Sometimes, when it’s 2pm and you’re still in your jammies watching yet another repeat episode of The Big Bang Theory on E4, it gets hard to believe there are actually some pretty funny TV shows out there. But there are. Really! There are comedies out there that don’t revolve around laugh tracks and making lame jokes out of the protagonists. How exciting!
Didn’t you say that you wanted to hear about my favourite books what I read in 2012? You did, didn’t you! WELL HERE YOU GO!
I never expected to see Jeff Mangum live. After Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded in 1998, Mangum rarely stepped into the public eye, preferring to release recorded music and shunning live performances. I discovered his music almost ten years after Neutral Milk Hotel split, so a live show was on my “Dream Gig” list alongside, say, Nirvana and The Smiths.
So imagine my surprise when I found out, three weeks after tickets went on sale, that Mangum would be playing a small acoustic set in Whelan’s. Naturally, it was sold out.
I go out to pubs and clubs, as young people are wont to do. And when I come home, I often boot up my laptop and go on Facebook/Twitter and type things that I later look at and say: “What?!” So it was no real surprise when I woke up one afternoon, checked my WordPress, and saw that I had made an empty draft post simply entitled “tights”. I had given myself no indication of what I wished to write on the subject of tights. I have no idea what prompted me to make a draft entitled “tights”. But I have decided to fulfill the wish of my inebriated self. Here’s a post about tights, and why they are awesome.
So says Dumbledore at the beginning of Harry Potter’s first ever start-of-term feast. Now 14 years, 7 books and 8 films later, the Hogwarts express is leaving Platform 9 and 3/4 for good. Nothing Harry-related to anticipate ever again. Ever ever again. Can you actually believe it?
We were quite lucky children. We were born into the age of the VCR. What exactly did they do before they could rent a movie from Xtravision? I’m not quite sure. They probably had to wait loads and hope that the film was shown again in the local cinema or something. How sad. But not us. We had the videos. And we watched them over and over and over again. I had a few favourites, ones I would constantly return to, until I knew them off by heart.