:{HAPPY FRIDAY}: Roof Dog & Fenton!! Fenton!! Fenton!! //

Good afternoon, Funstackers,
Featuring, this week, eccentric canine latest:
Following a great gig at The Windmill Brixton last Friday, with Monotreme Records label-mates, POLINSKI and M+A, and presided over, as always, by…

ROOF DOG
Roof Dog Leisurewear:

windmillbrixton.co.uk/grab-yourself-a-roof-dog-t-shirt/
Roof Dog Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Roof-Dog/42436406642
“Personal interests: Barking, running around on the roof, eating sausages.”
Roof Dog Quiz:
quizilla.teennick.com/quizzes/8309353/which-kind-of-qwindmillq-dog-are-you

And, whilst we’re on the subject of quality canines…
FENTON!! FENTON!! FENTON!!
youtu.be/CtB1HQt6ak8
Deer in Richmond Park, London.  Fenton is a very naughty doggins.

RADIO 1 NEWSBEAT: So Far, We’ve Spoken To Kim Wilde
11 minutes 40: youtu.be/3ZXE4jL176g
4 minutes 45: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0178qg6
The kids react to a report by the High Pay Commission, that the high salaries of UK executives are “corrosive” to the economy:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15827683
Trainee hairdressers, Annie & Phoebe: “Hairdressing is a lot harder than working in a bank, anyway.  Because, we’re on our feet all day, for about ten hours a day.”
Newsbeat: “I’m sure these bosses would say that running an international company is a very stressful job and not many people can do it.”
Annie & Phoebe: “Yeah, that’s true, but not many people could do hairdressing, ’cause they all think it’s easy but, if they actually tried it, some of them wouldn’t last.”
In your face, Bob Diamond.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL @ The Cambridge Theatre
www.matildathemusical.com
A heady combination of Roald Dahl, the RSC and Tim Minchin, and possibly the best thing I’ve seen this year.  When I grow up, I want to be Bertie Carvel:
wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertie_Carvel
His portrayal of the odious Miss Trunchbull is equal parts David Bowie in ‘Labyrinth’, Richard III, Alan Rickman, Dr Frank-N-Furter, Griff Rhys Jones and Nosferatu.  By the second half, i was punching the air every time he/she came on stage.

TATYANA LIMANOVA SALUTES OBAMA
www.liveleak.com/view?i=ff9_1321844053
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/24/russian-newsreader-sacked-barack-obama
“Russian TV newsreader sacked after raising middle finger to Barack Obama.”

GABRIELLE GIFFORDS
abcnews.go.com/US/gabby_giffords/
www.guardian.co.uk/world/gabrielle-giffords
“Her first lengthy interview since the US congresswoman was shot in the head in January.”

WEAR YOUR OLD BAND T-SHIRT TO WORK DAY IV
www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/steve-lamacq/features/wear-your-old-band-tshirt-to-work-day/
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37403389946
“On Friday 2nd December we will urge every genuine music fan around the UK to join in the fight to reclaim our old band t-shirts from the fashionistas.”

BBC: London 2012
Elbow Compose BBC’s Olympic Theme

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15856028
Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend – 23 & 24 June 2012
www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/olympiad/music/hackney-weekend.html
“Featuring more than 100 UK and international artists, bands and DJs, including British superstars Leona Lewis, Tinie Tempah, Florence & The Machine and Plan B”.

AMERICAN SAMOA FC
youtu.be/oSUEfz0Tm4A
www.ffas.as
An historic week for American Samoa, officially the worst international football team in the world.  With an all-time record of played 30, lost 30, they won their first match ever, beating Tonga 2-1, and then drew 1-1 with the Cook Islands.

:{SAD FRIDAY}:
BASIL D’OLIVEIRA RIP
The England Cricketer Who Helped Bring Down Apartheid:

www.guardian.co.uk/sport/basil-d-oliveira
Jonathan Agnew’s Tribute:
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/15804214.stm

TERRY PRATCHETT: Choosing To Die
vimeo.com/25239708
www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/12/pratchett-starts-process-to-end-his-life
“Sir Terry Pratchett, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, said he had started the formal process that could lead to his own assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic.”

Keep it Unplanned.
Big Three Mills Love,
Ian.

:{HAPPY FRIDAY}: Kathleen & Sidney Go Clubbing //

Good afternoon, Funstackers,
The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, as Mr Kipling was so fond of saying [or, was it Keats?  I forget].

