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3,406: Allestodo 13-18

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Feels by Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean

On this day
Carsten Charles, 13 September 2009

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Mennonites in Belize

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September 13th, 2017 at 2:15 am

3,388: [Name of insurance company] Field

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Fun fact: two-thirds of all Major League Baseball stadiums have corporate naming rights. I wonder if my generation will be the last one where this feels wrong. Like, we grew up with stadiums have real names like Highbury or Maine Road not the Emirates or Etihad. A few weeks ago, I was with a friend and I asked his teenage son if he knew what the mime I was doing meant. I was doing the circling fist gesture for winding down a car window. He had no idea. And why would he. He’s grown up in a time where you press a button to lower a car window. Maybe it’ll be the same with stadium names.

To me, though, it still jars. Especially when stadiums change names because of a contract ending. The Chicago White Sox’s stadium, for example, opened in 1991 as Comiskey Park, named after the team’s original stadium just across the street. In 2003, it became U.S. Cellular Field. And since 2016, it’s been called Guaranteed Rate Field. A truly ridiculous name for a stadium. But at least some White Sox fans still have the memory of an original name, can still call it Comiskey Park if they want to.

Not so for Seattle Mariners fans. Their park has been called Safeco Field ever since it opened in 1999. That will change after the 2018 season, though. That company won’t be renewing its contract with the Mariners.

Sports teams don’t want this to happen, but I think fans should collectively decide on a non-corporate name for stadiums like Safeco Field or the Emirates Stadium. Something for them to fall back on after naming rights contracts end. All of this is an entirely meandering way of saying, “I did a drawing of a section of the Mariners’s stadium the other day.” And here it is:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Little Uneasy by Fazerdaze

On this day
The 4th, 5 July 2009

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Yomiuri Giants

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July 5th, 2017 at 12:29 am

3,380: It’s a Sin

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It’s a Sin by Pet Shop Boys was number one in the UK thirty years ago. Magnificent song. I like the Pet Shop Boys a lot. They’ve been solidly great for a really long time. The most recent album, 2016’s Super was excellent. Just looking at their singles discography on Wikipedia, to check where It’s a Sin was in a run of great singles, and it’s a really long run of top notch singles. From West End Girls in 1985 through to DJ Culture in 1991 there’s nothing that dips below an 8 out of 10 in my opinion.

While we talk about DJ Culture, I’m always interested in the quality of the new, previously unreleased tracks on Best Of compilations. More often than not, they wouldn’t appear on Best Ofs out of merit, but twice in the Pet Shop Boys’s career, new tracks on compilations have been amongst my favourite of their songs: DJ Culture on their first one, Discography, and Flamboyant on 2003’s PopArt.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/1/2017: Jack Your Body
1/2/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/2/2017: Stand By Me
8/3/2017: Everything I Own
22/3/2017: Respectable
29/3/2017: Let It Be
19/4/2017: La Isla Bonita
3/5/2017: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
31/5/2017: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
14/6/2017: Star Trekkin’

A wee bit of artwork
No title for this, but on my iPad it’s called Faceface, so let’s just go with that, eh?

Other business
What about, right, a fidget spanner?

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars

On this day
The two best words are the first two words, 28 June 2007

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Super Mario 64

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June 28th, 2017 at 1:50 am

3,375: Meatwood flack

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Following on from a recent post regarding Fleetwood Mac’s name, one thing I didn’t realise was that when the band started, John McVie wasn’t a member of the band. He was a bandmate of Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, but Fleetwood Mac’s first bass player was Bob Brunning. From Wikipedia:

When Peter Green left the Bluesbreakers in 1967, he decided to form his own group, naming it Fleetwood Mac after the rhythm section he wanted for the band – Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Fleetwood joined up straight away, and slide guitar player Jeremy Spencer was recruited, but McVie preferred to stay with the Bluesbreakers, where he was earning a regular wage. In the meantime, Green hired Brunning on a temporary basis, hoping that McVie would change his mind. During this period, Brunning played with Fleetwood Mac at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival.

