Friday, 19 October 2018

"Tear My Head Out From The Sound"


 Last Saturday was National Album Day which was brought to my attention by Jon (of course).  Now, almost a week on, and following Jon's Top Ten, I bring you my own top ten albums.  
 This was a difficult and somewhat harrowing choice to make, whittling down square plastic cases containing delightful discs of divine ditties.  I flicked through my shelves of Air and Alcazar, The Divine Comedy and Dannii Minogue, Girls Aloud and Goldfrapp, Kylie and Kula Shaker, Robyn and Röyksopp, Shakespears Sister and Steps - following Jon's rules: No "Various Artists" compilations, no "Greatest Hits", no soundtracks, reminding myself that I was choosing my favourite albums, not necessarily my favourite artists. 
 Eventually, I settled on my final selection. But before I get to them, here are the "almosts": Moon Safari by Air, Meccano Mind by Syntax, Sun Structures by Temples, Buzz by Steps, I Say I Say I Say by Erasure, All Possible Futures by Miami Horror, Wanderlust by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Seventh Tree by Goldfrapp. 
 Now, counting down from ten to one (the order of which is subject to change depending on my whim), here are my top ten albums: 

Light Years
#10 : Kylie's Light Years (2000)
 Light Years made Jon's list too, as did the video for the absolutely fabulous "Your Disco Needs You", so I've chosen a different version:


Monday, 15 October 2018

Freakin' Green Elf Shorts Road Kill Appeal


 Fashion disasters come and go, but none are quite as catastrophic as being caught wearing the Freakin' Green Elf Shorts in public. Sadly, poor AlpoJones - latest winner of the vile velour - realised this too late, and tried to end it all by flinging herself under a passing car.




 Unfortunately, three other fashion victims had got there before her, bringing the car to a halt before any damage could be done.  In a fate worse than death, AlpoJones has been caught alive in the 'Shorts (and, quite possibly, a pair of the Very Mistress's stripy tights). 
 We appeal to your humanity (or inhumanity - whichever works), and ask that you leave a witty, pithy, or just plain bonkers caption in an attempt to lure the vile velour Freakin' Green Elf Shorts away from AlpoJones' shapely thighs and onto your own undulating undercarriages (we know some of you are desperately craving a(nother) polyester binge).

 Please give your captions generously for this worthy cause.  Caption contributions can be made here (at AlpoJones' tumblr post), or here (at Rimpy Rimpington's blog post for those without tumblr know-how - like me).  The appeal will close just before midnight at Hallowe'en.

 As before, this FGES Public Service Announcement has been brought to you in association with Rimpy Rimpington Inc, with generous assistance from Infomaniac Enterprises.


EDIT 18 October: The updated Freakin' Green Elf Shorts Travel Map!
 


Friday, 12 October 2018

Crazylegs Cranes (and other unusual suspects at Pensthorpe)


 Last weekend, Inexcuseable and her husband dragged Count Podgekinson and I off to Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham.  We saw some birds and crap...

Moorhen

Hawaiian geese (and Inexcuseable)

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Landscapes Beyond the End-of-the-Line


A Southern Hawker dragonfly from Thursday afternoon
(please ignore the bird poo)
 Beyond the End-of-the-Line, as I'm sure you're aware by now, lies a Cusp interface through which one may access quite a variety of lands.  The Kingdom of the Crab People, the Chalk Rafts of Verstrandt, the last NightShip stop, to name but a few.
 Unfortunately, Thursday's jaunt past the End-of-the-Line led only to the sticky, yet slippery (but quite dramatic) clay strata of Sidestrand…
 First though is a visitor to Château DeVice's bird shit festooned garden, and a couple of photos from a very rough Monday morning: 


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 The following photos are from Thursday morning:


Hmmm... Must remember to clean Camera's lens...

Thursday, 4 October 2018

It's A Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek - Two Soups



"My God..." he whispered.  "What is that?"
"That," April breathed, "is a starship."
Perhaps it was the way he said it.  With all the awe and respect a human being could utter.  Staaarship.
George Kirk and Robert April from Diane Carey's Star Trek: Final Frontier

You know what we haven't had in a while? Starships.
For September's Art Challenge, I thought we could return to what every Trek fan loves doing: drawing/designing starships. These majestic interstellar beauties should be magnificent, graceful, powerful, and instil a sense of awe and wonder. I'd like you to come up with your own unique design, be it a drawing, model (physical or a collection of photons in your computer), painting etc. Or, produce an image of an existing class, or model you've already made, but shown from an unusual, but flattering angle, or set in surroundings or lighting that really show it off.
Think of the Enterprise leaving spacedock in The Motion Picture; the launch of the Enterprise-B in Generations; the first appearance of the Vulcan ship Ti'Mur in Ent: "Breaking the Ice"; or the Galaxy bearing down on the Cardassian weapon platforms in DS9: "Tears of the Prophets".

 So, that was the challenge I set at the beginning of September.  I didn't have a clue what I was going to do as, while I enjoy doodling and sketching starships, turning them into a finished piece of art is another thing entirely.  
 I chose this theme mainly because many of the TrekBBS Art Forum posters create photo-realistic starships (interiors and exteriors) by manipulating zeros and ones in mind-boggling computer programs, but don't often enter the art challenges.  I think part of the reason may be that they're already working on their own CGI starships, which doesn't leave much time to work on something separate which is not always conducive to including the aforementioned starships.  So, I had hoped that this might entice some of them to join in.  And it worked.  Kind of.  
 Seven people created pieces of art for this challenge, compared to only two for August's A Trek on the Wild Side theme (the entry other than mine featured a Starfleet shuttlecraft), five for July's Unseen Scenes (one entry included starships), and four for May's Starfleet Needs You! (no starships).  There were seven entries for June's Isik For Your Thoughts though, but none of them included starships - it was all about the money (an isik is a unit of currency in Star Trek)!  

