Posts from July 2010

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Jul 10

Pork To The Hand

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Here at FT Towers we don’t often rehash press releases, but it’s a different matter when they originate from LovePork.co.uk, the pig-related branch of the UK’s very own Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

LovePork claims that “there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in the world of pork”. So what’s the porky story this time then? Well, aside from the ‘pig-nics‘ campaign and Bacon Connoisseurs Week it seems that the powers that be are trying to encourage WOMEN to eat more pork. But HOW?

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Jul 10

ENYA – “Orinoco Flow”

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#618, 29th October 1988

Brian Eno famously used to write his lyrics – or claim he did, at any rate – on the basis of sound rather than meaning: if the phonemes danced in service to the song, that was good enough for him and what they actually said could go hang. I get something of that vibe from “Orinoco Flow” – the arrangement’s pert staccatos bubbling up into Enya’s cute, clpped phrasing. But she corrals her syllables into something that does make sense: a hymn to travel and motion for their own sake.

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Jul 10

L’Etivaz (cheesy lover #90)

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In cheese-with-stuff-in news I sorta want to try this. Would anyone like to watch and laugh join in?

L’Etivaz

A hard, unpasturised, alpine cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland, bought from KaseSwiss.

This is a slice of pale yellow cheese. The brown rind tastes dark and musty – not an eating-rind, really. The cheese is slightly soft, and scattered with tiny white spots of crunchy potential

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Music Swishing In London This Sunday

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“No Parlez by Paul Young? Yes, I THINK I remember seeing one of those…”

New CDs for Old! Trigger pals The Hangover Lounge are hosting a “Music Swish” at the Lexington this Sunday – details here. The idea is that you bring along up to 15 unwanted CDs, records, tapes, etc. and you leave with 15 which other people have brought. I’d be there myself, except I’m in the New Forest that day.

It’s a great idea and if successful the plan is to make it a regular event, so do drop by on Sunday with your cast-offs in tow.

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Jul 10

WHITNEY HOUSTON – “One Moment In Time”

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#617, 15th October 1988

Written for the Seoul Olympics, “One Moment In Time” makes an age-old connection between sport and character – if you want to win, you have to suffer, be more than you thought you could be, and so on. Do this, and you might be rewarded with your moment when you’re “racing with destiny” – only caring about the Track And Field is a classic US Olympic-watching stereotype, of course, though I guess all your dreams are a heartbeat away in the dressage or synchro too.

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Jul 10

U2 – “Desire”

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#616, 8th October 1988, video

“Music’s become too scientific, it’s lost that spunk and energy that it had in the ’50s and ’60s. When I listen to most modern records I hear a producer, I don’t hear musicians interacting. And that quality, that missing quality is something we were trying to get back into our own music. What I like about Desire is that if there’s ever been a cool #1 to have in the UK, that’s it because it’s totally not what people are listening to or what’s in the charts at the moment. Instead it’s going in exactly the opposite direction. It’s a rock and roll record – in no way is it a pop song.”
– The Edge, October 1988

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Jul 10

Kylie is DRONE ROCK and I HAVE PROOF

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From the Board of Unnecessary Science-

1) I accidentally ended up listening to ‘Demon Cleaner’ by Kyuss when trying to listen to Kylie and didn’t notice for QUITE SOME TIME

2) Main topics of Kylie: CONTEMPLATING OUR HUMAN NEED FOR CONTACT ie: staring at your hands going ‘but look at my FINGERS, man’

3) Music for or from hot climates (mirage, fractal, repeat)

4) They’ll try to trick you into normal treatment, oh don’t you listen to them say, shush them all away; I am the demon cleaner, madman saver = popular Kylie topic ILLNESS OF THE MIND curable only by CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS eg: I just can’t get you out of my head, boy, it’s more than I dare to think about or I’m coming down with something that can’t be cured, there aint a doctor in this town who is more qualified than you to be so adored*, and things you make me do; like a druqk, like a druqk & etc. ad infinitum.

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Jul 10

The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 1: Glasshouse Stores

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So we get a winner, down on Brewer Street in Soho, the Glasshouse Stores was voted the number one pub of the noughties by those of us who voted. A nice pub sure, but so much better than the others? To find out why it scored so highly I thought I would canvas a number of opinions – feel free to add your own at the bottom.

Tom Says:
My memory may be cheating me but I think the first time we ended up in the Glasshouse Stores it was due to a power cut a pub or two along. Marvellous serendipity if so, and appropriate: an accidental pub becoming a shrine to the unintended social consequences of setting up an online community. This is the top pub of the 00s and is tied firmly to the 00s: I can quite imagine never visiting it again, which isn’t something I can say about several others. The regular ILX meet-ups we held there are mostly a thing of the past, for the happy reason that participants basically stopped being “message board posters” and started being simply ‘friends’. What that misses out is the random element, of course – the sense on entering a get-together that you never quite knew who would turn up. Sometimes new faces, occasionally unwelcome ones – the internet meet-up pitches itself halfway between the cosy drink with mates and the party.

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Old Ford (cheesy lover #89)

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I didn't even have a knife for cutting the cheese - you don't expect me to have a PHOTOGRAPH of it for you, do you?

A hard unpasturised goat’s milk cheese, made in Somerset and bought from Neals Yard Dairy.

Kat joined me for an impromptu picnic lunch, and we bought a wedge of this. (Note to self: next time choose a SOFTER cheese if you have no knife!) It’s a very pale parchment-coloured cheese, hard and smooth and with a smattering of tiny gaps, covered in a crumbly wrinkled light grey rind.

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THE HOLLIES – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

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#615, 24th September 1988

Furrowed-brow gospel rock which risks being weighty in all the wrong ways. The title phrase is from a 1940s magazine cover, said by a cute li’l scamp in a “from the mouths of babes” moment. Transpose it to a rock song and you get a stodgy mix of wartime folksiness and King James solemnity (“no burden is he”). The arrangement echoes this unhappy combination: dustbowl harmonica and churchy string section in a forced marriage of two quite different kinds of seriousness.

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