Sunday, 1 December 2013
1. Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
2. The Birdy Song
3. The Time Warp
4. Barn Dancing
6. Breakdancing,( Popping, Locking, The Windmill, The Caterpillar ,Freezes, Top Rocking/ Up Rocking etc)
7. The Moonwalk (Michael Jackson)
8. Slamming, Moshing
9. The Running man (MC Hammer)
11. The Macarena
12. Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha
13. Lion dance
14. Line dancing
15. Capoeira , Maculele , Forro , Funk
16. The Electric Slide (Cameo - Candy Song)
17. Superman (Souljah Boy)
18. Zumba and Kizumba
20. Shuffling (Cutting Shapes), (LMFAO)
Saturday, 28 September 2013
Dungeons and Dragons (the American fighting fantasy role playing game) was introduced to me and many of my generation by the Stephen Spielberg Film "E.T.". To those that werent aware of the role playing game, "Dungeons and Dragons" was simply the name of a childrens animated cartoon. (The film E.T. also introduced many of my generation to Extra Terrestrials, BMX bikes and the American Halloween custom of “Trick or Treat”. )
When my mother learned I had become interested in the game Dungeons and Dragons she was very disapproving. A friend of hers from church, had told her it was "Satanic" in the sense that it introduced innocent children to occult concepts. My Mother was a devout Christian and made it clear to me she didn't want me involved in the "occult" but she never forbid me to play Dungeons and Dragons.
Glenn Danzig lead singer of the American punk rock band "the Misfits" who I listened to at the time first introduced me to "occult literature".One of my favourite Misfits tracks was London Dungeon , written about the time he spent the night in a call while touring with Steve Strange and The Dammed
As I grew older my interest in fighting fantasy games waned, I became interested in Skateboarding, Computers, Music, Girls ,Surfing, Rave Culture and Martial Arts.
The concept of a "Master" which was central to Dungeons and Dragons (but I probably first encountered it in "Dr Who" or "Star Wars") became relevant again when I began learning Martial Arts and entered into a Master student relationship with my Kung fu teacher. Over time I have come to see martial arts as a mind body and spirit discipline, with the aim of achieving a knowledge of self and a level of self mastery over ones behaviour,thoughts, emotions etc My Martial Arts style "Yellow Dragon Fist" also reintroduced me to the concept of the Dragon. Both Masters and Dragons are strong/powerful. The Dragon also symbolises wealth & wisdom it is a magical figure often feared & persecuted often hunted and locked up or forced to hide in underground caverns like the Dragon in the vaults at Camelot that taught Merlin. I see the path of the martial artist as one of self development, learning to transform energy ,learning to navigate the Labyrinth of the mind, ones physical and psychological challenges, the Dungeons and Dragons of our own lives.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
I have blogged briefly about the graffiti artist "Banksy " before ,He formed part of a group of graffiti artists including "Goldie", "Inkie", "3D" who I associate with the Barton Hill Skate Ramp and Bristol Hip Hop scene.
"Inkie" used to go to school with my brother. "3.D." (who produced Neneh Cherrie's "Man Child" ) seemed at the time the epitome of cool, However growing up as a skater in Bristol I remember meeting the various members of Massive Attack and despite loving their music, I was disappointed to discover they were in reality just flawed human beings like the rest of us. So it didn't surprise me to read about the very public falling out over the years of the various members, To be fair their first album "Blue Lines" was always going to be an impossibly a hard act to follow. The pressures must have been immense.Today I read the latest episode in that "Massive Attack" saga "Tricky's" attack on "3.D."
It was always "Tricky" who really irritated me. I first met "Tricky" in my local pub which for some reason he visited just after the release of the first album.At the time I had quite "hot" girlfriend he made a b line for her and his chat up line was effectively "if you go home with me I'll give you some massive attack t-shirts" he even seemed surprised when she declined.
I almost forgot about "Tricky" (to my mind he never repeated the quality of his work on blue lines) until a few years later when he had an encounter with another "girl of mine" we weren't actually in a relationship but I was keen on the idea so imagine my annoyance when she came home one night telling me she had met Tricky at a party and he had autographed her underwear ! - suffice to say that friendship was short-lived
So it seems Tricky has the habit of exposing my deepest fears and insecurities and so I wasn't surprised when his attack on "3.D." evoked similar emotions about what it is to be "pretentious" "self confident" , "cool" , "a white guy"...
Monday, 6 May 2013
While I've touched on the subject of Black Dogs & White Wolves before but I've been evading a detailed blog on the subject. Perhaps I've been too lazy or embarrassed to explain the connections, however the recent 20th anniversary of Jeff Noons cyberpunk novel "Vurt" (with an interesting take on "dog" symbolism) and the fact I have experienced a sync flap on the subject has prompted me to rewrite this post.
