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The Weekender: Bottoms up, bottoms up, throw your hands up, it’s the Weekender!

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.

Stuff you really, really should have read this week

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Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini: Poodle Club

– This week’s Friday mixtape is by none other than American songstress Kina Grannis! Crank it up and croon along….

– We had a good long think about the worryingly short shelf-life of online content in this week’s Opinion piece.

– The incredibly talented and well-read designer Ally Capellino told us all about her favourite books. Just get a look at that bookshelf.

– We got It’s Nice That founder and grade A lad (ish) Alex Bec in to chat about football and creativity on this week’s banger of a podcast.

The Weekender

Rob Alderson

I am not, truth be told, a good dancer. A lack of rhythm, coordination and musicality render me an enthusiastic but ultimately unconvincing presence on the dancefloor. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate seeing other people do it RIGHT and it doesn’t come much um, right-er than this routine from American troupe The Company at something called Vibe XIX. Watch it, pick your jaw up off the floor, and watch it again. Then consider this; these guys came second.

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Illustration: Little Nemo

Madeleine Morley

I’ve loved Little Nemo for as long as I can remember, and although the narratives always end in exactly the same way (i.e. dreaming Nemo wakes up,) each and every one of the slumbering strips have always managed to surprise me. I like to read the comics in bed when I can’t get to sleep: the night-time adventures help me to drift off into a dreamy place. Here you can read every single one of the classic comics by Zenas Winsor McCay, perfect reading material for a sleepy Sunday.

Maisie Skidmore

I know that iPhone videos of whales doing crazy shit are pretty common fodder on the internet, not least on a Friday afternoon when you’re having a hard time concentrating on getting your mug to your lips, let alone actually getting any work done. Thing is, they’re just so good. And it’s not in every whale video that you see a boatful of sightseers cut a baby humpback from a huge length of fishing net, and then do a half-hour long flipping, splashing, waving show by way of a thank you gesture, is it? No, exactly. Mute the cheesy voiceover and try to look busy.

James Cartwright

Just imagine, you’re trapped on an island for seven years because of an abortive yachting mission, your two friends drowned at sea, and then a kid from the US finds you on Google Earth. What luck! It’s a heart-wrenching story that was shared by millions online this week. It was also a massive hoax. Kudos News Hound!