It’s a tough old world we live in right? Every day it seems we’re teetering on the brink of destruction from forces both internal and external. The government doesn’t seem to give two hoots about our wellbeing, our mums won’t return our calls, and how about that asteroid that almost destroyed Russia? All this crap is starting to make us feel a little bit paranoid. But that’s not even the half of it, what about those guys on Youtube that dislike the World of Warcraft video tutorials we uploaded, and don’t even get us started on the Twitter backlash we have to deal with when we’re not quite as funny as we’d like to think. Still thank the lord we’ve got The Weekender to ease away the stresses and strains of modern living and let us know that everything’s going to be alright…
Best of the site
This week we got all hot and sweaty with these gratuitous shots of Swiss public nudity from the inimitable Paul Rousteau, chuckled at the splendid accidental poems created by Google’s autofill function, and were utterly baffled by just how batshit crazy Gerard Depardieu is thanks to these portraits from Jonas Unger. What went wrong Gerard?
Best of Best of the Web
in serious news Zaha Hadid lamented the disappointing lack of opportunity for female practitioners in the world of commercial architecture over at The Guardian, DesignBoom revealed this remarkable hotel created in an abandoned prison, and the always reliable BuzzFeed reminded us of ten great forgotten video games from the 1980s. Siiiiiiick.
Best of the rest
It being Fashion Week and all Dezeen showed us some remarkable multi-coloured knitwear (and also Cara Delevigne’s hypnotising legs) from British designers Sibling, Design Observer explored Shanghai’s rise to prominence amongst the cities of China, and Bullett went and met our favourite character from Girls (which isn’t art and design related at all but stuff it, you get what you’re given).
Tweet of the week
“It sounds as though a lot of people have bought/acquired cats that have turned out to be dickheads.”
@olivia_solon reveals that cats aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Adorable animal of the week
It’s a tiny frog that sounds like a chew toy. You don’t need to know anything else.
Japanese oddity of the week
In case you hadn’t realised Japan is unlike any other country in the world. They eat raw fish, they love neon lights more than any other nation and legally, all Japanese women are forced to use their legs as commercial advertising space (sort of), and yet still The Weekender is desperate to visit.
Pointless video of the week
“Don’t know why I did this, glad I did.” Reads Parker Reed’s assessment of his ingenious cinematic adventure involving a coin and a treadmill. We’re glad too Parker. God bless you, you little genius!
Not at all new song that just refuses to get old of the week
This came out last summer and basically changed The Weekender’s world (for ‘The Weekender’ read ‘my’). TUNE!
Hugh Grant breakout of the week
Old Hugh Grant’s had a bit of a raw deal professionally, subjected to the kind of brutal typecasting that would make a lesser man give up his film career for good and retire to the relative obscurity of TV dramas or The Royal Shakespeare Company. But all that waiting around since the 1980s to be offered a gig in which he doesn’t play a bumbling fool has paid off… More power to you Hugh.
That’s better now isn’t it?
- 100 hours with The Beatles: Shimpei Asai's photographs from 1966
- Joe Schlaud's cheeky Kama Sutra illustrations (NSFW)
- Artist Matthew F Fisher paints seascapes and wildlife with vivid precision
- Hayley Louisa Brown on travelling to Memphis as part of Ace & Tate's Creative Fund
- Photographer Roe Ethridge’s images blur the lines between commercial and sentimental
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich