Sunday, 24 October 2010

Next up on Five..How to be Martin Parr

lifeboat GPIC
Channel 5 is often derided (mainly based on it's output from 10 years ago) but while the BEEB is showing the woeful One show, BBC2 has an antiques quiz, ITV is in the back of a squad car AGAIN and Channel 4 has the dog end of the news Channel 5 had this programme telling you how to be Martin Parr (no not that one) the one who takes photos .

Anway there's some tips and insight into MP's work, In the end I think the answer in the end that you need to be born a near genius and take 30 years worth of photos but well it's a fun 25 mins. I think next week they are off to Iraq with Don MCullin

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

I am a One in Ten

Odd week all round really, in a world full of numbers they start to blur after a while. To misquote Stalin one man's firing is a tragedy the laying off of 500,000 plus in a couple of  days is a statistic. Today I've seen more chatter about the latest deluded ego maniac being "fired" on Apprentice than the laying off sorry decimation of public sector staff (in a rare occasion the classical roman meaning is both emotionally and factually correct).
Of course 33 miners being plucked from the  ground is heart warming and life affirming but the almost daily death of a sapper in Afghanistan goes unnoticed. Almost as unnoticed as the Tories & lib dems finally wiping out the Welfare state.

 Of course public sector workers outside the playmobile lego minifigure jobs of policeman, nurses and teachers are all pointless worthless skivers, malingererswho spend theirs days counting the "solid gold" pensions and severance packages. Barely better than in fact than welfare scroungers with their free 8 bedroom houses fillled with their jam faced feral kids named after fashion labels. Nobody values public sectors workers no one needs or cares about admin officers who organise the rotas for bin men, dog wardens,  surveyors for roads signs, council tax clerks, planners, museum curators, tax collectors, social services managers, parkies, town centres managers, ....

Oh of course then there's the poor and the peopls who's jobs depend on the public sector.
Anyway I've off to work for Alan Sugar making cup cakes.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Record Labels anyone?

Record Labels?
Originally uploaded by bltphoto
Thinking of starting my own label... thought I'd start with arguably the best instrumental ever!
In honour of Booker T's sweet tune I've made a sweet pickle this year and I've got STAX!
I fear this this may get out hand..
Here's Mrs Booker, Dunn, Cropper, Dunn and Potts live in Norway(?) one of my fave concert clips.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

National Poguetry Day

Love a poem me read some Larkin just last night to cheer myself up. But  I was joking about about Poguetry and then read the lyric "Rainy Night in Soho". And it's one of the few pop songs that poetic on the page (pop's poetic don't get me wrong but most of the time it needs the music)

Now the song is nearly over
We may never find out what it means
Still there's a light I hold before me
You're the measure of my dreams
The measure of my dreams

spooky ring cake anyone?

spooky ring cake
Originally uploaded by bltphoto
Keeping up their solemn duty of marking the season in butter cream and lurid icing everyone's favourite baker's spoooooky Halloween cakes are out!!! And no they didn't have parkin :(

Monday, 4 October 2010

pictures of matchstick men

after lowry
Originally uploaded by bltphoto
changed trains in Manchester t'other day and took some pics.. it was raining obv but interesting none the less. Well if your a fan of emoty carparks and dodgy but heroic 60's tower blocks