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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

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

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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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