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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.

Stuff you should have read this week

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-– Our magazine editor James Cartwright went off on one about whether it’s a Roman gallery were justified in removing an artwork by the Chapman brothers.

– Creative duo Golden Cosmos’ bookshelf is so full of gorgeously-printed playful publications that we can barely contain our excitement at getting to nose around it.

– This week it was the turn of Connan Mockasin to talk us through his favourite music video, and he chose this bum-clenchingly awkward one by Low Speed Bus Chase.

– This week on the pod we talked Kim Kardashian’s impending book of 352 selfies, the controversial new Roald Dahl book cover and running riot in the Tate Britain at nighttime, via a robot.

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Maisie Skidmore

I’ll take any excuse to listen to the soothing tones of David Attenborough, and that includes watching a hilarious video where he narrates a heard of screaming fangirls as they round squawking towards a member of a boyband. Watch the generations collide and weep with laughter/devastation.

Amy Lewin

Fresh from the brilliant and bizarre world of advertising this week: a man and his pet goose who can do just about anything, from opening beer bottles to watering plants and farting out ping pong balls.

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Also, here’s a rather funny poster from Panasonic, featuring Picasso.

Liv Siddall

Oh man, this is a good list. I was not prepared for how funny this was going to be. Twitter spelling mistakes is one of the best thing Buzzfeed has done I reckon, imagine being the guy whose job it is to trawl Twitter for people making honest mistakes and then turning it into a hilarious and, of course, incredibly shareable article. The bit about Usher’s colon slayed me, especially as it reminded me how good You Got It Bad is.

www.buzzfeed.com/twitter-spelling-mistakes

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James Cartwright

This week my heart was broken by the news that I wouldn’t be able to go to ATP’s Jabberwocky festival in London because for some reason it had been cancelled. Then I read the comments on this Facebook post and everything felt alright again. Music lovers are the angriest people out there. Hurrah!

www.facebook.com/atpfestival

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