Lunacy in Hollywood from Ken Block.
You can do Gymkhana style driving in the latest game from the Dirt series.
So I started the day at a cycle jumble at the Velodrome.
And had to photograph a levitating Formula 1 car before leaving town at the end of the day.
But in between, and luckily between rain showers, was this year’s Pride parade. The photoset is on Flickr. But let’s share a few here.
I don’t know who this is- apparently she’s the country’s favourite “trolley dolly”- but she headed the parade. I know it’s disrespectful, but when you’ve had Sir Ian McKellen at the front this is a bit of a climb down.
Don’t argue with the homosexuals, they have tanks.
Scary transgender Spice wants you. Baby transgender Spice looks like she doesn’t know where she is.
Oh pirate girl I love your look. If only I were your type.
The hairy arm of the law. The bears are always good for a cheeky float.
I support the Quakers, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.
With all the hate filled people out there using religion to justify their ignorance and bile it’s nice to be reminded that some denominations are grown ups. The history of the Quakers is filled with decisions which are good examples to us all, whether we believe or not.
Wired has a fascinating article on Accuracy International, the British company which creates, and continually hones, the best sniper rifles in the world. The elite forces of just about every “friendly” nation uses AI weapons, and feedback from the field is used to improve them.
A quick tip of the hat to So So Gay, who have used one of my pictures from last year’s Manchester Pride parade to headline their preview of this year’s events. To celebrate its 21st year, Pride’s starting this Friday and going on to Bank Holiday Monday. I should be photographing the parade, but finances mean that this year I’ll be missing most of the stuff going on in the village. Shame.
I started writing Sounds of Soldiers on November 1st 2008. It’s a near future travelogue satire on the presumptions and world view of technothrillers which takes place, mostly, after a big dumb war. Given when I started it, I always saw it as what could happen if “the wrong people” won the US elections.
Thankfully Obama won. His presidency may be turning out a huge disappointment, but just imagine how much worse it would have been if McCain/Palin had won. The simplified back story of Sounds of Soldiers was that McCain keeled over after a couple of years in one of the most stressful jobs in the world, Palin took over and the stupid just cascaded from there until the Americans were bombing their European allies and ordering their soldiers to run amok across the continent. This is mostly alluded to, but there is at least one mention of “the mad woman” taking over.
The mad woman was Palin, of course, but now Michelle Bachmann has come along as the Tea Party’s preferred Republican candidate and she may be even more scary. So Sounds of Soldiers is relevant again (well, Palin never went away, I guess Bachmann makes it more relevant).
Sounds of Soldiers is available from
Dear Channel 4,
You commissioned this piece of awesome, kindly create a show about cycling where Danny MacAskill can be the cycling Stig, taking on a different set of obstacles every week and testing bikes to see how easy they are to bunny hop. There would have to be more sensible stuff as well, but you know this would be brilliant.
David Cameron knows that if you want to keep a country from descending into anarchy and crime, if you want to give its citizens the best possible hope for their future and you want to create prosperity then you have to spend money providing support for the poorest citizens. He also knows that this is the best, and in the long term cheapest, investment to prevent criminality.
At least, he knows this as far as foreign aid is concerned. Speaking at the G8 summit in May he rightly defended the UK’s foreign aid budget, making the point that-
We should be in no doubt that if we get this wrong, if we fail to support these countries, we risk giving oxygen to the extremists who prey on the frustrations and aspirations of young people.
Now if only he could recognise this at home and have the balls to invest in our future even if it means tax rises for his rich friends.
(This is not a call to cut the foreign aid budget. I know that you’re intelligent enough to realise this, but some of the other people reading this post may not be.)