Posts Tagged ‘Arts and Entertainment’

New material on our YouTube Channel

June 19, 2011 1 comment

This week, we’ve added two new playlists of music videos with the key words PUT and LOOK. So you can find songs from the likes of Paul McCartney, The Coral, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Ramones, The Libertines, Jet, Dido, ABC or Monty Python (yes, that song) for your education and entertainment!

Remember that you can find song lyrics on many websites, but two that we like are A-Z Lyrics and Leo’s Lyrics.

Finally, please tell your friends about the channel and leave us a message to let us know what you think!

Go to the Exit YouTube Channel

Strange Random Music Quote:

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. – Frank Zappa

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Neues Museum, Berlin, MiesArch Prize 2011

April 12, 2011 4 comments

The Prize is an initiative of the European Commission organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The principal objectives are to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new concepts and technologies. The Prize also sets out to promote the profession by encouraging architects working throughout the entire European Union and by supporting young architects as they set off on their careers. […] The Prize consists of 60.000 € and the Special Mention consists of 20.000 € with both receiving a sculpture that evokes the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of Barcelona – the symbol for this Prize: excellence and innovation in conceptual and constructive terms.

The Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built between 1841 and 1859. Extensive bombing during the Second World War left the building in ruins, with entire sections missing completely and others severely damaged. Few attempts at repair were made after the war, and the structure was left exposed to nature. In 1997, David Chipperfield Architects – with Julian Harrap – won the international competition for the rebuilding of the Neues Museum.

MiesArch website

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Strange Random Architecture Quote:

Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together. – Mies van der Rohe

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Complaints Choir – Chicago vs Tokyo

Complaints Choir of Tokyo in 2009

Image by Ars Electronica via Flickr

The Complaints Choir invites people to complain as much as they want and to sing their complaints out loud together with fellow complainers. The first choir was organised in Birmingham followed by the Complaints Choir of Helsinki and Hamburg. The lyrics were written by the Choir, Music by Jeremy Jacobson. Project by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. Produced by Smog Veil Records/Frank Mauceri.

Project website:


Compare and contrast with the complaints of the Tokyo Choir …


Strange Random Complaining Quote:

I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do. – Joe Walsh, “Life’s Been Good

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London Street Photography

February 16, 2011 1 comment

Bob Collins street photographyExcellent slideshow as a taste of the exhibition London Street Photography, due to open at the Museum of London this Friday 18th.

On the right is our favourite, by Bob Collins. Any ideas what was happening?

See the full slideshow here –

Strange Random Photography Quote:

The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality. – Henri Cartier Bresson

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More “Found” Art

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Penguin Cafe Orchestra 6501

Image by Nesster via Flickr

Following on from the video about Gabriel Orozco‘s new exhibition at the Tate Modern, focusing on “found objects”, here’s a related video.

The tune is “Music for a Found Harmonium”, written and performed by the Penguin Café Orchestra, that eclectic and thoroughly British-eccentric group. Did we say that we like them? Well, there are many more examples available on YouTube!

Strange Random Art Quote:
Let me ask you something, what is not art? – Author Unknown

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Review of 2010 in pictures (BBC)

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re back after a full (and filling) weekend, with a great slideshow from the BBC, showing highlights of 2010 from a Brit perspective, of course. Click on the image to go there now!

Strange Random Review Quote:
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia. – Iris Murdoch

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BBC News – ‘Going ape’ about new tablet devices

December 14, 2010 1 comment

In the race for the Christmas Gadget Award, take a look at the front-runner (Apple’s iPad) and, well, the others. Whether you’re a technical type or just thinking of buying for someone else, this humorous video is worth a watch!

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Strange Random Tablet Quote:

Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day – 23 minutes – and that’s supposed to be enough – Walter Cronkite

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