Sgt Pepper 40th Anniversary

Sgtpepper >> Radio 2 60s Season: Sgt Pepper’s 40th Anniversary
>> Wikipedia: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ seminal Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
Surprisingly, there is no dedicated content on The Beatles’ (usually excellent) site to mark the occasion, but Radio 2 have invited original Sgt Pepper studio engineer Geoff Emerick to go back into the studio with some of today’s biggest artists to re-record the tracks and demonstrate the techniques used to record the album. You can hear the results in a Radio 2 documentary on Saturday from 2000.
We’ll have video footage of exclusive performances from bands including Kaiser Chiefs, Magic Numbers, Stereophonics, Bryan Adams, The Fray and Razorlight online from 2100 on Saturday.
Digital TV viewers will also be able to watch these performances by pressing red from any BBC TV or Radio channel from 2100 on Saturday 2 June until Saturday 9 June.
>> Oxford DNB: The Summer of Love
Meanwhile to mark the anniversary, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography have created a range of free ‘Summer of Love’ content including an interactive Sgt Pepper album sleeve. Click on 40 of the historical figures featured on the album’s iconic sleeve, to be taken straight through to the full biography for that person.

STOP PRESS: OK, so last Thursday there wasn’t any dedicated Sgt Pepper content on The Beatles’ official site – That’s because it launched on Friday on the anniversary!
>> You can find the official site for the 40th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band here.
Thanks to self-proclaimed ‘novice bedroom mixer’ Terry the Turntable Tearaway for this email:
Miles, I have some vague recollection of you talking about a virtual scratching site for wannabe DJs a few years back. Am I imagining this? It’s just I think I may need a spot of tuition before I’ll make it to grandmaster level.
Terry – your turntable salvation is at hand in the shape of this online scratch simulator. It comes in both old skool and nu skool flavas. Simply click on one virtual turntable to start your drum loop and hover your mouse above the other one to create your own big beat masterpiece. Messrs Tong, Jules and Oakenfold are now quaking in their boots as you are only a few minutes away from achieving complete mastery of the virtual decks! Also mentioned today:
>> Air Scratch

Trash the Dress

Trashjthedress >> Trash the Dress
Last week’s slot devoted to online photo makeovers prompted this email from Mike Bryant:
Miles, You mentioned websites which make your photos look better and Janey asked for something that worked in real life. This doesn’t work for long but hopefully you think some of the real-life photos on Trash the Dress are better than your average wedding day photo.
Trash The Dress is a photoblog devoted to stunning photos of brides and grooms romping around in sea, sand, jungle and industrial estates! The site suggests that after the big day, rather than keeping a wedding dress languishing pristine in a cupboard, brides should consider trashing their dress:
“Get it dirty. Get it wet. Roll around in the mud. Drench it in the ocean. Show your husband how committed you are by trashing the dress, and get some great fun pictures while you do it!”
In practice, not many brides will get the opportunity to take their wedding dress for a dip in the rainforest or the pacific, but the photos on show here are as life-affirming as they are aspirational. Well worth a look. (Also mentioned today: my favourite life-affirming photography site: Balloon

PS – Shameless plug alert: You won’t find this linked on the Radio 2 site, but if you need a fine wedding photographer, take a look at my friend Neil’s site. If you like the kind of vibrant wedding pics showcased on Trash The Dress, you’d be hard pushed to find a better exponent in the UK:

Friday Quick Links

>> Ultimate Dallas
The official site for the definitive glossy soap. Includes preview clips from Justin Lee Collins’ Bring Back Dallas show.

>> Visual Complexity

“A visual exploration on mapping complex networks” – This comes across like a cross between an arts installation and a post-grad dissertation. I can’t pretend to understand it, but it looks pretty, and helps me feel marginally more intelligent just for looking at it!

>> DIY Fixit
Because it’s compulsory for all British citizens to either barbecue or put up shelves on a bank holiday weekend

>> Pirates of the Carribbean: Official
>> The Pirate’s Realm: Online Pirate games
Ahoy me hearties!

Online Photo Makeovers

>> LookWow
For high-end picture desk Editors and professional photographers, there’s Photoshop. For home digital photo enthusiasts there is a massive range of cheap or free photo management or editing software (my favourite photo software is Google’s Picassa because it’s so easy to use – More about Picassa here).
But if you want to do a quick makeover on a digital photo when you’re away from your usual computer then an online photo enhancer like LookWow is just the ticket. It’s quick and easy to use and allows you to apply a range of effects to improve your photo including Sun-tan, Enhance Lips, Candle-light, and Brighten Smile. For those of us beyond help, all we need is a digital Paper-Bag-Over-Head effect.

The Bathroom Diaries

>> The Bathroom Diaries
In the past we’ve looked at travel sites which review hotels, resorts, restaurants and self-catering properties. But this is the first travel site I’ve seen which focuses exclusively on (ahem) public conveniences.
The site boasts that it “rates 12000+ public bathrooms in more than 120 countries, providing a wealth of information to both travelers and urban dwellers”.
Site users are invited to submit nominations for the 2007 Golden Plunger Awards, which set out to honour the globe’s most ornate and impressive public loos!

Birmingham Walk Of Stars

>> Birmingham Walk Of Stars
On July 6th Ozzy Osbourne will become the first star to be inducted on to the Birmingham Walk of Stars. The organisers of this splendid initiative are seeking your nominations for other Brummies deserving of this offer. I vote for Bill Oddie, Mike Skinner, The Twang and of course Bob Carolgees and Spit the Dog.

Football, Nozuka and Monkeys

>> FA Cup Final on BBC Sport
>> FA Cup final select XI
This nifty interactive tool invites you to select a dream team of your favourite players from both Chelsea and Man Utd squads. Pick your formation, then drag the names from each squad onto virtual pitch. Your can email your dream team to friends for their approval

Also mentioned today:
>> Music Club Introduces Justin Nozuka
Watch Simon Mayo’s exclusive video interview with the hotly tipped singer-songwriter, and Listen Again to his Music Club concert for 7 days from 2100 on Saturday 19 May

>> The Three Monkeys
In this game you control three lithe simians with your mouse. Catch the falling fruit, but duck to avoid any tumbling cartoon artillery.

The Best Stuff In The World

Cheeseontoast >> The Best Stuff In The World
This time yesterday I’d never set eyes on this site; Today it’s my new online addiction! At the top of the homepage is a box labelled “What do you think is the Best Stuff in the world?”
You’ll need to register to start adding ‘best things’. (Which is worth doing as you then get to save and share a page showcasing all your favourite stuff – Mine is here)
Type one of your favourite things into the box and then (optionally) add a photo and category for your newly chosen best thing. If it’s already somebody else’s best thing, you’ll be able to see who else rates it and what other things that person approves of. Make sure you don’t have anything important to do before playing on this site – you’ll be hooked in no time!

Move Me

>> Move Me
Very useful this: Enter your current postcode and the postcode you’re moving to, plus the date you aim to move, and the site will create a personalised Move Planner. Your individual Move Calendar and To Do list will remind you of everything you need to do between now and the day you move in. The service includes a database of surveyors and removal firms, plus interactive templates for change of address letters and an email reminder service for all the tasks in your move schedule.