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The Weekender is much like a party bag you may receive at the end of a birthday gathering. The thing is with this party bag however is that the slice of chocolate gateau is a urinal cake, the lollipop is a bloodied handgun, the necklace is a string of chipolatas and the yo-yo is a wooden box of anonymous teeth. You can only imagine what the party was like.

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    FACT TIME: Sigmund Freud’s real name is “Sigismund Schlomo Freud”

Six articles you probably should have turned your retinas towards this week

6. Carpets that look like waterfalls, no big deal

Yep, just when you thought your new IKEA rug was the best rug in town, think again my friend. These beauties cascade from walls and create pools of shagpile rug on the floor.

5. Hmmm I appear to have gone cross-eyed

Not surprising when you’ve got an animation as trippy as this one, a big thumbs up to 2×4 for creating this gem.

4. Hold. The. Phone. It’s a Super Mario MUSEUM.

The online world is getting a bit crammed full of stuff these days, but thank goodness people realise that there was and always will be room for a Super Mario museum.

3. “Ve-love, ve-love the velodrome!” Sing it with me now…

Tip: to make a really good music video, combine a good track with vintage velodrome footage. Goodbye.

2. Pre-order or face a life without this book

We hold Simon Hanselmann very close to our heart, and the fact that he’s made a new book has made our week. Pre-order one for yourself, and six for friends and family.

1. Olden days in the new days

By placing old toy cars on a table in his front yard, Michael Paul Smith has turned a present day scene into something out of Bugsy Malone. Genius.

Fun Friday Mixtape

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A Friday ain’t a Friday without a banging playlist to while away the afternoon. Luckily, we’ve made a spectacular one for you. Enjoy!

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    This week’s Things

The It’s Nice That studio has been a hive of activity this week with the Winter issue of Printed Pages hotting up and our brand spanking new Annual 2013 about to go to print, so we were more than delighted to take a second away from our computer screens to lie down and bathe in around in all the cool stuff you’ve been sending in, throwing zines and posters over our heads willy nilly. (Not really. We wouldn’t ever do that.) Wanna hear all about it?

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    Fourth Plinth Poster

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    Fourth Plinth Poster

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Fourth Plinth Poster

Just when you’d finally exhaled that breath that you first drew in sharply when you found out about Katharina Fritsch’s magnificent Blue Cock (haw haw), Transport for London go and blow your bloody socks off with news about the next one. No rest for the wicked. The exhibition of the shortlisted artists will take place until November 17 at the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-fields.
www.london.gov.uk

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    Punkt Alarm Clock: designed by Jasper Morrison

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    Punkt Alarm Clock: designed by Jasper Morrison

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    Punkt Alarm Clock: designed by Jasper Morrison

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    Punkt Alarm Clock: designed by Jasper Morrison

Punkt Alarm Clock: designed by Jasper Morrison

Doing their good turn of the week, the nice chaps over at Punkt sent us this lovely alarm clock, designed by Jasper Morrison to remind us that the clocks go back next week. (See that? Now, by reminding you, we’ve scooped a good turn too. Hurrah!) It also lights up when you push the back in: innovative and good-looking.
www.punktgroup.com

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    Making Good: linen tea towels

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    Making Good: linen tea towels

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    Making Good: linen tea towels

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    Making Good: linen tea towels

Making Good: linen tea towels

Making Good make lovely printed and paper goods, designed to make “spaces a little more restful and life that little bit easier”. These tea towels are sure to jazz your kitchen up a wee bit, regardless of whether or not they’ll have any impact on how rested you feel while you’re knocking out a lasagne. Hand screen printed on 100% linen, the designs are called “Confetti” and “Chubby Checks” and are charming enough to give to everybody you know as nice presents.
www.making-good.com.au

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    Ben Newman: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

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    Ben Newman: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

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    Ben Newman: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

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    Ben Newman: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

Ben Newman: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

Finally! A spectacularly made publication to teach kids about space in an exciting, funny and breathtakingly beautiful way. Illustrator Ben Newman has collaborated with his scientific friend Dr.Dominic Walliman to create this truly astounding publication to be enjoyed by adults and children alike. I genuinely learned more about science and space from flicking through this book than I did in my entire school career. So go buy it!
www.bennewman.co.uk

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    Eat Hackney Cookbook, by the Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless

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    Eat Hackney Cookbook, by the Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless

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    Eat Hackney Cookbook, by the Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless

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    Eat Hackney Cookbook, by the Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless

Eat Hackney Cookbook, by the Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless

In a colourful demonstration of the variety and diversity contained in London’s borough of Hackney, this cool new cookbook dedicated to the area includes recipes from Arabic, Swedish and Malaysian food to Ghanaian, Turkish and Gujurati. Rad, no? Even better than the food (which is great) and the design (which is just as great) all proceeds go to the Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless, so as you learn to cook some dinners you ensure that some others get to eat some, too.
www.eathackney.com

The Weekender

Tweet of the Week


How to Say No to Drugs video of the week

And it’s been written, directed and acted by some Australian teenagers. Perfection.

Donna Summer’s Disco Sausage of the week

Yep, this is a game where you get asked quickfire questions in a loud disco with a sausagey Donna Summer dancing around you in a distracting manner. Naughty Donna.

Weird use of the internet of the week

Has your face been used in an architectural diagram to illustrate “the public?” Probably. Find out here.

Stress buster of the week

Ah yes, an interactive Periodic Table of Swearing from the guys at Modern Toss.

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Brent quote of the week

Just because…

Seeya! Wouldn’t wanna be ya!

