Saturday, 31 July 2010

Saturday, 24 July 2010

When The Wind Blows

Just finished watching the animated film "When The Wind Blows" based on the book by Raymond Biggs. All I can say is watch the film for yourself - it's a bit dated, but you can really relate to the characters "Keep calm & carry on" attitude.


I forgot to post all of the books I've read for the past couple of months, so here they are. I am slowly spreading out my reading list into more genres, but most of the books are somehow sci-fi related.

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Child of God - Cormac McCarthy
Crash - J.G. Ballard
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Black Jack

I've just discovered this Japanese comic by Osamu Tezuka called Black Jack, a rogue, extremely talented unlicensed surgeon. From what I've seen, the mix of accurate medical diagrams & graphic scenes of surgery, I think this would be right down my alley!

The Chipophone

All I can say is WOW - the Tetris theme tune (2:32) totally blew me away. God, I'm such a geek...

The End of History

A set of very controversial beer bottles by Scottish brewery BrewDog. Personally I like them, just because of the idea behind them & the values of the maverick company (plus one day I hope to afford some beer like this!):

“In true BrewDog fashion we’ve torn up convention, blurred distinctions and pushed brewing and beer packaging to its absolute limits. This is the beer to end all beers. It’s an audacious blend of eccentricity, artistry and rebellion; changing the general perception of beer one stuffed animal at a time.”

The name ‘The End of History’ derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama – implying that this is to beer what democracy is to history. The artisan beer has been crafted at the company’s brewery in Fraserburgh, Scotland and has been infused with juniper berries and nettles from the Scottish highlands.

The striking individual bottles were hand crafted by a taxidermist in Doncaster and each animal died of natural causes before they were used to hold the world’s most expensive beer. The outfits were made-to-measure and each bottle has its own quirky personality.