dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 12:23 am
For those who like photos of abandoned places, here are some taken by French photographer Aurélien Villette of Abkhazia, recognised as an independent state by Russia, while almost everyone else considers it still a part of Georgia. The photos show ruined and abandoned buildings, one series focussing on those from the 1950s.

Gallery on LensCulture

(The HDR is a bit over-the-top on some of them for my tastes, mind. One side effect of which is the tendency, as with many HDR images, to appear computer-generated - as if scenes from the game Syberia (for fans of which, it should be pointed out that Syberia III is due out later this year.)
dancefloorlandmine: (Barcode)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 06:07 pm
Hmmm. I think I know people who might like these, although they might be viewed as somewhat tasteless. Priced in dollars, I'm afraid ...

Fireproof BBQ pit skulls
dancefloorlandmine: (DamnedTown)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 03:43 pm
On Wednesday evening L and I went to BoxPark Croydon to peruse the board(s) of fare.

For those not familiar with the BoxPark concept, it consists of filling an area of otherwise-unused ground with a construction of black-painted shipping containers, which are converted into some form of retail opportunity. The original London BoxPark is a painfully cool "pop-up" lifestyle and fashion mall in Shoreditch, where each container serves to sell trainers, t-shirts, or other artistic designs, with a couple of food stalls and a bar stacked on top.

Croydon's BoxPark, next to East Croydon station, is a slightly different concept, specialising as a food court - rather than the stores opening onto the street, the containers are stacked to open onto an almost-square central roofed-over area, which is then filled with tables with benches, accompanied by gas patio heaters. One 'short' end has doors opening to the street, while the other has a bar area. Each 'long' side is lined with the narrow ends of the containers, with each retailer having one or two seven-foot-ish wide doorway to the seating area. Some have seating inside their area, but most simply provide food-service, using the seating in the main area - which also means that you can apply a 'portfolio menu' approach to your food selection.

(There are a couple of other eateries on the upper level, balconies that run along the long sides (and are also the primary street entrance), including the renowned Meat Liquor - but we headed straight to the main area this time.)

I opted for a baked potato from The Potato Project - filled with mushrooms and spinach and topped with blue cheese and truffle oil. Which was delicious. Although in my pre-choice wander around the stalls, I'd also found myself rather tempted by the offerings at Arancina, so, for a second course, I ordered a ricotta-and-spinach arancine (and, during the brief wait for it, I found myself ordering a slice of pizza, too). The excellent pizza slice turned out to be a good idea, as eating it gave time for the arancine to cool slightly - not much holds heat like an insulating layer of risotto. All washed down with a nice pint of Henry Weston's cider.

Meanwhile, L had opted for a tasty dish from Feed Me Primal, and then followed that with a couple of tapas items from Donde Tapas - tasty smooth Jamon Croquettes and some delicious Honey Glazed Chorizo (dripping in honey, and mild enough for my lightweight tastebuds).

So, overall, good food, and a location that with drifting smoke, and some holes in the roof for constant heavy rain to pour through, would make a good Bladerunner location.

No photos this time - I forgot to take my camera, but L took a snap. (And we'll probably be back again at some point.)

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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 11:31 am
Another Sunday evening outing to Stockwell and the performance space in the back of the Cavendish Arms, for the second CaBIret event, "an evening of bisexual cabaret with magic, words, and music". Compèred by 'Magic Marcus', who also provided a number of magic routines (including a notable visual explanation of the flaws in the Kinsey Scale), the evening featured poetry from Jacq and Ness, comedy from Sally Wyatt, and music from Lucy Kennedy.

(The main bar of the venue is rather good, too - friendly staff, comfortable seats, and the option of rather good pizza - and walking distance from the Tube.)

Magic Marcus

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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Monday, March 13th, 2017 01:19 pm
Alex's 40th birthday in 2017 was celebrated with grand event at the Exhibitionist Hotel, South Kensington, a boutique hotel combined with a modern art gallery. The first part of the event was a superhero LARP (almost resulting in the destruction of Crescent City), which was followed by an in-and-out-of-costume party in the bar and reception areas of the hotel. I was there for the party part of the evening, and took a few photos of friends in costume, as both heroes and villains, and applied some filters to some of them for added cartoon-effect goodness.

(The hotel staff seemed to cope pretty admirably with the assorted costumed folk roaming their bar, reception, and other areas. Some of the guests were slightly perplexed, though, but the staff managed to handle that confusion.)

Alex as Beast

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dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 12:09 pm
A line-up reshuffle forced by a clash with AntiChrist opened up a slot in the roster for Club 80s, as one of the regulars was off providing tunes to the folks at AC. So Ben generously offered me the open slot.

The LHT Urban Bar how has an understated wood and brown-painted brick exterior (there's only a tiny sliver of the former infamous tiger-striped paintwork visible between it and the neighbouring property). Downstairs is bare bricks and stripped floorboards, with low lighting, round tables, and busy, but not overcrowded, on a Friday evening. Upstairs is the function room - a decent size, with pews providing seating around the edges, a dancefloor, a medium-sized stage with lightbar over, and a good-sized DJ booth next to the mosaic-covered bar (with reasonable cider on tap). (Parking, however, is challenging, this being Whitechapel and next to the hospital, but I lucked out, and spotted a car vacating a spot within eyesight of the bar just as I approached, so quickly nipped in. Public transport is pretty decent, though.)

