Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! (October 31, 2008)

Happy Halloween!

OLDP10.31.08 CO - Yeah Yeah Yeah

London Daily Photo: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Chris Osburn © 2008

This week:

- A whole month's worth of mummy stuff, including the gruesome end of my Mummy v Panda series,
- Getting man-pampered in the name of online journalism,
- Granola, pork loin, organic cupcakes, so-so burritos, chili cookin', swanky tapas, and as always ...
- Danger!

Enjoy your weekend,

ontoLondon - ontoTravel - The Adventures of Tiki Chris - tikichris to go

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Mummy Versus the Giant Panda: The Final Chapter

The End.

And yes, the MvP series was indeed a metaphorical analysis of the recent global financial crisis with a suggestion of what may yet still come! Thanks for noticing.

Make sure to watch all five episodes of the
Mummy v Panda series!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mummies Invade San Jose!

Big hugs and thanks to Michaela for documenting these disturbing occurrences in the Bay Area! Yes, mummies have invaded San Jose! They're making phone calls, taking elevators and reading books! Noooooo ....

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Yummy Mummy Baby Grow - NoOoOoOo!

Big thanks to the one and only Atomic Tony Tiki (aka Johann Von Sleaze) for taking a snap of this silly lil item that he happened upon in the darkened tomb of his local Tesco.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Super Spooky Week in Review (October 24, 2008)

Super Spooky Week in Review

Mummies have invaded London. Frightening! But come to think of it, London has never been a particularly safe or salubrious city (as I recently learned on a ghost walk through Southwark).

Yes, there is indeed a chill in the air here these days. I reckon it's best to stay in and cook (how about a big pot of chili for a chilli cook-off?). But if you must venture out, just make sure it's to a quality pub ... or better yet, get outta town for awhile and photograph something near and dear to you. That's what I plan to do!

In closing, whatever you choose to do, always remember to do it with lots and lots of chocolate at hand.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chris Osburn Photography Exhibition, Summer 2009, Leeds College of Art & Design

I've been champing at the bits to announce the following news: I am to exhibit a series of photographs at Leeds College of Art & Design from 29th June - 11th September.

For the exhibition, I will travel to my hometown of Chickamauga, Georgia (and the general nearby environs of Chattanooga, Tennessee) to shoot pics which depict the area’s transition from agrarian roots to the commodity/service industry culture of today. Hopefully, I will be able to capture these dynamics within the context of the sucky economy and the presidential election.

I look forward to the opportunity to document these changes and to take advantage of any chances to photographically gawk at rednecks. I have a love/hate relationship with the corner of the world where I was brought up; this exhibition should provide me with an excellent channel for examining my relationship with my home culture and heritage.

Essentially, I plan to head over at Christmas and stay on through most of January. I’m sure I’ll blog heaps about the experience whether via this blog, my travel blog, one of my mobile blogs (tikichris to go, tikichris mobile portrait blog) or perhaps even a blog specifically created to chronicle the expedition down south and my show up in Leeds. Blog, blog, blog, blog, blog, blog, blog. Oh yeah, I’ll probably tweet a whole hell of a lot about it too.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fortnum & Mason Mummy is a Real Sucker!

Thanks to Emiana and our good friend Kimberly for picking up this "Halloween Jelly Pop" mummy for me during a recent excursion at F&M. Made in China and featuring colours E110, E122, E129 and E133 and "flavours" among its many ingredients, the lil dude has a shelf life of almost a whole year. ~Spooky stuff~

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Curse of the Mummy Hand!

Mummies have been spotted roaming the streets of London! Although a few head shots have been taken, these mummies have proven to be extremely elusive. Often all that has been captured digitally are the ghastly, tattered, groping hands of the mummies.

These mummies apparently have a real craving for raclet and jamon serrano ...

... and are in desperate need for some botox treatment!

Be afraid. Be very afraid!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hipster Mummy! NoOooOoooOooooOoooo ...

