Sorry won’t help now

December 2, 2010

British actor Alan Bates (1934 – 2003) recites “Invictus” (“Unconquered”) by William Ernest Henley in a 1997 tv ad for Union Bank of Switzerland (but don’t let that dodgy pedigree put you off).
Suggested background music: Anything by Blood Axis

 

Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbow’d.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

- William Ernest Henley

 

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The second half of a 15-minute segment from the BBC TV program “The Bullshit Detective” that exposes so-called “crystal healing”.

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An excellent promotional video for “We are the massacre” by World’s End Girlfriend.

I’ve been listening to a lot of World’s End Girlfriend (a.k.a. Katsuhiko Maeda) lately and this video perfectly complements the beautiful track from his 4th album, “The Lie Lay Land” (2005).

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There’s surprisingly little of interest/substance out there but here’s a start:

Obedience

January 27, 2007

Strip-Searched by Her Boss: Inside a bizarre and disturbing hoax.

An 11-minute video extract from ABC News 20/20 program.

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Just in case you forgot exactly what the “War On Terror” is fighting to preserve.
The “Amateur Sketch” alone must be worth its weight in (Leprachaun) gold.

Pissed-on shark meat

August 27, 2006

The release of a new Bonnie “Prince” Billy (a.k.a. Will Oldham) album is always something to be happy about and the new promo ad (the first of three) for “The Letting Go” couldn’t be any better:

“Sounds like something that would come out on September 11th”

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Over the last 25 years I have probably seen Whitehouse play live at least a couple of dozen times. The last few years, post-Sotos, have seen them achieve new levels of intensity and sheer joyous belligerence. I believe that, right now, they are at their artistic and creative peak. Now more than ever, Whitehouse can be relied on to deliver the goods.

For me, this short fragment of “A cunt like you”, recorded live in Vienna in 2003 (Live Action 99), totally captures the exuberance and spirit of the new, live Whitehouse experience.

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Who watches this stuff anyway? (google.com/trends)

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