a quick break

it’s a 24 hr sponsored musical improvise for me from 12 noon tomorrow. me and kevin rowe (my friend), who are raising money to put a recording studio into a very under resourced area of our city will be trying to remain creative for 24 hrs… think of us! so, i reckon my next asbo’ll be sunday. until then, be good. :-)

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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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45 Responses to a quick break

  1. subo says:

    all the best with the project, think it’s very exciting.

    I just love the concept of being there, in the community, generously giving to kids who no one’s noticed much

  2. Linus says:

    “being there, in the community, generously giving to kids who no one’s noticed much”

    Sounds like Jesus to me. Yay for following Jesus-ness. Hope it goes well Jon.

  3. rowe-man says:

    Fitting – that my first comment should be made when the blog subject contains my name!

    Jon I hope you’re wearing clean undies tomorrow… going be a long day.

    ….. Can’t wait!!

  4. becky says:

    As far as wearing clean pants, I’d have to say that Depends. (If the pun makes no sense, here’ the URL – http://www.depend.com).

  5. Kim says:

    sounds a riot, and a great cause. is there any way we can support you in it – is there a link somewhere? am sure you are very conscious of not wanting to ‘advertise’ here but i would love to help and i bet others would too. all best with it Jon.

  6. sarah says:

    I will say a prayer for you.

    Sarah x

  7. JF says:

    Hope you pre-rolled enough fags!

  8. soniamain says:

    hope it goes well Jon- try not to fall asleep!

  9. Rich says:

    Just been down to listen to the guys and they sound fantastic…!
    And they make the church look crazy good – Jon has set up his decks
    on the communion table at an angel
    and Kevin’s lovely red keyboard is opposite…
    It all looks suitable majestic with low lighting and the way the building has been set up for advent…
    And they are having a ball…
    Jacob (another mate who has been helping with fund raising)
    is adding his own flavour on the violin
    and earlier Tyte was beat boxing away in the back ground for ages…
    Amazing people
    Thanks guys
    You are making the dream a reality

  10. Rich says:

    I meant angle not angel, but perhaps that spelling mistake fits on this occasion!

  11. beckyw says:

    Hey, see you know Gavin Tyte. He’s got a mate (who’s a mate of mine) who was involved in setting up a free recording studio in Southampton, particularly aimed at young people. The studio’s called Purple Squares and the guy is called Matthew Diaper – Gavin should have his number. Thought he might be an interesting guy to chat to about your project.

    Hope you get inspired!

  12. Steve Lancaster says:

    Keep going! (third of the way there already…)

  13. Laura says:

    Maybe someone should go get a quick video and post it with a link back here so we can all check them out.

    just a thot

  14. Laura says:

    Oh…and that someone can’t be me cause I live on the wrong side of the pond. :-(

  15. Mike says:

    Remember when all else fails have fun.

  16. Rich says:

    It’s now almost 9 and there are three hours to go…
    The boys are holding up ok under the strain,
    although Jon’s humour is wearing a little thin now… poor Kevin!

    The night slot was hard, but with the dawn of a new day energy is returning.

    I’m heading back for the final countdown and the big finish.

    Just out of interest what tracks would you have wanted them to play over the last 24 hours?

  17. Kim says:

    Sounds the best fun! PLEASE somebody let us know how we can send some cash their way?? Sleep well boys.

  18. TyTe says:

    @11 Thanks BeckyW – yes, I know Matthew and went along to Purple Square a few times. :)

  19. Kayte says:

    Total tangent, but I met a fellow asbo’er on friday! We’ve known each other for a couple of weeks in the real world, so it was cool (but weird) to work out that we had also met here too! Hey Mimou – thanks for your help!

  20. soniamain says:

    How did it go Jon?

  21. Carole says:

    Kayte (19) that is great! I love these bizarre connections that we all have to each other. And it is great meeting ASBOers in the flesh.

  22. Carole says:

    I had this weird ASBO dream last night…Jon opened up the blog to other cartoonists so that he didn’t have to do all the work. Andyp had done a cartoon – using Flash, just like Jon. It was a bit primitive – circles and lines – nowhere near as sophisticated as what we are used to. But it was good (not that I can remember it) and it was animated. Just thought I’d share. :)

  23. sarah says:

    If this is from God please confirm Lord. Thank you.


  24. janetp says:

    Carole (22): “AndyP had done a cartoon”. Great idea, Carole – could be a whole new direction for him! Won’t be for a while though, as he’s very busy holding things together while his wife (my sister-in-law) undergoes treatment for breast cancer. :(

    I’m sure they’d appreciate a few ASBO prayers.

