Posts from 27th July 2005

Jul 05

warning: two-dimensional projection of N-dimensional diagram alert

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herewith (courtesy an f.kogan email a few days back) a MAP OF MUSIC, but organised by what criteria? (viz “adam and the ants“)??

i. i declare it scientific bcz
ii. i like the way the names kinda dance around

warning: it is addictive possibly

Not The Full Pint

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Continuing CAMRA baiting week, I grab a copy of North London CAMRA’s monthly free sheet The Full Pint last night. Full of wonderful revelations, including the article about which postcodes are in North London Branch’s remit. Fascinating. But it was nice to see The Oakdale Arms, Carsmile’s local, getting pub of the year. Less nice to see that it might be getting knocked down.

What was most pleasing though to see, was the lack of the Thoughts Of Chairman Mick. This was a regular column where the errant leader of North London CAMRA would muse on something, usually beer related, and make conclusions that made no sense (probably beer related). But Chairman Mick is nowhere to be found. What has happened to him? And his incoherent thoughts? Too much Budvar Dark?

(The Full Pint also reveals that the Lord John Russell is the only place in Britain where you can get Budvar Dark on tap).

Summer Holiday Weather

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The rain over the last few days nagged at me. Not really annoying the rain, I thought, but odd timing. Why was the onset of rain int he last week of July bugging me. And then I remembered. The kids summer holidays have just started. Hence it starts raining.

Nice work God.

Houston: We Have A Problem

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I like John Sayles a lot. Lone Star is one of my favourite films. Unfortunately his new one, Silver City, is not. Which is a great pity because it shares a lot of similarities with Lone Star, and has some terrific turns from Chris Cooper and Maria Bello.

But sometimes you get a perfect match for a character and actor, and in this case that appears in Danny Houston, youngest scion of the Houston clan. Danny plays the private investigator who used to be a journalist sent to hush up a sensitive political story. Instead of hushing it up, he investigates it and causes a stink. This is a really rubbish character. He is in no way sympathetic, stupid and injurous to most characters around him: he is supposed to be a loveable fuck-up, he is an annoying fuck-up. Problem is that Danny Huston does not have loveable in his repetoire. Rather he plays it as a less sympathetic, slightly less fat Oliver Platt. So as the political machinations continue, you lose touch with the plot because you could not care less about the crusader.