Oakland Zone

Day 9: Tuesday 31st May 2011. It’s time to say goodbye to the Russell’s idyllic annex, Hummingbird Cottage. We’ll miss its view, the mockingbird, and miss brushing through scented rosemary on the steps. Above all, we’ll miss the exceptional Russells who introduced us comprehensively to Santa Barbara with fierce welcome and gentle pride. Here’s a […]

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Memorial Day

Day 8: Monday 30th May 2011. It’s a national public holiday with a concert in honour of the troops. B.B.King is featured, but at 85 years of age, forgets to play the guitar. Otherwise deeply a moving event. My grandmother told me her story of the day her father returned from the first world war. […]

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The Beach is My Church

Day 7: Sunday 29th May 2011. On the seventh day, we have been to church in California. Without moving in my cushioned pew, i can see the sparkling Pacific Ocean, easily visible through both windows on opposite sides of the church. We sing the same songs, with a touch more of an American country folk […]

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Shopping Unplugged

Day 6: 28th May 2011. Down to the farmers market in Santa Barbara. Beautiful. “Trees Are Tall” are a great folk band, performing on the pavement in the market. Awesome place to buy vegetables. But it’s not from the band that I take today’s title; the food itself is ‘unplugged’ – disconnected from the modern […]

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At The Vineyard

Day 5: Friday 27th May 2011. Today was a day of sea, sand, flora and fauna, and viniculture, though the images do have an auto/mechanical theme. That’s America! We drove to the beach and sat by the surf for the whole morning, just drawing and writing. We could easily do this for the whole day. […]

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Hit the Road, Jack

Day 4: Thursday 26th May 2011. Douglas Park is a great place to walk your dog, donated for that purpose by Kirk Douglas. Yogi the dog and Hap Russell both love the place, as we now do. That’s us in the picture, on the bluff. Yogi is the one on the left. He’s an intact […]

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Gibraltar Peak

Day 3: Wed 25th May 2011. Mountain day. Gibraltar Rd. Hap makes delicious meat loaf sandwiches, and Yogi the dog gets in the car with us. It’s a 17 mile drive to the top, which Hap usually does on his bicycle. I’m quite impressed by this, and realize that Hap is a wonderful inspiration by […]

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Ornithological California

Day 2: Tue 24th May 2011. Our body clocks are 8 hours ahead of California which means we both wake up at 3:30am and Steve gets up at 06:00am. Exotic bird song invites you to the garden where morning light adds a glow to the lemon trees and fuscia sprays. The hidden mockingbird is an […]

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Time Lords Over The Atlantic

Day 1: Mon 23rd May 2011. It’s Day One and we’re jumping over several time zones; the 8 hours between London and Los Angeles stretch our 24 hour day to 35. We tried to check in by Internet last night but Steve’s name came up differently between the passport and the ticket. Then it said […]

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The Truth is Out There

Tomorrow we’ll hop on a bus to the airport. We have tickets for transport and beds for the next sixty days. The months of planning are over and. Well, this afternoon we might investigate one final amendment; adding an excursion in Cambodia where our malaria pills would actually be needed. However, before the journey begins, […]

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The Soul Compass

Tomorrow we’ll hop on a bus to the airport. We have tickets for transport and beds for the next sixty days. The months of planning are over and done. Well, this afternoon we might investigate one final amendment; adding an excursion in Cambodia where our malaria pills would actually be needed. However, before the journey […]

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Getting Ready

We’re getting ready for a long, long journey, Lists of lists of shopping, and the packing to be done. Never go with two clocks sailing on the ocean, Either carry three of them, or simply take the one. We’re getting ready for a long, long journey, Every variety of weather guaranteed. Look at all our travel […]

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The Same, But Not the Same

“Your new jeans look good” said my son, Will. “I said, Thanks, at last I worked out my right size. I’m 34×30”. Will said, “Wow, we’re the same! I’m 34×30 too! No, wait a minute, I’m 30×34! Different,.. Ha ha!”. “OK, thanks Will, thanks for that”. For a minute I believed that 30 years make […]

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Analogue And Digital

Analogue or digital? That is the question! But no! I have decide to duck the question, and for the answer is “BOTH!” Check it out brothers! My new rig is a hybrid. The refurbished repaired system (done for free by the lovely people at Line6 in Derby) not only gives me access to 40 amplifiers […]

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