  25. Carole says:

    Sorry to hear your sis-in-law is having health problems, Janet – Andy and his wife can be assured of my prayers.

  26. sarah says:

    I will pray Janetp. May Jesus be with them.

  27. janetp says:

    Thanks Carole & Sarah. :)


  28. Kim says:

    I love that even though we haven’t heard from Jon since the weekend, everyone keeps on chatting and making connections here. Btw, does anyone know how the event went?

    And Janetp, really sorry to hear your sister in law is poorly, will pray.

  29. rowe-man says:

    hello – the event was a complete success although it’s taken three days to recover. The graveyard hours (3.30am – 6.30am) were probably the toughest in terms of making music.

    Between midday and 2am we had lots of company with us making it a little more bearably. After 2am was the real test.

    Both Jon and I starting really slowing up around 7am with the last 4-5 hours feeling like another 24!! Thus, I’m not convinced that the final hour’s musical delivery was really that musical… did I hear someone say ‘noise’?

    All in all – it was a brilliant gig, lots of fun, totally worth the cause, and we even dared to talk about a ‘next time’! Perhaps it was delirium talking ;o)

  30. rowe-man says:

    …. actually – while I’m on here. Jon, are you still sleeping it off?

  31. Mimou says:

    Kayte (19), Carole (21) – indeed!!! Very funny, I love how God brings us together totally randomly! I was in awe that Kayte actually recognised me from here =) C u tomorrow, hehe! :D

  32. Laura says:


  33. soniamain says:

    jon has man flu!, I spoke to him a couple of days ago and he is aching and sad!- sure he will be back and better soon ( if he takes the alternative medicines I suggested!!:)

  34. Kim says:

    Aw, sorry to hear Jon is poorly. Get well soon.

  35. subo says:

    all the best jon

  36. Your Brother says:

    Hi Jon – just a word of encouragement from your brother, having spoken to you recently and knowing how busy you are working with deadlines to meet. I was somewhat concerned with the pejorative use of the word man flu to describe your condition. According to recent research it seems that women who use the term might be walking on unsafe ground! [see for example: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3815608/Man-flu-should-be-renamed-woman-flu.html ]
    Seriously, hope you are feeling better, rested and more relaxed soon – and we all look forward to the next cartoon-blog.

  37. Steve Lancaster says:

    Christmas present to you guys, before Emma and I take off on our Round the Rellies World Tour.

    Here’s a thoughtful post about words falling out of use from a fantastic blogger in Canada. Well, just read it, and laugh/cry/contemplate/get shook up…


    Happy Christmas!

  38. jonbirch says:

    your brother… hahahahahahahahahaha!!! and again hahahahahahahahahaha!!! :-) brilliant! :lol:

  39. jonbirch says:

    thanks for the well wishes. still feeling rubbish… just not quite as rubbish. :-)

    happy christmas steve lancaster! :-)

  40. soniamain says:

    very amusing your brother- but the article is in the telegraph- you can’t believe anything they write!!

    not quite as rubbish Jon- excellent that will be the vit c and Zinc I suggested :)

  41. jonbirch says:

    haha! yup… am eating fruit and veg as well. you should be proud. :-)

  42. subo says:

    i hate that washed out, post flu fatigue. you can stand up so ‘get yourself to work’, and oh, for some bone warming sun soaking miles and miles away

    i hate that niggling virus in the background, burning in your head, avoiding chocs cause you might chuck up any minute. – half the staff are off with propper flu, so works totally relentless, and yet you’ve fought it off somehow, and can’t get a few days kip! life ain’t fair mate, sorry, just keep going – have a stodgy mince pie

  43. Carole says:

    Your brother (36) – all this proves is that women are more honest than men! ;)

  44. jonbirch says:

    hey your brother… don’t listen to carole! she’s lying! ;-) x

  45. rebecca says:

    Well done both of you. And as for the “man flu”, whatever that is, marathon events can have strange effects on people. I discovered this in a very literal sense last New Year’s Day; I had made a New Year’s resolution to walk the entire route of the London Marathon, and on impulse I decided to do it on New Year’s Day, without any preparation at all. About three miles before the end I hit the wall — I had severe cramp in my feet, and I was also feeling sick. But I carried on to the end anyway.

    Afterwards one of my toenails fell off. I consider I was lucky not to have suffered a more serious injury.

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