Musically, Reza and Ben at Club 80s cover both mainstream 80s and the darker, more alternative, electronic, and/or B-side end. I provided my usual approach to the 80s, but following the crowd (who were enthusiastic users of the request sheets laid out at the start), dropped the rock/metal end off.

A good fun night at a good venue.

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dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 11:33 pm
"Filling out your Harrison Ford Aircraft Incident Report"

"History suggests that no changes in weather, terrain, obstacles or any other contributing factors would have prevented Harrison Ford from suddenly and inexplicably plunging into your immediate vicinity. Or from it happening again."
dancefloorlandmine: (MonkeyBoy)
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 04:30 pm
So, what are you up to on Friday 3rd?

Club 80s is an option.

DJs - Reza (Inertia, Killing Joke), Ben (Elegant Decadence, Tanz Macabre, Planet Earth, Don't You Want Me Baby), and ... DJ Landmine ... wait, that's me! Woohoo!

So, yeah, Urban Bar, 176 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ, from 9pm to 2:30am, Friday 3rd March, for an evening of dark and light 80s. Like a Viennetta. Possibly.
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 04:43 pm
Elegant Decadence's second event of the year

La Chanson Noire - A three-piece together on stage for the first time, with the Portuguese singer and pianist joined by a drummer and guitarist, playing what has been described as chamber goth, although they might have benefited slightly from a darker and more intimate venue for their sound.

Rhombus - The first time back in London for a while for the Yorkshire-based five-piece playing in the classic gothic rock vein, combining male and female vocals with danceable tunes and catchy choruses.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.

La Chanson Noire
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 10:51 am
Popped down to the Oval Tavern on a Saturday evening, as some friends had said they were heading over to see at act that they'd seen elsewhere (and the Oval tends to be a nice place to be, anyway). Took the camera along, just because (although the Oval can be challenging for photography!)

The Silver Darlings - A folk-ish act, performing the songs of their lead singer/songwriter (who also performs solo).

Sieben - A violinist performing live looping of violin, vocals, and various percussive noises created on the violin, a style reminiscent of Jordan Reyne or Jo Quail. His most recent album, The Old Magic also raised faint comparisons to Wardruna. (As an additional bonus, he gave out copies of some of his earlier CDs, too.)

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.

The Silver Darlings
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 09:27 am
The first Elegant Decadence event of 2017, at Nambucca.

Nine Day Decline - post-punk goth three-piece.

The Ghost of Lemora - the long-running alternative act have had a bit of a change of line-up since their last album, with new a drummer, keyboardist, and bassist, and slightly heavier sound than before.

Manuskript - scene stalwarts, Manuskript attracted a number of their dedicated fans to this, their first London gig for a while, for their particular brand of energetic goth.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.

Nine Day Decline
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The Ghost of Lemora
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dancefloorlandmine: (Art)
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 02:53 pm
Photographer Josh Smith's aerial photographs of the patterns made by Australian agriculture are rather striking.

And here they are.
dancefloorlandmine: (Dice)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 11:46 am
The first hundred issues of White Dwarf (and some of the specials) are now available on t'internet as an archive.

White Dwarf Archive

(These were the days when WD wasn't an in-house advert for expensive miniatures, but a wide-ranging gaming magazine that covered games by a number of manufacturers. Somewhere I've got my old copies in a box - which started with number 71.)
dancefloorlandmine: (DamnedTown)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 07:11 pm
Quite a good review of Croydon, mentioning a few pubs that I rate, and a very fine restaurant.

'Croydon for a pretty girl ...'

(Title from an 18th Century rhyme, included for free in the review. Be warned, review may contain language.)
dancefloorlandmine: (Dice)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 05:44 pm
For personal reference, a couple of sites with advice on running one-on-one RPGs.

Gaming For Two
Solo Roleplaying

(Links originally scrobbled from the Bundle Of Holding offer on two-player games.)
dancefloorlandmine: (Books)
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 07:21 pm
One reason why I like buying books from The Book Depository is that each is delivered with a bookmark, ready to mark where you've paused.

I find that this encourages the practice of reading in odd moments - even if it does also encourage the tendency to have several books 'on the go' at any one time.
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 06:05 pm
A tale of an award-winning design for a seminary, its construction at the wrong time (from the point of view of changing church priorities), and a proposal for giving the listed shell a new purpose ...

BBC News In Pictures
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Monday, February 6th, 2017 06:17 pm
If you find background noise useful for helping you relax, or concentrate, then this site could be useful. It has several shedloads of dynamically configurable noise generators, of a whole load of types.

myNoise - also available as Apps.
dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Friday, January 20th, 2017 04:24 pm
This may be somewhat sensationalised, but it's an impressive tale of an impressive woman ...

Nancy Wake

(And here's the Wikipedia version.)

(Some might suggest that it was what any Australian woman would do in the circumstances, possibly due to watching lots of Miss Fisher Mysteries/)