Friday, 3 January 2014

Gone to Pot

One of the reasons blogging has fallen to the wayside is my current obsession with pottery and ceramics. I found out recently that Peter Whitehead, director, writer, falconer was also a potter, and took it up after a life threatening heart operation. He says in this interview that an obsession with an urn for his ashes led him to make his own ceramics, and in his own words saved his life. It's worth a read, and here a picture of him and Tonite lets all make love in London 1967.

Paul Sharits N:O:T:H:I:N:G 1968

Searching for Bohemia

We're thinking of moving to Hastings and in the endless discussions about whether or not to this was sent to me. Of course we are going to now... Happy New Year, lets hope there's more posts in 2014 than in 2013...

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Revealing the Mind Bender General

A new ghost story The Sleep Room, by F.R. Tallis, has brought to light the actions of William Sargant, one of Britain's most controversial psychiatrists. Sargant was a major advocate in the use of psychosurgery, deep sleep treatment, electroconvulsive therapy and insulin shock therapy. In his Sleep Room in Waterloo Hospital patients were induced to sleep for months on end, whilst experiencing electro therapy amongst other treatments. In Sargant's words, "All sorts of treatment can be given while the patient is kept sleeping, including a variety of drugs and ECT [which] together generally induce considerable memory loss for the period under narcosis. As a rule the patient does not know how long he has been asleep, or what treatment, even including ECT, he has been given. Under sleep ... one can now give many kinds of physical treatment, necessary, but often not easily tolerated. We may be seeing here a new exciting beginning in psychiatry and the possibility of a treatment era such as followed the introduction of anaesthesia in surgery" Although held in high regard at the time (1948), deaths within The Sleep Room and controversy surrounding the outcomes of treatment have thrown Sargant in obscurity. Some patients, recalled relief and better health, but many (mainly women) spoke of permanent memory loss and the shattering effects of such extreme treatments. The loss of all documents in relation to the Sleep Room, has led to many theories that Sargant was working on behalf of the CIA's MKUltra Project, a covert research operation experimenting in the behavioural engineering of humans (mind control). Sargant's links with the British Secret Service, may have also pointed towards mind control research however there is no evidence to suggest so.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Inventions for Radio

Amazing collaboration between Delia Derbyshire and Barry Bermange aired between 1964-65 for the BBC's Third Programme.
Here are two of the four one, The Dreams and the other Amor Dei - Conceptions of God.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Where it all began...

A massive advocate of cat related films, a friend passed this on as the first cat film ever...


Just come across the new ITV logo.....ummmm.....Anyway here's a visual history of the changes of the central region idents from ABC to ITV as we know it now...