Scotch Egg and London Road Fire Station, Manchester

Whenever I go to the UK, one of the first things I buy is junk food like pork pies or Scotch eggs, and some bread spreads for later on. That’s basically the things I like and I don’t get in continental Europe. The photo shows a Scotch egg in front of London Road Fire Station, Manchester, which is undergoing conversion into luxury appartents at the moment. What else, of course? I surely wouldn’t be able to afford property there, but I can afford a proper Scotch Egg. Yummy!

[“Scotch Egg and Fire Station, Manchester” – 2019-08-29]

Fonts’ Welcome

Whenever I visit the UK, there is this moment that makes me realize that I have arrived there. No, it is not the laid-back attitude of the border police. Neither is it the ability of people to queue or to stand behind lines or generally suddenly behave meek as lambs in crowded places. No, it is some tiny little sign with some mostly unimportant message. To be more precise it is the typeface the words on this sign are set in. You go to the UK and suddenly it is not Verdana, Arial, DIN or Frutiger any longer. The fonts that surround you in public are Gill Sans, Johnston, Transport or some other, more modern, grotesque font. Like here, at Manchester Airport: the sign does not only tell foreigners to behave appropriately, it also says: “Hiya! Welcome to the UK. Make yourself at home (and a nice cup of tea later on (before you go to have too many pints of overprized beer–for which you might have to queue in an orderly fashion)).”

[“Fonts’ Welcome” – 2019-08-29]

Re. “Daily Mail Steals My Video and Wants Me to Take the Blame for Copyright Infringements”

Update 1: 2015-03-05 (See Below)

Today Rosie Lord of the Daily Mail contacted me (see below) asking if they could use a video that I had posted under a Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike) License on Vimeo. I replied that this wasn’t so easy as the video contained background music that was licensed for non-commercial use only, but I would be willing to send them the original video w/o the music and grant them the desired licence for “perpetual” (de facto unlimited) use for 35 pounds (my suggestion based on the rate for local newspapers) license fee. To be honest, I was astounded that what I had learned to be the “gutter press” would even care to ask before publishing stuff. Was I mistaken? Of course not. I never got a reply. Instead they just took the video, edited it (getting rid of a beautiful view of the Porta Nigra) and put it on-line on their website. No money for the person who shot the video–my name is given at least (see screen shot). Nothing for the musician whose music is in the background. Yes, it probably qualifies as a quote from the web. I shouldn’t complain, should I? After all, I am confirmed in my disgust for the yellow press. But why did they ask in the first place? Simple: If you agree to give them the stuff for free and forever–irrevocably–, and for their offshoot channels as well, you warrant that you have the full copy- and usage rights. So, if a musician like the one bamboozled by the publication, comes and wants money, they can send them to you. Not only do they want owt fer nowt. They also want to pass the buck to others if things go wrong (see below). Clever people they are for sure. Und deswegen, unter anderem, ist und bleibt ein Drecksblatt eben ein Drecksblatt.

I won’t post the link to the article here. Reference:

Williams, Amanda. “Red Statue of Karl Marx Gifted to City of Gloucester Is Hidden Away.” Mailonline. 4 Mar. 2015. Web.

Ausschnitt DailyMail klaut mein Marx Video 20150305

[Screenshot on the Website of The Daily Mail, cf. Williams]

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[The very kind phishing message by Rosie Lord.]

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[Rules and Regulations – Passing the Buck]

Update 1 (2015-03-05):

Rebecca Hutson (I believe she is Director of Video at MailOnline) contacted me today saying that they have not received my email to the video editor (see above), that she had learned about my suggestion from my blog post and that they would like to pay a license fee of 35 pounds and swap the video they have on their website for the original file (thereby getting rid of the problem of the background music which is licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA license). I agreed and uploaded the original video for the Daily Mail to download and use (and mentioned that I don’t own the rights to the art installation or the sounds you could hear in front of Porta Nigra on the day I took the video).

Let’s see: If they pay a license fee, is this still “freebooting”? Not any longer. Is posting without prior clearance poor style? In most cases, I’d think it is. Is my ranting about poor style poor style, too? Maybe. Am I biased? Yes.

Lieder gegen Thatcher?

Komplett pietätlose Menschen–oder solche, die ihr so ein paar Dinge nicht verziehen haben (rücksichtslose Privatisierungen, radikale Einschnitte bei den Sozialleistungen (Schulmilch), sinnlose Massenarbeitslosigkeit, sinnloser Krieg, Abwicklung des Nordens, die weitere Verarmung der Armen, die großere Bereicherung der Reichen, den Umgang mit Gegnern (Gewerkschaften, Nordirland))–können also heute auf kritische Weise Frau Thatcher gedenken. Mit Musik ist das ganz wunderbar möglich. Bei Buzzfeed gibt es seit Oktober 2011 eine Liste von “21 Incredibly Angry Songs About Margaret Thatcher“. Die meines Erachtens hörenswertesten sind folgende:

  • “Margaret On The Guillotine” / Morrissey
  • “Tramp The Dirt Down” / Elvis Costello
  • “Black Boys On Mopeds” / Sinéad O’Connor
  • “Thatcherites” / Billy Bragg
  • “The Day That Thatcher Dies” / Hefner
  • “Thatcher Fucked The Kids” / Frank Turner

Aber vielleicht haben diese Lieder bei oben genannten Menschen ja sogar eine kathartische Wirkung, so dass sie der alten Dame ein sympathisches “Rust in Peace” hinterherrufen können.