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3,236: Embedding the week

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Brand new notebooks (excellent Mexican notebook by @laikanotebooks ) are the best feeling. Free of the weight of the last one, full of the joy of this one hopefully being better.

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Paste

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Jenny Ondioline by Stereolab

On this day
Shakira, 19 February 2007

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Krautrock

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February 19th, 2017 at 3:37 am

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3,235: Morning views

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Buenos días

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Previous morning views: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
French Disko by Stereolab (day nine)

On this day
The White Single Album, 18 February 2013. This was a good fun one to do: making an edited single album from the Beatles’ self-titled double album.

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February 18th, 2017 at 12:54 am

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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.

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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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3,233: Stand By Me

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Stand by Me by Ben E. King was number one in the UK thirty years ago. It would be a heart-hearted person who doesn’t like this song, but it was part of something a little shitty about the pop charts in the late eighties and nineties: Levi’s.

I have nothing against Levi’s. Indeed, for most of my life I’ve bought them instead of other brands (so I guess these commercials worked). It’s just easier, innit? Need a new pair of jeans, go to the shop, find the 501s, find my size, no need to try them on, pay, leave. (Having said that, I did have a pair of the twisty Levi’s back in the early 2000s, and I loved them. Wish they still did ’em.

I had a quick google, and found this site, with its handy list of songs off the adverts. Back then, it really was a route to the higher end of the hit parade to be on a jeans advert.

Wonderful World by Sam Cooke got to No. 2 in 1986.
Dude gets in the bath with his jeans on, like a crazy person.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye got to No. 8 in 1986.
Nick Kamen in the launderette.

Stand by Me by Ben E. King got to, as we have already noted, No. 1 in 1987.
Aaah, black Levi’s. The staple of every middle-aged man who likes real music. Tommy Saxondale types.

When a Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge got to No. 2 in 1987.
I remember quite fancying the girl in this one. Also of note: all songs by black artists so far, with white actors in everything. Yeah, Craig, we know says every person of colour.

C’mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran got to No. 14 in 1988.
I’ve got absolutely no memory of this advert. Eddie Cochran, though. Ooof, what a man.

The Joker by The Steve Miller Band got to No. 1 in 1990.
Should have been a number two hit. #TeamDeeeLite

Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash got to No. 1 in 1991.
The world’s most overrated band.

20th Century Boy by T-Rex got to No. 13 in 1991.
BrAd PiTt!

Mad About the Boy by Dinah Washington got to No. 41 in 1992.
It’s weird that this song didn’t get higher in the charts. This ad was on telly all the time. And it’s a cracking song, innit?

Piece of My Heart by Erma Franklin got to No. 9 in 1992.
Abs.

Inside by Stiltskin got to No. 1 in 1994.
Ew, gross.

Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out by Freak Power got to No. 3 in 1995.
This is one of those songs that does nothing, I think. It’s trying to be something, it’s just dull. Lifeless.

Boombastic by Shaggy got to No. 1 in 1995.
Plasticine. Seems a weird step for this series of ads to take. I can see that they must’ve felt like a change was necessary, but plasticine!?

Spaceman by Babylon Zoo got to No. 1 in 1996.
I worked in a record shop when this song came out. Never during my time there was a record so anticipated by the record-buying public of Lincoln. It’s a big old turd of a song, which is a shame, cos I really loved Jas Mann’s previous band, the Sandkings.

Underwater Love by Smoke City got to No. 4 in 1997.
Must’ve been watching less telly at this point in my life. Doesn’t ring any bells.

A Nanny in Manhattan by Lilys got to No. 16 in 1998.
I already loved the Lilys, and while I was a bit indie snob about a band I liked suddenly being liked for just one song, it was good that they got a bit of money. Saw them live a couple of times. Good band. Great song.

Whine and Grine by Prince Buster got to No. 21 in 1998.
Another one I have no memory of.

Flat Beat by Mr Ozio got to No. 1 in 1999.
Yeeeaaaah! Wonderful stuff. I think that’s about enough. Flat Eric seems like a good place to stop.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago because this is a thing I will keep on doing:
3,205: Jack Your Body
3,219: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

A wee bit of artwork
Three drawings I did with the Paper app on my iPad in bed last night.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Les Yper-Sound by Stereolab

On this day
Play a silly game, 15 February 2009

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Saskatoon

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February 15th, 2017 at 2:50 am

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3,230: Embedding the week

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Liza and Tom

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German mouse

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Des étoiles électroniques by Stereolab

On this day
Yardwork, 12 February 2015

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Pole of inaccessibility

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February 12th, 2017 at 1:17 am

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3,229: Morning views

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Metronomic Underground by Stereolab

On this day
Cuscatlán International Airport, 11 February 2011

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South Pole

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February 11th, 2017 at 1:28 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.

