Scans of my broken brain have been transformed into an educational 3D Minecraft map and photorealistic artwork by a Foo Fighters’ video animator – unleashing a brain chain of creativity.Read More Please don’t squash my tiny brain. Thank you.
It turns out that I was born with something extra in my brain. I’m calling it my ‘Clusterfuck’. Corona was ruled out after a six-inch straw was shoved up my nose against my will – and on a Monday night.Read More What goes on strike in the middle of a pandemic? My bloody brain.
Just over two months ago we launched a competition to find the best, undiscovered writing talent. We called it ‘Feed Your Head’.
Inspired by Bjork’s Possibly Maybe, ‘The Ticking Dick’ is writer Lisa Goldapple’s submission. Lisa’s story is based on a brief relationship with ‘Axtor’, an Argentinean artist, fitted with a pacemaker who fantasises about impregnating his love interest with Siamese twins. With a drop intro that made us rewind and read it again, we’d be lying if we said it didn’t make us blush.Read More DAZED & CONFUSED SHORT STORY COMPETITION
In the late 18th century a small group of remarkable friends met at a house outside Birmingham, got blind drunk and applied themselves to the problems of the age. Between the writers, intellectuals, scientists and industrialists they discovered oxygen, harnessed steam power, pioneered the theory of evolution and launched the Industrial Revolution. Then they staggered home following the light of each full moon. They were the Lunar Society.
Taking their lead from that impressive circle, in a 12th century house in Valldaura, a group of experts, professors, makers and philosophers are asking themselves how science and technology can serve society.Read More Postcard from: The place beyond the pines
I lied. We’re only giving you 17. If there’s one thing that dancing in a post-apocalyptic air hangar as days-turn-into-nights-turn-into-days at Barcelona’s 22nd Sónar does to you, it’s reduce your attention span.
Here are 16 reasons why I’ve forgotten how to count to 22. Or that I just promised you 17.Read More MTV REVIEW: 22 reasons why Sónar Festival went beyond music in 2015
For three days a year, Barcelona’s oceanfront skate paradise of stairs, ramps, slopes and rails is transformed into THE European fest for music lovers.
Here’s why the 15th year of Primavera Sound in the Spanish Springtime rocked.Read More MTV REVIEW: 15 reasons why dancing on concrete at Primavera Sound 2015 is better than grass
I wrote some ‘fiction’. And it’s all true. Warning: Includes Elstree, rhubarb and the cock of Christ.
Short story commissioned as ‘Fast Fiction’ by top men’s fashion magazine, HERO.Read More MAGNOLIA
He’s danced for the Queen and Presidents of America. Yes, that’s Presidents, plural – and now he’s added the Institute of the Arts Barcelona to his resume.
As the American Ballet Theatre’s award-winning Spanish star who once got a fifteen-minute standing ovation for his ‘Swan Lake’ , Ángel built his company Barcelona Ballet in a country with no history of classical ballet. Now internationally famed for his stellar dancing and multiple pirouettes (twenty-four, but who’s counting?), it’s the dancer’s unusually charismatic personality that provokes awe-filled gushes of “He’s so nice!”Read More The World’s Greatest Dancer: Ángel Corella
According to Primavera Sound’s website FAQs you can enjoy Barcelona’s 3-day festival ONE HUNDRED PERCENT simply by dressing appropriately.Read More MTV Review: Primavera Sound 2014 – Legacy acts, bobble heads and a double rainbow
Featuring reviews, interviews and backstage videos with the world’s greatest ballet dancers, opera singers and performing artists.Read More INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS BARCELONA
My guide to Argentina’s capital for glossy South African travel mag, Latitude Magazine- what to do, where to eat and tango secrets.Read More INSIDER’S GUIDE TO BUENOS AIRES
When in Buenos Aires, open your eyes and bellies to the craze that keeps evolving – underground supper clubs. Last week I dined with an ousted cult from Alabama, a brain surgeon on sabbatical and an ex-prostitute from Amsterdam, complete with mini-me poodle (still a poodle). Welcome to the puerta cerrada closed-door dining experience. Fixed menus, themed nights and paired wines, all hosted in someone’s house. It sounds very bourgeois bohemian, doesn’t it? That’s because it is.Read More BUENOS AIRES SUPPER CLUBS: Go underground or go home
“I can’t get the apple off the head. It’s sore. The Sharpie hurt it. The tip is most sensitive, you know?”Read More THE TICKING DICK
Anonymously reviewed by Lisa Goldapple (Latina bon viveur) for Mr and Mrs Smith, March 2011. “We’re kinda like Keith Richards, right?!” I can see where Mrs Smith II is going with that. We’re high – 4000ft high – and feeling pretty rock and roll. That’s because Kiaroa’s airport transfer happens to be a 35 minute trip in […]Read More REVIEW: KIAROA LUXURY ECO-RESORT, Bahia, Brazil