After a few weeks McVie did change his mind, claiming that Bluesbreakers leader John Mayall was turning too far in the direction of jazz for his liking. So McVie joined, and Brunning stood down. Brunning did contribute bass guitar to one track on Fleetwood Mac’s debut album Fleetwood Mac, “Long Grey Mare”.

I would assume, seeing as though John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers had about a million members over the years, he wasn’t that arsed about people coming and going, but it’s a pretty clear intention of taking another band member to name a new band after McVie. Maybe Peter Green should’ve full on flipped everyone out by calling the band Fleetwood Mayall, enticing John to leave his own band. Then Peter Green could’ve left Fleetwood Mac, and took over the Bluesbreakers. Peter Green’s Bluebreakers. I assume something like that happens in The Art of War, that book that dudes seem to enjoy (having on their shelves).

When you see a list of former members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, it’s a pretty impressive bunch of people. The above mentioned Fleetwood Mac bunch, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Andy Fraser, three members of Canned Heat.

There can’t be too many bands that had greater success after a founding pivotal member left. When we talk about Fleetwood Mac nowadays, we aren’t usually thinking of the Peter Green-lead era. Depeche Mode is another. And, at least in terms of sales, Suede after Bernard Butler left. Any others? Can’t think of any right now, but there must be more.

Looking at chart success of the post-Peter Green era and pre-Nicks and Buckingham era Fleetwood Mac, they released six albums, only one of which entered the UK top forty. So seeing how successful they were with Nicks and Buckingham in the band, and the fact that they’d released a (great) album together before joining, could we view it as a merger? Maybe this happens a lot, but off the top of my head I can only think of one other example: Showaddywaddy. But that was a merger of two local bands, before any success. I guess that must happen a fair bit on local music scenes. Indeed, when I was living in Lincoln in the 1990s, every band seemed to have the exact same drummer, and every band member of every band seemed to also be in another band or two.

Anyway, here’s Minipop No. 1,343: Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood, a pairing that may not be obvious if you’ve never seen the 1989 Brit Awards.

A wee bit of artwork
I drew a curve. Copied it, pasted it. Again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and carried on until there are about 700 curves.

Other business
And here we are. The first shitiversary of the referendum.
Going well, innit? All going swimmingly.
The future looks absolutely peachy.
Rule Britannia, gallons of nice cups of tea, and as much Arctic Roll as you can eat.
What misguided fools us Remainers were, eh?

Here’s a couple of drawings from around this time last year. First, an angry drawing done in the hours immediately following the result:

Second, a drawing I’m actually quite proud of. The water could’ve done with a bit more attention, but on the whole it would’ve made a good editorial illustration, I think:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Ship of Fools by Erasure

On this day
Drawings in a bar, 23 June 2010

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1985 Mexico City earthquake

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June 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am

3,360: Roses and cilantro

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A couple of digital drawings of plants. A pixelly one of a rose plant which I started in the Pixaki app, finished in Photoshop. (This is no slight on Pixaki, it’s just that I do quite often these days. The beauty of Pixaki is it’s a way to do pixel doodles when I’m not sat at my desk, but finishing them off, changing things, is quicker in Photoshop.) The cilantro plant was done in Procreate.

With regard to the use of the word cilantro, it’s not an americanism. (Not that there’s anything wrong with americanisms, generally, apart from “bangs” instead of “fringe” and the horror of “I could care less.”) It’s just that some words come naturally in the language I’ve said them most. I still naturally say brezel instead of pretzel simply because I rarely said the English word when I lived in English-speaking countries, and I’ve said it way more often in Berlin. Likewise coriander. I can’t say for certain that I never bought it when I lived in the UK or Berlin (where the word is koriander), but I know that I bought cilantro a couple of times a month in Mexico, thus it’s the word that immediately comes to mind.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hasta Que Te Conocí by Juan Gabriel

On this day
Sketches from a road trip, 13 June 2011

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International Exposition (1867)

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June 13th, 2017 at 1:28 am

3,356: DB-Baureihe 481

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Here’s a drawing of a Berlin S-Bahn train. Specifically, the DBAG Class 481 train. Here’s a Wikipedia article about this particular type of train: German/English.

