Franz Hals (1582 – 1666)

February 8th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Franz was pretty good at painting. Nice ruffles, and black blacks. Click on the images for bigger images.

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Brian Eno – “Backwater”

February 5th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

From ‘Before & After Science“. There’s an interesting theory about the lyrics here

Backwater
We’re sailing at the edges of time
Backwater
We’re drifting at the waterline
Oh we’re floating in the coastal waters
You and me and the porter’s daughters
Ooh what to do not a sausage to do
And the shorter of the porter’s daughters
Dips her hand in the deadly waters
Ooh what to do in a tiny canoe

Black water
There were six of us but now we are five
We’re all talking
To keep the conversation alive
There was a senator from Ecuador
Who talked about a meteor
That crashed on a hill in the south of Peru
And was found by a conquistador
Who took it to the emperor
And he passed it on to a Turkish guru

His daughter
Was slated for becoming divine
He taught her
He taught her how to split and define
But if you study the logistics
And heuristics of the mystics
You will find that their minds rarely move in a line
So it’s much more realistic
To abandon such ballistics
And resign to be trapped on a leaf in a vine

Book Review – “Social Class in the 21st Century” Mike Savage (2015)

January 27th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes, I think. Its a bit dry and survey-ey, and some of it is obvious  (those in advantageous positions are better placed to take advantage of their advantages), but I guess its good to have these things spelt out in facts and figures (and graphs and tables…). Picks up a bit with the section on the precariat. It’s my least enjoyed of all the new pelicans. EMERGING SERVICE WORKERS OF THE WORLD – UNITE!

David Binns

January 6th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Nibelungen – Fritz Lang

December 23rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Fritz knew how to compose a nice frame

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Book Review “From Germany to Germany” – Gunter Grass (2012)

December 22nd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Hmm. Yes if you like Gunter Grass (I do) but otherwise probably not, unless you’re really into the fall of the Berlin wall and the subsequent political situation in Germany(s). Interesting following the development of some of his fiction ideas in diary form. All in all though, don’t bother if none of the above interests you.

Book Review – “The Old Ways” Robert MacFarlane (2012)

December 5th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

old ways

Yes, very evocative. I am sceptical about his ability to walk and also simultaneously notice things and write them down though.

“A Gentle Reminder”

December 1st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Black Friday
Passive-aggressive Saturday
Bloody Sunday
Cyber Monday
Giving Tuesday
Curvy Wednesday
Hypocritical Thursday
Ignorant Friday
Accidental Saturday
Penultimate Sunday
Blue Monday
Violent Tuesday
Sheffield Wednesday
Contradictory Thursday
Girl Friday
Sexually fluid Saturday
Patronising Sunday
Opinionated Monday
Disingenuous Tuesday
Sympathetic Wednesday
Self-righteous Thursday
Dishonesty Friday
etc etc etc

Book Review – “The Big Music” Kirsty Gunn (2012)

November 12th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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This review is over a year late for some reason – anyway, its a big fat

YES. Simply put – It’s about family, music, place and its about pibroch, and is written in the style of pibroch. Sometimes this can be tiring, particularly with repetition of the footnotes, as things are literally repeated a lot. But overall it is ambitious, and works as far as I’m concerned. I read it just before making “The Drummer & The Drone”

The Drummer & The Drone from Craig Coulthard on Vimeo.

Kim Keever

November 10th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

If you’ve got a copy of Joanna Newsom’s new record, “Divers” then you’ll have seen Kim Keever’s work before. I won’t tell you how these are made, you can find out yourself if you like.

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