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 1   Pete Atkin / News / Re: Home Page update  24.06.20 at 01:57 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Having put them into this player, I'm reminded of the dismal video quality of the three analogue captures, Canoe (Monyash), Errant Knight (Yorkshire TV) and And An Array Of Passionate Lovers together with Care-Charmer Sleep, from the Old Grey Whistle Test. So, I've uploaded new versions, digitised at the 576p optimum for 625-line PAL material (4:3 aspect ratio, 720 x 576px at 25fps). Still not perfect though, as my 'originals' are VHS copies.
 
Steve
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 2   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: And still his dreaming eyes...  20.06.20 at 19:58 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Sen Kelly
Excellent - Thanks Steve - and Pete and Simon!
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 3   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: New video: Driving Through Mythical America  08.06.20 at 11:01 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Simon Reap
Quote:
The electronic percussionist remains anonymous.

 
Has Patrick E Reinhardt extended his skill set to drums?
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 4   Pete Atkin / Music / The Last Hill...  03.06.20 at 17:23 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
...that Shows You All the Valley:
 

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 5   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: Have you got...?  30.05.20 at 22:27 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
In case anyone's wondering about the Chinese ideograms featured in the calligraphy pane of Simon's video, here's a more complete explanation (from my post in the Facebook group The Pete Atkin and Clive James Appreciation Society on May 28th).
 
The inscription reads, in Japanese, 'Aikido', which is the name of a modern Japanese martial art.
The three kanji (assimilated Chinese characters) carry the same meanings as in Chinese:  
 
- Japanese ai - Pinyin h - close, unite, join (v);
- Japanese ki - Pinyin q - air, spirit, life force (n);
- Japanese do - Pinyin do - way, path, road (n).

(The third character is incomplete in the above still from the video).
 
So, in universal mystic poetic/exotic-sounding oriental-speak the meaning can be rendered as 'The Path of Unifying Energy'. Or something.
 
Steve
 
PS: Read Clive's hilarious take on martial arts movies HERE.
 
Edited to add illustrations of characters in simplified Chinese script
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 6   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: Another lockdown video: Girl On The Train  22.05.20 at 16:49 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Pete Atkin
Not really a multi-tracking candidate, Robert  - and a bit tricky to do except live and together, but I suppose we could indeed add it to our list. Meanwhile...
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 7   Pete Atkin / Words / Somewhere Becoming Rain  19.05.20 at 13:15 
Started by Rob Spence | Newest post by Rob Spence
Here's a long review by Simon Petch of Clive's book on Larkin, in which a good deal more than the immediate subject is covered.
https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/review/clive-james-philip-larkin/
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 8   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: CJ on Desert Island Discs 1980  15.05.20 at 06:33 
Started by Avner Greenberg | Newest post by S J Birkill
Hi Colin
 
Perhaps Avner's link was a temporary one for a recent R4 repeat? I think the Desert Island Discs permanent archive (2258 episodes) has all the broadcasts. Clive's two are both working for me:
 
Roy Plomley, 1980
Sue Lawley, 2000
 
(And they'll both be in the updated and corrected clivejames.com archive when we publish it -- currently Work in Progress, with the 'Audio' section under development as I write...)
 
Steve
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 9   Pete Atkin / Newsletter / Re: Help - National Steel  08.05.20 at 12:50 
Started by Colin_Wilkinson | Newest post by Colin_Wilkinson
Cheers Pete
 
The sound I hear is those dead men trying to get out of my guitar!
 
 Having fun with this. I can fumble  picking E, D/E and A as you describe, although that's the limit of my "figuring out" apart from my guess that the rhythm is 1and 2and 3and 4and?
 
Always open to offers of further help.
 
Best wishes
 
Colin
 
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 10   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: New video: Screen-Freak in lockdown  08.05.20 at 11:30 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Robert Reid
Thanks Pete, really enjoyed that.
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