Mike’s World – Orientation Video

One of the highlights of this year’s Glasgow International arts festival is the first solo show in the UK by New York/Texas-based video and performance artist Michael Smith. The show consists of two rooms at the Tramway showing films made over the past 30 years, mostly with Smith in his everyman character “Mike”.

This show is an absolute hoot and will appeal to anyone who enjoys urgent corporate training videos, video courseware, classical aphorisms, spooks, massive turn-ups and glitter balls.

A good introduction to Mike is his Orientation Video:

If you want to find out more, we would encourage you to enter Mike’s World.

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PMB172: The Four Winds (Brigitte Bardot, Roger Whittaker, Les Baxter, Pete Moore, Hans Albers, Borka, Rodion G.A., Henry Mancini, Johnny Conquet, Eden Ahbez)

PMB172 The Four WindsFollowing on from last week’s less-than-serious titter-fest, An Ill Wind, this week on the show we take a much more meteorological and geographical approach for the second half of our wind double album.

You’ll hear tracks about some of our favourite winds from around the world, including the Mistral, the Sirocco, the Papagayo and the Föhn.

Listen now:

The Music

1. Brigitte Bardot: Les cheveux dans le vent from Bubble Gum Buy on Amazon Bubble Gum - Brigitte Bardot
2. Roger Whittaker: Mistral from Roger Whittaker – The Golden Age Buy on Amazon Roger Whittaker - The Golden Age - Roger Whittaker
3. Les Baxter: Papagayo from The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter Buy on Amazon
4. Pete Moore: Solar Wind from Gypsy Creams & Ginger Nuts: Sounds That Swept The Supermarkets Buy on Amazon
5. Hans Albers: Föhn from Hoppla, jetzt komm ich Buy on Amazon Hoppla, jetzt komm ich - Hans Albers
6. Borka: Le Vent from What Sticks Buy on Amazon What Sticks - Borka
7. Rodion G.A.: Zephyr from The Lost Tapes Buy on Amazon The Lost Tapes - Rodion G.A.
8. Henry Mancini: Lujon from Mr Lucky Goes Latin Buy on Amazon
9. Johnny Conquet: Sirocco from Raisins & Almonds – Cha Cha Cha & Merengues Buy on Amazon Raisins & Almonds - Cha Cha Cha & Merengues - Johnny Conquet
10. Eden Ahbez: Tradewind from Eden’s Island Buy on Amazon Eden's Island - Eden Ahbez

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Home Improvement Chinese Style: A Rooftop Space Shuttle Replica

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China  seems to be the new home of  delightful eccentricity. A Chinese farmer has built a space shuttle on top of his house.

Meng Ni, 63 dreamed of becoming an astronaut  when he was a child.But since he lived in the remote village of Xiapu, Guangdong province it was not going to happen. So instead he became a successful farmer. But he never forgot  his childhood dream and eventually decided to build a life-size replica of a space shuttle on his roof. Which all seems very reasonable to me. What is money for, if not to build space ships and maybe irritate your neighbours? Apparently it offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside.

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