Read it and weep

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This breaks my heart and makes me so angry.

“I hope the world takes notice of this,” he said. “This isn’t a WA thing or an AFL thing – it’s an Australian issue. To be called an Abo, a nigger, a black so and so, for your entire life, and then expected to sit there and accept it, it’s a reflection on Australia and where we are as a country. For people to say it’s not racist … What else can it be? They are booing someone who is a dual Brownlow medallist and someone who has a hundred other accolades. They are booing someone who has done so much to make sure kids get a better education. They are booing someone who has given so much more back to the game than many others. I read about one fan who was evicted after yelling out, ‘Get back to the zoo’. He was just ‘bantering’. What absolute garbage. Because someone like Adam doesn’t sit in the corner and accept it – and neither would I – he is booed.”

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Where do ideas come from?

I wrote ages ago about Trevor Beattie’s theory that great ideas are like a £50 note on the floor in the pub. Anyone could spot it and pick it up, but to be the one that does, you have to keep your eyes open. I was reminded of this on listening to Noel Gallagher on last week’s Desert Island Discs. Talking about the creative process for writing songs he said, “I think if I spend too much time thinking about it I’ll take away all the magic. I still believe there’s someone up there and they’re just dropping songs all over the place and if I’m not ready to catch them, Chris Martin’s getting them or Bono’s getting them.”

I’ve always loved the thought of ideas being out there in the universe and being able to ‘tune into’ them – through talent, hard work, practice, experience or whatever. And I also love the idea that once you get into that groove, once you’ve tapped into the right frequency, the ideas will come and keep on coming. Noel Gallagher touched on this too, saying, “When we started that band, for two years we were rubbish. The songs I was writing weren’t great. Until one day I wrote a song called Live Forever and it all changed. And then I wrote another three the next week that were on the first album.” The thought that all the songs he wrote were rubbish for years and then, suddenly, in a very short burst, he wrote one of the greatest songs of all time and three more that all went onto be on one of the best-selling British albums ever, is fascinating. What if he gave up writing before he did Live Forever? What if there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of songwriters who had a Live Forever within them, but did give up before they got there? It’s a sobering thought but the fact is that ideas are out there. Just reach out and grab them before Noel Gallagher does.

I love this

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Straight to the point innit. Definitely a refreshing change from brands trying to start a ‘conversation’ with me, get me to join an utterly pointless debate via an absurd hashtag, upload a video of myself to be part of a tedious interactive storytelling experience or feature in some heinous activation that gets me to tell my mum I love her via skywriting in exchange for a free bog roll.

Ou est la vie nautique?

This is lovely. Great use of the legendary John Cooper Clarke and very nicely shot. Well played, 18 Feet & Rising.

Strangely hypnotic

“Nero fiddles while Gordon Burns.”

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What a fucking brilliant idea

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The horns of endangered animals are coated with a special dye. It’s the same dye used on banknotes for security purposes. If anyone consumes horns with the dye on them, it makes them extremely ill. I really hope some idiotic twat who thinks powdered rhino horn will cure his impotence ends up vomiting, pissing and shitting himself for a week non-stop, prior to dying a painful death while sitting on the khazi. Then we could remove his organs and serve them to diners at the Yulin Dog Festival 🙂

(Thanks for bringing this idea to my attention, Cameron McDonald.)