Category Archives: Creativity

Well, I Failed The #365BlogChallenge

Well I have failed the challenge I set myself last December – I had hoped to Blog everyday through 2021 but I could not find the time to research, write up and publish the posts. I could not Blog everyday. #365BlogChallenge is over for this year but never say never on a fresh attempt…

Why did I fail?

I set out to improve my situation through blogging – I thought that the act of living a well documented creative life would spur me on to do more creative things. I thought that if I was documenting my creativity, here on Ijo Pona, it would spur me on to create for the sake of creating. But, it just made me create for the sake of documenting the end result. And, Art is a process. It is a journey that people go on to become more connected to themselves and their environments.

I was documenting the end result and that was poisonous.

I also failed because I live a pretty boring life in lock down – who the hell would want to read a blog post about a trip to the super-market. The banality of the posts I was producing was a bit embarrassing. I was not reading the posts.

I was not reading the posts – and, after all, this blog is for me, myself and nobody else. It is a hell of a ego trip to think you can create a public to report to. Other than my family checking in, I doubt many people wanted to find out about my May Day Mix.

I started the #365BlogChallenge to try and make myself a better writer, better at getting my point across. But, this was a one-sided conversation. I was not engaging with anyone – it was quantity over quality. I was writing for the sake of writing and the results were Bobbins.

So, I will continue the Blog in a few weeks, when I have something interesting to say – w/e round ups and Points of Interest. Things of note and notes of things – not the ego trip that this blog had morphed in to.

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May Mix


Weird Wins: Series One

I have started a new podcast series called Weird Wins. I get to speak to inspirational people about their driving passion. The things that makes them tick.

I spoke to Allan about his love of Music Mentorship – how he has helped loads of people get a foot hold in the music industry. How he is running Creao Studio and how he has played across countless stages. You can listen to that here:

I also spoke with a good lad called Elliot. I know Elliot form a course I tried to do… ooooh decades ago; well, Elliot went on to study at degree level and he was talking about his passion for Disco and Soul. How shaping the vibe of what a crowd hears, and their sound track, can make or break people’s lives, essentially. Do you want to listen to that?

This dove-tailed nicely with what Andy Dennis had to say about his passion for The Beatles. Everyone I know has heard about Andy Dennis’ work with Doctors Without Borders (MSF). It may have seen a bit frivolous, a bit wasteful to speak with Andy about his passion for a band when he has so much to give about his time in Africa. But, in essence, I wanted to give the man a break; “Do you remember that really harrowing experience you went through? Well, let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about pop music.”

The final episode of the series is a chat with Matt WP. Matt explained his journey in photography. It is a gem. Matt speaks at length about how photography and has shaped the way he sees the world and how it helps him with things in his work life and his day-to-day life, too. I admit I was ill prepared for the chat, but, Matt made a charming guest.

For more about the Pod. See and you will go to the page on my work website talking you through the project. I have put a bit of thought in to this and I am pleased with Series 1 of Weird Wins.

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Roots Conversation Reaches Episode #100!

I have been a part of Roots Conversation – the roots reggae podcast for a good few years now. We reached Episode #100 tonight. I am currently sat in Creao Studio listening to Scooby and Allan record their show – their show is turning in to a bit of a car crash, really.

But, Roots Conversation has reached Episode #100 and I am more than happy with the progress it is making. I hope we can keep it up for a further #100 Episodes. It is a right laught to record. I make the playlist for the show along with suggestions from Scoob, Allan and Kathryn. We are making it as part of Guerrilla Dub System.

We have been recording our spoken links using VOIP during the the pandemic. It was difficult – it was very difficult. It was not made easy that we all like a beer and we were not the most professional.

However, the Pandemic is easing off and we are making it up to Creao Studio in Harrogate for the past four shows. It is good to see each other again, despite the social distancing; I have missed the retards. Here is the show. When it is published, the embed will be live, it goes live around midnight on Friday morning….

Here is to the next 100 shows guys…

Ijo Pona - Roots Conversation
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There was an admin meeting for the station tonight.

It was the first proper, facilitated meeting I have attended. Karen led it and she. Knows her onions. We covered a lot of ground and we have agreed to try and lessen my load.

I have a great team of people supporting me and they are the people keeping me going, along with my family and Kathryn.


I Made A Quick Mix

There have been holes made in the schedule of HCR – so, I have put in my pitch. The show has vocals over the top, but below you can hear just the mix.


