Blog archive June 2006
just back from seeing the flaming lips and massive attack in hyde park as part of a week-long festival. dj shadow played too on a different stage but overlapped with flaming lips - jonny went to see shadow, i dare say he will have some decent pictures and blog about it.
flaming lips were marvellous. wayne coyne began by rolling around in an inflatable ball on the audience. on stage there were girls dressed as aliens in purple satin, guys as santas, four giant inflatable astronauts, captain america, superman, wonder woman, the guitarist in a skeleton suit... nothing succeeds like excess. then they sang Bohemian Rhapsody. and released giant green and yellow balloons on the audience, and fired streamers and a blizzard of confetti through 'do you realise'. in its crazy way it was all immensely moving. definitely a kingdom band. funnily enough we were watching it with the guy who books acts for greenbelt. flaming lips would be perfect, but gb can't afford them. and the gb stewards would make us pick up all the paper afterwards and put it in green sacks ;)
oh, and one of the aliens was a guy and proposed to one of the alien girls in the middle of the set. i thought they should have got married in the inflatable ball rolling around on the audience, with the priest in there too.
it's grass labyrinth season at grace: the spirit labyrinth service on 10th june and the minet park labyrinth on 17th june.
while setting up the minet park event i was musing about who looks after it [do they have a hut?] and how it lies on the land [wouldn't it be nice to climb to a vantage point], and these things came together like this - the labydome
which kind of owes something to jupiter 2 from lost in space [labyrinth family robinson?]
only trouble is, there will always be people walking about on your roof
climbers George Mallory and Sandy Irvine died while attempting to scale everest in 1924. it has long been assumed that their 'amateurish' clothing was at least partly to blame. but the discovery of mallory's body on everest in 1999 enabled researchers to create replica clothes. over the last few weeks these have been tested by climbers on mount everest - and have turned out to be superior to modern synthetic-based garments!
the ultimate intention of the research is to find out if mallory and irvine actually reached the summit in 1924, long before the first 'official' conquest by norgay and hillary in 1953. if it turns out that they died on the way down, history will have been rewritten as a result of fabric technology.
the superiority of natural fabrics for extreme conditions is a pet subject of howies, so i tipped them off and they blogged it. i find the whole thing fascinating - it seems we have to relearn what our ancestors knew [but didn't know that they knew]. like proper bread instead of wonderloaf.
this is the first time i've ever blogged baby photos. it seems to be a blogger's rite of passage.
btw he already has his own email address. at one week old. though he doesn't own a domain yet as far as i know. maybe i should get him one for christmas...
do exist after all - see here
i'd love to know how this works
from tango group who market the freeplay wind-up radios and torches
mind you, i'm not sure how much of an advance water-powered calculators are - there have been solar-powered ones for years. and my 1980 casio scientific is still going on the original battery - and it's not for lack of use, it's been my only calculator through 26 years as a student and architect.
naked cycling protest this afternoon in london, brought to you by world naked bike ride as a protest against oil dependency and the dominance of cars on roads. the nakedness higlights the vulnerability of the human body in traffic, but of course it also makes headlines. apparently last year's ride was the UK's biggest ever naked protest at 250 people. fortunately the weather's great today at 25C sun.
as of 3:51am yesterday i am an uncle, to edward peter collins. good job it wasn't a girl or i'd have been an aunt.