Night Music: EL Heath

February 24th, 2010 | music

"Obsolete, Part 8":

Fortress America, London SW4

February 23rd, 2010 | researchmaterial

The new US embassy to the Court of St James’s has been designed, says the US state department, to "reflect the values of the American people".


As reported by the Guardian, the new US Embassy in London is intended to be "a 12-storey cube clad in a blastproof glass and plastic fa├žade" surrounded by a 30-metre blast zone. In the proof image above, it looks not unlike a high-end bunker has been simply dropped from space on London, an impregnable and isolated chunk of America. And while security is an obvious and present concern, I think perhaps this building says a little more than it was intended to.

In fact, let’s admit it. IT’S A FORTRESS WITH A FUCKING MOAT. It doesn’t say "welcome to a little piece of America, one of the best ideas the world ever had and a country that welcomes the tired and poor and afraid." It says "if you even look at us funny we’ll pour boiling oil on you from the roof. Raise the drawbridge! Release the Mongolian Terror Trout!"

It’s pretty funny, really.

Links for 2010-02-22

February 23rd, 2010 | brainjuice

The Most Disturbing Submission Letter Ever (Or Perhaps Just “Yet”)

February 23rd, 2010 | comics talk

Steve Bunche was shown the following by another editor, back when he was on staff at DC Comics. Mildly worried to see myself namechecked…

Ah, See, Now It’s A Good Day

February 23rd, 2010 | people I know, researchmaterial

Bleeding Cool reports that Grant Morrison is writing a tv series for BBC Scotland to star Stephen Fry and presumably being produced/directed by Paul McGuigan.

It’s seven episodes. It takes place over seven days around an event that happens in Scotland. It’s a modern take on an old fable or fairy story. If you know Grant’s work you might have an idea of what it will be like. It’s like Twin Peaks meets Brigadoon! It’s off the wall and smart but in a watchable commercial way. It’s still in the early stages but I’m very excited about it.

That’s the kind of news I like to get on a cold and rainy day. Go get ’em, Grant.