ARCHITECTURE IN POP: Trellick Tower
#3 In A Very Occasional Series
wikipedia.org/wiki/Trellick_Tower
Following ‘Architecture & Morality’ by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Vampire Weekend’s ‘Mansard Roof’… “Trellick Tower is a 31-storey block of flats and Grade II* listed building in North Kensington, designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger.”
EMMY THE GREAT: Trellick Tower
youtu.be/B96qvo4cCew
www.emmythegreat.com
BAXTER DURY: Trellic
youtu.be/tAPGMhqw-rw
www.baxter-dury.com

PARKRUN
www.parkrun.com/about/overview
vimeo.com/10348812
“Parkrun organises FREE 5k timed runs every week all around the country, and around the world.”  And, if you’re North of the river tomorrow, I’m going to be part of the first ever, inaugural, tautological Highbury Fields Parkrun:
www.parkrun.org.uk/highbury-fields/home

THE SMITHS FOR CHRISTMAS
youtu.be/pSLOnR1s74o
www.myspace.com/slowmovingmillie
www.telegraph.co.uk
“Morrissey allows John Lewis to use Smiths track for Christmas ad campaign.”
John Lewis vs The Shining:
http://youtu.be/b254gjohciI

THE WORLD OF KITSCH
http://theworldofkitsch.com
“A blog of retro wonders & curiosities.”  Antipodeans will no doubt
purr over the kangaroo hair, music box koala:
http://theworldofkitsch.com/kangaroo-hair-music-box-koala

THE WINE SHOW
http://www.wineshow.co.uk
“This year the show will be running alongside MasterChef Live at
Olympia from the 11th – 13th November.”

RCA SECRET
Friday 18 – Friday 25 November 2011, 11am-6pm, (Thursday until 9pm)
FREE @ The Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

http://dams.rca.ac.uk/res/sites/RCA_Secret/
http://rcasecret.blogspot.com/
“Over 1,000 artists donated 2,800 works to RCA Secret 2010, including
Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Jake Chapman, Olafur Eliasson,
Yinka Shonibare, Sir Peter Blake, plus current postgraduate students
at the Royal College of Art.  The postcards are displayed anonymously
and are signed on the reverse, so that the artist remains a secret
until after the cards are purchased and their signature is revealed.”

STREET ARTISTS: The Artists’ Artist
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/nov/02/artists-artist-street-artists
“Five street artists nominate their favourite living artist in their field.”

SAVE THE WENLOCK ARMS: Saved
http://www.wenlock-arms.co.uk
Clearly my punchy slogan worked: down with bland homogenisation, up
with nice beer.  “Hackney Council, having had regard to the nature of
the application, the relevant planning policies and all of the
comments received from interested parties, has decided to refuse
planning permission.”

ASTEROID Yu55
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/nov/06/asteroid-yu55-course-close-earth
“The asteroid, which is about a quarter of a mile wide, will pass
inside the moon’s orbit and come within 198,000 miles of Earth. This
is the closest a tracked object this size has come to the planet.”

KATHLEEN & SIDNEY GO CLUBBING
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2011/november/10/kathleen_and_sidney_bardoe.aspx
“Kathleen and Sidney Bardoe, both 90, celebrate 70 years married in a
nightclub.”

Keep it Unplanned.
Big Highbury Fields Love,
Ian.

:{HAPPY FRIDAY}: Fräulein Chmelar & The Damp Don Bradman //

Good afternoon, Funstackers,
Florence + The Machine: ‘Shake It Out’
=
Nena: ’99 Red Balloons’ at the start, followed by,
Whitney Houston: ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’

NIRVANA FOR CHRISTMAS NO.1
https://www.facebook.com/nirvanaforno1
Inspired by: ‘X Factor Angers Brighton Charity Over Rhythmix Band’
http://rhythmixmusic.org.uk
http://www.facebook.com/RhythmixMusicCharity
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15211150
“We contacted them (X Factor) on Sunday to say ‘do you realise that
this is the name of a music education charity working with vulnerable
young people?’  Their response was, ‘Get a lawyer’.”
UPDATE – suddenly, remarkably, this afternoon:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rhythmix/an-important-message-from-rhythmix/140506222717758

FAIRSHAREMUSIC: You Download, We Donate
http://www.fairsharemusic.com
“The home of feelgood downloads, where the music you buy really does
make a difference.  The ethical alternative to iTunes.”

FREE TIBET: 60th Anniversary Of Chinese Occupation
http://www.freetibet.org
Global Day Of Action: Wednesday 2nd November, 6-8pm
opposite the Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place London W1B 1JL
http://www.freetibet.org/events
“To highlight the Chinese government’s brutal rule and oppression of
the Tibetan people and to call for action from international
governments there will a world-wide Day of Action by Tibetans and
Tibet-supporters, the day before world leaders meet in Nice, France
for a G20 Summit London.”

