Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Saturday the 25th brought an unusual mix to Vancouver-Humidity and heat, thunder, lightening, torrential rain and then the fireworks display battled with mother nature in the skies overhead.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Hope Springs Eternal

The past few weeks have launched me onto an unexpected emotional roller coaster and as a result I'm white knuckled and hoping to get to the end of the ride. After a stranger showed me kindness today i was surprised and touched. I was coincidentally (or perhaps not?) sent a link to this site by a friend a few minutes ago and it brought a flutter to my heart. 'Gives me Hope' (GMH) is where people share with the world the most hopeful, uplifting moments of their day and allow others to draw strength from their experiences. It was just what i needed, along with todays incident to remember that the kindness of strangers isn't always a rare thing and can restore one's faith in people.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more..."
Jane Austen

Image: Broken Column by Frida Kahlo

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Vice Is Its Own Reward

"The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency"

There are a number of people that i would loved to have met and spent some time with: Joan of Arc, Leigh Bowery, Janis Joplin et al. Quentin Crisp is on my top ten list. He was born in England in 1908 and spent most of his life there before moving to New York in 1981. Crisp was distinctive for his
outlandish appearance, his sharp wit, observations and story telling. One of the things i admire most about him was his lifelong refusal to hide his orientation or lifestyle in an era where homosexuality was illegal. His carefully applied make up, dyed and coiffed hair, painted finger nails and flowing scarfs coupled with his unapologetic expression of self often meant homophobic attacks and violence.

Throughout his life he tried many roles: nude model, illustrator, book designer, prostitute, performer and actor but it was his writing that garnered widespread attention. His coming of age memoirs 'The Naked Civil Servant' was published in 1968. The book sold a modest 3,500 copies and in 1975 was adapted into a film of the same name starring John Hurt. It was this film that brought him to the attention of the public and press He published many books which covered his opinions on style, etiquette, culture and movies. Quentin Crisp died on the eve of touring his one-man show in England in November 1999. He was a fascinating intelligent man who I've barely done justice to with my brief post.

The interview below was shot in 1968, it was before he was widely known and 13 years before he moved to New York. He discusses homophobia, tolerance and misogyny with a frankness that was unusual for the time.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Art For The People

Any song that starts with the lyrics "But for the cum in your hair, the cocaine on your teeth" and features such sweet vocals from Julia Indelicate (below) is a winner in my book.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Curiouser & Curiouser

" If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

Alice In Wonderland

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

An Cathach Turns 1 Today

This little corner of the World Wide Web is 1 year old today!!

I have difficulty finishing a sandwich or a sentence at times, so managing to maintain this for 12 months has been a surprise in itself. There are a few people in particular that have been really supportive and encouraging over the past year and you should check out their sites if you haven't done so already:

To those of you who take the time to read, comment and email I’d like to give something back as a little thank you. I'm going to put together a free mix cd full of aural goodness. If you'd like one then email me with your name and a full postal address (via the contact button on the right hand side) asap. I'll be making a limited run of these so get them whilst you can.

You. Yes you! Who visits regularly but leaves nary a trace, feel free to step out of the shadows and leave a comment. Who are you wordless people?!

Special thank you to Padre who unknowingly nudged me towards the world of blogging. Your kindness, endless patience and creativity are truly inspirational. Much love.

Right. I'm off to eat some cake! (any excuse really :P )

Cupcake Image: TheresaThompson

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mikros Cosmos

The first time i heard Grouper i was under the impression that it was the combined effort of a band; however it turned out that the melancholy and eerily beautiful music is the brainchild of Portland's Liz Harris. She has released 3 albums to date with the latest being 2008's 'Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill'. Her music is ambient and mixes undulating waves of guitar and haunting vocals. After supporting Animal Collective the last time they passed through, she is returning for a solo show.

Grouper is set to play in St. Andrew's-Wesley Cathedral on Nelson Street,Vancouver on Saturday July 18th. For ticket info check out: http://tweedeath.com/presents.html

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Turn It Up

"I woke up weak today and needing your voice
Crawled into the speakers and turned up the volume
Felt so sick today but cured by your noise
My head in the speakers is drowning out volumes"

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