Tuesday, July 29, 2003

How mean can you be?? This is typical of the British way of treating animals better than people. A 90 year old man left £1.1 million to charity rather than his daughters
Blood oozes out of apartment walls - smh.com.au The house that dripped blood is to be found in India
CBC News: Letter arrives a century too late Poor woman writes in the days of Queen Victoria to see if a guy is still alive - He definatley is by the time the letter arrives
Family Continues 87-Year Chain Letter - A Family have kept a tradition of sending a chain letter of recent stories around themselves since 1916

Thursday, July 24, 2003

A New Zealand website asks disturbing questions about American electronic vote rigging - sounds like the shaved monkey may be in power longer than the world can survive
Hasidic Jew's expose Blog causes trouble
Answers to lots of questions
The fall out from the death of Dr Kelly Continues. The evidence Andrew Gilligan gave to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee will not now be published and people are talking openily of Alistair Campbell's departure. Not before time, if only the poodl could be persuaded to go, perhaps we could move on and Labour could rediscover some of the values that have been lost during the reign of Blair and his cronies
There is a court case running at the moment where five transexuals were ejected from a Northamptonshire pub for looking a bit odd report and gallery at this is london
In India, they are having environmental problems with the number of people being cremated. This is a problem because hard-line hindus believe that it is only by burning the corpse and chucking the remains in the river that the sould is released from the cyle of rebirth

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

I'm looking into places to download Old Time Radio shows - these are great to play on my iPod. So far, I have found RUSC; The Haunted Studio; Goon Show MP3s; X minus one a sci-fi compendium show; Here's a link to a Webring for radio
I am 81% Evil Genius

I am pure evil. I lie awake at night devising schemes of world domination, and I will not rest until all living souls bend to my will.

Take the Evil Genius Test at fuali.com
The goon show depository
A guide to gay moments in the media
Am listening to 'Round the Horne' on BBC7 from the BBC website

A brief introduction to the various characters and stars

Julian and Sandy are famous for their use of Polari. A lexicon of Polari is available here. You can hear some Real audio clips here. Detailed breakdowns of the episodes can be found here and a list of character names. Some Julian and Sandy scripts are available here
My comment in the Have your Say regarding the David Kelly affairThe tragedy, greater even than the loss of a father and husband, is to see that this affair has been used by the government to deflect attention away from the reall issue, that the dodgy dossiers were definately "sexed up" - of that there is no doubt. There is still no evidence of WMDs, the occupation of Iraq is turning into another Vietnam, whilst there is an unreported humanitarian crisis in the last country we "liberate", Afghanistan.

True, the BBC was perhaps less than rigorous in it's report, but in truth, how many people actually heard the 'Today' report?? very few. It was the Government's heavy handed approach which made this the story, not the other way round

It was the vindictive attitude of Alistair Campbell, who is neither elected, nor a civil servant, which caused this row to escalate.

One can't help but think that it suits the anti-democratic tendencies of New Labour very well to attack the BBC which stands as one of the last truly independent news sources in the world.

Yes, the BBC may not have lived up to its highest standards in the way this story was handled, but at least they didn't roll over and play poodle to Blair and his cronies in the way that Blair poodles himself and this country to the unelected president of the United States and his oil-hungry puppet masters.

At the end of this situation, certainly heads should roll, but they should be the heads of those people who chose to name David Kelly - this accountablity goes right to the top level, Mr Blair, you should really consider your position. You have already led this country into a war in which it was unwilling to participate; you and your advisors authorised the release of seriously flawed evidence to support your thirst for war; You and your cronies have wriggled and squirmed to avoid facing the consequences of misleading the country.

This whole affair was built up by the Blair and his cohorts to deflect criticism away from Blair, his anti-democratic tendencies and the lies he has told.

It is now time Blair went - New Labour is now too tainted and a new broom needs to sweep out the moral corruption which in many ways is worse than the sleaze which eventually brought down the previous administration.

Mr Blair, you talk about how history will remember the events of 2003, resign willingly before you end up like Mrs Thatcher deposed and humiliated after too much power drove her past all sanity
US seeks to prove Saddam sons dead or are they...

My posting on the Have your say page: "What proof is there that Uday & Qusay are really dead??

