Tuesday, 24 May 2011

the swedish underground

These are of the underground in Sweden. Slightly better than London or Newcastle (the ones l am used to), that's for sure.

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ben hein - pencil v photo series

I have seen this sort of stuff done in the past, but these versions are pretty damn good. A simple idea, yet very effective.

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kill bill remix

Everything Is A Remix: KILL BILL from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.

This guy ( robgwilson.com ) has gone to a lot of trouble putting this together. Worth it though (and glad it was not me doing it). Just check out all the references/steals from other films.

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the bubblesmith - sterling johnson

Stinson Beach Bubbles (canon 550D) from markdaycomedy on Vimeo.

This is on Stinson Beach, north of San Francisco. I like the way they disappear so quickly, it looks kind of spooky.

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Monday, 23 May 2011

another fine weekend - debs do and united are champions

Had a marvellous old time at the weekend. Been in for most of it, but went round to Deb and Rooks for Debbie's birthday do, as they had a BBQ (surprise). All went well until Deb fell and banged herself against the chimera (guilty party above), which resulted in a short trip to the hospital for some glue to a small cut. The FPO and Rook went with her, so l hung around a bit more, then buggered off home when l got the chance to sneak off.
On the Sunday, it was 'Premiership Survival Sunday' according to Sky, but l was just interested in The Manchester United against Blackburn game (4-2 win). This meant Blackpool went down, which is a bit of a shame, but United kept up their great home record this season (15 successive wins). It was great to see Evra with the Cantona flag, stuff like that keeps the history of the club alive.
All this and the new series of Family Guy - get in!
Now if we can just beat Barcelona nthis weekend.....

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benzadrine inhalers

I used an inhaler yesterday as there was a lot of rabbit hairs about and it aggravated my asthma. Sadly, it was not one of these bad boys. They certainly had some forms of medicine that were better in the old days. Bring 'em back l say!

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def leppard tribute band seek one armed drummer

That is what l call going for authenticity

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the last of the martin schoeller photos

That's the last of these l am posting - unless he does some more of course.

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cherie currie from the runaways

I remember when l was a young whipper-snapper (those were the days my friend) and went hitch-hiking around Scotland with a friend called Gary Waitland , heading to Loch Ness to look for the monster (no joy). On the way back, we stopped off in Edinburgh, where l bought some records, including The Runaways album, which had just come out. It was not very good, and l ended up selling it to my brother, but since l have now got his old records, it has returned to me.
The reason l am waffling away about this is because of what Cherie Currie (the singer) is doing now. She has re-imagined herself as a chainsaw artist, and apparently is having success with the outrageous change of direction. Now that is something l would never have imagined her (or most people) doing. They even look pretty good - respect.

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ryan giggs joke

The best Ryan Giggs joke l have heard so far

Just heard former Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas has got a secret singing career.

Apparently she's been doing gigs in Manchester for ages.

Ho Ho Ho

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wet cats

They just look funny (and so undignified) when they are wet.

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

the sunday herald front page

It is a farce that super injunctions are taken out by celebrities when they have been 'misbehaving' and have been caught out. Sadly, as l am a Manchester United fan, it pains me to see the front page of the Sunday Herald today, as they have not exactly gone out of their way to disguise the footballer involved. Brave of them to do so and l hope they don't get punished too much in the courts for daring to print the picture. The law - it's an ass sometimes (or as Ian Hislop once said, after another Private Eye trial, "If that's justice, l'm a banana").

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celebrity mugshots

Robert Downey Jr looks pretty pleased with himself in the first of his photos, and look at Heather Locklear's eyes. Whatever she is on, l want.

more martin schoeller photos

Dennis Hopper actually looks really well, considering what he has put his body and mind through. Then again, l suppose you could say the same about Iggy.

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two idiots in the living room

Both as stupid as each other.

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the bastard bushes

These are the stinking bushes that are outside our house. Easily the most overgrown ones on our estate. This year, something will have to be done to them - l'm all for throwing petrol on them but the FPO says no to that. I guess they will just have to be chopped down and pulled out the old fashioned way. Boring boring boring

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Saturday, 21 May 2011

martin schoeller photos

These are just great - the lighting - the close ups - the natural look - the stripping away off the star element (although it still shines through with some participants). I like it.

