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Berlin: Oscar Isaac to Star in WWII Thriller 'The Garbo Network'
He'll play Juan Pujol Garcia, an eccentric double-agent who with no military or covert training.

William Wheeler wrote the script, which is based on the true story of Juan Pujol Garcia, an eccentric double-agent who with no military or covert training, somehow persuaded both the Germans and the British to hire him as a spy. As it turned out, his real allegiance was to England, and working closely with MI5, he created a fictional network of 27 spies said to be spread out over England, Scotland, and Ireland, supplying him with critical information about British troop movements and military planning. He actually made the whole thing up, but it was a turning point in the war, enabling the English to deceive the Germans about the invasion of Normandy.

Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein, Chuck Weinstock, Jason Spire and Isaac are producing.

This is a tricky part. There are very few actors who can do both pathos and comic grandiosity,” said Weinstock. “Oscar is one of them, and we feel very lucky to have him.”

*Disk Scratch*

This’ll be my only post today unless something ridiculous happens but it has now been confirmed that the freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will end March 2019.

Now that we have that date it completely jeopardises new EU nationals wanting to come and live, work and study in the UK. Lack of clarity on how this affects EU nationals currently in the UK also poses a problem.

From March 2019 young people across the UK will lose the right to freely move, work, study across the EU as well and of course, students of languages will have their ERASMUS funding removed.

A sad, pathetic UK that now has to turn and suckle on whatever trade deal America gives us. Cheap American food like chlorinated chicken will drive the quality of our own farm produce down in order to remain competitive.

A complete lack of governmental infrastructure to support areas that have previously been supported by the EU.

The withdrawal from Euratom, Europe’s expertise in both nuclear science but also that of radiology required for cancer treatments.

The fishermen who are slowly beginning to realise how incompetent Westminster actually are and how any Brexit deal will not be as much to their benefit as they originally thought.

Brexit is an absolute farce. It’s horrifically embarrassing and even though I’m a strong supporter of Scottish independence, I would not wish for any country that makes up the UK to go through the clusterfuck that Brexit has already been.


James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903, United States/England)


Whistler was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in England. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”. His signature on many of his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail.

Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler entitled many of his paintings Arrangements, Harmonies, and Nocturnes, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (1871), commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his interactions with leading artists and writers.

Richard Westall (1765-1836)
“George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron”

Commonly known as Lord Byron, he was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems “Don Juan” and “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,“ and the short lyric “She Walks in Beauty.”


“Don’t forget you’re alive. ‘Cause sometimes when you walk around the city and you’re in a bad mood, you can think, hey, wait a minute, we’re alive! We don’t know what the next second will bring and what a fantastic thing this is. This can get easily forgotten in the routine of life, and that’s something I’m trying to bring to my attention at all times. Don’t forget you’re alive. We’re not dead, you know. This is the greatest thing.” - Joe Strummer (1952-2002)

Happy Birthday, Joe.


John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893, England)

Marine scenes

Grimshaw was an English Victorian-era artist, popular both during his time and in the present for his night-time depictions of British cities.

Grimshaw’s earliest influence was the Pre-Raphaelites. True to the Pre-Raphaelite style, he created landscapes of accurate colour and lighting, vivid detail and realism, often typifying seasons or a type of weather. Moonlit views of city and suburban streets and of the docks in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow also figured largely in his art. The focus on atmosphere, and lack of moral message or historical reference allies his work to some extent with the Aesthetic Movement.

His careful painting and his skill in lighting effects meant that he captured both the appearance and the mood of a scene in minute detail. His “paintings of dampened gas-lit streets and misty waterfronts conveyed an eerie warmth as well as alienation in the urban scene.” Later in life his colour palette shifted from dark blues to golden yellows, and towards the end of his life were hints of a change in artistic direction, with looser brushwork influenced by his friend James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who was quoted saying “I considered myself the inventor of Nocturnes until I saw Grimmy’s moonlit pictures.”


J.M.W Turner (1775-1851)
“Dutch Boats in a Gale” (1801)
“Dutvh Fisging Boats in a Storm” (1801)
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery, London, England

181 tower blocks across the UK have now failed flammability tests on their exterior cladding.

It’s becoming rapidly clear that a disaster the scale of Grenfell was not just a preventable tragedy, but the inevitable and certain outcome of an unspoken cost-cutting policy enacted by both publically-owned and private landlords which prioritised rent gouging over the most basic tenant safety.

Frankly, revolutions have started over much, much lesser crimes. The only rational response to these revelations, and the desperate scrambling cover-up undertaken by the government’s official inquiries - staffed as they are by the very individuals who have attempted to write this tacit policy into explicit deregulation - is a national rent strike of poor and vulnerable tenants, backed to the hilt by the organisations of the working-class.

No Safety, No Rent.

William Morris

English artist, textile designer, poet and socialist activist William Morris was born on this day in 1834. Morris was one of the principal figures of the British arts and crafts movement. 

This is an ink, pen and watercolour drawing of a Woman Playing Cymbals, a design which was used for one of the many Morris & Co stained glass windows at Wightwick Manor.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)
“Mount Vesuvius in Eruption” (1817)
Watercolor on paper
Located in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Grace Rose (detail)
Frederick Sandys (British; 1829–1904)
Oil on panel
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut


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Frank Dicksee (1853-1928)
“The Funeral of a Viking” (1893)
Located in the Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England

Victorian critics gave it both positive and negative reviews, for its perfection as a showpiece and for its dramatic and somewhat staged setting, respectively. The painting was used by Swedish Viking/Black metal band Bathory for the cover of their 1990 album, Hammerheart.