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    Ladies and gentlemen of the world, today our fair isle (Great Britain) is experiencing a HEATWAVE. It’s the prime annual opportunity for us to embody every stereotype better nations have about us; that we drink too much beer (true), that we don’t wear enough clothes (also often true) and that we get burnt at the merest glimpse of the sun (see above.) Whether you’re joining us in partaking in all of the above over a slightly too competitive game of rounders and potentially a BBQ’d sausage, we wish you the best fun. If you’re sitting in a deck chair watching disapprovingly over us, we’re cool with that too. Either way, have THE BEST WEEKEND. Here’s some stuff we liek to get you started.

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    Guess what? It’s your favourite time of week again! It’s time for delicious big breakfasts at your local greasy spoon before a hungover marathon run of The Good Wife. It’s time for sitting on rooftops drinking strawberry flavoured cider and swapping silly stories with your friends. It’s time for doing your washing and having picnics in the park, and it’s time, of course, for this week’s fantastic instalment of the It’s Nice That Weekender. Enjoy!

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    HELLO FRIENDS! Welcome to the weekend, the two days a week you get to reflect on your busy, expensive, boring life, and then numbing it with booze and barbecues. Hey that sounded pretty pessimistic, I’m sorry. What I really meant was “OH SHIT IT’S THE WEEKEND!” It’s time to swim in a lido, call your best friend, watch Take Me Out in bed, play Candy Crush in a hammock, introduce your dog to your friend’s dog. You name it, it’s yours.

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    Hi gang! If you’re reading this you’re probably not at Glastonbury, and neither are we so that makes us friends. We’ve spent our weekend listening to Eminem with the air conditioning on, which is kind of like our own mini festival – right? We often wonder what everyone else listens to at work, as we usually go for a heady mix of Simon and Garfunkel, Rihanna and that Bill Wyman song about him seducing a much younger woman. If you have any suggestions of what else we can listen to, or what you tend to listen to as you punch an Apple keyboard with the blunt ends of your fingertips for money, get in touch.

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    If I could, I’d don a sparkly, silver cape and a severe black bob wig while gazing into a crystal ball à la Mystic Meg to envision what all of you lot are going to get up to this weekend. I like to think I’d spot all manner of illicit affairs, summer solstice-inspired weirdness and wild, finger-forsaking parties.

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    What’s happened today, you ask? Well, a live quail chick has hatched from what was thought to be a chicken’s egg, a Kim Kardashian lookalike has taken over as head of a Mexican drug cartel, a poodle wore trainers and, oh yeah, we brought you our weekly fun-package, the Weekender, with a montage of Leo DiCaprio freaking out and an Mmmbop reference. Life’s just like that though, isn’t it? You’ve got to take the highs with the lows. Can’t you tell me who will still care? No you can’t, ‘cause you don’t know. Yes, let’s get on with it, shall we.

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    Know what the best thing about Fridays is? For the next two days, there’s absolutely no telling what could happen. Unleashed from the shackles of your desk like a tiny young butterfly thrust forth from the loins of its cocoon, there’s as much likelihood that you’re going to hop into your souped-up jeep and bounce your way around your hometown in time to a Nicki Minaj song as there is that you’ll end up stuck at home on Saturday night eating shepherds’ pie with your nan and her next-door neighbour Dorothy. Anything could happen, and we’re here to help you embrace the magic. Whether your fate be in the jeep or the shepherds’ pie, let the Weekender take you there.

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    Hello and welcome, and what a fun week it has been. In the It’s Nice That offices we’ve mainly been eating caramel shortbread, watching goslings eat flowers, drawing pictures for the guy in the cafe down the road and making fun of Printed Pages editor James Cartwright for how he used to be a goth. THEN we found out that it was World Goth Day on Thursday!!! Can you imagine our glee. And so, this week’s Weekender is now 100% goth-themed. Apart from the bits you might have missed, they’re just normal.

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    If Monday afternoons are the squashed spam sandwiches that your mum tucks into your lunchbox and that you physically retch while trying to swallow, then Friday afternoons are the fish and chips that you will continue to eat until the whole damn bag is empty, and you won’t stop short of licking the greasy paper from. (Still with me?)

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    Let me set the scene for you. It’s the summer of 2003, you’re sat out in the park with a WKD blue, your mates are absent-mindedly kicking a ball around and you’re trying to hide the spare cardi that your mum thrust at you before leaving the house in a conveniently-placed nearby bush. It’s not even that cold, anyway. You’re listening to this absolute banger of a song. Altogether now: “So baby gimme that toot toot, lemme give you that beep beep…” Welcome to the Weekender.

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    Welcome, weekenders! What are you doing this time? Going for a nice drive? Going to museums? Or just doing absolutely nothing? If it’s the latter, we’ve prepared a real feast for you below, with video clips and nice articles to get you through the weekend. So get into bed with a bottle of wine, get your laptop on your chest and enjoy this week’s Weekender.

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    You know how eating a pile of fish and chips makes you feel like if someone pushed you over and you fell on a puddle you’d drown? Or how watching scary films makes you feel like you can’t go upstairs? Or gossiping behind someone’s back is really mean but really fun? Well, the Weekender is there to make you feel warm. Not nice warm, uneasy warm. The warm you feel when you run for the bus in a polyester turtleneck, or the warm you feel when you arrive on said bus and sit on a seat to find yourself asking “Is this heated?”

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    Hey guys! For us Brits in the UK it’s actually a Bank Holiday weekend right now, which means we’re going to spend the next four days drinking shandies in the sun and being forced by children to hunt for eggs in damp, pansy-ridden back gardens – fun! The Bank Holiday gives everyone in the UK a feeling of magic, a tickle of fire in the belly, a feeling that anything and everything is possible. And maybe it is. Let The Weekender guide you into what could be the best weekend of your life.