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Rare Autumn

A blog of inspiring things from someone who is my inspiration. And one of the most talented and creative people on the planet. Lucky enough to get my own entry with this fantastic image from Petra Börner who is a Swedish designer living in the East End of London.

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Filed under: Art

AOL and search results

Just been reading this article in the Guardian about the recent AOL publishing of search results. And yes I used the word ‘publish’ it was not as I understand it ‘inadvertent’. They had supplied the result for research purposes and had simply replaced the AOL account name with a number (yes they are really that stupid it seems).

And being quite frankly brainless dickheads had overlooked/not realised/didn’t give a shit that of course most people from time to time ‘google’ their own name. So, it was apparently in reality relatively easy to see whose results were being published.

Some of the comments at the foot of this article are also from the beggars belief category – ‘If you got nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about, right?’ – In a perfect world this guy may have a point but unfortunately we don’t live in that world we live in this one – and in this world government and business can spin/use information out of context and in conjunction with other spurious thoughts and prejudice and make people appear to be anything they want. In addition, if you wonder why the amount of crap you get flowing into your inbox and through your letterbox sudenly expands then look no further. Oh, and the very paedophiles, stalkers et al that the commentor feels for some strange reason this would protect us from find this kind of information manna from heaven in targetting and exploiting their victims.

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New York Stories in Stockholm

Fantastic new English language bookshop in Stockholm on Odengatan opens this weekend. An interesting list – not just the Borders stuff!

ps  – Wasn’t able to go along to the opening on Saturday as didn’t get back from airport until 1am and was basically too knackered but saw Margaret (the owner) this morning and apparently it went very well. And they really do have a great list so get along there! Check out some more pictures from the opening on the bokhora blog.

NYS Shop Front

NYS Upstairs

Filed under: Publishing, Swedish Life

Heavy rotation (w/e 03/09/06)

Call the Cops

Heavy Rotation 03/09/06

Maybe was all the talk about the Friday Thing this week – made me think a little of the old callthecops.com thing again. Maybe something we’ll come back to as unfinished business and I still have a couple of sacks of t-shirts clogging up my loft.

But anyway, we used to have a column with all the stuff that week that had kept us going on our travels that week – you know – the music; film; bars; restaurants etc that get you through. Anyway the Friday Thing connection comes from that time – We both started around that period. I have two large dustbin bags of left over t-shirts and they have … well I’m not actually sure what they have but I suspect more than a loft full of quality cotton.

Well have a friend in New York and he used to send out a track each week to his friends etc that was available for a day or so on his site together with a link to where to buy it. He hasn’t done it for a while and so thought would pick up a slack for a bit. With an occasional series of the 5 tracks that I’ve probably played most that particular week. You can get from my idisk for a day. But if you like ’em buy ’em.

Heavy Rotation 03/09/06
First track is from the new Dylan album (Modern Times) which is quite frankly incredible (as indeed the two previous records have been). This is the track one side one of that record – ‘Thunder on the Mountain’. One of those songs that gets under your skin. As a side note the album is 10 tracks – all excellent – no spoken intros or stuff that really has no place there. Just ten new songs. You remember those days?

“I was thinking ’bout Alicia Keyes couldn’t keep from crying but she was born in Hell’s Kitchen I was living down the line
I wonder where in the world Alicia Keyes could be
I been looking for her clear through Tennessee”

Fantastic.

Track two – ‘Harlem Blues’ . This is from the Spike Lee ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ which on the whole got pretty much slated. I can see all the criticisms (plot doesn’t hang together; dialog occasionally embarrassing; anti-semetic and with just a hint of misogyny ) but it looks amazing, has some great Spike directorial flourishes which I’m a bit of sucker for quite frankly and Denzel (and indeed the bulk of the central performances are excellent) – oh and the music is occasionally very special. In particular this track from the end of the film.

Track three is the single you can’t avoid – Christina and ‘Ain’t No Other Man’. The album may be a sprawling mess that could have done with some judicious editing but the single is no doubt occupying the ‘Crazy in Love’ space on most people’s ipods this summer.

Track four comes from the Mike Scott album ‘Bring ‘Em All In’ (from I think ’95 or around there) and just always makes me think of my friend Paul as he introduced me to the record and watching football in The Butchers Arms in Headington. It is a track that never fails to life me.

Track five and last is the Stevie Ray Vaughn instrumental version of ‘Little Wing’. This always makes me think of a Paul – but a different one. This Paul used to wake me up in the morning by setting fire to me. But, he did introduce to the amazing Stevie Ray Vaughn. This track used to always soundtrack coming up on MDMA – back in the day when the word ‘ectasy’ actually meant something. Can remember many the moment sat between two large Kef speakers listening to this and thinking life ain’t too shabby.

Was reminded of Stevie Ray reading one of the interviews given by Dylan in recent days for the new record (see above) – the interviewer mentions seeing a tear in Dylan’s eye at the mention of his name. Just one of those awful stories – a drug fuelled wreck for years and then sorts himself out and then gets into the wrong helicopter (it was apparently Eric Clapton’s ride but he was doing another encore).

Filed under: Music

The Daily Show does gay marriage

Dunno may be the summer but Daily Show not quite firing on all cylinders at the moment. Too much of that bloody unfunny Rob Cordory guy – So thank god he’s leaving. Anyway, to remind us all of how good they can be he is that Daily Show classic on gay marriage:

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