Posts Tagged ‘England’

Glenda Jackson on Thatcherism, “The Hour” and Abe Lincoln on money and corporations

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Glenda Jackson criticizing the legacy of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism in the UK House of Commons this week, during a debate on tributes to Thatcher. For those who don’t think now is the time for this statement, I would refer you to this Guardian article on death and etiquette.

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Nathan Barley

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

The 2005 UK miniseries “Nathan Barley” features an ensemble cast of top British comedians and actors and satirizes what seems to be a thinly disguised Vice magazine or equivalent (here it’s “SugarApe,” sometimes written SugaRape) and hipsters in general. The show is named for the bombastic Nathan Barley, creator of the website trashbat.co.ck.

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Luxury Comedy

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I nearly had a stroke when I first saw Luxury Comedy, and not in a good way, despite being a fan of The Mighty Boosh and Noel  Fielding. Maybe the absence of the Boosh’s Julian Barrett was too jarring.

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Everything is OK! And the police need a hug.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Performance art/ political social satire enacted in London by The Love Police. “Everything you read in the mainstream media is 100% true! Consume consume consume! What you need to do is buy things you don’t need! That’s the best way to support the economy. Smiling is bad for the economy.

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Playplax by Patrick Rylands

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

 

Playplax, another toy from my childhood, was designed in 1966 by the brilliant British industrial designer Patrick Rylands. It’s in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London. Thanks to Fraser for actually finding it online, after I failed to (see his comments here).

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Kenneth Frampton on Aalto, Corbusier, detached houses, the suburbs &c.

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The video below, produced by Slow Home Studio in Calgary, Alberta, is a short, brilliant, unrehearsed lecture by renowned architect, architectural critic and historian Kenneth Frampton on the history of the detached house in our era. Worth watching the whole thing – but the complete transcribed text is below.

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