The Ecstacy of Wilko Johnson

The Ecstacy of Wilko Johnson is a  film by Julien Temple updating the remarkable story of the Dr Feelgood musician. Reflecting on his impending death following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Johnson muses on the transformative power of mortality. Determined to live out his remaining months playing music, he records an album with Roger Daltrey in a mere eight days and embarks on a series of farewell tours. Yet, there is an unexpected twist in the tale, captured here by Julien Temple and interwoven with remarkable archive footage and music.

You really don’t need to be a Dr Feelgood fan or even know anything about Wilko. This is an extraordinary film about acceptance, humility, gratitude and one of the most powerful things I have seen in recent years.

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I called it The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson because Wilko was able to describe how he could see everything in a very revelatory way. It’s like the medieval saints when they have the revelation of God and eternity, but in the head of an atheist.  Julien Temple

It is available to watch on BBC iplayer until Christmas Day 2015  but if you miss it the DVD will be available soon.

See more about the film at the website http://www.ecstasyofwilkojohnson.com/

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David Tennant explains Einstein

This is a brilliant short animation explaining Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in a way that anyone can understand. Even better, it is narrated by none other than David Tennant a former Dr Who!

A short film celebrating the centennial of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.
EOIN DUFFY – Animation (http://eoinduffy.me/)
DAVID TENNANT – Narrator
WESLEY SLOVER – Sound Design
ANAIS RASSAT – Writer / Science Outreach / Communication (https://twitter.com/anaisrassat)
JAMIE LOCHHEAD – Writer / Producer

A WINDFALL FILMS production for the SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

Eyes as Big as Plates

Well.. Eyes as Big as Plates is an artistic venture which could also be called  Old People With Things On Their Heads .. that really is it.  A fantastically quirky and captivating set of pictures that I love.

Eyes as Big as Plates is the ongoing collaborative project between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore, Eyes as Big as Plates has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging to nature. The series is produced in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics and ninety year old parachutists. Since 2011 the artist duo has portrayed seniors in Norway, Finland, France, US, UK, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden and Japan and Greenland added to the list in 2015.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Bengt II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place. Here nature acts as both content and context: characters literally inhabit the landscape wearing sculptures they create in collaboration with the artists.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Astrid II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

As active participants in our contemporary society, these seniors encourage the rediscovery of a demographic group too often labelled as marginalized or even as a stereotypical cliché. It is in this light that the project aims to generate new perspectives on who we are and where we belong.

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Eyes as Big as Plates # Agnes II (Norway 2011) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Don’t know about you but I really love that picture of Agnes 🙂

To see more like this check out the carousel of images or the Eyes as Big as Plates blog for their latest adventures!

Dalek Meditation

I don’t know who created the original but a friend spotted this dalek relaxation meditation on Devour.com and it made me laugh.. hope you enjoy it too.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Be warned.. this is meditation as you have never experienced it before!
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Validation

Validation is a short film by Kurt Kuenne . A fable about the magic of free parking. All about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation — dispensing both free parking and free compliments.

It is only 16 minutes long but a brilliant short film with a roller coaster of emotions. It will make you smile, laugh and probably cry.. so grab a coffee and sit down and watch!

The Thin Line That Leads Us

Rhiannon and I shared an office many years ago when we worked at the Open University. Both our lives have had many twists and turns since then. The Thin Line That Leads Us was a blog she started in 2005 when she left her academic job and husband in Sydney to return to the UK to be with Stu who she first met as a student.

Callanish stones from the blog post Kayaking to Callanish.

The Magical Eden Valley in the blog post Sinners

Lemon leaf from the blog Tales of the Unexpected.

The bunkhouse shoe collection from Running Mad on Arran.

Glen Sannox in Running Mad on Arran.

Rhannons’s dad worked as a research scientist and she has many of his photos from his time in Antarctica..  This picture is from A Christmas Greeting.

She doesn’t blog on that one any more but has a new photography website at http://www.rhiannongeorge.co.uk