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Mick Jagger in Peru

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Cuzco - woven mantas in antique weaving shop

Cuzco Mick Jagger textile shop

I was talking to the very knowledgeable owner of a shop of antique weaving in Cuzco, Peru, and after a while he mentioned that Mick Jagger had been in the shop two years before. When I asked if Jagger was in Peru to do a gig, he said no, he had come to see Machu Picchu. I guess he he missed it the first time he was in Peru, when he came to shoot Fitzcarraldo with Werner Herzog in 1980. Sadly—or not depending on how you feel about Jagger’s acting—he didn’t make it into the final film. Jason Robards had originally been cast as Fitzcarraldo and Jagger was to play his sidekick, but when Robards developed amoebic dysentery and had to bow out, thus delaying shooting, Jagger could no longer continue because the Stones were cutting an album. In a way I’m glad because I think Robards was spectacularly wrong for the role. Watch the video if you want to see his hammy and lightweight performance. But Jagger seemed promising as the simpleton sidekick. Some disagree. In the end it was probably fortunate that the role went to Kinski, and I can’t imagine Jagger tolerating Kinski’s on-set tantrums and quasi-criminal manic episodes.

The textile collection in this shop should be in a museum. The Peruvian government should consider paying the market price for its entire collection and displaying it all. It’s a crime that these pieces are slowly leaving the country. They represent multiple eras from every region of the country, and every one contains a message. What appear to be geometric designs are often animals representing family and cosmological origins and relationships. There is so little hand weaving left in the world. Much as I would like to collect more of it myself, it seems wrong to see it scattered to the winds even if that means Mick Jagger’s place.

Fitcarraldo - Mich Jagger and Jason Robards inIquitos

Peru Cuzco textiles shop weaving

Fitcarraldo Mick Jagger and Jason Robards in Iquitos, Peru

Jagger playing the fool in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo

New Edward Snowden interview, conducted by German television

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

liveleak

Pretty interesting interview on German television and now distributed on LiveLeak. Worth watching. He’s very articulate, and Canada’s CSEC is mentioned.

PBS story on income inequality and behaviour: Money on the Mind

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

PBS film on the rich and entitlement and income inequality

Wow. The effect of money on behaviour, and why BMWs are less likely to stop for you at a crosswalk.

Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

film for Copenhagen Design Museum exhibition

The short film “Textile” was inspired by the exhibition Post War British Textiles at Copenhagen Design Museum. Gavin Edwards, the filmmaker, tells me that the idea was to bring the patterns to life with the aid of motion graphics in a dynamic and intriguing way. The excellent sound design is by Thomas Williams, www.thomaswilliams-sound.com.

Beautiful mix of image, animation and sound.

Was It Something I Said

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Was It Something I Said panel show

This new quiz is not going to help my little problem staying away from English comedy panel shows. Not only is this on top of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and too many others to mention, it’s hosted by David Mitchell and stars the hilarious, nerdy, dreamboatish Richard Ayoade.

Jimmy Carr (to Richard): Was that not a clue, when Charlie said he was a twat when he was 16, was that not a clue, should we not have gone with that? And you said…

Richard Ayoade: I just… you look so like Roger Federer. All I’m thinking is… why am I playing tennis?

Jimmy Carr,  Richard Ayoade

Bill Nighy takes on bankers

Monday, October 28th, 2013

tax the banks, support the poor

 

Fantastically small tax on fantastically huge banking profits would yield fantastically large public revenue for supporting the poor. This is a campaign from 2010. What happened to this discussion?

“Campaign video by Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy about the Robin Hood Tax, a tiny tax on bank transactions that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and to tackle poverty and climate change at home and around the world. Add your own voice to the campaign at http://www.robinhoodtax.org.uk This film was made with the support of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/.”

“It’s estimated that derivatives trading is now worth $600 trillion — ten times more than the total economic output of the entire world. In fact, 92% of the world’s 500 largest companies use them to lower risk.” New York Times Jan 3rd 2013

Thoughts?