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3,234: Easy

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This was, as I’m sure you will remember if you are British and a similar age to me (or if you watched it before reading these words), an advert for a building society from the 1980s. Not sure exactly when it was, but I guess it might’ve been 1986 or 1987. I remember when this was on telly a lot, it did some sort of job on me. That guy’s life seemed perfect. Firstly, he was clearly not living in Lincoln. London, when I was younger, seemed like the best possible place one could be. The flat he lived in was one massive room, with big open windows. He had bicycles hanging from the wall, trains outside the window (that seemed like a cool thing, somewhat inexplicably), blinds (not curtains!), a nice fridge with rounded corners. And he had a cash card. Something I didn’t have at that point in my life. He could go to a machine and get money out of a wall. How modern is that!? And afterwards, he’s sat by the massive open window with his coffee, newspaper, and cat and enjoying his Sunday morning. That level of relaxation is perfect in my head. Something I very rarely achieve.

A wee bit of artwork
Up until yesterday, I had no idea you could draw in the Notes app on an iPad. Always exciting to have something new to try out. Once I’d done a doodle of a giraffe, though, I spent most of the evening playing with the ruled lines tool.

Other business
Beatification of John Paul II

The songs in my head when I woke up yesterday and this morning
Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab
International Colouring Contest by Stereolab
That’s eight days in a row now

On this day and yesterday
Hello ∞, 16 February 2010
Flutlicht, 17 February 2011

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Joni Mitchell

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February 17th, 2017 at 2:51 am

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3,232: Middle-aged Fanclub

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The venue was smaller than I remembered. But the walk from the U-Bahn station was a big longer. I went to see Teenage Fanclub last week at Columbia Theater. Last time I went there it was called Columbia Fritz (after a local radio station). Getting to the venue on the other side of town felt like muscle memory, but once out of the station, my brain expected to be at the venue in a few metres. It was about 200 metres, at a guess. After being in Mexico, it felt really nice not to be searched when we entered the venue. Here’s my ticket, person at the door wishes me “Viel spaß!”

I can’t remember the last time I went to Columbia Theater. Might’ve been for a Phoenix show. I think I saw The Mission (yes!) and Franz Ferdinand there, too. Difficult to clearly remember others, cos there’s another venue a few metres along the street called Columbia Halle. That one is bigger and the place where I saw more concerts in Berlin than anywhere else. Always loved that venue. It was a functional box, with a fairly small balcony area.

My mate and I got a beer, caught up on six years of our lives. And it was nice. It is nice to see a band that are not as popular as they once were, and where most of the people in the audience are in the same age bracket. Indeed, there were several moments there where I saw people whose faces I recognised. Not friends or acquaintances, just people who went to the same sort of concerts that I went to back in the day.

People seemed cool to have a wee bit of personal space. There’s a wee door to the left of the stage, and we nipped in there to watch the band. Middle-aged audience so no mental crush down the front, and we hung out, enjoyed the old songs and didn’t know the new songs. Feet were tapped. Hands clapped.

Obviously Teenage Fanclub (and let’s pause for a moment to salute the greatness of that band name) have a sound but when they are filleting 22 songs out of their back catalogue, there’s a samey-ness in terms of tempo. Here’s the setlist.

The last song they played was Everything Flows, their first single from 1990. I wondered how it must feel to be 27 years into a career and still ending a show with the first song you released. Then I thought about Minipops for a second pushed that thought into the knot in my stomach.

A wee bit of artwork
An iPad drawing of the boxes.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Wow and Flutter by Stereolab. Five days in a row for Stereolab now, which seems a lot, but looking back at my records, there was a time in May 2015, where I had the songs of Taylor Swift in my head for sixteen consecutive mornings.