Accursed mummies roaming Horse Tunnel at Camden Stables Market? Terrifying!

See more brilliant photos (including more
mummy shots outside Egyptian-themed Greater London House) at

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Photos: "Burning Candy" & "Remember My Name" in London (Juxtapoz)

Photos: "Burning Candy" & "Remember My Name" in London
Photography by Chris Osburn, London Correspondent
Saturday, 18 October 2008

Both exhibitions run until November 11th, 2008.

See all the
"Burning Candy" & "Remember My Name" at Juxtapoz.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Mummy of Oxford Street Lives!

Lured inside by the Halloween crap in the window of a news agent on Oxford Street ...

... and 85 pence later ...

... instant mummy!


Friday, October 17, 2008

Sugar Rush Week in Review! (October 17, 2008)

Sugar Rush Week in Review!

As mentioned yesterday, I've started blogging on the go. Just in time too! Strollin' down Monmouth Street I happened upon Keanu Reeves, doing his best to fend off the tourists.

When not playing the part of il paparazzo, I did my darnedest to get the most out of Chocolate Week. From mini-tastings to port pairings, I stayed busy making the rounds but managed still to make time for posting reviews of a decent pizza joint, a couple of killer blogger events, a trip to the farm (without leaving London) and some really great art (a la Dan Witz).

The relentless onslaught of mummy mania continued as well - featuring a mummy underwear model, edible mummies in freshly baked sarcophagi, and one poorly bedridden mummy.

All that and gourmet candy floss too!

Anyway, I'm off to celebrate Londonist's fourth birthday. Hope to see some of you there.

Enjoy your weekend,

ontoLondon - ontoTravel - The Adventures of Tiki Chris - tikichris to go

Thursday, October 16, 2008

tikichris to go

I recently got my hands on a Blackberry Bold, and have hardly taken my hands or eyes off this pocket-sized gadget since! Anyway, I've started (yet another) blog via Tumblr for mobile posting while I roam around, stumbling in and out of trouble. Mostly, I think my new blog will allow me to annoy my cats, capture WTF moments on the go, and share candid shots of peeps.

Check it out the new tikichris to go blog at


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sick Mummy!

When not posting mouthwatering Food Stories, Helen Graves tends to the convalescent needs of her ailing mummified boyfriend.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mummy Dogs with Green Goo

Big thanks to my ole buddy Chongolio (via Twitter) for providing me with the following "oozy mummy dogs" recipe. They look spooky and yummy. Awesome!

A little bit of presentation turns "pigs in a blanket" into oozy mummy dogs! This is super simple and even healthy if you follow these suggestions.

Read the simple 4-step Mummy Dogs with Green Goo recipe at 365 Halloween.

Monday, October 13, 2008

"Tiki" Moscow Mule

I've been meaning to write about the London Bloggers Blogology Meetup for ages but have just been too slammed with other stuff. I considered posting about it on my ontoLondon blog (and still might), but figured the content is more Tiki Chris than London-specific. Anyway ...

Impressively, London Blogger Meetup organizer
Andy Bargery brought Smirnoff on board to "design a custom cocktail to match the content of everyone's blog." For me, a "Tiki" Moscow Mule was created. I liked it and felt that the folks involved did a fantastic job pairing my blog with a cocktail (obviously, I'm more a rum-based cocktail sort of dude, but I'm not one to turn away bespoke vodka cocktails).

So what's in a "Tiki" Moscow Mule?
- 35ML Smirnoff

- Muddled raspberries and strawberries
- Top with ginger ale

- Garnish with mint

You can read more about that really fun evening here, here, here and here!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Want My Mummy Underwear Model!

Ever wonder what a mummy's hiding under all those layers? Now ya know! Hubba huuubbba!

