Let’s All Take a YouTube Break

Here’s a work song for finishing Harris tweed in the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland. Filmed by Jack Cardiff of Powell & Pressburger in 1940/ 41

Behold this catchy musical sequence from Dil Se (“From the Heart”), a 1998 Bollywood romantic thriller. I haven’t seen the whole movie but if you’re interested it’s in Netflix.

And for readers who suffered through the Texas power crisis, Friend of the blog Eric of Garden Fork has a helpful playlist on how to use a generator safely.

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  1. The film clip of the preparation of Harris Tweed is very interesting.

    In the past Harris Tweed yarn was soaked in human urine so that the natural ammonia could cleanse it and remove grease. It was rumored that a surefire way to know that a jacket was genuine Harris Tweed was that it would emit a certain, distinctive odor when it warmed up as it was worn.

    We are assured by the Harris Tweed Authority that this traditional practice is no longer followed!

  2. https colon //youtu.be/qkWT3X5o9JM

    In this talk, Camilla Power examines the role of the main supernatural entity of Khoisan Bushman peoples, the ‘Trickster’. Denizen of First Creation, Trickster shows repeated characteristics of counter- and reverse dominance. He or she switches between an awesome or cosmic aspect – guarding game animals or bleeding initiates – and a weird, comical figure who is mean, cheating, greedy and lecherous, chopping off bits of the body which then behave extremely badly. Can the diverse versions of Trickster be reconciled and is there any underlying logic to them?

  3. “The Hebridean weaver, it seems to have turned out, is curiously uninspired by the dazzling benefits of modern factory life and production-line existence. He apparently prefers to work in his own home, take his tea break when he wants, go fishing if the weather happens to turn fine for a spell, or visit a neighbor if the spirit moves him. He has no foreman but himself, no time-clock to punch, no prescribed vacation period, no be-in-Cleveland-on-Thursday. Production is perhaps less planned here than elsewhere, because the machine- in this case a Hattersley domestic pedal loom- keeps pace with the person who operates it, not the other way around. The work is also much more individualistic, as the weaver necessarily puts something of himself into the cloth he weaves. The mill does in fact know who weaves each yard of cloth, and each bolt is shipped with the name of the weaver affixed. And the weavers will tell you that those who predicted gloom when the great”backward” decision was made look damned silly today, because Harris tweed is the more popular for it, and the weaver is making twice what he did then.”
    – Boyer, Elegance

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