This drawing, though, looks bigger and better viewed on Instagram on a mobile device, where I’ve split it into four drawings that you can swipe left and right; makes it look like a pwoper twain going by.

DBAG Class 481 train, Berlin S-Bahn

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The future former prime minister.

Other business
Good idea, this: “Focused on environmental change rather than flavor, art students Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of the Arts concocted a line of “frozen treats” titled Polluted Water Popsicles.”

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hot n Cold by Katy Perry

On this day
Die Schiedsrichter Maschine, 10 June 2006

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Black Sea

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June 10th, 2017 at 12:08 am

3,351: Fußball in Berlin, game 27

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This blog post’s title is inaccurate, it wasn’t in Berlin, or anywhere close. It was a proper away day in Wismar, up north on the Baltic Sea coast, about 250 kilometres from Berlin, about three-and-a-half hours on the train. The last day of the Oberliga Nord season, FC Anker Wismar v Tennis Borussia Berlin. A fairly nothing game in terms of things to play for: TeBe were fourth before the game, Wismar sixth. Those three places were up for grabs (Hertha 03 Zehlendorf were fifth).

I joined about eighty TeBe fans on the train. Lots of group tickets were purchased which allow five people to travel there and back for just €11 each. We were on one of those double decker trains which I’ve never seen in the UK (or anywhere other than Germany, but that speaks to my lack of European travel more than anything else). We kinda colonised a whole two level carriage. There were other people, non-TeBe people, there but while there was drinking and merriment, this is a club whose fans do not in anyway appear threatening. I made a choice last week to have a bit of a break from drinking. Something I tend to do every once in a while. Sometimes it’s related to a spurt of cluster headaches which make drinking impossible, sometimes just for a bit of a break. It was interesting to be amongst people who were knocking back the beers and schnapps for three hours before we even got to Wismar. The amount that some people were drinking would’ve floored me.

It was drizzly when we arrived. A bit muggy. A brief stop at the harbour for some fish and chips, and a fun walk through some allotments and fields taking a short cut to the stadium, the Kurt-Bürger-Stadion. And what a lovely wee stadium it was, too. Like a lot of stadiums at the level, there was one stand, a bit of terracing, and some trees on the far side of the ground. It was nice to stand there and appreciate the joy that bigger stadiums don’t give you: trees. Beautiful green trees as a backdrop to a game of football. Wismar looks like a city that keeps itself clean and tidy with tourist money, and the town’s money has also seemed to have kept the stadium looking good. The main stand looked like some sort of horse stable building from the outside. To enter the main stand, there were doors. Proper doors. Wooden doors.

A few minutes before the game, some news started spreading around the TeBe fans: we only have ten players. I don’t know if this is true, it was just rumours that were going around, but it seems like players that hadn’t had their contracts renewed for next season had decided en masse not to travel, leaving Tennis Borussia with just ten players. No substitutes, obviously, and one of the goalkeepers playing outfield. It was a little odd. But, somehow it added to the occasion for me: I was in a town 250 kilometres away from Berlin watching a ninth game in a row (home and away) of a fifth tier German team that I’ve somehow come to care about.

Wismar were the better team somewhat unsurprisingly given the situation. But good gosh, Tennis Borussia played hard and with a lot of heart. They kept it 0-0 until the 65th minute, and a good chance to equalise a few minutes before the end of the game, just before Wismar went straight back up the other end and made it 2-0. Which is how it ended. The whole game, from kick off the final whistle, the Tennis fans were singing and shouting. It was incredible fun to be in amongst that. When the PA played Zombie Nation after each Wismar goal, and a few of the home team fans celebrated looking over at the noisy visitors, what they saw was TeBe fans dancing to the music.

