Let’s just say some of the business types were skeptical of the notion that rainbows from all across the world could come together to create a chicken.
All the best,
P.S. Peripatetic spatula polo chimp.
So. The World Cup is over. I can’t get excited about football the rest of the time, but the combination of hype, nationalism and Clive Tyldesley makes the World Cup different. Here are a few lookalikes I have gathered over the tournament. Can’t seem to get them to align properly, but there you go.
I’m usually quite meticulous about my labelling, but this one came out crude and uncontrolled. Not without its charm though.
Don’t miss this interview with comedian Harry Hill, where he talks about his paintings. I think they are fantastic.
My wife needed an analogue version of Blue Monday for the Digital Media part of her MA. So we put this together yesterday in our front room.
(Vocals: Faracy Grouse; Bass: Ted Crunkhorn; Drums: Doug Lyon; Guitar: me)
This from Love the Line:
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Jack Kerouac wrote thirty tips for writing, number one “Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy”.
It’s always interested me, this idea of secret writing and the relationship it has with public writing. When I was a kid, I was into being a spy, thanks largely to a number of Usborne spy books that I inherited from my brothers. I learnt a simple code called “Pig Pen” and wrote secret notes to myself. I guess I became convinced that it was an unbreakable code, because at some point I wrote the words “I fancy Helen Jones” in Pig Pen and gave it to some friends who were insisting that I tell them who I was in love with.
I was smug while the code remained unbroken, but this soon dissolved when my friends went to the library and found the Usborne Guide to Spies. The next day they announced the contents of the note to all who would listen, and my humiliation was complete.
I used to keep diaries into my teens, even at university for a while. Actually, now I think about it, I kept diaries up to a couple of years ago. Somewhere along the line, blogs came along and the whole idea of writing something and keeping it secret seemed like a waste. I got married as well – this probably had a link to my decreasing need to confide in a Moleskine.
You sometimes hear it said that criminals leave clues because unconsciously they want to be found out. I wonder if the same goes for secret diary writing and notes written in code. In both cases, you could keep the information far more secret by not putting it to paper in the first place. It seems like there’s a whole muddle of motivations to putting secret information onto paper.
- a cathartic feeling of telling someone who won’t judge or talk back
- a feeling of organising chaotic thoughts
- the pleasure of writing for the sake of it
I started thinking about this today because I realised that I don’t keep scribbled secret notebooks any more. Everything I do is with half an eye to publishing it online or elsewhere. I wonder if you don’t lose something when you don’t have a secret notebook.