Sunday, February 28, 2010

Girls live at Stereo, Glasgow

Girls are an interesting band who are based in California. The lead bloke is apparently a survivor of some strange religious cult in America. That's probably where he started to listen to the Beach Boys.

The music of Girls is a mix of the Beach Boys, Spacemen 3 and the Jesus and Mary Chain. It's warm, fuzzy, poppy music of the sort that can easily find a place in my heart.

Stereo is a venue that I'm slowly warming to. It's a rocky basement behind Central Station in Glasgow. I've been to a few shows here and initially I didn't like it but it has grown on me. We had a fairly good view of the stage and the sound was better than before.

The support band were a bunch of local kids who tried hard but still have a bit of work to do. Girls look like sex-cult escapees. They played most of the stuff that I'm familiar with from their album and a couple of unfamiliar tracks that are probably B-sides. I guess my favourite track is predictably 'lust for life' but the whole show was worthwhile. The girl I was with liked it too.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The British Museum

As mentioned in the last post I was down in London staying next to the British museum at the start of the month. It's a nice part of the city, full of famous hospitals and impressive buildings. The course was fairly busy but I did get to spend an hour in the British Museum which was fairly impressive.

I'd never been to the Museum before and the sheer size of it impressed me. It's a beautiful building full of amazing things. I was also struck by the volume of stolen artefacts we have there. The UK has taken stuff from all over the world. It's great to see but I can understand why some countries might want the more iconic pieces back.

I only had an hour but I'll try and go back the next time I visit London.

Good comic shop in London

I was down in London at the start of the month and I was staying in a hotel in Russel Square. I had scouted the area out in advance and located a cool comic shop opposite the British museum.

This shop is GOSH comics.

I like GOSH because it is more on the arty side of comics than the adolescent sci-fi side (although I do love the adolescent sci-fi side too). GOSH also go a nice line in signed limited edition books. I picked up a couple.

If you're in London, check it out. Only 15 minutes walk from Euston station.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Single Man - film review

I went along to see this film with a girl yesterday. It was good although possibly slightly different from the other films I've seen in the cinema in recent years.

The story revolves around an English (subject and nationality) professor at a Californian university in the early 1960s. His lover dies in a car crash and his world falls apart. The greatest sadness is that he is homosexual and society will not accept his lifestyle.

Colin Firth is great as the professor, disabled by grief, carefully planning and rehearsing his suicide. The film looks great and has a solid emotional impact. The harshness of society in '60s America is clear although I guess gay people in some places probably still need to live like that. In the end the film is probably uplifting and definitely worth seeing.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Advertising standards find Lifescan Ad to be unsuitable and state that it should not be shown again

Lifescan are a company who carry out 'health scans' in asymptomatic patients. They were referred to the advertising standards agency and found to be breaching advertising standards in several areas.

Hopefully now they will stop frightening the public into paying money for unindicated medical investigation.