Love.Angel.Music.Baby

Gwen Stefani's album is out. Go get it right now. Review to follow.
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Uninspired

Winter sucks. It's cold and dark and it saps my energy completely. I didn't grow up in a climate with season variations, and this crazy situation where it's only light for about 6 hours and all of that time the sky is overcast totally gets me down. So I haven't been blogging, because I've been too exhausted. Which is why I'm not writing a longer entry for this.
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Brand hijack

In the last two days I have seen two people on the tube wearing obvious Burberry products. Exhibit A was about 15, wearing a diamond earring, dark denim jeans with back pockets in the Burberry pattern, a baseball cap, and a vinyl biker jacket with a Burberry scarf trailing prominently down the back, displayed to maximum effect. Exhibit B was in his 60s, accompanied by his wife, wearing a full length khaki trench coat with a worn-looking Burberry scarf tucked neatly down the front. The phenomenon of the hijacking of an old and respected brand like Burberry by a rampant wave of undiscriminating consumerism like the chav subculture is absolutely fascinating. Here is a brand of distinctly unattractive clothing, being enthusiastically adopted by a group who the brand are not just failing to court, but with whom they are in fact horrified to be associated. And with good reason, too: Burberry has seen a 40% drop in sales in the UK (its overseas sales are expanding) as its poisonous association with...
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On the 18th Day of December my good friends brought to me...

12 Warwickers laughing 11 OUTers talking 10 dinner guests munching 9 hours of drinking 8 pints of wine spilt 7 types of beer 6 straight men fleeing 5 gold chocolate coins 4 scary cocktails 3 types of gin 2 hook-ups And one hell of a christmas par-ty I should really have had my first house party sooner than 16 months after I moved in, but at least it was a success. Thanks for coming everyone :-)
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The four estates

Your little trivia byte for today: what are the four estates? Well, originally there were three estates: the first estate was the clergy, the second estate the nobility, and the third estate the commoners. The fourth estate is the press, and was coined in 1837, reflecting their increasing prominence and power. Maybe you knew all that before, but it's the first time I ever heard any of those terms. Just doing my bit to get EPIC going and kill the fourth estate for good.
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Shame-based education

Feel like getting angry? Then I recommend you read this Washington Post article on what a review of the curricula of those abstinence-only sex education programs that President Bush is so hot on are really teaching children. It starts off horrifyingly: Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person's genitals "can result in pregnancy," a congressional staff analysis has found. travels quickly through inflammatory: "I have no objection talking about abstinence as a surefire way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases," Waxman said. "I don't think we ought to lie to our children about science. Something is seriously wrong when federal tax dollars are being used to mislead kids about basic health facts." takes a quick break...
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Gmail is expanding again

I have 10 invites to give away. Get in touch if you want one.
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...and when do you leave?

Right, just because people keep asking me, here, for the record, are my plans for Christmas and New Year's Eve: Christmas Eve I'm working until half-day; then I will go to my brother's house in Balham for festivities to begin. Christmas Day will also be in Balham. Yay for 7000 calorie days! I will then be in London until December 30th, and on vacation. Don't fail to invite me places because you think I'm in the tropics. I am in the tropics 30th December to 13th January. I can receive text messages (and calls, if you feel like spending an absolute fortune) on my usual mobile number, but don't expect me to meet you for coffee as I will be on the other side of an ocean. This is the latest into December I've ever been in the UK so far -- well, pretty much as far as it's possible to go, really. Everyone has always told me that Christmas is better in cold countries; I am going to do a like for like comparison and let you all know. Apparently Christmas is better when you're freezing your ass off,...
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2004 goes out with a bang

Update: You can donate to help victims of the tsunami. Skip your next DVD purchase; they need it more than you need season 5 of Sex and the City. Jesus fuck. 46,000 dead, and they're nowhere near done counting the casualties yet, and we're not including all the ones who are going to die of hunger and disease in the next few weeks and months. It's twenty-three times more than those who died in 9/11, an incident which spawned two wars and counting. People are yelling about the 1000 dead soldiers in Iraq, people are moaning that smoking kills 500 people a year, that too much salt in their diet is killing 50 people a year, and then the Earth tells us all to get a sense of fucking perspective and wipes out entire communities, a population greater than the entire capital of the country where I was born. There is a group of islands belonging to India called the Nan Kauri islands, which have a population of more than 18,000, with which communication has been completely lost. Some of the islands are now...
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