REPOST: Edinburgh Festival 2003: UnSpanked
REPOST: Edinburgh Festival 2004

Simian Substitute Site for August 2007: Burning Safari

Burning Safari It's August, and if you add one to the year and divide it by three the result isn't a whole number, which can only mean one thing: a bunch of us will soon be heading off to the Edinburgh Festival. Regular visitors will have noticed that our previous reports from 1998 onwards have been reposted one by one on the site, so obviously you can expect 2004 and 2005 to join those reposts in the next week or two. (Followed by a quick rejig of last year's post from Nick to get them all into chronological order in the category.)

And then once all that's out of the way (along with one or two other bits of new stuff tbc), we'll be all set for a week's worth of the usual daily shenanegans. As ever, the plan is for the Pals and I to spend our days and nights seeking out the new and unusual, and then spend our mornings after trying to write it all up through an alcoholic haze. It all starts soon: you've been warned.

In the meantime, the Simian Substitute Site Of The Month for August 2007 is Burning Safari. History tells us over and over again of the intense rivalry between two great warrior tribes: monkeys and robots. James Kochalka has covered this ground most effectively in his song Monkey Versus Robot, whose video was the Simian Substitute Site back in June 2001. (Six years on, I've only just realised that the guy in the monkey suit went on to even greater things. No, not Justin Timberlake, the other one.)

Anyhoo, now we have the struggle between monkeys and robots depicted in CGI form, thanks to this short film credited to half a dozen French directors. The site gives you the movie itself in three different formats, plus oodles of making-of videos and a gallery of production art. And in case any of you are distressed by the ending, I can assure you that no monkeys were harmed in the making of this film, because they are all pretend.

Comments box below! Go for it!


Suzanne Vega Fanclub

As an absolute wizard wheeze, I have unilaterally decided, that your simian monkey substitute of the month, will from here on be my unofficial letters page.

OMG where do I start ? Okay I know, try this, what's that you say, try what ?

Answer: This a 1 hour 20 min Google Video of a Don Letts (later of Westway To The World) documentary of PUNK ROCK made circa 1976/77 and filmed in Super 8mm

If you don't enjoy that, try this public service link:

Suzanne Vega Fanclub

I don't want to neglect my letters page, so here is one of my favourites from the Pogues (actually I only know two of their songs, and the other one has Kirsty McCall on it).

Suzanne Vega Fanclub

I am sure you haven't missed this but in case you have


I should reply to these, really. So: hooray! for all the music videos, and boo! for Tony Wilson being dead. As someone pointed out on the Guardian talkboards, "he may have been a twat, but he was an ace twat" - and, as anyone from Manchester could tell you, he was *our* twat.

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