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Thirteen Months of Audiobus

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Tomorrow, Monday December 10, my friend and partner-in-crime Sebastian Dittmann and I are launching a project over twelve months in the making: Audiobus. We’re very proud of what we’ve managed to do, and we both firmly believe that Audiobus is going to fundamentally alter the way people create music on the iPad and iPhone. You can find out more about … Continue reading

Detained, But Not Deported: The Long Road to England Part 2

Posted on by Michael
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We’re stuck in a very ill Nettle right outside the border control booths of the ferry port. It’s not quite the worst-case scenario we’d envisioned for this crossing, but… Well, it’s bad enough. I confirm the diagnosis by peeking at Nettle’s innards, and find myself at the frontier police office seeking assistance. In a way, it’s probably the best place … Continue reading

The Long Road to England: Part 1

Posted on by Michael
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After much daydreaming about fish and chips, bagels, ubiquitous 3G internet and speaking English again, the time has arrived to jump back on the autoroutes of France and drive back to the UK. This wasn’t part of our original plans, but bureaucracy had its way with us, as it always does: It turns out, unlike the advice we were given … Continue reading

Lavender Fields & Hot Air Balloons

Posted on by Katherine
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I do realise that a good chunk of you are probably gagging on the glitterbomb of glory that has been my birthday proceedings so far, but I’m not quite done yet so I completley understand if you want to click away now. To take my 30th birthday to epic levels we’re adding cycling through lavender fields and a hot air … Continue reading

Birthday Calanquing

Posted on by Michael
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For Katherine’s big three-zero birthday, our plan was to hire us some kayaks and paddle around some sea cliffs and tranquil cyan water. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite turn out that way on the day – first, we were too late and all the kayaks were gone. Then, we caught sight of the water – it was white-capped and very, very … Continue reading

Hiking the Calanques on the French Riviera

Posted on by Katherine
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When we saw photos of the French Riviera’s calanques — fjord-like inlets carved into the white limestone — the problem of where we were going to spend my 30th birthday was immediately solved. Originally, we were planning on flying to Iceland, but the prospect of booking flights, accommodation, rental car, etc etc, quickly made it feel like work. A couple … Continue reading

Over the Mountains: The Road to Barcelona

Posted on by Michael
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We are going to Barcelona! We have a friend, Hayden, who lives there — we went to uni together, and he’s since moved over here to do a maths PhD (for some ungodly reason) — and we’re also meeting up with Sebastian, the friend with whom I’m doing Audiobus, who’s flying over for the week and staying with us. We … Continue reading

Leaving Alet

Posted on by Michael
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I know. We’ve been conspicuously silent. So silent, in fact, that a few kind souls have actually written to us to make sure we’re still, you know, alive (thank you, souls!). We have good reason though – we’ve been having a truly splendid creative time working on projects. Katherine’s been busily creating a set of paintings for her Etsy-store-to-be, and … Continue reading

Cold snap, Part 2 (now with extra snap)

Posted on by Michael
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We were prepared for the snow to be over, with forecast temperatures climbing back into the single positive digits (balmy!), but we are in for a surprise! We get up in the morning to see some fairly serious snow falling from the sky, although the ground is relatively bare. Over the next few hours, it keeps falling steadily, and we … Continue reading

Cold snap!

Posted on by Michael
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Well we weren’t expecting this! Open the blinds in the morning, and the world’s gone white! Europe’s cold snap has reached us despite our little microclimate, but we’re not complaining — we get to have our winter-in-the-south-of-France cake and eat…snow…too… It gives us fond memories of our previous winter, spent in a farm house in Wales. It is pretty cold, … Continue reading

Our mediaeval village home in the Pyrenees

Posted on by Michael
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We have taken up residence in a little village situated on the side of the river Aude, in a pretty little valley in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The lay of the land is such that the village is in a warm microclimate — most days are almost spring-like and sunny. The little family-run camping area where we’re staying is … Continue reading