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July 16, 2018

Mick Karn and Angie Bowie (March 11, 1982)

"This is kind of nuts: in March of 1982, Angela Bowie, the former Mrs. David, appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test, reciting poetry, while Mick Karn (RIP 2011), the brilliant bass player from the glam/New Romantic band Japan, vamped on bass. Karn was predictably amazing, but Bowie’s poetry was savaged in the UK press. Getting a drubbing from the notoriously drub-happy British media doesn’t necessarily mean something was actually bad, and I’ve attended readings of far worse poetry than Angie Bowie’s. However, it must be conceded that it seems doubtful she would have been invited onto that program to recite poetry in the first place had she been just anyone not called 'Bowie.'"

Posted by the Flea at 03:17 PM

Origin stories - Kryptonite

"An unpublished 1940 story titled 'The K-Metal from Krypton', written by Superman creator Jerry Siegel, featured a prototype of kryptonite. It was a mineral from the planet Krypton that drained Superman of his strength while giving superhuman powers to mortals.

The mineral known as kryptonite was introduced in the story arc 'The Meteor from Krypton' in June 1943 on The Adventures of Superman radio series.[citation needed] Since radio shows had to be performed live, when Clayton 'Bud' Collyer (who played Superman/Clark Kent) wanted to take a vacation from the series Superman was placed in a kryptonite trap. A stand-in groaned with pain for several episodes until Collyer came back from his vacation."

Posted by the Flea at 03:14 PM

The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)

Posted by the Flea at 03:12 PM

July 15, 2018

John Cleese - In Conversation with Graham Johnson & John Ford

Royal Geographical Society, Sunday July 8, 2018

Posted by the Flea at 07:14 AM

Pete Murphy & Mick Karn - Interview/The Judgement Is The Mirror

Posted by the Flea at 07:12 AM

July 14, 2018

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle - Carmina Burana (1975)

"But, to the film: Sex. There's a lot of sexual references in this thing. So much that one wonders if director Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden had anything else in mind (or on his mind for that matter during shooting) when he conceived this project. But, he's not the only one, for Orff himself wrote the piece as an ode and celebration of life. The message is to not take life too seriously, and to enjoy life for what it is. If that means finding the person of your fancy and bedding them, then so be it.

"We don't see much sex, just a lot of sexual imagery and innuendo. There's the whole Christian thing going on here conflicting with people's natural instincts and desires. All the high minded spiritual stuff is there, but essentially gets shelved, for men and women need one another. The two meet, fancy one another, and the woman challenges her man to prove his worth. He rises to the occasion, and through the struggle they come to couple. 'It's the way of things' (to borrow from Boorman)."

Posted by the Flea at 12:24 PM

Jansen Barbieri Karn - Beginning to melt

Posted by the Flea at 12:22 PM

July 13, 2018

The Karakoram Highway: from China to Pakistan

"The Karakoram Highway (KKH) runs from Kashgar in Western China to Islamabad in Pakistan, and isn't so much a highway as a 'high road'. It took a stunning 20 years to finish the road, and even today it continues to suffer from extreme weather and environmental disasters.

"The KKH runs through the highest concentration of soaring mountain peaks and raging rivers in the world, and is generally considered to be among the most spectacular areas on our planet. Traveling here isn't for the faint hearted, although transportation has improved significantly in the past decades.

"In October 2010 I had the chance to travel the Karakoram Highway. Although Pakistan had suffered its worst floods in recent history the same year, most parts of the road were still intact. Nevertheless, traveling the road proved a massive challenge and also a great adventure. As these events had scared off many tourists and travelers, I found myself among locals for nearly all of the time."

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

Ingrid Chavez - Little Mama

Posted by the Flea at 07:42 AM

July 11, 2018

ADVChina - Are NEW Chinese buildings really FALLING DOWN?

"Ghost Cities in China. Real estate bubbles. We've toured Chinese ghost towns in the past, but this time we visit a high end neighborhood of villas that were only built 3 years ago, and were shocked to see the state that they were in. We were surrounded by new buildings, that were completely empty. This is the state of real estate in China."

Posted by the Flea at 05:28 AM

Mick Karn - Thundergirl Mutation

Posted by the Flea at 05:24 AM

July 10, 2018

Paris Air Show (June 20, 2017)

"Lockheed Martin's F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter shows off for the first time in public at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The plane must win over its critics. It cost a staggering $ 100 billion to develop and comes ten years late, after major software rewriting. Some say it fails to beat older jets because it was built as an all-purpose plane. It competes with the Dassault Rafale for customers around the world. The French public enthousiastically applauds the French plane's acrobatics, but F-35 pilots stress their plane's superior slow speed handling and high-angle-of-attack capability, steep vertical climbing and sharp turning allowing for 'square' loopings. Some say the plane's range seems rather limited, but Lockheed responds the F-35 is designed to engage or fire at any target long before it can be detected."

Posted by the Flea at 05:48 AM

Chris Squire - Lucky Seven

Posted by the Flea at 05:44 AM

July 09, 2018

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011)

Posted by the Flea at 06:08 AM

George Harrison - Dream Away

Posted by the Flea at 06:06 AM

July 08, 2018

Privacy And Power: A year In The Life Of Prince Albert Of Monaco (2012)

"For one year, our cameras followed the Prince in his daily head of state and family. Twelve key moments of a year of reign behind the scenes of princely palaces and abroad. His personal office atop one of the towers of the palace (rarely filmed) to the most private rooms where he always meets with the family, sports events in charitable prestigious galas, political obligations very personal passion, Monaco or abroad, the ruler of Monaco sharing for the first time his public and private life ... A topic not to be missed, in which man is surrounded by his top aides, his wife and his whole family to reveal its personality and intimate answer the questions related to his reign."

Posted by the Flea at 10:24 AM

Diamond Thug - Cosmic Dreamer

Posted by the Flea at 10:22 AM

July 07, 2018

The Doombolt Chase - Ep. 1 Court of Shame

"The Doombolt Chase is a naval-themed British science fiction/action television series aimed at a teenage audience. It was broadcast between 12 March and 16 April 1978, as a six-episode series. It was also broadcast in Canada on TVOntario in 1978 and in Germany in 1979 under the title Geheimprojekt Doombolt ("Secret Project Doombolt")."

Posted by the Flea at 05:04 AM

Prince Buster - Judge Dread

Posted by the Flea at 05:02 AM

July 02, 2018

North Brother Island

"Less than a mile from Manhattan — one of the priciest and most densely populated places in the world — sits a mysterious island that people abandoned more than half a century ago."

Posted by the Flea at 01:09 PM

Hallucinogenius - In another life when we are both cats

Posted by the Flea at 01:08 PM