FAUJA SINGH: World’s Oldest Marathon Runner
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15330421
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/19/secret-worlds-oldest-marathon-runner-100?INTCMP=SRCH
“On Thursday he broke another eight records for 100-year-old men by
completing all eight distances ranging from 100m to 5,000m.  Mr Singh
said: “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be
grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are
negative, stay smiling and keep running.””

THE CHASE: Fräulein Chmelar
http://youtu.be/nmwGFX5pgXw
Classic, high brow ITV programming.

THE DAMP DON BRADMAN: Is Back
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016k5yq
http://ianthorpe.com
“This episode features exclusive access to legendary swimmer Ian
Thorpe in his Swiss training base ahead of his comeback to action.”

THE DRUMMER: Aaron Eckhart Cast As Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson
http://www.mxdwn.com/2011/10/20/news/aaron-eckhart-cast-as-beach-boys-dennis-wilson/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706698/

OCCUPY WALL STREET
http://occupywallst.org
http://www.nycga.net
“We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption
of the 1%.”
Here Are Four Charts That Explain What The Protesters Are Angry About:
http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-four-charts-that-explain-what-the-protesters-are-angry-about-2011-10

OCCUPY LONDON
http://occupylondon.org.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/occupy-london

STEVE JOBS SONG
AzRmusic: ‘In Dedication: Thank You, Steve’

http://mashable.com/2011/10/16/steve-jobs-day-video/
“I made this song using only sounds from Apple products and Steve’s
2005 Stanford commencement speech.”

Keep it Unplanned.
Big Juttertje Love,
Ian.

:{HAPPY FRIDAY}: Mickey The Ferret Takes The Train //

Good afternoon, Funstackers.

IS REBECCA BLACK’S ‘FRIDAY’ THE WORST SONG, LIKE, EVER?
http://tosh.comedycentral.com/blog/2011/03/11/songwriting-isnt-for-everyone/
http://arkmusicfactory.com/profile/rebeccablack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_%28Rebecca_Black_song%29
This viral has spread so fast, it’s almost last week’s news before this week ends, or something. At the time of writing, the video on YouTube has received over 47 million hits, almost all since last weekend. You can’t fault her logic: “tomorrow is Saturday. And Sunday comes afterwards.” PLUS: ‘Friday’, as performed by Bob Dylan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FISHEO3gsM

COME AND CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH HEINEKEN
http://www.dumpert.nl/mediabase/827601/ef98cc85/stephen_colbert_over_nederlanders.html
“You can practically see Malcolm X with his finger in that dyke.”

VERSIONS GALORE
mp3 Blogs Are Great, #1 In A Continuing Series

http://www.versionsgalore.com
I’m not sure why I haven’t included mp3 Blogs previously, maybe because I’m an idiot.  Anyway, let’s make ammends: this very much does what it says on the tin, but in a comprehensive manner that melts my tiny mind: “Cover versions, of, but not limited to: 80’s, funk, soul, rare groove, electronica, reggae, dub and indie.  All plumbed from the archives of Leopold Stotch.”  For example, 21 covers of NICK DRAKE’s ‘River Man’, anyone?
http://www.versionsgalore.com/2011/02/28/this-rimy-river/
22 takes on ‘Cissy Strut’ by THE METERS?
http://www.versionsgalore.com/2011/02/14/what-a-bunch-of-cissys/
Leopold Stotch is also an extraordinary name; well done, Mr and Mrs Stotch.

FARGGINAY: Bacon Cologne
http://www.fargginay.com
“The year was 1920 and quite by accident John Fargginay, a Parisian butcher, discovered the ability to dramatically elevate his customer’s mood with a secret recipe blending 11 popular pure essential oils with the essence of… bacon”

DAVID BOWIE’S UNRELEASED ALBUM: ‘Toy’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/mar/23/david-bowie-toy-album-leak
http://www.davidbowie.com
“Toy, the 2002 album never released by Virgin and now leaked online, has given Bowie fans first new music in almost a decade”.

FRISKY & MANNISH
http://www.friskyandmannish.co.uk
http://www.youtube.com/user/LadyFitzFrisky

HOW TO BUILD A CLOUD CHAMBER AT HOME: By Olivia (age 15)
http://physicsworld.com/blog/2011/03/how_to_build_a_cloud_chamber_a.html
Next time someone gives you something boring to do, just start attacking a smoke alarm wiht a Swiss Army knife and tell them: “sorry sweetheart, I’d love to help, but I’m building a cloud chamber”.  And, always remember: “when Olivia (age 15) demonstrates how to remove a radioactive piece of Americium from a smoke detector.  “Try not to point it directly at you,” she advises.”