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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.

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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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3,225: Jogging

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Come on, ya big orange fascist, get your shorts on. It’s your turn.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
California Love by 2Pac feat. Dr Dre

On this day
Robinsonia, 7 February 2006

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Solomon curve

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February 7th, 2017 at 1:41 am

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3,223: Embedding the week

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O E

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German dogs

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Me and my crew taking shit easy

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The world's cool uncle lived here

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Daft Punk are Playing at My House by LCD Soundsystem

On this day
Tom Jones’ hands, 5 February 2012. One of my best drawings, I think

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International E-road network

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February 5th, 2017 at 4:48 am

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3,222: Morning views

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Previous morning views: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
He’s on the Phone by Saint Etienne

On this day
Battery’s dying, 4 February 2010

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A1 road (Great Britain)

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February 4th, 2017 at 2:53 am

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3,221: Painting with light

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In 1986, David Hockney was filmed using a Quantel Paintbox. As always with Hockney, it’s fascinating.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Wasn’t My Fault by Christie and the Dream Beats

On this day
UNTITLED-ATTACHMENT.JPG, 3 February 2016

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Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth

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February 3rd, 2017 at 3:16 am

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3,217: Taking the dog for a walk

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It was the first anniversary of Billy’s death on Friday. It seemed like the right thing to do on that day to walk the route we would do every morning.

Obviously, I don’t live in the same building that I lived in back then, but that’s where we begin. An enthusiastic, excited dog would already be tugging at the leash down Buchholzer Straße. The most stressful part of the walk was always crossing Schönhauser Allee. Two cycle paths, and two lanes of traffic in both directions. Trams, too. He’d be really impatient here. Once we’d crossed the road, I would get the feeling he’d be ready to be off the leash. There was still another road in between us and freedom. But once we got to the wide dirt area alongside the sports field, he was free. At this point Billy was walking himself. He didn’t need me there. My role now would be like the rubber tyres next to a dock. Just there to make sure he doesn’t injure himself or something.

Unless I brought a ball with me instead of just finding sticks along the way. If I had a ball, the flat area in front of the sports hall was perfect. I’d throw the ball (usually a knackered old baseball), and it would bound and roll forever. Billy would pelt along after it, sometimes bringing it back, sometimes not. When I think of Mauerpark, it’s winter in my head. Not because it’s winter now, but because winter were the good times in the park. Fewer people, fewer children, less trash. Billy could be off the leash the whole way without having to worry too much.

At the other end of the park, it was time for the leash. He’d normally be calmer at this point. Tongue flopping out of his mouth. Ready to go say hello to the women in the coffee shop. Our coffee shop isn’t there any more (it closed in 2016), it was to the left of the coffee shop in the photo below. We’d go in there, I’d get a cappuccino, and if one of my friends was working, Billy would get some attention.

Billy’s walk was nearly over. Time for the human to start his day back at home.

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

On this day
Drawings of people in Harris + Hoole cafe, in Barnet, 30 January 2014

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Argos

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January 30th, 2017 at 1:49 am

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3,216: Embedding the week

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Sunshine, beard hair, and pencils

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At a time when the US president is planning on building a wall, a poster for a movie about a wall 250 metres away from where the Berlin Wall once stood

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

On this day
From Mexico City to Punta Gorda, 29 January 2008.

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List of oldest continuously inhabited cities

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January 29th, 2017 at 3:16 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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January 26th, 2017 at 3:32 am

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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3,209: Embedding the week

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You cute bastard

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

On this day
Summer of ’69, 22 January 2013. It was a one sentence post, so to save you a click, it read “If Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69 were recorded today, the equivalent time period would make it Summer of ’98.” Which would mean that this year, it would be called Summer of ’02.

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Aunt Sally

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January 22nd, 2017 at 1:53 am

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3,208: Morning views

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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

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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.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Red herring

Self-promotion
Flip Flop Flyin’ Flip Flop Fly Ball
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January 20th, 2017 at 2:14 am

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