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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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    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.