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rutland weekend television - bob dylan pisstake

When l were but a nipper, l used to love Monty Python's Flying Circus (even though a lot of it was shite). Later on, there was Rutland Weekend Television, which was also pretty much hit and miss as far as the comedy went. One thing l do like to think l remember, was taping Rutland Weekends parody of The Old Grey Whistle Test, which l thought included a piss take off Bob Dylan. After buying a bootleg DVD of the series, l realised it was not on that show. I then thought l was going insane, and couldn't think of where l had originally seen it. Sanity was restored however, as it was on a later episode with the same Whistle Test piss taking (but with the real Bob Harris ). It turns out my memory is not too messed up after all. Now if l could only remember where l left my heroin, l could be high as a kite pretty damn soon.

Here is the script for the song, which some mad fool posted
THE REAL BOB HARRIS: So there we are. Those were of course the Fabulous Bingo Brothers. And make a note that very soon ... we'll be having an entire Whistle Test program without them. ... Well, here's our last studio guest tonight, who needs no introduction from me, so until next week, goodnight.    (He grins and looks offscreen. Fade to the studio. Raymond Onassis [Neil Innes] walks on, performing a number Neil is pretty well known for. He wears shades, a mouth harmonica, a light blue jacket, light blue pants, and that red and green cap he wears a lot in these shows.)    PROTEST SONG  Words and Lyrics by Neil Innes  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------    NEIL:  Uh, this next number is a protest song.  (He tunes his guitar for ages.)  Uh, I've suffered for my music, and ... now it's your turn.   (He plays a terrible harmonica solo, then sings a la Bob Dylan:)  All the prophets of doom   can always find room   In a world full of worry and fear   Tip cigarettes and chemistry sets   And rudolph the red-nosed reindeer   So I'm goin back to my little old shack   And drink me a bottle of wine   That was mis en bouteille before my birthday   And have me a fantastic time   Rain on a tin roof sounds like a drum   We're marching for freedom today   Yeay   Turn on your headlights and sound your horn   If people get in the way  (Another terrible harmonica solo.)   Let me turn you on to the chromium swan   On the nose of a long limousine   Even hired for the day  It is something to say   But what the hhehhellll does it mean   I may be accused of being confused   But I'm average weight for my height   My philosophy  Like color tv   Is all there in black and white   RAAAAAAINN on a tin roof sounds like a drum   We're marching for freedom today   Yeay!   Turn on your headlights and sound your horn (toot toot)  If people get in the way    (He plays one last loooong harmonica note, falling out of frame, then comes back into frame and ends it. He gives the beast sign, then bumps into the microphone. He can't see in those shades!)    (Back to host Bridget, overwhelmed by flowers, and still smiling.)    BRIDGET: Well, that's about the size of it. Rutland Weekend is closing down now, so until next week, goodnight everybody!

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Friday, 20 May 2011

a night in with the new york dolls - jet boy

Been in all evening with the FPO, and after watching some ' Gimme Gimme Gimme' and ' Question Time' we agreed (after a little bit of persuasion) to watch some DVD's of The Old Grey Whistle Test , also agreeing to give the songs a chance, by covering our eyes (in some cases l wish, my ears). Anyhows, after much drink and deliberation, l have decided The New York Dolls version of Jet Boy is the best musical experience known to man. A close second would be Status Quo. doing Caroline on Top Of the Pops in 1973. Anyone who disagrees (at this moment in time) is a blithering idiot.

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manchester united 19 times flag at liverpool

This was unfurled at Liverpools last home game of the season (against Spurs). Class. Here's a quote from one of the lads that did it.

