Last year I started to follow the famous Dave Rat blog – the sound engineer touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was an interesting look into concert sound production as well as backstage, event management, a fantastic travelogue of roadies on tour and a very good read. Hoggie has now pointed me to this similar blog from (I think) the production manager for the Eurovision Song Contest.
I’ve only read the first 12 days or so of this but I really like it. I’m the kind of person who sees things on TV or goes to live shows and tries to figure out how they make things work and what it looks like behind the scenes. Now with blogs like this we can get a peek.
There is an element of tech geek talk, but mostly (so far) it is just about introducing the people involved and showing some of the equipment, planning, troubleshooting, etc. that is needed to put on a show of the scale of Eurovision. The contest itself will take place between 14-16th May (three nights of live shows all televised to a worldwide audience) the setup (and this blog) began on March 31st. So there isn’t too much catching up to do, and if you follow it from here on I’m sure the show will have a whole new dimension.
This year’s Eurovision will come from Mosco, which is why I like this photo of “four different red beets salads” from Catering.
Terry Pratchett “Soul Music” is another book featuring Death. This time when Death disappears to try to forget (it turns out he is trying to forget something which is about to happen and he does so by joining the Klatchian Foreign Legion, as most people joining it are trying to forget something or other. This results in his granddaughter (by adoption) is pulled into the other-existence to carry on the necessary duty of soul taking.
Meanwhile, a band is discovered or are discovered by a new type of music. They become known as “The Band with Rocks In” and awaken a strange teenage like reaction in almost everyone who hears them – mainly the Wizards for some reason.
Like many Pratchett books a lot of the fun is in the real world refrencies, such as the explanation for the big bang creation, rock music, merchandice and comercialisation… But other than that it is simply a very good, very funny Terry Pratchett novel with all the usual twists, turns and details that it so much of a trade mark of his work.
Anyway, scratch one more Pratchett for me and on to another book in the pile of “stop-buying-more-books-till-you’ve-read-these” books.
Uploaded photos from Fun Monday trip to Balmaha and Inch Cailloch in Loch Lomond. For the first time I’ve added these to Facebook as well as FLICKR. I found FLICKR as quick and easy as ever, Facebook was fairly straight forward, but it wasn’t very good at keeping photos in the right orientation with lots of photos needing to be changed again. But then again you have the advantage of photos only being shared with folk you know and of course the ability to tag people in the photos which adds them to their account.
I don’t think I will stop using FLICKR, but there are certainly advantages from putting photos on Facebook. Anyway, here they are…
This is the fourth year we’ve done this big Labyrinth at St Silas on Good Friday. The setup took just about all of Thursday (I wrote a bit about how we do that here), and the Labyrinth was open from 10am to 9pm on Friday. Just as the last people started to make their way through the tear down started. It was great to have so many people turn up to help pack everything up, fold fabric and move chairs back so that the church is ready for Easter Sunday.
Thanks to all who helped!
Found this video of an old German films vision of how people will dance in the future. It’s great, I wonder if this is what a German Ceilidh would look like :-/
The Wire started on BBC this week. It is one of the most critically acclaimed US television series, it doesn’t easily fit into a traditional ‘genre’ and so (like Firefly that I posted about recently) is hard to describe exactly what is so good, different and ground breaking about this program.
Each season of The Wire focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. They are, in order: the drug trade, the port, the city government & bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. It is gritty and realistic (at least as far as I know, I’ve never been to Baltimore) but it is a series, not a collection of episodes. There is no neat solution to each hour long formula (CSI, Without a Trace, etc.), characters and story lines develop gradually over the course of season which gives the viewer time to get into it.
But it is hard to get into! It is gritty and not for the faint-hearted. There is violence, drugs and not only strong language but the makers of The Wire made the unusual choice of leaving in lots of street-talk and local slang which makes it hard to follow (I’ve found it better with subtitles on). One other little problem is that though it is good to see this on BBC, it is buried in a late night BBC2 slot and a new episode each night meaning you will struggle to keep up.
So, why bother?
It is good, there are 5 seasons – 60 episodes and I’ve only watched about 6 of the first season and I want to know how life turns out for these guys. Is there any hope in the projects, will the cops get anywhere, what is the wider picture in the city? It’s well written, well made and captivating but I think I’ll end up switching back to the DVDs as soon as I end up missing an episode on BBC.