Given my love of a good quote (and, conversely, hatred of these inspirational quotes that keep popping up everywhere *shakes fist at Instagram*), I couldn’t resist sharing this Guardian article about the proliferation of these “uplifting” and “enriching” (ugh) two line snippets that are impossible to avoid, unless you live in a world without coffee shop chalkboards, or have no access to social media (I’m looking at you, Facebook).
Image taken from the Scarfolk Council website. Surreal and frightening, in equal measure.
I don’t know who gets inspiration from this type of thing, at their best they raise in me a wry smile (especially on tube station whiteboards), at worst, they make me ragey. Especially when they are accompanied by a photoshopped sunset, or a picture of a kitten hanging off a tree (You can do it, little guy! You go Glen Coco!).
If you need an antidote to all the cheer in the world, check out despair.com. Afterall, it could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.
Today’s quote is from André Malraux
Handy etiquette guide from Tim Dowling for visitors to London during the Olympics.
“Nobody here can answer any questions you have about fencing. Google it.”
This article makes me think of the second hand bookshop near Portobello Road that has a basement bargain section – full of shelf after shelf of copies of those “buy-one-get-one-half-price” cheap thrills you get at train stations, and the type of books that are bought solely at Christmas time, for those people whose only time spent reading Actual Words is during those precious moments spent sat on the loo.
Row upon row of Jeremy Clarkson. Imagine that.
dumping dan brown (again)
Christmas Joy (?) Part 5
A Modern Toss take on Christmas.
christmas cheer from modern toss
“From one naughty young lady to another hoping that your mother doesn’t know that you’re out and that you wear only the best woolly bloomers
on your quartercentury”
A great website from Wayne Gooderham who has collected book dedications found in second hand books and posted them here. Read more about him here and here)
“Pissed off” at 16 is sexy. At 64 it’s spinning your wheels – John Waters
10 celebrities write a letter to their younger selves. Don’t know what I’d write – apart from “Chill out. You’re not cool and never will be. But that’s ok, the world needs geeks too.”