We’d been planning this for years and i’m buzzin it’s come off. We’d gotten 2 tickets in the Anfield upper and got the banner made on Friday. As we walked up towards the ground i had the biggest ****in grin on me head knowing we were about to pull it off. My only worry was not getting in with it. I shouldn’t have worried. A few beers on the concourse and we waited for YNWA to start as that was our signal to go. We walked down to the front of the teir and unfurled it. We had to hold it up cos there was nothing to tie it onto and it was up for for roughly 40 seconds before i got launched by the stewards. A bit of spit and that was all. It was a ****in scouse slag that spat at me too i think

Fair play to the Spurs fans who were buzzin and we threw it down into their end. Afterwards we walked round the ground and then had a couple of pints near Goodison with an Everton lad my mate knew and got a call saying their lads were looking for us. Not suprising really is it!

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Thursday, 19 May 2011

owl picture by kim steininger

Very cool indeed

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philip roth and carman callil

The Man Brooker prize (yawn) has been emroiled in controversy (yawn), as Philip Roth won the £60,000 prize, but Carmen Callil, the founder of feminist publishers Virago Press (yawn) walked from the panel, saying she did not rate Philip Roth's work at all. If she does not like his books, that's fair enough, but she was on a panel (of only three people - why?), so she should have stated her reasons for liking (or not liking) whatever books were to be judged, the same as everyone else on the panel. They then choose a winner after all the arguments have been put forward. That is what the panel is there for, which she obviously knew in advance. To then walk off in a strop, quitting on the eve of the announcement, because you disagreed with the panels choice is pathetic (the other two loved the Roth book). Probably just doing it to get publicity, so l am actually assisting her in my own small way. Damn!!
Nearly forgot - She also said no-one would read Philip Roth in 20 years time. Well l loved Portnoy's Complaint when l was a nipper, and that was over 20 years ago. I think Roth will be read in the future a lot more than she will. Bloody woman, she gives feminists a bad name.

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richard wiseman - quirkology

Not as good as Paranormality http://cheaperdrugsnow.blogspot.com/2011/03/richard-wiseman-paranormality.html but still interesting. Too long spent on the joke part (IMHO).

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robert burns - to a mouse

To a Mouse (1785)
English version

Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
O, what a panic is in your little breast!
You need not start away so hasty
With argumentative chatter!
I would be loath to run and chase you,
With murdering plough-staff.

I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
And justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
And fellow mortal!

I doubt not, sometimes, but you may steal;
What then? Poor little beast, you must live!
An odd ear in twenty-four sheaves
Is a small request;
I will get a blessing with what is left,
And never miss it.

Your small house, too, in ruin!
Its feeble walls the winds are scattering!
And nothing now, to build a new one,
Of coarse grass green!
And bleak December's winds coming,
Both bitter and keen!

You saw the fields laid bare and wasted,
And weary winter coming fast,
And cozy here, beneath the blast,
You thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel plough passed
Out through your cell.

That small bit heap of leaves and stubble,
Has cost you many a weary nibble!
Now you are turned out, for all your trouble,
Without house or holding,
To endure the winter's sleety dribble,
And hoar-frost cold.

But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Still you are blest, compared with me!
The present only touches you:
But oh! I backward cast my eye,
On prospects dreary!
And forward, though I cannot see,
I guess and fear!

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kurt vonnegut - jailbird - cats cradle - armageddon

Walter F Starbuck is released from prison and makes a succes of his life through his old acquaintances. It deals with the working class workforce, capatilism, communism, and Watergate. It also features Kilgore Trout! Excellent.

John (Jonah) plans to write a book about what happened on the day Hiroshima was bombed. He ends up in San Lorenzo as the president, but there is some trouble with (to say the least) ice-nine that Felix Hoenikker (based on Irving Langmuir) has invented. It also deals a lot with religion, with Bokonoism featured throughout, and the stupidity of the arms race. More excellence from Kurt (as l call him). I also learnt from this that 'Of mice and men' is from a Robert Burns poem (To a Mouse).

A selection of letters, drawings, and a speech given just before he died, mainly concerning war. I prefer the novels, but this was still pretty good. Has a foreword from his son.

After re-reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (http://cheaperdrugsnow.blogspot.com/2011/01/slaughterhouse-5-kurt-vonnegut.html) I got myself a hankering to read some more of his stuff. I have since ploughed through the above, which have also been pretty damn good. I aim to continue with his stuff until the quality drops (or l do).

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