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MIND IN THE MIRROR

I’m a little obsessed with mirrored images. I use a simple app on my phone. I like how it creates a whole other world from something as simple as a tree or  a building or clouds and so forth. Here’s a load of mirrored images I’ve made over the last few years. I hope you enjoy them and they don’t give anyone a headache.

All images were taken and are owed by me!

I am Dave Pen.

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The Quest for Mont Blanc Documentary.

Hello everyone I hope everyone is good and well. 2014 was a fantastic year for this great cause for Trekstock and we are truly thankful to everyone that donated, came to an event and helped us with this amazing journey that was The Quest for Mont Blanc. It was a very successful campaign and we couldn’t have raised the money without all of your kind donations along the way.

Attached here is the Documentary that was made during the Quest. Huge thanks go to the team that made this film possible and to our sponsors Bavaria 8.6 and Simond mountaineering.
The Virgin just giving page is still open and will close on February 1st 2015 so if you can spare a couple more notes then please do donate. Link below:
Thank you again to everyone and I wish you all happiness and good vibes for the future. I am Dave Pen

THE QUEST FOR MONT BLANC IN PICTURES – BATCH 2

A-King A-meeting A-place-for-some-zzzz's Always Bad-Weather-Ahead Beyond-the-Black-Hills Borders Breaking-through Closed-for-Business Col-d'Anterne Dave-Wave Des-Fonts Directions Disconnect Dolly- Eyes-of-the-Original-GR5 Falling-Water Forward-&-Thinking Fuel Fully-Booked Getting-on-Top-of-stuff GR5-Rules-ok Green-Hair Guide-me-Home Hard-Ripples He-had-a-Long-Life I-led-down I-see-a-marmot I-see-a-rock-smiling I-see-you I-thought-this-was-High It-started-to-get-cold looking-down Mist-Man Mobile-DJ Moody-Morning No-Cars-Go No-Garmins-here Old-&-New On-the-Road Over-there Peaking Pic-Noir Refresh-Bite Rock Samoens Snotty-Tree Stay-on-the-Path Strangers-on-Ladders Sunday-Moods Take-the-old-school-route The-Electric-Mist The-Way The-Wild-Pinto this-way-and-that-way Time-to-Think Wood-Beast You're-Life-Depends-On-It

You can still donate to The Trekstock Charity here : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Archivethequestformontblanc

All the photographs have names, just click on them and you will see what they are called.

I am Dave Pen

 


THE QUEST FOR MONT BLANC IN PICTURES – BATCH 1

Buzzing-Cows Bulmers--I-doubt-it Bells Coffee-Salvation Evening-time Dropping-In Do-Not-Eat Destination Cold-way-down Follow-Red-&-White FInal-Frontiere GR5-sign-number-1 Go-Around Free-Lunch I-didnt-see-any-Mammoths Home Hello GR5's GR5-Tree Moody-1 Lunch-view Living-is-easy In-Sight In-each-others-hands Old-&-Forever Need-your-Greens National-Parks Mt-Baron Morning-View Science-in-the-Woods Routes Reindeer-Moss-Moustache Plans,-Snacks,-Drinks-&-Film Old-School-Advertising Sundown-Approaching Steep-Hill Start Point She's-a-Waterfall Seriously-one-of-the-best-meals-i've-ever-had Thoughts The-woods-rules The-GR5-Rules-ok The-1st-Photo-I-took Termite-Towers Wild-Camp We're-going-that-way Watching Through-the-Mist Through-the-BlueYou can still donate to The Trekstock Charity here : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Archivethequestformontblanc

All the photographs have names, just click on them and you will see what they are called.

I am Dave Pen


The Quest for Mont Blog 1

I’m sat in terminal one watching the human ants gather and scurry as slaves to the machines that take to the skies. Enter your data to get verified access to fly baby.

My bloging has ceased of late due to the pitter, patter of feet and the mellow drum joy, joy day to day living of my life. I couldn’t be happier by the way. I just haven’t sat down and wrote stuff out as much as I should.