On this day
Hermosillo, 14 February 2013

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Aircraft boneyard

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February 14th, 2017 at 3:15 am

3,231: Some artwork

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If you’re too busy to eat a hot dog AND brush your teeth…

Some lines

A friend has one of those huge iPads and the apple pencil thingy. I had a quick go, drawing tulips on the table

And, sorry, this is disgusting. Sorry sorry sorry

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Des étoiles électroniques by Stereolab again. Been on a bit of a Stereolab binge lately, which is why I’ve had their songs in my head for the last four mornings. I decided to listen to every album in chronological order, which was fine from the beginnings of Peng! and Switched On through to Emperor Tomato Ketchup. That has always been my favourite period of their music. It’s pretty much perfect. After that, I still bought the records (up to and inc. Sound-Dust), I still liked them, but I didn’t really love them. I’m making an effort to give them all another go, though, cos I’ve not listened to them for ages, or listened to any of the last three post-Sound-Dust albums at all.

On this day
Books and Kraftwerk, 13 February 2006

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Spacecraft cemetery

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February 13th, 2017 at 2:12 am

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3,228: Time travel

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If ever there was something that screams white privilege and male privilege, it’s spending time thinking about time travel to the past. So, sorry about that in advance. Here’s what I was thinking: if we could time travel, but only within the confines of one city, which city would you choose? You can go backwards and forwards in time. You’d get your money’s worth in Athens, obvs. Luxor, Beirut, Damascus, too. New York’d probably be fun. London, Paris, Rome, too. But for me, it’d be the two cities I’ve lived in the longest in my adult years: Berlin or Mexico City.

In Mexico City, it’d be fun to go back to see if the Aztecs really did see an eagle eating a snake on top of a cactus. To see the city forming on an island in a lake. And in more recent times, to see how the city grew so quickly.

But really, I don’t think there’d be a more interesting place to be, for me, than Berlin. The last 100 years or so alone would be worth it.

A wee bit of artwork

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab

On this day
A skinny door, 10 February 2011

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Antarctica

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February 10th, 2017 at 2:23 am

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3,227: Well done

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Went to a burger restaurant at the weekend with a couple of friends. Not gonna mention the name, but I imagine if you’ve spent time in Berlin, you’ll know which one I’m talking about cos most people tend to think of it as one of the better burger places in the city.

I don’t eat meat any more, so I had a lentil burger. The people I was dining with, though, had beef burgers. When it comes to how you want it done, the menu advises you thusly:

First: it’s a burger not a fucking steak.

Second, and most importantly: how the customer wants to eat a burger is up to them, not you. Stop trying to shame the people who have chosen to spend money in your restaurant into spending their money exactly how you want them to spend it.

If you only want people to have it medium rare or medium, don’t serve anything else and see how quickly your fucking business fails.

I don’t give a fuck if the chef “hates” me. He’s being paid to cook what is on the menu, and well done is on the menu. My friends both ordered it medium and it arrived more or less rare. (I spoke to another friend about it, and they have had the same experience, and thus always order well done burgers now.)

Let’s also pause and look at all those bloody question marks. And ew, this frame background thingy is gross:

Aside from more well done shaming, for the vast majority of diners, this is not their first burger. We’ve all been to McDonald’s and Burger King. We’ve all eaten a sandwich. We know that we can use our hands.

It’s not edgy or rock ‘n’ roll or sticking it to the man or giving polite society the middle finger to eat a burger with your hands. It’s entirely normal.

But, if the burger is too big to hold without it slopping out all over the plate, people often cut it in half, and with most burger places, this means ending up with a load of misaligned burger content all over the plate.

(While we’re on the topic: burgers should be wider than they are tall. This should be a law.)

Using a knife and fork doesn’t make you uptight. I ate my lentil burger (tasty, as it goes) with a knife and fork in the hope that it would drive them crazy.

And when I finished, my hands were still clean.

A wee bit of artwork

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Don’t Want Control of You by Teenage Fanclub

On this day
My new gaff, 9 February 2015

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Robust statistics

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February 9th, 2017 at 1:41 am

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3,226: Hockney’s Sun

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So, David Hockney re-did the logo for leading UK tabloid hate newspaper, the Sun, one day last week. This is a problem. I love David Hockney’s work. And I hate the Sun. There are many many reasons to love the former. And an equal amount of reasons to hate Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper.

