All entries for April 2005

April 14, 2005

Where I've been

Writing about web page http://douweosinga.com/projects/visitedcountries



create your own visited countries map

or vertaling Duits Nederlands


yet another reason why finals suck

They are preventing me from asking Michael Howard some questions on Monday. Bah humbug.

This is hilarious

Writing about Don't work too hard! from Paul's blog

I particularly like the moral of the story!

April 13, 2005

Media Archives

As on Brand Republic site:

LONDON – The BBC, Channel 4, the British Film Institute and the Open University have launched the Creative Archive Licence Group, which contains the largest film, television and radio archives available to the public in the UK.

The Creative Archive allows people to legally download material from the internet for non-commercial purposes. The BBC will add footage from natural history and factual programmes, while Channel 4 will provide content from its broadband documentary channel 4Docs.

The BFI will be releasing silent comedy, early literary adaptations and newsreel and archive footage of British cities with all partners commiting to expand into other genres in due course.

The scheme is designed to fuel creativity across the UK as people can use the footage for their own artistic creations or school and university projects.

The Creative Archive was launched following the BBC Building Public Value report in December which pledged to help establish a common resource to extend the public's access while protecting the commercial rights of intellectual property owners.

Channel 4's head of education Heather Rabbatts said: "Seeking innovative ways to nurture the creativity of the country lies at the very heart of Channel 4's public service activity."

The BFI joined the scheme to promote British film making while Open University has plans to widen access to its learning material through film, TV and radio output.

At a launch seminar in London today, the four partners called on other media outlets to join the Creative Archive Licence Group.


April 11, 2005

Opps

almost sorta wish I'd got Glasto tickets

April 10, 2005

Nooooooooo

Aaaargh. So I had very vividly colourful dreams last night, only one got a bit scary, felt like I couldn't breathe, so instead of waiting to see what happened I made myself wake up and it took a while to catch my breath, think I'd been not breathing properly while I was asleep for that bit of my dream. However, i didn't want to forget my dream cos it was quite impressive, so I tapped some keywords into my phone, sleepily, then went back to sleep and had some more crazy dream. Unfortunately since then I forgot that I wasn't meant to text anyone til I'd looked at the message, but I forgot and texted Milly back, oopsy.

Anyway, so the first dream, I've now forgotten most of it, but the end bit, somehow me and my parents ended up quite far from shore (warm seeds, some speedboats and stuff) in the sea and we started swimming back to shore, but we were swimming across a current so we decided to swim underwater and try and swim under the current. When we got to the shore wall, my mum swam up and I started to then saw my dad was just sitting there. I was running out of air though, so I swam to the surface and gulped in some air, then went back down. For some stupid reason, I told my dad to try breathing in, which he did, but he managed to breathe in water and breathe it out without choking and was motioning that it wasn't helping, he still had no air. At this stage I was running out of breath and started pulling him upwards and then I made myself wake up cos I really really needed some oxygen. It was quite panicking to be dreaming that so waking up seemed the best option.

The next bit, after I went back to sleep, I can't really remember all that clearly. Something in a school-type gym and me being late to somewhere else and having to make something out of leaves and climb up those wooden rungs you have in school gyms… hmm.


April 09, 2005

Rockwerchter

Sorry, but this is the kind of thing that makes me giddy with excitement: the Werchter line up is shaping up excellently:

Athlete, Audioslave, The Chemical Brothers, Daan, Faithless, Feeder, Flogging Molly, Foo Fighters, Garbage, Green Day, Keane, New Order, NIN, Pennywise, QOTSA, Rammstein, REM, Snoop Dogg, Soulwax, The Tears, Velvet Revolver, Within Temptation, Sarah Bettens, Bloc Party, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Jamie Cullum, The Dears, The Dresden Dolls, Interpol, Kasabian, Kraftwerk, The Mars Volta, Tom McRae, Millionaire, Monza, Roisin Murphy, Gabriel Rios, Stash, Thievery Corporation, Armand Van Helden, Saul Williams

4 days of musical fun.


Some things

To my dad: no you cannot be right alll the time purely because you're older than me.

To Fightstar: are you cheeky scamps trying to be SOAD? Why is your drummer so round? You there, in the middle, are you trying to be a girl with no eyes?

To myself: I will do my top 3 soon. It will be a top 3 of all the new stuff I've listened to of late…if I get adventurous I may do a top 3 of album tracks vs a top 3 of single tracks, let's see how revision goes first!


April 08, 2005

Stevie Smith

So all this immersion (over immersion, come to that) in science has made me miss the arts something chronic… I probably should've gone to University somewhere in Scotland so that I could study a variety of stuff.

One of the things I enjoyed most about English Lit A-Level was the poetry bits. I found it quite intriguing and liked analysing all the metaphors and ironies and reading between the lines…it was much like song lyrics, minus the instrumental backing :)

Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith, was one of my favourite ones that we studied at school, here it is. If you'd like to know more about the author, check out the Stevie Smith website

Not Waving but Drowning
Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.


Waaaaaaaa

As the time approaches when I should've been making my way to Birmingham, I am bemoaning mroe and more my dad's ability to chuck stuff of mine away.

What annoys me more, is that he's only bothered when things that are missing are his, at which point he has me and my mum look everywhere at least three times before stopping his moaning. However, if me and my mum lose anything, he just sits on his arse denying all knowledge.

This wouldn't matter so much, if the things that he has misplaced on our behalf, weren't worth approximatley £40.


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