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Nowhere to lay your head or park your bum…

Today, I had a fantastic day with my wife and daughter. We got a train to Oxford, which in itself is a real treat. I forget the countryside that I am surrounded by in Reading, and seeing it all fly past the window is just fantastic. And I love all the little train stations on the way, that feel like they are still in another period.

We had one of the nicest days we’ve spent together; buying stuff for mountain walking, getting a penny whistle and jaw harp in a toy shop, watching the new Nanny McPhee film – (which is brilliant by the way!). All awesome stuff.

I have one complaint about Oxford though, and it’s not something peculiar to Oxford but it was really annoying to me when I noticed it and thought about it today.

Why bother...

These stupid seats are beginning to pop up all over the place, replacing normal seating and I really don’t like what they are about. You can’t sit on them for a start – although the above pic shows a rainy day it was dry in Oxford today and no-one was using any of the ‘seats’. You can only perch on them or lean against them.

But there is a point to this – wino’s can’t use them during the day, homeless people can’t sleep on them at night. It’s why bus stops have started having this pointless seating put in:

Wedgie maker

If you’ve tried sitting on these stupid benches then you’ll know three things:

1) Kids can’t stay on them because their legs don’t reach the floor.

2) If you have to wait any length of time for your bus, you get tired legs and a numb backside from having to physically try and keep yourself on a seat that only accommodates about half your bum cheeks, and

3) The cycle of starting at the back of the seat, sliding forward, sitting at the back and sliding forward again… is perfect for the creation of a wedgie.

And this because ‘we’ don’t want the homeless using our seating and shelters to sleep on…

The thing is, with the anti-sit seats, no-one wins. The elderly don’t get to sit and rest, pregnant women can whistle, kids can just wait until they’ve grown a bit more. In Oxford, with all it’s beautiful buildings and diverse people, what a shame that you’re not encouraged to sit and watch the world go by. How crazy that decision makers are so concerned with keeping messiness and the margins of society away from the centres of our towns and cities that everybody’s enjoyment of open spaces is reduced.

In researching these seats and looking for the above pics, which both came from here, I also read of someone who is going out and making cardboard benches to put by these stupid things in their town each night, so that those who have nowhere to go at least have somewhere to lie on. May that person never have another wedgie in their life – what a beautiful thing to do.


Free air guitar!

Air GuitarThis great advert was found via Stumbleupon.

Another epic snowman!

So, I share a link to my friend’s snowman at work and my mate Laura says, ‘We had a good one in our road too’. Today, she emails me the pics. Check them out!

Epic snowman

Epic snowman 2

Just loving the detail…and the dog!!If anyone else has epic snowman pics, please share them!


Inflatable Bag Monsters!

Check this video out! A street artist, Joshua Allen Harris, has created these wonderful monsters and bears using rubbish bags and the underground subway ventilation system.

A simple idea executed brilliantly, I think!


This guy has too much time on his hands!

I found this via stumbleupon. This artist, Eric Testroete, decided to make a

“costume for Halloween 2009. It was kind of inspired by big-head mode seen in videogames. I really wanted to get the faceted geosphere look with wireframe.”

As you can see, he did a really great job.








What do you think?! This guy gets a huge ‘Uh-huh’ from me – what a legend! Check out his website here.


Full Court Flip Shot

So, this lad asked his teacher to film him doing this trick and he tried this shot again and again through his break time. As people were heading back to class, he asked for one more go…. He is now an internet legend, with this clip being watched all over the world and he can’t walk the streets without people recognising him.

Watch it here.

Got a year to waste?…

If so, check this out! It’s a crazy performance art video type thing, in which 2 men are living in cells. But it’s simulated so that when you log on in the eve, you see them doing evening things, and if you log on in the morning, they’re doing morning stuff. You can log in and save your progress – the artists challenge you to rack up a year’s worth of viewing for a little reward.

I love the fact that in reality, not many people would see this through, in fact most will probably do what you are about to – click, look around, then never go back! But they did it anyway. Top drawer.

Dwarfed Punk


Sorry, it’s been a little while. I’m doing essays for my foundation degree and it’s taken my full attention…

I love this, setting video from SnowWhite to Daft Punk. It just works, the clips are perfectly synced.

Hope you are all good and I’ll be back properly in about a week.

Take care, Barrie


In response to this:

I found this here and cracked up.


I don’t have a scooby what that song is about by the way – I’m sure it’s probably unadulterated filth…!


No, I’m The Batman!

batmanFound it here