The most amazing band who inspired many…

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She made a bit of a mistake, so I fix’d it

I also saw them the Tuesday before last, as on fire as always. The opening acts were Ed Tudor Pole (“The second guy to host Crystal Maze”, as I described him to a bunch of otaku friends, at least one of whom didn’t even know who Judge Dredd was) and The Men they Couldn’t Hang, who are kind of folk-punk. I miss Blood or Whiskey, who supported SLF’s tour in early 2006!

Anyway, as I’d driven to the gig after work (and had a bad toenail) I couldn’t drink or pit, so stood off to one side, behind several very tall and hard-looking punks. There was some piss-taking about my hair too, I’m actually very thin skinned and when chavs do it I get upset and dwell upon it for months/years. But when punks do it I don’t care, for some reason. Probably because I’ve seen the extremes punk hairstyles go to XD.

Anyway, on this occasion they played all the old favourites, as well as a few lesser-heard ones such as Piccadilly Circus. Also it was the first time I’d heard a couple of new ones, Trail of Tears and Dark Places, which will be on the new album that “Ought to be out this year” “YAAAY” “That was the ironic cheer, right there!”.

Then it was absolutely freezing and I went home, listening to, well, B’z actually. I never was a proper punk XD

Bits n bobs

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I got an Olympic gold medal!

Shame it’s made of chocolate, they were silly money during the games, but Tesco were flogging them off cheap. I got one of the last two on Monday XD

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If I lived in Oz, I’d be fat

Aussie chocolates! They’re brilliant, like tiny chocolate oranges (no, not broken into segments XD) covered in smartie covering, though all red. When I next go to Japan I may have to go by Quantas, just to go “through” Australia and pick up a case full on the way XD.

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Blurry, though

Yisty I cleaned a huge, old freezer at work. It looked like it was from the 70’s or early 80’s, all beige and pitted chrome, no digital displays anywhere. Also round the back it had a circuit diagram in that sans-serif, curved-edged font, oh and dust bunnies the size of my fist stuck down the back of the “grille”.

Anyway, when I was cleaning it, I accidentally ripped off a piece of foam, with this amusing label on. Guess they were as unable to follow the simplest instructions back then too, eh?

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A Terrible Tomboy – interesting book

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I found this book in Oxfam for £3 today, and thought it looked interesting. At first I thought it’d be like a short story I read in an issue of School Friend from 1960, where a tomboy who likes tinkering with motorbikes is “cured” by her prim-and-proper friend (if you think all old British girl’s comics / books were like that, you’re thick and brainwashed. Go and actually read some). But the story appears to instead celebrate her tomboyishness. Just look at these illustrations:

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Pictured: Not what you’d expect from 1904!

A girl who helps her brother explore dingy caves, and gives boys that (I assume, not read it yet) bully him a fwightful thwashin’? They ought to re-publish this today! It’d be far better than all this shitty, “original”, “It’s like cinderella except she doesn’t really love the prince, and it’s set in ☼JAPAN☼” bollocks. I can’t see why they shouldn’t reprint it today…

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Pictured: What you would expect from 1904

…oh. Never mind, then.

So I stumbled onto an Otaku-filled forum…

And in among the usual “whoze cosplaying???” shite there was “Would you wear a T-shirt with the word* Gaijin on it?” that was filled with the usual bunch of Guardianite Islington-dwellers saying no because it was offensive / stupid / would make Japanese people laugh at you etc.

Anyway, would I? YES! Lets look at who such a thing would actually offend:

– Debbie, the deserving victim of an international hate campaign

– Debbie’s supporters, whose opinions are laughable and irrelevant

– Islington-dwelling Guardianistas, whose opinions are irrelevant

– Intelligent Otaku who do at least know that Japan is not a utopian wonderland, whose opinions are irrelevant

– Japanese tourists / students / residents in Britain, who will probably just keep their traps shut.

I’d make my own “Gaijin” T-shirt for the convention they were talking about, if I wasn’t instead going to be wearing one saying “FREE COMICS”, that is.

Oh well, maybe down the bottom I’ll put:

PS – Gaijin. PSS – Bulldog Drummond is the greatest.