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3,364: Cry

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People of a similar age to me will likely remember how incredible the video for Cry by Godley and Creme seemed back in 1985. How could they do that!? Well, Wikipedia tells us, it’s called analogue cross-fading.

I took a screenshot of every cross-fade. The above GIF is all of the cross-fades put together in order, which, incidentally, ends with the same person who is at the start of the video. Here are all of those individual screenshots, some of which are really quite interesting:

President Carter:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze. Two days in a row for this one. I really really like the album, been listening to it a couple of times a day for the last week or so. Worth a listen if you’re in the mood for some indie-ness.

On this day
Pepinster, 15 June 2012

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Expo 67

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June 15th, 2017 at 1:18 am

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3,363: Argentine Minipops Week

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Day three of Argentine Minipops Week is a proper football day.

🇦🇷⚽️ Ossie Ardiles ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Diego Maradona ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Batigol ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Alfredo Di Stéfano ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Juan Pablo Sorín ⚽️🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 14th, 2017 at 12:35 am

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3,362: Star Trekkin’

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Star Trekkin’ by The Firm was number one in the UK thirty years ago. Not the hip hop supergroup, or the rock supergroup of the same name. This Firm were a shitgroup.

Maybe that’s unfair. It’s not like this Firm set out to create great music. It’s a novelty song based around Star Trek lyrics. I listened to it just before I started typing, and it’s still rubbish, but the thing that stands out is how weak it is. It’s basic as fuck. If you feel the need to listen to it, or watch its video: here it is.

I’m not being snobby about novelty songs. They have their place in the world of music, just as mosquitos have their place in nature. Novelty records aren’t aimed at me, though. But I was their audience at one point. Indeed, while the cool kids were getting into this new band called the Smiths, I was buying the 7″ single of The Birdie Song in 1983. And if people enjoy it, who am I to judge them? (This attitude does not extend to neo-Nazis, paedos, or Muse, though.)

In one way, it’s quite astonishing how Star Trekkin’ got to number one that week with the likes of Whitney, George Michael, and U2 also in the top ten. There was also Johnny Logan, Bruce Willis, and Samantha Fox in the top ten, though, so it’ll hardly go down as a classic top ten, (which I’ve just realised would be quite a good topic for a blog post).

I was never into Star Trek, so I had to check IMDB, which tells me that the fourth film was released in the UK in April 1987, so I guess that must’ve been why people were into a Star Trek-themed novelty record. The guy who made the record went on to do music for the King of the Hill cartoon series.

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)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze

On this day
Jungle 2, 14 June 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Expo 86

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June 14th, 2017 at 12:19 am

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3,361: Argentine Minipops Week

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Buenos días. Day two of Argentine Minipops Week.

🇦🇷 Eva Perón 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Moria Casán 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Ernesto Sabato 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Florencia De La V 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Juan Manuel Fangio 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 13th, 2017 at 1:46 am

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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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
International Exposition (1867)

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June 13th, 2017 at 1:28 am

3,359: Argentine Minipops Week

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Hola. Today we begin the third in an ongoing series of weeks where we, royal we, put up a load of Minipops from one country. Some old ones, some new ones. As promised a few weeks ago, it’s Argentine Minipops Week this time. A country I very much enjoyed visiting in 2008, and have dreamt about living in ever since. Five Minipops a day until Friday. Six today, though, because I’ve done two versions of Lionel Messi (one from the World Cup in 2006 and one I did of him earlier this year).

Argentine Minipops Week 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷 Minipop No. 906: José de San Martín

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,329: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,326: Astor Piazzolla 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,330: Ricardo Fort 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipops Nos. 1,111 (2006) and 1,307 (2017): Lionel Messi 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 12th, 2017 at 1:16 am

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3,358: Lgiumtherlandsembourg

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I have this theory that my own blogging habits suffered because of Twitter. Pre-Twitter, if I had some little thought about something, I’d expand it into a few paragraphs et voila! Une nouvelle article de blog!

Nowadays, though, back blogging, I’ve started making notes of tweets, notes to come back to them at some point. Which brings us here to this silly quick “joke.”

I have a vague memory of studying Benelux as part of my geography O-level way back in the day. And the name always made me happy. A word made from bits of three words. How cool is that?

Maybe it’s because I was born in a country made up of four smaller countries. Maybe it’s just that I liked small countries like Luxembourg. Maybe it’s because I like the idea of European countries working together for the greater good… Seriously, why did you vote to leave the EU? Why did you do that? We already have control of our borders and our laws. It can’t have actually been the bananas, right? You leave us no other choice, through the power of crossing out other options, to assume you are bigots. So fucking bigoted in fact, that you’ll happily shoot yourself in the foot, and shoot your children and grandchildren in their feet, just because you don’t like seeing Polish words on shop windows in your town?

