Posts from November 2006

Nov 06

The African Queen, National Film Theatre, Sunday Nov. 26

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African QueenGreen screen effects and obvious quarter-size boat model outfitted with Bogie and Hepburn dolls going through what was probably a small creek somewhere were laffable but the movie generates such goodwill that it almost felt right that Huston would apply the same shoestring, can-do, half-assed attitude towards his film that Bogie does to his boat. “Why don’t you take apart the valve in your engine and remove the screwdriver that got stuck in there?” asks Hepburn. “Because then I wouldn’t get to kick it when it acted up.” Second-best line, spoken with German accent: “I now pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.”

Turner Prize Idiots!

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tate-comment-idiot.jpgAnnual trip to the Turner Prize (and hence Annual Trip to the Morpeth Arms too) threw up the usual half hearted, interesting and dull experiences. Whilst the field is pretty unexciting this year, there were at least two I quite liked, whilst themselves being flawed. After deliberation I’d give it to Phil Collins, though I would much rather see an English language version of his show*. I like the Mark Titchner but the bits I like are a bit Ed Ruscha and frankly he has missed his boat when you consider that the Athena Poster shop would have sold some of this stuff by the bucket-load**.


Nov 06

Call Of Cthenneth

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I have spent much of this weekend exploring the nameless and abyssal depths of Earth’s prehistory. Half of this exploration has been in the pleasant company of H.P. Lovecraft, whose Haunter Of The Dark anthology I picked up on a whim last week. I’ve never really got into Lovecraft until now, possibly because when I encountered him in my teens I expected him to frighten me, whereas with that expectation safely tucked away I can simply admire the rhythm of his sentences and revel in their morbid absurdity. (And occasionally, as with “The Colour Out Of Space”, let a slight case of the actual creeps sneak up on me.)

Lovecraft turns out to be relevant to the ‘worldbuilding’ articles I haven’t been writing.


RobEmoWatch #6: the oulipo of stupid

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i) haha just to get this out of the way the MINE from the Robin of Scargill ep is connected to a TUNNEL from the CASTLE to the FOREST
ii) useless of jizbum’s “character” is STILL on the morph — now (as well as remaining a haplessly clownish minion who pieface has actual confused feelings for underneath the fake feelings) he is the CAUSE OF THE ENTIRE WAR (or at least the lack of a peace)
iii) which i guess underlines the HIGH CONCEPT of this odd odd series as it has emerged — the highest possible stakes (moral, political, historical) in a context of the lowest possible competence (the merrymen have proved “victorious” almost every ep but really only by dint of each time committing one fewer catastrophically naive blunders) (i do actually like this “learning curve” aspect of the project, even if it cuts against my growing complaint — that it has taken a LUDICROUSLY LONG TIME to reach even the current level of denouement and full-on plot-strand-linkage)


Nov 06

Brandwatch: Burger King Angus

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In response to the growing interest in “premium” foods, Burger King will apparently be launching “The Angus” – the first fast food burger to gain accreditation from the shadowy organisation that licenses the Aberdeen Angus beef brand (and presumably have a hand in their mysterious steakhouses).

I will be intrigued to see if this latest ‘premium brand’ – weighing in at the not terribly exclusive price of £3.29 – works. It reminds me a bit of the “STEAK BURGERS” advertised on university kebab vans – a cut above the standard burgers and, breaking the £2 barrier, the choice of those who were feeling a little flush. (The next step up of course being the “Special Burger”, which is a story for another time.)

The Bible Of Badness: EXODUS – Bob Marley

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Bible Of BadnessIn many ways I should be grateful for the existence of Bob Marley. If it were not for his greatest hits album, Legend, most people would probably own more than one Reggae record. In acting as a one man summary for this particularly dismal form of music therefore (and then by dying too!) he has done me a favour in the world of music hating. But it just is not that simple. You see not only did Bob Marley also unfortunately make music, but he also gave birth to about four hundred children all of whom seem to be continuing this somewhat ropey legacy.


Poptimism – Lesson Twenty One

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Kiss Me – Robbie Williams

Rush – Aly & AJ [dance remix]

Will You Remember Me Tomorrow – Margaret Berger

Easy – Sugababes (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Remix)

Hot Love – T Rex


The FreakyTrigger Top 25 Brands: 22: TARMAC

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tarmaclogo.gifTarmac? What kind of a brand is that, its just the pavement, right? Wrong my friends. Tarmac is a brand and an awe-inspiring dominant one at that. I love brands whose names are synonymous with their main product, it shows an awesome degree of brand dominance when the brand name becomes subsumed into language. But it is also dangerous: when Hoover became the de facto name for vacuum cleaners, they did not maintain brand dominance, and then the name stopped referring to the company at all (with the knock on effect that – say a Hoover Washing Machine also looked pretty suspect*).



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cape-of-good-hope-old.jpgWhen I first encountered it (1991 – considerable after this much older photo which on closer examination may well be of a completely different building on the same site) the pub at the St Clements Roundabout in Oxford (aka The Plain) was called:


then it became


Another great FT milestone: 100,000 spam

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About the same time we passed 5000 comments*, so 20 out of 21 comments are spam**. Nice. Many many thanks to and the “Worst Offenders” plugin.

Free fun FT fact: we are now mobile phone friendly (looks like this)

(*RIP the comments lost in the great haloscan massacre)

(**The real proportion is even worse because the 100,000 is comments since we went WP in, er July??, and comments have been accumulating on Popular for some time prior to that, using Blogger comments)