Drawing on windows and taking photographs of said drawings = magic funtimes.

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The Pete Ashton Newsletter

I’ve started a newsletter, highlighting the things I’m up to online and off in a brief, inobtrisive weekly-ish missive. I’ve explained a bit about it in this post and copied up the first one, which went out on Wednesday.

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Train fall

Apparently “the most expensive shot in silent film history” although there’s no info about what film it’s from. Still, rather impressive, putting a real train on a collapsing bridge like that, heralding a century of wasting huge sums of money on mildly entertaining moving picture shows.

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Vivian Kubrick’s Making of The Shining

Stanley Kubrick allowed his then-17-year-old daughter, Vivian, to make a documentary about the production of THE SHINING. Created originally for the British television show BBC Arena, the documentary offers rare insight into the shooting process of a Kubrick film.

Starts with Jack Nicholson cleaning his teeth before walking onto the set and filming the axe-through-door scene. Mundanity and terror on the flip of a coin.

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A poem for Mr Trebus

Back in 2002, when Mr Trebus died, a blog post of mine because an impromptu shrine, so I spun it off into a memorial page and set it adrift into the Hinternet. Every so often someone finds it and emails me, usually asking for more information about him which I don’t have. Yesterday Fiona Berry emailed with a poem she’d written about Mr Trebus which she thought I might enjoy. I’m a terrible appreciator of poetry so I have no idea if it’s any good or not, but I felt it worth sharing.

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Ira Glass thinks the Onion should get a Pulitzer

And he’s quite strident about it. Also, nice beard dude.

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