Say you’re skidding right? As in, your car has gone into a skid because you’ve hit some standing water or black ice. And let’s assume that it’s the back end that’s coming round. The advice in this situation is to ‘steer into the skid’.
Now, what I understand by the phrase ‘steer into a skid’ is if the back end is slipping to the right, then you, the driver, should also turn the wheel to the right, in the hope of bring the front and rear of the car into line.
However, whenever I hear this piece of advice given out — as I did just now, on the radio — it’s almost always qualified by something along the lines of ‘it might feel weird’ or ‘it sounds counter-intuitive’.
But why? Why do they always say this? In effect what you’re doing is turning the steering wheel in the direction you want the front tyres to point, which is the basic principle of all steering. So why in a skid situation should it feel strange to do that? Is it just the case that it does, and I would understand if I ever went into a skid? Or have » Continue Reading.
Year: 2017 Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Despite being adorable, mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) has only two friends: one, a closeted artist who lives next door (above a cinema permanently showing sword-and-sandal epics), and two: a fellow cleaner at the high-security government facility where they both work.
That’s the opening hook right there: this is a film about cleaning ladies at a top-secret government installation, where the newest asset is an amphibious creature captured by an agent played by Michael Shannon. And it’s a great hook. In the trusty hands of the brilliant Guillermo Del Toro it should be a great film. Should.
The problem is his treatment. Billed as Del Toro’s love letter to movies, that’s mainly because of the downstairs cinema and the fact that musicals are always playing on TV and act as a motif throughout. No doubt the 1950s setting is supposed to evoke the golden age of monster movies, or maybe Frank Capra, but in fact it’s nearer to the steampunk whimsy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and even Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’, meaning that what the film most closely resembles is a mix of ‘Amelie’ and the director’s two ‘Hellboy’ movies. (And given that the creature looks a » Continue Reading.
PC owners look way now, this is for Mac users, to whom I’d like to ask: have you updated to High Sierra?
Reason I enquire is that I’ve been holding off the update after reading that my version of MS Word (2011) won’t work on High Sierra. But now with all this talk of the Spectre bug I’m well frit that I’ll be bombarded with malignant viral whatsits if I don’t update.
All advice, experience, thoughts welcome.
Santa’s bringing my 13-year-old a laptop and naturally I’m keen that he doesn’t use it to access unsuitable content. I intend to do some childproofing ahead of Christmas Day, but I’m a Mac user with no experience *at all* on a PC so I’m already a bit frit about the process. I’m also keen to avoid an issue we have on a family Mac, where I’m an administrator and am constantly being called upon to enter my admin password. Basically I want him to have autonomy but without access to anything unpleasant. Is that possible, or do I have to bite the bullet, withstand a barrage of disgruntlement and set myself up as admin? Yours, cluelessly, LB.
I’m reading a good book at the moment: ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ by Grady Hendrix, a lavishly illustrated history / guide to the horror fiction of the 1970s and 1980s. My must-read list is mutating and growing like radiation-afflicted crabs, while the shots of lurid, dog-eared covers are acting like a Proustian time machine to my childhood. It is, as they say, all good. Apart from in one crucial respect.
I used to own lot of the books pictured and, reading about them now, I’d love to revisit them. But I can’t, because there was a particular house move in 1996 where I boxed up tons of novels and took them to the paperback-book recycling bin at Sainsbury’s car park in Market Harborough. It must have been a significant visit because I can still remember the time of day, dusk, and how I felt at the time, which was not all regretful or reluctant, just excited, because I had a great new girlfriend, a new job in thatthere London, and I was in virtually every respect of my life starting again.
That was 21 years ago. We married, had children » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
I must admit that I pre-ordered this as soon as I knew it was in the pipeline, thinking that a collection of classic Carpenter tunes on vinyl — we’re talking Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog, Halloween, They Live, Escape From New York… all the classics — would be tippety-top, just what the doctor ordered.
It wasn’t until I actually played it that I made what was an initially dismaying discovery: yes, it’s all the classics, but they’re not the originals. Instead, for reasons best known to themselves, Carpenter, aided by his daughter, Karen, and his son, Ifiwera, have revisited and re-recorded the gems from his back catalogue.
This is the same team behind Carpenter’s recent musical-renaissance albums, ‘Lost Themes’ and ‘Lost Themes II’, but the results here are less mixed. While both of the ‘Lost Themes’ album had tentpole moments surrounded by a fair amount of half-arsed noodling, every track on ‘Anthology’ is solid gold. Correction: almost every track. Personally I can live without the bar-brawl electric guitar he’s always been fond of, most evident here on Big Trouble In Little China’s ‘Porkchop Express’ and ‘In The Mouth Of Madness’. But » Continue Reading.
Serious question. Does anyone know? I’d have thought check-in was a way of saying ‘I’m here,’ but obviously not if you can do it online, days before your flight. What purpose does it serve? And how do travel companies know whether or not you’ve turned up?
Yours confused, of Leicester.
I really hate the bit where you put the needle on the record. Obviously I don’t, I love it, but it sort of stresses me because I often get wrong, like the song has started playing or the needle does that noisy thing before it finds its groove or in really extreme circs actually falls off the side of the rekkid.
So, the question is: am I the only one who suffers from drop anxiety? Do you have a trick for your needle drops that I’m not aware of?
