Spoken Blindly in a poetical way

Every month (roughly every 2nd Monday), at the Blind Poet here in Edinburgh, there’s a spoken word event called Blind Poetics.  It’s a mixture of poetry and spoken word from the local writing groups*.  It’s only been going a couple of months but I’ve been enjoying myself there.  In fact, so much that I did took a spoken word slot and read my short story The Equation.  It seemed to go down well  and I hope to do another – probably in August during the Fringe.

 

* This is Edinburgh so there’s a few.


Back in the 90s

I used to watch a lot of late night television.  Specifically the stuff you found on the tellybox at staggering in time in the morning. Channel 4, in particular, usually had something pretty good – or at least interesting – to cater to those of us drunkenly slumping in front of the telly kebab in hand.

I’ve got a lot of fond memories.

  • Late night sumo.
  • Old 50s Science Fiction B movies
  • An old American show called Burlesque – which I am sure kick started the curren revival in that form of entertainment.
  • The Hitman and Her (though that was more of a sort-of sodden fascination with Michaela Strachan’s mini dresses) – the show itself was dire.
  • And… finally The Trip

I loved this last show.  It was simply NASA footage strung together with dance music played over the top.  No narration, no explanation – nothing to put any of it into context.  It took me back to when I was a kid when I spent afternoon’s reading all I could about the NASA, Skylab, Apollo, Gemini, Sputnik, Gagarin - anything I could get my hands on that told me about the space race.

You can watch it on 4od right now.  It certainly is … a trip.


Is the future of films with big ideas still small? …2

I stumbled across a gorgeous trailer for a new SF short called Archetype.  Looks great.  If the film matches the trailer then I am sold.  Here’s the synopsis:

RL7 is an eight foot tall combat robot. Only problem is he’s starting to remember once being human. Now on the run from an all powerful corporation that will stop at nothing to destroy him RL7 desperately searches for the truth behind his mysterious memories before it’s too late.

Sounds a bit Robocop but still here’s the trailer.


Aristotle’s Lagoon

I’ve just watched this rather excellent documentary about one of Aristotle‘s almost forgotten books – The Historia Animalium.  I say forgotten but he’s not really.  He’s forgotten by most scientists except those who learn a little about the history of the subjects. These days he’s mostly ignored outside of philosophy class.

Prof. Armand Leroi shows how Aristotle was far ahead of the game back in Ancient Greece.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00q0hh2

Great documentary.


Congratulations Mike Logan!

It’s not often I get to this but it seems an acquaintance of mine has just won the inaugural Terry Pratchett Anywhere but here, anywhen but now award.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/02/terry-pratchett-reveals-winners-debut-writers-award

Well done Mike Logan!


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