Blake Journeys to Taipei


Bye bye everyone! Off to Taiwan we go, the National Concert Hall awaits!

Off we go! A huge honour for us Brits to be headed to Taiwan to give a concert in their most iconic venue!

11 hours of flying to HK, 3 more to Taipei & straight into rehearsals! No time to conquer jetlag, we just #redbull & go I expect to have no idea what planet I’m on by around early evening, but that’s the way it is with international touring. Currently 8:15am here, but my body clock is 8 hours behind at midnight; hence why I’m cradling a Starbucks & listening to electro very loud, must stay awake

First order of business upon arrival in Taipei? Local beef noodles, with all their offally goodness & flavour! Our wonderful agent Catherine knows all the best places, we’re lucky boys! Yummy!

Our first visit to the big night…

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Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E12/18), Tuesday 1st August, Sky Atlantic

The Killing Times

After this 12th part of series three of Twin Peaks, there are only six episodes left, and there’s still a huge amount to tie up – if indeed David Lynch is indeed in the mood to tie things up at all. Who knows what’s going to happen? Will the Dougie Jones/Good Coop issue be resolved – or at least begin to be resolved – in this episode? Of course not.

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Carlos Marin and Azzule Lifestyle

early rising mum

It would appear, though Carlos himself hasn’t actually said it but he seems to be in some sort of collaboration with this company. He has posted a couple of tweets now promoting gentlemen’s watches by Azzule. I don’t know much about them, seems they might be a new company as their twitter account was only set up in May this year but if they’ve got Carlos on board with them it can only be good 😀

There was this photo taken earlier in the year

and this one posted today

Personally I think it’s great and I look forward to seeing and hearing more 😀

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Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E11/18), Tuesday 25th July, Sky Atlantic

The Killing Times

In part 11, we were back in Twin Peaks for perhaps longer than we have been in a while. In fact, we seem to be spending more time in the town as each episode goes by, which suggests that all scattered characters and identities will eventually make their way back somehow and there will be some sort of denouement in the town at some point. Although let’s face it, trying to predict anything in this series is such a futile exercise. I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again, every time you think you know what might happen does the rug is well and truly pulled beneath you. And this is one of the reasons why it’s so watchable: you tune in desperate to see Good Coop emerge from his catatonic Dougie Jones state only to see teases of his old self.

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Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E10/18), Tuesday 17th July, Sky Atlantic

The Killing Times

We’re now into the second half of this series – or 18 hour-long movie as David Lynch would have us approach it – and we’re still none the wiser when it comes to the fate of Dougie Jones/Good Coop. In this 10th episode, there were diversions, some unsettling scenes (in a more subtle way than the kinetic scarefest that was the epic episode eight) and a few, just a few, more hints at where this might go.

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Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E9/18), Tuesday 11th July, Sky Atlantic

The Killing Times

How to follow part eight? That was the question heading into the ninth instalment of this remarkable series. It has had a week off – something I had forgotten about – which was probably a good thing after the sublimely extraordinary shenanigans of that episode. It was the episode where Lynch and Frost presented us with a step outside of the present-day timeline and took us back to the 1940s and 50s, to a black-and-white world where the advent of the atomic bomb had created an unspeakable evil that was to manifest itself in 1990s Washington State. Had we witnessed the birth of Bob in these crazy scenes? And what now, after a new dimension of political and visceral polemic, had been added to what was hitherto an invigorating whodunit (albeit and cross-dimensional procedural)?

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BBC Four acquires Spanish crime drama I Know Who You Are

The Killing Times

624Regardless of the fact that  Walter Presents is going great guns at the moment and there are other channels to watch foreign-language crime drama on, nothing quite beats the Saturday-9pm-slot on BBC Four. There’s still a lot to be said for tuning in once a week to follow a story (linear style, how old fashioned) and that slot has had some big successes over the years, ever since The Killing smashed the door down. At the moment, we have repeats of The Young Montalbano until something new starts, and now we know what one of those new things will be.

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