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Monthly Archive for September, 2007

The Resemblance

On Channel 4 News, an interview with Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of vast virtual metaverse ‘Second Life’. He appears to have fair to greyish hair with a spikey fringe. The camera angle was quite low and the lighting was such that Rosedale bore an uncanny resemblance to a well-modelled figure in a computer game. […]

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Flares

Some years ago GQ magazine sent me to Area 51 in Nevada and Roswell in New Mexico to check out the UFO thing. I was driving my saloon along a very long road in NM when I saw a sign with the legend “Roswell Crash Site: Tours”. I backed up and was able to join […]

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Keira, as we all know, should eat more pies. In ‘Atonement’, however, she reciprocates very well, in her lo-fat frame, the torrents of yearning addressed in my previous post. The film, initially, is set in the late 30s but such is its costumer style (Joe Wright previously directed ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (2005)) that it’s easy […]

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The over-rated ‘Atonement’ features a cumbersome episode on the beaches of Dunkirk. Had the episode been excised before shooting then the movie would immediately have become a low-budget costumer. As it was, a large proportion of the inhabitants of Redcar got to stand on the beach dressed as Tommies waiting for boats and Joe Wright, […]

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Behind the Pav

Newsnight: the closing credits: Pavarotti sings from ‘Tosca’ as images unfold of British soldiers in Iraq. Suddenly all is beautiful. Bare-chested, muscular, tattooed young soldiers against sand. Grunts dash thru storm of sand. Tanks bang in plumes of sand. How blind we were! All that was needed was the voice of the late Pav and […]

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Tip Top Condition

In late 1973 Hilary Westlake and I were commissioned to supply in-foyer diversions for a Henry Cow concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre, then a major rock venue. A few days later we used elements from the foyer in a show called ‘Tip Top Condition’ – Lumiere & Son’s first theatrical production – at the Rotterdam […]

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Back to Work

I asked an osteopath friend what had been the most significant developments in his 25 year career as a respected practitioner and teacher. His reply was immediate and emphatic. He said that it is now widely accepted that 60-70% of all muscular and skeletal pain in the back and neck is psychological in origin. He […]

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