I started noticing the Black Dog when I first moved to London and our local students union was visited by a stage hypnotist whose gimmick was a black Labrador "The Hypno Dog" I was studying hypnotism at the time as part of a Psychology degree so took the opportunity to be hypnotised as research.
During the long hot summer that followed more Black Dogs came my way ;Dog Town (L.A. /Skateboards), Dead Dog Mountain (UK PUNK REGGAE), Snoop Dog(LA Hip Hop) ,Dogs on Acid (UK Drum and Bass).
For a while one of flat mates (a Jamaican guy) owned a black Doberman it was the first time I had ever lived with a dog in the house. Another interesting experience was when I met the black dogs owned by the boss of the temping agency I had been working for since finishing uni.
I started thinking about the symbolism of the Black Dog when I went to see the techno act "The Black Dog" play at a club called vapour space, for some reason it surprised me to see two statues of Black Dogs (Anubis) mounted on the computer.
Slowly courtesy of Robert Anton Wilson, Spiral Tribe, TOPY ,& much later J.K. Rowling it all clicked into place
The Dogon ,The Dog Star (Sirius), The Dog Days ,
Arrowsmith explains much of the symbolism well at his Blog The Black Dog Star
Saturday, 9 March 2013
The now well documented Graffiti war between Banksy and Robbo got me thinking about a couple of things (aside from whether its all a publicity stunt)and no I wouldn't say that to their faces and neither of them have ever heard of me ;-)
I haven't really taken sides in this war I have resonance with both;
The first Robo I ever heard of was a onetime member of The Misfits and a member of Black Flag . Black Flag and The Misfits were both american hardcore punk bands of the eighties Black Flag were quite political ,The Misfits were more theatrical my favourite Misfits song is London Dungeon which Glenn Danzig wrote when he was thrown in prison one night during their only uk tour support "Steve Strange and The Dammed
I live in North east London these days and I've blogged on Glen Danzig vs the North Side Kings and the synchronicities (Fist of the North Star/ Fist A /Fist Yellow Dragon Fist here ) and my favourite Team Robbo work was the reappropriation of the Tesco flag in upper street Islington
Banksy apparently comes from my home town Bristol an area which featured riots over the opening of a new tesco.There were no riots in Clapton Pond (where i now live) over a new tesco, just middle class disapproval. Banksy and i share at least one other niche interest..
Probably a Robbery - Renegade Soundwave (Part 1) can be found here
Friday, 8 March 2013
A synchronistic chat with someone I think of representing Black Conciousness reminded me of The White Room yesterday.
The White room was an album by "the KLF" also known as "The JAMMS" .
I was introduced to the concept of "Lucid Dreaming" by another production duo known as "The Jedi Knights". while talking with friends on the subject we decided to experiment with techniques for lucid dreaming and dream telepathy we formed our own chapter of Jedi Knights and needed to agree a meeting place in the dreamspace that would be fairly easy for us all to visualise, so settled upon use the concept of the white room ( much like the white room that Morpheus uses to train Neo in the Matrix film)
For further details on the strange journey of the KLF to the White Room click Here and for more of my adventures on thee dream frequency check
1) As Dreams become Reality
2) Eckankar and the Justified Ancients of Mu
3) The Aztek, The knights of Jaguar and Strange Experiences at the Valley of the Dawn
4) The Groove the Bassline, Kats and Kings
5) Lucid Dreaming and the Radiant Octopus
Thursday, 28 February 2013
I heard this week that a new project by Goldie ( the UK Jungle / drum and bass /Graffiti artist Stussy tribe member and actor ) is called "LOST TRIBES" and today I saw a flyer for a forthcoming Easter Sunday "LOST". "LOST" were a renowned underground techno parties in the early nineties featuring Jeff Mills and Steve Bicknell. During that period I was quite into the hardcore rave scene and influenced by some of the heady ideas being propagated by Thee TRIBAL ENERGY ov Thee SHAMEN , SPIRAL TRIBE , ... among others. One idea that got into my head was that rave communities were the incarnation of tribes from the past and their dances were places to create positive energy and elevate conciousness through rhythm, dance,... to envision positive futures and bring healing to the world . All hippy stuff I know and I was soon brought back to the reality of how negative energy of fear, jealousy, greed can shatter those dreams, but I was young a psychick youth awakening . Two records I played allot during this period were a feel good house tune called "LOST TRIBE" and a more melancholy pscychedelic tech house tune called "LONELY TRIBE" I also went to a big rave Universe rave called Tribal Gathering but it didn't quite live up to my expectation.
