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Subject: Withypool The village seems to be the petrol pump capital of the southwest with no fewer than four(!) Ancient dispensing machines on display. The local tory candidate is called flook, like the cartoon character from the daily mail. Posted on the move
Subject: Porlock Stone Circle Visited this today with Phil of six months off blog. The largest stone (pictured) is about 2 feet high! Posted on the move at 15:10:32
Subject: Cafe Rouge Ate at Cafe Rouge in the Bullring. Had a penne pasta dish in a rather bland and sparse cream sauce. As a whole, the place had rather a fast food atmosphere, and i was "up sold" bread (£2) and olives (£1.65) by my waiter, as were most other people. A glass of house red brought the total to £14. Not the best choice for city centre eating, especially given CafeSoya and Wagamama's in close proximity. Posted on the move at 17:57:03
the Rep. Yes, I know the presence of the star of Family Fortunes and his eponymous "Laughter Show" should have been a clue. Actually, the acting was fine, the set and lighting were atmospheric and accurate, the play was only let down by the script and the audience. The first half is a laugh a minute, although sometimes the audience's laughter went on so long that the actual punchline to the jokes had to be delivered way past time. In the second half, the writer had obviously decided that it was time to prove their credential as a serious playwright, and brought in themes of depression, madness, suicide and euthanasia (delt with in around 30 seconds and promptly forgotten). Although the "Lord of the Files" (their, good, line) like descent into madness and savagery was hinted at in a knowing way, this occasional metatextual commentary wasn't enough to rescue the piece. Sadly, I think some of the Les Dennis fans will have gone home disappointed, after experiencing what was for many a corking first half. I'm glad I stayed, if only to get a chance to use the words "Les Dennis" and "metatextual commentary" in the same paragraph! Les Dennis's obituary can be found here: http://www.therockalltimes.co.uk/2003/01/13/obituary-les-dennis.html If I was cruel, I'd make some joke about him only dying on stage, but in fact he died neither there or in real life. Cafe Soya in the Arcadian once again. I still rate it as one of the best places to eat in Birmingham, and I believe that http://www.birminghamplus.com/ agrees. Garage grafiti in Moseley:
http://www.hoakser.com Subject: sing-along-a-BNP Last night I heard the BNP political broadcast on the radio. It was bizare. Very bizare. It consisted of about one minute of Nick Griffin (or whoever) saying "white people can be victims of racism too", then the rest of the broadcast was someone (please god, let it be Nick Griffin) singing a song with an acoustic guitar. I thought they were going to have maybe 30 seconds of song and then get back to policy, but no. Presumably, they think that their policies would lose them votes, but now, people at the ballot box will think "well, I don't know what they stand for, but at least they can sing"! Surely somebody (mentioning no names, Tony) has nobled the ad agencies responsible for the BNP and tory campaigns. Posted on the move at 10:17:36 http://snarkyspot.blogspot.com/... ) One of the possibilities mentioned is finding more of the Oxyrhynchus Gospels (http://en.wikipedia.org/...), which might throw a spannner in the new pope's works' (not that non approved Christian texts have bothered them too much before). ...Jesus Mysteries... I read "The Jesus Mysteries" a few years ago (yes, before Dan Brown and his DaVinci Code!) and was quite convinced by their analysis of the historical evidence that there wasn't a real, historical JesusChrist. There's http://www.courses.drew.edu/... for part of book giving a brief overview. Basically, ancient document found recently contradict the literalist ("there is a physical man called Jesus") approach taken in modern Christianity, and many of the properties of the figure: born of a virgin, in humble circumstances, attended by shepherds, turns water into wine,dies and is re-born, celebrated through bread and wine symbolising body and blood etc. are found in earlier myths of Osiris-Dionysus. There's basically no historical evidence for this Jesus, and even basic events in the gospels indicate that literalist interpretations are flawed. For example, he's meant to be born after the Quirinius census, and persecuted by Herod, but Herod died before the census! Sticker Photos Took some pictures of Street Furniture Stickers, which I've put on a seperate page as this one's getting too big! ... and Birmingham landmarks old and new Live pics... Low res Posted on the move at 17:51:05
http://www.aquarionics.com/article/name/How_to_convert_AMR_files_to_MP3 On a PC, you can use 2 pieces of software from Miksoft to convert AMR and 3GP files to MP3 and AVI respectively.
