Although I have written what some would
say are a fair few blogs, the majority of what
I write [or in most cases, what I intend to
write] gets written down in my notepads.
I have different notepads for different things, I have
one for general thoughts and feelings that I have in
my day to day as well things that I would otherwise
forget, I have one that will one day become a travel
journal [if I could just start it off], I have one for
writing down ‘Little Green Book‘ lyrics in and I have
one for writing down my photographic and video
ideas down into.
The one thing that all these notepads have in
common with one another, is that I only ever
use pencil to jot down ideas. I’m not sure why,
I’ve just always preferred them.
As always I am really into researching things and thats
why at the moment I am reading a book on Greek and
Roman mythology. But if you wanted to research pencils,
here are some sites to look at :]
‘The History Of Pencils’
‘An Entry On Pencils On Wikipedia’
Just a small note, one should always use a HB
pencil for when they are drawing [which I can’t
do anyway] or jotting down their thoughts, it
feels nicer. Almost as nice as using a biro to write
on a banana skin. Go on, try it :]
Posted in life, writing
Tagged banana skin, biro, blog, ideas, life, links, little green book, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, notepad, notepads, notes, pencil, random, short blog, wikipedia, writing
Posted in life, photography, video, writing
Tagged blog, facebook, flickr, life, link, little green book, moving, myspace, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, twitter, Wales, wordpress, youtube
I was going through the guardian’s website
randomly looking up articles. Much like I
do on Wikipedia, I read one thing then tend
to follow a link on a related subject and I
can fall into this endless quest for knowledge
for about two or three hours. It’s a bad habit
and I should be reading my backlog of books,
but, I’m finding it fun these days to read up
on things that surprisingly interest me.
Anyways, whilst looking I came across an
article based around an older article by
Stephen Fry [who is, by all accounts, a
bit of a god]. In the article he basically
wrote a letter to his sixteen year old self.
It’s a lovely article and I really think you
should read it. If you want too click [here]
and if you want to read the original article
click [here]. What I though I would do
would be to write a letter to my eighteen
year old self.
Now I know your not a big fan of being called
Rich over Richard, but trust me, it’s one of
the meeker things that change in your life
over the next three or so years. A big one
would be that that bad habit you kind of
started yesterday, comes back stronger and
its gets much worse, but it does go away, trust
me. And you learn how to deal with things
better. It takes a long time and a major ordeal
with a loved one, but it goes away. I’m not going
to lie, you will think about it alot, you learn
to deal, trust me.
Your little bro, finally starts to take an interest
in music and you and him start a little band
together like Jackie and Keith always said you
should. You do the vocals whilst he plays and
to date, you’ve made a handfull of songs which
you can be proud of. And you’ve received a few
nice comments along the way.
You actually are what can be considered a heavy
drinker these days. You kinda drift in and out of
it from time to time. So look out for that and don’t
take it too far.
You still practice photography, but in my mind
thats all we do, practice. There have been a few
weddings, ALOT of gigs and some parties. You’ll
find that that habit of being able to get along with
anyone works amazingly. Never lose that. Ever.
If I could ask you to do one thing, thats to try hard
at college. I’m not saying that you will be unhappy
in three or so years, but you will wonder from time
to time. So concentrate and get it done, and most
importantly get it done well. Theres not much else to
say to you really, you will have some amazing
experiences and obviously ones that are so terrible that
all you can do is take lessons from them.
Thats it, done. Blah.
Posted in life, writing
Tagged advice, alcohol, blog, cider, guardian, guardian G2, harming, letter, letter to self, life, life experience, little bro, little brother, little green chordbook, looking back, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, note, note to self, reminiscing, scaring, stephen fry, the guardian, writing
Here we go, below is a list of things that I
will [emphasis on the will], achieve by
the 31st March 2009, this is much like a
new years resolution, but, transformed
into a set of goals and placed in a much
The reason for this and probably the reason
behind most new years resolutions failing is
that a year is too much time and between
the first and last day of the year things will
And that promise you made to yourself
will fall into the deep dark part of your
brain only to be remembered when
December rolls around and someone asks
what your resolution was.
Shorten the time, up the deadline. Make
December, March. You become more dedicated
and there’s less chance of it all going to hell.
1] To have achieved at least one photographic
exhibition, as one person or in a group.
2] Write and then start recording on a short
3] To have read at least 5 novels.
4] To have completed at least two of my
5] Copy all outstanding photographic ideas
into the project book.
6] Write down all the lyrics and chords for
[Little Green Book] all in one notepad.
7] To see at least one more foreign country
that I have not seen before.
And there we are. My list of goals. I have every
intention of completing every one of these goals.
And seeming that each one of these goals is an ‘at
least’ I also intend of taking each one further.
