Sunday, September 30, 2007
Film by Jerzy Hoffman based on the book "Stara Basn" written by Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski. "The story of 'When the Sun was God An Ancient Tale' is happening one hundred years before the christening of Poland in the world of magic and pagan witchcraft, where the gods take active parts in the lives of ordinary men. In the land of Polan people, the power belongs to the cruel prince Popiel, who according to a legend was finally eaten by mice...
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
They've got a load of this series on Youtube - it looks fairly well done. I like French Revolutionary fashions a lot and we did have a band that was based on this look called 'Red Hot and the Sans-culottes' partly inspired by Vivienne Westwood's Incroyables look (see the Bow wow wow video below) - I wanted the look of the Paris mob - their enemies. We made a demo but then gave up - probably for the best. I did get to have a lot of clothing for this period though (see pic of me from about 92) when I reenacted it during the bicentenary so I have a bit of a soft spot for this era, though it was pretty bloody with mass killings by drowning and of course the famous guillotine. In this country we mostly know the era from The Scarlet Pimpernel and Carry on Don't Lose Your Head so it's not really going to really catch on. Now the bicentennial has progressed past the Revolution I wonder will anyone ever wear stuff like this again? I tried starting a forum on the subject a few years ago - it flopped.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Have a feast of DDDBMT on youtube here
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
I do have fond memories of seeing all sorts of films there though - my dad knew the projectionist and he gave me a poster of the film Waterloo - but I suppose I'll always remember the Grand for films like Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia or some such nonsense. Of course you could smoke in a cinema in those days - can't really imagine that nowadays but there was a time... I think it added a nice sleazy touch but I know you non smokers don't appreciate our efforts to bring an extra dimension to going out - coughing but anyway I think my abiding memory of the cinema was walking home afterwards - it would always be raining - 'that was crap' 'which one?' 'Both of them'.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Well as everyone in the UK is about to go Joy Division crazy with the release of the biopic Control (official site) - based on Ian Curtis' widow's novel Touching From a Distance - I thought I'd pass on some thoughts on the matter - why? Well we (Animals and Men) were early, though geographically remote, Joy Division fans - saw their first gig in London at the Hope and Anchor - and were pretty heavily affected by them before they had released their first lp so it's from that perspective that I write. I was really disappointed with the sound of Unknown Pleasures - it didn't match up to what I'd heard before and so I thought they'd been sanitised or processed. Some of those feelings were allayed by the following 'Closer' album which had a great sound but I thought they were not at their best on those lps. Although we had contact with other bands like the Ants, Monochrome Set - bands that we looked up to we never considered contacting Joy Division as they seemed a little bit intense even for us - maybe aloof. I hated it when they became NME's new favourite band and I didn't bother seeing them when they played Bristol. They seemed 'trendy' and therefore just another band that was 'over'. Then it was over. That was depressing. In a way musically it undermined that whole genre of gloomy intense music for us - by taking 'it' to that level even someone who was so influential to us surely had to be wrong? Having said that I don't ever remember sitting down and listening to the lyrics - but you knew what he was getting at on some level from hearing them so much. Will I go and see the movie? Not sure - I'm not comfortable with the commoditising of the artist/suicide link - but I still play the records.
The lyrics to the above clip may be of interest as there is a historical theme (one example of history rock the Guardian missed out on?)
Someone take these dreams away,
That point me to another day,
A duel of personalities,
That stretch all true realities.
That keep calling me,
Where figures from the past stand tall,
And mocking voices ring the halls.
Imperialistic house of prayer,
Conquistadors who took their share.
That keep calling me,They keep calling me
Another 60s trash classic featuring my favourite of all the bands of the era The Seeds performing behind this mock funeral. Trailer here - apparently the film was going to be called the Love Children but they thought people might think it about children born out of wedlock. I must admit to being a sucker for these 60s movies - and usually the music bits are the best bits in the films - with Youtube you can simply see those special sequences again and again. There's a new clip of the Seeds doing Mr Farmer up if you like this sort of thing.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I started a French and Indian group in the UK - it's still going. It took about 5 years of my life and a fair bit of money to get it going - it was a bit of a waste of time looking back but once you start these things and everyone says it will never work you are kind of committed to see it through.