See all the Mummy Underwear Model shots here!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dan Witz: "Night Paintings" (Juxtapoz)

Dan Witz: "Night Paintings"
Chris Osburn, London Correspondent
Chris Osburn
Friday, 10 October 2008

Influenced by Ed Ruscha’s 26 gasoline stations and Joseph Wright of Derby, in these pieces Witz also references older western religious painting, where physical light was a metaphor for spiritual revelation and enlightenment.

See all the
Dan Witz: "Night Paintings" at Juxtapoz.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Mum's the Word (October 10, 2008)

Mum's the Word

Is there life beyond the Rabbit Hole? You bet! There's giant-sized (yet still poignant) black and white street photography taking over entire buildings and snazzy galleries. There are new shoe shops, boozy and branded "experiences" and friendly social media networking events.

But hold on. It's not all seasonal feasting and lovely lunches! I mean, it's really out there (especially here in London!). The world is filled with all sorts of pratfalls and shady characters and lots and lots of mummies! Nooooo ...

Enjoy your weekend,

ontoLondon - ontoTravel - The Adventures of Tiki Chris

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Kitty Cats Say: Ain't Makin' No Mummy Out of Me!

What's tougher than trying to catch a greased pig? Trying to wrap toilet paper around two kittens. Still, it's a whole lot of fun and despite my utter failure attempting to "mummify" my kittens, I have a feeling I'll give it go yet again! Anyway, it resulted in some ridiculously cute photos.

More photos of Marmo and Sandokan resisting mummification in my I Want My Mummy Flickr photo set Yay!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Mummy's Plea

I'm gonna take a break from the ongoing Mummy V Panda adventure (I'm sure the suspense is killing you) to bring you the chilling short film: The Mummy's Plea! Be afraid! Be very afraid!!!!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Photos: JR's "28 Millimetres: WOMEN" in London (Juxtapoz)

Photos: JR's "28 Millimetres: WOMEN" in London
Photography by Chris Osburn, London Correspondent
Friday, 03 October 2008

JR's first solo show at Lazarides, 28 Millimetres: WOMEN opened today, October 3rd, 2008 in both the Greek Street and Charing Cross galleries, and in the surrounding streets of London. 28 Millimetres: WOMEN includes new originals and a truly awe inspiring site-specific installation.

View all of the "28 Millimetres: WOMEN" photos at the Juxtapoz website.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Tiki Chris, Food General (October 3, 2008)

Tiki Chris, Food General

Oh man. Whatta week! I gotta get to the gym! The past seven days started with a fantastic Indian cookery class + lunch at Moti Mahal on Saturday; followed a couple o' days later with an over-the-top food and Sherry pairing led by foodie alchemist Heston Blumenthal; a Gold Medal cocktail at the Cavendish on Tuesday; a (get this) seven course seasonal chocolate tasting menu at Almeida on Wednesday; and, coming full circle, an apple chutney tasting at Moti Mahal this afternoon.

Fortunately, I was able to get my share of visual nourishment too! I checked out London artist T Magic's Loaded with Meaning exhibition opening, which was actually one of the most refreshing exhibitions I've seen in this town in a long time.

For the next month's worth of , I've decided to focus my lens on all the dangers laid out before us Londoners with a batch of pics I like to call . View with caution.

And, as if that weren't enough, I kicked off this year's with an ongoing series of mummy movies (with lots more mummy stuff to follow). Who will win in the epic battle between the mummy and the giant panda? See Parts One and Two.

To be honest, I managed to squeeze in even more fun this week - I just ain't found the time to sit down and write about it!

London Daily Photo: Advance Warning by Chris Osburn © 2008

Enjoy your weekend,

ontoLondon - ontoTravel - The Adventures of Tiki Chris

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Mummy Versus the Giant Panda: Part 2

The Saga Continues!

Didn't catch the first part of Mummy v Panda? Click

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Mummy Versus the Giant Panda!

Welcome to another 31 Days of Halloween Madness! This year's theme? Mummies! Here's a lil something to get you in a spooky mood:

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