You forget how good summer was until you look back at the old pictures. I have redone my media pages and regrouped them a bit there is now a media 2004 and a media 2003 page. That’s a fair bit of old media now. There’s a few new pages slipped in there which I will advertise soon, but if you are super keen you can go and try to find them. I was looking through them and I found this picture. These trails went from flat to flat in about 2 months. They weren’t ridden enough times but it was still fun to go to the knicker trails and have fires and things. New trails are fun.
Keane had the best selling album of 2004. Rudi’s mum, Max, helped Keane record this album. I made a website for Rudi’s Mum’s production company (Pink Scales). Does this make me famous? No. Anyway go and look at the website if you are bored.
I have not heard the album, only the singles. I quite like the first single “Somewhere Only We Know”. Not so keane (ouch) on the other two but the last one “The Last Time” I really like. Seb said that the album wasn’t great.
Keane are from Battle, which is near Hastings and where the battle of Hastings was fought in 1066. Quick history lesson there.
On Sunday me and Ben were playing pool in my parents’ dining room. Pool is not so safe a game as we had imagined so I think we were not prepared for what followed. I was just lining up for a shot, on the black as it happened when suddenly there was a small earthquake detectable only by myself which caused me to ram the pool cue into my thumb nail. Ben thought this was hilarious but it was actually quite serious and I thought for some time that my nail would subsequently go black and fall off.
It hurt a lot so my dad suggested I ran it under cold water. I think to make it go numb and to wash the blood away as the nail had been bent right back about half way down and had dug into my skin under my nail.
Unfortunately rather than numbing the pain the cold water made it about 17 times worse. So I had to kneel down by the sink and then I thought I was going to be very sick. I could kind of feel the sick ready to come out which made me make quite a few sick noises. Ben had stopped laughing by this time and was sympathetically rubbing my back so the sickness passed.
I realised at this point that I was kneeling at the sink which wasn’t particularly nice so I thought I would go and lie down on a sofa. When I stood up I couldn’t see anything and apparently hung onto the coat pegs saying “I can’t see anything” because I couldn’t so I decided to lie down.
My body temperature was now 330 degrees which was quite hot and I couldn’t see for a while. It was like when you have a head rush and those grey squares come up on your eyes but normally they go only a bit of the way up and you just have to hold on to something for a while but this time it went right up for ages and then it went down again and I got up and was ok. I think it was shock. My nail didn’t fall off.
John and Daniel turned up yesterday. Daniel bought my old bike and we went on a trip to Ashford skatepark. I’ll do a page soon but for now you can have a fag picture of the guy at Ashford with very long hair and who wears a tight leather jacket.
Ijust got back from Christmas. I have 5 days of holiday left so I think it’s time to get off to the woods. Maybe there will be a realy update tonight, but I have lots of presents to play with so I doubt it.
Happy Christmas by the way. I am bored of Chrismas so I don’t want to do an update on it. If you are into Christmas then go and find last years update at Christmas. That’s a lot of Christmas in one paragraph.
Random bmx has pictures of street furniture. I have bascially stolen the idea. I went to London one day for work and saw this so I took some photos:
Nothing great but would definatly have been more fun than sitting in a conference doodling for 8 hours while people talk about buses.
This is a ledge in case you can’t tell.
Those noid boys are having lots of fun.
Tom is selling off the old noid tees to make room for our new stock. At a guess I would say the design on the left is noid – means to an end. This is the sizes he has left:
noid punk. one left available in xl only!!!!! (nige if u want it giv me a shout!)
noid simple pleasures. one left in medium (£4 due to discolour), 2 left in large, and one left in xl.
noid means to an end. one in large and 1 in xl.
Tom, if you have any of these shirts left then i’ll take one. If not then save me one in a medium or large. Thanks. New noid stuff coming soon.
Christmas seems to be going on a long time this year. There’s talk of a white Christmas. Look at the weather forcast bozos. It’s sunny! Last week at work we had a Christmas meal so we went home early, plus they were handing out mince pies and mulled wine. Today there are people singing carols while I am at work which means free food (and wine) at lunchtime and no work getting done. At the moment some kids are doing a play which sounds bad to be honest but it’s better than work. Tomorrow we have a buffet lunch then its off to the pub, and then no work for 11 days. Maybe Christmas isn’t so bad.
I watched Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange on Saturday night. It was a really interesting film. I really hate it when people give the game away with film reviews and tell you the ending, or something important that happens so I will try hard not to do that. In fact I also don’t like reviews that make you want to watch a film that turns out to be awful. I think the point in a review is to tell people enough about the film to help them decide for themselves if they will like it.
But first, some background information. A Clockwork Orange was banned quite soon after its release. People assume that this was becasue of the violence in the film, but as usual, people are wrong. The film was actually withdrawn by Kubrick himself, who never gave the reason for doing this, although it is suspected that it is down to the number of people imitating things that are in the film.
For this reason a lot of people condem this film, when there are plenty of other films around that are just as violent, if not more so (Reservoir Dogs for example). I think maybe another mistake a lot of people make is turning off the film before they get to the end. The end is definately what makes the film worth watching. If you decide to watch this, watch it to the end.
But at the moment we are still concerned with the question, do I want to watch this film at all. Well if you can’t watch violence, the answer is no. If you like happy endings the answer is also no. If you love the government, I would also suggest that you won’t love this film. If you like a lot of action and no plot, then you might as well stop reading this now.
However if you like a film which keeps you engaged with a good story, highly stylised filming and lighting and compelling characters, then you might well like it.
Alex and his droogs use a language, called in the book, Nadsat. This is another detail which makes the film interesting to listen to as well as watch. It’s a bit like watching Lock Stock, or Snatch, where you are trying to work out what the slang means as you are watching it. Infact, go here and have a look at all the weird words.
The other really interesting thing is the music. Alex has an obsession with Beethoven and consequently there is a lot of “Ludwig Van” in the film, but there is also a lot of other music in the film as well, and the way it is used is really good. Often the music in films is kind of unobtrusive and hence unnoicable. Kubrick manages to choose music which somehow works however strange it might look, once again every similar to Reservoir Dogs (I’ll review that sometime.)
There is a lot of attention to detail in the film which really makes it stand out. The only critisicms that I have seen of it are that it looks a bit dated. In most of the film I don’t think this is true. There are a few scenes where the effects look fake – like the car scene, and Kubircks idea of what things will be like in th future is definatley dated – all in one cat suits, sleeping pods, micro cassette players and mirrors everywhere, but aside from this it just looks really good.
I’ll leave it up to you then…
This is an old picture. I think it’s from Januray 2003. It’s on this website somewhere but you’ll never find it – even if I tell you where.
So, it’s the shortest day. This is good. From tomorrow the evening will be getting lighter again. There’s still a lot more winter to come – about 2 months by my reckoning, but now at least we are on the way back to summer, something to look forward to. If that doesn’t give you motivation to dig then you must have had your trails plowed recently – almost everyone has.
It’s pretty miserable at the moment though. The time is five to four and it looks almost dark outside. I think the office windows are slightly tinted though – i think it is not properly dark until about 4:30.
The air is cold and it’s blowing through my bones.