After the final whistle, the knackered players came over. We clapped them, they clapped us. And we all gathered ourselves together, and as one trudged back into the town centre. Some people got more beer, some had döners, I had a chocolate ice cream. Even more beers were bought on the way back to the train station. And somehow, people drank them and kept on partying. It was a long journey through fairly ordinary landscape, and I was happy, as one is on any journey back, when the train pulled into Alexanderplatz station, so I could jump on the U-Bahn to return home.

It was a splendid day. The bad result meant nothing to me, really. The day had been a victory. The nine Tennis Borussia games I’ve seen have been a victory (technically four wins, two draws, three defeats). I’m looking forward to the dates of the 2017-18 pre-season friendlies being announced.

Fußball in Berlin:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang, (12/5/17)
SV Empor Berlin v SV Tasmania Berlin, (13/5/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (19/5/17)
SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken, (21/5/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Altlüdersdorf, (28/5/17)
FC Anker Wismar v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (3/6/17)

A wee bit of artwork

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Zayn and Taylor Swift

On this day
My beautiful La La, 5 June 2014

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World War I

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June 5th, 2017 at 3:09 pm

3,349: LFC kits and other drawings

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez. One of the best songs of the year so far

On this day
London teams, 3 June 2015

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Cape Arkona

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June 3rd, 2017 at 12:06 am

3,348: Minipop No. 1,326: Richie Hawtin

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I did a Minipop of Richie Hawtin in the early days: Minipop No. 97, 21 October 1999, listed under “Plastikman” on the archive. A couple of years later, I got an email from Mr Hawtin asking if he could use it on the back cover of his new album, DE9: Closer to the Edit. It’s a fantastic album, and I was quite thrilled to have my Minipop on the cover.

Mr Hawtin doesn’t look like that anymore, though. So it was time for a new one. I drew it last autumn, intending to animate it, but got distracted by something else. Life.

I finally did it. And here it is:

A wee bit more artwork
Here’s a thing, drawn with Procreate on an Ipad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Zayn and Taylor Swift

On this day
Double Turkey, 2 June 2005

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Rügen

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June 2nd, 2017 at 12:21 am

3,262: n i n e d i g i t a l t h i n g z

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One of the things I love about drawing digitally is how quick I can bash ideas out. On paper, I can bash the idea out with a pencil or a pen, but it’ll just be a sketch. Digitally, I go through a similar process but also define colours, change things, and still feel something of the spontaneity. So here’s a bunch of stuff drawn in Photoshop and on the Paper app for iPad. I really like the Paper app. I just wish it could export the drawings at larger than screen size. I would use it so much more if that were possible.

This was an early morning warm-up sketch:

For this, I had this thought of doing the US states as squircles sized according to total area of each state. I figured that doing something like Canada first would be a better idea. Less provinces and territories to deal with:

I like the idea of doing a whole family of records. Like, the 7″ single is a kid who just wants to have some quick fun; the 12″ single is a bit older, going to clubs; a 10″ single is the kid who wears mis-matched socks whilst reading French novels; and the album is the sensible one who is thinking about his pension:

Start of a quick dirty project that may or may not be finished:

I look back with much fondness at the time when I was a kid, drawing rockets with three numbered parts:

Still really fucking angry about brexit:

Every now and then, I try drawing with my wrong hand (the right hand). It’s a useful exercise. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years, and it still feels weird, but less weird with every passing drawing. And I really like how my right hand drew clouds here, something my left hand would never have done:

Not really sure what I was doing here. It was quite late last night, just drawing with my brain turned off:

But the stickman vibe felt like it could be worked on, so I did a Kraftwerk concert. Might work on this style some more.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Love by Lana del Rey

On this day
Santo Daime, 17 March 2008

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Gender equality

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March 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am

3,259: YMCA and a burger

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This is digital week for me. I’ve been painting pretty solidly for quite a while, so spare time drawing this week is gonna be iPad-y stuff.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde. This is one of those weird things, like when you have an opinion that means nothing really but you feel out of step by expressing: I find her voice really quite grating. She has ace songs but the way she sings them rubs me up the wrong way. It sounds like an affectation.

