Wait until next year

Putting off what could be done tomorrow, today

The pint with your fish and chips on a Friday

Menu sign in a chip shop

Fish Friday. Chippy Tea. Whatever you call it. Fish and chips on a Friday night is one of the great institutions, the sort of tradition that genuinely keeps giving and giving, still seems relevant, vital even. Fish and chips are basically great anytime, but there is something special about having them on a Friday. It is a treat to end the week, a night off the cooking after five days of work. A way to see in the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

The Baffler and The Nostalgia Gap

Nostalgia is a form of propaganda, an exercise in laughter and forgetting, in which the right visual iconography and perceived authenticity can create a longing for an existence which is no longer possible and was in fact never possible.

The Baffler have opened up their archives, so you can now access articles from their 25 issues from 1988 to the present day. The piece quoted above, The Nostalgia Gap, was published in 1993, yet still reads as something valid and true today. It is well worth your time, as are the complete archives that I’m slowly working my way through now. Oddly, reading the old issues creates a similar misplaced longing as outlined in the quote above, which makes my head hurt a little.

Gotta get a move on tryin´to find a man I know – A near-review of Vulgar Things by Lee Rourke

Graffiti on Canvey Island -

Vulgar Things by Lee Rourke is a book about a man who goes to Canvey Island, then Southend, to sort out the affairs of his uncle who has recently died. That’s as much plot as you need. I don’t want to give away the plot. Plus, while it is a good plot, and the story matters, Vulgar Things is about a whole lot more. At least how I read it, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

World Cup trophy, 1970 Panini sticker album

World Cup Trophy sticker from Panini sticker album, 1970

Image from John Cooper, via Flickr

Back of a fag packet analysis of Spain going out of the World Cup (World Cup Braindump #3)

People watching World Cup on the TV, on the street in Brazil

Well, the past few evenings have been fun haven’t they? Read the rest of this entry »

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