Pull My Finger podcast pilot (and currently eight podcasts). Lead presenter Tony James not only has a great voice, he has a great offer on Fiverr: a 150-word smooth West Midlands working-class voiceover. Sounds like he’s originally from north-east Birmingham/Walsall?
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A truly outstanding first hour, of a two-hour set… * Angel Ace & Victor Prada – Entrance Music Radioshow 042 (Nov 2016) On SoundCloud: 1st hour progressive selection mixed by Victor Prada. 01. Jacob Singer – Survival Human (Gonza Rodriguez Remix) [Incepto Music] 02. Following Light – String Theory (Original Mix) [Saturate Audio] 03. Matter […]
There’s a Museum of Science Fiction, near Worcester (UK).
15 Nov 2016 at 23:57
Comments Off on Middle Earth, a major Tolkien biopic
I’m pleased to hear that a very major Birmingham / Staffordshire movie is going ahead. Directed by James Strong (Downton Abbey), Middle Earth will explore Tolkien’s early life and his romance with Edith Bratt. The screenwriter will be Angus Fletcher, and The Lord of the Rings producers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are both on […]
26 Jun 2016 at 06:29
Comments Off on A film for today: “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
If you want a good film to watch this Sunday, it’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007). I’ve just seen it again, and it’s an utterly perfect fit with this moment in history.
24 May 2016 at 15:42
Comments Off on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – a game set in the rural Midlands
I’m not a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction in its modern American form, but there’s an interesting and rather more lyrical literary tradition in English sci-fi — stretching from Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man” (1826) through Wild England (1888), to H.G. Wells and beyond — which makes the English countryside and topography an integral part of […]
24 Apr 2016 at 14:56
Comments Off on The Bluedot Festival
The famous Jodrell Bank telescope, located 15 miles north of Stoke-on-Trent on the Cheshire plain, is to be home to a major new three-day festival on 22nd-24th July 2016. Electronic music maestro Jean-Michel Jarre will headline the event’s music stage, along with Air, Underworld and Caribou — with Brian Eno doing projection-mapping onto the iconic […]
18 Apr 2016 at 14:32
Comments Off on Eastercon 2017 in Birmingham
Eastercon, the year’s major British convention for literary science fiction, is coming to the Birmingham NEC next year. 14th – 17th April 2017 at the Hilton Metropole, with Guest of Honour Pat Cadigan.
At last… Penda’s Fen (1974) on DVD, albeit in an expensive boxed set.
Super, there’s a new album from The Pet Shop Boys. Just released, and Super. Yes, the title is just… Super. 1. Happiness. 2. The Pop Kids. 3. Twenty-something. 4. Groovy. 5. The Dictator Decides. 6. Pazzo! 7. Inner Sanctum. 8. Undertow. 9. Sad Robot World. 10. Say It To Me. 11. Burn. 12. Into Thin […]
27 Mar 2016 at 16:48
Comments Off on Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation
The Oxford University Press has a new video-interview today, on an outstanding new project… “Over ten years, David Crystal has constructed an entire dictionary of Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation — with guidance on how every single word in the First Folio would most likely have been heard by Shakespeare’s audiences.” The book is the new The […]
09 Mar 2016 at 22:00
Comments Off on BBC iPlayer and the TV licence fee
A forthcoming new law will mean that “Those who watch catch-up BBC iPlayer on tablets will be forced to pay [the TV] licence fee”… “One option being considered is to make users sign in with a password linked in with a television licence before they can watch live or catch-up programmes.” Well, that’s up to […]
07 Feb 2016 at 22:59
Comments Off on Future Shock!: The Story Of 2000 A.D.
I’m a fan of documentaries on creatives and the creative process, especially those rare feature-length documentaries on comics and cartooning. I recently enjoyed the excellent new one on the cartoonists of The New Yorker. Now it’s super to hear about a new feature-length documentary on one of the greatest British weekly comics, the science-fiction comic […]
05 Dec 2015 at 17:45
Comments Off on Boy and Bicycle
“Boy and Bicycle” 1965, 27 minutes. Ridley Scott’s first film… The BFI also now has the film for free, possibly in a better print from the 16mm original, but I couldn’t get their player working (uses Flash?).
22 Nov 2015 at 07:41
Comments Off on The Edge is where The Centre is
A book of essays and observations on the West Midlands’ film Penda’s Fen, The Edge is where The Centre is, in a new revised and expanded second edition.
20 Nov 2015 at 09:03
Comments Off on Birmingham Science Fiction Group
Birmingham Science Fiction Group, with a focus on literary science-fiction…
17 Oct 2015 at 23:24
Comments Off on The lost genre of ‘great race’ comedy movies
I remember greatly enjoying comedy ‘great race’ movies on TV, back in the day, but I only realised the other day that the movie industry doesn’t really seem to make them any more. Here’s the handy list of those films that have been made, many of them rather good if judged simply as entertainment. The […]
17 Aug 2015 at 10:33
Comments Off on Drone Races
The new, underground sport of first-person drone racing. Don’t forget to take the air-sickness tablets, guys…
04 Aug 2015 at 09:22
Comments Off on Evil in the Shining Light
This looks like a possibly interesting art show: Evil in the Shining Light: art inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien… It follows the excellent Walsall Art Gallery show on Tolkien and the Black Country which happened last summer.