On this day
A poem, 14 March 2009

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Chernobyl disaster

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March 14th, 2017 at 12:59 am

3,254: Couple of things

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Just a couple of drawings done with Procreate on the iPad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lil’ Love by Petite Meller

On this day
() \/\/ I_, 9 March 2016

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Psychedelic drug

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March 9th, 2017 at 1:18 am

3,245: Tree and woman

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Two drawings. First one is a rough representation of a woman on the U-Bahn who had a really nice colour combo of clothes. Second one is a tree I drew with my weak hand whilst lying in bed last night.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley (not the awful remix)

On this day
A spot of rain, 28 February 2008

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UNESCO

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February 28th, 2017 at 2:37 am

3,244: Scribbling

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

On this day
Adios, amigo, 27 February 2015. A short tale about (an unsuccessful attempt at) giving up smoking.

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Music of Mexico

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February 27th, 2017 at 1:42 am

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

3,198: A nice walk

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For a few days, I’ve been feeling like I’ve not left Prenzlauer Berg much, especially in daylight. I’ve been to other parts of the city (mainly Kreuzberg, though) in the evenings, but I’ve not done anything that would amount to sightseeing. (I don’t need to do sightseeing in a city I lived in for eight years, but you know what I mean: it’s just nice to remind yourself of the details, innit?) After a walk around the park and a trip to the art store to buy a sketchbook, I kinda realised it would be a nice day for a longer walk. It was cold, yes, but it was also a clear blue sky. Get some daylight and sunshine in me. In the end, that longer walk was four hours and eleven kilometres long. Three stops along the way, which is why it took longer than it really should’ve: book shop, pub for a quick pint, and supermarket on the way home. Listened to David Bowie the whole time, which was nice.

One of the remaining guard towers from the Wall

Double fuckyousun

Stood here looking at the colours of this reflection for a couple of minutes. It was lovely

This part of the city between Hauptbahnhof and the Reichstag is one of my favourite bits of the city, especially when it’s snowy. It’s just blank and empty and I like that

A wee bit of artwork
I stood next to the window the other day and drew the view.

Other business
Well worth a listen is Limmy’s techno remix of the Fry’s Turkish Delight advert that was on telly in the UK in the Eighties. I guess “well worth a listen” only really applies, though, if you were around in the UK in the 1980s and also like Limmy.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Station to Station by David Bowie.

On this day
An old thing, 11 January 2011. Simple thing, combining the idea of that phrase “there’s no I in team” and that thing I learned when I was a kid, how to spell Mississippi, like M-I-double S-I-double S-I-double P-I

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Street punk

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January 11th, 2017 at 3:43 am

3,173: Xmas

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This feels like a cheap post to do, but I’ve done plenty of Xmas-themed stuff over the years, and it’s not that easy to find* on the FFF site, so let’s have a wee look, eh? In chronological order:

* There is a redesign in progress, just not sure how long it’ll take to do. Hopefully it’ll be online by spring, though.

Fun fun fun: Christmas style (2000) was a follow-up to something that had been mildly popular. So taking the same idea of 10 ways to have fun, I applied it to the festive season. Pretty basic stuff, but I really enjoyed doing all of the Fun Fun Fun stuff.

This little doggy (2001). An illustrated story about a dog all alone in the woods at Xmas.

We wish you a Merry Christmas (2002) is just a piece of audio, chopping up words from other songs to send a greeting. Originally just sent to friends attached to an email.

