Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Third Man

The Third Man
The Third Man
Originally uploaded by Southcoasting

Wien Prater
is home to the Reisenrad (Giant Wheel).

Constructed in 1897, of Iron to a height of 64.75m. It was bombed during the second world war but the authorities didn't have enough cash to pay for the demolition, so the wheel remained. It was rebuilt after the war but only half the carriages were salvaged.

I had to visit the Prater because the Third Man, set in post-war crumbling Vienna, is one of my favourite films, and the Cuckoo Clock scene (set in the fairground) one of my all-time favourite scenes. The wheel hasn't changed much since 1947 although the city has.

Prater park

"Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?" (Harry Lime, as played by Orson Welles in The Third Man)

Up high in the wheel

"You know what the fellow said—in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace—and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." (Harry Lime... the famous speech ad-libbed by Orson Welles to fill a gap in the script)

website of the Vienna Prater funfair

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lol and Syd

Lol and Syd
Lol and Syd
Originally uploaded by Southcoasting
Another month, another mixtape for another anonymous IMP recipient. There's a different mellow autumnal vibe to this month's offering I think.

If you want to hear the tracks, there's a few hyperlinked as mp3s below or you can download the whole mix as two zipped bundles of mp3s, which will be available for a week or so (or 100 downloads) and then they'll be gone.

Track listing:

01 El ten eleven - I like Van Halen because my sister says they are cool
02 Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - High School Love
03 The Dragons - Food for my soul
04 The Great Park - I do wrong
05 The Accidental - Knock Knock
06 Booker T and the MGs - Soul clap '69
07 JJ Cale - After Midnight
08 Hiawatha Telephone Company - Child is father to the man
09 Fiona Sally Miller - I'm going to miss your smiling at me like that
10 Dawn Landes- Picture show
11 Shoreline - Like me
12 Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
13 Charlie Parr - 1922 Blues
14 Pacific Ocean Fire - No heroics, please
15 The Acorn - Flood Part 1
16 Charles Mingus - Fables of Faubus
17 Jesus Licks - Into the woods
18 Skip James - Cyprus Grove
19 Bob Dylan - Mississippi
20 Kim Jung Mi - I wanna enjoy the warm Spring breeze

Download the lot here as zipped up mp3s:
Part One (60mb)
Part Two (70 mb)

Click on the picture if you want a cover of sorts or make your own!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I dropped the camera

Some pictures from the amazing 'free' graffiti underpass between Waterloo station and Lower Marsh (London, SE1)

I dropped the camera

Big Head

Inkie CCTV

I knew these two people


No, really...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Missing Black Can

Missing Black Can
Originally uploaded by Southcoasting
mp3 Garmisch Partenkirchen - Black paint (superb track from Sweden via the ridiculously excessive mp3 posting at coast is clear)

This poster only lasted a day or so until it was painted over - probably by another graffiti artist - and I almost missed it, thinking it was indeed a missing cat poster. Nice one.