Saturday, 22 February 2014

Creaky Bamboo Trains Ride the Rails in Cambodia

Here's a fun posting in the Wall Street Journal about "norrys", homemade bamboo trains that operate on Cambodia's network of abandoned rail lines. Here's what WSJ's Jesse Pesta writes:

"In Cambodia, real trains are almost as rare as bamboo trains anywhere else. The impoverished country has a network of tracks left over from French colonial days, but there are hardly any actual trains running anymore. Only one line is in service. The railway never recovered from the horrors of Khmer Rouge murder and war decades ago.

For years, the transportation gap had been filled partly by the homemade trains, known as "norrys," built of bamboo, wood and sometimes old tank parts. Today, the norrys have all but disappeared. Around the northern town of Battambang, a few cater to thrill-seeking tourists, although during one visit last year there weren't many tourists, just Ms. Lim catching a ride home."

Read the article

Monday, 17 February 2014

The Groove Tube has a Youtube Channel...

... of course it does. All us aging boomers are mining our own cultural effluvia for postable content that will bring our friends together and embarrass our children.

In this MFarrands Channel has published the movie in segments. Enjoy!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Dark Side of the Moon

With use of 'hijacked' archival footage, false documents, real interviews taken out of context or transformed through voice-over or dubbing, staged interviews, as well as, interviews with astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and others, Dark Side Of The Moon navigates the viewer through lies and truth; fact and fiction. This is no ordinary documentary. Its intent is to inform and entertain the viewer, but also to shake him up - make him aware that one should always view television with a critical eye.

This film illustrates how the truth can be twisted by the manipulation of images.
Dark Side Of The Moon is written and directed by William Karel and co-produced by Point du Jour Production and ARTE France.