A celebration of Seventies-era axe-men, acoustic virtuosos and thumping riff merchants, in a compilation of guitar-heavy performances from the BBC TV archives. Guitar gods including Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Peter Green and Johnny Winter are joined by, among others, flamenco maestro Manitas De Plata, bottleneck blues man Ry Cooder and straight-up rockers AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. Everything from Fleetwood Mac’s ambient masterpiece Albatross to hits like the Jam’s In The City and Free’s Alright Now feature along with lesser-known gems like Maid in Heaven by Be Bop Deluxe and Nils Lofgren Keith Don’t Go. The tracks were recorded in the heyday of BBC shows such as The Old Grey Whistle Test, Top of the Pops and Rock Goes to College. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lkrr7
And, ‘The Genius of Omar Khayyam’ Filmed in part across Iran during the run up to the 2009 election and presented by Sadeq Saba. Born almost 1000 years ago in Persia, Omar Khayyam was an astronomer, mathematician and poet. His contribution to algebra and geometry has sealed his reputation as one the greatest mathematicians of all time; and a lunar crater has been named after him for his advances in astronomy. Omar Khayyam lived during a medieval golden age of science and learning in the East. He was among a group of pioneering scientists who were influenced by ideas from ancient Greece, India and China. The film reveals how Islam and the advancement of science went hand in hand. In the West, Khayyam is best known for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam most famously translated by a Victorian man of letters called Edward Fitzgerald. Published in 1859, the same year as Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, the film shows how and why the Rubaiyat became one of the most famous poems in the English language, attracting a who’s who of literary admirers including Thomas Hardy, TS Eliot and Arthur Conan Doyle. A decade after its success in England, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was published in America where its message of live for the day instantly captured the public imagination. Its popularity spawned all sorts of products including Omar tooth powder, playing cards, and the first illustrated editions of the Rubaiyat. America’s favourite poet, Walt Whitman was a fan, and soldiers took miniature copies of the Rubaiyat to the battleground. Omar Khayyam remains a significant figure in present day Iran, and the film explores why despite his apparent religious scepticism, Khayyam’s philosophy continues to resonate with modern Iranians. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rs21m
Religion and Morality. UK Elections 2010. Marmite – The Love Party!
First, faith made otherwise decent people commit acts of unspeakable horror, showing how ordinary and everyday feelings of human kindness and revulsion at cruelty, can be, and have been, overruled by religious belief (and dogma, secular enthusiasms, or any other, religio/political enthusiasms) Secondly, it exposes as utterly hollow the claim that religion sets an absolute and unchanging foundation for morality. Some maintain that their Man God had something new to say. Consider therefore this extract from the writings of China-man Mo Ti who lived in the Fourth Century B.C. "The mutual attacks of state on state, the mutual usurpation’s of family on family, the mutual robberies of man on man, the want of kindness on the part of the sovereign and of loyalty on the part of the minister, the want of tenderness and filial duty between father and son, these, and such as these, are the things injurious to the empire. All has arisen from want of mutual love. If but that one virtue could be made universal; the Prince loving one another would have no battlefield; the Chiefs of Families would attempt no usurpation’s; men would commit no robberies; rulers and ministers would be gracious and loyal; fathers and sons would be kind and filial; brothers would be harmonious and easily reconciled. Men in general loving one another; the strong would not make pray of the weak; the many would not plunder the few, the rich would not insult the poor; the noble would not be insolent to the mean, and the deceitful would not impose on the simple." I find this message more inspiring than the unproved promises of immortality and hell fire. The two largest religions, appear to me, to be, carrot and stick religions. Perhaps all are; I am not a donkey, some of the time, so I don’t respond.
What Shall We Tell The Children? http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398
Jack of Kent: Shall we arrest the pope?
