Neil Young - Alabama
Friday, 28 May 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Since Saturday I haven't been having a great time and have been feeling rather low but I have managed to cheer myself up a bit with a recent viewing of the brilliant new film Four Lions. The man responsible for this film is Chris Morris who is in my opinion a genius. He is responsible for the sublime brass eye and the excellent the day today and is known for his particularly on the edge comedy. A famous example of this being the final episode of brass eye which was about paedophiles. The film aims to mock some of those people modern society fears most, suicide bombers. It reduces their terrifying acts to a series of very human mistakes and is at time very moving. The humour is very much there from the beginning and you can tell it is a Chris Morris film. Here is a link to one of my favourite ideas to come out of brass eye: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MWIsj2Kmc
Thursday, 13 May 2010
The book I'm currently reading "Skinny legs and all" by Tom Robbins is so far proving to be a very good book. I'm enjoying the way Mr Robbins talks about very serious and interesting topics, using animated objects to allow him to do so. The objects in question being the philosophizing "Can 'o beans", the rough "Dirty Sock" and the extremely catholic "Spoon". Also the very old objects "Painted Stick" and "Conch Shell" deserve a mention. Anyway the reason I'm talking about it is because a band I'm quite fond of take their name from this book. Referencing the room of the wolfmother wallpaper...
Having recently been sent out to the wonderful Peterborough for part of my paed's training I am feeling rather bummed. The hospital at Peterborough is the worst aesthetically that I've ever had the pleasure to go to. From the moment I walked in the front entrance and smelt the all too familiar mix of vomit, piss and other assorted bodily fluids which would normally be hanging around Birmingham New Street I felt like I had been sent back in time. This time warping effect was not a pleasant one as I had been sent back in time to one of the periods in time when people thought building shit buildings was a good idea. (I generally think that the old Victorian hospitals, if renovated respectfully, can be very aesthetically pleasing with their high ceilings and impractical fire escapes.) Here’s a wonderful picture that improves thoroughly on what it actually looks like to be there.
Thankfully for the residents of Peterborough they shall be getting a new one which looks pretty outstanding.