Saturday, 22 November 2014
A bus in Britain is making headlines for running on gas – and we're not talking about petroleum or natural gas. The Bio-Bus runs on biomethane gas that's produced by human sewage and food waste. The Bio-Bus has 40 seats and a range of around 186 miles on a full tank. When it officially goes into service next week, it'll run as a shuttle between the city of Bath and the Bristol airport, along with other routes. It's not hard to imagine the Bath Bus Company's newest power source prompting jokes. But the firm is touting the renewable benefits of the project, wrapping the Bio-Bus in a graphic cartoon that shows a row of people sitting on toilets. The company says that by using the alternative energy source, its new bus will also put out less carbon emissions than those powered by traditional diesel engines. The biomethane is being produced at a sewage treatment plant; the BBC says it "takes the annual waste of about five people to produce" a full tank. While the "poo bus" is a first in Britain, the biomethane idea took hold in Norway several years ago. It's also been used in Germany and Sweden. The U.S. Energy Department prefers to call biomethane "renewable natural gas." The agency says that while use of the resource is on a smaller scale here than in Europe, several projects are under way, in California and Indiana.
It is proving to be the season for Holocaust novels that sidle up to their subject crabwise rather than with the head-on bull charge of a Schindler’s Ark, evoking icy laughter rather than racking sobs. A Man Lies Dreaming, by the Israeli-born novelist Lavie Tidhar, has not been published with the fanfare bestowed on Martin Amis’s The Zone of Interest or Howard Jacobson’s J, but it is their equal for savage humour. Tidhar’s usual modus operandi, most notably deployed in his prize-winning 2011 novel Osama, is to examine the defining moments of modern history by recasting them as pastiche noir fiction, inhabiting a space somewhere between counterfactualism and fantasy. A Man Lies Dreaming begins in the seedy Soho of 1939 where a German immigrant called Wolf grimly plies his trade as a private eye. Wolf was once a prominent far-right politician in Germany, but his party has been broken up and he has come to London to escape internment by the Communist government. He is now trying to forget about his previous existence, even going so far as to shave off his distinctive moustache. Those who enjoy laughter in the dark will relish Tidhar’s parade of mordant ironies. Leni Riefenstahl, also forced to flee Germany, pops up to tell Wolf that she has hit paydirt and is heading for Hollywood to make a film of The Great Gatsby with Humphrey Bogart (“'We’ll always have Nuremberg, won’t we, Wolf?’”). Sir Oswald Mosley is cruising to electoral victory after whipping up and riding a wave of antagonism towards the right-wing Germans asylum seekers, despite the fact that they are his political allies. And the CIA tell Wolf they’ll back his return to Germany: the Reds out at any price. What makes the novel something more than a compendium of enjoyably sick jokes is a framing device that only gradually becomes apparent to the reader. This Hitler-as-private-eye alternative reality turns out to be the daydream of a man living very much in reality as we know it: Shomer, a crime writer who is an inmate of Auschwitz. He is spinning this fantasy not to escape from his present situation but to avoid the treacherous habit of thinking about his past, about his murdered family: “He is angry at them not for leaving him but for coming back. They come from a world that no longer exists and has no right to intrude upon his present.” The Wolf narrative is merely a story within a story, then, and yet it succeeds as an excellent example of pulp fiction in its own right, with a plot of Chandleresque over-complication, involving a missing Jewish-READ MORE-http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/11229978/A-Man-Lies-Dreaming-by-Lavie-Tidhar.html
Saturday, 15 November 2014
This work is created from 5800 oranges, and raises questions about ephemerality, time and decay. Visitors are invited to take an orange and as a result the piece literally dematerialises and changes through visitor participation. This work first appeared at the Arts Laboratory, London in October 1967. At this time, Louw had a large, low-rent studio in Stockwell Depot, which was an artists’ run initiative founded in 1968 by St Martin’s sculptors, Roland Brener and Peter Hide. Stockwell Depot provided an exhibition space for work that was often large-scale and unsellable.Yes modern art is weird but oranges brought for 30,000 ponds by tate modern gallery is very odd .Called SOUL CITY PYRAMID OF ORANGES and visitors are encouraged to eat display.
Human beings, always seeing patterns in things that aren't there. But part of being a fan of something is all about discussing theories and diving into interpretations of the franchises you're obsessed with. Here's 7 of the strangest, and sometimes silliest, Fan theories about the TV, Films and Games we love. Warning: Some of these theories, particularly the two at the bottom of this post, constitute as Spoilers for their respective franchises. If you've (somehow) not finished the Mass Effect trilogy or (understandably) haven't got round to reading all the A Song of Ice and Fire books, you might want to avoid reading further!READ MORE-http://toybox.io9.com/7-weird-and-wonderful-science-fiction-and-fantasy-fan-t-1658909551
Saturday, 8 November 2014
This could be you… The enduring appeal of video games is that they let you pretend to be someone you’re not. Roman emperor, Renaissance assassin and space marine are all standard-issue jobs for gamers. Not only that, most games sex up their subject matter, Michael Bay-style, with relentless, meaningless action and unnecessary explosions. Yet, despite all the high-octane thrills offered by much of the medium, a growing number of players are opting for a less fanciful form of escapism. The upcoming European Ship Simulator, for example, places you at the controls of ferries, tugs and fishing boats, as well as vast, ponderous ocean-going behemoths. Euro Truck Simulator 2, meanwhile, features reasonably lifelike trips between neighbouring European industrial centres, its joy derived from the journey rather than constant gaudy fanfares of achievement. All of which raises the question: what kind of player could possibly find this plodding, accurately detailed depiction of real life more entertaining than the incendiary, brightly coloured fantasy offered by most games? “On the day we published Euro Truck Simulator 2, we had a phone call from an HGV driver of 25 years who said he’d booked the day off work so that he could play the game all day as soon as it was released,” says Richard Barclay of simulator specialist Excalibur. “He suggested that the only way it could be more realistic would be if idiots in small family saloons kept cutting in front of you.”READ MORE-http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/07/simulator-games-euro-truck-simulator
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Did you know Somerset has it's own super-creepy Halloween traditions? Here's a round up of terrifying facts about the spookiest day of the year 104 Shares Share Tweet +1 Email Trick or treat? These spooky facts might give you nightmares It's the spookiest time of the year - and it might just be scarier than you thought. Around the world, many countries have their own weird Halloween traditions - and some of them are downright bizarre. Not to mention the deeply unsettling way they celebrate the festival in Somerset, where they call it 'punkie night'. So prepare to be chilled to your very core with these terrifying Halloween facts. 1. If you bite into a Halloween cake and hit a thimble, you'll be unlucky in love GettyHalloween dessertTry not to get the thimble Part of the Halloween tradition in colonial America involved the baking of a Halloween cake. Bakers would hide various things in the cake to tell the future. A thimble was a symbol of bad luck with the ladies or gentlemen. Also, presumably, a sign that you've got a costly visit to the dentist in your near future.READ MORE-http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/7-weird-halloween-facts-scare-4536459