snapshots and observations

Thursday, 16 October 2014

n7 for lupus uk








that's right.

i'm asking you for money.

i've never in my whole life done one of those charity things and asked people to sponsor me...


... until now.

there's a disease called lupus which is pretty close to us whitfields and next month,
well, in just over two weeks time, me and my daughter will be attempting to run a 10k to raise money for the charity lupus uk.

any contribution would be fantastic. every little helps.
however, if you're feeling particularly generous
you could sponsor me and get yourself a rather fetching, limited edition n7 t-shirt.


purple is the colour of lupus. the colour associated with it and used by the various
lupus charities.











so i decided to make an n7 t-shirt using a purple logo
it's a logo i've used previously and it's been very popular so i figured it was the way to go.










then my daughter offered to chip in to make the tshirts a little more special
and she sketched some wolves.

the wolf is the symbol of lupus. it's a long story, regarding wolf-bites.










i then knocked her wolves into shape and added some words underneath
right ?










perhaps because they're wolves they should be howling at the moon
or at an n7 logo ?

but i figured the n7 needs to be the same size it always is, and this would make
the whole design a little too big over the front of the tshirt.










so in the end i opted for this design
this is just a mock-up. the tees haven't been printed yet, but they should be here next week.


so if anybody wants one, they are yours for a pledge of £25

they're 100% cotton, pre-shrunk, white with purple trim.


all you have to do if you want to sponsor a miserable northerner
and his less miserable daughter, as we run 10k together one cold november morning,
is visit the website:


you can also read on the link a little bit about lupus and what it means to our family.

as i said before, any contribution is great.

thank-you.





design junction







my company 'sock club london' had a pop-up shop at design junction last month


here's me wearing my new sock club london polo shirt with extra large logo











an one of me standing in front of the four styles of sock we had on sale
any idea which pair are my favourites ?










for the first three days my assistant at the shop was h-h
she wasn't very good at posing but i was fantastic.










actually, here's one where she was ok
looks like she's adopting my happy go lucky style here.










oh... there she is in a lighter mood.










back to the official n7 look on day four
when even free ice creams didn't cheer us up










on day five i had a new assistant
let's call her miss.d.










fair play to her. she was a cheerful little thing but at the end of the show
when i asked my special boy to take a photo of us...
sha adopted a miserable expression.

excellent !


a big thank-you to all the staff who helped on the sock club london stand 
during design junction, especially uncle manly for the get-in and my special
boy for the de-rig.



there will be socks !






hiraeth ( dropping welsh knowledge )








welsh is the language of heaven.
that's a well known fact.


a less well known fact is that the letter 'x' doesn't exist in the welsh language.

or if you knew that, how about the fact that the word 'hiraeth' is the only welsh
word that cannot be properly translated into english.



and don't listen to people if they tell you cwtch can't be translated into english.

hiraeth is the word.




cymru am byth.





like a bus








what the what ?!


there's a bus called an 'n7'


how come i only just found this out ?




charlie, my special boy.








i love nicknames.
you know that.



this is me and charlie, my special boy.
i've no idea why, but i've always called him my special boy.

like me, my special boy is a master story-teller.

it's about time we hooked up for a fry-up and to exchange stories.

hmmm... let me give him a bell...

*reaches for phone





lingerie shoot self-portraits








i had a lingerie shoot the other week...
photographing, not modelling.

anyway, as usual i found time during the shoot to take a couple of self-portraits.


ok maybe this was a little bit bad, leaving the model perched on a small platform in heels
with an eight storey drop behind her... but i had just had my haircut the day before
and i wanted to grab a couple of shots of it while i was in a happy mood.










what ?






the first uk band to have a number 1 hit in the usa











recorded in n7