If the argument for doing it was getting art out there to “ordinary” people, then it has failed. In the Guardian, art critic Jonathan Jones spends a paragraph describing it, and then says that the drawing “reminds us of the joy of living on a planet warmed by that yellow star.” Oh, please. It does nothing of the sort.

I like Hockney’s iPad drawings, and as someone who uses an iPad to draw myself, that is not a 15-minute drawing. It’s little more than 60 seconds to draw that. And therein lies the problem really. Aside from exposure to promote his new retrospective at the Tate, what is the point in doing this style of drawing for that readership. This newspaper would trash this drawing if it wasn’t on their front page. And if the aim is to get Sun readers thinking about art, then avoid something that makes it easy for readers to pull out that most tiresome of commentaries: my five-year-old could’ve done that.

Hockney’s drawings and paintings are incredible, and have been so for decades. His iPad drawings, to me, only work as a part of the greater body of work. And most of his iPad drawings are more considered that this. And, for fuck’s sake, dude. It’s the fucking Sun. Scum of the earth.

A wee bit of artwork
Here’s a couple of tossed-off photocollages that your five-year-old could’ve done. Kate Moss with chocolate ice cream eyes, and a horse-hooved Kate Moss pigeon

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Yeah by LCD Soundsystem

On this day
Skull, 8 February 2015

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Median

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February 8th, 2017 at 2:19 am

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3,224: Always punch nazis

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
(Feels Like) Heaven by Fiction Factory

On this day
I’m bringing grumpy back, 6 February 2008

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Design speed

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February 6th, 2017 at 3:09 am

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3,220: Mauerpark paintings 12, 13, and 14

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Mauerpark Nr. 12 and Nr. 13, both acrylic on paper, both about 50 cm square more or less. Maurpark Nr. 14 is also acrylic on paper, but it’s 24 x 17 cm.

All my other Mauerpark paintings here.

Other business
I saw a doctor the other day. I have no German health insurance or travel insurance. The doctor was friendly and chatty. After doing the business, I was about to pay at the reception, and the doctor walked by and said “It’s nothing! German-Great Britain friendship!” I smiled, he smiled. Fuck you, Leave voters.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
False Alarm by Matoma & Becky Hill

On this day
Fernsehturm, 2 February 2016

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Isaac Newton

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February 2nd, 2017 at 12:02 am

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3,219: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

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I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) by George Michael and Aretha Franklin was number one in the UK thirty years ago. Aside from the parenthesis in the title being entirely superfluous, an interesting thing for me is the age gap. Aretha was 44, George was 23. If we transpose that to 2017, that’d be like Liam or Niall out of One Direction doing a duet with Geri Halliwell. There aren’t many music heavyweights who are 44 now. The only other ones are Vanessa Paradis, Liam Gallagher, and Eminem.

A wee bit of artwork
Some sketches from my notebook.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Warszawa by David Bowie

On this day
12 Burgers, 1 February 2013

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Age of Enlightenment

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February 1st, 2017 at 12:46 am

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3,218: Some more drawings

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Here’s a bunch of recent stuff that I put up on InstagramInstagram.

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"Please don't put me in the socket again"

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First attempt at a drawing of an awful human.

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Adalbert

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Mauerpark sketch

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Cyclist sketch

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Mauerpark

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsytem

On this day
Orlando again, 31 January 2013. The “again” references this first drawing of Orlando

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Greek War of Independence

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January 31st, 2017 at 1:43 am

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3,214: Mauerpark and Falkplatz

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Nearly all the paintings I’ve done in the two months that I’ve been in Berlin have been of Mauerpark and the adjoining Falkplatz. There’s a couple of other things (one of a building very close to Mauerpark, and one of my favourite local bar) but in my head, they count as part of this series.

