Archive for the 'UK' Category

03
Jun
10

North Korea on Newsnight

Newsnight reporters visited North Korea recently as shown this week on 1 June. The story is about the 30th minute. This is followed by a second story on Newsnight 2 June. Again, it is on about the 30th minute.

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08
Apr
10

Wales, Anime and Birthday

We did a short trip to Cardiff, Wales last week. The weather was windy and cold for the most part put that didn’t dampen our spirits.  The first day was spend shopping but next day we took a walk to nearby Llandaff to visit the cathedral. The first part of the walk took us through Brute park.

Then on to Llandaff Cathedral

After the walk and the Cathedral we wandered to a nearby pub for lunch and some local ale.

The final day we went down to the dock but it was cold and windy so I didn’t take any photos.

The Skycrawlers

I also saw Mamoru Oshii’s latest movie, The Skycrawlers. Oshii is best known as the Director of Ghost in the Shell.This was a movie is set in an alternative, sci-fi World War II, with eternally adolescent Kildren fighter pilots who live everyday with the knowledge that it could be their last. It is aptly described as “a thought provoking drama boasting stunning art direction but matched by deep character development”. We also got a free movie poster at the end of the movie.

Blog Birthday

Today is the anniversary of the start of this blog. I was advised to avoid dull reminisces of the history of the blog. So I have. (Happy 8th birthday blog!!)

03
Sep
09

Nagisa Oshima Film Series

The British Film Institute is currently hosting a series on Nagisa Oshima. I went to see the first of the movies which I will be watching in this series, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence.

Mr. Lawrence is played by Tom Conti. So it was a great treat when Tom Conti arrived to give an introduction to the movie. I have long been a fan so it was a real thrill to see him. Add to that the fact that the movie fantastic and it made for a great evening. David Bowie was exceptional but when is he ever anything other than exceptional? Everything was great except for the miserable weather – pouring rain.

I was very excited on hearing about this series. Last year I purchased a book on East Asian film and was a little horrified to realise how ignorant I am. (I recenlty bought a similar book on anime and  was horrified anew). Nagisa Oshima is mentioned in my book including the movie “for which he is probably best known in the West”, In the Realm of the Senses. This movie is described by the BFI as “probably the most erotic film ever made”. Thats a big statement. I’ve got my ticket for next week.

I also have tickets to see Gohatto and Empire of Passion.

03
Sep
09

Bristol

We visited to Bristol at the end of the August – it really was month for travel. The weather was a bit windy and cold but Bristol itself seemed very nice. Banksy, the artist whose hometown is Bristol was holding an exhibition

We didn’t see the exhibition because the line was VERY VERY LONG. It sent out the museum and along the footpath, then in the next side street there were queue barriers up and down the street which were full and then more people going around the corner! For three days that we saw the line it was like that from morning to closing time. I took a picture of his street art instead.

There is a piece of Banksy’s work next to the bus stop near my office so I always get to enjoy his work.

We saw other stuff instead which was all very nice. Bristol Cathedral was lovely with an exceptional chapter house. The suspension bridge by Brunel was as impressive as everyone said it would be.

Clifton Suspension Bridge across Avon Gorge

Clifton Suspension Bridge across Avon Gorge

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

Art by Banksy

Art by Banksy

03
Sep
09

Coventry

From August 14-17 we went to Coventry for a wedding. Coventry isn’t so great but it does have some pretty scenes.

Trinity Church, Coventry

Next to the Cathedral ruins, Coventry

One highlight was The Transport Museum which had lots of great vintage cars.




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