What I Love About The World

Monday, July 10, 2006

93. Recycling Books - http://www.greenmetropolis.com




Alright geezers, haven't posted for a while. My mum's just alerted my attention to this absolutely blilliant site which is essentially an online bookshop but has the built-in attraction of recycling books (ie you can list your books for sale on their site, then if someone is browsing and likes the llok of your book, they'll click "Buy" then you post it to them). Every book on the site costs £3.75 and delivery is free, meaning no more trawling round charity shops and cheap secondhand bookshops (even though I live for this) if you don't want to. Their collection is extensive, type in "kerouac" or "notes from the underground" or "glass bead game" or just anything that youve been after for a while and it'll be there, less than four quid away from your door. If youve got any books you want to sell the site will give you £3 for any book, but you have to deduct 50p-90p from that since you're required to post the book to the buyer....


Also this means that there is no excuse for Oli or Rob not to read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (here) asap..

Bill mate I'm just off to pick myself up a copy of the immoralist, probably in slightly better condition than that one you've got (no value statements here)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

92. University Farewells (for Good.)




These little bastards are such tricky occasions, tears are sometimes shed, massive bear-hugs are always had, sturdy handshakes are "standard", followed by a frenzied stream of compliments so badly or desparately articulated in an attempt to verbalise your deep and loving appreciation of the departing individual that you (George) end up sounding like James from that Giant Peach book saying goodbye to his folks with an inkling that they're going to be swallowed up by a rampant rhino and he'll never see them again.
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Seriously though, it's been emotional. Nothing like school where you know that you're only 18 and you'll be hooking up with your good mates for the next 3 years to indulge in gross amounts of substance abuse and pretentious chit-chat because you've got nothing better to do. Now there is that dirty word, WORK, which seems to shock people into these overblown, tearful, final-seeming expressions of love, because deep down there's that worry that from here on in stuff's going to change and it'll never be the same. Then you get all those cunts that have got another year or two left at uni. Losers. I envy you. In a way.

Friday, May 26, 2006

91. Finishing one's university degree forever, then getting "caned/Wasted/battered/lean" ad infinitum &making little games based on channel 4 tv shows

Yes: we present "Spiel or No Spiel" to you, a game in which you have a prime opportunity to squander several hours of your meagre existence by first crafting this pursuit and then "getting into" allocated roles of Contestant, Banker, Non-competing Gameplayer, and Noel. It is fun to see how you would play the game, what with the false science, the blind conjecture, the cheesy oneliners and so on. Enormous Credit must got to Matt for the original idea, I added the nuances and the aesthetics, and thankyou to Hayley for opening boxes and making offers. We're planning to play in the garden with 22 contestants, a presenter, a banker, and an 'independent adjudicator' ("Before we start a little bit of housekeeping"), and a rooftop audience if numbers will stretch to that. What with sunset, garden flares, camcorder, authetic 'Deal or No Deal" music and marijuana, this could make for a potentially life-changing experience. Jokes
Matt in his best Noel Edmunds apparel


We still need to colour the boxes in


My mementos. Some cigarettes, a photo and Pocket Kings

These have to be coloured red and blue


Spiel or No Spiel

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"Sticky Jacks"



Fabio's marvellous "Why I'm Like Kant But With A Better Social Life" speech


"Here's Johnny (or Gav)"


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"Whitey" (©Mike Skinner Dicsktock 2002) R.I.P (1994-2006)

Sunday, May 21, 2006

90. Lordi


Eurovision is usually brass, and I hate it and everything it stands for, but this year something very special happened. A band that have been together for fifteen years and who haven't formed just on a commercial whim won! and they were great! Scandanavian Slipknot crossed with Europe, cheesy song, but fantastic rock poses, throwing some horns, and poking some sneaky tongues out all over the shop (though not in cheek apparently - they do this for a living). High-pitched backing vocals, Torn-esque contact lenses and just pure theatre made this a perfect visual spectacle. They deserved it.

Video is available here!

Hard Rock Hallelujah!Hard Rock Hallelujah!The saints are crippledOn this sinners' nightLost are the lambs with no guiding lightThe walls come down like thunderThe rocks about to rollIt's The ArockalypseNow bare your soulAll we need is lightningWith power and mightStriking down the prophets of falseAs the moon is risingGive us the signNow let us rise up in aweRock 'n roll angels bring that Hard Rock HallelujahDemons and angels all in one have arrivedRock 'n roll angels bring that Hard Rock HallelujahIn God's creation supernatural highThe true believersThou shall be savedBrothers and sisters keep strong in the faithOn the day of RockoningIt's who dares, winsYou will see the jokers soon'll be the new kingsAll we need is lightningWith power and mightStriking down the prophets of falseAs the moon is risingGive us the signNow let us rise up in aweRock 'n roll angels bring that Hard Rock HallelujahDemons and angels all in one have arrivedRock 'n roll angels bring that Hard Rock HallelujahIn God's creation supernatural highWings on my backI got horns on my headMy fangs are sharpAnd my eyes are redNot quite an angelThe one that fellNow choose to join us or go straight to HellHard Rock Hallelujah!Hard Rock Hallelujah!Hard Rock Hallelujah!Hard Rock Hallelujah!Rock 'n roll angels bring that Hard Rock HallelujahDemons and angels all in one have arrivedRock 'n roll angels bring that Hard Rock HallelujahIn God's creation supernatural highHard Rock Hallelujah!

Friday, May 19, 2006

89. eels



what can i say? they produce the most uplifting-sounding songs about family deaths ever. Quite simply the best driving music around

Thursday, May 18, 2006

88. Another Roadside Attraction


A wonderful book. One for all of you philosophically-minded, dope-smoking, iconoclastic peaceniks

87. Fruity Triumvirate: The Holy Three of Vitamin C

The ultimate - one of these little fellas on its own contains the recommended daily intake of Vit C

Yes pink grapefruit IS amazing, half of one of these each morning will keep you square (too sharp for some, not me)



I'm fed up of being asked what colour this is as a security question on certain people's websites..
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

86. The Clash - The Clash

Yes this album. If you haven't got it buy it, rip it or download it. That's all.

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I'm usually a massive critic of 'brits abroad' and their general conduct, but I can excuse driving through little seaside towns in Brittany pumping "White_Riot" and "London's Burning" out of your shitty Opel Corsa hire car at max vol because it's pretty liberating and, for once, makes you proud to be English (a rare case)

wake up luv' itz tha Clash