Anonymously reviewed by by Lisa Goldapple (Latina bon viveur) for Mr and Mrs Smith http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/as/luxury-hotels/mihir-garh/review It has been said that a man without a moustache is like a cup of tea without sugar. On arrival in Rajasthan, it’s clear there’s no fear of either of these eventualities – the chai is super sweet and the whiskers, bonkers. Movember wannabes […]Read More REVIEW: MIHIR GARH, Jodhpur, India
As published in Journey Latin America’s Papagaio magazine. http://www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk/papagaio/Top5/bars-in-Buenos-Aires.aspx\ May 2012 Guest post by Lisa Goldapple, a regular contributor to The Real Argentina. The panic caused by a London pub’s “last orders” bell is something Britain knows all too well. While we’re downing drinks like there’s no manaña, Buenos Aires rests easy in the knowledge that they […]Read More TOP 5 BARS IN BUENOS AIRES
If you’ve come to Argentina under the illusion you’re in for a heat sensation of the oral variety, then you’re wrong. No warm reception here. I have a spice vice, a chilli fetish. I like it hot. And we’re talking serious heat. No pussying around with a Korma curry. I scissor skinny bird’s-eyes raw into […]Read More VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE, BUT I PREFER CHILLIES
I did. I royally ballsed it up and missed the balls at the Bacchanalia Ball. Literally couldn’t see the wood for the trees. In my world the Bacchanalia Ball involved drinking, dancing (loose term), gibbering gibberish, flailing and flitting and some damn sexy outfits. What fun, ho. But this is how it and everyone else […]Read More CAN YOU GO TO AN ORGY AND NOT NOTICE?
Meet Ian Davidson: Lecturer in Vocals It’s important to love your voice and nurture it. That’s why working with a good vocal instructor is invaluable, because they act as that extra set of ears to help guide you in the right direction. At Institute of the Arts Barcelona, self-confessed “complete vocal geek” Ian Davidson is […]Read More INTERVIEW WITH A VOCOLOGIST
As published by Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Dec 2014. http://www.iabarcelona.com/introducing-iab-health-science-behind-the-art/ We’ve all heard the mantra “No pain, no gain”, especially in the world of dance. Whilst it is important to push yourself, adopting this adage’s attitude can lead to unnecessarily high pain thresholds and injury tolerance. This isn’t healthy and as many as 80% […]Read More Dance Health: The Science behind the Art
For the London-centric of you, a quick geography lesson: The Isle of Man is nowhere near the Isle of Bestival. You’ll find it smack bang in the middle of the Irish Sea – left at Liverpool or right at Belfast. And the Manx folk? They’re white, 4-horned-sheep-eating, tailless-cat-owning, tax-avoiding, Martin Clunes-haters. Oh, and their 3-leg-logo […]Read More THE GREAT VICTORIAN KIPPERS V OPIATES DEBATE
In prehistoric times, a pre-blogging world where film was loaded digitally via fingers into SLRs and the word status was used alongside symbol rather than to describe ‘What’s on your mind?’ or ‘What’s happening?’ (aka the Dark Ages of 2003), a self-proclaimed London Meeja Ho bought a one-way ticket to Argentina to travel the globe. She said […]Read More YOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL OUT OF MTV, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE EMPTV OUT THE GIRL
Although the name may translate to “grocery store,” you won’t find bread and butter basics at Colmado. (That is unless wooden watches, fish-shaped handbags and ukuleles made from candy boxes are your staples). Rest of article published in Shopikon – featuring the world’s unique boutiques. http://www.shopikon.com/s/barcelona/colmado COLMADO C/Brosoli 5 Neighborhood Born Phone +34 931 722 966 Website colmadoshop.tumblr.com Hours Mon-Sat […]Read More REVIEW: COLMADO, BARCELONA
Feel the pulse of the electronic music landscape There were 110,000 people at Sónar in Barcelona this year. We know that because Massive Attack told us – in green LEDs. They also taught us that Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffiths have divorced after 18 years of marriage, and something about Shakira and the new King […]Read More MTV REVIEW: SONAR FESTIVAL 2014
Published in Institute of the Arts Barcelona – May 2014. http://www.iabarcelona.com/cultural-life-in-sitges/ Mirò was born here, Picasso painted here and you can bet that Dalí twiddled his ‘tache over some cava and tapas in these very streets. Muse to many, the inspirational Sitges has deeply ingrained artistic roots. (OK, it’s Joaquim de Miró, not Joan Miró.) For […]Read More CULTURAL LIFE IN SITGES