This ongoing series is something that I decided to do before I arrived back in Berlin and I’m going to allow myself to be glad that I’ve stuck to the idea. When I did the first two or three, I was sceptical that I would keep going, but I have and that makes me happy. Even though most of them have been on the blog before, I’ve collected them all here. There’s an asterisk next to the ones that haven’t been published on the blog before. But first, here’s a map of all of the painting locations.

Falkplatz Nr. 1 (2 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 1 (6 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 2 (6 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 3 (6 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 4 (7 December)

Falkplatz Nr. 2 (13 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 5 (15 December)

Falkplatz Nr. 3 (18 December)

Eberswalder Straße 10 (21 December)

Gleimtunnel (1 January)

Mauerpark Nr. 6 (2 January)

Falkplatz Nr. 4 (4 January)

Mauerpark Nr. 7 (7 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 8 (17 January)

* Schwarzsauer (20 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 9 (24 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 10 (26 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 11 (27 January)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
The Box by Orbital

On this day
Billy. Today is the first anniversary of his death.

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Haiti

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January 27th, 2017 at 3:44 am

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3,213: Nordic streets

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I went to the supermarket to return some pfandflaschen (reusable bottles with deposits) yesterday. I wanted to get a few bits, too, but didn’t need a shopping list. I had words in my head. A melodic mantra.

Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk
Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk
Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk
Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk

When I got to the supermarket, there was someone already at the machine where you put the bottles. I was about to start putting mine in, then some dude with just a couple of them asked if he could nip in front of me. Of course you can, mister. But that tiny interaction mentally jarred the mantra loose. I put my bottles in the machine, grabbed my refund ticket, and cracked on.

Wine, coffee, yoghurt
Wine, coffee, yoghurt
Wine, coffee, yoghurt
Wine, coffee, yoghurt

I remembered I also needed mustard. I got the mustard first. Nearest to the machine. I got the wine. When I entered the supermarket, the queue at the checkout was quite long. When I got the wine, I noticed the queue was non-existent. Go for it, warrior! I went and paid. and it wasn’t until about 30 seconds out of the store that I remember I hadn’t got everything.

Coffee, yoghurt, something else
Coffee, yoghurt, something else
Coffee, yoghurt, something else oh what was it?
Coffee, yoghurt, something else for fuck’s sake

Rather than turning around and nipping back, I figured I’d have a walk to a different supermarket. Not too far. Not too cold out. A bit of exercise. All the inane things you say to yourself. I walked past an older woman who was gripping the neck of an open two-litre bottle of cola like she was a stereotypical TV show drunk character. In the second supermarket, they didn’t have the coffee I wanted, and their yoghurt selection was pretty poor. I remembered and bought milk, though. Oh well, there’s a different supermarket on the way home if I walk a different way. So I did.

Coffee, yoghurt
Coffee, yoghurt
Coffee, yoghurt
Coffee, yoghurt

Third supermarket: same as the second. Poor yoghurt selection, and no espresso. I got some vegetables there, cos I kinda get a bit paranoid that people might think I’m a thief if I go into a supermarket and walk out past the checkouts without buying anything. That behaviour is fine in a clothes shop or an electronics store, but c’mon, you always need something from a supermarket, you shady mother.

Three supermarkets down. I guess I’ll have to go to another one. Closer to the flat than any of the others. I could’ve just gone there to begin with, eh? But on this part of the journey, something clicked in my brain. Like when something says something unconnected to the case to a TV detective and that gets them thinking about where the kidnapper will be. I walked down a street named after a Danish city. Before the third supermarket, I crossed a street named after a Swedish city. A street near the flat is also named after a Swedish city. And there’s a big street nearby named after a city in Norway.

I…
Spot…
A…
Theme…

So I checked, and did a drawing of the Nordic streets.

