On 15th August 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show had its UK Premiere The phrase ‘cult movie’ is over used, but if ever it was deserved it is 1975’s ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ based on the 1973 theatrical performance of the same name. Starring Tim Curry as the enigmatic Frank N Furter, as well as Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick and co-writer Richard O’Brien, … Continue reading Rocky Horror Picture Show
A double whammy on this day…. In 1846 the Smithsonian Institution established, named after its founding donor, British scientist James Smithson. They claim to be the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Not sure if that’s true or a US based claim but judging from their website it looks pretty damn impressive. They currently boost…. 19 Museums + 1 Zoo 30.1M Visits by Public 154.8M Museum Objects and Specimens 2.1M Library Volumes 151M+ Website Visitors 13.8M+ Social Media Followers … Continue reading On This Day
My Inspiration for today’s doodle is the movie Coraline which premiered on 8 May 2009. Coraline was released in 2009, a stop motion film based on Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel, directed by Henry Selick, who had previously directed The Nightmare Before Christmas– often wrongly attributed to Tim Burton, Selick has his own unique style, as shown in the aforementioned and also Roald Dahl’s ‘James … Continue reading Coraline
Today, on International Women’s Day, we look at one of the most inspirational women in history. While the typical top lists will tend to feature the likes of Mother Theresa, Cleopatra, Anne Frank, Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie, for those of us who grew up in the North East of a certain age, the first heroine we learned about, normally as we were sat in … Continue reading Grace Darling
Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a film starring Christian Bale, and even a Broadway Musical with … Continue reading Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?
So, today is the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Writing this on Sunday morning, we don’t yet know who’s going to win what, what upsets there might be, and how controversial things are going to get, either in the results, or through protests and support against what has become the year that so many secrets, half-secrets or known but not publicly disclosed stories began to emerge. … Continue reading Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design
Born today in 1948, James Ellroy is known as ‘the devil dog of American fiction’- a larger than life description he plays up to for all its’ worth in his speaking performances. Known for his staccato style (frankly exhausting to listen to on Audio books), Ellroy is best known for his LA Quartet series (including L.A. Confidential, later made into an Oscar winning film, but … Continue reading James Ellroy
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Following on from World Book Day, today is the official Dr Seuss day, marking the birth date of its author Theodore Geisel 5 facts about Dr Seuss He wasn’t a doctor He studied English and Dartmouth and Oxford University, graduating Oxford with a PhD … Continue reading Happy Dr Seuss Day
Today is World Book Day a calendar date designed to encourage children to explore books and celebrate stories all designed to get children passionate about reading. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration it is marked in over 100 countries around the globe and in 2018 sees it coming of age as it enters it’s 21st year. The site is worth a visit with downloads … Continue reading World Book Day: What’s Your Top 10?