external link) to reduce the "weight" of the images. Today I've also been listening to some of the Lee and Herring stuff which I downloaded from the site at http://www.fistoffun.net/downloads.htm - Lionel Nimrod is wonderful! Listening to it, and some of the live stuff I realised that RH is still using some of the material from this time in his shows now. That's not a criticism, if it's good then it's good, but again it makes me think about the techniques of comedy, how it is actually work, even though sitting in the audience is fun. It's a bit like people who think "Let's move out into the countryside and run a guest house. That would be fun". Which is a sensible deduction, in one way, as whenever they've been in a guest house, they've been on holiday and having fun. They have of course, made the mistake of confusing "being a guest in a guest house" and "running a guest house" (to paraphrase L&H). Easy to do. I guess that people who work on CognitiveFallacies have some sort of special term for this, aside from foolish! I thought I might as well mention my WeirdInternetAnimations page - it's consistantly one of the most popular pages on the site, and many of those hits come from people searching for the classic "Miss Muffy and the Muff Mob", a bizare flash cartoon about the trials and tribulations of a gang of rapping muffins. Well worth a look if you haven't seen it before. I've also had a lot of hits for my collection of subvertised Tory Posters (below or on their own page. So my hits for this page are about what I'd normally get in a month. JugOfAle on the 8th of May. Posted on the move at 23:15:12
http://silentwordsspeakloudest.blogspot.com/ ), Kenny (Parallax View - http://www.parallaxview.nu/ ) and Vicky ( http://www.thehighrise.org/weblog/ ) for a drink - first in the TheOldJointStock, then TheWellington and finally to Nightingales. A fun night was had by all (I hope), but I consumed rather too much beer, but did manage to escape without "leather chaps" (c.f. Kenny's great write up at http://www.parallaxview.nu/ )....what can I add except to say that we were called queers by the bloke who took that taxi we arrive in, we went to the wrong bit of Nightingales to meet the people we were meeting, who I never met anyway, so we left after one drink (and minus £10 entrance), to go round the corner to the bit we really wanted to be in, we talked but didn't dance, and as nobody tried to chat any of us up. Shucks! http://www.fistoffun.net/downloads.htm ). http://www.flickr.com/photos/ shows you the most recent additions. Searching for Sushi gives nearly 1000 pictures of, well... Sushi - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/sushi/ and of course, searching for me gives... http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/me/ I quite liked this Modified Tory Poster, I actually found it through a search for "lies"!
http://flickr.com/photos/nic/5944571/ I also found this gem:
(Image stolen from http://www.martinstabe.com/blog/archives/2005/03/bnp_tory_poster.php )
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/02/305629.html Look carefully...
" 450pt Tahoma (in bold capitals) matches the typeface used on the bottom of these billboards almost perfectly" - https://www1.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/04/308264.html
</br /> Spotted by Nick Kreel in Brighton
Taken by me, Andy Pryke, in Birmingham ...and finally, my own creation...
Create your own poster at: http://kryogenix.org/code/conposter/index.php You can also see the pictures above on their own page - Are you thinking what we're thinking? Ikon Gallery. In the 2nd floor gallery, coloured plastic "washing line" is stretched across the ceiling of the three rooms, providing a pleasant but strange colour shift. TVs scattered around the galleries and public spaces show stray cats lapping at milk while occasionally looking around nervously. The first floor gallery features canvases large and small plus photographs of the artists works in the homes of collectors. It's kind of a two artworks for the price of one thing... sell your painting to someone, come round and take a photo of it in their house, sell the picture... As always, I think I'll be going back to take a second look when the gallery is less busy. Ate at the Del Villagio Cafe on Broad St, cheap and cheerful. Pasta at £3.50 a bowl, large pizza slices at £2.50. My microwaved gnocci wasn't warmed through all the way, but the sauce was tasty and it was cheap! BlogMarch2005 Next: BlogMay2005
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