SUBZIN: Find Phrases In Movies And Series
http://www.subzin.com
“Movie Quotes Search Engine. Find any quote in millions of movie lines. All quotes are time-based contextualized, and linked with the IMDB movie database.”

MICKEY THE FERRET TAKES THE TRAIN
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-12820220
“A ferret has been rescued from an Edinburgh station after apparently getting off a train from London.  Staff have named the ferret Mickey.”

:{SAD FRIDAY}:
The melancholy mistress of Happy Friday.
KNUT RIP
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12805534

Keep it Unplanned.
Big Le Gothique Lurrve,
Ian:{prolix}:

:{HAPPY FRIDAY}: 20th August

Good afternoon, funstackers.
This week, I have mostly been in denial about the urgent need to renew my passport before going to Prague in ten days.

SEXY A-LEVELS
http://sexyalevels.tumblr.com
“A blog exploring the hypothesis that UK newspapers believe that only attractive girls in low cut tops do A-Levels.”

BIG SAM: Breathing Northern Fire Over The Wheat Fields Of The Beautiful Game
http://twitter.com/TheBig_Sam
“We can’t all be beautiful on the outside. Some don’t have a body like Arnold with a Denzel face. What’s important is we’re beautiful inside. That’s what Big Sam thinks anyway. Thankfully, I’m an awesome person, who also happens to be sexier than a pair of honey-covered t!t$.”

SKIP1.ORG
http://www.skip1.org
“We’re asking people like you to skip 1 thing for 1 day – a coffee, a pack of gum, that magazine at the checkout stand, a car wash, a haircut, a manicure, a cab fare – take the money you would have spent on those things and donate instead to Skip1.org.  Public donations go to the acquisition and distribution of food and water projects worldwide.”

DIE ANTWOORD: Enter The Ninja
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc3f4xU_FfQ
http://www.dieantwoord.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Antwoord
Over SIX MILLION hits; laugh, cry, laugh, cry, laugh, cry, laugh, cry?
“This is like the coolest song I ever heard in my whole life.  F**k all of you who said I wouldn’t make it, who said I was a loser, said I was a no-one, said I was a f**kin’ psycho.  But, look at me now: all up on the interweb, world-wide, 2009, futurista, enter the ninja.”

ZIGGY STARDUST CAME FROM ISLEWORTH
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tdpz8
“Ziggy Stardust was a rock and roll fantasy. But David Bowie’s fictional rockstar, around whom his 1972 album, stage show, and film were built, was inspired by a real performer, Vince Taylor, born in Isleworth, Middlesex.”

THE PEOPLE’S SUPERMARKET
http://www.peoplessupermarket.org
72-78 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LP
“This is a supermarket that is run by the people for the people, selling the best food at the lowest possible prices.  Anyone can join The People’s Supermarket – and as a member you must work in the shop for a few hours every month. Because the workforce is nearly all volunteers, staff costs are kept low – which means your shopping can be cheaper.”

WHAT WOULD JUSTIN BIEBER SOUND LIKE 800% SLOWER?
http://soundcloud.com/shamantis/j-biebz-u-smile-800-slower
http://www.myspace.com/mantisgenome
http://www.mediafire.com/?aenvebe86u0d7ha
Brian Eno, kind of.

HIPSTAMATIC
http://hipstamatic.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/hipstamatic/
http://hipstamaticapp.com
“In 1982 Bruce and Winston Dorbowski began producing a DIY camera made entirely of plastic after dropping out of art school. The molds were made by hand and each camera was assembled in the brothers’ cabin workspace on the Wisconsin River. The Hipstamatic never become mass produced, but the application brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras from the past.”

NAUGHTY TOMASZ SCHAFERNAKER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3SuooQ-1T0
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomasz_Schafernaker
Nice weather for birds.