A couple of years ago I was having a discussion about my philosophical views with a friend at work who wanted to know what religion I am ,His conclusion was that I am "LOST"
Saturday, 23 February 2013
I've had a resonance with Popes since early childhood when JP11 visited the uk, My parents were very excited about going to seem him in Coventry and we got up very early on a cold day to travel to Coventry, unfortunately I was taken ill and had to be taken in a red cross ambulance to the red cross first aid tent ( always a Templar) so my mum missed seeing the pope
I didn't think much about popes until around the age of twenty three when I was reading alot of Robert Anton Wilson and heard about the Discordian view of Popes (see below for a summary)
Thoughts of Popes returned briefly when I read Dan Browns the Da Vinci Code
Pope Benedicts visit to the UK prompted the meaning of the the Pope to be salient in my conciousness again
I'm very much a product of my catholic upbringing so have an interesting relationship to "Popes", What archetype does Benedict resonate for you ? The Good Shepherd ? the Rotweiller ?
And what of his resignation ?
The Discordian perspective
According to the Principia Discordia, a pope is “every single man, woman, and child on this Earth.”
Included in the Principia Discordia is an official Pope card that may be reproduced and distributed freely to anyone and everyone. Papacy, however, is not granted through possession of this card; it merely informs people that they are “a genuine and authorized Pope” of Discordia.
While the powers of a Pope are not enumerated in the Principia, we are given some idea from a note under the card which states, “A POPE is someone who is not under the authority of the authorities.” Some Discordians have also taken it upon themselves to further elaborate upon the powers of a Pope. On the back of some Pope cards, the following message can be found:
The rights of a Pope include but are not necessarily limited to:
To invoke infallibility at any time, including retroactively.
To completely rework the Erisian church.
To baptise, bury, and marry (with the permission of the deceased in the latter two cases).
To excommunicate, de-ex-communicate, re-ex-communicate, and de-re-ex-communicate (no backsies!) both his-/her-/it-/them-/your-/our-/His-/Her-/It-/Them-/Your-/Our-self/selves and others (if any).
To perform all rites and functions deemed inappropriate for a Pope of Discordia.
The third right (requiring permission from the deceased in cases of burying or marriage, but not baptism) may be a reference to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints practice of baptism for the dead, or it may just be a witty conflation of marriage and death.
This understanding of the notion of Pope has far reaching consequences in Discordianism. For example, the introduction to Principia Discordia says, “Only a Pope may canonize a Saint. … So you can ordain yourself — and anyone or anything else — a Saint.” The last enumerated right of a Pope may be an allusion to the Necessary and Proper Clause.
A female version, with the word Mome substituted for Pope, has also been promulgated.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
My mother came from a small town in Cornwall located nr St Ives and as a child each summer we would go to the beach of St Ives Bay ,with miles of golden sands, beautiful blue seas and a wonderful view of Godrevy Lighthouse. In my teens I learnt to surf at St Ives bay and one summer enjoyed the simple pop music of "The Lighthouse Family" by the time I attended university I was slightly disconnected from my Cornish roots and one summer was invited by two sisters to visit their family in the town of Thurso in Scotland to surf some Scottish waves , imagine my surprise after I had travelled all the way to the tip of Scotland to enter the living room of their parents house and see an painting (painted by their dad) of St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse.
The lighthouse meme left again until it returned a few years ago courtesy of the Transit Kings with their single "The Last Lighthouse Keeper "
Sunday, 13 January 2013
I have been experiencing a "Tiger flap" the last few days which began went i caught up with a mate who a mutual friend has nicknamed "Tiger".I was asking if he had heard the dubstep/grime producers "True Tiger" who have recently been given a late night show Friday night/Saturday morning on Kiss.
I started resonating "Tigers" in a big way a couple of years ago in (the year of the tiger) when my son was born and my neice and nephew took a photo of him as a new born next to a cuddly toy of "Tigger" from Winnie the Poo" every few months they would measure him in units of "Tigger" ,Prior to that I had only a vague interest in the meaning of tiger symbolism. The obvious ones being the used of the tiger by "Esso" and the "eye of the tiger" in the rocky films I wondered about the meaning of crouching "tiger hidden dragon"
My recent cluster of Tiger syncs deepened when i was competing with my son to access my computer and noticed "Cosmic Tigger" had made a post referencing the Tiger in " The life of Pi" at I hadn't had a chance to read it when my son pulled up the webpage for Kellogs Frosties with its animated Tiger. This minor sync gave me the motivation for a blog post of my own and as I logged on to compose it what was the first image I saw but the one I have attached which had been shared on facebook by a work colleague.I had never seen the different breeds of tigers alongside each other like this in a photo and it seem to mirror my discovery a day earlier that there are in fact two varieties of tiger balm on sale red and white.