Deep calm breath

Deep calm breath

Deep calm breath

Deep calm breath

Okay. Where was I?

Yes: I liked that Factory Records had a Belgian offshoot called Factory Benelux. I only owned one of their records, though: FBN-22, a 12″ of Murder by New Order.

And I’ve often admired how the Luxembourg flag. I like it quite a lot, actually.

A tangent here, that really is just a way of showing off this drawing I did last year of a logo for an imaginary Luxembourg sausage festival.

I like that the Luxembourg flag is so similar to the Netherlands one, like the grand duke fella said, “I dig their flag, but I want ours to be brighter!”

The Netherlands flag is fine…

…but Luxembourg is the remix that turned a top 40 song into a top five hit.

Both of them, though, are better than the Belgian flag. It’s like they took the German flag and made a worse remix.

The flag fans amongst you will now be saying, those proportions are off, Craig.

You will be continuing, you seem to have them all at 2:3 proportion, which is fine for the Dutch flag, but we all know that the Luxembourg flag should be 1:2 or 3:5, and the national flag of Belgium is 13:15, it’s only the civil ensign that is 2:3. What you playing at, Robinson?

And you would be right. Here are the correct flags. I is ashamed.

The 13:15 Belgian flag is a lot better, I think, than the 2:3 one, so I take it back about being a bad German remix.

(It is entirely a coincidence, that on this very day three years ago, I did a blog post about Golden rectangle flags.)

So what did they do when they wanted a flag for Benelux? They did this:

Not very good, is it? The lion looks like someone pretending he can do kung fu has suddenly realised the person he is about to fight actually can do kung fu.

And also, is that his cock and balls we can see next to his thigh? Or maybe it’s a referee’s whistle.

According to Wikipedia, the lion is from the Belgian coat of arms.

I have no answers, I have no idea how to make it better, but just as an experiment, I took the three 2:3 versions and laid them on top of each other to see what would happen. This is what happened:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cut to the Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
Golden rectangle flags, 12 June 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
The Blue Danube

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June 12th, 2017 at 12:52 am

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3,357: Moon

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Noon
Monsoon

Spoon
Baboon

Saloon
Saskatoon

Tycoon
Rangoon

Balloon
Buffoon

Raccoon
Typhoon

Lampoon
Pantaloon

Bassoon
Brigadoon

Doubloon
Cameroon

Cartoon
What a choon:

Other business
An old Minipop of Adam West as Batman. When I think of the word “Batman” I think of Adam West. He is the real Batman for me.

Minipop No. 313: Adam West

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Don’t Take the Money by Bleachers

On this day
Snappers, 11 June 2008

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Danube

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June 11th, 2017 at 1:30 am

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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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Another wee bit of artwork
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Black Sea

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June 10th, 2017 at 12:08 am

3,355: Tea

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Here’s something I thought would never happen: I think I’m slowly switching to being a tea person in the morning. I’ve been a coffee person for as long as I can remember. Instant coffee at home, something from the art school vending machine, instant coffee at the office, cappuccino from local cafes in Berlin, or from Starbucks in Mexico City, and in the last few years, via a cafetière or Bialetti Moka thingy.

Tea is something I remember drinking as a youngster, but at some point in my mid-teens I stopped, didn’t really like it, and never bothered with it again until about five years ago when I was a little bored of coffee being the only hot drink option aside from the occasional Ovaltine.

I bought some Earl Grey and forced myself to get used to it. It didn’t take too long. A couple of weeks, I think. I got used to it, and then started to enjoy it. Just English Breakfast and Earl Grey, though. I’ve never enjoyed the fruity tea stuff. Smells like someone’s making jelly.

But for the last couple of weeks, instead of automatically making coffee when I get up, I’ve found myself making a cup of tea. It’s still more coffee than tea. But out of the last ten first-thing-in-the-morning-drinks, I’ve had tea four times.

This got me thinking: do our tastes keep on changing? I don’t think it’s too presumptuous to assume most of us make most of the changes we’re gonna make in our twenties. When we try something again as an adult for the first time in ages. In my head, I don’t like rhubarb. But I’ve not eaten it since I was a teenager. Dates and plums, too. Maybe I would like them now. I still can’t get my head around chicory, but if it’s in a salad, I’ll just get it down and out of the way.

But yeh, a minor thought. Nothing big or spesh today. Just a quicky blog post. Have a good weekend.