The ex-mas tree (2002) is a pretty obvious piece of anthropomorphism.

Christmas country life (2002) is another thing that was just an Xmassy version of something else that existed elsewhere on the site. It’s fun to remember that the word (animated) GIF back then often referred to something someone had created, not just snipped out of context for yuks (I love that type of GIF too, but you know what I mean). It’s another bit of anthropomorphism, this time with a house.

FFF advent calendar (2003). I really was in my own little self-created world back then. I remember that being a nice place to be. It’s an advent calendar where the windows “open” when you pass your mouse over the numbers to reveal various things I’d drawn made Xmassier.

The Yuletide Owls (2004). This was my version of an Icelandic tale, told via two owls that I used to draw a lot called Pete and Bob.

Around Berlin (2005). A pretty cheap and easy one: just a bunch of photos around Berlin.

The man who loved Christmas porn (2012) was something that came about after listening to Dan Savage say something about how ridiculous it is, which got me thinking, there must be somebody who really likes it.

Wreath (2014). Lots of the apartments in the building I was living in at the time had actual wreaths on the doors. I did this to fit in a little bit. You will notice that there are no overt religious elements in there.

My favourite one, though, was from 2013: 25 December, 13 A.D., a story about one of Jesus’s teenage birthdays.

A wee bit of artwork
Ordinarily, I will read or watch several review-of-the-year type things. Not sure I really want to this year. We mostly feel the same about this right? I guess if you voted for trump or to leave the EU, 2016 must’ve felt like a pretty good year, but just typing those words makes me angry. I don’t want to have an article or TV programme going through it all again. So here’s my review of the year. Short and simple.

Other business
Have I Got News for You is still entertaining enough (never was a top favourite of mine, I still watch it though), but in the modern age, it feels a bit like old jokes cos we’ve all looked at blogs and Twitter all week where a lot of similar jokes about most of the topics have already been made. It has the feel of a show that young people wouldn’t watch. I don’t know this for sure, cos I’m not a young person, and I don’t really know any young British people, but I’m just imagining: would I have watched it if Twitter were around in the early 90s? Nope.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Little Things by One Direction. They’re really embedded at the moment. Five of the last seven.

On this day
Our new film, 19th of December 2005. I was living alone with Billy at the time. (One is never alone when one has a dog, though, right?). I made a couple of little films with him. This one was a silly “horror” film. Again, one is reminded of the differences in broadband speeds, by how small and low quality this .mov is. I have a clear memory of making this film, and how much tape was used to make a really short film. Aw, Billy…

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Montevideo (The etymology part is particularly interesting)

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December 19th, 2016 at 2:30 am

3,171: Morning views

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As mentioned a few days ago, I’ve been taking a photo of the view from the wee balcony every morning since I’ve been at this apartment. Rather than letting it get out of hand and having a monster post at some point, I’m gonna put the week’s worth in a post every Saturday (not a full week this time cos I did that post on Tuesday).

I’ve been feeling weird about not blogging at the weekend, even though it was a choice I made, to blog four or five times, but only weekdays. There’s always a temptation to save things, to have a few things in reserve just in case, for blog posts, (especially in the A wee bit of artwork and Other business parts of each post) but I’ve found that just doing them and leaving that next post to fend for itself is a better approach. So there’ll be posts at the weekend now, I think.

Saturdays will be the morning views, Sundays will be “embedding the week.” I did that last Sunday, cos y’know, tweets and Instagram posts feel a bit like space trash sometimes, just thrown out there, but they’re sometimes still somewhat worthy of a look, and gathering some of the better ones together might be cool if you don’t use either of those social media thingies. (It does feel a tad hey look at me, I do good tweets, but, fuck: this is a blog full of me blathering on, so it’s not really different is it? And I do sometimes wish that people whose tweets I enjoy would do something like this.) Anyway, that’ll be here tomorrow. For now, though: the morning views from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and today:

Guten morgen

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Guten morgen mein lieblings

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen

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A wee bit of artwork
In an email, my friend Amanda mentioned seeing someone who looked like a drawing that her partner Ben had done. She said the person had “the hair of a cloud and voice of Brian Blessed.” Such a wonderful description. I’ve not seen Ben’s drawing, but I did my own quick drawing of Amanda’s description.

