Monday, August 31, 2009

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,
I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.
-Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Destiny Street Repaired CD and Deluxe Limited-Edition LP Out 9/1 from Insound A totally new “rescued and re-recorded” version of the Voidoids’ final 1982 album
Charles Saatchi
Imogen Carter -Before you went into advertising, what other career did you consider?

Charles Saatchi - "Consider" isn't quite how it was. At 17 and with two O-levels to show after a couple of attempts, a career path wasn't realistic, nor a chat with the Christ's College careers officer, who wouldn't have recognised me in any event as my absenteeism record was unrivalled. I answered a situations vacant ad in the Evening Standard for a voucher clerk, pay £10 weekly. It was in a tiny advertising agency in Covent Garden, and a voucher clerk had to traipse round all the local newspaper offices in Fleet Street – of which there were hundreds at the time – and pick up back copies of papers in which the agency's clients had an advert appearing. The voucher clerk's role was to get the newspaper, find the ad, stick a sticker on it so the client could verify its appearance, and the agency could get paid. Vital work, obviously. One of the advantages of it being a tiny agency was that one day they got desperate when their creative department (one young man) was off sick, and they asked me if I could try and make up an ad for one of their clients, Thornber Chicks. This ad was to appear in Farmer and Stock-Breeder magazine, and hoped to persuade farmers to choose Thornbers, as their chicks would grow to provide many cheap, superior quality eggs and a fine return. I didn't know how you wrote an ad, or indeed how to write anything much other than "I will not be late for assembly", for which I had been provided much practice. So I looked through copies of Farmer and Stock-Breeder and Poultry World, chose some inspiring-sounding words and phrases, cobbled them together, stuck on a headline – I think I stole it from an old American advertisement – and produced "Ask the man who owns them" as a testimonial campaign featuring beaming Thornber farmers. The client bought it.

Meet The Swim Club - Czechoslovakia 's first ever male synchronised swimming team. These likely lads collectively wobble their moobs and kick their hairy calves to the sound of serene music for fun. -The Sun
Macaulay Culkin is the mystery dad of Michael Jackson's son Blanket

ACTOR Macaulay Culkin is the mystery dad of Michael Jackson's son Blanket. The Home Alone film star is said to have donated sperm to help Jacko create his seven-year-old offspring - real name Prince Michael II - with an unknown surrogate mum. Macaulay Culkin - godfather to Jacko's other two children - has told pals he will not comment in public out of loyalty to the late Michael Jackson. Helped by fertility experts and skin specialist Dr Arnie Klein, Michael Jackson is said to have stockpiled the ingredients to genetically engineer three "perfect" kids. -DAVID WILLETTS
The man who reported the gruesome slayings of seven people in a Georgia mobile home. Guy Heinze Jr., 22, faces charges of tampering with evidence, lying to police and illegal possession of prescription drugs and marijuana. He was jailed Sunday. Police refuse to say how the eight were killed or give a possible motive. There's no manhunt, no suspect. Was it a murder-suicide? There's nothing specific they're telling. -Associated Press

Sunday, August 30, 2009

House of Taylor

This platinum-set diamond ring is from the Elizabeth Collection of House of Taylor Jewelry, a Los Angeles-based international jewelry company whose principal shareholders include movie legend Elizabeth Taylor. The 5.98-carat oval-cut diamond in its center is “internally flawless” and surrounded by 3.96 carats of round brilliant diamonds in a floral design. Of course, star power doesn’t come cheap. This ring will cost you a cool $1.3 million.
(House of Taylor Jewelry)
November 2, 1992. Britain's Princess Diana and Prince Charles stand in silence before the monument of the Unknown Soldier.

White House Reveals Obama Is Bipolar, Has Entered Depressive Phase

People want to know, Why, when you became a man, did your voice not change? Rather, it did change, but what did it change into? Listening to clips of his interviews through the '70s, you can hear how he goes about changing it himself. First it deepens slightly, around 1972-73 or so. (Listen to him on The Dating Game in 1972 and you'll hear that his voice was lower at 14 than it will be at 30.) This potentially catastrophic event has perhaps been vaguely dreaded by the family and label for years. Michael Jackson without his falsetto is not the commodity on which their collective dream depends. But Michael has never known a reality that wasn't susceptible on some level to his creative powers. He works to develop something, not a falsetto, which is a way of singing above your range, but instead a higher range. He isolates totally different configurations of his vocal cords, finding their crevices, cultivating the flexibility there. Vocal teachers will tell you this can be done, though it's considered an extreme practice. Whether the process is conscious in Michael's case is unknowable. He probably evolves it in order to keep singing Jackson 5 songs every night through puberty. The startling effect is of his having imaginatively not so much castrated himself as of womanized himself. He essentially evolves a drag voice. On the early demo for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," recorded at home with Randy and Janet helping, you can actually hear him work his way into this voice. It is a character, really. "We're gonna be startin' now, baby," he says in a relaxed, moderately high-pitched man's voice. Then he intones the title, "Don't stop 'til you get enough," in a softer, quieter version of basically the same voice. He repeats the line in a still higher register, almost purring. Finally—in a full-on girlish peal—he sings. A source will later claim to have heard him, in a moment of anger, break into a deep, gruff voice she'd never heard before. -JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN

Rob Clarke is a fucking GENIUS!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Private First Class John D. Hart

Brian & Alma Hart

Green Car Crash by LeRoy More Hole (Chappaquiddick)SEX MILLION BUCKS
Gloria Swanson Edward Steichen
Mary Jo Kopechne's Funeral
Ted Kennedy JrEdward Kennedy The Third five times by LeRoy More HoleEdward Kennedy IIIBobby Shriver
Patrick KennedyJudge Patti Saris

President Barack Obama led the nation Saturday in mourning "the greatest legislator of our time," celebrating the indelible impact of Edward M. Kennedy as a senator for nearly a half-century and leader of America's most famous family during tragedy and triumph. Delivering an emotional eulogy for Kennedy that capped a two-hour Roman Catholic funeral Mass, Obama employed his own experiences and timeless anecdotes to memorialize the senator, who died Tuesday at 77 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. The country may have viewed him as "heir to a weighty legacy," Obama said, but he was playfully known by the youngest Kennedys less grandly: as the big cheese, "The Grand Fromage." -GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press
Mr. Kennedy was buried between two large maple trees. The site was comparatively modest, about 100 feet from the grave and memorial site of Robert F. Kennedy, in turn a bit more than 100 feet from the Eternal Flame and burial site of President John F. Kennedy. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

A U.S. citizen convicted of receiving training at a terrorist camp alongside al-Qaida members in his efforts to help overthrow the Somali government was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Daniel Joseph Maldonado, 28, a Muslim convert also known as Daniel Aljughaifi and Abu Mohammed, also received a $1,000 fine. Maldonado admitted to traveling in December to a terrorist camp in Somalia, where he was trained to use firearms and explosives in an effort to help a group called the Islamic Courts Union topple the government and install an Islamic state. Members of al-Qaida were present at the camp. Maldonado was captured by the Kenyan military while trying to flee Somalia in January and brought back to the United States in February.