Posts from 28th July 2005

Jul 05

On The (Open) Sauce

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The Worlds First Open Source Beer Recipe

Except for all those ones in beermaking books. And the ones on the back of the tubs from Boots, they were pretty open source, in as much as they were not secret, or copyrighted or anything.
Indeed this article is a wonderful example of using new jargon on an old idea and making it sound all new again. Open Source Beer. Served in Microsoft Pint glasses though…

And more importantly, a great new dance blog

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In which some of THEE best writers on music, electronic beat oriented or otherwise — Jess Harvell, Tim Finney, Ronan Fitzgerald, Brian Mackro, Ethan Padgett, Vahid Fozi (correct me if that is not your last name, Vahid!), Andy Kellman, Phil Sherburne among others — share wisdom, knowledge and brilliant writing in equal measure:

House is a Feeling

Check it out.

Ned’s ego slosh fest alert about a new column

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First installment up on Stylus Magazine, called Scraping the Barrel. All thoughts, abuse, etc. welcomed.

Vanishing Pubs

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CAMRA have pub preservation officers in their local groups. Just a note that the one in North London has been doing a pretty bad job of it lately. Three pubs of my acquaintance have closed down, or even knocked down in the last couple of months. But then it strikes me that CAMRA would not mind at all, as these are pubs which CAMRA themselves do not care for.

Start with the biggest surprise. The Crown on New Oxford Street, currently shut. Is it for renovation? Doesn’t look like it. The Crown was a Sam Smith’s pub, and I don’t think CAMRA like them. Not sure, but they like the action of a pump wot you don’t get in Smith’s pubs. The Crown was by no means their best pub, and the Lousy is very near, so it is no great loss. Except it had a rather spacious outside area, on the triangle at the end of Shaftesbury Avenue which was nice for a summer pint of Fatman.

Still, a few doors down The Old Crown, which always looked newer, has been completely gutted. A Pub/Bar on three floors it rocked a bit of Art Deco styling and was definitely on the bar end of Trendy. Still a niceish place though, and with an unusual interior. But unusual does not equal horse brasses and Victoriana, so why would CAMRA care. Looks like this is being refurbed into something else mind.

But the biggest shock was coming down York Way and seeing that the Waterside Inn WAS NOT THERE. You could see all the way to Kings Cross basin. There was a hole where the pub used to be. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Waterside Inn was a wretched pub, all late eighties red brick, boxy lack of charm and the odd faux beam inside. BUT it was absolutely emblematic of its age. If you wanted to describe an original eighties pub, you could not do better than the Waterside Inn. It was the first pub in Britain to have a Pizza Hut INSIDE IT (A terrible idea, but let us honour lousy ideas). A nice terrace by the canal was spoiled by horrible beer. But the place was seminal. Possibly too seminal to be one of the nearest pubs to Kings Cross when the Eurostar rocks in. But it did not deserve to DIE. Its like CTRL chased it on to a platform and, well you know…

Where were CAMRA then eh? I’ll tell you. Drinking in The Wenlock Arms slapping their backs at some tasty Robinson’s brew. Which is nice work if you can get it but not what a Pub Preservations Officer should be doing I wager.

…A Mythical Land Called Gibraltar

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Blue Sky is a Korean anime film. It is set in a dystopian future where climate changes has wrecked the Earth and everyone lives in an intelligent domed city called Ecobahn. This is quite possibly the technological solution to global warming that George Bush is keen on. And of course not everyone lives in the city protected from the deadly toxic rain. There are rebels (quelle surprise) and of course all the workers that mine the toxic sludge that feeds the city full of rich people. But we don’t like to talk about the underclass.

Anyway, it is always raining toxic rain, we are told in a mightily lethargic introduction. Except actually on screen it never actually seems to be raining at all. Still, that is a minor problem, and possibly due to the poor fit between all the backgrounds being computer animated and the foregrounds being hand drawn. Computers don’t like rain.

Still if it isn’t actually always raining, it is always cloudy, which is almost as bad. Cos like it is threatening to rain. As such the idea of Blue Sky (NAME OF FILM ALERT) is legendary and thought of as myth. Along with the one place on earth where the sky is ALWAYS blue. Where is this mythical shangri-la/xanadu/paradise island.


You read that right. The ratty town home of little Englanders, crap throwing apes and an airport where they have to close a road to land a plane. The thorn in the side of the Spanish, is the home of the legendary always blue skies. Not when I was there. Still, this was the final nail in yet another incomprehensible, po-faced manga based pile of toss. A genre that I thought I might like is dying by the minute. Not very pretty to look at, with a plot that is full of people heroically dying for no reason, and taking their time doing it. Anime is almost certainly dead to me now. Sky Blew it away.