A wee bit of artwork
Covv and Mooonlight.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Viva La Vida by Coldplay

On this day
Motorway blocks, 9 June 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Bosphorus

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June 8th, 2017 at 11:51 pm

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3,354: One Love Manchester

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I wasn’t able to watch One Love Manchester when it was on telly live, but thankfully the whole thing’s on Ariana Grande’s YouTube channel. It was a beautiful concert: perfectly judged for her audience and the circumstances.

Liam singing Live Forever was fantastic. Coldplay’s version of Don’t Look Back in Anger, too.

Coldplay showed exactly why they are so great and so popular. Fix You and Viva La Vida were fantastic.

But, of course, the star of the show was Ariana.

When I watched it all yesterday afternoon, there were many moments when I had a lump in my throat, tears in my eyes, but Ariana singing Over the Rainbow to close the show… man, that did me in completely. I have no idea how she kept it together enough to be able to sing it all.

A wee bit of artwork
Pyyramid2, drawn with the Ipad app Pixaki.

Other business
Please.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Flash Delirium by MGMT

On this day
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and beyond, 8 June 2008

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Bosnian crisis

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June 8th, 2017 at 12:00 am

3,353: How I Minipop

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A couple of weeks ago, when I was doing the Mexican Minipops Week (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) I made an effort to do something with one of the ‘pops that I’ve not done before: copied, pasted, amended every step of the process.

Usually what happens is I work on the same drawing, changing, erasing bits, adding stuff until it’s how I want it. This time I did something, copied, pasted, make mistakes, corrected mistakes, until it was how I wanted it. The Minipop in question is this one of Juan Gabriel.

🇲🇽🎤 Juanga 🎤🇲🇽

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The specific moment in his career that I drew is from this live concert in Mexico City. This song below (Hasta Que Te Conocí) is, in my opinion, his best song. One of those songs that is close to being perfect. It’s nine minutes long, and it’ll be the best nine minutes you will have today if you click play unless, y’know, something really good happens, and in that case: congratulations.

So, how was that for you?

Great, right?

Back to the drawing process. I thought Juan Gabriel would be an easy one right from the off. But I’ve been doing Minipops long enough to know that often the thought and the reality aren’t always the same. I have four abandoned attempts at Kim Jong-un on my computer. You’d think he’d be an open goal, but he’s tough to get right.

With Juan Gabriel, I started with the clothing. This is bad practice on my part. Normally I try to do the head first. If I can’t get the head right, there really is no point in carrying on. But I guess I was blinding by the sparkles of Juanga’s threads. I always begin with a template figure who is about my height (5’7″) and adjust it up or down and adjust the skin tone. First thing with Juanga was to make the skin tone a touch darker. Mostly his clothes are black so that part was easy, and he looks like generic art director in the second figure. I drew the jacket decoration in grey first, just to get the pattern right, then gold-ed it up. Two tones of gold-ish colour to hopefully indicate a bit of sparkle.

Time for the hair. His hair is quite distinctive here, but not actually easy to draw.

I went through a few different attempts. It’s long-ish at the back, but there’s quite a lot of volume at the front, in the fringe (or “bangs” if you absolutely must insist on calling it that, North America). It’s almost got a quiff-ish quality to it. But as you can see, my first four attempts weren’t getting that.

Next step was awful, trying to add more volume by making the whole hair thing bigger. After the second step below, I was close to giving up, thinking he’d be another in the pile of “un-Minipop-ables.”

And it really was by chance that from the second drawing below I moved the top three pixel section of the head one pixel over to the left, like you can see in the third drawing. The quiff-y bit hanging over, way out (ie. one pixel out) from his head. That seemed to click. This is why I sometimes think of Minipops as reverse caricatures. Normal caricatures accentuate the features, but with Minipops it feels like the same idea in reverse: taking out everything that isn’t needed. In this one, a bit of both is happening, cos his fringe isn’t as big as that, and the hair at the back doesn’t poke out like that, but it seems to work. With Minipops, I’m not doing an accurate drawing of a person, I’m trying to draw what you think of when you imagine that person. The last of the drawings below just adds a dark tone to the jawline.

Most of the time, that’d be the point where I would stop. The normal Minipop style is standing straight, arms by the side, just like my Uncle Harold:

But there’s a moment at 4m 56s in the above clip where he’s shimmying with his arms outstretched. You can see the tassles on his jacket, and it seems to fit the idea of Juan Gabriel more than an Uncle Harold pose.

First attempt was simply rotating each arm 90 degrees, but that made them look a bit long. So I shortened them by one pixel each.

And then tried to put a bit more movement into the arms. Neither of these were particularly successful.

