The Cloud loves Art!

The Cloud is always on the look out for eye-catchy art to accompany our posts but also art in its own right. If you like to draw and colour and think you’ve got the knack, send your work to cloudofthink@gmail.com and we’ll certainly consider it for inclusion. Just make it colourful, zany, eye-catching and even deep and meaningful, if that’s your...

Audi by Captain Shamrock...

Audi owns the car company Lamborghini. Lamborghini is Italian, as is Ferrari. Ferrari is one of the most famous brands in the world, and has a chain of shops around the world, including in Venice. Venice is a city built on a series of marshes and canals, similar to St Petersburg. St Petersburg is a Russian city, built by Tsar Peter the Great. This Tsar started the procedure of modernising Russia. Another man to do this was Josef Stalin.  Stalin was a communist, along with Leon Trotsky. Trotsky fled the Soviet Union when Stalin took power and moved to Mexico. Mexico is a country in Central America, famous for the taco, sombreros and drug cartels. Central America is features a few other countries, notably Costa Rica, a country famous for being relatively peaceful in this turbulent area of dictators, possibly due to the fact the country has no army.  Iceland is in a similar position, except it is a member of NATO. Another member of NATO is Germany, home to the German car brand...

The Advance by Daniel Dilworth May06

The Advance by Daniel Dilworth...

So, for a long time people had to go to halls to listen to music and hear Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin et al perform their tunes. This was basically the only way unless you were 1) aristocratic and had a shitload of money which you were only going to use to make a giant bust of your head or 2) you were a poor person with nothing to do except eat, work the fields, eat, work the fields, play the fiddle or bodhrán, go to bed, and then repeat this exercise every day for all forty years of your life. Then we had a revolution at the end of the 19th century: there was a contraption you could hear music on. Some would go as far as saying it was “invented” by Thomas Edison (who, as many know was a blatant liar. Just ask Nikola Tesla.) This was good, and everyone loved it. Until we got the record player! Now you could play big discs on even bigger machines (okay, so it is a variation of the gramophone. Who cares?) Now you could listen to Beethoven’s Greatest Hits from the comfort of your own house, which, let’s face it, is the equivalent to a modern cardboard box. And this was good. But then, wait for it! We got the cassette (which is about as favourable in retrospect as a Fiat Punto compared to the 500.) They wore out easily, you have to skip through them to find your song, you had to flip them over (which could also be advantageous to an extent.) Compared to the vinyls they were way more versatile: this is still their only real edge over the CD. Yet, vinyls didn’t wear away so quickly. Vinyls had that crackling sound which...

Hannibal by Ben Aherne May06

Hannibal by Ben Aherne...

Hannibal is the newest thriller developed for NBC by Bryan Fuller whose first episode – deliciously named ‘Apértif’ – aired on April 4th this year. Like Red Dragon and Manhunter (to which this series is a prequel) and Silence of the Lambs before it, the star of this show is not the star of the show. Rather the series follows special agent Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, a special consultant for the FBI who was deemed too psychologically unstable to be a member of the FBI but who is an extremely gifted criminal profiler –  too gifted to let go to waste. Will Graham, you see, experiences ‘pure empathy’; he has the ability to see inside the mind of any criminal and understand: understand why they do what they do and how they feel when they do it. This is his gift and his curse, and what a dichotomy it is.The stress and horror of putting himself in the mind of the worst humanity has to offer has taken its toll on the young Graham, so he is forced by his superior, the head of Behavioral Sciences Jack Crawford (played by Morpheus), and the agency psychiatrist Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) to seek professional help. To this end he begins to see the psychiatrist Doctor Hannibal Lecter – an impeccably dressed psychiatrist played by Mad Mikkelsen whose only emotion, so to speak, is good manners and charm and who wears a tie with a knot so extravagantly large that it could fill several issues of Vogue Magazine cover to cover. With Hannibal as his emotional guard and confidant, Graham is once again in the field finding murderers, mycologists and mutilated bodies to make the world that little bit safer. As for the show itself, it’s...

Wall Calendar Blues by Darragh Walsh May06

Wall Calendar Blues by Darragh Walsh...

  Michael sat in the carver facing towards the door. The rays of sunlight came into the principal’s office onto the back of his neck. He finished off his teacher evaluations just before the bell commenced the first lesson of the day. He leaned back on his chair with his hands linked on the back of his head and let out a long sigh. He looked over to the picture at the calendar hung on his wall. The sun setting, the water rippling on the surface, the white sand…… “Good morning Mr. Hyde,” interrupted Noreen. She had been the secretary for the last six years and was still going strong. “Morning Noreen,” replied Hyde as he returned all four legs to the floor. “You have a meeting with the new substitutes coming into the school today, please try to make them feel welcome.” She finished in a tired voice, and left. He groaned at the thought of the coming day: punishing students, making announcements and now introducing substitutes to the school. He let out another long sigh and rose from the upholstery. He made it a step out the door to be greeted by the sound of a principal’s worst nightmare. The fire alarm started to blare out of its deteriorating speakers. Its high pitch made his stomach turn. He hurried around the corner and into the cramped intercom room. “Can everyone please make their way to the appropriate fire exits please, this is not a drill,” he announced in the calmest voice possible in order not to panic students. This was followed by the sound of doors opening and classes following teachers like ducks following their mother out of the luminous green doors. Hyde followed the closest group out the doors and to...