 Anyway, I started thinking about the Enterprise-B (on the left, there), and wondered if I could create something in that vein.  A sleek, powerful starship, but with unusual details, perhaps?  Something ornate or intricate, or in a non-traditional colour/finish?

Monday, 1 October 2018

S. I. D.


 Strictly Come Dancing is back on Saturday and Sunday nights, and with it comes the friendly and funny Strictly: It Takes Two on weekdays.
  
 Imagine my surprise, however, when I discovered that Zoe and the ITT gang have enlisted the assistance of a distant cousin (from a future history that I hope never comes to pass), Interactive Device.  They've got the silly sod posing as their artificial intelligence, S. I. D.*
 Look!  There he is on the right pretending to be the Strictly Interactive Device!

 Anyway, enough about him.  This post is really just an excuse to feature the always entertaining - and extremely handsome - Aljaž Skorjanec again!

 Here he is in all his cheeky glory (with celebrity dance partner, Kate Silverton):


Ah, hello!  I've missed you, too!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Last Days of Summer


Wednesday's sun rise

 Despite Summer having been over for almost a month, the weather didn't get the message and continued with sunshine and warm (if not downright hot) temperatures for most of September.  There were a few days of clouds, rain and mid-teen temperatures, but they were soon boiled away.
 Now, however, our Indian Summer appears to have come to an end as Autumn takes over.  Although, the forecast is still looking pretty good for the first half of October, as the temperatures are only set to drop to between 14-16°C.

 Anyway, Wednesday was spent baby-sitting Count Podgekinson, which entailed two walks around the village and surrounding environs in the hope that he'd fall asleep in his push-chair.  Only the morning walk was successful in that regard.  

 Here are the photos from the walks:  

I wheeled Count Podgekinson down onto the promenade hoping that the proximity to the sound of the sea would send him to sleep.  It didn't. 

Cromer Pier in the distance

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Of Gorgeous, Beach Huts and Breakwaters



 Yes, that comma in the title is supposed to be there. It would be a stretch to call the beach huts here "gorgeous" - I mean, they're not hideous, but they're quite a way from gorgeous.  Speaking of which, the Gorgeous is quite far off, as can be seen further down in this continuation from yesterday's photo post... 

The tide was out far enough to expose the Sea Witch's house

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Not the Usual Suspects at the End-of-the-Line


 The last couple of days have been bright and sunny, so it was down to the beach for a wander.  I've split yesterday's photos up into two posts - this one, featuring Not the Usual Suspects, and a forthcoming post which is all about the beach and the other groynes.  

The Groyne at the End-of-the-Line (including a smattering of cormorants)

I think this is some kind of Pipit.  Probably a Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus)?
If you look closely, you can see a woodlouse or some other isopod in its beak

Monday, 24 September 2018

Missing: Hilarious Strap-On Bottoms


 Well, another hastily smushed together post is here.
 Despite having had a week off work - with another week to go - I don't seem to have accomplished very much.  I've got a Star Trek art project to do, but every time I sit down to make a start, I end up procrastinating something chronic.  Case in point: Hairy Legs on the right, there.  I caught him staring at me doing nothing from my ceiling, so I papped him.

 Then, on one of my wanders down on to the beach, I managed to snap this Small Blue butterfly resting in the sun.  Usually, they're so flighty that one can't get near enough for a photo, but I think this one had tired itself out.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Hit and Run: The Freakin' Green Elf Shorts are on the move!


 The latest unfortunate wearer of the Freakin' Green Elf Shorts - Alpo Jones - is documenting the torture and debasement that comes with those detestable polyestables.
Here is a taster of what's in store:


 You can see the full post here, with more (including a very suspect stain) here.

 This post is brought to you in association with Rimpy Rimpington Inc.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

5 out of 10 households prefer Kormorant & Tetris


 What?
 What?
 The title.  What are you going on about?  What does it mean?
It doesn't mean anything!
 Actually, it's the best I could come up with on short notice for this hastily smushed together post.
Ah.  That explains it.
 Does it?  I'm still none the wiser.
So, what does it mean?
 Well, my SubC was right-
Hah!
 Oh, shut up.  It doesn't really mean anything. Its just an amalgamation of Mago's amusing "Kormorant and Tetris" comment (because this post contains cormorants) on my most recent It's A Faaaake! post (Mago was describing Koromandis the Chandir, and th'Thanticar the Andorian), and the second part of this post which deals with five out of the most recent ten videos I've watched according to my YouTube Library History.
 What a strange combination.  What on Earth made you think these two disparate things would go together?
 Nothing!  I just thought that as so many of the posts here lately have been about the same tired old subject matter (beaches, cormorants and seals)- 
Because you, Witchface, can't be arsed to pull your finger out and write about Cusp-related goings-on and the like!
 Rude!  You could get off your arse and go somewhere other than the bloody beach, you know.
 I could, but I don't want to!  Anyway, I thought I'd try and liven up this post with something a little different, so be quiet and let me get on with it!
 Hmmph.
And "Hmmph!" from me, too!

 Right.  Now that those two have shut the Hells up, let's get on with this, shall we?  The following photos are from Thursday 13th September: