Friday, March 31, 2006
I found the rooster story here if you are interested. It's a year old.
Wikipedia entry on Tainted Love
Thursday, March 30, 2006
I read about this in my copy of NUDE Magazine - a kind of arts magazine that we subscribe to... some great features in this month's like a piece of pinball
The printed word does seem redundant in this world of the net but we still buy the odd magazine - we also get 2000 ad, and the Fortean Times and occasionally MOJO.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The Cramps had the best attitude damning all rock do-gooders with the album Stay Sick!
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
There's lots of fun game play with horses, hunting buffalo as well as games rounding up cattle and mustangs. A slow-mo gunfight tool enables you to be a dead shot. The horse action is well animated and realistic and the side missions initiated through reading wanted posters are great.
Recommended to fans of the western genre
Sunday, March 26, 2006
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There is also a range of 1/44th scale figures and prepainted vehicles - thats half the size of 1/72 by my maths. There has been a few companies like Dragon and Trumpeter who have made armour in this scale - 12mm. Also WW1 French, 1940s Polish cavalry... well worth a visit if you're into that sort of thing.
Monday, March 20, 2006
I have decided to stop playing Call of Duty 2 Online - I did pretty well but the mood it put me in was not a pleasant place to be - maybe I'll resume playing when I can do it more in a fun way.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Susan picked Empire State Human by the Human League - I also chose Can't Seem to Make You Mine by the Seeds. If you get the chance to see Sky Saxon' Seeds they are great live, playing all the great favourites from the past.
Another good one is the Man From U.N.C.L.E theme - when we met the Monochrome Set I remember Andy Warren saying this would make a great cover - I can almost imagine the M Set doing this.
Also watch Serge G's duet with Brigitte Bardot doing Comic Strip - and of course Bonnie and Clyde you have to watch these!
Saturday, March 18, 2006
On the wargaming front it seems that North Star have got on this trend and of course the Honourable Lead Boiler Suit company has been going for 1/48 as a scale a while - they even do French and Indian wars - see pic left . Also see this website Track 48 for more background. If 1/48 vehicle production gets anywhere near as comprehensive as 1/35 it will be an interesting development - at the moment choice is limited but if you want to do WW2 bigger than 1/72 but not as big as 1/35 or 54mm this could be for you.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
The Somua tank pic full-sized is in their Galleries section - watch it in action in the Movie section.
French tank on fire 1940 from the ww2 in color website. I'll let you identify it from links on this page...
WW2 IN COLOR If you go to the 'other units' folder you'll find some more French tanks - mostly abandoned like the tanks on the left - what are they?
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I find them funny - the old singer looks like he's from Wilson Keppel and Betty - the sand dance trio of old music hall fame.
Get the lowdown on them at the reliable Wikipedia and buy the DVD Anthems...
See Flatt and Scruggs perform the iconic themetune.
Visit the Hideout for more facts and images. Of interest to gun fans is the piece on Clyde's guns - he particularly liked the BAR. Bonnie's poems are worth reading. Seems like someone beat me to the Bonnie and Clyde the Musical idea though. Fansite here; Wikipedia piece here.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
If that hasn't pushed your trust in my choice of decent footage then watch this clip of the Ramones from 1975 when they possibly ruled the world but didn't know it.
THE GREAT VICTORIAN WAR (all rights reserved 2006)
In this spirit I'd like to trademark my own variant on history - this variant is that Britain, in 1863 joins the American Civil War on the side of the South and mounts an expedition from Canada and captures New York. Napoleon III then invades southern Britain - only an expedition from Bismark of German troops reinforcing London saves the day.
I will call this 'The Great Victorian War' tm and the good thing about it is that people who wargame the Crimean, ACW or Franco Prussian war can all play together. Of course the white heat of technology means that everyone has steam powered land cruisers, ironclads, and armoured trains. If you need inspiration watch this Steamboy trailer
Monday, March 13, 2006
It must be said that the French army in 1940 was ideally suited to fight the 1914-18 one!
