Sep 29, 2005 · 1 minute read
I have an alibi, I swear.
Thanks to BBC4, I’ve finally seen Don’t Look Back
. Now, when the Donovan started, I thought, “well, it’s not that bad, I mean, Donovan does ask to hear the song after all,” but then, a few sentences into the first verse, Dylan shoots a look over his shoulder to the rest of the group, a look that just screams “I am sitting in a room, and slaughtering this man’s dreams. And smiling.”
Man, that was cold.
(I swear, no more Dylan posts for a while)
Sep 27, 2005 · 1 minute read
Okay, in the final few minutes of No Direction Home tonight, before the Judas bit, there was a film of a car going through a British city. Which looked awfully familiar - especially the Midland Bank, the building resembling a Dutch Pancake House on Oxford Road. And five seconds later, the other side of a clearing looked very much like the Oxford Road as well.
But where was the Odeon? Surely the building was older than 1966? It certainly felt that way when we went there.
So the question - was that Manchester? Or is my mind playing tricks on me, and they just used whatever film they had before cutting to the Free Trade Hall gig?
EDIT: Answered my own question - if it was Manchester, it wasn’t the Oxford Road, because the Odeon has been there since the 1930s
. As you were. But! You can take part in my round-table discussion in the comments: Highway 61 Revisited
and Briniging It All Back Home
are much better than Blonde on Blonde
, which, to be honest, gets a bit dull in places. Discuss!
Sep 27, 2005 · 1 minute read
Lots of fascinating things on the first part of last night’s No Direction Home (although I feel a little cheated by discovering that his manager conducted the interviews, and not Martin Scorsese (apparently, a big Johnny Boy fan!)), but aside from Dylan’s comedy theft of folk records, Liam Clancy (or Big Comedy Irishman, as I believe he should be known as from now on), and Dylan’s different stories of his background, there’s this: the album Bob Dylan originally sold 2500 records. On Columbia Records. If you did that today, Sony would drop you in a second…
Sep 26, 2005 · 1 minute read
…this is a sad story. On the other:
KILLER DOLPHINS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO!
We’re living in the 21st century now, baby!
EDIT: OH MY GOD.
GO AHEAD, MAN. MAKE MY DAY.
Sep 25, 2005 · 1 minute read
Yes, it’s a bit blurry, but that really is a Transformer that turns into an X-Wing. Damn you, Hasbro. Damn you.
Sep 24, 2005 · 1 minute read
Well, I think she’s settling in, but oh dear, that Johnny’s timing is pretty bad, isn’t it? Highlight of the show was Lauren’s reaction to the suggestion that the Stereophonics were her favourite band. Or perhaps 50 Cent’s (50 Pence: a Mark & Lard sketch that should have been?) rather creepy suggestion that Myleene could help him get to sleep.
Not entirely sure that they’ve thought this MiTracks thing through - it would be rather bad if a committed fanbase rigged the charts for several weeks. And vote for Bottle Rocket!
There’s a small possibility that I’m in the video!
Right now: hating tennis. I want Colonel Blimp, dammit!
Sep 23, 2005 · 1 minute read
(also, Sam Waterson! Young! In! The! Great! Gatsby!)
Sep 23, 2005 · 3 minute read
A House Panel of Republicans has met to see what they can cut from the Federal budget in order to pay for the Katrina reconstruction (because dropping the inheritance tax changes is Not Going To Happen. That’d be far too sensible). Some highlights:
- You remember NASA’s announcement last week that they gave last week? Well, don’t get too attached to seeing the moon again, as the plan calls for the cancellation of the entire project.
- Eliminating government support in Graduate loans
- Eliminating support for Northern Ireland and drastically cutting back on an international AIDS initiative.
- Cancelling all federal support for National Park areas.
- Eliminating grants for drug-free schools, and as a bonus, removing all federal money for teenage family planning (abstinence education is still fully-funded. I’m sure you’re shocked).
- Federal funding to Washington D.C. will be reduced even further (D.C. has no representation in the House and Senate, as control of the district was given to Congress in the Constitution (inhabitants couldn’t even vote for President until the 1960s)).
- Erm, you know PBS? Home of Sesame Street? Well, as Toby isn’t on the watch, funding for this is going to disappear. The National Endowments for Arts & Humanites will also be tossed out.
- The EPA is going to be slashed across the board: forestry, water quality, and waste disposal all take major cutbacks.
- CDC to have its funding reduced by up to 25% (good thing America isn’t worried about biological attack, or that the world is supposedly facing a flu pandemic, eh readers?)
And then! Because you know they care about the man on the street, they get tough with corporate welfare! Shall we look at what they’re planning to eliminate? Shall, we children? Why, look:
- Eliminate: Applied research for renewable energy sources, clean coal programmes, the FreedomCAR programme (to encourage more efficient cars)…and, and: President Bush’s hydrogen fuel initiative.
- To be fair, they do also eliminate a few other non-environmental welfare programmes, but boy, does it look like they’re using this as an excuse to kill everything they don’t like the look of.
What’s that? Surely, the military will be spared cuts in this time of war? Not a chance:
- A yard sale of old military technology, bypassing the need to get Congress’s approval for large naval ships
- Encouraging military personnel to opt-out of the TRICARE healthplan and buy cheaper, less-comprehensive ones.
- And, in a fit of, well, I’m going with insanity, restricting first-responder grants in the event of terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Nice one.
And all this because they want to hold on to those inheritance tax cuts until the bitter end. The Republican Party’s new motto: “And You Thought Harding Was A Bad President?”