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.)

Robot cat banned from flight

Robot cat banned from flight to Moscow…

Favourite song today. Glorious [ 3 mb ] by Swedish ‘young-Bono-lookalike’ Andreas Johnson. But the lyrics in my head this week, come from a Gloria Estefan oldie: ‘I don’t want to be your second choice…’ Terrible song, I know.

Saw a hugely entertaining film last night called ‘Judas Kiss‘. The only weird thing about it was the fact that Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman (both British actors) were playing Americans, with N’awlins’ accents… well, they tried. It’s a True Romance, Pulp Fiction kind of Tarantino rip off… but it works. Slightly surreal plot with a couple of twists, and an excellent cast. [ buy ]

Talking film… this is just too much. Omega Code is an action film backed by Christian fundamentalists which will ‘open people to the gospel as few events ever have’. Brrr.

New internet statistics suggest a 2.8 percent drop in ‘active surfers’. Yay! More bandwidth for us! [ D ]

I find this obsession with weight loss rather sickening. Wait for the lovely voice telling you how to resist food cravings – this guy’s probably been on Ophrah. Pass me a lard sambo please… hold the bucket. It’s a zine. I think. [ D ] [ E ]

Anyone who runs a mailing list will appreciate this list. Anyone who’s on one should read it before they open their big… e-mail client.

Free internet. Free free free. The big buzz word in the Netherlands right now. No thank you, I already gave.

ER is back on Dutch

ER is back on Dutch television and I missed the first two epi’s. Have I lost interest or am I too busy logging?

Prolific needs a cupboard of other storage facility. Antique ( ++1/2 ) would be nice, but as a first year house owner it’s more likely to be modern Scandinavian.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is concerned for your health: bloody wankers.

New service helps you shift large files (up to 50 mb). The name is better than the idea: Whale Mail. ++

For those sleepless nights: a nifty set of auction tools courtesy of ZDnet. Talking auctions, Holland has its own, but so far the goods are disappointing. Could it be that the Dutch think second hand is ‘not done’?

Blind hackers on trial in Israel??? And shouldn’t that be crackers?

Pavarotti says pop singers don’t need a good voice… because they have a microphone. Apparently he made this bold claim last wednesday, in an interview with German magazine “Für Sie”. Wonder why he surrounds himself with ’em… too feel superior perhaps? [ G ]

Thut us imayzung… Iverithung ibout New Zealund fingi. Wuth oll the enfirmayshin on slime molds you wull iver need!

Crap site for such a big band. Must be the slowest site on the planet. There’s a clip of Just a Man, with various moving footage of Michael Hutchence. It’s still hard to fathom he’s no longer with us.

‘Argot’ is the French spoken in the streets. MALPT! It’s all part of the Alternative Dictionaries. Hours of fun for the weekend. [ F ] [ E ]

Who needs hotmail (boring). Free e-mail addresses… 3,500 domain names to choose from. What about

History quiz. Prolific scored eight out of ten. ++1/2

In Holland, Japanese is ‘in’. Sushi’s available from diverse outlets, all the big stores have had their ‘visions of east’ theme months. But what you really want to know is: What’s your name in Japanese? +++

Not again. Just when the fatwa on Salmon Rushdie’s eased up a bit, here comes a new one. An islamic group in the UK has placed one on a playwright whose play depicts Jesus as a homosexual. According to one of the actors the play is important and carries a message of tolerance.

Wanna watch people get married? The town of Hoogeveen in Holland makes it possible. [ D ]

Making wookie! Digital film festival

Making wookie! Digital film festival (“a travelling and on line show case of films made with this powerful new technology”) goes Star Wars. Watch the Qui-Gon show. Funny! But careful… 5 mb Quicktime.

Mutton dressed as lamb. For all those sleepless nights: [ F ] [ E ]

Cult – Film – Classics. Super! Leider auf Deutsch. [ G ]

Kiasma Museum of Modern Art. In Helsinki, but on line for everyone to enjoy. In [ F ] [ E ] [ Sw ] and more!

The Dark Room. No, not that kind. Pictures… en français. [ F ]

Wallace and Gromit go Hollywood. Dreamworks sign the animated duo for £250m. Calls for a nice cup of tea in celebration. Don’t forget the crackers!

Call me shallow, but this bit of showbiz news is the best thing I’ve heard all week. George Michael’s releasing an album of classic covers on December 6th. ‘Older‘ [ buy ], his 1998 album has been a steady favourite on prolific’s stereo for many many months now. ++++

That’s what you get for leaving Eastenders. Poor Ross. What’s Eastenders? It’s prolific’s favourite soap, luv.

Second Story‘s October homepage looks as gorgeous as ever and they’ve a couple more groovy flash sites to show off. +++

A nice brew: all about the number one legal drug: 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. ++1/2

Internet Killed the Video Star is an industrialized-parody of the 80’s pop hit, Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. The single stands as a statement about today’s “infallible” technology.” Hmm. Well, you can download this single by Seattle band Salon Betty. Nice to hear there’s more than just “grunge” coming from that city. Prolific’s not a big fan of that particular genre… ++1/2

Muso Tip: Now playing on prolific’s stereo: Moodsville Volume 1, by the Red Garland Trio and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Jazz. Smoove! [ buy ]+++1/2

Reach out and touch? Australian

Reach out and touch? Australian body language guru Allan Pease helps the British move into the 90s.

If you have cable and want to speed up your connection even more: download accelerator. Pity about the damn ads. ++1/2

Scandinavian and cute: stay in shape, play ping pong at +++

Cost of a typical 2 or 3 bedroom house in 1899: £ 300. In 1949: £ 2,200. Today: £64,000 – £130,000. The
changing times.

prolific used to write an on-line journal called ‘Dag’. Over at they wonder why do speakers in post-industrial Britain and Australia still need a dozen or more terms for flakes of dung that hang from the rear of sheep?

Someone mentioned this page to me a long time ago, and I remember spending some time looking for it. Never found it. Until today.
It’s The End of the Internet, and I like it. ++1/2