Land of the Free, home of the geek.
Steven Schofield takes photos of british sci-fi fans, dressed in character in their homes. He treats it as 'found' photography, which seems to illustrate the subjects vulnerability. The title of the work is Land of the Free - and illustrates how American culture infiltrates, with the ironic edge of questioning the idea of the freedom of choosing to copy the look of these fictional characters. via kottke
posted by filmgeek
on Jul 14, 2008 -
and a resignation.
The day after the British Labour government narrowly won a parliamentary vote to extend the time that the police can hold people for questioning without charge from 28 days to 42 days, Tory frontbench MP David Davis has resigned
his seat. David Davis is a senior member of the main parliamentary opposition party - who strongly opposed the 42 day bill - and has stepped down to fight a by-election for his own constituency to start a debate over "the slow strangulation of fundamental British freedoms by this government". [more inside]
posted by ArkhanJG
on Jun 13, 2008 -
British Literature Blogs
is the brainchild of six British literary bloggers. Each working hard at bringing readers to forgotten or overlooked books, our BritLitBloggers decided that combining their latest blog entries together in one place would highlight the breadth and depth of British literary blogging.
posted by Fizz
on Jun 2, 2008 -
is a fortnightly British radio show that takes a relaxed, humorous look at Linux and open source.
posted by finite
on Mar 11, 2008 -
), horror writer, director, and actor. Star of the popular 80's series Darkplace
which chronicles the trials a hospital staff must endure when working on the gates of Hell, now available for your viewing pleasure. Or pain. Gripping. Terrifying. Bloody. With bits of sick. (See more episodes on Google
posted by kindle
on Jul 28, 2007 -
Our shameless culture, by David Cox (The Guardian):
Iran has shown the British what kind of people we really are: without honour and without shame. The Sun, the now officially approved
disseminator of British military information, notes that navigator Arthur Batchelor was "tormented" by being called "Mr Bean". Understandably, he had to cry himself
to sleep. Perhaps President Ahmadinejad feared that the goody bags might just prove a step too far. But no, they were gratefully received, in a response that aptly captures the infantilisation of a people that once ruled much of the world. Navigator Batchelor has however since complained
that the quality of his own bag's contents was not what he had hoped.
posted by hoder
on Apr 10, 2007 -
Releaed British navy commander
: We were gathering intelligence on Iran (Watch the interview
: The sailors were on a legitimate UN mandate
: The MoD confirmed last night that the Iranians had made the claim that they had become interested in Cornwall's activities after learning about it on British television, but denied the decision to allow the ship's crew to be interviewed while on active duty had jeopardised the mission.
posted by hoder
on Apr 8, 2007 -
BBC News: "Gee, I just love your accent."
The American nation may be more wary of crossing borders, but their love affair with the British accent continues unabated. Despite the fact that there are multiple variants therein, and what may be considered a "low-class" accent in the UK is still considered a "high-class" posh accent in the US.
Naturally, the Brits will play this up to the hilt - and it may help in getting them jobs, credibility, Oscars and Emmys, by no less an authority than Stephen Fry
posted by badlydubbedboy
on Mar 21, 2007 -
The Open Secret. "They were a light in the dark ... This is who and what I am; this is my tribe — and, look, I’m famous and life is fun".
Matthew Parris sings the praises of those old British poofs, the camp, safe, funny gays that your mum liked. All together now I'm Free! more more
posted by grahamwell
on Mar 18, 2007 -
...Historians teach that they are mostly descended from different peoples: the Irish from the Celts and the English from the Anglo-Saxons who invaded from northern Europe and drove the Celts to the country’s western and northern fringes. But geneticists who have tested DNA throughout the British Isles are edging toward a different conclusion. Many are struck by the overall genetic similarities, leading some to claim that both Britain and Ireland have been inhabited for thousands of years by a single people that have remained in the majority, with only minor additions from later invaders like Celts, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Vikings and Normans. The implication that the Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh have a great deal in common with each other, at least from the geneticist’s point of view, seems likely to please no one.A United Kingdom? Maybe
See also Myths of British ancestry
In the words of one well known Basque cultural icon
: HA Ha!
posted by y2karl
on Mar 9, 2007 -
Keep Burberry British.