Thankfully, I’ve done enough Minipops now, where I’ve quite often experienced any posing problems before, so I go to the archive and see how I’ve dealt with outstretched arms in the past, and found this one of Luciano Pavarotti, which, I should note, I just spelled correctly on the first attempt.

Double thickness arms, a bit more gold, and a microphone added. Getting a lot closer. Nearly there.

The shortened arms from a bit earlier needed re-lengthening again. The outstretched-ness needed it. And the final touch: the tassles.

And that, dear reader, (and thanks for reading), is how I Minipop. Sometimes they are easier than that, but Minipops like this are the most satisfying. Having moments like that in the middle where I’m ready to abandon it have a nice cumulative effect of stopping me from giving up on a drawing way more often.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Let’s Get Lost by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
My Coldplay review, 7 June 2005

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Austria-Hungary

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June 7th, 2017 at 2:22 am

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3,352: Fußball in Berlin, games 28 and 29

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On the train back from Wismar, I was chatting to a new pal about there being a SV Tasmania Berlin game at 11am on Monday. It was a rescheduled (brought forward) game, that now fell on a public holiday. We both mentally pencilled it in as a maybe. At 9.30am, I was very much erasing those pencil marks from my brain. Especially when I noticed that it was the women’s Berlin Cup final in a different part of town at 2pm, which a) would be fun because I’ve not been to a women’s game for yonks, and b) would give me more time to stare at a computer screen, pressing my mouse and keyboard shortcuts now and then in an attempt to do what I call “drawing.”

Sat at my desk at 10am, though, after a cup of coffee, I thought fuck it, I’ll go. I was cutting it a bit tight to get to the Tasmania stadium by decided to go with only an hour until kick off (if you know Berlin, the stadium is in Neukölln, I live in Prenzlauer Berg). So I quickly washed, deodorised, brushed my teeth, and added to the t-shirt and underpants that I was wearing at that moment.

A swift walk to the U-Bahn station, and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. Eight minutes: an eternity on a subway platform. Down to Alexanderplatz, change to the U8 line, and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. I finally arrived, a bit sweaty after fast walking to the stadium, five minutes after kick off. I got myself an apfelschorle (apple juice mixed with fizzy water). The pal I’d chatted with was there. And another Tennis guy. I like this. This is good. Like the pub in a soap opera, where the same characters are always there. And it’s a new feeling. As I’ve said before I am more than happy alone at sports events. I’ve done it way more often than not. But I’ve chatted to people at every game I’ve been to in the last month or so. It’s nice. Talking is good. I think it will catch on.

The visitors were TuS Makkabi Berlin. As you may well have already gathered from the name, the team has Jewish roots. (Wikipedia article about the Maccabi World Union here, Wikipedia list of Maccabi sports clubs and organisations here.)

Not a big crowd, less that one hundred I’d say, but a fairly entertaining game. A few crunching tackles here and there, (inc. one that forced a player to be subbed due to an injury), made it look like it might get nasty, but it didn’t. Tasmania took a 1-0 lead just as I was arriving. After half an hour or so, they doubled their lead. Makkabi got one back just before half time. I’m boring myself typing these words. Gosh knows what it must be like reading them. Tasmania missed a penalty, John Terry-style just after the break. The game ended 2-1.

As we were readying to leaving, one of the people I was with mentioned that they were thinking of going to the Women’s Cup Final. I “me too!”-ed. The third person succumbed to the desire for more football-watching and joined us. “Joined us,” though, is a slightly misleading phrase. They had their bicycles, I took the S- and U-Bahn. There I was thinking that those suckers would arrive way after me. Nope. Not at all. I walked to Hermannstraße S-Bahn station and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. Got to Heidelberger Platz to change to the U3 and… urgh, eight minutes until the next train. (Actually it was a six minute wait, but I’ve decided that all waits longer than two minutes shall now be called “eight minutes.”)

By the time I got to the stadium, they were already supping on their beers. The stadium, by the way, was FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf’s stadium, a place where I’ve been a couple of times already. One of the nicer places in the city. And it was packed. Nearly 600 tickets sold, and quite a lot of other people around from the two other women’s finals that were played earlier in the day (the seven-a-side and reserve teams finals). The big final, though, was SV Blau-Gelb Berlin v. BSC Marzahn. Seeing as though Tennis Borussia doesn’t currently have a women’s team, I think Blau-Gelb (blue-yellow in English) could be the women’s team I will see most next season. They play quite locally, in the same sports complex where I played softball with the Prenzelberg Piranhas back in the day. SV Blau-Gelb Berlin won the fourth tier Berlin-Liga this season. They were the underdogs because BSC Marzahn came third in the Regionalliga Nordost, the third tier of German women’s football.