I am quite interested in what goes on in Europe - maybe when all the children have left home we might go and live somewhere like Eastern Europe - anyway here's some great photos of festivities battles and all manner of great outdoor entertainment photographed by Páv Lučištník - a 26 year old from Prague. Check them out - it looks like people in the Czech republic know how to enjoy themselves during the summer months. This image is from an interesting battle at a ford - nice to see people getting their armour wet
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
It's not very often that you get a graphic novel about a battle from the middle ages but this is one and I recommend you check it out. There is a bit of an attempt to draw a paralell with Iraq but don't let that put you off. The bumph reads
An original graphic novel from Warren Ellis and his Apparat line of books! A highly trained but under equipped army invades another country due to that country's perceived threat to home security. The army conducts shock-and-awe raids designed to terrify the populace. This army is soon driven to ground, and vastly outnumbered. The English army has to stand and fight, in Crecy, France. On 26 August 1346, modern warfare changed forever. This is the story of England's greatest battle. Featuring the stunningly detailed art of Raulo Caceres.
More pics hereWarren Ellis
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Ferret Show & Racing and family fun day. All usual classes, ferret racing, raffle, refreshments available
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Learning drill like this is a bit like performing music - everyone is in sync and working together to build a whole - when it goes well it has a similar sense of satisfaction. NY Calendar of events
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Laisse Tomber Les Filles
Monday, September 10, 2007
This is a reasonable depiction of a charge by French cuirassiers, obviously influenced by Bondarchuk though not really historically accurate in terms of tactics; rarely would heavy cavalry go into race horse mode on the battlefield but instead moved around in dense formations in a much slower, though less spectacular fashion. See a US based cuirassier reenactor regiment here. Dutch one here. Looks frighteningly expensive.
I supose bicentennial wise things are a bit quiet now in the Napoleonic wars - next significant event I suppose is the invasion of Spain in 1808.
le Colonel Chabert
Saturday, September 08, 2007
We are always careful when gardening as we have lots of slow worms, toads and such - we never use strimmers or lawn mowers or any chemicals for fear killing our wildlife.
Avon Reptile and Amphibian Group Report
Friday, September 07, 2007
Quite a few people come onto this page looking for information on this subject and I guess that they are maybe people who have watched Sharpe and thought 'I could do that - that looks fun' - but the trouble is - I personally can't find any decent redcoat groups out there in the UK - all the ones I see are about 6 muskets and about 9 officers and supernumeraries. With the exception of the 68th Durham Light Infantry I think they are all pretty poor. The King's Hussars are great if you like horses. You get the impression that the best days of this period have gone by in this country - presumably it was at its height when Sharpe was on ITV in the 90s. But I am a French sympathiser and I would if I was to do it again join a French group, possibly the 9eme Legere they have 60 plus members. However it IS a great hobby - especially the big continental events - they are always a great time to meet new friends from places like Eastern Europe or even further afield than that. Read an English language report on Rivoli, Italy to see what sort of thing to expect.
All music guideThe Coasters
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
The subject matter of these witty songs are so varied as to defy categorisation - Ralph the Diving Pig is about a sideshow attraction so beloved in the US, whereas 'Doubleneck Guitar' tells the story of someone given one of those hefty behemoths by his girlfriend and the embarassment that followed it. Not sure whether these songs are autobiographical - has anyone in the band got a girlfriend who has a degree in ancient history and is obsessed by burial mounds? (Hubba Hubba) or has one of them ever owned a 59 Ford Popular? ('59 pop) - probably not, but the songs tell their stories well with cult references and a wink and a nod to those who share their trash culture obsessions. The lyrics are all printed in the accompanying booklet so you can appreciate their unique songwriting skills - the music goes from rockabilly, surf, country and pop with pedal steel and harp seasoning the sound which goes from Canvey to Kentucky in its range. So to conclude - a great album with well written songs destined to raise a smile among the discerning rock and roll fan as well as setting their toes a-tapping.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
That night as the last of the punters' cars had been dragged through the mud Stewart, our French commander played host in his marquee to a drinking session and we digested the days events. I remember glancing down to a corner of his tent where there was a copy of the previous day's Sun newspaper, hitherto hidden away from the public. On the front page it had candid photos of Dodi Fayed and Diana on Jetskis with a pretty hostile text about her relationship, with, if I remember, implications that she was being disgraceful - she was going to be hounded about this affair there was no doubt. Strange how the media's tone changed in such a short time after the crash. I remember feeling strangely sad about the whole affair - unusual as I'm not a monarchist or tabloid reader, Diana fan or anything but it just seemed so typical for someone to be crushed by the media and then used to sell even more bloody papers after the dirty deed - it seemed so hypocritical and wrong. Oversentimental? Maybe - cars crash and people die in those accidents every day and it doesn't make the news unless it's someone famous - if you want a conspiracy that could be it - hiding the death toll on our roads - killing more than handguns by a long way. Drive safely gentle readers - and I mean that sincerely.