On anther note, my absence from my blog, hasn’t been
my absent mind wishing for far away lands, but for the
sheer fact that to blog, I need a trigger, a feeling if you
like and I just haven’t had one recently but the I started
thinking about this years [well, three months] list and
boom there we go.
If anyone wants to help with these goals feel free,
but realise that I can be arse when I have a particular
vision in my head. As bad as that [rather long]
sentence sounded, it’s also the truth.
Posted in life, photography, video, writing
Tagged 2009, 31st March 2009, advice, art, exhibition, foreign country, goals, life, life experience, little green book, music, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, notepad, photography, seven, seven goals, the list, writing
On Sunday, not only did [Little
Green Book] have its first [sort
of] gig. But on the myspace we
broke a thousand plays.
Something, which,[as well as the
gig] I didn’t honestly think that
Like I believe I said on the night
of the gig;
“I don’t think it was ever meant
to get this far”
So the gig was on Sunday and
although I was nervous that
completely went away. Really.
After work Andrew dropped me home
[thanks mate] and as I got in I realised
my lil bro wasn’t indoors but has left
behind the jeans he had bought for me.
[they cost all of £3, but there not that
I also saw the setlist that my lil bro
had been working on, I say set list.
It was more a list of songs that we
should have done [in no particular
order]. He then came home and we
left to get on the train.
And because I didn’t actually know
the words to half my own songs I
spent the train ride writing down
We met up with Andrew outside Maze
Hill Station and made our way to the
pub. When we got to the Vanburgh
[pub in Greenwich] there was a guy sound
checking and he was actually all right.
The night turned out to be [as described
by the promoter] a paid rehearsal, but
hey, I got a fun time, a jokes gig and
a bit of money. Hopefully the seven
people who were there enjoyed it.
[photos will be on this blog before
and i would like to say thank you
to Andrew for the photography]
[oh and by the way, I wear size
Posted in life, music
Tagged 5th October 2008, band photography, first gig, gig, greenwich, http://mrhappy.wordpress.com, life, little green book, little green chordbook, Maze Hill Station, music, my band, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, not nervous, paid gig, seven people, size twelves
OK, now for the first time in a while
I’m actually worried, lol. It seems that
my band [if you can call it that], have
a gig. Tommorow.
And I found out about it this evening.
I have a 30-45 minute set. And pretty
much no plan. the gig is at about
8:30pm [GMT for anyone abroard reading]
and i’m at work till 5:30pm. Three
hours is all I have.
So tonight I have started writing the lyrics
in a book [which I was meant to do weeks
ago] oh well.
I’m going to see if i can get anyone to photo
the gig and hopefully got a few of the
photographs on here. This is my first gig
in front of the camera [as gig photography
is where I’ve spent most of my tiny photo
career]. And as well as being nervous I do
have to say I am really excited at the same
A link to the myspace:
[friend request would be nice]
Posted in life, music, poem / poetry
Tagged 30-45 minute set, excited, first gig, friend request, gig, greenwich, little bro, little green book, little green chordbook, lyrics, music, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, Scared, song lyrics, witty closing, worried
[From the song entitled ‘Norman’]
Could I ask,
Has brought sunshine
to my life,
In the way, that you
For more songs like this
and mixture of a load of
other stuff go to:
[all stuff copyright 2008]
and for more info [even though
you should really find it on the
myspace, check the page on this
blog called ‘[little green book]’.
[proper blogs to come soon]
Posted in music, writing
Tagged copyright 2008, little green book, love, love poem, love song, lyrics, music, my band, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, Norman, song lyrics, songs
I had to think for a while what this
blog could be about, I mean although
I have had an eventful week [being
kicked out of the girls toilets by a
bouncer, being one of them].
Theres not much to write about
that I could put easily into a couple
of hundred words. So I decided not
to blog and check out any updates
that may have occurred on the
music myspace for [Little Green Book].
And somehow [I’m not sure how] I
ended up on a list of old blogs for my
Now the titles of my old blogs, had
little [or more likely] nothing to
do with the content and so I was
actually intrigued about what I had
written about and I was actually
They seem to reflect
the person I forgot I used to be
and at the same time it kinda
reminded me of the things that
I used to do and subsequently
I was going through random blogs
recently and found one that had
just one entry and posed the
question ‘why do you blog?’
so I answered:
I find that I give random life lessons
to my friends. And so I blog so that
I can actually document those little
lessons and so they can reach [and
hopefully help] a wider audience
I also put my thoughts, my
photography and stuff like that
But here’s the thing I’ve also
realised that I use my blogs
as a sort of diary, a way for me
to record whatever is going on
in the the world around me and
in my head.
Because after reading
my old blogs and examining myself
as a person I’m actually proud
of the things I have achieved.
Posted in life, looking back, writing
Tagged at a loss what to write, blogging, little green book, looking back, myspace, myspace blogs, myspace.com/littlegreenbook, personal achievement, personal growth, pride, proud, werd, [blogs]