Life & Other Random Stuff

JP has worked at a Butlins Holiday Camp, the British Library, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Médecins Sans Frontières, though fortunately not all at the same time.

They have spent a summer winding copper wire around diodes in a component factory, another summer planning the IT infrastructure of the London Olympic Park and a different summer working in Bangladesh in the monsoon season.

JP has travelled extensively, spending two years back-packing across South East Asia and the Antipodes, living and working in Amsterdam for three years, and embarking on lengthy campervan tours of both North Eastern Europe and its South Western corner, despite being a pretty incompetent driver.

They are almost fluent in the English language, an avid music lover and record collector, and on one memorable night played the drums in front of 80,000 people at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. Oh, and they once appeared in a Bollywood film. 

JP may or may not have been offered a job with The Security Service but can’t say anything about it because of the Official Secrets Act. Apparently, they have now “settled down” and are married with a daughter and living in London.

“The Medium is the Massage”

Taking bytes and wasting pixels on other sites, JP talks here about their inspiration for the poem Reveal-Redact in the Full House Literary Podcast

JP was recently interviewed by Nikki Dudley, writer, facilitator of the MumWrite Programme and Co-founder and Managing Editor of Streetcake Experimental Writing Magazine

Cultural Consumption

Recent Reads

Anna Cathenka – Computer Dreams

Kae Tempest – On Connection

Ursula Le Guin – The Word For World Is Forest

Heathcote Williams – Whale Nation

Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari

This article about William Burroughs and his impact on film using visual cut-ups

The BBC World Service World Book Club – writers talk about their most celebrated works

What I’m Watching

Adam Curtis’ documentary film Can’t Get You Out Of My Head available on BBC iPlayer until the end of time

Rodney Ascher’s A Glitch In The Matrix

What I’m Listening To

Since summer 2018 I have written a weekly, sometimes daily, blog on music. Specifically, on every single album in my record collection – chosen randomly through the natural beauty of atmospheric noise by

“RANDOM.ORG uses radio receivers to pick up atmospheric noise, which is then used to generate random numbers. The radios are tuned between stations.”

Back then, I thought it would take me a couple of years to get through it all. Two and half years on, I’m not even halfway – probably because I keep buying records. But I can’t stop now, that would be cheating.

If that sounds like your thing too, you can read the RandomRecordReview blog here, amuse yourself with my poorly-taken photographs of well-loved LPs on Instagram, and listen to my selected tracks from each randomly picked album via the Spotify Playlist below.