Archive for the Culture Category

Youth Scum

Posted in Culture on October 2, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

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I Hate Young People (IHYP) is an online forum for people who hate youths. Haters are invited to vent their disgust by posting a video explaining what enrages them most and submit comments and solutions to the issue (corporal punishment being the most popular). The most passionate and creative entries will be turned into a US TV pilot. “Be specific! Be real! And don’t hold back!!!!”, contributors are told. Young people are invited to give their response too. Our favourite reasons for hating youths from the IHYP community are, that they smell (“like gunge”), they’re naive, and their pockets ‘ring’ (mobile phones).

The It Bird

Posted in Culture on September 25, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

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Chickens are the new must-have pets, according to The New Yorker, which describes them as “a perfect convergence of the economic, gastronomic, environmental and emotional matters of the moment”. If Chihuahuas in handbags symbolised credit recklessness and pet as designer accessory, then chickens in back gardens are the recessionary pet, offering (eco) style and sustenance. “Chickens are certainly in vogue at the moment. I think people are beginning to realise that there is something wholesome and good about keeping one,” says Joe O’Gorman, the managing director of Whitakers Hatcheries.



Martha Stewart originally helped give the poultry-keeping industry an image makeover after publishing photos of her pet hens, making them seem like companions rather than livestock. There is now a growing pet chicken industry.

Backyard Poultry magazine has seen its circulation climb to over 100,000 in the past few months. ‘Hencam’ has arrived, a service which broadcasts live coop action to a following of 15,000 avid chicken watchers per month. You can treat your hens to a luxury Eglu, a contemporary chicken coop from Omlet, a UK company specialising in products for chickens. And a sign that chickens really are the new Chihuahuas is the invention of the chicken diaper, which comes in a range of 5 patterns and colours.


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Brixton Pound

Posted in Culture on September 18, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

Thursday saw the launch of the Brixton Pound, a local currency for the London suburb. The B£ is being promoted as “money that sticks to Brixton”, aiming to support and sustain local business and production. The B£1 B£5, B£10, B£20 notes have the faces of home-grown celebs on the front, including civil rights activist Olive Morris and Vincent Van Gogh, as voted for by locals. Shoppers will benefit from special offers amongst the participating independent businesses. The project was established by Transition Town Brixton, an organisation campaigning for sustainable, community living. Totnes in Devon, Lewes in Sussex and Stroud in Gloucester have also introduced local currencies and there are 166 worldwide. The Brixton Pound is part of the anti-capitalist shift towards ‘common-cause economics’, in which individuals take into account the community interest as well as their own.


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Thanks to Ellie Osbourne for this story. Ellie is just lovely.

Glee Clubs

Posted in Culture on September 11, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

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Glee Clubs are small musical groups that specialise in singing short songs or ‘glees’. They were popular in the UK in the Victorian Age before proper choirs took over, but now they’re making a return as a quirky, urban singing alternative. A growing minority of media and creative types are starting Glee Clubs in their homes or local pub. They sing 1950s Broadway musicals and Radiohead and eat crudités from Whole Foods. This is part credit crunch home entertaining, and partly the desire for community and nostalgia. Choirs and parlour games, a bit like knitting, are becoming trendy. There are now more than 25,000 choirs registered in Britain. “Choirs are the only place where people come together and express a common emotion,” says choral conductor Suzi Digby. “That’s why football crowds sing and why choirs are incredibly valuable to society in general.”


The concept of the ‘parlour’ and ‘salon’, which is about intimate gatherings coming together for culture and entertainment, is becoming more popular, less high-brow. Mother New York has collaborated with Vanity Fair to create a Proust Parlour in SoHo, which brings to life the famous magazine questionnaire. Rather than celebrities, Mother employees have been asked to complete the questionnaire. Have a peep here.


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Thanks to sarah rabia for this story. sarah desperately wishes Grace Coddington was her grandmother.

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Real-Life Superheroes

Posted in Culture on September 4, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

Cities around the world are becoming safer places thanks to a growing cult of real-life superheroes. No longer the fantasy of comic book pages, individuals now roam the streets in do-gooder guises. In Minneapolis, Razorhawk is a mysterious masked guardian by night and middle-aged insurance salesman by day. Over in London, AngleGrinderMan is on a mission to fight the injustice of wheel-clamping, speed cameras and CCTV. When not saving the world our heroes can be found on MySpace.

‘It’s interesting how prominent a role 9/11 has played in the lives of real-life superheroes,’ says Ben Goldman, co-founder of Superheroes Anonymous, an online community of real-life superheroes. ‘The term “real-life superheroes” became mainstream to refer to the firefighters who died. I wouldn’t be surprised if this prompted the phenomenon.’

In the city of Indianapolis, Mr Silent roams the streets of the city looking for those in distress and assures local citizens that if they are being mugged or hurt in any way he will do his best to prevent it. ‘I don’t have any powers, obviously, but I think in society today there are so many people emulating criminals, like gangsters, I wanted to give them another option,’ says Mr Silent.

‘Superheroes embody supreme individualism,’ says Goldman. ‘At heart, this movement is a search for identity. Until we reach the point of human perfection, we’ll continue to dress up as a vision of our ideal self.’


More real-life superheroes here.

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Thanks to Neil Bennett for this story. Neil’s latest purchase was four all-in-one silver space suits.

Is there Life after Advertising?

Posted in Culture on August 27, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

After losing his job as a copywriter, Eric Proulx decided to create a job-search site for recently unemployed advertising professionals and tell their stories on Please Feed The Animals. Production company Picture Park took an interest and soon Proulx’ interviews turned into a film. Twitter has played a crucial role in its production and promotion, with Virgin America volunteering transport to filming locations. The resulting documentary, Lemonade, premieres in the US this autumn and reveals how creative and fulfilling life can be beyond advertising, if you’ve ever wondered. 70,000 advertising professionals have lost their jobs due to the recession.


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Thanks to Ellie Osbourne for this story. Ellie is a distant relative of Ozzy Osbourne.

We’re Jerkin’

Posted in Culture on August 21, 2009 by Something for the Weekend

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Jerkin’ is the new Krumpin’, apparently. Jerkin’ is a positive, mash up hip hop movement from LA which has emerged from the wearing of skinny jeans (considered rebellious amongst hip hop elders) and social media. Dance crews battle each other while “jerkin” – meaning they add freestyle, nerdy dance and fashion moves, such as doing a running man or wearing Jarvis Cocker specs. What’s interesting about Jerkin’ is that it’s a mix of nostalgia, music 2.0 and cultural rebellion.

Jerkin’ has been described as hip hop for the MySpace generation because Jerk bands such as The New Boyz, The Bangz, and Pink Dollaz, head straight to social media rather than record companies, to launch themselves. But, they’re also amenable to corporates. Entrepreneurs rather than anti-brand.

Jerkers also mash up music and fashion references – 80s, Nu Rave, punk and preppy are all in there. A web series Skinny Jeans The Movement (see clip above), is a portal to the culture. So-called because skinny rather than baggy jeans, are the Jerkers new school hip hop uniform (which show off your dance moves better).

Jerkin’ emerged from Hamilton High School, the talent locus (Mike Elizondo, Ozomatli, and err, David Cassidy) thanks to its renowned Academy of Music.

You’re a Jerk” by The New Boyz is the scene’s anthem.

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Thanks to Tickle for this story. Adam Tickle is overrated.