BBC news program Week In, Week Out covers the the heroin problem in Wales. Your host: John Cale.
The director of the documentary, Nick Skinner, talks about making the film with Cale:
The world I explored with John Cale was much darker. In the rundown post-industrial towns of South Wales, and the backstreets of Cardiff and Swansea, we came in contact with a the dark side of drug use. Teenagers shooting up because their mates do it, because there’s nothing else to do, because they are blocking out the pain of an abusive past. Adults trapped in a downward spiral of drugs, crime, prison and more drugs.
From the folks who brought you Bodies: The Exhibition, comes a new grotesquely beautiful attraction called Animals Inside Out. It’s currently showing at the National History Museum of London with over 100 plasticized animal specimens.
What is plastination, you ask?
Plastination is a revolutionary method of preservation invented by Dr Gunther von Hagens in 1977. It involves extracting all water and fatty tissues from the specimen and replacing them with polymers in a vacuum. The plastination process stops the decay of dead bodies and prepares specimens for scientific and medical education. It is an odourless form of preservation and lasts a long time.
This gets a “yay” and “yuck” from me all at the same time.
If you’re a fan of Turkish cinematic knock-offs then this low-budget scene-for-scene remake of The Exorcist will be right up your demented alley.
1974’s Seytan directed by Metin Erksan removes the Catholicism and gives the whole thing a slightly Muslim spin while retaining almost every other detail of William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece, including Mike Oldfield’s omnipresent score.
Unlike the VHS copy I own, this version has subtitles!
I was actually in attendance at this talk, held at The Prophets Conference, a New Age confab held in various cities about fifteen years ago. This one was held in Palm Springs in mid-December of 2000. I wrote about it a bit on Boing Boing, in my contribution to their Robert Anton Wilson week:
The RAW fans contingent in Palm Springs were totally distinct from everyone else present (goths and cyberpunk vs New Agey senior citizens who wanted to hear about Pleiadian prophecy and 2012 Mayan stuff, which Bob just hated). Bob got really ripped on hard alcohol before his talk and swore like a sailor, which seemed to deeply offend the organizers of the event. We ended up hanging out in his hotel suite, smoking pot. A young guy had given him a bag of these black psilocybin mushrooms which he’d managed to smuggle into America from Ireland, which Bob didn’t really seem to want and gave to me (my god were they strong). It was in Palm Springs that I got to see firsthand how bad his post-polio syndrome had gotten. He was getting pretty wobbly on his feet, but this did not seem to dampen his enthusiasm in the least for copious amounts of Marlboro reds, whiskey and weed.
Mentally he was certainly as sharp as ever, that never changed, but his health seemed to go downhill quite fast in the years I knew him. The aforementioned “enthusiasms” were often consumed with rapacious gusto for a man of his age and he once revealed to me that since nearly everyone who he had ever loved in his life was already dead, he was going to smoke as many cigarettes and pound back as much Scotch as he damn well pleased. Bob’s your uncle!
Read more of Wilson and I, by Richard Metzger (Boing Boing)
I’m not sure how ripped Bob appears to be in the video, because he could hold his liquor pretty well, but trust me, he was fuckin’ bombed
A rather haunting—notice all those gas masks littered on the floor—mural of The Simpsons having a grand old time inside a building at the Chernobyl disaster site. The mural is by French street artist Combo.
Self-taught Detroit-based sculptor Bob Causey aka Bobby C creates these incredibly realistic life-sized and scaled down busts. In an online interview with The Armchair Empire, Bobby C discusses how long it takes to make one, “Upward to 6 months for the proto, I can get my end done fast but It seems to take everyone else a bit longer for the clothes.”
You can view the finished Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) bust here. Apparently this sculpture was a wacky Christmas gift for someone named “Wendy.”
“Corporal Clegg” is widely considered by Pink Floyd fans as one of their worst songs (well at least until the 1980s).
The first of many numbers in his catalog referring to World War II, Roger Waters told MOJO:
“Corporal Clegg is about my father and his sacrifice in World War II. It’s somewhat sarcastic—the idea of the wooden leg being something you won in the war, like a trophy.”
One Internet wag called the song “the anti-‘Yellow Submarine’.” It even features a kazoos and a penny-whistle. Note that it is Nick Mason who sings most of the lead vocals here.
Never performed live, this appearance was shot in February,1968 for Belgium’s RTB TV. The group is miming to a work-in-progress version of the song that has a different ending from the one found on A Saucerful of Secrets (i.e. it’s lacking the marching band).
Prepare to be blown away by 15-year-old prodigy Kuha’o. From YouTuber Surfwyoming5‘s description:
This is a video I shot with no editing. Kuha’o has been playing the piano for about 3 years and has been blind since infancy. He is only 15 years old and can play most songs after hearing it just one time on the piano. I wanted to see what it would sound like if he were to play a dubstep song and it turned out phenomenal! I am such a fan of this kid! He is such a good hearted person and grateful for what he has. His good attitude is contagious and watching him play the piano and organ live is one of the most incredible things i have ever seen. Here’s to you Kuha’o! I’M A FAN!!
Holy cow! I think I’m a fan of young Kuha’o now, too. Simply incredible.