Keep it Unplanned.
Big Practical *And* Attractive Lurrve,
ian:{prolix}:

:{HAPPY FRIDAY}: 12th March

THE NEW DORK: Entrepreneur State Of Mind
:{FREE download}:
pantlessknights.com
“Social networks – what dreams are made of”

EDWARD ANATOLEVICH HILL: Trolololo
trololololololololololo.com
www.jehsmith.com/1/2010/02/edward-anatolevich-hill.html
knowyourmeme.com/memes/edward-hill-russian-rickroll

GORKO: Squirrel On A Stick
www.grinchcentral.com/generalstupidity/squirrelonastick.html
“The Squirrel on a Stick is the pinnacle of modern Furry Animal Engineering, the breathtaking new science which is revolutionizing the tool industry. Gorko, a recognized pioneer in this promising new field, has improved upon its popular Roto-Squid design to bring you this remarkable new product”
www.grinchcentral.com/generalstupidity/rotosquid.html

WILLIAM SHATNER: Myouterspace
www.myouterspace.com
www.williamshatner.com
“Welcome Citizens of the Myouterspace United Planets.  The Counsel is now interviewing Industry Credited Producers for Starship Captain Positions. Starship Captains’ and Officers’ responsibilities will be creating an original entertainment project”.

HUNGRY BEAST: Google
:{watch the video}:
hungrybeast.abc.net.au/stories/beast-file-google
wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungry_Beast

BATMAN: Some Days, You Just Can’t Get Rid Of A Bomb
knowyourmeme.com/memes/some-days-you-just-cant-get-rid-of-a-bomb

:{SAD FRIDAY}: the melancholy mistress of Happy Friday
Gloucestershire Cheese-Rolling: CANCELLED

www.cheese-rolling.co.uk
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/8563692.stm
First 6Music, now this – it’s an outrage.

Keep it Unplanned.
Big Tim & Sam Lurrve,
Ian:{prolix}:

:{SAVE BBC 6MUSIC}:

:{Save BBC 6Music}:

:{SAD FRIDAY}: the melancholy mistress of Happy Friday

:{SAVE BBC 6MUSIC}:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/
03700 100 222
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=278123313911
http://www.thisisfakediy.co.uk/articles/blog/save-6-music

I was very sad to read today that the BBC plans to close 6Music:
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/media/article7041944.ece
“Mark Thompson, the Director-General, will admit that the corporation, which is funded by the £3.6 billion annual licence fee, has become too large and must shrink to give its commercial rivals room to operate.”

If this is true, it feels entirely wrong-headed to me:
1: Dropping 6Music won’t give “commercial rivals room to operate”, as the station’s audience is not a priority for the commercial sector.

2: 6Music has an annual budget of around £6 million which, out of the £3.6 billion garnered from the licence fee, is small change.

3: 6Music’s audience may be small, compared to Radio 1 and 2, but they are 700,000 people who aren’t served elsewhere within the BBC [or beyond].

4: Surely this is part of the BBC’s public service broadcaster remit and tweaking Radio 2’s schedule won’t satisfy 6Music’s listeners [who are license payers too].

5: 6Music does a valuable job of breaking new bands, Florence & The Machine being a good, current example, who then move on to Radio 1, win BRIT Awards, etc.

6: 6Music is probably sounding more cohesive than ever [especially during daytime] and commands listener loyalty that other stations would kill for.

7: Eight years after its launch, wouldn’t the real waste of the license fee be to spend millions of pounds building a station, only to close it down?

If any of this bothers you, please make some noise, whether it’s complaining to Auntie Beeb [details above], using social networking gubbins, or writing something for:
http://www.thisisfakediy.co.uk/articles/blog/save-6-music

:{JOHN ARNE RIISE}: Pumpkin Power Has Left The Building

:{SAD FRIDAY}: the melancholy mistress of Happy Friday

JOHN ARNE RIISE
:{JOHN ARNE RIISE}: Pumpkin Power Has Left The Building
I can barely type through the tears. Black armbands all round for my little squashed cucurbita. And, I still want to know-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, how he scored that goal.
[‘Thanks For The Memories, John’ from LiverpoolFC.tv]
[‘AS Roma Sign Riise From Liverpool’ from BBC Sport]

Italian Serie A club AS Roma have signed Norway defender John Arne Riise from Liverpool for £4m. According to Roma’s website, the 27-year-old has signed a four-year deal after Liverpool had given them permission to discuss personal terms. Left-back Riise signed for Liverpool in 2001 and helped them to the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League titles. Roma, who will play in the Champions League next season, have been targeting Riise for some time.

Riise, who notched up more than 300 appearances for Liverpool after moving to Anfield from Monaco seven years ago, played second fiddle to Fabio Aurelio for much of last season after the Brazilian established himself as the club’s first choice left-back. When Aurelio came off injured during last season’s Champions semi-final first leg against Chelsea, Riise replaced him only to score an own goal in stoppage time.

Last year, Riise was involved in an infamous spat with former team-mate Craig Bellamy after a karaoke night on a team bonding trip to Portugal. Bellamy was fined £80,000 by the club for his involvement and stated he had “lost control”.

JOHN ARNE RIISE Braveheart