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!
Stuff you might have missed this week
- Printed Pages editor James Cartwright questions the V&A’s decision to start a collection of key pop culture items.
- We have a look at some of the best music animations by John D. Wilson, the mind behind that magical animation at the beginning of Grease.
- We’ve got a strange and very distracting new creature living in our office. Read more about it in Things.
- Hip hop extraordinaire DELS made us a super playlist. Fill your ears here.
For my last Weekender, I’ve chucked all of the dregs from my bulging content folder into one place, so that they don’t go to waste. This should keep you busy for a while. So long and farewell. It was nice that.
My favourite song this week.
Debbie Harry teaching Americans how to pogo.
The oldest song in the world, written 3,400 years ago (it’s actually quite good)
A seven-hour train video to watch on British Airways flights.
One of the benefits of writing about artists and illustrators all day is that they sometimes tell you about cool stuff via email. One of my fave illustrators, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, sent me an excited message last week with a link to an eternal portal of live music joy embedded within it. Music Vault is a YouTube channel dedicated to harbouring all of the best live performances since humans started recording live performances. From epic festival appearances to entire stadium shows or intimate living room gigs, this archive made me weep not with joy, but with frustration at how long this is going to take me to watch in total. You can thank me later!
Maisie Skidmore: Tour de France in Yorkshire
Anybody remotely interested in cycling will know that this year’s Tour de France started in Yorkshire, the land of ridiculous accents, custard creams, Tetley Tea and The Brontës. Obviously this cued a hilarious onslaught of videos clips, photos and memes, my favourite of them all being this one, a Yorkshire man’s advice to the peloton. His gems of knowledge are invaluable to all tourists, not just cyclists, and they’ll have you attempting to impersonate him for weeks. A prime example being, “it can get a bit bleak op ‘ere, ‘speshly if tha’s goin ‘up moss, so you’d best make sure you’ve got reet footwear! Now forget your fancy shoes wi’ buckly things that I’ve seen on telly. Clogs is what tha’ needs!”
Cats. Look at them. They like the shiny thing. Awwwwwwwwwww. That’s all I’ve got.
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