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Peter Miller's Blog to the list of Birmingham Bloggers. Peter has just moved to blogspot, and you can find links to his archives in his first post.
March 2006, and I've just come across this video of them on the topic of global warming. Quite nice.
Rich Batsford's Gig at the Old Joint Stock was billed as his first, although he has previously performed in various other bands, and solo at the local Buddhist centre and Church!
The music was a mixture of Rich's haunting piano instrumentals, touching songs about friends and relationships and some Beach Boys covers. You can download his first album (of instrumentals) for free!
Great gig, I just hope he records some of his other work soon, as I'd love to hear it all again.
Rich Batsford at the Old Joint Stock The Rainbow in the thriving musical and arts quarter of Digbeth provided the venues to launch Binary Oppositions. Matt Price has worked (with many others) to produce a snapshot of some of the most exciting and innovative work coming out of Brum, including a CD featuring 20 artists and an exhibition scheduled to travel to Italy. Music featured on the CD includes some of my favourites: Misty's Big Adventure, Kate Goes, Pram, and many other excellent musicians. It really is a "must have" (or "must listen"?). There are only 500 copies in a limited "gallery edition", so act quickly! It's available on Static Caravan Recordings , though currently listed as "unavailable" - I'm guessing that's because the web-page is still pre-launch. For those of you in the North of Italy, you can visit the exhibition at the Citric Gallery in Brescia
Micronormous at The Rainbow
Mike in Mono at The Rainbow
Mike in Mono at The Rainbow (Swirled) Ikon Gallery. Majolijn Dijkman's hypnotic video installation Wandering through the Future shows clips from 70 films set in the future and drew quite a crowd. It's an hour long so I'll be heading to the Tower Room at the Ikon to chill out in front of it at some stage. Cornelia Parker's work has been suspended. Or rather, Cornelia Parker's work is suspended. Pieces which really caught my eye included chunks of earth excavated from under the Leaning Tower of Pisa, suspended in layers and completely occupying a large part of the 1st floor gallery. Another on the 2nd floor is a kind of cross section of a forest fire, with charred wood and pine cones floating silently in the centre of the room. The pic doesn't really do this one justice, but the work is interesting and worth seeing.
Cornelia Parker - Suspended Earth and Wood
We had a great fire - is it the infra-red that made it look purple?
Someone brought some fire poi.
This tardis like building is The Mission Hall with a "Meeting every Lords Day". There is actually a building behind it but it's so overgrown that this is the only part you can see.
Angel, Cake. The market hall in Abergavenny had several flying chefs, a left over from the food festival the previous week.
Butcher closed (due to being locked up). The butcher's shop in the market hall had this sign up. I'm not sure they wrote it all themselves
An oak apple wedded to an acorn I liked this. Somehow it seemed like a metaphor for humanity - two separate but interacting things (mind and body) welded together. (That makes me sound like a dualist. hmm. my philosophical position on "what the mind is" and "what a human is" is a bit more complex than that. Should get round to writing it up sometime).
The Heart of London With the right reflection, The Scoop next to City Hall takes on a special shape. The colours you can see are the school uniforms of children forming a giant choir.
These are some of the 800 people singing together to raise money for Water Aid. The tales of Guinnea Worm and other problems certainly got me to donate.
Plighting one's troth on Tower Bridge
Sticker on Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge open for shipping
Millenium Flame - lit in 1999 and burning continuously since! This flame resides in City Hall.
Nice display in the window of a newsagent. a "No to ID" sticker rubs shoulders with a notice about 24hr CCTV and advert for "Age Check" cards. Moseley Golf Club to build a practice area on Billesley Lane Allotments had been turned down - because of a clause I got inserted into the Birmingham Unitary Development plan. It was a lot of work for all of us, scrutinising and commenting on a document the size of a telephone directory (3 times), attending the public enquiry and arguing the case, but it shows that the less glamorous side of work at Friends of the Earth does pay off! I'm not claiming the credit - lots of people have done much more work than me to fight to keep these allotments, but it's so nice to have a payoff from all that work! On the downside, there's still lots to fight for to ensure this isn't overturned, but let's skip the downside for today Ikon.
Copper Waves - "Being" by Damian Ortega xkcd , a comic strip which mixes geekdom and romance, and is both funny and loveable. Here's a romantic / geeky one and a couple of geeky ones: and A couple of other favourites: "Dream Girl", "Candy Buttons", "Choices(1 of 5)" or you can just go for a Random Cartoon.
No. It's a burnt poster.
Moseley Folk Festival Sign
Crowd at Moseley Folk login details for 100 embassy email accounts around the world. Apparently they are running software with well known flaws and haven't fixed them. He implies that they have been vulnerable to a simple hack for several years. Who knows how many other people have exploited this flaw to spy on embassy email traffic. His aim in publishing them is to get them and the thousands of other businesses and organisations to sort out their email security. Classic passwords include Password (The UK Visa Application Centre in Nepal, Hong Kong Democratic Party, Indian Defence Research & Development Organisation), 1234 (Indian Embassies in China and the USA) and kenya (Iranian Embassy in Kenya). There are going to be some mightly p'd off people... Prev: BlogAugust2007 1 Year Ago: BlogSeptember2006 Next: BlogOctober2007
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