Be Part of a Karmadillo NHS Themed Song/Video

The NHS-bashing hullaballo has inspired a Karmadillo song, Born On The N.H.S. It’ll be one of those with a hastily done video, so I’m putting out a call to arms.

There are three ways to go if you want to be part of it.

1. A picture of yourself with a poster or placard saying ‘Born On The N.H.S.’ and send an email to karmadillo@live.co.uk. Bonus points are awarded for making the piccies in front of an NHS institution itself. ADDENDUM: As we are getting quite a few of these if you could actually send the photo with one of the words from: Born, On, The, NHS that would be cool. Or three of you hold up one letter each for an NHS type thing would also be groovy. Use your imagination!

2. We will also try to work in videos made of yourselves dancing or singing along to the words in front of your favourite institution. If this is the case please email me and I will get you a rough copy of the song to do this to.

3. We may be able to do the mix/a remix of the song to include snippets of personal stories – so you could make a video/audio recording of yourself saying a few sentences about what the NHS has done for you.

The body of the email should say that this is yourself and you consent to being in the video. If you are under 18 you should have your parent/guardian send it with their consent.

I’d be starting work on the video after finishing the Scottish jaunt so if stuff could be sent in for 30th August that would be great. Note: Date changed due to my slackness – 3rd September is when I’ll get to working on the video, So EMAIL BEFORE THEN!!!

First Karmadillo Teatowel Sale!

So we came up to Scotland with a batch of fresh off the presses teatowels so that we could start bringing out superior quality dish drying linen to the masses. The gig itself wasn’t the best attended – thanks to the combination of U2 playing round the corner in Hampden Park and  a big Celtic vs Arsenal football game happening that night also.

However amongst that small number was one person who did seriously approach me asking to see the teatowel after the gig. I was quite suprised that this inebriated guy actually wanted one. And he liked it, and bought it and I hope this evening when he does his washing up he’ll fall in love with the drying the dishes experience. One other person when I brought them out in response to the punters request said he thought I was joking. Unfortunately before I could get a photo of the original purchaser he disappeared into the night with a song in his step no doubt.

My heart goes out to all the Celtic and U2 fans for whom drying the dishes will remain a vacuous experience.

Anyway they’ll be the first items under the merchandise section when that goes online in a couple of weeks, but for now ….drum roll…. here is the first online picture of the hotly anticipated teatowel. Dry your dishes with that, baby!

The Karmadillo Teatowel First Image

When You Are The Moon

No, this is not a post referring to the excellent pair of comedians and their wacky sidekicks that form The Mighty Boosh, but this week I went to see The Moon. Unfortunately the Screen on the Green in Islington stopped showing it the day before we went to the cinema, so we watched it at a Vue Cinema..unfortunately with shaky projection for a quarter of the film (which they did give us a compensatory ticket for).

The film itself was just marvellous – a simple idea, well executed, well acted, and proper Sci-Fi – not the fantasy effects fest that Transformers 2, and unlike that particular CGI fest, still has me thinking about how good it was a week later. Definitely one to rewatch on DVD for me, but go and watch it if you can.

Mad Rush (Philip Glass)

After being pointed to this video of a Philip Glass piano piece I went and got the CD. Ironically last week I had bought a couple of tracks off Music In Fifths which did turn out to be unlistenable to but this reminded me of what he’s like when he’s good!

The Michael Jackson influence

So there is the overkill of news reporting on this case at a time when there is a growing crisis in/with Iran and the possibility of the Senate approving steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Thats not say the death wasn’t saddening, or that I hadn’t experienced the phenomenon. It did make me think about how he seems like part of my musical background, even though I can’t to any creation and say, yeah this has got the Michael Jacskon Spirit.

I vividly recall as a pre-teen going around my friends house who lived ten houses down from me and planting myself in his living room as he’d managed to video tape Thriller off a Saturday morning kids show, and we watched it incessently. We moved to India shortly afterwards for a few years and Thriller was one of the few albums we had in English, so I listened to it a hell of a lot. As a child it all seemed great apart from the naff ‘Girl Is Mine’ duet with Paul McCartney, that I really tried to like but couldn’t. And I mean I really did want to like it because the rest of the album was so great, but that song was so terrible.

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Londons Ethnicity Mix

I love the fact that London has such a great mix of peoples. Yesterday I went out and came across a Caribbean festival whilst wearing a Peruvian football shirt and hunting for a Russian Newspaper. The Newspaper being hunted for was eventually found in a Latvian shop, and I cycled through an orthodox Jewish area and had a South American lunch on the way back.