Sunday, July 29, 2007


Time to dump some hot links in the stew pot:

¶ Crikey! Ambulance Driver has done it again! The man's a bloody bloggin' gawd.

¶ I have always been fascinated by Ozti the iceman, whose body was found on an alpine pass between Austria and Italy. I think it was Konrad Spindler, an Austrian anthropologist, who suggested that Otzi was fleeing some kind of inter-clan or inter-village or inter-personal conflict when he died. That Otzi bled to death from wounds suggests that Spindler was right. This book probably applies".

¶ So you are interested in Celtic Studies? Here is your starter kit. Or maybe you just want this .

¶ Everybody wants to belong somewhere!.

¶ Having recently visited the Mendocino coast, M. and I are now watching movies filmed there. Last night it was The Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming!, a classic Cold War comedy with Carl Reiner (not one of my favorites), a young Alan Arkin, and Eva Marie Saint as a typical early-1960s perky female lead.

Its message is the eternal comic one since Plautus' day: "The grown-ups are silly, but love will conquer all." Arkin and Theodore Bikel, as the commanders of a Russian submarine, gesticulate and scream at each other like comic-opera Italians, nothing like the careful professionals aboard the Red October.

Next, Johnny Belinda with Jane Wyman. Just think, in a parallel universe she was our First Lady during the 1980s.

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Blogger Ambulance Driver said...

Nah, not a god, just a minor saint.

Saint Ambo the Whimsical, patron saint of fibromyalgia sufferers, that's me. ;)

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

The way I look at it, AD, a gawd is sort of like a god, but hipper and more ironic.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Erik said...

Ah, memories... when I was a kid in South Carolina, every summer one of the local stations would play The Russians Are Coming!... back to back with It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anne Hill said...

Well then, you must rent yourselves a copy of "Homegrown." I remember Jonah Raskin saying that he'd pitched it as "The Three Stooges meets Treasure of the Sierra Madre." And where else will you find Jamie Lee Curtis, Bon Jovi, and John Lithgow all in a movie about pot growers? Then again, maybe you did sometime back in the 70s, but forgot...

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

I saw Homegrown some years ago and enjoyed it, but in my mind it always blends with T.C. Boyle's novel Budding Prospects.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note the child actor in "Russians" named Sheldon Collins/Golomb? He became my dentist when I lived in the Springs. Guess the acting thing didn't work out. Maybe because the movie sucked. :)

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Otzi - the iceman said...

Did you know some people are more tech savvy than they look?
I’m 5300 and I’ve got my own MySpace page

On MySpace I’m writing the world’s first prehistoric blog WHO ICED OTZI? Over 101 days, I hope to solve the mystery of my death.

Any help would be appreciated.

Ciao, for now!
"The Iceman"

See my travelling exhibition:
> Australian National Maritime Museum
> 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney
> (02) 9298 3777

Or visit me in person:
> South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
> via Museuo, Bolzano, Italy

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

We should be impressed that a Chalcolithic man has mastered the Web at all, even if he is shakey on HTML coding.

Visit his MySpace page here.

10:44 PM  

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