By Jack of Kent
For those wondering, if anyone working with children hears an allegation of abuse, it’s the law to report it immediately (at least here and in the US, I don’t know about other countries). … "Even if the Pope doesn’t end up in the dock, and even if the Vatican doesn’t cancel the visit, I am optimistic that we shall raise public consciousness to the point where the British government will find it very awkward indeed to go ahead with the Pope’s visit, let alone pay for it. …<http://jackofkent.blogspot.com/2010/04/shall-we-arrest-pope.html> Jack of Kent <http://jackofkent.blogspot.com/> The Pope is planning to visit the UK on a Papal visit later this year. The Pope’s opposition to women’s reproductive rights, gay equality, embryonic stem cell research and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV has a huge effect on the human rights of millions of people across the globe. We want to make sure that the UK government understands our concerns, takes the opportunity to speak out against these practices and does not make the taxpayer cover the cost of the visit. You can: Sign a petition calling on the Prime Minister to act Join the facebook group on this issue
Will Hair take off again? Are the majority of us, and society, as ‘tight-arsed’ as it all was in the 1960’s? Will many people drop out, smoke pot, take Acid (LSD) again and run away? (when the ‘real-shit’ hits the fan, after UK Elections 2010, and the pay-back has to become a reality) This was very sad, "Nick Drake is one of rock’s most tragically romantic figures. There were only 26 years between his birth and his death – a time span that for many would be far too short to develop a talent, or realise an ambition or dream. Nick Drake encaptured time, beauty, loss and wistful desires with precision in subtle songs." Nick Drake: A Skin Too Few http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074ngy Music – The Songs Of Nick Drake: Way To Blue. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s06v5 "One autumn morning in 1974, his parents were unable to wake their son. Nick Drake died silently and unobtrusively, and to this day it isn’t clear whether his death was self-determined or unintentional. The significance of the three albums he left the world was only discovered two decades after his quiet passing. Now his music is more popular than ever and appears in big film productions and television commercials. The testimonies in A Skin Too Few describe an artist of integrity who symbolises the destructive effect of loneliness." Hair, restored – By Andrew Walker BBC Today programme. Hair, the groundbreaking 1960s "tribal love-rock musical", reopens in London’s West End tonight in a revival co-produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Its controversial London premiere, on Friday 27 September 1968, coincided with the ending of more than two centuries of stage censorship – one of the great cultural watersheds of that most tumultuous of decades. According to its best-known song, Hair arrived on the scene at the "dawning of the age of Aquarius", a mythical era which would usher in universal peace, love and understanding. The reality could not have been further from the truth. 1967, that fabled "summer of love" which saw The Beatles serenade a live worldwide television audience of 400 million with All You Need Is Love, had morphed into something much darker and visceral. The "Prague Spring", a blossoming of liberalisation born in Czechoslovakia in January 1968, was crushed by the tanks of Soviet bloc that August. Elsewhere, students around Europe revolted in May, most notably in Paris. US involvement in Vietnam was by now a full-scale war and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy signified to many the end of a youthful dream. http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8617000/8617715.stm
Beautiful Minds BBC 4 "What at stake here is progeny"!
Great minds don’t think alike. In fact, offbeat thinking has led to some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our age.
In the second of a three-part series uncovering the minds behind some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our age, James Lovelock explains how his maverick way of thinking led him not only to technical breakthroughs in atmospheric detection systems on Earth and Mars, but also to Gaia – a new way of thinking about the Earth as a holistic, self-regulating system.
He tells of his struggle against the scientific consensus of the day, the ridicule of his peers and his passionate belief that the mainstream scientific establishment stifles intellectual creativity. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s04qp Main article @ Wikipedia: Gaia hypothesis "First formulated by Lovelock during the 1960s as a result of work for NASA concerned with detecting life on Mars, the Gaia hypothesis proposes that living and non-living parts of the earth form a complex interacting system that can be thought of as a single organism. Named after the Greek goddess Gaia at the suggestion of novelist William Golding, the hypothesis postulates that the biosphere has a regulatory effect on the Earth’s environment that acts to sustain life.
While the Gaia hypothesis was readily accepted by many in the environmentalist community, it has not been widely accepted within the scientific community. Among its more famous critics are the evolutionary biologists Richard Dawkins, Ford Doolittle, and Stephen Jay Gould — notable, given the diversity of this trio’s views on other scientific matters. These (and other) critics have questioned how natural selection operating on individual organisms can lead to the evolution of planetary-scale homeostasis.
Lovelock has responded to these criticisms with models such as Daisyworld, that illustrate how individual-level effects can translate to planetary homeostasis." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lovelock
Notes for a Lecture on Philosophy. Trident Missiles; pornography; sex shops; 100 million or more – terrifying deaths! http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2400.entry Nick Clegg – Liberal Democrat Party (Lib Dems) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8624009.stm UK Election 2010. "Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg used his final statement at the Leaders’ debate to insist his party offered an alternative to Labour and the Conservatives." (scrap – Trident) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8627745.stm Go, go – Lib Dems, "Election opinion polls for Sunday’s newspapers have suggested the Lib Dems are up by as many as eight points, putting them just behind the Tories." Get rid of (most of) our filthy, very expensive and ridiculously stupid weapons!