Author: FNND

‘Kill your Darlings’ captivates freedom

Kill Your Darlings is a 2013 American biographical-drama-film directed by John Krokidas in his feature film directorial debut. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe who was the most famous child actor in history, he was just a child: an only child, a poor sleeper, a nonstop talker, a picky eater… He was also disarmingly sweet.  He took the screen test at the age of ten, for the first Harry Potter film. It looked like Daniel would never lose the tag of Harry Potter. However, thirteen years later, he is starring as one of Americas leaders of the counter culture and key figures of the beat generation… Mr Allen Ginsberg.  He does a good job too, proving has come a long way. Kill your Darlings is focused on the Beat Generation of the 1950’s. But not the time that many people talk of… the time before Ginsberg wrote Howl, before William Burroughs penned Naked Lunch and before Jack Karouac went on the road.  The story is about Ginsberg’s relationship with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) when they were students at Columbia: Carr was the …

Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia

FN stumbled across a great little exhibition at the weekend whilst wandering around the Sharjah Art Foundations new galleries: Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia. The curator, Shannon Ayers Holden, investigates the Aesthetic of Funk through an exploration of the radical power of transformation, the theme of transcendence and the presentation of a new world material culture as seen through the works of three artists from the African Diaspora. American textile artist Xenobia Bailey, Moroccan born photographer and designer Hassan Hajjaj and British Trinidadian filmmaker and sculptor Zak Ove, FN has wanted to see some of his work for while. This was so good, that we wish there could have been more – further work, a  catalogue and a longer essay by the curator. Within the context of the UAE, a nation of flux and rapid change, it was enriching to see ‘work that can encompass both the presence of the past and a sense of clarity for the present.’ (Chris Lord) Shannon Ayers Holden is a resident of Dubai, we look forward to …

Cover Story – Part IV – Decca Records

Decca Records began as a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934 by Lewis along with American Decca’s first president Jack Kapp and later American Decca president Milton Rackmil; however, owing to World War II, the link with the British company was broken for several decades. The British label was renowned for its development of recording methods, while the American company developed the concept of cast albums in the musical genre. Both wings are now part of the Universal Music Group which is owned by Vivendi, a media conglomerate headquartered in France. The American Decca label was the foundation label, which evolved into UMG. The name “Decca” dates back to a portable gramophone called the “Decca Dulcephone” patented in 1914 by musical instrument makers Barnett Samuel and Sons. That company was eventually renamed The Decca Gramophone Co. Ltd. and then sold to former stockbroker Edward Lewis in 1929. Within years, Decca Records Ltd. was the second largest record label in the world, calling itself “The …

Coffee Shops in Amsterdam I – Sweetcup

Sweet Cup cafe , Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 101, 1017NJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tucked away from the main streets at 101 Lange Leidsedwarsstraat is a gem of a coffee house. The owners and operators of this place are a super friendly and laidback couple called Paul and Lisa who are both passionate about coffee.   They are pretty good at hospitality too, which all goes to make you feel like you can kick back like you’re in your mates kitchen whilst sipping a proper brew. After a good old fashioned chin wag and a pat of the resident doggy, we tried the espresso. It is very well made on a small La Marzocco Linea. Paul is new to roasting and he admits that he is still learning but hes keen to not follow trends of the crowd but to keep his ears and eyes open to everything. It shows – the short shot of espresso was simple at first taste but then quickly developed into a creamy, lactic mouthfeel with spicy cocao flavours – delicious! Paul revealed …

The life of cacao in 10 pictures

In the 18th century the Swedish botanist, Carolus Linnaeus, renamed the cocoa tree giving it the Greek name Theobroma Cacao, now its official botanical name, which literally means ‘food of the Gods’. The cocoa tree has broad, dark leaves about 25cm long, and pale-coloured flowers from which bean pods grow. A native of the central and South American rainforests, cocoa trees are now cultivated in many tropical locations around the world. Two methods are generally used to establish cocoa tree plantations. FNND visited the Ecuadorian Cacao farms to bring you photos of  the life of cacao. From humble seedling to rich, gooey chocolate – in 10 pictures…