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Expo in The Manchester Modernist: Video review

February 12, 2015 4 comments

Writing the last post on Expo ’58 has reminded me that I didn’t post my regular outburst of shameless self publicity by informing you that those lovely people at the ever excellent Manchester Modernist have once again been good enough to include one of my offerings in the current issue of their redesigned and relaunched magazine…

A relaunch that was possibly thanks to the unqualified success of its recent crowd funding campaign. So a huge thanks to everyone who contributed in whatever form…

But don’t just take my word for how good the magazine is… Why not watch this very complementary video review by Stack

 

And just in case you missed it.. mine was the piece towards the front all about Basil Spence’s stylish British Pavilion at one of the most successful of all such Twentieth Century events, Montreal’s Expo 67. This piece was a reworked and greatly expanded version of an original post here… (which also had lots of photos)

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Copies of the magazine are available to buy either singly or via annual subscription here

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An Understandable Reaction…

September 9, 2014 1 comment

I don’t normally bother forwarding this kind of internet meme thing, but this made me laugh out loud first time I saw it, and I’m still chuckling now 20 minutes later…

I can think of a thousand other tunes that would benefit from this kind of direct action…

 

Lazy Post No. 21: Analog Techno…

September 8, 2014 3 comments

This video was forwarded to me over the weekend…

No idea who, where or when, but what fantastic rhythm and drumming skills…

Has anyone else got images of Tyres from Spaced popping into their head..?

“Oi oi, you lucky people.”

Lazy Post No. 18 : Lego, cables & Sugru…

July 1, 2014 1 comment

Lego-and-Sugru-wire-holders_dezeen_468_8Today’s intriguing fact of the day is that Lego minifigures gripping hands are just the right size to hold charger cables and headphone jacks…

A fine discovery that I will help my Star Wars minifigures put into effect as soon as I get home tonight…

Sugru is a new thing to me as well.. It appears to be a self setting silicone rubber compound that can be moulded like Play Doh, then stuck to or formed around any number of shapes and surfaces, where it cures overnight forming a strong, waterproof bond that still retains its flexibility. Definitely sounds like something you didn’t know you could live without…

The original story is here on Dezeen

Lazy Post no. 16: Tangerine Dream @ Coventry Cathedral…

May 23, 2014 Leave a comment

I suspect most of you will be at a loss to understand my excitement at finding this video, but that’s not going to stop me writing about it. Besides as Radio 6 have been telling me all week, it would have been Robert Moog’s 80th Birthday today, so an analogue celebration of some kind is only to be expected…

This wonderfully archaic gem from 1975 is a recording of something that I didn’t even know had happened, which is a surprise really as it combines two of my most favorite things, post war architecture and analogue electronica…

The performance consists of three beardy men with long hair sitting almost stationary in front of banks of complex looking machines, carefully monitoring their output and making small tweaks accordingly. Luckily for those who like things more racey, this rather static premise is inter-cut with visual fades and panning shots of the Cathedral and its surroundings which really helps bring the preformance alive…

But wait, there’s more,… To ratchet the excitement up even higher, various special visual effects are blended in, which to the jaded eyes of the middle aged might best be described as shonky, whereas to the critcal eyes of today’s youth, I can’t imagine them being described as anything other than crap…

And what are those Tangerine Men actually doing? Their fingers and hands don’t seem to match the wonderful noises on the video (which it has to be said sounds exactly the same as the live Ricochet album) and to cap it all they don’t even look like they’re enjoying it very much…  Which is a shame as they’re making what was then cutting edge electronic music in one of the most beautiful buildings in England…

Anyway, thanks to whoever found it and put it up on YouTube, much appreciated…

Lucy McLauchlan: Creator of Beautiful Things…

April 11, 2014 Leave a comment

lucymc_maskI’ve recently been introduced to the amazing work of Lucy McLauchlan, an artist with an exquiste eye and an enviable ability to express herself.

I don’t know much about her I’m afraid other than she’s based in Birmigham and was a founding member of the Beat 13 Collective formed back in 1999.

I like that she doesn’t seem to limit herself in what she uses to produce her art, with her work adorning outside walls and buildings, ceramics, timber, found objects and cars as well as the more usual paper and canvas. All of which objects she decorates (and I say that with the highest possible regard) with the most wonderful, predominanly black and white swirls, faces and birds…

She has unsurprisingly built up a growing reputation within the graphic and street art communities and from what I can gather from the internet, seems to spend her time being invited to all corners of the globe to participate in shows, happenings and installations, a very enviable position to be in…

Lucy’s own site is here but if you just type her name into Google, all sorts of wonderousness appears, and I’ll leave you with just a few of my favourites…

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Vitaliy & Vadim: Roof Hackers who know no fear…

February 18, 2014 1 comment

If you can watch this video to the end without getting a sickening clenching feeling in your lower regions, and an uncontrollable need to hold onto your chair, you’re doing better than me, especially from about 4.50 mins to the end of the film. The nonchalance and confidence of these two crazy people, is in equal parts terrifying and impressive… (is he really standing up with no hands holding anything at the very end?)

Vitaliy & Vadim, a Ukrainian and a Russian are slowly climbing the highest structures across the planet, and as a result are being banned from all the countries in which these structures stand. Which seems like a high price to pay for a hobby, but then again I’m not into extreme hobbies… and can only imagine what first hand experience of being so high feels like.

More details of their amazing stunt can be found here on ArchDaily should you be interested, but here are a few stills from their unbelievable journey up to the top, the very top of the topper most crane of the worlds soon to be, second tallest building, The Shanghai Tower, 650m above the ground…

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A view of the cranes at the top of the tower from a helicopter..

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