Here is a Youtube playlist of ten of my favourite pieces that were performed at the London Olympic Games opening ceremony.
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Over and above all the usual tiresome attempts at April Foolery, this two-minute video from the England and Wales Cricket Board is one of my favourites this year (along with 8-bit Google Maps). An "innovation" almost plausible enough that it wouldn't surprise me if the IPL tried to adapt it for real.
Here's the ECB's accompanying statement on the balldogs innovation, post-edited to partly wimp out of the April Fool's joke.
Arthur Beetson, one of Australia's greatest rugby league players of all time, died suddenly on December 1 at the age of 66. A larger-than-life figure who was a brilliant play maker in the second row for Balmain, Easts and Parramatta, his last major game of football as a player was the inaugural State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales in 1980. The first indigenous Australian to captain a national sporting side, Beetson became a coach, mentor and indigenous community leader in later years. And he even had a go at acting.
And you thought Federal Parliament in Canberra was unruly? During debate in South Korea's parliament yesterday over a Free Trade Agreement with the US, an opposition member threw a canister of tear gas in the chamber. Despite this, a vote in favour of the FTA was carried 151 votes to seven. This report from Agence France-Presse does not indicate how the gas wielding politician voted (or, indeed, if he got the chance to.)
Twitter is the tool which has delivered so much inspiration to us all over the past few years, don't you agree? (Don't answer that.)
Paradoxically, tweeting has almost killed off this blog of mine, so let me fight back and use this blog to document some of the most sublime reinterpretations of Twitter.
I've already reported William Shatner's be-bop recitation of Sarah Palin's tweets in 2009 (though the video appears to be no longer available), and the brilliant marriage of New Yorker cartoons and Kanye West tweetage in 2010. Here, from March this year at no less than the 3rd Annual Shorty Awards, is Amanda Palmer's ukelele medley of the Most Amusing Tweets of the year:
An array of Australia's finest and a few overseas friends cover Nick Cave's extraordinary The Ship Song in this video, part of a forthcoming documentary about, and filmed in, the Sydney Opera House.
Much more of The Ship Song Project on Youtube.
It didn't take long for this moment, late in the evening of the ABC's NSW election telecast last night, to become a Twitter meme. Premier-elect Barry O'Farrell hauled before the cameras at the Liberal Party victory party for a quick interview, only to tell anchorman Kerry O'Brien that he only wanted to talk to telecast panellist, and his future transport minister, Gladys Berejiklian.
As was confirmed later, no snub of Red Kerry was intended in the frenetic atmosphere of the Parramatta Leagues Club.
Almost by definition, election campaigns have their bizarre moments - although Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell seem to have re-written the manual over the past couple of years.
But I doubt that I'll see anything more bizarre from the current NSW state election than the jam session on Kristina Keneally's campaign bus last Friday.
As we pay tribute this weekend on the 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, I've embedded a video of probably his most famous live performance, from Woodstock, NY in 1969, his rendition of John Stafford Smith's 1778 composition "To Anacreon In Heaven".
You may know it better as that song about Bombs Bursting In Air. I blogged more about its history on the occasion of May Day 2006, but for now, take it away Jimi: