Tech-addiction. What is the real Legacy of Mobile Media?

The issue of when children should be exposed to multi-media is getting swept so far under the carpet it’s now bordering the eye-achingly ridiculous.

According to a new report found on Mashable Today “Nearly two in five children have used a tablet or smartphone before they could speak in full sentences” 

As I was lucky enough to spend my early years in the outdoors (running over wildlife with my bike, illegal fishing and exploding things) I feel that modern offspring are missing out. – This is a trailer for a new documentary film following the efforts of David Bond to reverse the seemingly unstoppable trend of modern youth spending untold hours behind apple screens. David does a sterling job of highlighting what the tech revolution could really be giving to the next generation.

Need some motivation? check this Shocking statistic and full article posted on Mashable: check out David Bond’s ‘Project Wild Thing’ campaign here


Smiling Ivy – The Music Video

Courtesy of Smiling Ivy boys

Courtesy of Smiling Ivy

You may have seen in my previous post on the genius music video workings of Ham Pocket, now retired undefeated in the realm of irreverent dirty music humour. After this success there is now a new beacon of music video light emerging from dark underbelly of Sheffield’s SKA Dub scene: Sheffield boys Smiling Ivy will be releasing their first Music Video for One of the biggest and full flavoured tracks on the new EP: Gagging Order –

The mix of  creative, pure debauched stylings of the band folded into the creamy, professionally led – shoot – cut – edit to follow is something much like having Charlie Sheen organise your friday night – ridiculous, stimulating and inevitably dangerous, which has my mouth watering at the thought of it.

This new video offering is eagerly anticipated, not least because it has been shot, produced and cut under the careful eye of James Roberts, now a Lead Techie at one of Danny Boyle’s Visual FX companies in Soho. James or ‘Kneyhi’ is a long time friend and fan of the band and his expertise comes as a welcome addition to their first debut Vid.

Find their new Video October 19th at and be sure to get all the updates on ff and twatter @smilingivy


We need a Coffee Revolution

Hello little coffee bean…

You are responsible for artificially instigating bouts of productivity, spates of dizziness and shakes worthy of Elvis .. And the humble cup of Jo holds the title of the most popular hot drink worldwide (temperature dependent popularity is a fickle scale).

I love my morning coffee, or espresso, macchiato or Latte… or sometimes all four. But, to quote esteemed directed Quentin Tarantino; ‘I want to taste my coffee when I drink it’. I bring this quote to light (ref. pulp f) because it seems that some people are really struggling to grasp the concept behind making coffee. And it really grinds on me. Literally.

How hot is too hot?

Why the ‘big boys’ in the coffee industry (not to name any names but it could rhyme with mars – trucks) refuse to respect how a coffee should be made is a conundrum that has puzzled me for years… Capital coffee crime numero-uno: coffee should be made with hot water, stop… not boiling or just boiled! Just ‘hot’, as in ‘above warm’ (why?) so you don’t burn the beans (good idea) so what do we do? Burn the beans… grrrr

Stop distracting us with muffins and rich mahogany

Many coffee outlets forego the idea that we might understand the concept of where coffee comes from by presenting us with a grossly large vat of coffee beans in an intimidating Perspex wall. Stood cowering beneath this monstrosity I imagine a scene of impending doom; The wall… ripe to breach… at any moment, enveloping those careless enough to have lusted upon a few minutes of free WiFi … crushed under the weighty sea of lava java in mission-impossible-esque dramatics.

Anyway.. coffee is ordered. Currency is exchanged. Loyalty cards are scanned in a futile attempt to regain a sense of financial responsibility. The impossibly large steampump  machines grind away, beans spilling from atop their tower, plunging a few whole feet from their holding pen – the chosen few.


Trustworthy Beans…

All to ensure your coffee is ‘freshly ground’! People like to witness grinding you see. After freshly grinding your coffee from the second largest Perspex-locked stock pile of natural matter in the county you are presented with your paper cup with the insulative properties of a wet paper bag.

To feign value for money – your coffee is topped up with a pint of milk (no matter what you’ve ordered) run through the steam again and placed upon a counter several miles away from where you entered the shop -You proceed to try and identify your drink, at the baggage claim area- luckily someone wrote your name on the cup. Well they asked your name. Unless your name is ‘unidentifiable scrawl’ you are shit out of luck son.

You do however have enough time to wait until all the other coffees have been claimed as you need at least 30 minutes before thinking about putting your face near to the cup, let alone drink it at a safe temperature…

What is the light at the end of this espresso black tunnel? Well all credit to the Spanish and Italians who for the vast majority know how to make a good cup of coffee (pat on the backs all round) And I will be joining your ranks once i’ve got a down payment on theVilla  ¡Viva la revolución del café