Saturday, 30 June 2007

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Monday, 18 June 2007

Saturday, 16 June 2007

I love you, Dad!

Father, whom I murdered every night but one.
That one, when your death murdered me.


Friday, 15 June 2007

This is England

I saw this at the Adam Smith in Kirkcaldy on Wednesday. I had ticket 31. I think there were about 50 people by the time it started, which was a shame. Most people must have been watching The Apprentice.

I thought it was gripping and at the end I felt a bit stunned. Meadows handles menacing violence really well. I had watched Room for Romeo Brass on the previous Friday and was amazed at the difference in Paddy Considine from Dead Man's Shoes. I've now watched that a couple of times on TV. I think it is a film you could watch 100 times or even watch bits of it over again. It is fascinating yet very ugly. I didn't think This is England had the humour although the bits with the skinheads walking down the street reminded me of Reservoir Dogs or a M&S advert.

I was a bit non plussed by the story in Room for Romeo Brass maybe it was on too late for me. But I wonder why Meadows uses relationships between "powerful" dangerous violent adults and vulnerable lonely children. It makes for very uncomfortable watching. His stories are certainly off beat. I also watched recently The Wind that Shakes the Barley. It reminded me of those TV plays Days of Hope etc with smoke filled rooms where politics was a really serious matter for people. I did like the film but it didn't hit me like This is England. Thanks for putting Meadows on the blog, Billy. Do you know what Paddy Considine is working on?

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Mars had large oceans

Image: Ancient Mars?

"This really confirms that there was an ocean on Mars," said Mark Richards, a planetary scientist at the University of California at Berkeley and co-author of the study, which is detailed in the June 14 issue of the journal Nature. More.

Monday, 4 June 2007

Like Lisa Simpson giving head?

London 2012 logo

The new logo for the 2012 Olympics is unveiled to a mixed reaction.

Sunday, 3 June 2007

George Galloway on talksport

Generation Fucked: How Britain is Eating Its Young

"The reason our children’s lives are the worst among economically advanced countries is because we are a poor version of the USA,” he said. “So the USA comes second from bottom and we follow behind. The age of neo-liberalism, even with the human face that New Labour has given it, cannot stem the tide of the social recession capitalism creates. Everyone looks for meaning in their lives – but all they find is shopping.More.

Media Studies 101 - Handling a televised interview