Paris

The Notre Dame in the background. The bridge fence was full of locks. I think it's some sort of romantic thing but I'm guessing.

The Notre Dame in the background. the bridge fence was full of locks. I think it’s some sort of romantic thing but I’m guessing.

This photo does not capture the hoards of tourists lining up to go up the Eiffel tower. We decided to just look up.

This photo does not capture the hoards of tourists lining up to go up the Eiffel tower. We decided to just look up.

Paris plage I love you. This beach was so what I needed after walking the streets for hours. Clement  had a ball too.

Paris plage I love you. This beach was just what I needed after walking the streets for hours. Clement had a ball too.

Barbes, you never disappoint. We stumbled upon this market and it was like entering the middle east with vendors yelling foreign words.

Barbes, you never disappoint. We stumbled upon this market and it was like entering the middle east with vendors yelling foreign words.

We rented an apartment near the Butte Chaumont park. Good Chinese food nearby.

We rented an apartment near the Buttes Chaumont park.

We squeezed in a three day trip to Paris, in between school work and Yannick’s trip to Alsace to visit his family. The weather was warm, the baguettes were delicious and most importantly, there were lots of parks for Clement to run around in. We ate (inhaled) real Chinese food, met up with my old friend Jen Morris and generally had a great time. Flying with Ryanair was a bit painful but it was only an hour from Glasgow. We stayed in an area I didn’t know before, and it was really great. No tourists, lots of markets, and quiet at night – except for the gunshots on our first night…H

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BBC Radio 6

When I was around 14, my best friend Brian Fleming was the original brit pop kid. He was from Glasgow and had a special talent for keeping up to date with all the music from the UK in the early 1980s. He would make me mixed tapes and introduced me to Propaganda, The Cure, Kraftwerk and all the New Wave of amazing music that came out at that time. We would see all-age bands that made their way to Vancouver. He was my music education teacher, and since I’ve been in Glasgow I’ve thought a lot about Brian. Someone introduced me to BBC Radio 6 online (Shaun Keevney) and I’ve been listening to all those old tunes that I loved so long ago. To hear Echo and the Bunnymen, Craftwerk, Simple Minds, Culture club, Prince, Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Nina Cherry, The Beastie Boys and Soft Cell at 8 in the morning is SO much fun. I hope you have a chance to loose yourself too.

If you happen to be in Glasgow in late August come by to see India Flint give a talk about her work at the Glasgow School of Art. It’s amazing!