Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
l have just finished these three little beauties, and they were all just what l expected.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
A rather splendid time was had down in old London town yesterday evening, watching Primal Scream do Screamadelica at the Olympia in Kensington.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Been thinking about the weather for the weekend (off to London) and next week (off to Berlin).
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Italian PM 'enhances' ancient
The statues, which depict the naked gods Venus and Mars, are on show in
Silvio Berlusconi's Rome residence.
Mr Berlusconi ordered a replacement for the missing penis on the statue of the
ancient god of war, and a missing hand for Venus.
Art experts say it is tasteless and aesthetically wrong to replace the missing body parts.
The additions to the two ancient statues, dug up near Rome nearly 100 years ago
and now adorning the courtyard of the prime minister's official residence, were
ordered personally by Mr Berlusconi.
The statues were formerly kept in a Rome museum.
It's about a missing / to be replaced penis. Look at who wrote it. Surely it's not just a made up name?
recent books - the liar, booky wooky 2, the three evangelists, my side, the guv'ner, somebody to love
As l was perusing t'internet tonight l noticed 2 Primal Scream tickets were for sale for next Friday night in that there London. The first time Screamadelica has ever been played all the way through. Couldn't resist that so l duly put on a bid and have just found out it was successful. All l need to do now is sort out time off work, transport and somewhere to stay. And l am off to Berlin the week after. Damn! Then again, l am a happy, go lucky, positive kind of fellow, so it will be all right on the night (hopefully all night gig). Then again, it depends on the mood of the FPO. l may have to take little Nozzer instead (the pissing litle bastardo).
Primal Scream mark 20 years since the creation of their mind-blowing landmark Screamadelica by playing the album in its entirety for the first time on26th & 27th November at Olympia Grand Hall.
Since its release in September 1991, Screamadelica has been hailed as thedefining musical statement of the 90s, often one of the greatest albums of all time.
It scooped the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992 while the late Paul Cannell’s cover design was recently chosen as one of the Royal Mail’s ten classic rock album stamps.
Primal Scream have never performed some of the songs live before while many have not been played for years. To fully realise them the band will be expanding the lineup with gospel choir, brass section and singer Denise Johnson rejoining for the night.
Get on it, fill your boots, have it large, crack open the disco biscuits etc. Should be fun
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Germany is increasing security at airports and railway stations in light of "concrete indications" of terrorist attacks being planned for the end of November.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said it followed a tip-off from another, unnamed country.
Germany had information on "sustained efforts" by Islamist extremists to carry out attacks, he said.
He said the extra security would remain in place "until further notice".
"There are grounds for concern, but not for hysteria," Mr de Maiziere told a news conference in Berlin.
(from the BBC website)
This will please the FPO as we are off to Germany at the end of November. Bring it on l say!
Sunday, 14 November 2010
In 2007 three small boxes arrived at the International Centre of Photography (ICP) in New York, having travelled from Mexico City. The boxes contained the Spanish Civil War negatives of Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour (who was known as Chim).
The boxes became known as the Mexican Suitcase and comprised 4,500 negatives which it was believed had been lost. Despite the film being nitrate-based, it was in remarkably good condition, something that the ICP in part attributes to the relatively dry and stable climate of Mexico City.
Some of the work has been seen in the press and in exhibitions already, but now every frame can be seen in a new publication and is on show at the ICP from the end of the week.
(from the BBC website)
I remember a couple of years ago in Turkey reading a book that was about the Spanish civil war (can't remember what it was called,and certainly can't be bothered looking it up). An interesting time for Europe just before the Second World War, and it was certainly a case of "Which side are you on?".
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Amateur space enthusiasts Steve Daniels, John Oates and Lester Haines made the plane out of paper straws covered with paper.
They attached the aircraft - which has a 3ft wingspan - and a camera to a helium balloon and released it into the air on October 28.
It soared an astonishing 23 miles above the ground, taking dozens of photographs, before gliding back to earth.
The men came up with the idea a year ago.
After months of planning, they put operation Paris - Paper Aircraft Released Into Space - into action, travelling to Spain to send the plane on its journey.
The balloon climbed to 90,000 ft where the helium expanded to a point that caused the balloon to burst and the plane was released, gliding down to earth 100 miles from where it set off.
There was no point to the exercise, IT expert Steve Davies told Sky News Online. "We did it because we wanted to see if we could - and we could!
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
I didn't know that these books even existed until earlier today. Classy stuff, which would have been a bit shocking in the 1950's and 1960's. Pulp fiction at it's very best, although the 'girls' in 'After School' look a bit dodgy.