Interior of a cave hut at Taylor’s Mistake, Christchurch, used by young men on weekend summer trips 
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It’s either a famine or a flood, innit? At the moment I am verily drowning in highly readable books. Worse than the fact that I have too much good, good reading to get done is the guilt. Oh, the terrible, terrible guilt. Every day I see Carrie Fisher’s latest, probably incredibly witty volume sitting there on the bookshelf dying to be picked up and read and every day I have to say “No Carrie. Not today. I’m not done with Remy yet”.
The Remy in question would be one Remy Stern who has written a rather good book about a rather annoying thing, namely infomercials. Everyone is familiar with the patter, the “how much would you expect to pay…” lines of cheese, the wondrous demonstrations of magic bullets and ab-flexes and miracle make-up, so you probably think you know infomercials pretty well. So did I. You don’t.
It’s a rainbow out there! from Cut Copy – In Ghost colours – one of the most delicious bands in the wave of new 80s influenced synthy electronic music (and like much of the best new dance music, it comes from Aussie). Sparkling stuff with a soupcon of New Order …
to Kevin Mccloud’s colour now:
… Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud has taken all the hard work out of home decorating by researching, selecting and combining over 120 particular colours into 70 tried-and-tested palettes that are guaranteed to transform your home.
In 1856 18-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce colour. Simon Garfield explains how the experimental mishap that produced an odd shade of purple revolutionised fashion …
to the inimitable Diana Vreeland who proclaimed ‘Shocking pink is the navy blue of India’, and then to The Shocking Pinks – a band featuring local muso Nick Harte & crew (they played at CHARTFEST last month).
Imagine a black and white world where colour is a commodity … Eddie Russett lives in a world where fortune, career and ultimate destiny are rigidly dictated by the colours you can see, with Violet at the top, and Red at the bottom. Below the Colours are the Grey underclass who can only see tones of black and white. It is also a world of rules and regulations – a place of merits and demerits, prefects, bullies, snitches, sports days and over-boiled cabbage. Eddie is pretty happy – he thinks he can see over 70% Red, so will be able to marry up-spectrum. But then he meets Jane, a Grey: alluring, exciting – and dangerous …