Pocket Operator, Europe, and #52whiteboards

For a recent birthday, I was gifted a Pocket Operator PO-12, and I’ve been annoying the family with it ever since. It’s essentially a pocket sized drum machine and, although its limited feature set would suggest that it won’t be at the centre of any EDM albums anytime soon, it’s a simple, and very effective way of creating some cool drum patterns.

There are a number of models, each of which has their own particular speciality, and can be synced together to enable the creation of multi-levelled tunes.

Great fun.

Speaking of fun, Euro 2016 has been underway for just over a week now, and I’ve enjoyed watching football again – after a break of a couple of years.

Unfortunately, however, it has been marred by a number of incidents involving fans from a number of different countries. From the (allegedly) Putin-approved skirmishes between Russian and English fans, to their Stadium battle, and then Croatia’s ludicrous in-fighting.

It’s all been rather unpleasant and a reminder that Europe is not really a fun place to be of late:

It’s in this context that the UK heads to the polls on Thursday to decide if it wants to continue being part of the European Union. Friday is sure to be an interesting day!

#52whiteboards is a colleague’s ongoing project to complete – you guessed it – 52 whiteboard drawings over the course of a year. John Lloyd is the supremely talented artist and I love seeing what he does each week.

David Squires on … England v France

Today’s Guardian has a great cartoon by David Squire, focusing on tonight’s football match between England and France.

A cartoon showing the ethnic history of the French football team
England v France

Squires’ piece is in stark contrast to that of the Daily Mail cartoonist, Mac. The comparison he draws (literally) between refugees and rats is akin to Third Reich propaganda.

A cartoon by Mac of the Daily Mail, comparing refugees to rats
Europe’s open borders