If things have been ‘quiet’

If things have been ‘quiet’ around here, please excuse me. Prolific’s been knee deep in web work over at www.mucoink.com. Muc is a giant flying piggy bank trying to raise money for the people of Kosovo who are facing one of the harshest winters on the European continent. Prolific took over webmastership of this charity site a week ago because the organisation wasn’t happy with the web shop running the site up till now. The site was re-designed in less than 40 hours. In my spare time. It went live about an hour ago. Feel free to beta test!

Should you ever need to host a site in the Netherlands, here’s an overview of your options. [ D ]

Sometimes I feel like one and would like to wear some of this gear.

If you live in New York, you lucky thing, you have to go see Hal Willner’s Harry Smith Project on November 11th and 12th in St Anne’s Church, Brooklyn. I was at the London version of this shindig and it was astonishing. Read all about it. Why? Because you know you want to see: Nick Cave, Van Dyke Parks, Gavin Friday, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Lou Reed, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bob Neuwirth, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Geoff Muldaur, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, NRBQ, Pete Stampfel, DJ Spooky, Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg from the Fugs, Elliott Sharp, Gary Lucas, Eric Mingus, Adam Dorn, Roswell Rudd, Robin Holcomb, Syd Straw and other special unannounced guests…

For the histrionic among us

For the histrionic among us (guilty!) – Marc Almond’s book of lyrics and poetry, ‘beautiful twisted night‘, is, well… beautiful. [ £ ]

Finally, an update of the utterly surreal Radiohead website. I’m still not entirely convinced the band are as wonderful as everybody seems to think, but Yorke’s definitely a captivating performer. I prefer to see him solo.

Captivating… that’s what Sinead is too. No matter what she does, I stick to the ‘trust the art, not the artist’ rule and her voice always comes out on top. Even if she can’t remain celibate no matter what vows she took. She claims she tried for three months and then failed. That doesn’t mean she’s no longer a priest…[ G ]

On Top of the Pops (BBC2) David Bowie spoke of the day he met Lou Reed. Or so he thought. As a young fan he went to see the Velvet Underground in London, stood in the front row all night singing along to all the songs and went backstage after the gig. Knocked on the door. John Cale opened. Bowie explained he was a big fan and a musician himself and could he speak to Lou Reed? So Cale told him to hang on, and sure enough Reed came out and spoke with David for 15 minutes. ‘I was floating,’ he says. The next day a friend told him Lou Reed was no longer in the band and that he had obviously been talking to the new Velvet singer. But that didn’t matter, because in Bowie’s mind he had spoken with Lou Reed. Of course he did end up meeting him and he produced Transformer for Reed. Why I am telling this story? Lou Reed has a very cool website. No, just because stars were fans once too. Makes ’em human.

Traveling? Here’s your source of

Traveling? Here’s your source of on the road connectivity.

Whoa, check that cursor chaser on this BBC Tellytubbies page. Are they encouraging us to shoot ’em up?

I haven’t gone into the contents of this site too deeply, but I like the design of Bohemian Ink.

Remember the famous deaths sketch Monty Python did?
That kind of thing. The Darwin Awards recognise stupidity: ‘Winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chances of long-term survival.’

When I was young, Karl

When I was young, Karl May‘s books about the German hero of the American plains: the ‘manly’ Old Shatterhand and his bloodbrother friendship with the ‘nobel’ Winnetou, kept me company. Birthdays were spent at the cinema, watching Lex Barker and Pierre Brice in the films made of the books… the wild west shot in Yugoslavia. [ G ]

So you want to be a writer? So write! Here’s some tips on how to start and how to get published.

Intel makes Guinness taste nicer. Sure you know the Guinness is aytin’ and computin’ at the same time!

Blur’s Damon Alburn with an impressive shiner. He ‘fell off his bike’.

My god, the Dutch go weblog! (Are we the Japanese of the web…) Check prolific’s loggerheads page. Good thing too, because without sikkema.net I wouldn’t have known daylight saving time started last Sunday!

Interesting how German tabloid magazine ‘Bild‘ manages to recreate their tacky design on line. [ G ]

BBC 2’s Food and Drink is back on the tube on Tuesdays @ 8.30pm. Unfortunately, Jilly Goolden – whose nose is the least attractive thing I’ve ever seen stuck in a wine glass – now presents it. The site hosts a great collection of recipes to try out: shallot tarte-tatin really gets me going.

Kamagurka’s a Belgian cartoonist. Belgian humour is of the more surreal kind. Go shake hands with Cowboy Henk. [ D ] [ E ] [ F ] [ G ] etc.

Tomorrow @ 5 pm GMT:

Tomorrow @ 5 pm GMT: Britpoppers Geneva live by webcast from London’s Embassy Rooms.

Seen in concert at the Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam: Luka Bloom. As always, one man and a guitar. He’s found the perfect balance in his show, more variety, more melodies, some old tunes, some new, a laugh and a tear and still a bit of the old rebel in him. Wonderful. Seen him a dozen time or more, last night was top 3.

My ex-colleagues at RNW keep their web site lively. Rob Green’s ‘Insite‘ column this week deals with the Dutch and their museums. Elsewhere on the site they tackle a difficult subject with flair.

I don’t know much about rugby, but I love the All Blacks’ ‘haka‘. (Haka is the generic name for all Maori dance.)