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The Weekender: What do you get when you cross a week with an end? You got it, it's the Weekender!

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Sometimes I feel that if The Weekender was a song it would be Avalon by Roxy Music. Imagine Bryan Ferry circa 1974, lounging by a turquoise pool in an ivory suit. A woman in a tasselled negligee walks through the patio doors and tumblers full of ice clink as she draws nearer. Upstairs his suits nestle closer against one another in the large wardrobe. A snake intertwines itself in the legs of his sun lounger. The sun sets. The needle drops and Avalon begins to play…

Only joking, if The Weekender was a song it would probably be Agadoo by Black Lace.

Six articles you should have paid more attention to this week

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6. A clock that knits a scarf

Is it really so strange that there is a clock that knits a scarf? Hm?

5. Ever put sand under the microscope before?

Thought not. Gary Greenberg did and now he’s famous. Take a leaf out of his book next time, yeah?

4. If you like wandering barefoot down deserted beaches…

Don’t go to China, because it’s really busy. However they do seem to really enjoy inflatable toys.

3. One-liners are the best bit in any newspaper. Fact.

Apart from all the current affairs and stuff, obvs. Paul Noth is our new favourite cartoonist.

2. “Hello I’m in a tree!”

Yep, and he’s not the only one. Erwan Fichou’s project is absolutely teeming with tree-dwellers!

1. Close your eyes and pray for the best sons in the world…

You got your wish! Only they’re not yours, they’re someone else’s. But let’s take a moment to just think about how bloody brilliant they are.

Mixtape: A Friday mixtape from up-and-coming New York band, Big Ups

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A very special mixtape for you this week from young whippersnapping band, Big Ups. The band, formed in 2010, is made up of Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. They’ve been signed to Tough Love records and their “blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock” songs channel worldly topics such as science and mood swings. This mixtape is one of the best we’ve had so far, and is the perfect accompaniment to your grizzly Friday afternoon. Especially if you like Weezer or spent your youth playing guitar in your garage with (or without) your friends.

Enjoy that? You can buy their new album Eighteen Hours of Static here.

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    This week’s Things

Another week, another hoard of lovely stuff from the world of art and design that we’ve gathered up to display for you, like a glamorous assistant in a sparkling get-up. This week’s Things include an impressive anthology of stories about the sea, mind-blowing photographs of quarries, a magazine dedicated purely to publishing loads of lovely images with even lovelier tales behind them, a publication about art and commerce and, to top it off, a bunch of animal stickers. Because who doesn’t like animal stickers?

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    An Anthology: As Is the Sea

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    An Anthology: As Is the Sea

An Anthology: As Is the Sea

Look what the MA students reading Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art have put together, those clever so and so’s! As Is the Sea is collection of plays, stories and photographs complete with this ghostly postcard, focusing on the dark underbelly of the ocean. Beautifully designed in soft black and white and with a foreword by the ever excellent Philip Hoare (not to mention our very own Emily Beber), the anthology is a worthy addition to any bookshelf, whether you’re a sailor, pirate or just a normal person.
www.rca.ac.uk

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    Romka: The Stories Behind Our Favourite Photographs #8

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    Romka: The Stories Behind Our Favourite Photographs #8

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    Romka: The Stories Behind Our Favourite Photographs #8

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Romka: The Stories Behind Our Favourite Photographs #8

We were utterly charmed by this lovely publication the moment it fell open on our desks. It reads like a catalogue of peoples’ favourite photographs and the stories behind them, which might sound like a fairly basic concept, but is in fact incredibly moving. Moments life-changing and seemingly minute are place side by side in a poignant collection of reminders about why photography is such an important medium. Absolutely not to be missed.
www.romkamagazine.com

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    The Selby: Stickers

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    The Selby: Stickers

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    The Selby: Stickers

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The Selby: Stickers

Stickers! Brightly coloured ones! With animals on! We’re not entirely sure what this collection of watercolour animals is all about or how they fell into our treasure chest full of Things but we’re damn sure we’re not going to let them out without causing a bit of a song and dance about it. So here’s the song and dance. And some pictures. You’re welcome.
www.theselby.com

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    Tito Mouraz: Open Space Office

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Tito Mouraz: Open Space Office

We first mentioned Tito Mouraz’ excellent photo-series Open Space Office back in 2012, but now that it has been delivered to us in a print format that actually makes sense we’re going to shoo you it all over again. Because we can. Taken in Portugal over the course of three years, the book investigates industrial rock quarries and all of their beautiful weird nooks and crannies.
www.titomouraz.com

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    Artworks Journal

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Artworks Journal

The marriage of art and commerce can sometimes be a testy one, but Artworks Journal is an attempt to celebrate the mutual benefits of the two working in tandem (a marriage counsellor if you’d like this metaphor extended). Through crisp design and considered content, it’s a very readable way of approaching what has the potential to be a dry subject. This issue sees Soho House founder Nick Jones discuss creative environments, Noah Horowitz, director of The Armory Show talk technology and it explores innovative ways the hospitality industry is engaging with the arts.
www.artworksjournal.com

The Weekender

Tweet of the Week


One Direction singing live without autotune video of the week

Wow.

The kewl new clubnight of the week

Yep, it’s Toilet Room.

Angry people being silly and also funny of the week

Yep, it’s a list of actual complaints people made to Thomas Cook.

Old news story that caught our eye of the week

Lunchtime on a skyscraper recreated in London. Ohhhh that is heartwarming.

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Bizarre Daily Mail article of the week

Anything that starts "Does your husband secretly think he’s better looking than you?? has to be gold. Really good read

Clever graffiti on The Tube of the week

It’s funny, but is it funny enough to make you actually enjoy being on The Tube?

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Well-written BuzzFeed article of the week

It’s a review of the top ten Tube trains (sorry, been on The Tube a lot this week) and it’s genuinely accurate and funny.

Toilet break of the week

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She is also a regular guest and sometime host on our Studio Audience podcast.

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    To stop you losing any more precious minutes when we lose an hour on Sunday, here at It’s Nice That we’ve kindly gathered all the important stuff you should be wrapping your eyes around before they’re left sadly squinting in darkness. You know because we’re nice like that. Let us be your light. Here’s The Weekender.

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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!