jazzy_dave: (Default)
Talk about 2916 being a suck job of a year for celeb deaths but soon after Carrie Fisher passed away , her mum Debbie Reynolds (Singing In The Rain actress) also dies.

Makes you think / drink doesn't it?

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So, here i am in Faversham,having bought some fine cherry and vanilla pipe baccy.and enjoying a moment in the Leading Light before i go back.

A conversation with Andy my neighbour last night discussing exoplanets and their possible environments,with the subject of a planet around Proxima Centauri kicking the debate off for an hour.

The Book of The Week on BBC Radio 4 makes me feel chilly -its all about snow!

Snow )

I have photos to post from the mobile so i might do this at the weekend.

Schubert died very young from syphilis - aged 31

Winterreisse is the best art song cycle ever.

So here is one of them -

Franz Schubert - Gute Nacht from Winterreise

Just that it came up in the roadie , did i say roadie,i meant radio programme,and now i shall be catching up with the alumni version of University Challenge. Bye for now.
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
A nice sunny but cold morning and a day in which i shall be heading of to Bluewater to do a couple of covert shops this afternoon. It is also the free lunch day at the Quays in just around an hour's time.

I slept in for awhile and then listened to the Reith Lecture on BBC radio 4. Fascinating radio as always.

Yesterday after having the lovely lunch at Cafe Rougei went around Canterbury for awhile before heading of to the supermarke visit in Herne Bay.

I wandered into Waterstones and bought this -

From a couple of charity shops i found these for less than a quid each.

Currently reading these -

Anita Brookner - Hotel Du Lac
Simon Armitage - Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
Simone de Beauvoir -Letters To Sartre
Maria Keyes -Making It Up As I Go Along

I am aiming to get a hundred read by the end of the year!


Nov. 1st, 2016 11:35 am
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
I listened to the radio in bed this morning for an hour - as when i looked out of my window it was misty and cold looking - so being under the duvet was the better option. It was as there was a fascinating Reith Lecture on BBC Radio 4. Details below.

The Reith Lectures, Kwame Anthony Appiah: Mistaken Identities

The philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah argues for a world free of racial fixations.

He tells the story of Anton Wilhelm Amo Afer. He was five years old when he was brought from the Gold Coast to Germany in 1707, educated at a royal court and became an eminent philosopher. He argues that this elaborate Enlightenment experiment illuminates a series of mistaken ideas , including that there is a "racial essence" which all members of that race carry. Modern science long ago disproved this, as almost all of the world's genetic variation is found within every so-called racial group. Instead, "race is something we make; not something that makes us."

The lecture is recorded in front of an audience at the British Council in Accra, Ghana. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley"

jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
The clocks went back an hour. That means we have lost gained an hour of sleep. Still, i had a lie-in listening to BBC Radio 3 this morning (for a change) whom are celebrating 70 years of musical service. So since nine this morning it has been non-stop music without interruptions.

Last night i watched the latest Marvel movie Dr.Strange. It was the first time i went to the independent cinema in Sittingbourne above the Bingo Hall. There are two auditoriums so you have a choice of two films per evening.

Back to the film anyway. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant in it. The special effects are just awesome. A cameo by Stan Lee did not go unnoticed. The ending might hint at another Dr.Strange film to come.

Here is an analysis of the ending - Spoiler alert if you nit d=seen the film yet.


Worth seeing i think.


Oct. 17th, 2016 05:34 pm
jazzy_dave: (anarchist rules)
Mostly it has been a day of reading and listening to the radio plus listening to some CD's. I have been reading some more on modern European art from the Impressionists. I have been reading another few pages from the Letters To Sartre, and started to read the other Joan Didion book my brother gave me.

One of the programs on BBC Radio 4 i was listening to was The Digital Human. The half hour programme today was discussing the online early webcam history of Jennifer Ringley who started the first livecaster account of her everyday day life. For those early starters of the internet she is known for creating the popular website JenniCam. Previously, live webcams transmitted static shots from cameras aimed through windows or at coffee pots. Ringley's innovation was simply to allow others to view her daily activities. She was the first web-based "lifecaster". In June 2008, CNET hailed JenniCam as one of the greatest defunct websites in history.


"In the spring of 1996, an enterprising American college student named Jennifer Ringley connected a webcam to her computer and began seven years of uninterrupted self-exposure. JenniCAM, as she eventually named it, was the first no-holds-barred lifelogging experiment on the world wide web. Every 15 seconds, the webcam uploaded another still image - from the mundane to the erotic - exposing the uncensored life of a young woman coming of age.

The web at the time of JenniCAM was still in its infancy: this was before Google made it navigable, before the dotcom bubble began to inflate, and before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was out of short trousers. Compared with the modern world of universal broadband access, instant feedback and streaming video, it was achingly slow: websites with pictures took entire minutes to download, and publishing anything required expert knowledge in at least one computer language.