Other business
I’ve had this in my mind for a while, and it came up again at the weekend, seeing the marches going on: “Love trumps hate” is, while a thoroughly commendable sentiment, an awful slogan. For one thing, there’s only one word in there that orange jabba himself would notice, and that’s not love or hate. And everyone else for that matter. Using his name in your bloody slogan might’ve seemed clever, but they were very literally putting his name out there at every Democratic rally against him. And again, it’s a commendable sentiment, it also might sound like a whole heap of hippy crap to certain ears that you wanted to vote for you.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer. Watching the video a few moments ago, the tedious term “simpler times…” crossed through my mind. I’ve never really questioned that term before. But, yep, what does it mean apart from “simpler times for me.” It wasn’t really simpler times. It was just a time when I wasn’t paying as much attention.

On this day
Ummm, 26 January 2010

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Devil’s Island

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January 26th, 2017 at 3:32 am

3,212: a

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I wanted to spend some time experimenting with basing a bunch of drawings on one shape. I chose the lovely shape of the closed counter of a lowercase Helvetica a. (I learned that term yesterday.)

Here’s the closed counters of eight fonts (all of them the regular font of each typeface): Helvetica, Verdana, FF DIN, OCR-A, Clarendon, Gill Sans, FF Info Display, and Cooper Black.

So, yes. Some playing around. Two girls, a kinda self portrait, los Beatles, butterfly, tulip, just a bit of overlaying of the shape, two birds, and one bird.

And while I was mucking around with Helvetica, an offshoot idea of the Beatles thingy above came to mind, so here’s three record sleeves with the type replaced with Helvetica.

Other business
While we’re on the topic, you might’ve noticed that the masthead on the blog has changed. It felt symbolic to me that I did something there. I allowed the blog to become a nothing thing, and now it’s not a nothing thing again, the top bit feels like a drawing done by a different Craig.

All three of the URLs up top now point here. Flipflopflyin.com/g and flipflopflying.com have always pointed here, but for a long time craigrobinson.com pointed to a portfolio of sorts that I failed to regularly update.

I’m currently (slowly) working on a redesign of Flip Flop Flyin’, and when that is done craigrobinson.com will point there, but for now, I was sick of it feeling wasted going to something really out of date, especially because there are other people out there with the same name as me who probably would’ve been annoyed seeing a dreadfully out-of-date site with their name on it.

Another thing that will happen, which ties into today’s post, is that here and in the FFF redesign, there’ll be a different default typeface that I’ll be using. Since about 2004, Gill Sans has been the main typeface I’ve used. It’s the default. It’s been used in all four of my books.

But Gill Sans, while incredibly lovely, is an English typeface. I don’t want an English typeface anymore. I want a European typeface. I want a typeface that reflects a change that has occured within my brain: European not English. It’s a prosaic, predictable, over-used choice, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful: Helvetica.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Safe and Sound by Capital Cities. No idea how that got in there. Don’t recall hearing it at all recently, and I had to google it to find out the song title and band name. This is literally the first time I’ve spent any time thinking about this song’s existence.

On this day
My story, 25 January 2013. I imagine if I re-did this research, four years on from the original post, there’d be a lot more My Storys to add.

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Penal colony

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January 25th, 2017 at 12:55 am

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3,211: Nature thingies

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Not sure where the idea for this came from, but it happened on Saturday afternoon. Actually, it might’ve come from the idea of the negative space in a lowercase Helvetica a looking like a leaf (or bird or whale). But the thought, wherever it came from, was of maybe doing really neat and tidy drawings with as little detail as possible. The rounded corners and simple lowercase Helvetica ended up dictating everything else. Once those two elements were in place on the drawing of the sun, I built a grid and a colour palette and stuck to it. It was an interesting exercise. You can see them all bigger here

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Come Down To Us by Burial

On this day
The Six-Day War (or maybe the War on Terror), 24 January 2012. A small bit of text about trying to quit smoking.

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Guy Fawkes Night

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January 24th, 2017 at 1:23 am

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3,210: Some recent drawings

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem

On this day
Next steps, 23 January 2008. Looking back at the travelling I did in 2008. This was the point where I was finally realising that it was actually a little bit daunting.

