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The Friday Fun: 1 July 2016

Halfway through the year and all things are made new. Did you break a promise, abandon a hope? Don’t worry, there’s still 6 months, half a year, 26 weeks, and just over 180 days left in which to redeem yourself. Birds chirp gladly in trees, because summer is here, and you and I walk a little lighter because we’ve made it this far into 2016 and there’s just enough of the year left to reach for the skies.

Most importantly though, clock watchers, is the fact that today is Friday. So, here are a few things to help you get into it.

1.Another excellent song from Laura Mvula’s too-good-for-us album, The Dreaming Room. This one is called Kiss My Feet, and it’s the kind of song I think ought to play during a Tim Burton directed movie adaptation of the nutcracker, or perhaps at a faerie-goth wedding, or even just in your headphones as you lie quietly dreaming at night. Here’s a video of her singing it live on Jools Holland, and it’s great, but also listen to the album version. How is she so good at this??


2. This great piece from the Toast, called How to Tell If You’re In A J.R.R. Tolkein Novel. The Toast has been my favourite blog in all the world, and it closes today, so I am unutterably sad. If you haven’t yet danced upon the shores of whimsy and ultra-niche ladygeek humour of the Toast, do so. We shall never see its’ like again. In the meantime, here’s an excerpt:

You remember the first raindrop and the first acorn, but not where you left your boots.

You strike a bargain with an impossibly malevolent spider demon. This ends poorly for you.

Woe betide anyone who tries to fuck with your ponies.

You are so adventurous you once walked twelve miles to visit your cousins in a different village, then promptly returned home because the people there were strange and foreign.

You are easily distracted by a workplace crush and are terrible at your job. Unfortunately for everyone, your job is The Moon.

You were exceedingly clever once, but unfortunately none of your friends noticed as they were too busy being attacked by an octopus.

3. This heart-wrenchingly sweet post game interview given by perennial screw up JR Smith after his team (led by Master of My Heart Lebron James) won the NBA Finals this year. If you follow me on Twitter/know me in real life you’ll know how much of an NBA fan I am and this year’s Finals were historic. JR breaks down talking about his excellent family, and what it all means to him, and listen- it will tie your heart up in the best sort of knots. Watch it, then go call your parents.

4. This reading of e e cummings’ Humanity I Love You by Amanda Palmer (who, in case you didn’t know, is married to Neil Gaiman. Can you imagine how excellent their dinner parties must be?!) Here’s an excerpt of the poem but ABSOLUTELY click on the link to listen to Amanda read it (It’ll take you to brainpickings.org which is a site I think everyone should visit daily for some soul-feeding.)

Humanity i love you because
when you’re hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink and when
you’re flush pride keeps

you from the pawn shop and
because you are continually committing
nuisances but more
especially in your own house

Humanity i love you because you
are perpetually putting the secret of
life in your pants and forgetting
it’s there and sitting down

on it


5. This video from Demi Adeyuigbe. I follow him on Twitter and even though he doesn’t know I exist (probably) I am convinced we’re soulmates waiting to meet? He’s hilarious, anyway, and you should check out his vines and his Gilmore Guys podcast. To whet your appetite for his bonkers sense of humour, here is Tiny Cops


This week’s featured image is of an owl in flight, which I stole from J K Rowling’s Twitter feed.


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