JenniCAM represented our self-aware future, the place we inhabit in the second decade of the 21st century, now that 82% of American adults use the web, and the average amount of time we spend online doubles every five years. We have evolved into the people that JenniCAM represented: both the voyeur and the viewed.

Twenty years after Jennifer first switched on her webcam, we retrace some of her steps and wonder why, at a time when everyone else has gone online, she's switched off..."

Fascinating radio.
jazzy_dave: (books n tea)
Overcast morning but then the sun came out for awhile in the afternoon. Now it just as cloudy.

Anyway, taking the day off to relax as i am working tomorrow - yes a Sunday - to take advantage of the rail replacement bus service to Dover. I have one of these mobile shop visits and the store is open anyway,and forecast is for a sunny day.

Last night i watched the third episode of the new season of Agents of SHIELD , which is already proving itself to be an awesome show - and the previous night the first episode of the new series of The Flash. Of the two i found the former more exciting.

Been listening to quite alot of Radio 4 , esp The News quiz,The Moral Maze and The Life Scientific. Thanks  to [livejournal.com profile] coming42 for the DAB radio! And talking of BBC radio i found this book in Faversham for 25 pence along with another at a simulate price.

Tuesday we are having a pop-up kitchen midday for a free lunch - i am looking forward to that.

Well, cannot think of much else to say for the moment.
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Ideally i was going to go over to Canterbury to do a visit - but as things went belly up,awry,and fizzled out, this did not happen.So after the free breakfast tomorrow i will do the visit once i done one in Bromley as it cannot be done before four in the afternoon.

A number of reasons cumulatively put the breaks on the visit today. Oversleeping was one, lunch at midday, afternoon siesta and listening to BBC Radio 4 were the others. With the breakfast tomorrow once done i will be out on my way.

I have been catching up with Eggheads and last night watched University Challenge on catch-up. On the radio the Book Of The Week is a bio of Angela Carter and the author was on Woman's Hour today.

The biography is called "The Invention Of Angela Carter"

"Edmund Gordon's illuminating biography about one of English literature's most inventive writers. This is the first authorised biography of Angela Carter since her death almost twenty five years ago. Edmund Gordon has interviewed close friends, collaborators, lovers and family members, and had access to her journals, letters and manuscripts and so created a vivid portrait of her unconventional and extraordinary life."


Sure need to read this book.


Sep. 25th, 2016 08:47 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Another fine day. I had a relaxing day,reading and listening to radio drama and then watching a documentary on the iPlayer.

This morning i had eggs on toast ,not roast, (thank you [livejournal.com profile] coming42 for pointing out that gaff| ! )

For lunch i had a mackerel salad with a hint of celery , nuts and fruit salad mix that i bought at Aldi.

The local church in East Street sent us a care package of free stuff donated by their patrons, and hence i picked up two oranges, some satsumas, a tangerine , two plums and a couple of apples.The plums are already taking effect, since whist i love them they do not love me, and hence , i am expelling gas that would send a rocket to the Moon.

I also listened to a number of radio dramas such as Le Carre's A Murder Of Quality , and a Dick Barton Special Agent one from the BBC's extensive past.

Hammer Films did a few Dick Barton films -

Dick Barton At Bay (1950)

Dick Barton (Don Stannard) and Snowey are forced into action once more when an undercover agent (Patrick Macnee) is murdered while passing on a coded message. A chilling new invention capable of producing a "death ray" has been stolen by the Russians. Barton is forced to fake his own death in a race against time to recover the device from enemy hands...

Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949)

The mysterious and sinister Fouracada (Sebastian Cabot) arrives in England, capturing the attention of the country's top agents. Soon the bodies are piling up and Barton (Don Stannard) and Snowey have another mystery to solve as the population of entire villages are being wiped out, their brains dehydrated and shrivelled without a mark left on the bodies. What device could be capable of such destruction? And can it be stopped?

jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
Listening to 1BrightonFM as mymate Ally Smith is playing two hours of solid jazz and soul grooves. Now between 2 - 4 pm. Check it out.



Jun. 29th, 2016 11:54 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
One thing i do miss is the old DAB radio in which i listened to BBC Radio 4 and occasionally Radio 3 on , and hence sometimes have to use the BBC iPayer for radio app for them. Just another thing i had to give up when i left the cesspool.
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
The book of the week on BBC Radio 4 is Sarah Bakewell's "At The Existentialist Cafe", one which i want to get and read.

From the iPlayer Radio app -
"Paris, 1933: Three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!"

It was this simple phrase that ignited a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Phenomenology into his own French, humanistic sensibility, creating an entirely new philosophical approach inspired by themes of radical freedom, authentic being and political activism. This movement swept through the jazz clubs and cafés of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism.

Featuring philosophers, playwrights, anthropologists, convicts and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Café follows the existentialists' story - from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights.

