Gordon Fong and Ken Hassell. Karate.
Ken Hassell
I went back to Birmingham University as my good friend and instructor, Ken Hassell, was holding a course with Frank Cope and John Barnes. It was an excellent course, despite the freezing cold conditions. In and outside of the dojo.

Nice to be back in the old place where I spent probably too much time training and ended up a crap degree.

I even got the chance to teach on the Sunday morning session. Us Old Boys do have our uses after all.

Course photos with Ken Hassell, Frank Cope and John Barnes.

Why does everyone look so bloody young at uni!


A busy weekend of listening to my new shipment from Amazon.

Paul Weller: As Is Now - I liked his last one which was an album of covers but now he has returned from his songwriting break with a punchy and rocking affair.

Texas: Red Book - I thought their last few studio albums were a bit luke warm as I much prefer their Southside and Rick's Road albums. This one though does hit the spot for me. The collaboration with Paul Buchannan from the Blue Nile is great as well.

Nine Horses (David Sylvian collaboration): Snow Borne Sorne - As with Texas, his last couple of albums were not as easily accessible but this definitely brings him back to the fore. A much fuller album lyrically and sonically.

The Observer seem to like it and have awarded it 5 stars.

Gild House offices for rentThe building where I am working will shortly have serviced office spaces being made available  for renting. The whole block has many techonology and Internet based companies working there and is getting to be a small hotbed of innovative IT businesses in Bournemouth.

There will be a mixture of small and medium sized rooms. Internet connectivity should be easily accessible through wireless gateways.

Gild House is on Norwich Avenue West which isn't too far a walk into town or Westbourne and is a minute or two's drive from the Wessex Way. So, very handy in many respects.

Web site now available: www.gildhouse.co.uk

Couple of large ones in Prague
Just got back from visiting Prague which was brilliant. Apart from the graffiti on some walls, the buildings and architecture were both magnificent and beautiful. Feet are now aching with all the walking about although the tram system was cheap enough to skoot around the place.

The food and drink were very good and excellent value, if you didn't drink in Irish/English bars. Kathryn did have to have her cider fix for the day!

Link to Photographs of Prague

I'd really recommend the place and I loved the dark beer. Fantastic.

Review to come when I get some time.