It was reported quite afew weeks ago that one of them had made overtures to the USA to surrender. How do we know that the American's didn't just do a deal - let's not forget the way the American Space Programme was developed and managed by German war criminals after the end of World War II.

It is not beyond the bounds of possibility for the American's to have done a deal which gives them access potential intelligence whilst also gaining a huge propaganda coup.

Let's not forget, the commander in chief of the occupying force is not above staging a coup in his own country in order to steal the presidency of his own country. The American junta is not above perpetrating any lies which it thinks will justify it's actions

We are still waiting for evidence to appear proving that there were WMDs what's the hope that there will ever be evidence to prove that the corpses from Mosul really are the people America says they are. "

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Woman dumps man for his online alter ego
Scientists are off to the Black Sea to look at shipwrecks, drowned settlements and investigate whether a theory that the flooding of the Black Sea area by the Meditaerranean at the end of the Ice Age was responsible for the myth of Noah and the Ark
Been chuckling at some of the audacious pictures at Banksy's website - really clever and subversive stuff
Scientists believe they have solved the various conditions that afflicted the Elephant Man
A baby born with 3 arms and 4 legs was born in Zambia recently while conjoined twins were born in India recently

Friday, July 18, 2003

The latest development in REality TV, this time from the states - Queer eye for the straight guy - a group of stereotyped pretty boy ideal-homos give people tips on how to turn themselves into a stereotyped gay man - great, 3 odd years of the fight for equality and all that we've gained is the right to stereotype ourselves as tedious loud high-pitched voiced bitchy queens. Not that there's anything wrong with being that kind of gay man, but there are 3 dimensional gay men too
A guy likes to have pictures taken of his arse in fab locations
Now this guy really is the craziest nutter I've seen he dresses as Peter Pan. Kind of like a poor everyday Michael Jackson. These are the evil people who support his delusion
How's this for vile... Biblical action figures Yuck!!!
Having found stuff yesterday about the Dance of Death, today's little corner of jollity is St Vitus Dance which affected Mediaeval Europe and may have been the inspiration for the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Another name for it is St John's Dance. The story of the pied piper is, of course, famous as a poem by Browning

There's also a dance in Luxembourg which may be related - "Each spring, pilgrims flock to Echternach, Luxembourg, to participate in the town's famed "Dancing Procession." Taking two steps back for every three steps forward, the dancers painstakingly creep toward the grave of St. Willibrord, an Anglo-Saxon missionary who died in A.D. 739. Once there, participants pray for ailing relatives, for Willibrord is the patron saint of patients suffering from movement disorders."

Headless Naked Corpse Found by Castle Frankenstein
Wed Jun 18, 8:22 AM ET
From Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police were investigating the discovery of a headless body near castle Frankenstein in Germany, a ruin many see as the inspiration for the novel about the mad scientist who made a monster from body parts.

Police said on Tuesday the naked male corpse was found by a couple in a car park in the southwestern town of Darmstadt some two miles from the castle, but added it had probably been moved.

The medieval castle was the birthplace in 1673 of Johann Konrad Dippel von Frankenstein, a controversial alchemist famous for his avid interest in the creation of artificial life. He was also rumored to have experimented with human body parts.

Many say he inspired the character of Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, itself later the source of countless spin-offs and horror films. Dippel died mysteriously in 1734.

Local police dismissed suggestions of any link between the castle, a popular tourist attraction among gothic thrill-seekers, and the decapitated man as "absurd."
Sounds terrible, might be fun for five minutes Jared might be worth a look
So an obscure 1979 movie of the life of Jesus claims to be the most watched film ever - bet George Lucas is spitting feathers though I bet the special effects aren't up to much

Mind, it's easy to see how it's the most watched movies when you have soul-soliciting pig fuckers roaming the world blackmailing starving people in third world countries to watch the film which has been translated into a multitude of languages.

Now, the perpetrators of this insult to cinematic good taste have dicided to create a video highlighting the similarities to Christianity and Islam. Oh dear, can't you just predict what it will be like... A bunch of patronising holier than thou americans thinking they are making the world a better place by forcing their bigotted narrow world view on the Islamic world.
The dodgy dossier gets dodgier - Dr David Kelly, who gave evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has vanished and police have just found a body which they haven't yet confirmed as being him. Talk about food for the conspiracy theorists - it's like the plot from a james Bond film - the only question is, who knobbled him, the government/secret services or someone else - what information did he know that he didn't pass on????

