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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Watch | Lost in London

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Inspired by Baudelaire’s idea of the flâneur, the stroller whose epiphany is the shifting urban spectacle, the film is about one individual’s personal response to the unique spirit that charges the city he inhabits – in this case, Michael’s response to the inner East End, where he has lived for many years.

It’s a film about the deep, complex, bitter-sweet romance between an individual and his city. Like many long-term love affairs, it’s a dysfunctional one, but nevertheless, this film is a love story between a person and a place.

“Lost in London” is a film by Michael Smith and Wojciech Duczmal, who’ve collaborated on many documentaries for the BBC over the years. It develops further their idea of the lyrical essay-film, or documentary-poem.

 

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The 10 Best House Music Documentaries

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Before we begin lets listen to the classic introduction to House by Chuck Roberts from 1987 which most will have heard sampled in Mr Finger’s ‘Can You Feel It’ released in 1988.

Brought to you by www.beatport.com. Watched the embedded videos and read descriptions here: http://news.beatport.com/blog/2013/02/11/the-10-best-house-documentaries-of-all-time/

1. Pump Up the Volume

Number 1 on the list and clocking in at over 3 hours is Pump Up the Volume. This immense documentary provides a comprehensive lesson about the origins and history of House and the profound influence it has had on modern music. Essential viewing for everyone interested in music. If you don’t know get to know.

Do We Need a New Environmentalism for a New Age?

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The Anthropocene is an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth‘secosystems. The term was coined recently by ecologist Eugene F. Stoermer, but has been widely popularized by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemistPaul Crutzen, who regards the influence of human behavior on the Earth’s atmosphere in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological epoch for its lithosphere. To date, the term has not been adopted as part of the official nomenclature of the geological field of study. – Wikipedia

http://science.time.com/2012/12/18/do-we-need-a-new-environmentalism/

Interesting discussion on Environmentalism and whether a slightly different approach is needed.

How do we fall in love?

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Author Jeanette Winterson answers the big question for the benefit of kids. Personally I think its entirely appropriate for all ages. Taken from the book  Big Questions from Little People & Simple Answers from Great Minds.

 

You don’t fall in love like you fall in a hole. You fall like falling through space. It’s like you jump off your own private planet to visit someone else’s planet. And when you get there it all looks different: the flowers, the animals, the colours people wear. It is a big surprise falling in love because you thought you had everything just right on your own planet, and that was true, in a way, but then somebody signalled to you across space and the only way you could visit was to take a giant jump. Away you go, falling into someone else’s orbit and after a while you might decide to pull your two planets together and call it home. And you can bring your dog. Or your cat. Your goldfish, hamster, collection of stones, all your odd socks. (The ones you lost, including the holes, are on the new planet you found.)

And you can bring your friends to visit. And read your favourite stories to each other. And the falling was really the big jump that you had to make to be with someone you don’t want to be without. That’s it.

PS You have to be brave.

Another super discovery of www.brainpickings.org

Your Are Stardust

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Be still. Listen.

Like you, the Earth breathes.

Your breath is alive with the promise of flowers.

Each time you blow a kiss to the world, you spread pollen that might grow to be a new plant.

Taken from the wonderful looking  book ‘Your Are Stardust’ for children explaining the connection with the natural world.

Find out more at http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/03/08/you-are-stardust-kelsey-kim/

Read | The Pearl

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