And I really enjoyed it. Way more than the alcohol free beer that I tried, anyway. Blau-Gelb took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute, and into half time. Right from the second half kick off, though, a bit of a defensive howler got us back to 1-1, and after that, there really only was one team who were gonna win. Six minutes later, a Marzahn penalty made it 2-1. The game ended 4-1. It was nice at the end. The Blau-Gelb players seemed to be happy. They were applauded by the Marzahn players who lined up for like a guard of honour thingy when they went to get their runners-up medals, and Blau-Gelb took their place to do the same for Marzahn when they received their winner’s medals.

Pretty sure that’s it for the football season for me. There are a couple more Berlin-Liga games, I think. So maybe, maybe not. I guess there’ll be a moment when I look at FuPa, itching for a game to see. Sorry about this blog post. I wasn’t really into the idea of writing it, just the pressure of the list that follows this paragraph meant I felt the need to do it. Thanks for reading.

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)
SV Tasmania Berlin v TuS Makkabi Berlin, (5/6/17)
SV Blau-Gelb Berlin v. BSC Marzahn, (5/6/17)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Brian Eno by MGMT

On this day
The date, 6 June 2006

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

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June 6th, 2017 at 3:42 am

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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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
World War I

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June 5th, 2017 at 3:09 pm

3,350: Two Tribes

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Two Tribes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s second single, was released on the fourth of June 1984. It was quite a thrilling time. My memory is that it was a good hot summer, we were wearing t-shirts asking/telling people to Choose Life, Relax Don’t Do It, and Arm The Unemployed.

I was 13 years old, so it’s slightly difficult to remember exactly how nuclear war seemed like it was just around the corner. But that’s how it felt. More thrilling than everyone dying, though, was this song, its video (and staying up late, I seem to remember, to watch its first unedited showing on Channel 4), and the fact that their debut single was climbing back up the charts.

It was a good time for music, looking back. There are five songs that I still listen to fairly regularly in the top ten from the week that Two Tribes entered the charts at number one (still quite a rare thing in those days): Two Tribes, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Smalltown Boy, High Energy, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.

I did a chart about this in 2013. Worth another look, maybe. Bigger here.

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
London 2012, 4 June 2007

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Bunker

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June 4th, 2017 at 2:47 am

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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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Rügen

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June 2nd, 2017 at 12:21 am

3,347: 32×32 pixel jungle

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Previous jungle drawings/paintings gathered together here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

On this day
World Cup pizza, 1 June 2006

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Baltic Sea

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June 1st, 2017 at 2:09 am

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3,346: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

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I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston was number one in the UK thirty years ago.

It is, of course, a magnificent piece of work. A teenager at the time, I had decided that Whitney Houston wasn’t my cup of tea. The whole vocal gymnastics thing. But, y’know, you can’t deny this song, eh? It’s ace.

I actually think, though, that it took me until hearing Whitney Joins the JAMs by the Justified Ancient of Mu Mu for me to properly appreciate the original.

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

A wee bit of artwork
Following on from the drawing of Dynamo fans yesterday, here’s some pixel “art,” some adult entertainment. There’s a reason for this, not just titillation for people who like to squint. I was thinking that I need to practice drawing people in other poses, and people close to each other. This seemed like an obvious place to begin.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Kissing Strangers by DNCE

On this day
London football teams, 31 May 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Saltholm

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May 31st, 2017 at 2:14 am

3,345: Fußball in Berlin, game 26

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Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Altlüdersdorf at Mommsenstadion. Last home game of the season. Home team in purple jerseys, white shorts and stockings. Visitors in white jerseys, purple shorts and stockings. That would never fly in a World Cup, would it?

A quiet one for me. Not feeling so great, and blistering sunshine on the terrace. It was nice to see the rainbow flag flying again, which has apparently been a point of discussion between the club and fans. More details (in German) here. I spent a great deal of the second half stood in the shadow of a tree behind one of the goals. Just before the teams came out for the second half, the PA played Crucified by Army of Lovers which was a highlight.

TeBe won by three goals to one in front of a crowd of 347, a prime number.

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)

A wee bit of artwork
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been playing around trying to see what I can do with the idea of amended pixels. Doing a drawing as I would ordinarily do it in pixels, but then when I re-size the image, each of those pixels is bigger than one pixel. Like a 20×20 square. And then playing with those 20×20 squares, adding curves and such. Here’s a drawing of some BFC Dynamo fans in their original Minipop style, and then re-sized and played with. This, I feel, is one step in a process, not a finished “new” style.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cake by the Ocean by DNCE

On this day
Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, 30 May 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of islands of Denmark

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May 30th, 2017 at 2:04 am

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