a house so we are in the throes of preparing to move after two years of wanting to; attending a funeral; the death of one of my most-loved musicians (RIP MCA) who helped shaped not only my musical education but my knowledge of wider world events and philosophies; all manner of frustrating and exhausting shite at work; doing a second freelance job in the evenings; PMT through the roof with water-weight shifting up and down by up to half a stone daily and my daughter coming down with Chicken Pox.

All this is just LIFE of course and the above will seem trivial to many facing much harder times than me, but nonetheless, it all left me feeling a bit knackered and not quite myself and i felt i had to readjust things a little to try and avoid getting some horrible lurgy which would make me feel more overwhelmed and stressed and as a functioning mother, partner, employee etc it’s  total pain in the arse when i get ill and i am not a good patient!

I had been registered for the Glasgow Womens 10k but had simply not been getting out to run and when i had been out, had really not been enjoying it. This lead me to beat myself up a bit and harking back to my previous attempts at trying to consistently run (and largely failing). So, i decided to just not bother and write it off. I wasn’t running for charity so really the only person i’d be letting down was myself but as the running/not running was making me feel bad about myself i figured stopping worrying about it would make me feel better all round. And it did. (And as it happened, the day before the 10k, my daughter’s chicken pox started coming through so i wouldn’t have gone anyway).

Having felt some relief at giving up on a form of exercise which i just wasn’t enjoying, i thought more about what i did enjoy and came back, yet again, to Yoga. So i’ve made an effort to do some yoga for between 20 minutes and an hour 3 or 4 times a week (every day would be ideal but am not quite there yet!). I’m already feeling much better about exercising and in accepting that whilst yoga won’t change my body as quickly as running, the mental benefits are so much greater. I’ve also added some walking into the mix – so much more civilised than running:-) and i’m hoping to get into hill walking at some point too.

As for the crappy second freelance job, i ditched that (did i really want to write about bodybuilding supplements??) and picked up my kindle again; read some chick-lit (as a break from the Scandi-crime) and got a couple of free ebooks on Buddhism (re: MCA) to reignite something i’ve been interested in for years but never properly explored.

My favourite form of yoga is Vinyasa Flow (strengthening, aerobic, quick and importantly not the same postures every time unlike Ashtanga) which i also complement with some more gentle routines. I’ve been doing DVDs at home and once we’ve moved, i’ll look into classes again too. My current favourite dvds include:

Tara Lee: Beginners Yoga and Beyond: Elements of Yoga (grounding Hatha – for gentler days but you still feel your body working)

Eionn Finn: Power Yoga for Happiness (a number of routines here from just over half an hour to full class length – challenging routines excellent for building strength and he is a great surfer dude, so the routines are easy to follow and fun to do – you will sweat)

Claire Missingham: Yoga (excellent Vinyasa Flow for intermediate/advanced. Few bits i just can’t do on this DVD but i love that its challenging and her style is really encouraging)

Seane Corne: Vinyasa Flow Yoga 2 (lovely Vinyasa Flow simply done)

Body Shaping Intensive Yoga (does what it says in the tin – couple of shorter Vinyasa based routines 30-40 mins plus 60 mins – you will sweat)

Rodney Yee: My first Yoga dvd’s some years ago were by Rodney Yee and i still use them (including Intermediate Yoga and Power Yoga Total Body Workout) but when time is short i like AM Yoga for your day (5 20 minute routines) and his Ultimate Power Yoga (not quite ‘Power Yoga’ but 5 2-30 min routines)

I also did some baking again with TheYoungLady, which we hadn’t done for some time. The cakes were dreadful (that’ll teach me to follow a recipe off the side of the packet…) but helped me feel like i was a bit more Me again.

What do you do to help you feel a bit more like You again?

Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It

I had completely forgotten that Salt With a Deadly Pepa was in my car CD player. As i don’t have a digital car stereo, i can’t listen to BBC 6 Music and have had on Rock Radio instead (for Tom Russell and the traffic in the morning…). Of course its not called Rock Radio now but Real Radio XS. The problem with commercial stations is the adverts, so whilst sitting at lights i thought i’d see what i’d left in the stereo. Cue HUGE grin and me dancing in my seat whilst driving over the Kingston Bridge (Glasgow). Awesome.


I think that Salt-N-Pepa, 6 Music and Rock Radio probably pretty accurately sums up the spectrum of my music tastes too.