Lion&Sloth Zeitgeist 2014

It has been a brilliant year! Looking back, I just can’t believe how many fantastic things I got to take part in, see and do.



I have gone on MANY adventures – including but not limited to: exploring Iceland, returning to California (twice!, including a trip to Catalina Island), staying at Loch Fyne with pals, Pitlochry with family, and loads of little day trips throughout the year with my handsome wingman.

We also did/saw a lot of cool stuff, including:

We had a bumper year of birthdays, weddings, and babies. Including: my 30th, S’s dad’s 60th; weddings for the Chao’s, the Taylor-Lee’s, the Wallace’s, the Cunningham’s and the Brown’s! It was a great pleasure to meet the newest wee Nisbet and the newest baby Moffat (who JUST made it in the last days of 2014)!

Make / Eat

We feasted like kings! Both homemade:

And on the town:

Top meal: has to be our dine on coins dinner at Chop & Ale house. But tied second, new Edinburgh branch of Burger meats Bun, and the lovely Old Chain Pier in Newhaven. #omnomnom

Sadness food news of 2014: our beloved Illegal Jack’s closing down. =( What will we do??! I’m heartbroken.


It’s been a bumper animal year, with our new pet chickens arriving in July, a christmas pet visitor (Boo, the cat!), Icelandic ponies, seals at Inchcolm, wild stag sightings in Perth, and multiple trips to our ultra-local Edinburgh Zoo:

Top: We especially liked Edinburgh Zoo Nights, which we went to with S’s family. The pitchers of Pimm’s and the penguin sightings were plentiful.

Honorable mention: So many brilliant animal sightings on our CA trip – dolphins, whales, garibaldi (orange fish), herons, rattlesnakes, and a hairy caterpillar breeding ground!


Boardgames – Dominion again probably. Agricola a close second!
Videogames – Professor Layton (completed Azran Legacy); S big into Hearthstone amongst many, many others.
FestivalSonar in Iceland was amazing!
Book – Sinéad Morrissey’s Parallax (and everything else she’s written!!), or David Orr’s Beautiful & pointless (crit) or perhaps listening to Tina Fey’s Bossypants audiobook which was stellar.
Music review – Will post asap on my (now completed!) 30hours of karaoke, and include a ‘true’ round-up of my top songs of 2014 and life. But in the meantime, I especially enjoyed these 2014 mashups and top-tunes lists:

PBs & Level ups

#nobooze2014 at the Whisky Experience!

Definitely completing my 30-by-30 challenges has to be on there.

Sticking to my only resolution from last year – #nobooze2014 – and going the entire year without drinking at ALL! It’s probably the way forward for me. Definitely feel better physically, have more time, make better choices, and can eat my calories in cakes instead of beer!

My adult women’s basketball team won Lothian league and the local cup!

And, we bought a HOUSE! #grownups

Resolutions for 2015

I’m not really big into resolutions, but really enjoyed my 30-by-30 last year as a means of giving me some focus and fun things to look forward to. Here’s hoping this will do the same! Roll on 2015!

  1. Go to Jupiter Artland – on my doorstep but never been!
  2. Go to Steptoe’s yard
  3. Go trampolining
  4. See a murmuration (of starlings)
  5. Invest more time in writing
  6. Buy a bike & try to cycle to work
  7. Finish more (craft) projects
  8. Do more animal-related activities
  9. Eat fruit/veg from our garden (aka successfully grow something in our garden!)
  10. ‘Become Aiko Greig’ aka ‘Go full Greig’ aka ‘Go Greig or Go Home’ (ie. change my name finally on all my official documents/passports/residence card! Life admin!)

Feeling nostalgic? Zeitgeist 2013

Plus! Watch this space for epic Aiko-news forthcoming (embargoed until today!).

February catch-up

feb1A bumper month! One which has totally run away from me, this February thing! (Must be the meager 28 days..) And now that we’re into (MID!) March I had better get this up here!feb2

We went to Iceland. Amazing time had by all, including a music festival.

We ‘owned our city’: tried out new burger place, Burger., on Thursday date night; and saw the new Mammoth exhibit at Museum Lates. Burger was ACE & I definitely recommend it. S had the El Burger which had pulled pork in it, and I had a chicken katsu burger with cheese… YASSS. He also got a special bakewell tart style shake. Museum Lates was good too!
feb4I also went to Edinburgh Zoo for a work away-day this month.
And we saw both the terracotta soldier paper lanterns in the Old College and the light exhibition in St Andrew’s Square. Adventure city!

