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_I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue_ on radio 4. On the BBC, I ran across this video of him talking about Samantha who was a scorer on the show (and off it, by all accounts !)
Our regular scorer, Samantha, can't be with us today as she's away helping an elderly neighbour clear out for a house move. This morning she sorted his box room and later she's going to join him in the attic to have a good rummage in his trunks.
More Samantha quotes Things to do on the internet when you're bored - not because I'm bored, but because I found some interesting things! There's not much there yet, but hopefully I will add to it.... Gail Troth has an exhibition at the Three White Walls Gallery (downstairs at The Mailbox) for the next few weeks. I went along today to see Gail speak and demonstrate the way that she works. Gail's paintings are made by very carefully dripping paint onto a horizontal canvas, where the individual "cells" of paint push against each other to form the final image. It's painstaking work, in unbroken sessions of up to 12 hours - you can't let it dry and start again tomorrow! Here's some pictures:
Gail Troth working on a demo canvas
Detail of Participant Lauren - note the "cells" More Pictures
Also on show was a film reel of early video/film endurance performances - Gilbert and George's Singing Statue was probably the most accessible of these, though I found the video of Geoffrey Hendricks shaving his whole body unintentionally humorous as his indistinct hippy drawl told us how the experience was similar to when he "took mescaline last summer". On monitors we had other endurance works, one of the most striking being Tehching Hsien's One Year Performance in which he took a photo of himself every hour, on the hour for a year. That's dedication. He also shaved his head at the start of the year, so you could see the time progressing as his hair grew longer and longer like cress growing out of an egg-shell with a face painted on!
Love film . (Persepolis is a multi-award winning animated film about the life of a girl growing up in Iran, living through the revolution against the Shah and her in exile in Vienna. Humorous and frightening at the same time, it shows how people's everyday lives are affected by first the Shah, then the revolution, then Islamic fundamentalism. It certainly made me glad to live in a county where I'm not required to wear a headscarf (though of course quite free to wear one if I wish - Jack Straw not withstanding). It is also timely to be reminded that real people do live in Iran, not just "Evil doers" and Hillary Clinton's comments yesterday that she would "totally obliterate" Iran serve only to make the US
Six Degrees Film Endurance is a three day festival of live and video art on the theme of Endurance, including work by Ron Athey (as seen at the Fierce Festival) and Joost Nieuwenburg doing an "intense, durational performance within an enclosed installation" - sounds fun! It's happening at Vivid on Heath Mill Lane (the road the Custard Factory and the Old Crown are on), and offsite at the Custard Factory and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Should be good! funny video from Michael Shermer on Why People Believe Strange Things - I'm reading his book at the moment and just came across this video by accident. If you're daunted by the length (14 mins), fast forward to about 9:20 for an amazing auditory illusion. You will however miss the classic "nun-bun"! (registration reg) this week, and was very impressed by the way she spoke about her recovery from a stroke. She now seems "perfectly normal" but after her stroke was "an infant in a woman's body". Her knowledge of neuroscience helped her re-train her brain, by controlling the way she thought. You can see her talk about her stroke and recovery An amazing story, a great insight into what the mind is. BBC News article discusses a worrying trend of photographers being illegally stopped by the police and told to delete photographs. I know of people who this has happened to, so I've signed this petition to prevent harassment of photographers . Why don't you too? Robot vs Dinosaur takes place this Friday April 18th at Island Bar, with live laptop performances from Domestication of the Dog and Ickis . It's only £1 in if you're dressed as a robot or dinosaur - what better opportunity to dust off your old robot costume? available for a few more days ). I don't have a TV (or a licence for that matter), so I don't get to see much television. It's kind of hard to work out where I would find the time for one thing! However, I had some spare time tonight and had a look and found this amazing programme. I've visited Pompeii (and Herculaneum) and it was great to see it brought to life. The program recreates some of the