Back in my younger days I used to be a big fan of clubbing. Turnmills, Fabric and The Cross in London, Godskitchen in Birmingham, Slinky in Bournemouth, Rehab in Leeds – many a lost evening was spent on the dancefloor. This was at the back end of the ‘superstar dj’ phase: overpaid djs playing to ever diminishing numbers in enormous clubs as people got bored of what they had to offer.
The whole scene needed a new lease of life and focus shifted to Berlin, where a new breed of djs were emerging. As these djs started playing in London nights became about the music and the people again, rather than the djs themselves. One of these djs, a Chilean named Ricardo Vilallobos, became notorious for his lengthy and late set times (often starting at 3am and lasting well in to the next day). His sets often spanned musical genres: techno, disco, gypsy folk and even classical.
Why am I telling you this? Well, this week’s HIGSENFY is like one of Vilallobos’ sets: long, meandering and with only the thin thread of social enterprise tying it together. Enjoy though, and if you want to check Ricardo out in action he’s playing at Fabric tomorrow, from 1am until at least 11am on Sunday…
This week, multi billionaire and founder of Paypal Elon Musk launched a car into space. Only 46 years old, Musk also runs the car company Tesla, solar energy provider Sun City and Hyperloop, a concept for a high-speed transportation system which aims to revolutionise the way that passengers and cargo journey between long distances.
In the same week, I had my own transport adventure when my 20 month old son was violently sick all over me during the early stages of a journey on the 285 bus between Kingston and Teddington, much to the obvious disgust of my fellow passengers. I own no car companies (I can’t even drive), no energy providers and consider using contactless card payment on the tube to be a major revolutionary step.
I’ll leave it to you to decide who had the better week…
February. Despite being the month I was born in, I always struggle with spelling it. It’s that tricky first R. Why am I telling you this? I’ll be honest, I’m just filling space. I haven’t got a huge amount to say this week and I’m finishing at 12.30pm today to go and play golf so my mind is elsewhere. Sorry, not the sort of sloppy approach that you signed up for. I really am just rambling now so I think we’d better just jump straight into the news.
Enjoy your weekend