Franz Kafka on the Shore
Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the bizarre explored themes of alienation, existentialism, anxiety, guilt and absurdity. Continue reading Kafka
The history of Muay Thai can be traced back to several hundreds of years ago to the middle of the 16th Century. During the battles between the Burmese and Siam (Thai) army, the fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured by the Burmese who gave him the opportunity to fight for his freedom. Continue reading The Science of Eight Limbs
City of God the book written by Paulo Lins was adapted and turned into a harrowing tale about the harsh realities of childhood and crime in Rio De Janeiro. The Director Fernando Ferreira Meirelles grew up in a middle class family and studied Architecture in Sao Paulo, so he couldn’t be further removed from the gritty reality depicted in this overwhelming crime drama, thats why he brought in Katia Lund to assist as co-director. The choice to use mostly unknown actors added to the realism of slum life and brought spontaneity to the film. Improvisation, and strong emotional connection was important to portraying the definitive and often brutal choices characters were supposed to make. The film wasn’t shot in the real city of God because it was too dangerous due to the ongoing drug war. It’s a movie about hope, passion, violence and consequences, told in Scorsese-esque style and one which will stay with you for a long time after watching.
Wolves are the largest members of the dog family and are notoriously recognised for their pack mentality, social hierarchy and ruthlessness. Grey wolf ancestors were group of generalised carnivores named creodonts that first emerged over 100 million years ago. These historic killers have been causing havoc amongst humans for centuries. Continue reading Wolves in World War 1
– Your computer asks the server of the website you want to visit, for a copy of that webpage.
– The computer sticks this request in a packet, which is a virtual envelope, including the IP address of the web page.
– The computer sends this packet out the house and into the street via underground copper wires.
Continue reading How the internet works
Musicians make a large proportion of their money through live shows and appearances. One of the problems I have with hip hop is that on too many occasions these shows end up in violence, often with dead or wounded fans. Hip hop and violence have a symbiotic relationship which isn’t as apparent in other cultures of music, so when this spills from just being a dark expressive art form into actual bullets piercing the skulls of teenagers we need to ask ourselves if this a case of life imitating art or vice versa. Either way, the end result is tragedy and dispersed despair.
Continue reading The problem with Hip Hop #1
Leadbelly was the name Huddie Ledbetter received in prison after he was found guilty of murder in 1917. Texas governor Pat Neff pardoned Huddie only a few years into the twenty year sentence after he sang a song for him. Five years later Lead Belly was involved in a stabbing incident which led to ‘assault with murder’ charges and subsequently another prison sentence. Built like a bull Continue reading Leadbelly
An amazing book which was turned into a film starring Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans and the stunning Jennifer Connelly. The book was written by Hubert Selby Jr and at the core focuses on a four main characters. A young addicted couple who have immersed themselves with class A drug sub-culture, bring their friend along for the ride of a lifetime. Continue reading Requiem for a Dream
Hearn using the jab like a virus, keeping Hagler away.
Fancy footwork and hearts of steel.
The best first round in boxing ever!
Continue reading You can throw the strategy right out the window
Being funny is an art only a few can master, and we start to recognise this as from an early age. As you grow up and start to experience people and the environment the mind starts to absorb the complexities that fester in the background of life. Our capacity for good humour expands and we expect those who make us laugh to possess poignant perspectives and to surgically execute. Continue reading Bill Hicks, the genius comedian