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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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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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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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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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    If you’ve just started uni and you’ve spent an entire week in student unions drinking vibrant blue booze from a questionably-shaped vessel (a goldfish bowl, say, or a shoe) then this Weekender is for you. If you’ve bought more IKEA textiles than your measly student loan will allow but you still can’t get used to the breeze-block walls of your dorms, and you think the mature student next door might have eaten cat food for breakfast this morning, or you accidentally squeegee’d paint onto every last remaining clean item of clothing you own in your first printmaking class (embarrassing) we’re here for you. Welcome to the Weekender.

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    Welcome aboard the weekend! This week at It’s Nice That HQ we’ve been talking about the gripping new podcast from the guys over at This American Life, Serial, pondering getting on trains that don’t actually have drivers, wallowing in the sweet, sweet cheesy goodness that is the new BBC cover of God Only Knows and replaying the fantastic animation about online dating below. What have you been doing?

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    Back in the glory days (i.e. when we were at uni) each triumphant essay hand-in or project completion was followed by a quick dance around our bedrooms, a trip to Tesco’s to stock up on cheap booze and, if we were really lucky, an evening spent in fancy dress in a sweaty club stuffed fuller than a new beanbag. Now we’re working 9 till 5, that jubilant sensation is saved up for just one day of the week and, you guessed it, it’s Friday! So do a swift wiggle in your deskchair, because it’s time for the Weekender!

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    If the Weekender was a person, it’d be the kind of person you’d walk past in the street, then taken three steps backwards to get a better look at, then recoil visibly from, then reach into your pocket to take out your phone and take a selfie with. Later on at the pub you’d whip out your phone excitedly to share this uniquely memorable moment with your friends, and find that the photograph had disappeared and all that was left was a shot of you posing awkwardly with a packet of Monster Munch. That’s just the kind of guy the Weekender is. Enjoy our weekly supplement!

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    It’s been a long old week kids, and like the Friday afternoon trip to the cornershop to buy a 20p pic ’n’ mix we’re here and ready to reward you for dragging yourselves through it with bucket loads of funny, cool and interesting stuff that we’ve uncovered this week. This way please!

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    Would you bloody well look at that? You thought Friday would never roll around again and yet here it is, like the cat that wanders home in the morning having spent the whole night in the cubby hole behind the garage getting chummy with next door’s Tabby, smug, self-satisfied and ready to sit in your lap and purr itself to sleep. These anthropomorphic days of the week, you never know what they’re going to turn up as. Here’s the Weekender.

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    Fun bus, you ask? Yes! The fun bus! Because it’s back-to-school week, and while that predominantly means potentially giving our shoes a polish for us non-attending folk we have been getting into the spirit of it by listening to this on repeat and raiding the stationery cupboard for some fancy new pens with which to draw all over our backpacks. School’s the bomb. Here’s some fun/ridiculous/entertaining stuff we found this week.

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    If you’re reading this then you too survived last weekend’s bank holiday carnage and you’re here, raring and ready for another go! Without further ado then, welcome to our weekly endowment of fun and tomfoolery, soundtracked by this. Enjoy!

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    In London, the August bank holiday weekend is all about Notting Hill Carnival. Whether you’re staunchly refusing to go to it in favour of sitting at home in a grump, the first person to stick gold ostrich feathers to your best pants or already knocking back the “mix-them-in-your-mouth rum cocktails!” and having a bash on your steel pans in preparation (in which case you’re two full days early, chill out yeah?) we’re ready to get you started with our weekly instalment of tomfoolery. Crack right on!

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    If you’re old enough to remember Friday evening trips to Blockbuster with the babysitter (there was none of this Netflix malarkey for us 80s and 90s kids) you’ll remember the excitement of scanning the shelves, a bag of buttery popcorn and a bottle of coke bigger than your torso clutched in hand. Think of the Weekender as the equivalent of the wet-yourself-in-terror scary horror film that you managed to pass off in the Pingu video case; a bit unnecessary, occasionally hilarious but on the whole, entirely worth it. Here it is! Have a good’un.

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    As well as rounding up some of the best creative content on the site for you all week, we also like to send emails to each other with cool stuff we’ve found on ye olde internet. The Weekender is our hamper for you, a hamper of weird videos, funny pictures and cool articles. Basically anything that doesn’t quite fit under the umbrella of art and design. Enjoy.

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    If the weekend was a football team we’d dive headfirst onto the pitch dressed head to toe in spangly silver lycra and leg-warmers and bust out into a rousing chorus of chanting, interspersed with the odd Spice Girls lyric, to get the crowd good and warmed up ready for Friday’s giant victory. As it isn’t, we’re just going to crack open some beers and sip on them nonchalantly for the last, long half hour of the working day, wearing our usual, non-spangly attire, albeit feeling slightly more smug than we did yesterday afternoon. But, y’know, if you’re into dressing like a cheerleader, we can get behind that too. For you select few, get those pompoms good and spruced, it’s almost time!

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    Not that you need to be quiet for this showstopper; if the Weekender was a film, it’d most likely be the grotesque, just-about-legal but nonetheless strange story of a desert island. It’s lorded over by a tyrannical prince clad from head to toe in purple velvet who was incapable of walking three steps without doing the Macarena. He wouldn’t be the only weirdo on the island though, no sir; he’d be accompanied at all times by an a cappella choir of singing and dancing monkeys who happily joined him in his choreography.