The 150 years old very british brand
is now under a new management that decided to ...*surprise* move production to China closing Treorchy plant, firing 310 workers , despite a 25% increase in profits ! Celebrities from Prince Charles to Tom Jones are supporting the protest.
posted by elpapacito
on Jan 28, 2007 -
The real James Bond
— Sidney George Reilly
, the shadowy 'Ace of Spies
' and inspiration
for Ian Fleming's 007
, was born Shlomo/Sigmund Georgievich Rosenblum in Ukraine/Poland in 1874. Perhaps illegitimate, dapper
Sidney was a tireless self-promoter, patent-medicine chemist
, world traveller, and high-stakes gambler (not only at the tables: he married four women but divorced none.) A Czarist Okhrana
informer as a Parisian student, he was hired as an undercover agent in the late 1890s by M
of Scotland Yard. Reilly worked both sides of the Russo-Japanese War
, influenced British oil interests
in Iran, brokered World War I
arms sales, and volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps
in Canada. Sent to Russia by C
of Britain's SIS
in 1918, he joined a plot to overthrow the Bolsheviks
: it failed, but he escaped to London. Returning to Russia in 1919 to help the White Army
, he was later awarded the British Military Cross
. A staunch anti-Communist, Reilly schemed against them throughout his career. Lured back to Russia
by agents of the 'Trust
' — an anti-Bolshevik trap set by the Soviet OGPU
— Sidney was arrested, interrogated, and shot in 1925.
posted by cenoxo
on Oct 18, 2006 -
David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party in the UK, reaches out to the Youtube generation.
posted by greycap
on Sep 30, 2006 -
Look Around You is an insanely funny BBC parody of 1970's educational programs filled with pure nonsensical lies clothed as facts & pitch perfect mimicry of the style of governmental approved childrens education television. Each of the entire first season's worth of 8 10-minute episodes can be viewed here
and is highly recommended.
posted by jonson
on Aug 30, 2006 -
90 years ago today, whistles blew around the river Somme in France as British troops prepared for an attack on German trenches. By the end of the day they had suffered 57,470 casualties. By the battle's end in November, there were over 600,000 Allied casualties, with perhaps the same number of German casualties. The Imperial War Museum
has launched an online exhibition, where you can find out more about how the battle was planned, personal stories
of those involved, and myths
about the attack. Elsewhere you can find copies of Army reports on the first day
, look at film
of the attack, diaries and letters
home from the troops, go on tours
of the trenches
, listen to contemporary songs and music
inspired by the battle, and see some more modern responses
posted by greycap
on Jul 1, 2006 -
Ever wondered what old amounts of money would be worth today?
Or what you could buy with your current salary if you went back 200, 400, or 600 years? Now you can find out with a tool that converts English currency from 1270 onwards into today's prices. Based on Treasury records, it tells you that Mr Darcy's £10,000 a year would now be worth nearly £350,000, or that your house would only have to be worth the equivalent of £500 now to qualify for the vote after 1832.
posted by greycap
on Jun 28, 2006 -
projects abounded during the 1970's, but the most influential was the Half Moon Community Workshop
. Besides the workshop, this group also ran a gallery and a journal, Camerawork
that introduced many British photographers to a theoretical and politically engaged aesthetic practice.
Much of the theory espoused in Camerawork might seem naive or overly polemical for today's jaded post-Marxist intellect, but one thing that came out of the collective that does stand the test of time
is the work of Jo Spence.
posted by PeterMcDermott
on Mar 24, 2006 -
With the growing trend (at least among the porn stars & strippers I sleep with) of complete genital hairlessness, it's refreshing to see that the centuries old tradition of the Merkin
has been reborn for a new generation
posted by jonson
on Jan 29, 2006 -
BBC News: British unconvinced on evolution
"More than half the British population does not accept the theory of evolution, according to a survey.
Furthermore, more than 40% of those questioned believe that creationism or intelligent design should be taught in school science lessons."
Nice to know that the maxim for the UK being five years behind the US still holds true, more or less.
posted by badlydubbedboy
on Jan 26, 2006 -