Friday, 9 October 2009

Norsk 3: Slottsfjell Musics

Grahm Zilla and MC Isis in Thunderheist

After a hefty absence (trapeze-ing, hula-hooping, puppets and paid acting work got in the way) I thought it was time to return to Slottsfjell- Part 3 - The Musics and what I saw. I didn't see loads but what I did was awesome.

MC Isis from Thunderheist

Thunderheist were on at Kastellnatt, the evening part of Slottsfjell, that is run in a warehouse/circus tent across the harbor from the main event. They were great (go listen to Bubblegum or Jerk it, your ears will thank you) and I defy anyone to watch them without developing a crush on their lead singer who is both beautiful and fabulous and made me want to run away and front a electronic music duo in Canada whilst wearing very tight fitting and tiny dresses...
I can't remember who this band was but they had lovely two-tone spandex on

Whilst on tight fitting it seems only fair to mention that a large portion of gentleman in bands that weekend favoured lycra body suits. Sequined and non-sequined were equally popular.

I think this is Ungdomskulen. They favoured sequins.

Peachcake were unexpected and great. There were games and glitter and masks and umbrellas and a man with a lampshade on his head and a loud hailer and all sorts. It was fun. I love bands with an excess of stuff on stage. Especially if they are actually good as well.

This is Captain Credible
Captain Credible also had an excess of stuff on stage. Great stuff. A drum-playing electronic doll a vocoder and a time machine, amongst other things. He was really good -some kind of crazy synth-electronica-talking about nonsense hybrid. He was terribly apologetic and very English. Which amused myself and my glamorous lady companion Paul, but I think confused some of the Norsk audience.

That's First Aid Kit. There, behind the girl with the pirate eye patch.
First Aid Kit were on before Captain Credible and were quite a contrast but also great. Two teenage girls with guitars and lovely voices. A very good thing to listen to whilst sitting on a hill by a tower in Norway overlooking a fjord in the sunshine in July... Lovely.

Awesome Internets Friday

If you know anybody in London, I dare you not to get hooked looking through these portraits:

I'm sure someone I know must be on there somewhere!

And James and Tat, this one is for you- who wouldn't wear "I Heart Unicorns" Perfume? If it was closer to your birthdays, I would be putting in a bulk order RIGHT NOW.

(link courtesy of the ever fabulous Gala Darling)

Friday, 18 September 2009

More Norsk: Norway Land Part 2 (The Reckoning)

All photos by Smashy. Please ask if you'd like to use one.

Ah, yes, More Norsk. I figure if I gradually persuade two more people to come to Norway every July, eventually every awesome person I know will be there...

(and it will be just like my childhood plan to make everyone I liked move to an island off Scotland with mountains and beaches and forests but unusually balmy weather, where we would all have cottages and horses and a lot of lego, and a sweet shop which would be free)

The reason behind the yearly Norsk jaunt is the wonderful Slottsfjell festival (doubly wonderful because they asked me to perform this year) which is held in Tonsberg, a few hours away from Oslo. The festival site goes up a hill, circles a tower on the top, and overlooks a fjord, then the club part of the festival is over the other side of town, across the marina, in an old factory and a circus top. Which all in all, equals one hella pretty festival.

Norwegian festivals, it has to be said, also have the lead on good weather compared to those here in the UK... And the one day it rained, one local method of dealing with the wet was simply to take off most items of clothing. I have yet to see that in London...

Up next: Bands and Stuff at Slottsfjell
Jugglingspinster at Cargo
The Perils of Static Trapeze

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Nights at the Circus Space

50's Circus School images from:
Next week I start a trapeze course at the Circus school I sometimes work at.
Which is awesome.
But as the new skill I learnt this week left me with blisters and a sore arm, I may be in line for some serious bruising. I'm not called Smashy for nothing. This week I learnt to knit. Next week I shall learn to fall with grace from several feet in the air.

Fabulous dress WITH LIONS ON IT made and worn by the lovely Solanah, all images from her blog:
Ideally to practice I would wear a dress as fabulous as this but the crying and the sweating and the tearing and the blood would ruin it, which would be rubbish.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Norway Land: Part 1

I finally have internets in my house and thought I'd celebrate by bombarding Facebook and Flickr and Blogger and all with pictures of my holiday in NORWAY.

Yeah, you heard me....


Part 1: Norway Land: Scando Supermarkets and Tasty Norsk Foods

Sunday, 26 July 2009


My plan to be wildly efficient and start a blog and actually write that blog and have blog posts and blog pictures and blog stuff and all may have been a bit slow.

So. I am here.

Back to London after a visit to Norway and an awesome festival called Slottsfjell. Back to auditioning/resting/far too many not-acting-jobs/distracting myself with clothes and making stuff.


On with the blog.

(the photo is of Norway's best snacky treat ever which is essentially a Kit Kat but not made by bad people, and with little storks drawn in the chocolate and with awesome packaging and a great name with translates as Quick Lunch. It would make an inadvisable meal but it is tasty. And the pick and mix in Norway has a lot going for it too)