Thursday, July 17, 2003

How's this for cheery - Hans Holbein's Dance of Death - I used this as the basis for the design style for an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" back when I was in my final year of college. It was also one of the inspirations for Ingmar Bergmann's "The Seventh Seal"

The Dance of Death or Danse Macabre developed during the Middle Ages, when plague was a common visitor; and was used to remind everybody that death was no respecter of rank or privilege and comprised a chain of people dancing in a chain across the land proclaiming their repentance
How's this for strange - this guy likes to take pictures of deserted farms some are very atmospheric though not entirely unlike the gloomy area where I grew up
The results for the 22nd annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have just been announced

the winner is:
"They had but one last remaining night together, so they embraced each other as tightly as that two-flavour entwined string cheese that is orange and yellowish-white, the orange probably being a bland Cheddar and the white ... Mozzarella, although it could possibly be Provolone or just plain American, as it really doesn't taste distinctly dissimilar from the orange, yet they would have you believe it does by colouring it differently," by Mariann Simms of Alabama

The award is named in honour of British novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, whose 1830 novel Paul Clifford began with the notorious line: "It was a dark and stormy night." Some of the entries have to be read to be believed

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Some Quicktime VR weblogs - 3z's log Peter Murphy's Weblog VRlog
Went to see a preview of the Four Feathers last night - a gung-ho adventure set in the Sudan during the time of the Mahdi's uprising. Not the greatest movie I've ever seen - it would have been interesting if the film's producers had bothered to contextualise the Mahdi's rebellion in the light of present day islamist terrorism as it's arguable that they both had the same root causes - western imperialism in on shape or another, but sadly they didn't
Just been to the dentist - the last of my baby teeth just fell out - can't be bad, it's been with me for 37 years. Unfortunately my butcher of a dentist wants to grind two of my healthy teeth down so he can put in a bridge - I'm not too sure that I'm keen on that idea - I hate going to the dentist at the best of times, let alone the idea of having two helthy teeth killed just to fill in a gap - hmmmm more thought needed here

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Some interesting stuff about the knights Templars to be found here and here
Gruesome gay murder tied up with the production of a movie - sounds like the plot of a movie itself.
Interesting piece in the Guardian today about Polari - for those of you none the wiser, polari was a gay slang from the late nineteenth century which was used right up to the late sixties.

Monday, July 14, 2003

One of my favourite sites has to be Nobody here its very surreal, very arty and very worth a look - look out for the online nasal hair picker and the Teddy Bear's pyramid - I really like the way there's no single narrative line to the site - there are a multitude of paths you can take from page to page - definately cool
Here's quite a fun screensaver - counting sheep at night - I like the sample they've used - sounds like something Moby might make one of his songs out of it Click here
Totally pointless, but I love it - go on, watch the webmaster slap himself
Weird Wide Web of Strange Auctions
The Lord of the Rings Diaries made me chuckle quite a bit - very simple premise - that all the characters in "the Lord of the Rings" are screamers"

My favourite bit is in the entry under Gollum :

"Escaped from Mordor. Have made way to Shire. Am v. disappointed that in last few weeks no one has responded to personal ad placed in Shire Weekly. "Toothless, fetid greenish creature ISO blue-eyed curly-headed hobbit. Must enjoy squatting in darkness, jewelry-fondling, and referring to self in third person. No smokers."
This is a fairly funny comic - some very subtle flash animation - very simple design and story when I am King
Try this Gender test - Claims to be able to work out one's gender every time - sadly, it didn't manage - it thought I was a woman - I guess I was choosing my answers in a bid to confuse it, though
Having a bit of a quiet day at work today, which is good considering the tiring weekend.

Searching for some interesting stuff to post here

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Am off to Cologne for the weekend this weekend for Cologne Pride - I'm sure it's gonna be fun fun fun
Here's a good little site to be getting on with - http://www.londontreasures.com - it lists a load of interesting places to go and things to do in London