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3,263: Morning views

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Eh up

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Goedemorgen

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Günaydın

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Body by Syd

On this day
Arthur No.5, 18 March 2006

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Shakers

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March 18th, 2017 at 1:56 am

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3,258: d i g i t a l d r a w i n g s

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A drawing made in SketchUp, a quick little story about a senior citizen, a drawing of a pop group, but first: a snowman is for life, not just for Christmas:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
It was technically Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic, but really there was a bit of a soup that also included Fun by Coldplay, Crucified by Army of Lovers, and two Neneh Cherry songs, Buffalo Stance and Manchild.

On this day
Harmony, 13 March 2010

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Helicopter

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March 13th, 2017 at 2:17 am

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3,257: Embedding the week

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall by Coldplay

On this day
Old digital photographs, 12 March 2016

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Hummingbird

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March 12th, 2017 at 2:52 am

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3,256: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
On the Bible by Deuce

On this day
Life cycle of gum, 11 March 2016

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Santo Daime

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March 11th, 2017 at 1:11 am

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3,255: Cataratas del/do Iguazú/Iguaçu

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I noticed last night that Iguazu Falls is on Street View. It’s the best place I’ve ever been to. I feel very lucky to have been there.

Embedded below is the view from the Argentinian side, here is one of the views from the Brazilian side.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde. Second time this week. I have a feeling this one has the potential to be in my brain a lot over the next few weeks.

On this day
Self portrait, São Paulo, 10 March 2008. Maybe it’s because there’s photographic evidence of the moment, but I can still clearly remember taking that photograph in a hotel with a good expansive view of part of the city. Blue Demon t-shirt, Marlboro Light cigarette. The next day I went to Curitiba which, after two months of travelling, kinda felt like the beginning. I was mentally ready to do it properly at that point, I think.

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Ayahuasca

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March 10th, 2017 at 2:52 am

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3,253: Everything I Own

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Everything I Own by Boy George was number one in the UK thirty years ago. I’ve never been keen on the original Bread version, or the Ken Boothe one (the best of the three, and the one George is covering) and this one is worse.

I think it’s partly because the chorus is illogical and I can’t get past that. You would give up all of your possessions, the place where you live, and your life itself? Just to have someone back again? So, this “someone” would actually be back with you, a dead homeless person?

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/01/2017: Jack Your Body
01/02/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/02/2017: Stand By Me

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Power by Petite Meller

On this day
CLWNMNTNJNNJNJN, 8 March 2016

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Mezcal

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March 8th, 2017 at 2:13 am

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3,252: Same photo three times

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Because I do the morning view photos every day, and they are always very slightly different (I just try and stand in the same spot on the threshold of the balcony door and hold the camera at a natural height), I wanted to see if I could be more precise in taking photographs.

So on three different days over the course of two weeks, I went to a nearby bridge and tried to take as close to the same photograph as possible. Before I left the flat to go and take the second photograph, I studied the first one on my computer. I did the same after the second photograph. These are the results.

First the three photos

Here they are next to each other

All three on top of each other

On this one, I aligned the column thingy of the bridge in the middle distance

Same, just with the C, M, and Y channels assigned to each of the photos

Pointless exercise? Possibly…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Milk Bath by Petite Meller

On this day
Doodles and movies, 7 March 2008

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Pulqueria

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March 7th, 2017 at 3:12 am

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3,251: Reading Festival 1989

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Look at this line-up. Especially the Friday. That day was more or less perfect. I remember it rained for quite a while, but still, it was a very good day.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde

On this day
After a thunderstorm, 6 March 2011

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Condesa

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March 6th, 2017 at 2:47 am

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3,249: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Backpack by Petite Meller

On this day
Kissy, 4 March 2016

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Park Güell

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March 4th, 2017 at 2:06 am

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3,248: Buildings the same age as me

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Obviously, one of the joys of Wikipedia is finding yourself trucking on through a load of info you didn’t know you were interested in and- oh look, it’s 2.30 a.m. I was looking at communication towers in Germany, ended up on the page for the Florianturm in Dortmund, which was part of a category of towers completed in 1959, which lead me to towers completed in 1970, which got me to Buildings and structures completed in 1970. That was the year of my birth, and I fancied having a look at me-aged buildings. Here are some nice ones. (All photos from the applicable Wikipedia page.)

No.1 Croydon, Croydon, UK

World Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan

Welbeck Street car park, London, UK

Tigran Petrosian Chess House, Yerevan, Armenia

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid, Spain

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi, Pakistan

Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, USA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, USA

Hotel Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Edificio Colón, Barcelona, Spain

Dai Heiwa Kinen Tō, Tondabayashi, Japan

A wee bit of artwork
Welsh football person Gareth Bale done in pixels.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cups by Underworld

On this day
Brasilia skies inverted and upside down, 3 March 2008

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Hyperboloid structure

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March 3rd, 2017 at 3:21 am

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3,243: Embedding the week

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Jorge took a good photo of me too. The good being the photo, not my dumb face.

Moritzplatz

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Mauerpark und Falkplatz, 12/2016-2/2017

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Three-Dee Melodie by Stereolab

On this day
Doooosseldorf, 26 February 2010

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Van Dyke Parks

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February 26th, 2017 at 3:17 am

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3,242: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne again. I heard that song once, four days ago. And it keeps on popping into my head. Thanks, Canada.

On this day
Life is beautiful, 25 February 2011

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Yellow Magic Orchestra

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February 25th, 2017 at 3:11 am

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3,240: edges2cats

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Well, gosh, edges2cats is a heck of a lot of fun.













The song in my head when I woke up this morning
How He Wrote Elastica Man by Elastica feat. Mark E. Smith

On this day
Joy/not joy, 23 February 2009

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Juan Atkins

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February 23rd, 2017 at 2:01 am

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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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Brain vomit

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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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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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Electronic music

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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.

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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3,233: 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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Morning

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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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