Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sadly I missed this Italian 8 piece ensemble when they played the Bell at Walcot Street Bath the other day but this clip is some sort of consolation. BIOG here They play music inspired by the Italian Renaissance on all manner of interesting instruments and make a lovely sound. Give this one a try - wait for it to really get going because by the end it's kicking like a mule. You'll not believe how good bagpipes and bass can sound. Inspiring. Maybe they should do the music for my Dancing Mania movie. Sound a little like Blowzabella if anyone knows them.
Lazag - Gaudeamus
Went to college, studied art
to be an artist. make a start
studied hard, gained my degree
but no one seemed to notice me - brilliant stuff - though this clip seems a little tame by today's standards although the suits look a little Hivesy. Creation wiki
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Amidst our people here is come
The madness of the dance.
In every town there now are some
Who fall upon a trance.
It drives them ever night and day,
They scarcely stop for breath,
Till some have dropped along the way
And some are met by death
It sounds like some form of poisoning - some explain it as ergot - a fungus that gets blamed for everything from the Marie Celeste to the Children's crusade. I'm not sure what was going on but I think it would make a great movie...
Rethinking the Dancing Mania
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
A reknowned authority on the Guards of Peter the Great he sadly passed away in 2005. If you look at the large version of this print you can see the detail and workmanship that has gone into these paintings - a three dimensional knowledge of all aspects of equipment, clothing and their construction are required before attempting something like this.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wiki on the movie here
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Ideal for wargaming in the garden. The Germans only made 20 of these - they also use captured British tanks.
Let's hope Weston's produce a Renault FT-17 next - useful for French and American forces as well as French Foreign Legion...Spanish Civil War, WW2 .... people will buy multiples too...well when I say people I mean me... Armies in plastic 1/32 ww1 figs pics here and here
Here's a link to an excellent Ft-17 site - all manner of photos, plans - basically a fansite to the Ft-17.
Friday, October 12, 2007
The American Civil War battle by Soskan is on at the American museum Bath this weekend so to follow that theme here is Bob Dylan - who seems to be undergoing a revival with his song Cross the Green Mountain done for the movie Gods and Generals.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
http://www.greenforest.ru/gf.html?category=cat_encyclopedia§ion=history_page - 4 links at the top will take you to many more examples.
Actually I kind of won a bet to myself - I guessed the track that they played ('I'm In Love With the Mole Man's Girl') - that was a stand-out track of choice for us too... actually I am dead impressed by this achievement - well done...from Frome FM to Radio 2 on a saturday in one leap...if this was a pop boardgame I am sure they have just thrown a double six!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe is a marvellously cynical look at the world of television - The blurb says 'Brooker is an expert at disassembling TV... peeling away each layer of the supposed mystique until you can see what a horrible place the world of media really is'. Brooker is the man behind Nathan Barley, Gaurdian columnist and some of the best cutting edge comedy and creates an acidic portrayal of the industry that is long overdue with all the current scandals. If you miss this you can watch them on Youtube. Wiki on Brooker
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
As to why they were introduced
'This is a fair question because the animal has no redeeming features compared with the resident reds, and it certainly has more vices. The most likely answer is that acclimatisation of species, as they called it, fitted in with the Victorians' view that man's task was to reshape the world in all its aspects and it became the fashionable thing to do. At that time very few people, including most of the experts, were aware of the damage that this might cause to native wildlife'. Essex wildlife trust
More depth on introductions here
Monday, October 08, 2007
To celebrate the release by Steve Weston of a 1/32 A7v Sturmpanzer I thought I'd post this segment of images and even moving footage of this beast - not very successful for the Germans compared to the British 'tank' but it has its charm and the 1/32 model is a must have for anyone who is into that part of history, selling at 14 pounds. Their British tank already out looks fine and very appropriately large. Available from the US from Armies in Plastic who produce a comprehensive range for WW1. More old tank footage including Whippets, Schneiders etc here
Williams was almost a model for today's hip-hop superstars with a string of convictions for selling drugs and at one time threatened to kill Little Richard over a drug debt. Track down his music if you don't have any - an album recorded with Johnny Guitar Watson and the Brit band The Stormsville Shakers is also worth seeking out. Larry Williams wiki
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
The text reads; The picture shows musketeer and grenadier of Languedoc Foot Regiment. This Tallard’s regiment was one of the most famous and dangerous in French army. Most French musketeers had leather cartridge box on a belt. Grenadiers of the regiment wore tall fur hat with long cloth cap, unlike soldiers of many other regiments including Guards. French grenadiers necessarily wore moustaches. Grenadiers were armed with firelock muskets and sabers instead of epees.
Hopefully you will check out his other early 18th century artwork on the Drabant site - some of the best figures on the market in 40mm scale, including Swedish pikemen and drummers - see below. The paintings I have been told are available as prints on order from the Drabant site.