Posts Tagged ‘UK’

“Ain’t Love Good, Ain’t Love Proud”

June 18, 2017

“Ain’t Love Good, Ain’t Love Proud,” by The Remo Four, on Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1967.

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Manchester’s Rainbow

June 5, 2017

One Love Manchester benefit concert, June 4, 2017.

More:

“Why ‘Over the Rainbow’ was the perfect closer for Ariana Grande’s Manchester tribute,” Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post

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Put a Pin In It

November 17, 2016

Put a Pin In It

You may have noticed people wearing safety pins on their shirts, blouses and lapels. People who object to the Trump election are using the fastener as a symbol of tolerance and solidarity with minorities. The symbol was borrowed from the UK where it was worn to show disapproval after the xenophobic Brexit vote. Like many British expressions, it doesn’t quite translate here:

“Dear White People, Your Safety Pins Are Embarrassing,” Christopher Keelty, Huffington Post

“Safety pins: Solidarity symbol or emblem of ‘white guilt’?” By Derek Hawkins, Washington Post

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Money

November 6, 2016

“Money” written by Kassa Alexander, Alastair O’Donnell, and Rukhsana Merrise, recorded by Ms. Merrise earlier this year.  Mr. O’Donnell plays guitar. Video directed by Matt Hopper. There’s a “making of” video here.

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Road to Hell

October 16, 2016

“Road to Hell (Part 2),” written and performed by Chris Rea. 1989. Said to have been inspired by the frustrations of rush-hour traffic on the M25 motorway. Or maybe it was the A19 near Middlesbrough. Whatever.

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UK: Drink Tea, for the Love of God!

October 14, 2016

Mark Rittman of Hove, East Sussex, spent 11 hours trying to make his morning cuppa with a Wi-Fi tea kettle, live-tweeting his ordeal because of course he would. As an Englishman, he required his morning tea; as a 21st-century man, he wanted to brew it by voice command through his Amazon Echo and iPhone.

Mr. Rittman is a data specialist and not unfamiliar with things digital, but the “Internet of Things” needs work. The connection between the kettle and the Wi-fi base station was problematic; a“mandatory recalibration” caused the iWifi base-station to reset; the Hadoop cluster in the garage went barmy, saturating the network and blocking MQTT integration with the Amazon Echo. Or something. He finally boiled water in a saucepan and made tea by hand before writing code to integrate and debug the system.

Video: “Drink Tea (for the Love of God!)” by  Kula Shaker, 2008. George Orwell narrates. Animation by Model Robot.

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Tea Making Tips,” 1941 (i.e. wartime) film by the Empire Tea Bureau (10:00).

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Brits Are Eating Bambi!

September 20, 2016

Brits Are Eating Bambi!
British diners are eating venison faster than Scotland can raise it. Maybe they’d like to nibble on some of the fresh whitetail deer roadkill from America’s annual vehicular deer harvest.

More:

“Brits are eating venison faster than Scotland can produce it,” Chris Baraniuk, Quartz

“Diners game for wild meat as ‘Bambi effect’ fades, says chef,” Rod Kitson, Evening Standard

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I Get So Excited

August 13, 2016

“I Get So Excited,” written by Eddy Grant and recorded by him with his North London band The Equals in 1968.

More:

“Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: The Story of Pioneering Interracial Rock Band the Equals,” Jason Heller, Pitchfork

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Paper Sun

July 30, 2016

“Paper Sun,” written by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi and recorded by them with their group Traffic in 1967. Lead vocal by Steve Winwood; Dave Mason played the sitar riff. Have a psychedelic summer, man.

“So you think you’re having good times
With the boy that you just met,
Kicking sand from beach to beach
Your clothes all soaking wet”

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Something in the Air

July 24, 2016

“Something in the Air,” written by John “Speedy” Keen, recorded in 1969 by Thunderclap Newman. Speedy Keen (lead vocals, drums), Jimmy McCulloch (guitars), Pete Townshend (bass, orchestral arrangement), Andy Newman (piano).

“Call out the instigators
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right”

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