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Worzel Gummidge

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January 23rd, 2017 at 2:06 am

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3,208: Morning views

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen

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Good morning from the wonderful European Union

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Buenos días

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Morning

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Guten morgen

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A wee bit of artwork

Other business

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Life’s What You Make It by Talk Talk

On this day
Ohne titel 22-31, 21 January 2008

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Straw man

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January 21st, 2017 at 1:08 am

3,207: File > New > x21 > :-(

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Such a Shame by Talk Talk

On this day
Day one, 20 January 2011. The first day of my third trip to Belize.

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Red herring

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January 20th, 2017 at 2:14 am

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3,206: How many people should be in your band?

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Are you a musician? Are you in a band or a group?

How many people should be in your band/group?

Here’s a handy guide to the options available to you.

One
You are a one-man band. You will never be on Top of the Pops, you will just be a menace to pedestrianised areas of cities across the land. Stop it.

Two
The classic. Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Yazoo, Soft Cell, Blancmange, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Wham!, Carpenters, Roxette, Sparks, Daft Punk, Suicide, Mel and Kim, Go West, Communards, Chemical Brothers, The KLF, OMD, Chas & Dave. Someone to look at, someone to do the other stuff. Let’s make lots of money.

Three
Not bad. There’s something nice about a three piece – that whole triangular vibe is good – unless they become really famous and play massive sports venues then there’s no real good focus point for a lot of people in the audience. Maybe this is just me, though, but it looks weird when the singer of a three piece is also the bass player. Can’t get my head around that.

Four
The Beatles did this. They probably didn’t invent it, but they invented it, like so many other things in rock music: getting into some Eastern religious stuff, splitting up, and Justin Bieber’s haircut.

Five
The Rolling Stones did this. Spandau Ballet did it, too. One of them played the saxophone, though: the worst instrument ever invented. Five is the outer limit of proper.

Six
Getting a bit much now. Do you really need six people in your band? It’s unlikely. If you are in a six-piece band, all stand in a circle and visualise one member of the band picking up his so-called “gear” and leaving the room for the good of the band, five of you are thinking about the same person, and the other person is praying it’s not him/her.

Seven
At least one of these people plays something yellow and shiny. Get rid of that person. You can hire one if you need one, which should be never (unless you are in a Mexican band).

Eight and up
You will never make any money because you will spend it all on plane tickets and hotel rooms. And in all seriousness: name more than one famous eight piece band. Slipknot? They had, I dunno, probably that amount. More maybe? It feels like Arcade Fire have some tedious amount like that, too.

Orchestras, choirs, Polyphonic Spree
Just think how annoying that must be. It’d taken four or five elevator trips to get the whole band down from the hotel rooms to the lobby.

So there you have it: fire everyone apart from yourself and a person who can stand next to you with a keyboard. You can thank me when you’re on the cover of Smash Hits.

A wee bit of artwork

Other business
The result was pretty much right-in-the-middle grey, but fuck the rest of us, right? We don’t matter. Take away my EU citizenship because you get all boiled up about being patriotic. Thanks, fuckers.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
3 A.M. Eternal by The KLF

On this day
150 brick tower, 19 January 2007. Related to this LEGO business: Mountain and Mountain II. Really should’ve done more of these.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
I’m entitled to my opinion

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January 19th, 2017 at 1:47 am

3,205: Jack Your Body

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Jack Your Body by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley got to number one in Thatcher’s Britain on this day 30 years ago. What a choon. I was well into his remixes, pretty much buying owt with his name in brackets somewhere on the label. Like his mixes of Something Got Me Started by Simply Red, Tripping on Your Love by Bananarama, What Would We Do by DSK, and the best of them all, the utterly amazing Too Blind to See It by Kym Sims.

