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Lego January 30, 2008

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This year marks 50 years of Lego, though I think it’s actually the 50th anniversary of when they filed for patent of the Lego brick, rather than the company’s launch. Oh well, it’s still worth celebrating.

I revisited my childhood love of Lego about 8 years ago when I was a student. I was living at home and had plenty of room to store all that kind of crap. Somehow I was cool enough as a student to get a job at my town’s only record shop, so obviously the first pay check from that place deserved to be spent on something wonderfully cool too. Only Star Wars Lego could fill this brief. It was an amazing piece of kit from their Mindstorms range. You got a little motor and a program for your PC that hooked the motor up to the computer. You had to build a series of Star Wars robots which had to pass Jedi Knight Apprentice levels before you progressed to building R2D2. I loved this set, and got really rather possessive over it, not letting any family member go near it.

Boing Boing have made a beautiful film showing the construction of Lego’s largest set available – the Millennium Falcon. It got me feeling all nostalgic and so I spent the morning convincing Chris that because we’re moving into a bigger flat we’ve now got room for my Lego and Scalextric. He’s not so keen. Boo.


Optical illusions

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I’m spending the first hour of my day emptying my inbox and RSS feeds, it’s a mammoth job but always enjoyable when accompanied by a big cup of tea.

I’ve found some brilliant little gems that I’ll post this morning, the first of which being this very amusing Wonderbra advert that Francois posted on Emergence Marketing a couple of weeks ago (yes, i’m that out of date at the moment…). The ad is so blimmin’ simple but just perfect for Wonderbra…


Wednesdays TV nightmares January 8, 2008

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Despite devoting hundreds of hours to my TV every week, stroking its wires, caressing its screen and kissing the remote it has still decided to spite me. I am very upset. Being an old lady means that I rarely leave the flat, many nights are spent curled up on the sofa gazing adoringly at the screen. I usually only abandon it for one night a week. Wednesdays. So what has Mr TV gone and done? Put my two of my favourite shows on a Wednesday night. Project Catwalk returns to Sky this week and Torchwood follows a week later.

I love Project Runway and Project Catwalk immensely, to the point where I considered started a blog specifically about the new series of Project Catwalk. I love the pretty outfits, the diva fits and even Ben De Lisi. I rarely get home before 11 on Wednesdays, so watching an entire episode of Project Catwalk on coming home would mean that I wasn’t in bed until midnight! Shocking! No genuine old lady would ever consider that.

Sky seem woefully quiet about the new series, very few of the fashion and entertainment sites I read are talking about. Its darned near impossible to find on google, I was lucky to catch the trailer while flicking through Sky last week, otherwise I’d be completely unaware of it’s return. I can’t even find the trailer on YouTube to post here. Silly, silly Sky.

I’m considering staying up all night to watch Project Catwalk and Torchwood back to back. I can stumble into work on a Thursday having not slept at all. But surely having the most up to date knowledge of fashion and aliens is more important than actually being physically capable of doing my job and staying awake?

While I cry into my tea cup and work out what the hell to do, lets enjoy the trailer for series 4 of Lost. xx


Memories of 2007 January 4, 2008

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I’ve stolen this idea from the lovely Julie, she posted her memories of 2007 and they were so nice that I decided to do the same. So, here are just a few of my favourite times of 2007…

Stepping into a stinking, muck infested mud bath in Turkey and worrying about many kids had weed in it.

The first cab trip on getting out the airport in Mumbai. An hour long journey I will never forget.

Eating brekkie in a cafe overlooking a snow covered Clapham Common on the morning of Chris and I moving in to our new flat.

Dancing with the Holler folk till very early in the morning after drinking so many jagerbombs that we weren’t worried about the gun fight going on outside the bar.

Watching Chris get excited about the vegetables he’d grown.

Attempting to Lindy Hop with Julie at classes each week. I miss her very much indeed.

The first creative meeting at Dare, getting very excited by how incredibly talented everyone here is. And of course, getting excited about just how close the big Topshop is to the offices.

Walking out with the Central Band onto Centre Court at Wimbledon on the day of the men’s finals.

Sitting in the blazing sunshine next to Lake Geneva on a business trip with Daniel and Si, drinking very cold beers and pretending to be Jack, Kate and Sawyer.

Listening to Andy sing along when watching our friends play at the Big Band gig in Epsom.

Cycling through the New Forest, getting very lost and getting very confused at high gear = hill, low gear = flat. Or is it the other way round?

Dancing all night to Benny’s band and learning that table service booze is always a brilliant thing.

Working with all the lovely people at Holler; listening to Jasmin talk filth, watching Harmony’s outfits get smaller by the day, having Michelle wow us all with her ability to walk in the highest of heels, stroking Daniel’s head, going for Friday pub lunches, staying in the Coach and Horses all night and learning that drunk couriers will chat up anyone.

Recording at Maida Vale again, even if my clarinet was pretty much completely broken.

Watching Heroes, Lost, Ugly Betty, Project Runway, endless repeats of River Cottage, IT Crowd, Skins and way too much Soccer AM.

Seeing the Young Blood Brass Band and discovering that sousaphones and hip hop can work well together. Blimey.

Stalking Hugh FW in Dorset, walking along the cliff tops and sitting on the beach in the blazing sunshine.

Hearing our Central Band cover of Klaxon’s Gravity’s Rainbow in it’s finished glory.

As Julie said, that night at Lucky Voice has to be on the list. Her version of I Know Him So Well deserves to be released a single and be number 1 forever.

Explaining to Fraser every single day that there is a difference between online PR and marketing.

And finally, Chris and I dressing up as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and his pig for new year.

I’m looking forward to 2008 being equally, if not more, wonderful.

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Skins series 2 trailer

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OK, so I’m a bit biased when it comes to this series. Working on something for so long meant it grabbed a rather large section of my heart. I’ve always loved the creative for the show, that now legendary trailer for series 1 with the Gossip soundtrack was just superb. It seems that the series 2 trailer is equally brilliant.