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the 3D printer that can build a house

So imagine designing your own dream house, what would you say if a builder came to you and said he could deliver you a 2500 sq foot house in 24 hours? What if your friendly builder said he could skip past the weeks and months of waiting for materials to be delivered and trying to steal moments of construction in between spurts of bad weather? What if he said he could printout your house?   Well the researchers at California university reckon you’ll be pretty interested in that prospect. So much so that they have developed a new layered technology 3d printer called contour crafting. Up to now, 3d printers use thermal plastics that harden but this uses concrete in layers to construct straight or curved walls, even domes. The man behind this idea, Mr Koshenevis, said that everything is being made by computers and machines but not buildings and he wants to bring that technology to urban construction. The advanced process is actually quite simple: a computer program guides a giant robot with a …

Cover Story – Part III – Stiff Records

Stiff Records is a British independent record label formed in London,England, by Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera). Originally active from 1976 to 1985, the label was reactivated in 2007. Established at the outset of the punk rock boom, Stiff Records signed various punk and new wave acts such as Nick Lowe, the Damned,Lene Lovich, Wreckless Eric, Plummet Airlines, Elvis Costello, and Ian Dury. The label’s marketing and advertising was often provocative and witty billing itself as “The World’s Most Flexible Record Label”. Other slogans were “We came. We saw. We left”, “If It Ain’t Stiff, It Ain’t Worth a Fuck”, and “When You Kill Time, You Murder Success” (printed on promotional wall clocks). On the label of Stiff’s sampler compilation Heroes & Cowards was printed: “In ’78 everyone born in ’45 will be 33-1/3”. A very early Stiff sampler album, A Bunch of Stiff Records, introduced the slogan, “If they’re dead, we’ll sign them” and “Undertakers to the Industry”. Stiff also produced eccentric but highly effective promotional campaigns, such as the three package tours in 1977 (Live Stiffs), 1978 (Be Stiff) and 1980 (Son Of Stiff), Elvis Costello’s “busking outside CBS Records” arrest …

The Intouchables provides some Joie de Vivre

The Intouchables is a French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. The plot of the film is inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caregiver Abdel Sellou, discovered by the directors in A la vie, à la mort, a documentary film. The Intouchables maybe cheesey and corny in places, but this film leaves a smile on your face and a rejuvenated confidence in the morality of human beings. Give a man responsibility to fellow man and he will behave responsibly. It is based on a true story but the facts are slightly adapted for the screen, although that doesn’t stop this film from being wholly predictable. The paragliding shots are funny and there is great chemistry between Sy and Cluzet throughout the film Which elegantly displays that they’re the only two in the room to understand their jokes…. It’s funny and at times, provides a humorous take on disability. This movie has flaws for sure but it’s charm is inimitable and it does exactly what it sets out to …

Govindas Restaurant where vegetables are the dish of the day

In many countries, eating meat is part of the national identity. Think of Australian barbecues, American cowboys and South African gatherings where chicken is considered to be a salad! Of course, there are many parts of the world where vegetarianism is widespread, largely because of religious principles and dietary laws. Hindus, Jains and Taoists all advocate vegetarianism to a greater or lesser extent, and this has a positive effect on the availability of vegetarian food in India. Statistics have indicated that Indian people have the lowest rate of meat consumption in the world and most restaurants in India clearly distinguish and market themselves as being either “non-vegetarian”, “vegetarian”, or “pure vegetarian”. But can a”pure vegetarian restaurant” please a staunch meateater? Fat Nancy took a trip to “Govinda’s” to find out.   Welcome to Indian restaurant  ‘Govinda’s’ It is in an area called Karama, in Dubai. As we entered the restaurant, we all noticed a giant fake tree climbing above each of the tables. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is maybe style over substance. But wait, …

Calypso; Musical poetry in the caribbean 1955-69

Available in all good retail and internet stores or direct from Soul Jazz Records. This new album features the music of Calypso in its many styles. Included is music from its birthplace – the island of Trinidad – as well as a number of other Caribbean islands (including Jamaica and the Bahamas) and its subsequent onwards journey (Britain, Panama and the United States), recorded during the years 1955-69. Calypso is one of the most exciting and enduring forms of musical expression to emerge from the beginning of the 20th century – swinging, persuasive rhythm, brilliantly expressive melodies and lyrics of great humour and wisdom. Calypsonians songs play out a role in society similar to the storytelling Griots of West Africa (and the corresponding music of Kaiso); with their own tales about popular and incredible news items, modern life, local politics all mixed up with sexual innuendo, one-upmanship, comedy and more. At its source, Calypso is intricately and inextricably bound to the social history of Trinidad and its myriad of traditions, beliefs, folklore and fables. As …