I was just idly scanning this week’s GU film blog and in honour of Halloween, there’s an amusing thread on the scariest film of all time. Not surprisingly Uncle Jack got the most votes, but I was reminded of a TV series which terrified me as a child. If any of you were born in the late sixties, then you might just empathise with my involuntary shiver if I utter the four fatal words: Quiet. As. A. Nun….. AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!! It was a cheesy seventies series called Armchair Thriller and was made in the same mould as Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected. But there was something about that blank, black face that was (and actually still is) the stuff of nightmares. Did this freak any of you good people out too?
And the question to go: It’s Halloween. Share your childhood TV and film terrors with us. What sent you skittering behind the sofa in fear and trembling? Happy Halloween my friends. Here’s enough fodder fpr a sleepless night here.
Oh and….. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Georges Méliès (December 8, 1861 – January 21, 1938), full name Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, was a French film maker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema. He was very innovative in the use of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and was one of the first film makers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour in his films. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality with the cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the “Cinemagician.”
The narration is by his niece, Madeleine Malthête-Méliès. It’s a wonderful little film, with what must have been state-of-the-art special effects in 1902.
the other 30 tracks that I really rate have to be kept for other themes!!
(I tried to guess other peoples tracks and take in the early lists from ‘spill.. but I can’t get into RR at all.. so sorry if they are your shouts – doing the picture my computer was screaming – ‘NO VIRTUAL MEMORY’ @ me)
You have itty-bitty dippy birds.We like them too. But then we have griffon-vultures, who also like itty-bitty birds, but only when they’re defunct . . . post-flying . . . no longer aeronautically viable, ex-parrots . . .
Would someone out there explain all this? It says it’s by The Fall:
Das Vulture Ans Das Nutter-Wain
Das Vulture Ans Das Nutter-Wain La la la la la la
Das Vulture Ans Das Nutter Ein Wain Vulture Ans Das Nutter-Wain Vulture Ans Das Nutter Ein Wain
Jester Jester Parson’s prayer So few and far between
Down and out Carry on clown Paint your face And close your mouth Vulture Ein das Nutter La la la la la la
Das Vulture Ans Das Ans Ein Nutter Wain Vulture Ans Ein Nutter-Wain La la la la la la La la la la la la
Moonrise on the Ottawa River, late summer about 60 miles northwest of Ottawa
No point using my words to say what these songs say much gooder eh. This week’s topic has made me nostalgic for late autumn – early winter in middle Canada, where I grew up. (You will see on TV during this winter’s Olympics that the city of Vancouver has the same climate as mid-England. Luckily there are mountains nearby for winter sport). In most of Canada, winter is 9 months of icy 16-hour nights. By January it’s not so romantic anymore and a little nightlight from above is much appreciated.
Travel is great – think we all agree on that and though Berlin is a place I have been before it is a constantly changing and developing place , buildings , culture , politics , events : the outdoor “Topography of Terror” around where the Chancellry buildings used to be between Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse (today Niederkirchnerstrasse), Wilhelmstrasse and Anhalter Strasse , is now awaiting finishing on a permanent indoor home. U2 are playing in front of the Brandenburger Tor FREE on Nov 5th to commemorate 20th anniversary of Mauerfall. Security was massive while we were there as Angela Merkel had just formed a new government and was being sworn in. Policemen with machine-guns on the streets – now that IS scary. And they don’t mess about either. Here is a wonderful piece of urban art which is for all to see and you can see how big it is from the pic. Spill points for the following: 1. Who made it? 2. What is it called? 3. Where exactly is it? 4. Which are the nearest U-Bahn 5. Is it in former East or west Berlin? Massive thanks to all the RR-ers who went to Leeds and gave me a CD – I shall be listening to them now I am back and will put fave tracks on here – X
I’d love to claim that I’d taken this picture when I was fortunate enough to see one of these beautiful birds on Tuesday – unfortunately mine came out so blurred and out of focus that even I’m struggling to identify the brown blob at the centre of the screen as a bird. This is a picture of the now-famous Dipper, a bird which I think has a pretty strong claim to be adopted as the official bird of Readers Recommend. If you’ve ever had the honour (and it really is an honour) of watching one in action, you’ll agree that it does exactly what we do – constantly seeking out new pleasures, bobbing up and down to the music that’s surely in its head, twitching its tail in time to the rhythm, and dipping in and out of the water, trying out this and that.
ToffeeGirl and I are off on another walk this afternoon – we’re crossing the Forth into the Kingdom of Fife (aka Blimpyland) but only just. A short stroll around North Queensferry is the order of the day – hopefully more interesting bird sightings to report back.
A question for you all: if not the Dipper, which bird/animal should be adopted as the official RR mascot?
EDIT: Thanks to ejd for starting a moon-themed post above. Can we transfer our moon-based activities up there – much as I appreciate the ‘traffic’, I fear that my poor little dipper’s in danger of being eclipsed!
EDIT #2: Apologies to everyone for my revisionist approach to history. I’ve moved all the non-Dipper/RR familiar comments up to ejd’s post above. Sorry if I’ve lost anything important and sorry if it’s made anyone feel at all discombobulated. Particular apologies to Chris whose comments I moved mid-conversation as it were …
Back row (l-r): gordonimmel, gremlinfc, DarceysDad, sonofwebcore, exodus, TracyK
Needing, sorry, nicking the sofa: Mnemonic, tarxien
Kneeling:DaddyPig, AliMunday, the extremely talltincanman
The more formal team picture from Saturday night’s shindig. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I had a whale of a time, so thank you all. Apologies to our more sensitive readers about gremlin’s hand; I did tell him not to pick his spots, but the camera’s timer went off, so … tough!
Anyway, the other reason for posting this – there was the customary exchange of compilation CD-Rs, and the usual promises to listen and feedback. Given that I was in a nostalgic heavy rock mood when I compiled mine, I’m not actually going to hold anyone to that promise! ☺ All I ask is that everyone attending, or with access to the ‘Box (hint, hint!) listens to Track No.19 on mine, and forgives the fact that it was a live recording from a pub gig, and the source cassette is twenty-three years old.