I really need to sort my life out and I refuse to watch Joe vs the Volcano because I really fucking hate Tom Hanks and Will.I.Am (which looks a bit like William, which is clever but he's not in Joe vs the Volcano although he is going to the core of volcanoes). I have no strong opinions on anyone else involved in the project, although I have met Richard Branson's sister, she was nice - she told me never to tie your hair with elastic bands, very useful advice. It's definitely not true though.
Friday, 30 March 2012
This post is again going to be me going on about how excited I am about a volcanic project but this REALLY IS EXCITING! Werner Herzog's next film is going to be a VOLCANO DOCUMENTARY!!! (you can tell I'm really excited by the amount of caps and exclamation marks I'm using). Really I don't know why I'm that excited it's not very surprising as I'm sure by now everyone has worked out that everything great is linked to volcanoes however tenuous that link may be. It's also not that surprising as there is something quite volcanic about Herzog's films anyway, it might be that they often have a sense of waiting, of something building up which can be a bit like a cano. There is also the obvious amazing cinematic quality of volcanoes and man vs nature which both crop up Herzog's film all the facking time (I should know I did my AS level German oral exam on Herzog and my teacher hadn't even heard of him- what a loser!). Actually it turns out that he has already directed a film about a volcano erupting on Guadeloupe, the focus was on the inhabitants that refused to leave and their views on death and the volcano. The film is only 30 mins long, I will try and get hold of a copy.
I'd have to agree
Here's a video of him talking about volcanoes (I didn't really watch it, I was a bit distracted by the Wizard of Oz because because because etc...)
This shows the lovely cinematic quality of volcanoes- as always there are loads of volcanoes erupting at the moment I'll write about them soon.
Monday, 19 March 2012
A massive volcanic eruption has been added to the UK national risk register, which already includes pandemic flu, flooding and terrorism. The particular worry is an Icelandic Laki style eruption which will produce large toxic gas clouds, the eruption in 1783 caused death and crop failure. While this clearly is a worry it is however more surprising that space war is not included on the risk register. As someone who has watched loads of Doctor Who episodes I can tell you that in the 21st century space war is a much bigger threat than volcanic eruptions. As in all the episodes I have watched there have been countless wars with the sycorax, sliltheen, tocloafane, daleks, cybermen, bat creatures, etc and only one volcanic eruption. And that volcanic eruption was Vesuvius, the 79AD one which clearly isn't a threat any more. I can't remember that episode too well at the moment as I've just watched the previous series, so should watch it soon and will let you know if it's still a threat. So either the government is lying to us about the real risks or Doctor Who needs to be more accurate and anyone who has seen the spaceship/ 18th century France episode (my favourite) will tell you that it is not. So I think in conclusion more Doctor Who episodes should feature more volcanoes although it's really not the same without lovely David Tennant.
Monday, 12 March 2012
There are times in your life when you read about something and realise you have seen/have read it. And I have recently discovered a Noel Coward play called Volcano that was written with Katharine Hepburn in mind. Which sounds amazing, sadly as it's an undiscovered masterpiece there isn't too much information about it aka it has no wikipedia page. It's going to be on at the Theatre Royal in Bath this summer so hopefully I can combine seeing it with a trip to Bath Spa, which due to geothermal activity I can link to volcanoes. The play was written when Noel Coward moved to Jamaica, is set on a volcanic Caribbean island, it's about 2 women falling for a married man and his acid-tongued wife (presumably KH) trying to fight them off. Then I reckon the play will end in a massive hilarious eruption/argument but its hard to know as I haven't seen it. I'll let you know what happens when I have. I think I would cast Katharine with an Icelandic volcano because as well as being cutting she was also icy but sadly I will never be able to direct a play starring Katharine Hepburn about volcanoes.