Monthly Archives: October, 2011

Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials

Ceremonials by Florence & The Machine is the follow-up to her first album Lungs, and The mood of Florence Welch’s second album is set by the cover, on which she appears to be posing for a pre-Raphaelite artist.The mood of the disc inside, too, is also decidedly pre-Raphaelite: a gothic fever dream of romance, striving …

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Halloween (or Hallowe’en), is a contraction of All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), and is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. It is thought that Halloween, has it’s origins in the …

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EMI, the record label that signed such well known acts as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kylie Minogue, Kate Bush, Coldplay and Tinie Tempah, is likely to be sold to a Russian-born billionaire and businessman named Len Blavatnik. The sale will mark the end of an era for UK music. EMI is the last major domestic …

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Kielder Forest Star Camp

Astronomy has always fascinated me and I have seen many Solar & Lunar Eclipses as well as Halley’s and the Hale Bopp comet as they passed Earth a few years ago. Living in the country means that there are very few street lights and you can get a really good view of what is going …

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Frozen Planet

I have always been fascinated by nature and have been a big fan of David Attenborough ever since I saw Life on Earth, back in the 1970’s. So I couldn’t wait to see This stunning wildlife series, which is  Co produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and narrated by  David Attenborugh. It takes a …

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World Book Night 2012

On 23rd April 2012 One million books will be distributed for free as part of the second World Book Night. A committee headed by the author Tracy Chevalier recently unveiled a lineup of 25 specially printed titles which will be distributed by thousands of volunteers across the UK as part of an international celebration of …

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Interesting (and quite disturbing) stuff I’ve learnt recently

The average kitchen chopping board has 200% more faecal bacteria on it than the average toilet seat More than one in four commuters have faecal matter on their hands The salad drawer of your fridge may contain more than 750 times the level of bacteria deemed safe How clean is your wash? Bacteria linked to …

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The Art of the Hobbit

As part of next year celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, a book containing  a set of wonderful illustrations, drawings, watercolours and sketches by JRR Tolkien himself, is being published. containing many drawings which have never been seen before because they have only recently been digitised. …

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Happy Birthday Matthias Jabs (Scorpions)

Matthias Jabs, the lead guitarist with German Rock Band “The Scorpions” was born on this day in 1956. So I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to post some of the Scorpions splendidly noisy tunes, courtesy of YouTube Wind of Change Don’t Stop at the Top Rock You Like a Hurricane  

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Facebook Disconnect

Facebook’s reassurances about its privacy policies don’t seem to have calmed people’s fears of the internet giant – as users flock to shield their browsing histories from its all-seeing eye. Facebook openly admits to tracking your use of other websites while you are logged in to the site. But the site’s attempts to reassure people …

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