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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
A post from the not-so-distant future...

Because I'm awful at posting to specific days, Happy New Year in advance!

Music to call it in...
New Years - Asobi Seksu
New Year's Eve - The Walkmen
New Year's Kiss - Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
New Year's Departure - Green Pitch
In the New Year - The Walkmen

I'll be updating my links list to get rid of dead links etc soon, so if you'd like to be added, you can either e-mail me or leave a note here!

Photo by emptysquare on flickr

Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Art of Giving - The Next Chapter

It has just started to dawn on me that I'm graduating from university in July, which has led to a slight panicked realistion that I have to start looking for a job without really knowing what I'm qualified to do. I'm hoping my degree in Media and Cultural Studies is vague enough to be applied to numerous fields, but I sort-of have my eye on something in publishing. Which means that I spend numerous hours on publishing houses websites looking for vacancies and graduate programs. However, with a wandering mind like mine, more often than not I end up looking at the books instead and making mental (in both senses of the word) wishlists of what I'd love to get for Christmas. So if jewellery and stylish fripperies aren't your thing, try this lot instead:

The Bill Amberg Collection
Bill Amberg stops designing bags long enough to create these lovely leather-bound book covers for six classic novels:
Truman Capote's Breakfast At Tiffany's, Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, E.M. Forster's A Room with a View, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (the inclusion of this thrills me as I'm a huge fan of the 'hard-boiled detective' genre, and Raymond Chandler is like the father of the modern crime novel...well joint father with Dashiell Hammett, you can't really say who'd win in a fight between Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade.)
A signed, first edition of Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

Posters and silk-screen prints from Bella Muse

I'll tell you what I probably shouldn't admit as a Media student, but the introduction of the e-book reader on Waterstones' website is bothering the hell out of me. The idea of a world where people read off screens instead of pages on the bus or the train is slightly bizarre. How on earth are you supposed leave coffee cup marks on the cover of an e-book reader, and what is going to happen to libraries?...I am also worried about the fate of the bookmark, despite being one of those people who uses a napkin or folds the corner of the page to keep my place.

This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.

PS. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, you guys are sweet! I ended up celebrating it anyway and it was lovely!

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

M: Happy Birthday!

Me: ....?

M: It's your birthday.

Me: Yup.

M: What are you doing?

Me: I'm thinking about getting a muff. Do you think I'd look good with a muff?

M: A muff?...What are you doing?

Me: I skipped class today to celebrate. Nothing much...I have to pack 'cause I'm going home tomorrow. I am so excited! I think I'm going to ask my mum to make me some proper Indian food, I have been craving it for yonks. I wonder if the decorations are up at home yet. I hope so, I love Christmas lights, it's such a cheesy holiday but I like it.

M: What?

Me: What? I really feel like carrot cake. Shall we?

The very observant of you might have noticed that my age has changed on my profile from 20 to 21, not because of some sort of bizarre time-space continum malfunction (thank you Back to the Future), but because its the dreaded birthday today. The only good part is that I get mail which isn't just bills, and parcels that I haven't paid for. Apart from that, I hate my birthday, it's not really the ageing thing that gets to me, but more the fact that I am being focused on. I'm not the only one who hates birthdays, am I? Right guys? I'm right, aren't I?

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If the overexposure of Twilight news/reviews/general kerfuffle over something so ordinary is depressing you, I'd recommend Let The Right One In as a vamp alternative. I was first alerted to it by Romeika back in July, and I finally got hold of a copy a week ago. And it was worth it, it's really engaging and manages to avoid all the cliche storylines that I think have given vampire films a bad rep. The director Tomas Alfredson and cast have done a great job producing a film that's simultaneously touching, horrifying and surprising. Unfortunately, I've already heard rumours of a remake in talks, so do yourself a favour and watch this first!



Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Art of Giving - Part One

If like me you are slightly crap at finding gifts that are guaranteed to light up your friends and relatives faces with joy, goodwill and other Christmas buzzwords, then the holiday season probably strikes fear into the depths of your soul. If you're not sure about your gift-giving abilities, then you're the one who trudges around the shops wearily looking for anything that looks like 'something Mike might like', before ending up at the shop you first started at and buying the first thing that you lay eyes on. On the day of exchanging gifts, you'll probably be recieving a look of 'what-were-you-thinking' mixed with a healthy dose of 'I-wonder-if-I-can-exchange-this', as your recipient gives you more thanks than you deserve.
However, because I know what this is like, this is the first in a series (hopefully, though judging by my sporadic blogging habits, the next 'episode' will be sometime around early July 2009) of guides to giving gifts that will infuse you with a feeling of selfish cheer (who doesn't love that little spark and glow that you get when you realise that you have outgifted everyone else - err...and made your good friend Mike happy obviously).
First up is Mardeu. Started up by Kazumi Hiruma, a fashion grad from Central St Martins, Mardeu reflects a somewhat electic and personal taste which should appeal to people who appreciate good design with beautiful, quirky aesthetics. It's a veritable wonderland that offers a plethora (I'm catching up on my 'word of the day' for the last year in this post) of treasures, from clothing to ceramic llamas designed by artists from all over the shop.

My personal favourites come from these guys:


Vice & Vanity

Les Six

All Dressed Up

My next guide will be on how to stop using parentheses excessively...maybe I'll switch to footnotes.

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