Thursday, 31 March 2011

why i love the internet #462

Here's my webtrip for today and yet another reason why I love the internet (I don't know if this is the 462nd reason but it can't be far off).

I visited the Pramblers Oxfam page after being sent a link at work. I loved the font at the top and wanted to know what it was. I started with the Posterous site (which, incidentally, seems pretty cool, cross between a blog and Facebook? They've just introduced a new feature where you can comment on things posted on your site through your e-mail, apparently e-mail is the new e-mail... interesting). They had what looked like the font across their homepage so I searched around their site to see if I could find out what font they used. I couldn't.

After trying to work out for ages what the font looked like, I realised what it reminded me of: the (RED) font. So I searched for (RED) font and came up with nothing, and went on the (RED) site to see if they had any information about it. They didn't.

So I searched for "how do I find out what font a website has". Immediately a forum appears at the top of the results and after a click and a scroll, someone writing back in 2006 tells me to right click, click on View Source, and it will be "in there somewhere".

They were spot on. It was. It's this: Alternate Gothic FS No 3

It's my new favourite font.

I'll leave with this which ends today's webtrip. Whilst on the Posterous blog, I also found out about these guys, "We sing your tweets". Quite a cool idea and I think they sound pretty good.

Monday, 28 March 2011

beginning of british summertime

I went to the beach at the weekend with Holly. She borrowed her Dad's sports car which was amazing to drive around in.

When we arrived into Beaulieu, we had to follow these horses who had decided to be cars for the afternoon.

We visited the beach which inspired Anthony to write Calshot Beach for the band. The view was stunning and it finally feels like Summer's almost here.

Friday, 25 March 2011

gig 2: jericho tavern

We had our second gig on Tuesday at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford. Went really well and got a great response from the audience. Think we've got a pretty tight, professional sound and are much more confident with playing the songs live now.

Brighton Song

Calshot Beach

Thanks to Holly for photos and videos and to everyone who came down to support :)

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

second gig

We've started sending the recordings out of our songs and have got a gig next Tuesday 22nd March, 8pm at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford supporting The Heartbreaks.

We've also got our Youtube channel sorted which has this video of us rehearsing Old Friends:

the size of africa

This map is pretty impressive at showing how big the continent of Africa is in comparison with the rest of the world.

Friday, 11 March 2011

old friends on culture lab

My friend Lizzie was doing a show for International Women's Day on the Newcastle University radio station, Culture Lab, on Tuesday and offered to play one of our songs which was awesome of her :)

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

live and unsigned audition

Check out our audition for Live and Unsigned. Looking forward to the next round!

bond for women?

I came across this video on International Women’s Day yesterday. It stars Daniel Craig as James Bond and Dame Judi Dench as M. Isn’t James Bond, both the character and the film franchise, the antithesis of equality for women? Is that the point? I’m not sure it works. Obviously they want as many people to watch it as possible and they’ve drawn on a famous actor and character to appeal to as wide an audience as they can, and I totally support raising awareness of the issues of gender inequality widely, but doesn’t this just support the male-dominated society that still exists, especially in film? Doesn't it perpetuate the thinking that it's the men in society who get more attention, are more famous, get the best jobs? Not that these are things that women should necessarily be aiming for, but why use a chauvinistic male character (who still sells millions of cinema tickets and DVDs) to suggest maybe things aren't right with how the world works? The fact that James Bond is the reason so many people will watch this is a reason in itself for the world to change.

It’s a very well-made, interesting idea but I think they could have really underlined what the day is about, especially for the 100th anniversary – a celebration of everything awesome that’s been done by women, and a focus on the inequality that still exists. I'm not sure this does that.

Check out this conversation, “What does the F word mean today?” between 6 inspirational women on the Guardian. They raise some really important issues which show just how unqual the world still is. Would it have been too obvious to have got a famous woman to make the advert? Could it have been used to provoke people into thinking about what equality actually means? Using Bond is definitely original but I’m not sure it’s going to achieve much more beyond conversation. Women need to feel inspired and empowered to stand in solidarity with other women and make their lives better. I think a powerful, women-filled video could have done a lot more to promote equality.

Monday, 7 March 2011

between the lines

I think I might have put this up before but it's such a stunning song it deserves to be put up again...

Saturday, 5 March 2011

afghanaid video editing

My brother Thom has spent the last few months doing an internship with Afghanaid which has meant videoing and editing loads of video footage together to make lots of short films to launch their 10000 days campaign. Check out the videos on the Afghanaid website and donate here if you can spare £10, it's such a worthwhile cause for people who really need our help and support.