This word originates from two Germanic words: 'Hus' meaning 'house' and 'bunda', meaning 'to own'. The word husband originally had no marital meaning, but probably comes from the fact that house owners made for desirable partners.
My friend Eloise showed some of her (superb) work at a show in West London Last night. Here's a couple of images of the ensuing merriment, and there's more over at flickr. I Highly recommend you check her site, as her prints are impossible to photograph.
OK, this has been on a fair few blogs already, but i can't help myself. Adding a new soundtrack can be a very powerful way of changing the feel of a piece of film. Plus it takes the piss out of religion, so it's OK by me.
Another vacation activity was re-reading Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons epic Watchmen graphic novel. It's a long and sometimes tortuous read, but it's truly incredible. Whilst i think everyone should try to read Watchmen, i wouldn't necessarily recommend it to novice graphic novel readers as it's fairly hard going. I was prompted into a re-read with the news of the forthcoming movie, directed by Zack Snyder (300), and i'm super keen to see what he does with the story. In my opinion, it's un-filmable in it's current state, as it has so many plot strands and back stories, jumping across four decades. His work on 300 was lauded by the fanboys for not using big-name actors and his faithful approach to the original work, but Watchmen is something completely different. The story is less about visual storytelling (as with 300), and more about relationships, politics and human nature. As with all big film launches, there is a blog, releasing clips and promos week by week, until the release in 2009. The current clip, showing the development of the owl-ship, is particularly exciting. The trailer is here.
Whilst in Greece i watched a fair bit of the Olympics (mostly the women's beach volleyball, understandably), and whilst i still think it's an obscenely costly event for show-offs, it's still good TV, and I can appreciate the dedication and training of some of the participants. One example is the British cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy. I saw the following photo of his legs recently, and it made me double take. It's like someone has strapped a loaf of bread to each of his thighs.
It's a very simple one this week. The word originates from the Italian term for "small ball or pebble." Italian citizens once voted by casting a small pebble or ball into one of several boxes in order to denote their choice.