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The Weekender: Take our hand, follow us into the perfumed garden of the weekend...

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Come, run after us through the pearly gates into the perfumed garden of the Weekender. Here you shall find edible daffodils, singing badgers and chocolate bark concealing golden syrup-like sap. Lie with us on the dewy, emerald lawn and tell us your secrets while we scatter sequins all over your face. A unicorn walks by, the sky turns purple…WAKE UP! You must have fallen asleep in this skip you dirty drunkard. Go and clean yourself up and sort your life out.

Six articles you should have asked to dance while you still had the chance

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    Photo by Tom Hunter

6. Ultimate powerful female graphic designer alert!

Oh, Pentagram’s snapped her up. Worth a look at Jessica Svendsen’s work anyway!

5. A little book that celebrates the history of Fleet Street

Well, someone’s got to celebrate it, right?

4. A tour of the Tate from Horrors frontman Faris Badwan

Well, with a name like that he’s hardly going to show you around a Big Yellow Storage unit is he?

3. Inside the bookshelf of one of our favourite illustrators

Bjorn Rune Lie has got a lot of really, really nice books. Don’t look if you are of a jealous nature.

2. Loooooovely new yellow comic book

It’s called Isles and it’s had us swooning over it all week. Make more please, Jeremy Perrodeau!

1. And here’s a little film about a printing company

It’s been going for four generations! Four! A lovely film about a truly lovely craft.

It's Nice That's Friday Mixtape curated by Mark Jasper

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This Friday’s mixtape comes from Mark Jasper of Sound Savers fame. Sound Savers is an analogue & digital recording studio and rehearsal space in Hackney, London. Together, three friends help bands record the albums that will one day (hopefully) make budding musicians rich and famous. Mark also does a fortnightly radio show on NTS and plays in the lo-fi guitar band Witching Waves. I’ve actually just had a listen to them, they’re really good.

Of this Friday mixtape, Mark says, “All of the bands are from London, almost half of it is stuff I’ve recorded, and all of the bands I’ve seen live at least once, and most of them I’ve seen countless times. I’ve tried to do a tiny sketch of the London DIY scene, hope you like the sound of it.”

Thanks Mark! Now let’s crank it up, shall we?

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    This week’s Things

This week’s Things is an extravaganza of greatness, starring a board game custom-created to express societal inequality, a magazine about the internet and technology, a book that will teach you how to take pictures like a pro, an alternative travel publication and a bloody lovely notebook. So stop your complaining about the fact that it’s still Friday and read on, for goodness sake.

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    Chris Chapman: Meritocrazy

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    Chris Chapman: Meritocrazy

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    Chris Chapman: Meritocrazy

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    Chris Chapman: Meritocrazy

Chris Chapman: Meritocrazy

Now I’m not usually inclined to have favourites but this board game created by Chris Chapman is potentially my favourite of all the Things this week. Brilliantly designed as a satirical perspective on the shortcuts created by privilege, and the plague of inequality which continues to sweep contemporary society, Meritocrazy describes itself as “even worse than Monopoly!” and mad as it may seem, it might even be better. Worth looking up if only to give you a better chance to examine every quip and complaint concealed behind the neon type on the box.
www.chapbook.cc

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    Offscreen magazine: Issue #2

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    Offscreen magazine: Issue #2

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    Offscreen magazine: Issue #2

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    Offscreen magazine: Issue #2

Offscreen magazine: Issue #2

Only two days ago we were quaffing and haw-hawing all over the It’s Nice That podcast about the Magpile 2013 magazine awards, where Printed Pages is snugly placed next to the excellent Offscreen magazine on the shortlist for the Best Independent Magazine category. We’re in jolly good company – the magazine describes itself as a “print magazine about the human side of bits and pixels”, and the insights it gives into the worlds of technology and the internet are valuable and tricky to come across.
www.offscreenmag.com

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    Magma Sketchbook

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    Magma Sketchbook

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    Magma Sketchbook

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    Magma Sketchbook

Magma Sketchbook

I’d almost be willing to bet my bottom dollar that there’s not a creative alive who doesn’t revel in the prospect of a new sketchbook, and I’d also guess that that excitement is never more palpable than in the case of this excellent piece of stationery by Magma Books. Crammed full of all the interesting and helpful nuggets and tidbits of info that you could ever want, it’s a gorgeous weighty thing, with pages that cry out to be scribbled all over.
www.magmabooks.com

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    Henry Carroll: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs

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    Henry Carroll: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs

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    Henry Carroll: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs

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    Henry Carroll: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs

Henry Carroll:Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs

Written by photographer-in-his-very-own-right Henry Carroll and published by Laurence King, this book contains everything you could ever want to know as a photographer just branching out into the dangerous world of apertures and F-stops (which may or may not be the same thing). Clear, simple, and interspersed with the kinds of iconic images you might soon be creating yourself if you’ll just follow the bloody guidelines, this one’s unassuming and non-pretentious. A rare find.
www.laurenceking.com

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    Renegade Magazine

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    Renegade Magazine

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    Renegade Magazine

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    Renegade Magazine

Renegade Magazine

Renegade is a travel magazine with more than a little something to say for itself than “look how nice Jamaica is!” or “fancy a lovely sejourn in Spain?” This issue includes features on the Maldives (the bits behind the beaches), Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Vietnam, India and Buenos Aires, and even features an illustration by the brilliant Isabel Greenberg. No, we can’t say we’re not intrigued either. Might this mark a new direction for the usually fusty genre of the travel magazine?
www.renegademagazine.co.uk

The Weekender

How many people are in space right now of the week

Clue’s in the title. We’re just being nosy but it’s good just to know, isn’t it?

New form of parkour involving hats of the week

People go on about kids doing drugs and staying out late, the truth is they’re actually doing this. Via Kyle Platts.

Conference call simulator of the week

Kinda Lynch-ian, kinda depressing, definitely worth a look if you have ever been part of a conference call.

Roald Dahl audiobooks now online of the week

Yep! Here they are in all their glory! Buy buy buy!

HER spoof of the week

Starring Jonah Hill. Who I have developed a crush on of late.

Best Grammys performance of all time

Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers…When it starts you’re watching it through your fingers like “Nooooo!” but then it gets really, really good. Trust me

Pure imagination of the week

Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination…Best scene from best film ever.

Tearjerking story of the week

Man tries to jump off bridge, a stranger convinces him not to, suicidal man tracks down hero via Twitter and they become friends. All together now: waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Jubilee Line ticket barrier sings Blur’s Song 2 of the week

This is way better than it sounds.

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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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    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!