Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
We're having a bit of a Dylan revival chez nous so I trawled through all the Dylan clips to find a favourite and chose this one from London in 66 when people were still outraged by his abandoning his folk roots in favour of a punk attitude.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I think it's great to see a black patriot unit The First Rhode Island but what about on the British side...isn't it time we saw Lord Dumore's Royal Ethiopians recreated? Apparently they wore the words 'Liberty to Slaves' on their chests...what did they look like though?
This detail of a painting by American artist John Singleton Copley of the Battle of Jersey is thought to depict a loyalist regiment of the American Revolution. This unit formed by Lord Dunmore from runaway slaves fought most notably at the battle of Great Bridge in 1775. More here
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Information about the Peter the Great era ship here.
This is a pretty important time for early 18th century reenactors with the 300th anniversary of Lesnaya in Belorussia in October and Oudenaarde in Belgium just two of the highlights.
Lesnaya was an important battle in the Great Northern War that sewed the seeds of the great victory at Poltava in 1709. I noticed that part of the battle of Lesnaya was about 1,000 Swedish soldiers who mutinied and stole alcohol and were left drunk in the woods. Sounds like a job for the Radstock Caroliners...
Early 18th century wars forum
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
If you are interested there is a Will Hay Box Set containing Ask A Policeman (1939), Boys Will be Boys (1935), Oh Mr Porter (1937), Convict 99 (1939), Old Bones Of The River (1938), Where There's A Will (1936), Good Morning Boys (1937), Hey! Hey! USA (1938), and Windbag The Sailor (1936).
My grandfather's house in Radstock got bombed with an incendiary - my Uncle Cliff scooped it up in his sports jacket and tossed it out the window. The adjoining woods briefly caught fire and got mentioned by Lord Haw Haw in his broadcast as a forest fire raging south of Bath.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
While in the 1860s (see below) you might - if you are interested in reenactment of this period - find this film of a reenactment of a battle fought between the Austrians and Prussians in 1866. Very interesting film - I am impressed by the numbers - who are these groups? Photos here - 1866 portal - with more footage
Mladějov - Blosdorf 1915 Some of them are Czech and the guy who posted this footage also put some very good quality clips, three in total, of a World War One reenactment near Blosdorf village that involves all manner of interesting bits of equipment - trains and vehicles .... recommended for history fans. Photos here - organiser's site with more photos.
The battle saw the use of espingols - a Danish secret weapon that did pretty well. Danish army uniforms 1864
Danish 1864 reenactors
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Oh, what's the matter with you, me lass,
And where's your dashing Jimmy?
The soldier boys have picked him up
And sent him far, far from me.
Last pay day he went off to town,
And them red coated fellows
Enticed him in and made him drunk,
And he'd be better gone to the gallows.
The very sight of his cockade,
It sets us all a-crying,
And me I nearly fainted twice,
I thought that I was dying.
My father would have paid the smart
And he'd run for the golden guinea.
But the sergeant swore he'd kissed the book,
So now they've got young Jimmy.
When Jimmy talks about the wars
It's worse than death to hear him.
I must go out and hide my tears
Because I cannot bear him.
A brigadeer or grenadier
He says they're sure to make him.
But aye, he jibes and cracks his jokes
And begs me not forsake him.
As I walked o'er the stubble field,
Below it runs the seam,
I thought o' Jimmy hewing there,
But it was all a dream.
He hewed the very coals we burn,
And when the fire I's leeting.
To think the lumps was in his hands,
It sets my heart a-beating.
[For seven long years he courted me,
Now I can't live without him.
There's nothing left for me to do
But sit and think about him.]
So break my heart and then it's o'er,
So break my heart, my dearie.
For I'll lie in the cold green ground
For of single life I'm weary.
So to conclude with an answer to the question How Green Was My Valley? - Not Very but it is now...in fact you can hardly notice there was any mining going on at all - and that's probably the rub.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
In the UK art and rock and roll have always gone hand in hand - usually with some commercial success - you don't need to be a genius to list the number of rock stars who went to art school - just check out some of the most popular bands of the 70s and 80s. Adam Ant was one such person - someone trained as a graphic artist who used punk as his medium for expression, and this new project - a coffee table book of concept art from his golden age promises to be quite a desirable item. Check out the website to register your interest and watch its progress. This sample image is interesting as it's a look that he initially suggested for us based on the 'exis' of Hamburg - leather clad beatniks like the early Beatles - he used the image later for the Vive Le Rock single.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Jimmy Reed is the king of the pop blues - the low hypnotic boogie - using a racked harp he's the model for a lot of musicians from the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan - please watch him - he's not in his prime - it's 1975 - he will die a year later - but he's still the Boss Man! Get anything by Jimmy Reed - most useful are the Veejay sides and believe me your life will improve, your hair will grow back and you will live forever. I recommend as a starter the 2 cd set The Very Best of Jimmy Reed on Charly. Unbelievably beautiful minimalist songs that will last with you forever not like these stupid pop bands you get nowadays.
If he looks kind of familiar - his look - ray-ban wayfarer shades - was part of the style appropriated by the Blues Brothers when they created their Chicago-blues tribute back story - almost 30 years ago now. Expect some Blues Brother theme pieces soon...
Monday, April 07, 2008
I was blowing off the dust from a load of old VHS tapes and found this classic from Kurosawa. It's a brilliant film - a joint Japanese Soviet film Dersu Uzala is a must-see movie all about a topographical mission in early 20th century Russia who meet a wilderness dwelling man who manages to impress them with his unique perspective on things. I don't think that explains it at all but if you watch the trailer hopefully the magic of this brilliant piece of cinema will overwhelm you and you will buy the DVD. Indulge me - watch the clip... read the wiki at least.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
This is supposedly a piece of music meaning 'No Quarter'. See Crockett duetting on fiddle.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Hurrah! Someone has put up some clips of the great 1968 classic The Charge of the Light Brigade by Tony Richardson up on Youtube - in my opinion one of the best historical movies Britain has produced. So if you haven't seen this movie check out the Battle of Alma - and Balaclava 1 and Balaclava 2 - you'll not be disappointed. This is one film I recommend you to purchase if you have an interest in this sort of thing.... there are lots of memorable and sometimes funny sequences - all in all a great film that manages to be spectacular and quite accurate at the same time. A stellar cast - great animation sequences - an insight into the Victorian world no less.