most well known buildings, and I recognised some of these from my visit. The (relatively light) dramatisation used to illustrate the lives of people in the city worked well, and it's fascinating to see the buildings as they (probably) were. Given that I don't have a TV licence I'd be quite happy to pay to watch good quality stuff like this, but how much? Maybe 50p? Is that too cheapskate of me? I think a TV licence is around £140(?) so that would be the equivalent of 280 hours at my rate, or about 45 mins of TV a day. Simpsons is one of only two Michelin starred restaurants in Birmingham, and is therefore a rather special (and pricey) eatery. You do get excellent food and service though. For reference, the other Michelin Star belongs to Jessica’s (there's also Pascal's which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand). We declined a pre-dinner drink in the sitting room, we were led to our table, overlooking the pretty garden with fairy lights and a large, crystal ball-like fountain. In the summer, this could be a great place to dine outside. After ordering, we received a number of amuse-bouche: two separate foams - one an artichoke, served in a small Chinese style soup spoon with a little truffle flavoured centre-piece; a square of salmon mouse sandwiched between two crisps of potato, and a little crispy potato Rösti. The Tuna Tatar starter (Tartare of sashimi tuna, avocado purée, soft boiled quail egg, aubergine, marinated mooli, caviar d’Aquitaine!) was formed into a round, topped with all sorts of goodies which made each bite different. For main course I went for the Turbot (Fillet of turbot, potato crust, creamed leeks, red wine fish sauce) and my companion for the Cod (Organic cod cooked in Indian spices, caramelised cauliflower purée, pea shoots & apple, coconut basmati rice, curry oil). The turbot was excellent, with the potato (and almond???) crust formed into fake scales was crispy and light. After ordering a desert to share (a rhubarb crumble-like dish), we were treated to another surprise course, a heavenly light apple jelly, topped with a vanilla cream and a baked apple kebab. Wow! it was good The wine waiter asked if we'd like desert wine, and picking something at random, she helpfully (and politely) asked me about my choice and suggested something which went much better. The staff were attentive throughout, without giving the impression of hovering. After the Rhubarb, 6 little chocolates/pastries appeared (again a "free" extra) which went very well with coffee. Overall: Pricey, but well recommended for a special meal See also: Another recent blog review of Simpsons (with pictures) Campaign Against Cactus Cruelty, I was pleased to see one of my Cacti come into flower today Want to see yours flower too? Just put yours somewhere sunny and water it!
(By the way, BOGOF is short for Buy One Get One Free)
Voluntary Butler Scheme . Nice lyrics, fun loops and a good sound - worth seeing again I'd say.
Voluntary Butler Scheme Kate Goes... always have a theme and this time it was Kate Goes... to the Teenage, with Bob-sox, punk and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle making an appearance:
Kate Goes... to the Teenage Mouth Piece Theatre ,whose If Only The Dead Could Listen I saw last month. I live in a city, and not having a car, don't venture out into the countryside so often. Whizzing through the small towns and villages on the way made me wonder about what it is really like to live there. I mean, we all know the dangers, high murder rate being top amongst them (see: Agatha Christie, Midsummer Murders etc.), but what is it really like to live in such a small place? The Grieg Hall is a nice 1930's (I think) building with a circular entrance hall, off which is a small bar. Being a little early, we ordered a couple of drinks (an orange juice and a half of stout) and I tendered a £20 note. Cue sucking of teeth and "ooooh. We can't change that. Not on a Wednesday. If you were a regular you'd know that." Slightly taken aback, I double checked - was it a £50 or maybe some Euro's I'd proffered? Nope, just a £20 note. If our bar-man's response is any guide, not a common thing in mid-week Alcester The play was a two-hander set at an exhibition opening, with two large (and empty) picture frames forming the "back wall" behind which the actors changed in full view. Nothing scandalous I should add! The "front wall" faced onto the audience and (apparently) featured a large, entirely red, canvas which our couples discussed. The eight scence provied a good mixture of humours pieces and relationship studies, though I think I'd have trimmed them to 6 or shortened the run-time of each. Looking forward to seeing what the company does next! Prev: BlogMarch2008 1 Year Ago: BlogApril2007 Next: BlogMay2008
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