Other business

The 15.10 Lufthansa flight from Berlin Tegel to the moon.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of by the Human League. For most of my adult life, if you’d’ve asked what my favourite album is, I’d probably have said something by the Beach Boys. Surf’s Up, Sunflower, or Pet Sounds. Over the past couple of years, though, I’ve begun to realise that Dare by the Human League is an album I now think of as my favourite. Not that it matters, eh? We put so much effort into building up this presentable ideal of who we are. Favourite song, album, film, TV series, book. Those are the adult versions of colour, number, football team. My favourite albums means NOTHING to you. And why should it? It could only possibly be of interest if you, a) it’s your favourite album too, or b) you fucking hate the Human League. For the 99% of other people: it’s not an issue. It is a great album though.

On this day
I had a wee look through some old blog posts last night, and noticed that on this day in 2008, it was snowing a lot. (It was hardly a big post, just a sentence and this embedded 23-second video clip.)

I was in Bellingham, Washington at the time. That was a good time. Things didn’t turn out perfectly in Bellingham, but to be somewhere snowy for Xmas was really good.

I always enjoy on this day-type things. I enjoying finding out that such-and-such record was released 20 years ago. I even did a thing for a Dutch newspaper about this very idea in 2005. So maybe I’ll keep this up, looking back at old posts from this day in the past. Maybe it’ll work, maybe not. We will see, eh?

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Revolución Libertadora

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December 17th, 2016 at 2:55 am

3,159: Russia’s greatest love machine

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Back in October 2006, a whole ten-years-and-a-few-weeks ago, I took a photo of a bit of spilled paint that, to me, looked kinda like Rasputin. I walked down that same street again yesterday. The spilled paint is not only still there, but has hardly worn away at all. Look! (2006 on the left, yesterday on the right)

A wee bit of artwork

Other business
I bought a “mouse mat” yesterday. It’s a pretty modern thing. Bleeding edge tech stuff. What it is, right, is a rectangle of kinda foamy plastic with rounded corners, about 22 x 18 centimetres. It’s dark red. Almost burgundy. (It was also available in black, yeller, and a nice calming blue.) And you use it because it helps the laser light thingy inside your mouse register a surface more smooothly. And it cost just €3.49. I don’t often give tech tips, but this “mouse mat” is a steal. Get on it, brothers and sisters. It’ll change your life.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I had a fitful sleep last night. There was me thinking I’d been cool and tough, sorted out my jetleg on that first day. Nope. Fell asleep watching YouTube around 9pm, woke up at 2.30am, awake til 5, asleep until 11am. Even within that time, I was tossing and, indeed, turning. And all of that time, there was a megamix of LCD Soundsystem songs in my head. The one in my head, though, when I actually got out of bed was Drunk Girls.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Wedding-cake style

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December 1st, 2016 at 4:39 am

3,155: Cruz Azul

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I was gonna write about Cruz Azul today. Last night was the beginning of the Liga MX 2016 apertura liguilla, that is to say: the playoffs. (We have a split season here, each half of the season has eight-team playoffs at the end. Clearly this is absurd.) Just before I started typing, I figured I should check the blog, and yes! I have done it before. But that was two years ago. Things have changed a bit since then. Cruz Azul were quite a good team back then. They didn’t make the playoffs, but they played well. Just seemed to be missing a good solid goalscorer. It was quite tight that season, they could’ve made the playoffs but finished 13th. Since then, since I’ve been going, they finished 9th, 14th, 9th, and in the season that finished last Saturday, 14th. The fifth championship of five since I’ve been going that they failed to make the playoffs.

