Kranblog – The Lost Footage

Some footage, 99% of which I haven’t used before, from August through to last weekend that I thought I’d lost but found in folder by accident after giving up all hope of ever finding it again. Here it is, enjoy…

Kranblog – The Lost Footage from James Cranston on Vimeo.

Winter is coming… Part 1

So winter’s well and truly on its way now i guess. Went for a little roll yesterday and had me camera with me to grab some photos and footage. Photos below, footage to follow soon…


tris took a while bit got it nailed in the end


Kai smithing up high


jasper did what he does best

My Top Dozen Favourite Skaters…

this is in no particular order


Scott Bourne i think is sick as fook. raw style, pure skater! nuff said!

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Jay Adams just original, thats it, he changed skating… for the better! and in a proper punk way.


Gershon Mosely if im honest, when i was a little grom i didnt know much about skating, but i had seen gershon on a mates older brothers skate vid from 91 and thought he was sick. now this was 97/98 and basically he had just got better. this linked clip is from 95ish, lots of lines, and he busts some of the best melons in my opinion, on flat or trans.


Vaughn Baker im from the uk, if you are too and skate you should know vaughns name and how sick he is. dope style, pure british skater and all terrain shredder. i had the pleasure of meeting him for a brief second in oz on holiday in the late 90s at bondi and seeing him skate the mini that was there, popping massive big pop shuvs to fakie, i was amazed… then i nearly drowned whilst surfing… not so amazing, but i would have died happy having witnessed vaughn skating.


Woody the same goes for woody as for vaughn above, if your from the uk theres no reason you shouldnt know him. Manchester gasworks ollie… all that needs to be said for certain people. plus i think hes a definite candidate for a bionic limb when they finally roll them out for use by humans, i read once hes broken his wrist and scaphoid on his left arm more times than rainy days in manchester…


Ricky Oyola this guy is up there with scott bourne in my books for the rawest street skater ever. just youtube him and watch… SICK!


Jamie Thomas nothing to say here, just enjoy and enjoy and get inspired to go skate big, i dare you not to!


Geoff Rowley gets to hang round with rock stars, kills it on a board, pushes the limits to the max, gnar as fuck and punched lizard king…


Lizard King just an all round beast who loves getting blazed and drunk and skating and yeah man, sickness… and the epicly later’d vice did on him is wicked. and he got punched by rowley…


Jason Lee i can just imagine skating with him was fun, from skating to acting to running a skate company, jason lee is the man. also he has dope tre’s.


Alex Moul sick british skater, and inventor of the willy grind! need i say anything else?


Louie Barletta if you know me and how i skate, you’ll understand my love of louies skating… im not gonna say more or ill think of other stuff, but footplant finger flips are where its at in street skating! plus he seems like a right weirdo, which is good and always has some wicked tunes on his parts. he inspires me to be creative in my skating more so than i normally am.

Music..? or a discussion about the use of the German language in poetic verse?

[warning, some of the videos below may disturb you]

Occasionally ill do a post about music…

This is one…

First, I think I see where some people have come from with hip hop influencing people to be bad and the portrayal of violence, especially in Germany. Now there is some alright German hip hop, but like an article I read about german comedy mentioned, its not a language built for use in poems, or fancy wordplay. I think a lot of german hip hop highlights this fact. Its unfortunate really. Anyway, I digress. I read an article online, i wish i could find it, that said that there was an increase in gang related war fare in german housing estates and apartment blocks. Now like most countries, they are built as low cost, affordable housing, and so the poorest people move into them and so on and so on, we know where this goes, we see it here in England in the council estates and tower blocks. However, you cant blame the music as i have heard of german groups that do the whole positive vibe thing, but they dont go down as well as the hardcore gangsta types, who do live upto the image. One guy King Blade, actually scares me a little bit… Physically he is quite big and yeah, ill admit, id have to fight very dirty and be very lucky to survive a tangle with him, but its not that, its more the ethos behind his lyrics, they way his videos portray him and the way he projects himself. I actually wondered if he was for real, look at this video and see what I mean…

Then there are these guys, 9mm Gang. Same kind of video format and same kind of lyrical ethos, blah blah blah, but it confirmed that King Blade has to be for real. Here is one of their videos…

then again, i came across this guy, Fifty Sven, obviously a comedy character, wearing a cloth tattoo sleeve, his plasters rearranging them selves in each cut. He kind of made me sit up and think about not just german hip hop, but german comedy too, maybe their language is evolving with the introduction of westernised slang into something that could be used in witty wordplay, poems and to wax lyrical.
Here is Fifty Sven…

ps, im not a german speaker, but i can make out the gist of the songs, and even Fifty Svens one had me laughing at times.

Anyway, away from the Germans and onto the Icelandics, Icelandish, Icelanders? Bah, who cares, really (unless you’re from iceland and read this, in which case, please let me know how you refer to yourselves)? Anyway, clicking through related videos a while ago from stuff like NoCa$h and Madball, I came across a band called I Adapt. Wicked Icelandic hardcore, all that needs to be said, check them out! I just wish hardcore was universally accepted coz these guys could have gone big… (that is the opinion of this writer, your opinion on this matter does not matter to me unfortunately)

Now i really like hardcore music, its always appealed to me, going to hardcore gigs in the late ninties, early 00’s round Peterborough and Cambs, the gigs were wicked. Especially HHH (not the fucking wrestler thankyou), no the HHH, a band from the boro, who literally tore it up, i still have one of their albums, on cd and also copied onto my comp and listen to it regularly. Like i said, i really like hardcore. Anyway, they split up a few years back now, but last year they got back together for a re-union tour. Here is Pitbull, from a gig in P’boro at the Crown on Lincoln Road. Apparantly from their last ever gig, wish id known and been able to make it. Find them on Facefuck.

Also came across a band, Embraced by Hatred, doing a cover of a band i love, which made me check out more of their music, below are a couple of their vids, and they are a bit like Madball, always good. The first is a Life Of Agony cover, the second is original…

anyway, peace out for now…