There is so much to say about Cuba it would fill a library. I have been there three times since 2015, visiting Havana, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Varadero and now the more remote Cayo Guillermo, in Ciego de Avila province, an area praised by Hemingway in his book Islands in the Stream (1970). Some countries get… Read More Six Reasons to Love Cuba
I turned myself to face me In the darkness, a spotlight focusses on a cadaverous, mascara streaked face; the atmosphere is electric. It’s Hammersmith Odeon, July 1973; a guitar strums a simple chord with a plangeant brush-like sound. The Spiders have vacated the stage, but this is even more electrifying than any magisterial Moonage Day… Read More Touched by the Flaming Dove: Bowie’s Asteroid Muses
Jeepster on Fly Records, 1971 Flashback to 1971. The colour’s hazy in my mind but my memory tells me on one side it was spliced down the middle with one hemisphere an iridescent orange, and the other was salmon pink like the label and sleeve. But apparently it was purple. It was a totally beautiful.… Read More How to Jeepstart the present using music from the past.
Sixties Psychedelic Posters: How they exploded our minds Now that we can acknowledge the contribution of the sixties at a safe distance from its turmoil, it is remarkable to see how its influence continues to spread. Posters played a key role in this dissemination of libertarian ideas. Recently, there was an exhibition of the impact… Read More Psychedelic Posters: How they Exploded our Minds
Here is a new hypnosis video which uses footage of the sea in Kovalam, Kerala. With background music gratefully acknowledged by Craig Pruess, the Ganesha invocation from the Sacred Chants of Devi. The quote is from Virgil ‘We Make our Destinies by our Choice of Gods’- a favourite of mine and Robert Ohotto’s. So it’s… Read More The Waves