Relegation here is a strange thing. Because of the split season, they do this thing were three full seasons’s points are averaged out, and the lowest one gets relegated. This sucks, though, if you are a newly-promoted team. You only have one season’s worth of numbers. All dreadfully unfair, and in place, one assumes, to kinda make sure none of the big names accidentally gets relegated. The season before I started going, Cruz Azul were top of the relegation table (ie. furthest away from going down), with an average of 1.7059 points per game. Now, they are 13th, with an average of 1.2588. (The team currently heading to the second division are Morelia, with 1.1059 points per game.) In that same time period, Cruz Azul have gone from an average attendance of 18,090 down to 16,928. In the 2016 Apertura, they had the worst average attendance in the league. For Saturday’s game, it was just 10,573, which is pretty crappy, and looks bad in a 34,000 capacity stadium. Look (image is bigger if you right click):

I moved a bit further away from the stadium this season. I was on the same street, just one block away, but now it’s about 30 minutes walking and public transporting. Still really close, but it has meant that I’m less inclined to just think, at the last minute, “fuck it, I’ll go.” That sentiment was easy when I lived on the same street. The street would get busy with fans, the floodlights would go on, and inevitably, I’d be tempted because it was happening right there. (Plus, watching games on TV when you live so close is annoying: there’s about a 10-second delay, so I would know Cruz Azul had scored long before seeing it on the telly. Especially annoying when a penalty kick has been awarded: I’d be stood in front of the telly with my fingers in my ears, singing to myself so I couldn’t hear any cheering, or indeed, a lack of cheering.)

Aside from the lowering footballing standards over the past couple of seasons, the owners seem to be doing everything they can to piss off supporters. Notably, the porra, the hardcore supporters behind the goal. Tickets used to be 65 pesos, and they were raised to 100 pesos. That’s a significant increase. And I read somewhere that the porra used to get group discounts which aren’t as big as they used to be. The upshot of that was, the end of the ground where the noise and flags were is now fairly free of that. I sit there now, because it’s the cheapest part of the ground. But I shouldn’t be sitting there. I’m a middle-aged European chap. I shouldn’t be in the part of the ground where the shirtless kids with drums should be.

And after the 2017-18 season, the landowner has decided to sell the land to build yet another fucking mall. No news yet where Azul will be playing, but the rumours are that until they get a new stadium, they will play in the enormous Estadio Azteca. An 85,000 capacity stadium for a team that draws between 10,000 and 20,000. That’s gonna be rubbish. It will also be the end of centrally-located sports stadiums in this city. The Azteca is a fair old slog in the south. Estadio Olimpico, too. The baseball stadium went from being in the middle of the city (now a mall, obvs) to near the airport. And Cruz Azul’s future stadium… the chances of that being anywhere as central as it currently is are pretty much nil, I’d imagine.

But, I’ll probably still go. Even if they continue to be shit. I enjoy being there. I enjoy watching live football. I enjoy watching Cruz Azul, even if they have only won one of the last ten league games I’ve been to. So yes, I was gonna write about Cruz Azul today, and, er, I did.

A wee bit of artwork
Another one of the cactus drawings, and one of Kraftpunk.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Walk You Home by Super Furry Animals

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Konrad Adenauer

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Minecraft Project Day 64
Here we go, the obsidian blocks in place. And once I use a flint and steel to spark it up, we will have a portal that takes us to the Nether, an underworld kinda thing with some decent useful stuff to be mined.

The portal is kinda pretty, innit?

I decided that the nice idea of not having a fence along the river edge is silly. Fuck it, I want to feel secure, especially now there’s a portal close to the river.

Yeh man, a Nether portal looks good at night. Tomorrow, let’s get down there.

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November 24th, 2016 at 9:12 am