I took daily notes while in Prague, documenting everything that I got up to, but sharing every waking moment is totally unnecessary, so I’ve narrowed it down to three subjects that I’d love to learn more about.
I’ll quickly state that if you get the chance to visit Prague, please do. It is one stunning building after the next, the people seem to really care about their own city, the food was good, and there is plenty to keep you busy as a tourist.
I also took some photos, and have made a small gallery. Read More
A wealthy tobacco merchant died in 1874 and left the bulk of his estate to the Glasgow Council, wanting them to form a large public library.
The Mitchell Library opened in 1877 on Ingram Street in the city centre, but quickly outgrew the premises.
After receiving further donations and funding, the library opened at it’s current location, on North Street, in October 1911. Read More
You have never been in a book shop like this in your life, I guarantee it.
Voltaire & Rousseau's passion for the written word is quite literally spilling from every shelf.
There are books on the shelves, on top of the shelves, beneath the shelves, in front of the shelves, books on top of those in front and even books around every wall of the entrance. Books essentially pour out of every nook and cranny you can see. Read More
So how do you make a 35 episode fake reality show anyway?
Not easily I'll tell you that.
You will need:
- 1 lawnmower
- 1 enormous villa
- 5 actors
- 2 sound recordists
- 1 Mac
- 2 camera operators
- 1 actor to be presenter in the intro's
- 1 hell of a lot of food for cast and crew
- 1 blow up pool
- 1 enormous amount of patience
- 1 runner
- 2 make up artists
- 1 big box of cardboard
Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness entered the US Billboard charts at number 1, and went on to sell well in excess of 10 million albums. A truly staggering feat for a concept and double album that is unlikely to ever be repeated.
With an album of 28 tracks, you have to imagine there were going to be a fair few singles coming out, and you'd be right.
Apart from the promotional "Muzzle", Those released were: Read More
Three years ago you'd pick up a Canon AE-1 Program with 50mm F1.8 lens for £50, no bother. Now they seem to cost closer to £100. Are more people moving back to film photography? Isn’t film too expensive? Not really.
Developing a roll of film at the lab I use is £3 for colour and £7 for black and white, but with film I shoot less and by taking more time I tend to make better shots, and that is me speaking as a novice photographer.
I don’t have prints made initially, as I take a CD scan (£2) of the prints home to see if I’ve managed to capture anything decent. Read More
"Mellon Collie is weird in that it's a combination of nihilism, sentimentality and epic hope. That was where the generation was at that moment" - Billy Corgan
In 1993 The Smashing Pumpkins released their breakthrough record "Siamese Dream". The album, which was an unusual collection of rock, alt rock, dream pop, psychedelia and grunge, officially put the band on the map. It went on to sell almost 5 million units and reached number 10 on the billboard charts.
An intense 13 month tour supporting the album ensued, and songs like "Cherub Rock" (a reference to the bands relationship with the rest of the scene), "Soma", "Today" and the ferocious "Geek USA" became instant classics. Read More
When the diary is clear and the day is completely your own, how do you spend it? Browse a book shop? Reorganise your record collection? For me, few things beat wandering about town with a camera and no real plan.
For anybody new to our site, photography is very much a hobby for me. The photos I take are either for my own memory or to add something to a story I may try to write. Read More
Anyone who has heard me talk will know I love finding new music. To put it into context I would say on a weekly basis I listen to anything between 20-30 new songs, the vast majority of which come from artists I've not listened to before.
Some of it is good, some of it not, and sometimes it is so excellent I make the decision to explore the artists entire back catalogue and buy as much of their music as I can.
This happened again recently when by chance I wandered into Fopp when they were playing music that I considered so interesting that I had to go to the counter to find out the artist; shortly thereafter I purchased the debut album "Charleur Humaine" by Christine and The Queens. Read More
She has stared in "Alias", "In Treatment", "30 Days of Night", "The Good Wife", "Mulholland Drive", "The Slap", "Triangle", "Grey's Anatomy", "Hunted" and many more besides.
An impressive resume to be sure, but it's fair to say that there is a lot more to this very versatile and talented actress than you perhaps realise.
Born in 1976 in Perth, Australia, at an early age she showed a passion and flair for Artistic Rollerskating. A passion that saw her win medals at national level and eventually silver at the 1991 world championships. Years later, George would also appear as herself in the 2013 documentary “Rollerboy". Read More
Iceland is a country that contributes enormously, and in so many ways, to the rest of the world.
In no other area is this more prominent than their musical output. Iceland has produced some world renowned acts such as Bjork, The Sugarcubes and Sigur Ros. But believe me they are just the tip of the iceberg.
So if you already love Icelandic music or if you just want to add some new tunes to your collection, here is a break down of the Icelandic Artists you need to check out: Read More
So here it is at last.
9 of the most beautiful songs ever written. Songs which make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
It's a nice feeling and I'm finally willing to let you feel as good as I do.
Oh, and more good news, I'm not just TELLING you what songs to listen to, I'm also TELLING you exactly when in the song to listen from. Read More
Desert Island Disc’s first appeared on BBC Radio in 1942, and remains a popular series to this day.
On episode 28 of our podcast we thought it would be fun to try to take on the difficult task of whittling down a list of favourite tunes to just eight tracks.
We were delighted that so many people took the time to add their lists to our website, so we’ve collected them together and displayed them below. Hopefully you enjoy reading through these lists, and maybe even find one or two new songs along the way! Read More
Chances are you've recorded a considerable number of times in your life. Everything from on your own in the bedroom to with your friends in the garage. Read More
By the time you start rehearsing in a studio you'll even dabble in self-recording and work with ambient mics.
But I think there does reach a point where you have a body of work that you want to record to the highest standard you can.
Any way you like I suppose! But for the purposes of this piece I thought it might be fun to share what I do.
Little bit of background first...
I have played guitar since I was 15, bass since I was 25, and drums... Well I'm still trying to learn them.
My approach has varied over the years that is for sure, but I would say the way I currently do it could be reasonably broken down into the following 3 categories: Read More
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Genetic Predictions At Birth:
Neurological Disorder - 60% Probability
Manic Depressive - 42% Probability
Attention Deficit Disorder: 89% Probability
Heart Disorder with Early Fatal Potential: 99% Probability
Life Expectancy: 30.2 Years
Guidance Counsellor Hugo Lamar's interview with in-valid pupil Vincent Freeman:
What if you could access your brains full potential, rather than just the 10 or so percent we use now?
The 10% thing is of course a myth, so I'll rephrase the question, what if you could be the best that you possibly could be?
What if all that was required to make this happen was 1 pill (taken daily) called NZT? Read More
Scott Pilgrim vs The World synopsis in 14 words:
Scott fighting six boys and one girl to get the chance to date Ramona.
Scott is playing bass with his band Sex Bob-Omb when he's attacked by evil ex No 1 - Matthew Patel.
A first level baddie in every way he is quickly despatched and our hero gets some coins. Read More