Interweaving biography and philosophy, this is an epic account of passionate encounters - fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnership. It's also an investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today - at a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world.

Written by Sarah Bakewell
Read by Sasha Behar
Abridged by Polly Coles"

I have read one of her books before and reviewed here on LJ -

Anywya the book is serialized this week till Friday.
jazzy_dave: (gilesbookworm)
In a related article to World Philosophy Day here is a link to soem wonderful BBC Radio 4 programmes -

Get to Know Socrates, Camus, Kierkegaard & Other Great Philosophers with the BBC’s Intelligent Radio Show, In Our Time



Oct. 5th, 2015 05:35 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
As we are now into October here is an episode of The Digital Human - Dark

"We might want to drown it out in light, but, as Aleks Krotoski discovers, darkness can be good for us. Electric light tampers with our circadian rhythms. Now we can light up any part of the day, our body isn't shutting off to sleep as easily as it once did. Aleks discovers the way that technology is starting to recognise this on both a personal level and a societal level."

jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
The other coolest DJ on the planet , apart from me (lol!), is my mate Ally Smith on Brighton 1FM via the web now -


Cool salsa, jazzy and funky tunes!
jazzy_dave: (buffy and scythe)

Radio 4 right now has a discussion about woman , science fiction , fantasy and fanfic .. totally fascinating !


jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
There has been some very thought provoking radio programmes on AI via the BBC, in particular In Our Tome with Melvyn Bragg -


Plus this one from the Analysis series on the question of AI superceding us.


Then there this fascinating programme on Artificial Intelligence and Cinema today -


As Blade Runner returns to the big screen in the wake of Ex Machina and Chappie, Adam and Francine investigate the role of artificial intelligence in cinema. Professor Christopher Frayling presents a brief history of the robot in movies, Dr Andy Philippides demonstrates why scientists are not that interested in humanoid robots. As part of the BBC's Make It Digital campaign, computer programmer Bill Thompson reveals the best and worst examples of coding in film history, and games reviewer Helen Lewis shows Francine how A.I. is changing the future of gaming. Adam asks the big question: can we really replicate human consciousness ? He hears from professors Anil Seth and Roger Luckhurst, and from novelist Naomi Alderman.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
I will pop over to Rochester this afternoon for a cinema visit and a charity shop visit. Hope it stays dry.

Meanwhile i will pop out to get some eggs as i fancy egg on toast and i have just run out of coffee.

I have catching up on some podcasts via the BBC Radio app, particular some wonderful series such as Quote..Unquote ,Counterpoint (the music quiz), The Philosophers Arms, and the excellent The Public Philosopher with Michael Sandell.

I hope our American cousins are able to get these as they are all very informative.

jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Excellent documentary on BBC Radio 4 at the moment -


The Case of the MP Who Vanished

2Steve Punt turns private investigator and examines the curious case of the socialist MP Victor Grayson who vanished into thin air!

Firebrand politician, champion of the mill workers, scion of the establishment, fancy dresser, hard drinker, man about town. Victor Grayson was many things when he erupted onto the public stage in 1907 as the first and last independent socialist MP, aged 26. However this shooting star disappeared from sight in 1920, under mysterious circumstances, with no confirmed sightings after that.

Punt P.I. sets out on a trail through Yorkshire valleys, dusty archives and seedy Soho to pick up clues to Victor's disappearance".

eat and veg to my inquisitive mind.
jazzy_dave: (gandalf grey)
Interesting radio documentary on Radio 4 about the so-called special relationship with the USA.

Peter Hitchens re-examines the relationship between the USA and UK, suggesting that - instead of an intimacy based on their shared histories, cultures and language - the real relationship is one of tactfully-concealed hostility.

Since French military and naval intervention won America its independence, the new Republic has been Britain's most consistent real rival with the Burning of the White House its most potent symbol.

The first half of the 20th century was characterised by unprecedented hostility between the two nations and American support for Britain in both World Wars came at a price. Peter Hitchens argues that Lend-lease during the war was not an act of friendship, but a cynical subsidy, and much was demanded in return - our gold reserves and bases in the Caribbean. At Bretton Woods, he suggests, Britain came under irresistible pressure from the US to abandon Sterling's position as a major reserve currency, ceding it to the US dollar.

After 1945, the 'help' stopped. The post-war years saw the Suez humiliation, brutal (however well-deserved) pressure on Britain to submit to the European Union, and a series of events which show that the United States only observed the Special Relationship when it suited - treating Britain as a junior rather than an equal partner.

With pro-active argument and surprising revelations, Peter Hitchens challenges the received wisdom and attempts to show that Uncle Sam was always out to replace the British Empire with its own global leadership.

jazzy_dave: (baker who)
On BBC Radio 4 is a series of Dangerous Visions , all dramatizations of sci fi classics , such as Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and on today Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles.



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