So we’ve done favourite songs and favourite films, but the really pressing question is what is our collective favourite version of this much-recorded classic? The Dixie Cups? The Belle Stars, Natasha? Dr John? Joy Division? The Grateful Dead? Cyndi Lauper? Another one?
Just want to say congratulations to Harry Styles, who not only has a new album out today, but is also forging ahead with a promising acting career. Well done, Harry! I always knew there was more to you than One Direction!
…on a scale of one to ten?
You know what I’m talking about.
Personally, I’m against parents taking their kids out of school for holidays. Nevertheless, I can certainly understand the temptation, and there’s an awful lot of persuasive rationale involved.
That said, what really annoys me is the part played by travel companies. The school-holiday price hike is accepted as a fact of life, but it’s blatant exploitation. If we’re allowed to have laws that stop parents taking their kids out of school, then why not one that stops this practice?
I saw these guys supporting The Pixies in Birmingham and they were ace — way better than the complacent main act. Luckily I’d caught them as they cast off their brittle, arrhythmic post-punk beginnings and began a move towards dubbier, more prog house territory. Mixes from Adrian Sherwood (Christianity) and Sabres (11 Years) sealed the deal. What a band!
Any other unsung 4AD bands?
Of interest to some, I think.
“It’s tempting to ask why no one thought of it sooner. Coldcut (Matt Black and Jon More) and Adrian Sherwood – kingpin of the legendary On-U Sound label – are the perfect sonic match; two pioneers of British music united by a maverick spirit. These artists have a deep intertwined history- On-U Sound is printed in Coldcut’s genes in the music they grew up with. Coldcut x On-U Sound’s ‘Outside the Echo Chamber’ via Ahead Of Our Time (Coldcut’s first label) – is an album of freshly-minted, electronic dub-pop. The first offering of which is ‘Divide and Rule” (premiered via Clash) where Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Junior Reid and Elan breathe political fire and sonic glee into an exemplary dub, backed by a remix by Glasgow-based soundsystem Mungo’s Hi Fi.”
Tracklist 1. Vitals feat. Roots Manuva 2. Metro 3. Everyday Another Sanction feat. Chezidek 4. Make Up Your Mind feat. Ce’Cile and Toddla T 5. Aztec Riddim 6. Kajra Mohobbat Wala feat. Hamsika Iyer 7. Divide and Rule feat. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Junior Reid and Elan 8. Make Up Your Mind feat. Elan 9. Robbery feat. Rholin X 10. Livid Hip Hop * Dubs on » Continue Reading.
On one of those kitchen signs…
“PLEASE EXCUSE THE MESS, THE CHILDREN ARE MAKING MEMORIES”
Blergh! Any more?
What a shame to read of the death of Bill Paxton. Not only was he was my wife’s favourite actor, but he had a very, very cool CV: The Terminator, Aliens, Near Dark, just for starters, while his directorial debut, Frailty, was a much underrated horror-thriller. RIP Private William Hudson.
I was kind of double-screening so I’m not sure if I missed something or it was just a bit nonsensical, but…
.. questions in comments
Cult rapper MF Doom and Word Magazine favourite Sade — together at last.
If you think you might like this, then you definitely will.
Sad and mystifying decision. Unlike almost every other message board ever (this one excepted) they were actually useful. I’ve spent many a happy hour working out what Kill List or Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy was all about via threads on the IMDB message boards. I can’t see this kind of info going elsewhere, despite what the owners say.
So anyway. There I was thinking about the different phases or genres of music I enjoyed growing up, how one led to the other and how they formed a little map of my life, when I thought it would be a great wheeze to form a chain of albums to represent these different phases.
Why? Nostalgia, I suppose.
First, you have to decide on your different phases – as many or as few as you like. They could be ‘Thrash, Death, Doom, Nu-Metal, Grime’. Or ‘ZTT, PWL, R&B, TSB’. Mine are:
Post-Punk, Goth, Indie-pop, Baggy, Hip Hop, House/Techno.
What I’ve picked (based on my mood today rather than some kind of definitive best-of) is in the comments below. I’d love for you to have a go, too, but will fully understand if you think it’s a pointless confusing faff.
Bit of a public relations nightmare for Dreamworks and anybody else behind ‘A Dog’s Purpose’. Footage has emerged that seems to show the mistreatment of a dog during the shoot. It’s not a good look for a film that purports to celebrate the special bond between humans and animals, and while all involved say they’re shocked and saddened and looking into the matter fully, the film’s premiere has been cancelled as PETA calls for all right-thinking folks to stay away. The saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity probably doesn’t apply in this case.
As well as wondering how on earth they can come back from this, I wonder if this sort of thing is far more widespread than we know. How many film crews are currently examining their consciences. Horses in particular seem to get a hard time on film.
Awesome, just awesome.
With the film about to start, our local cinema invites its patrons to relax, sit back and enjoy the show, illustrating this concept with a picture of a young woman whose ponytail is flipped over the back of her seat.
Evidently the cinema approves of this practice. Indeed, they seem to be encouraging it. Nevertheless, it has caused a difference of opinion between myself and Mrs Bangs. Although we’re are agreed that doing this would be wrong on a flight or even on a train journey, both of which involve the need to interact with the back of the seat, we differ on its acceptability in the surroundings of a cinema. One of us say, No, it’s wrong; the other says it wouldn’t bother them.
What do you think?