This is a French heavy tank - a veritable dinosaur to be placed in the context of the backward thinking that created the Maginot Line (be sure to do the virtual visit!). There's a little article on the model they have in the Tank Museum. This tank is also described here .
Recently reissued in 1/72 as a kit with the Renault Ft-17 (box art above) - with Heller Somua now available this makes a French trio in that scale.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
This tank is featured in Panzer Front ausf. b
If you have an interest in the French army of 1940 check out 'En Pointe toujours' - orders of battle and useful links in English. France 1940 has useful information and colour schemes. Also information of some of the planned vehicles.
For more photos than you'll ever need of French tanks go to http://www.chars-francais.net/de1930a1940.htm
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Howlin' Wolf site
In case you didn't know they were originally Ants who were then lured away from Adam by Malcolm Mclaren to create a teen pop band but soon enough they wised up and dumped Mclaren's rather seedy approach and created idiosyncratic group songs full of youth and optimism instead. Whilst the sound - tribal, latin, funk all mixed with nursery rhyme rap and chants - isn't usually my cup of tea - there's something about them that makes me love them. It's probably respect for their musicianship - the effortless skill of the backing that I appreciate - they mesh well and they make a fun bouncy sound. Isn't that enough? I must admit I prefer the later stuff they recorded when they had ditched Mclaren - the Going Gets Tough album is still listenable to. They're touring the US at the moment. Download songs here
Thursday, March 09, 2006
IMDB facts here
Alan Moore fansite and interview
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
PlayStation 2 installment in Enterbrain's strategy game series. Panzer Front Ausf. B is set at the North African front during World War II. Players are in total control of the German, Italian, or English forces, position units and set attack patterns to turn the tide of the war in their favor. The game features historically accurate weapons and tanks, including Germany's III, Italy's M13/39 and the English Mk.IV. The new game engine, coded from the ground up for PlayStation 2, enables the player to view the action from any angle, and even get a zoomed-out bird's eye view of the battlefield.
The history of this game meant that the previous 2 games in the series were only partially distributed and with this game you can see why. Its basically very crude visually - like an old school pc game with awful lettering and a clunky interface. The tanks are well rendered and they drive like the real thing but this game is disappointing technically. So the verdict: Only for the nerdiest of ww2 tank fans. A favourable review here
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
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Friday, March 03, 2006
If you like your blues a bit more sophisticated try this clip of Otis Rush...or this slice of heaven in the form of John Lee Hooker how about some Howlin' Wolf? Muddy Waters ? Buddy Guy or the brilliant Magic Sam
Well it was only a matter of time wasn't it before I had to upload something - this was us in 1981 - at the Granary in Bristol. It was part of Out West battle of the bands competition which we didn't win - but we got a video which was very new at the time.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Other must-sees include Bo Diddley Screaming Jay, Bukka White Cramps Bowwow wow Son House Roky Erickson Shangri-Las Link Wray Oblivians Yo La Tengo Troggs
well those are the things that I searched for and found - your taste will no doubt differ...
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
If you want an iconic item of clothing that to me shouts post punk then it has to be the ag-274 US army raincoat. They were a must-have item for us fans of the Ants and Joy Division - both Adam and Ian Curtis (below) wore them and of course I had one too... the above link is to one on ebay - they are to be found there reasonably regularly but they are getting scarcer to find these days. Here's a pic of Adam Ant wearing one.
This link shows them in their full colour glory - a light olive colour. Ideal for putting badges on...
I have often on these pages, mentioned 1/72 plastic figures. This is an interest that goes back to my childhood when Airfix had the monopoly and metal wargames figures were virtually unknown. Nowadays there is a tremendous diversity of periods and subjects available but a lot of the background work is a mystery to many of us. This site by Bill Farmer shows behind the scenes and details the work that goes into producing these tiny figures. Well worth a long look - this site is a mine of information for those of us still in touch with our inner child...