A wee bit of artwork

A photo posted by Craig Robinson (@flipflopflying) on

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Other business
Theresa May should’ve been dressed like this when she made her dreadful speech yesterday. Fucking wanker. It is astonishing that this is actually happening. It’s like letting the children vote on nutrition and forcing the rest of us to eat McDonald’s and gummy bears forever. Brush your teeth with Mentos, Tic Tacs, and Polos, you Remoaners!

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Emotions by Mariah Carey

On this day
No bugs, no tickers, 18 January 2007

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Circular reasoning

Self-promotion
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January 18th, 2017 at 12:42 am

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3,204: Ten unconnected thoughts

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1. Why do we mime the words to songs when we have our headphones on? I mean, people sometime do sing along, but those people can be viewed in two ways: full of joy or a bit mental. But where is the joy in miming? I mean, I do it. You probably do it, too. Why? Why? WHY?

2. There has never been a pair of headphones that has drowned out the sound, (or indeed the vision out of the corner of my eye), of a beggar or chugger. They all know this. We’re not fooling anyone by pretending to not hear them.

3. Simon and Garfield.

4. Why aren’t sketchbook covers as plain as possible? Why do they have silly patterns or other people’s pictures on them? Chances of you drawing in same style are is slim to non-existent.

5. A wee bit of appreciation for keys. I was thinking about them recently when I was opening the door to the building. Such a small item that gives us a level of mental protection and actual protection from whoever.

6. Correct pronunciation of Adidas is ADD-idas. Not Ad-EEE-das like Run DMC say it. Correct pronunciation of Nike: not like I grew up saying it, rhyming with like. While we should be saying Ni-keeeee, it’s fun to think of other words ending in -ike pronouced that way. I’m going for a hi-keeee. I’m going for a bi-keeee ride. The wee Dutch boy put his finger in the dy-keeee. Three stri-keeees and you’re out. Mr Trump’s supporters are big fans of the Third Rei-ch-eee.

7. I like going to bed or waking up at iconic number times. Especially the house or techno times: 3.03, 8.08, or 9.09.

8. Every police/detective show should come, by law, with a DVD commentary from an actual police officer or detective to let us know how much of what we think we know about them because we’ve seen it on telly is actually just bullshit.

9. I wonder if there are any cigarette aficionado out there in the world.

10. Friendships are good: I like this person enough to want to spend more time with them. And they seem to like me enough to do likewise. Convenient.

A wee bit of artwork
It was cloudy on Sunday. Clouds were low low low, so they were covering quite a lot of the Fernsehturm

Fernsehturm and clouds

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Other business
Last week, I unsubscribed from following a lot of arty sites on my Feedly news aggregator. Colossal, Booooooom, It’s Nice That, that kind of thing. I always thought it was good to keep up with what other people are doing, but in the last year or so, it’s felt like a chore and an exercise that promotes self-loathing and bitterness. I don’t want to feel those things every day any more. And the way to do that was as simple as pressing the remove button. I no longer have to see what is popular or “doing the rounds.” And it’s helpful to simply not know if other people are doing thing vaguely similar to what I’m doing. I kinda hate it when people mention something like, “oh that’s a bit like X” or “I’m feeling the Y vibes,” and I don’t need to impose thoughts on myself. Two opposite feelings come out of that: a slight feeling of sadness, but also a feeling that I might be on the right track. It’s happened a few times recently. I don’t need it any more though. There have been times in my career when I’ve been more successful and more popular, but I kinda think that my work is a lot better now than it was in those days. (I mean, everyone thinks that, though, right? Maybe I’m entirely wrong. I bet Prince thought his albums of the last decade were better than his 80s albums, too.) But I like this feeling I’ve had for the last week, of not knowing what other people are doing. And to shoo away those self-loathing vibes for a while, frees up brain space to loathe Leave voters even more. They deserve my loathing more than I deserve it.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
TVC 15 by David Bowie

On this day
Not even trying, 17 January 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Begging the question

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January 17th, 2017 at 12:18 am

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