Crump / Charcoal
Shielding / Reserv
Two Shell / Heart Piece
Cocktail Party Effect / War on Codex
The Black Dog / Osho
Rise Black / Agressor
Cienfuegos, Entro Senestre / Slipping Venus – Entro Remix
Kangding Ray / Azores
PTA / INK – Beatapella
Trisicloplox, Sectra / Bat Blood
Ramsez / Big Boi
Personal Message / Interfaces – Original Mix

Here it is –


Rumblings Of A ‘Cast

Not as a way to make big money (blogging didn’t do that either). But as a way to share your ideas, to lead your community, to earn trust.

Podcasting is a proven technology that is still in its infancy. It’s an open mic, a chance for people with something to say to find a few people (or perhaps more than a few people) who’d like to hear them say it.

And podcasting is the generous act of showing up, earning trust and authority because you care enough to raise your hand and speak up.



Tell me when you’re going to finish.

Tell me if you fall behind.

Don’t make me ask.

It’s difficult for a small organisation or a dedicated craftsperson to run an operation as punctually as a large bureaucracy. After all, the bureaucracy exists mainly to be sure that deadlines are honoured and variances are not exceeded.

Your customers are aware of this. It’s one reason that they chose you–because you’re doing the work yourself, you’re a person, not an industry.

Don’t hide this unless you can hide it completely.

It’s amazing how much slack people will give you if you’re proactive about what you see and what you know. No need to make promises you can’t keep, and no need to hide from the promises you’ve made.

We’re buying the process from you, not just what you’re making.

Dre’s Bad Boy Veg Moussaka w/ Cheat’s Garlic Bread

Dre's Bad Boy Veg Moussaka w/ Cheat's Garlic Bread
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The Latest From A Harrogate Blog By A Funny Little Man: Dre's Bad Boy Veg Moussaka w/ Cheat's Garlic Bread - Read About Andy's Mistakes and Adventures.

Type: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: Moussaka

Recipe Yield: 2

Preparation Time: 20

Cooking Time: 25

Total Time: 45

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 40g Grated Parmasan
  • 75g Creme Fraiche
  • 1 x Ciabatta
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil
  • 75ml Water
  • 1 x Carton Finely Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp Veg Stock Powder
  • 1tbsp Worcester Sauce
  • 50g Red Split Lentils
  • 1tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 2tsps Dried Oregano
  • 2 x Garlic Clove
  • 1 x Green Pepper
  • 1 x Onion
  • 1 x Aubergine

Recipe Instructions: 1. Prep the Veg
Trim the aubergine and slice into approx 1cm thick rounds. Halve, peel and then chop the onion into small pieces. Halve the pepper and discard the core and seeds - then chop into small pieces. Press the garlic or just peel and grate it.
2. "On My Second Whistle, Prepare The Sauce!"
Pre heat your grill to a high temperature. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in your frying pan on a medium heat and add the onion and pepper. Season well with salt and pepper. Stir it up, cooking until soft and golden - should take around 6-7mins. Add the oregano, tomato puree, ground cinnamon and half of the garlic - cook or a further minute.
3. Finish The Sauce
Next, stir in the red lentils, Worcester sauce, stock powder (Veg) and chopped tomatoes - then add the water (see ingredients). Add a pinch of sugar to taste. Stirring, bring to the boil and then lower the heat to medium-low until the lentils are soft, but still have a slight bite to them. 20-25 minutes, this should take. If your sauce gets too dry add a splash of water.
4. Grill dem Aubergines
Meanwhile, lay the sliced Aubergines on a baking tray in a single layer and drizzle with a good glug of Olive Oil - you can season with Salt and Pepper. Grill dem until browned and soft, around 8-9 minutes on each side. Please make sure they don't burn. But, if they are not soft after this time, you can leave them under the grill for a further 2-3 minutes. Take them out of the grill and set aside.
5. Layer it Up!
In a small bowl, mix the remaining garlic with some oil and cut the ciabatta in half. Smear this Garlic Oil on to the cut side of the Ciabatta. When the tomato sauce is ready, transfer the sauce to an oven proof dish, layering the aubergine slices and tomato sauce. Dollop the Creme Fraiche on top and spread out as even as you can across the top.
6. The Finish - You're on the Home Straight!
Sprinkle the a hard Italian style cheese over the Moussaka and season with pepper. Whack it under the grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling - should take around 5-6 mins? Remove the Moussaka from the grill and pop the oiled bread under for 2-3 minutes until golden. Serve in bowls.

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