I’m off to Chamonix to do some press for my Quest for Mont Blanc and collect all the equipment that is needed for this adventurous adventure across the Alps. I’m Trekking from Geneva to the summit of Mont Blanc this August and I’m doing it for the cancer research charity Trekstock. It’s a big challenge but I know I can do it and it will be amazing to stand on top of Western Europe to have a look around.

Never a big fan of travelling via massive tons of machinery thousands of feet in the sky, this flight was a breeze and I slept for a few minutes on the one-hour long flight and woke to this view from my window seat:

WINDOW-VIEW

So the main point of our 24-hour trip to Chamonix was to visit the Simond factory. Simond are one of the oldest mountaineering companies with links to the history of Mountaineering dating as far back as the 1820’s and engineering products since 1948. It’s a privilege to have them as one of our sponsors for the Quest for Mont Blanc. We were given a full tour of the factory and shown how equipment such as ice axes and carabinas are made which was a rare insightful experience to have had. We then checked off and tried on the items of clothing and accessories that are needed for the Trek and Climb. I felt like a hardcore Dutch football supporter in the amazingly bright Orange winter jacket that I will be wearing for the summit push, You wont miss me that’s for sure, Not too sure I will be wearing it for a any forthcoming shows though.

2.5-TONNES

AXED

I did some Interviews and we had some photos taken, then we had some lunch in Chamonix’s main town centre surrounded by snow topped mountains before heading back to Geneva to fly back to the UK. This was a quick in and out trip but a very important one to say the least. Some plans for music related things were discussed and being put into place of which I will announce very soon.

WE'RE-GOING-THAT-WAY

The Quest is not too far away so please let’s keep raising that dosh please.

You can sponsor me here from the link below at my Just Giving page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Archivethequestformontblanc

Many thanks

I am Dave Pen

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The Worlds Lowest Country and more…

It seems a while since I have written a blog, maybe it hasn’t been too long and it’s because of the fact loads has been happening.. I’m not quite sure where to start with this one.
So I did the helicopter thing which was a cool experience. Along with the acoustic gig to the snow blinded sunglasses crew on the top of a Mountain.
Ahhh yes, so upon my return from that Mike and I went to the legendary mecca that is Abbey Road Studios to add the final touch of mastering to the long awaited second BirdPen album. It was great meeting Frank Arkwright who has done a splendid job on the mastering and to pass by the tourists re – enacting the front cover of some band I’d never heard of called The Beatles. They walked across a zebra crossing of some sort didn’t they? Abbey Road was very quiet and you could feel the sense of history in the air. A little bit like a museum in some sense what with the no photos signs up everywhere.

It was a great mastering session and we had lamb chops with broccoli and potatoes for tea.

A couple of days after that I zoomed down to Brighton to watch a one of performance from Brighton’s own British Sea Power play their debut album in full at one of the club nights they have been putting on. The Decline of British Power is one of my personal favorite albums and it was great to see the band with Eamon (ex member) smash their way through it to a very over exited jammed squeezed crowd. Some sights I hold in my brain from this show with dread and joy are: A woman crowd surfing in 5 inch stilettos is a big no no in my opinion and also short party frocks are risky to wear if you’re gonna let loads of beer drinking boozy muso’s carry you across the top of their heads, It’s obvious one of them is gonna wanna see your knickers. Heads in giant bass drums whilst crowd surfing is another brilliant risky stunt but that’s the great thing about BSP they can be sentimental and mental. They are always a joy to watch and hear. I didn’t take the photo below.

