Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

Witty and pertinent observations on matters of great significance OR Incoherent jottings on total irrelevancies OR Something else altogether OR All of the above

Friday, May 23, 2014

A sad day

I'm not sure to what extent this story has made the international news, except perhaps in architectural circles, but there has been a major fire today at the Glasgow School of Art. Nobody seems to have hurt, but it sounds as though there will have been major damage to one of Glasgow's, and sctland;s, and indeed Europe's, iconic buildings.

The Glasgow School of Art was one of the great masterpieces of the famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Its exterior was instantly recognisable:


































but it was the interior decoration and the detailing which provided the real wow factor:





























Well, today - the last day before students' portfolios were due to be submitted, so a day when the place was full of final year students' original artworks - a projector exploded in the basement and set fire to expansion foam being used to create an installation. And before anyone could do much about it other than evacuate the building, we had this:



And this.

It seems that the fire service reckon they may have saved much of the content of the building as well as the structure, but clearly there will be extensive smoke damage, and all those fixture and fittings will have been vulnerable. Plus of course the students' degree show will now have been totally buggered.

All in all, a very sad day for Glasgow, for Scotland, and for art.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University explains why Judaism owes its survival to Islam

In the Jewish Chronicle.

Not a truth the faux-Jewish "Zionists" like Pamela Geller and Bonni Benstock-Intall the Holocaust denier are willing to deal with, but then that's reality for you.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Remember the dead: Fight like hell for the living



Today is the tenth anniversary of one of Scotland's worst ever industrial accidents. As I posted three years ago, the evisceration of the Health & Safety Executive begun by Tony Blair (always pandering to corporate chums who might slip him a few quid, never giving a shit about mere working plebs) was one of the causes of the disaster. Do I think that today he will have spared a single thought for the nine workers who might perhaps have lived if he'd been less keen on fuelling his bank balance and more interested in doing his job? I don't know: what do you think?

The old post of mine reminds me that this year I failed to mark Workers' Memorial Day on this blog back on 28th April. (That's another day on which Blair will have given no thought to workers, of course.)

Here is an article which was linked on the STUC site this year, and which I found quite distressing. Read it, and then remember why we need to keep on pushing for safer working conditions for all our workers.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

They also serve who only stand and sing

Well, on EKN at least I've had no takers for my "Only Connect" challenge. I've had some over on Facebook, where I've been serialising it.

The connection between the sets of clues , as I'm sure you all knew really (!), is uncredited backing vocalists. So Petula Clark is an uncredited backing singer on Give Peace A Chance, Neil Diamond sings on Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini, Tina Turner and the Ikettes sing the backing vocals on Montana (and elsewhere on Over-nite Sensation), while Sting provides the "I want my MTV" lines on Money For Nothing. None are credited, though there's no great secret about their involvement either.