+3hours karaoke with S. A little tricky on a school night but they suckered us in with the 1-2-3 deal! (First hour full price, second half price, third FREE!).

I read very little but spent a lot of time revising and editing my poems. I did cobble together a couple new Iceland-inspired poems in the run up to our trip.feb3

The garlic is sprouting! I’m so excited.

And we put in an offer on (yet another) house. Fingers crossed for success this time.

With all this on the go, I have let slip my Spanish & German, and my Programming lessons, but will hopefully catch up in March.

readingSimon Armitage – Out of the Blue
Sinéad Morrissey – The State of the Prisons
Sinéad Morrissey – Between Here and There
Stewart Conn – Ghosts of Cockcrow
Louise Gluck – Averno

Plus a ridiculous number of Iceland Lonely Planets, cover to cover… *power gamer*

soundtrackRhye – Open
MØ – Glass
Passion Pit – Carried Away
Choir of Young Believers – Hollow Talk (been watching the bridge)
Sykur – Reykjavik (best find from the festival!)
AlunaGeorge – Put up your Hands
Kina Grannis – The Fire

And completed my all time favorite – Professor Layton: Azran Legacy – this month. So good!


So long February! You’ve been great.

Go to a music festival: DONE!


This has taken me ages to post about. But just wanted to say Sonar Festival in Reykjavik was amazing!

I’ve been to tons of music festivals, but really really love going to festivals in different cities or countries. It’s a whole different experience, I think, going to see music (which is so cross-cultural) abroad. The crowd can make up a huge part of the experience.

What is Sónar Reykjavik (from the Sonar website)
It’s intimate. The festival is going to portray how a prestige brand can redefine itself in smaller locations and venues. The new concert house, Harpa and the joy of music will be a stark contrast against the Icelandic winter and the arctic darkness outside. Sónar Reykjavik is also an experiment in how music can reach those who truly seek it by those performing it and seeing that it´s not always the largest stage and the biggest crowd that matters but also about the unique relationship that forms and the memories for all involved. Trying to follow in the footsteps of the pioneering Sónar Barcelona festival is hard but hosting a Sónar Reykjavik festival which strives to deliver the experience and artists line up Sónar Barcelona would be proud of is something we truly believe is possible.
Sónar Reykjavik will take place on five stages with a total capacity of 3500 guests. Beside the two main stages, a part of the concert halls underground parking will be changed in to a nightclub were local and international DJ´s will perform during the festival. A scenic part of the concert house will also be changed into a stage along with a seated hall with capacity of 199 guests.

sonar day1Sonar was ace! Highlights for me included Sykur, Jon Hopkins, Bonobo, Diplo / Major Lazer, FM Belfast, Hermigervill, as well as being at Harpa – the amazing concert hall in Reykjavik. And popping out between sets to see the Northern Lights on the last night, obviously. Seriously amazing.

Bands we saw:

  • Ryuchi Sakamoto & Taylor Dupree (wasn’t hugely impressed)
  • HE (looks like Jesus)
  • ELOQ (pretty much the most amazing thing ever):

  • Introbeats
  • Kiriyama Family
  • Hermigervill (also looks like Jesus.. but played a THEREMIN! Great tunes)
  • Dada:

  • Kolsch
  • Kiasmos
  • Bonobo – freaking amazing!
  • Jon Hopkins:

  • Major Lazer
  • Diplo – weird to see him again life. been almost 10yrs since I last saw him…
  • Kenton Slash Demon
  • James Holden (essentially this set)
  • Sykur:

  • Steve Sampling
  • Daphni
  • FM Belfast (gave an AMAZING show!! the light-up dress! check this true-fan’s vid):

Also, some much better photos and videos and things at the Sonar Reykjavik Facebook, or on youtube (here, here, here)

An amazing festival! Glad to tick another thing off the list for this year!
sonar day2I think going to music festivals as a way or reason to explore a city is the way forward for me. Also, I have never seen so much knitwear at a(n indoor) music festival EVER – like, actually a guy squeezing past us with beanies and MITTENS on during Major Lazer. Incredible.

I thought the line-ups were a bit tricky each day, and we often had ‘down time’ to explore some of the bands we’d never heard before (which turned out to be great as we discovered a fair number of cool Iceland bands in particular). The venue was stunning and never really much queuing for things like drinks or toilets – a dream for a crotchety old lady like me! Except there was one room of *experimental* music that we never even went into at all, even just to see; there was always a massive line outside between sets and then no coming in during the sets. A missed trick maybe! Still, really looking forward to more Sonars (perhaps I will do a Sonar-around-the-world tour!) and more Iceland.

Takk Iceland!
sonar day3