After chip shop chips on the sea front and a fierce derby battle of the south coasts two football teams and being refused any more drinks for no apparent reason I headed to the airport to fly to the worlds lowest country. For those of you that aren’t sure of where the world’s lowest country is it’s the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. I had delayed in celebrating a massive part of my life for seven months and made this trip to relax, get some rays and turn the levels down for ten days. It was nice that the 8000lb box with wings cruised smoothly across a part of the planet with no bumps, drops or power failures. I have a fear of Turbulence you see and I find long haul flying something of a huge and odd experience that I just can’t get comfortable with.
So a nice trip to relax and unwind… Second day in as I prepared to get snorkelled up and say hello to Nemo I noticed the little red light on my phone blinking. I quickly checked to see that my Manager had sent a text – read on picture below:

A fear and force that has killed hundreds of thousands in the last ten years and been watched by millions on television was very much a realisation that literally left me feeling numb for a few minutes.
A panic attack popped his fast beating head round the corner of my villa and hung around prodding me here and there in my chest. I headed to the reception area of the resort and spoke to someone there about the impending fearful situation, the guy at the desk said to me ‘everything is OK sir, we are aware of the situation, just please relax and go and enjoy your holiday’. OK great advice!! I glued my eyes to the television back in the villa glancing out at the Indian Ocean just ten metres from my door then back to panicked people being broadcast on the news trying to get to higher ground.. All I could do was wait.
Luckily for us the type of earthquake that had happened didn’t cause a tsunami and the Indian chap in Receptions advice rang true. A dear friend quoted us that Nature Regulated itself on this occasion. To be under threat from something so destructive left me feeling so small, I’m happy nothing happened and my heart goes out to anybody who has been involved in recent earthquake and tsunami events.
I won’t go into details about the rest of the trip, the sunsets, the sea life, the weather etc but we did meet and make friends with a chap called Mark Beaumont and his newly wed wife. Mark holds the world record for cycling around the world in the fastest time and has been on some extraordinary adventures. Look him up if you get the chance folks.
Here are a few photos for the world’s lowest country:

So back to England’s green and Pleasant land which has had nothing but rain since my return. My tan is fading but my soul, heart and brain are alight with the exiting times that wait ahead. Nature Regulate is out and I shall write a separate blog for that and post it up in the next few days.

Where’s my umbrella?


I am Dave Pen


White Teeth Ride..

I stood in line waiting to board the plane.. Long queue, lots of faces and 4 huge TV screens.. No calming countryside collages or national geographical landscapes were being shown on the TV’s to help calm the possible nervous flyers like myself.. Nothing calming indeed, instead sky news were playing an anniversary special on the days events of the terror attacks of 911 !!! This was unbelievable and just adds to the strange claustrophobic feel of airports and the longing closed in-ness of planes, they might as well have had that film “Alive” showing or episode one of the TV show “Lost” Who ever was in charge of that remote controller was either drunk or has a very dark sense of humour.. You will confront your fears with the airline company that are Easy Jet, whether you like it or not !! Any Brandy and Valium anywhere?

I didn’t wake up on a desert island I didn’t wake up in the sea or on the concrete. I awoke in a bed with a large window looking out over the Swiss mountains with a valley below me.. The peak of a mountain covered in snow was towering through the clouds.. I later found out the mountain is called “White Teeth” which seems very appropriate for it…Two giant white ended mountain teeth smiling up at the sun.

After sound check we were invited to a house in the mountains for wine tasting and a jazz version of Nature Regulate.. This is not what we do on a regular or ever basis so it was a nice experience and the owners where very welcoming and kind.. As BirdPen we do end up seeing and experiencing some cool, beautiful, odd and never run of the mill things and we meet some interesting and kind people, it all makes the whole concept and feel about what we do complete and just a touch on the unknown and strange side of things.. Just how we like it !!

We played the Festival performance to a half moon of gathered faces along with two sides of kids being sick, people huddling at the bar and a general feel of drunkenness for the mountain youth in the air.. After the show we hung at the bar until seeing my own face reflecting back from the beer keg and along with Tim’s classic drunk line of “ I’ve spent all my wine on booze”, we decided that 3 hours sleep was very much needed before going home, so we left with three kisses each on various cheeks, slept, got up, got in a van, slept, got out, got on a plane, got on a train, got in a taxi, got back in a taxi, went to a football stadium, we won..

Fuzz pops anyone?

I am Dave Pen