44 posts categorized "NICK ABADZIS, guest blogger"

February 06, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

November 2005: I saw this bloke on the Piccadilly line tube one Monday lunch time. He was talking to his mate, whose left foot I managed to get in to this drawing. They both had these suedy-looking mutant sneaker things on. They were really into their shoes because they kept talking about shoe designers, a subject area I confess I'm not that au fait with. So I really don't know how expensive these particular sets of shoes were, although they sounded like they'd be expensive. But I bet that's what they wanted everyone to think. They might just have been knock-offs from some mouldy old street market.


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January 30, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

Good Places to Draw People - No. 2

Airports, of course. Airport waiting lounges where people drape themselves over buff-coloured couches and make important phone calls on their cellphones before the 'plane shuts them up. Airports, with all their points of connection and disconnection; becoming airborne and becoming someone else, someone who isn't rooted anymore in the place he or she just left.
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January 23, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

Waiting02


I saw this girl standing, writing in a journal on the platform of South Kensington tube station, a stop I go to a lot because I work for a publisher located there. This girl was intriguing, a.) because she appeared to be writing with pink ink and b.) because she also wore bright pink trousers with effortless cool. Unfortunately, I didn't have any colour pens with me, so you'll have to take my word for that.

January 16, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

(From Nick Abadzis, in London, author of the upcoming :01 title LAIKA, about which we shall say nothing yet!)


Good Places to Draw People No.1


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Many things in England are about waiting, putting up with stuff or queuing. British people love to wait in line. Is this stoicism, or a desire to allow valuable minutes of your life peel away; minutes that you'll never get back? This desire to wait - and, more importantly, be granted the opportunity to complain -- is exemplified on the London tube. For the privilege of paying nearly the most expensive rapid transit prices in the world, Londoners are granted a shambolic, gasping system that forever groans and strains at the edge of breaking point; always threatening to tip itself and its passengers completely into the abyss yet somehow always just hauling itself back from the brink.

The system itself is an awesome piece of Victorian engineering and was, I believe, the blueprint for a great many more Underground railways around the world, including those of New York and Paris. Both those cities' systems have their problems too, of course, but at least NYC's is 24-hour (sort of) and Paris' runs later and generally seems more reliable. And neither are as expensive.

But the Tube system, of course, is a great place to observe people, British people, in repose, doing what they do best. Waiting and complaining.

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