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Fiddle This: Yorkshire TV’s ‘Sounds Good’, 1985
«As gauche and perhaps even ridiculous as Sounds Good might look to modern eyes, there is something lovely about this cheaply made gap-filler with its relatively inclusive, progressive, inspiring mix of music and movement that offers up provincial teenagers performing interpretative dance about car crashes as though it were something perfectly normal. Sounds Good elicits the same queasy mix of aversion and curiosity in me now that it would have done back then, yet for some weird reason, even as it teeters on the brink of plunging down to the center of the earth in a China Syndrome of naffness—or perhaps because of that—it still somehow communicates a sense of aliveness and possibility. The dreamy and seemingly unaffected manner of the participants makes for an especially striking contrast with the self-assured TV-ready schtick demanded of the public any time they should happen to encounter a camera nowadays. I don’t believe this necessarily means we’ve become less authentic as humans, but it does make you wonder if the grip of the spectacle on the collective psychic throat was slightly less tight back then. Or perhaps that’s just nostalgia too.»
tv  yorkshire  england  1980s  1985  music  dance  media 
23 days ago by brennen
NCCU Appoints Associate Vice Chancellor
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has appointed Dr. Yolanda Banks Anderson, as associate vice chancellor for Faculty Development/Resources in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Anderson served an interim role for the position from 2015 until her permanent appointment.
2019  1985  friends  UNC 
may 2019 by jmbond
Aaron Bady on Twitter: "When you read about history of "The Coffee Shop," writers LOVE to gloss over the Middle-Eastern origin so they can get to the fun part where England invents The Public Sphere"
"When you read about history of "The Coffee Shop," writers LOVE to gloss over the Middle-Eastern origin so they can get to the fun part where England invents The Public Sphere

My man Ralph Hattox in 1985 seems to know what's up, tho

love "the near east"

"Once coffee had been taken out of the context of the Sufi dhikr and introduced into general consumption, it was embraced by an entirely different group of advocates, and with them the associations and images connected with the drink changed..."

"...While it remained one of the props of the nocturnal devotional services of the Sufis, others, perhaps less spiritually inclined, found it a pleasant stimulus to talk and sociability. From this the coffeehouse was born"

"If you draw the analogy between coffee and intoxicants you are drawing a false one . . . One drinks coffee with the name of the lord on his lips, and stays awake, while the person who seeks wanton delight in intoxicants disregards the Lord, and gets drunk""
aaronbady  coffeeshops  cafes  history  middleeast  coffee  neareast  2019  1985  ralphhattox 
april 2019 by robertogreco
Ross Store Explosion
"Cause of the 1985 Ross Store Explosion and Other Gas Ventings, Fairfax District, Los Angeles
by Douglas H. Hamilton and Richard L. Meehan

Late in the afternoon of March 24, 1985, methane gas that had been accumulating ignited in an auxiliary room of the Ross Dress-For-Less Department Store located on Third Street, in the Wilshire-Fairfax District of Los Angeles. The resulting explosion blew out the windows and partially collapsed the roof of the structure, reduced the store interior to a heap of twisted metal and resulted in injuries requiring hospital treatment of twenty-three people. Police closed off four blocks around an eerie scene of spouting gas flames that continued through the night.

In the following days, a drill rig brought to the site was used to test for possible gas accumulations in the alluvial soil beneath the store. A "pocket" of pressurized gas was encountered at a depth of 42 feet beneath the parking lot between the store building and Third Street. Gas was also encountered in several other borings at the site in smaller quantities and at lower pressures. Pressure gauges, control valves, and, on the hole where the high pressure pocket was encountered, a valved flare pipe, were installed. Following a brief period during which gas was flared and bled off into the air, the anomalous gas condition at the Ross Store site gradually declined to the normal gas concentrations characteristic of the local area. In 1989 another venting incident occurred, this time at several sites on the north side of Third Street. This second venting fortunately was detected in time, and did not ignite. In this case, water and silt were ejected from outdoor vents along with the gas, in addition to accumulation of dangerous levels of gas in several buildings. A blow-out crater several feet deep, from which dirt and small stones were ejected several feet into the air was formed during this episode which lasted about 24 hours.

The setting of the accident -- an old-world Levantine market place a few miles from Hollywood; the famed tarry graveyard of the sabre-toothed tigers; pillars of fire dancing in the darkened streets -- these biblical images attracted attention of the press, the bar, and local politicians. And yet, three months later when a hastily convened panel of experts announced that the event was caused by digestive rumblings of an ancient and invisible swamp the whole thing had been mostly forgotten, the explanation accepted as yet another production of Los Angeles' quirky environment. Outside of a lawsuit that was settled quietly in 1990, the possibility that the accident was caused by the knowing agency of Los Angeles' lesser known industry or that the official report of the experts, rather than being a serious statement of the scientific community, was a heavily edited script with a happily blameless ending, was not made known to the public, as we shall proceed to do here.

Excerpt from: Engineering Geology Practice in Southern California, Association of Engineering Geologists, Special Publication No. 4, 1992.

[from elsewhere:]
The gas seeped between the floor slab and foundation walls of the store into a basement room that lacked ventilation. Annexed to the room was the store’s employee lounge, and at 4:47 p.m. on March 24, 1985, a worker punched the time clock there. Then all hell broke loose."
la  gas  thegrove  grove  ross  dressforless  explosion  ninasarnelle  1985  oil 
october 2018 by gohai

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