05
Nov

Detroit’s Dystopian Delights

Desolate DetroitThis year has seen me have not one but two venturing further than the EU holidays. In April I went to Seoul (a blog is coming, along with Christmas) and last month I ventured over to the US for a mini-trip, one of the highlights of which was a few days in Detroit, which I’m sure is no longer home to Robocop.

If you’re not aware, Detroit applied for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013 which, at the time, was the biggest  municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by debt, estimated at $18–20 billion. One thing that survives is a burgeoning street art scene and  abandoned properties galore.

For a lot of people that wouldn’t sound like a holiday but for someone like myself, it was glorious. Whole neighbourhoods abandoned, properties stripped of everything and anything that could be worth a dime.

For an idea of the sorts of sights you can find in Detroit, check out Detroiturbex which should satisfy your ruin porn cravings.

04
Oct

Rave About: Burn-Out Rib Challenge at The Red Dog Saloon

A Million Ways to Die in the West scenePeople who know me or even know of me, know I like my food on the spicier side of life.

I’ll admit it wasn’t always the case but once I experienced the pleasant sensation of my mouth burning I was hooked; they say chillies release the same endorphins as sex and chocolate so that may explain everything.

That being the case I didn’t hesitate on Wednesday when asked if I wanted to take part in the Death by Food: Burn-Out Rib Challenge being run by the Red Dog Saloon in association with Universal Pictures recent film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, which stars Seth Macfarlane, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Charlize Theron.

The challenge was quite simple:

  • Three extra-large ribs coated in a hot spicy sauce
  • Three minutes to finish
  • Three minutes burn time

 

I’ve eaten at the Red Dog a lot so I kinda knew what to expect. I haven’t, as yet, done their hot wing challenge but I’ve eaten more of their ribs than is decent and didn’t think it would be impossible. Was my confidence misplaced?

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06
Aug

RIFT’s Macbeth and Gruff Theatre

Balfron TowerA few weeks ago I did something I didn’t think I would do, I attended an immersive theatre experience. I was seduced because a) it was Macbeth and b) I was going with 9 others so I felt comfortable knowing I could blend into the background should any actor try to get me involved in things. What is it they say about the best laid plans?

Firstly, let me mention that the production of Macbeth by RIFT was fantastic not least because the venue was the beautiful Brutalist structure known as Balfron Tower in East London. Proceedings started at 8pm Friday night and finished at 8am Saturday morning. However for the 12 hours we were there, it was a place called Borduria. continue reading…

21
May

Alive in the Present, Mind the Future

IMG_20140521_212922When I started blogging, as Omneo, back in 2004 I didn’t have much of a plan or vision for it and truth be told I’m quite surprised that I’m still updating it and getting nudges from people when I don’t post for a while.

The site started life not so much as a blog as a place to collate things I found amusing from the internet, back when it was a strictly dial-up affair. I recently found a hard drive with the old site on it and I looked back at some of the stuff and scratched my head wondering what it was I found so amusing, then I remembered the quantities of drugs I was taking at the time and it all made sense, sort of.

The really short story about the origins of the Omneo name is that I took ownership of some surplus post-it pads whilst working in a hotel and whilst trying to think of a unique but memorable name for an online account I surveyed my desk, saw a post-it note and decided Omneo fitted the bill; it then became my go-to username for everything online. continue reading…

02
Mar

Rave About: BrewDog

brewdogIf you read yesterday’s post where I ranted about Kickstarter you’d be forgiven for thinking I was against the whole crowdfunding idea. I’m not. I think there are great projects around that really embrace the concept of crowdfunding.

Sellaband was one such project although I did get stung there by investing in an unsigned UK-based, American fronted band that was great live. unfortunately the lead singer got deported back to the US for working illegally and I was left with 90 CD’s to try to sell to a public who would never be able to see them live in the UK.

I digress, as you’ll have noticed from the title it’s BrewDog I’m here to rave about, not Sellaband. If you are a beer drinker you’ll no doubt be familiar with the name of the Scottish brewery who kicked off, some would say, the mass production of craft/micro brewing in the UK.

If you’re a Daily Mail reader who took a wrong turning at the lights and stumbled across this post you’ll probably recognize the name as belonging to the company who make beer stronger than the gin you have before dinner that may or may not be responsible for Cancer.

BrewDog have embraced crowdfunding, not by offering backers a few bottles of beer in return for their money but rather they’ve taken inspiration from Victor Kiam (in a way) and have offered backers shares in the company. They call it Equity for Punks but you’ll often see it referred to as EFP. continue reading…