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Customer Service

My cousin is working temporarily in Crawley, a town which exists solely for servicing Gatwick Airport, and every day he is confronted with a new bizarre sight outside the train station. The best one this week was two dwarves slapping each other. He popped into Sainsbury's and bought a jacket potato and pack of Garibaldis (those biscuits with raisins in which look like squashed flies) for lunch. The man at the counter asked him "Are you going to have a BBQ today then, sir" perfectly seriously. He thinks Crawley might be directed by David Lynch. I like the idea of a biscuit bbq.... Read More...
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Lashings of ginger beer

I've been in Medway this weekend, I'm staying at my mum's, but she's not there. My auntie went into hospital to have her cochlear implant done, and her daughter is away on her long pre-booked holiday, so my mum's gone to pick her up from hospital and look after her for a few days until her sense of balance returns.... Read More...

Hello from Cornwall

Today we went to the beach, but I didn't bring my digital camera because I was (rightly it turns out after I nearly fell in a rockpool) concerned about breaking it. I did bring my lomo fisheye though.... Read More...
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Zine Night I

On Tuesday night we had our first ZIne Night at the Cowley Club. Hopefully it's going to be a monthly event. The first one was small and quiet, because we didn't have time to organise much, but it's better to build ourselves up, than try to promise the world from the outset. We had a table with zines from attendees for swapping or selling, a cake, and a bar, and readings.... Read More...

London Zine Symposium 2009

Sunday was the London Zine Symposium, and I had a stall with the other Brighton Zinefest people. We went up together on the train, and that seemed to counteract the jinx that plagues me any time I try to go to a zine event in London which cancels/seriously delays any known form of transport. I did forget to bring the "up for trades" badges though, and we had to make do with German ones (not that useful in an English-speaking event!). There were two rooms this year, about 2 million people I knew and it got very hot. I did a workshop with Alex about Etsy, we basically made it up as we went along.... Read More...

Müllheim Swag

My friend/BZF compadre Ed went to the Müllheim Zinefest, and I gave him some of my zines to either sell or trade for interesting stuff. He didn't manage to sell anything, but brought me back a bag with a creepy clown on it full of all kinds of great stuff in German and English.... Read More...

Last Weekend

Last weekend I was in Reading to see Chris. On friday we ate at Wagamama, and then went to a gig at the Rising Sun. It was Ben, Jay, and the guy from the Inspiral Carpets who isn't Clint Boon. I can't say I'm an Inspiral Carpets fan, but the guy was brilliant. He also had a great anecdote about being beaten up by a Kiss tribute band.... Read More...

Shoreham

On Saturday I went out with my dad to have lunch out and a wander. We went to Shoreham, a small coastal town near Brighton, and Bramber, a village with a ruined castle. Here's Shoreham.... Read More...