Boys From The Blackstuff

Who else is looking forward to the next time England gets thrashed in the cricket? (‘WE WON! Yes, after almost twenty years of losing, you finally won the Ashes. Have a cookie. And come back when you’ve done it three times in a row)

Now, since getting a phone call this afternoon telling me that I was unemployed as of last Tuesday, I’ve had some time to get acquainted with the new Guardian format. It’s not too bad, actually; I still mourn the loss of Helvetica, and I guess it won’t be as much fun to read in the JCR anymore, but I like the American/European feel of the new front page with stories running off in all directions. There are a few odd font issues (for example, the Hamas story on page 17 looks like it’s headlined in a lower weight than any other story in the paper), but oooh! look at the double spread photo in the middle of the paper!

And! A teeny-tiny G2! What more could you ask for (a job, I guess)?

currently playing: Billy Bragg – A New England

A Moment For Coldplay

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

HA.

currently playing: Bloc Party – Like Eating Glass

Very Oni

Modern Life

If you’re in Chapel Hill on the night in question, I hear it’s a fun night!

currently playing: Stars – one more night

I Do Not Have A Font Problem

You’ll take Helvetica Bold from my cold dead heads! DEATH TO SERIF! DOWN WITH BERLN!

(new-look Guardian. What have they done to you?)

currently playing: Ultrasound – Floodlit World

Say You'll Stay / In My Arms

Stars were great last night, though I’ll save further details for my review which should go up on Static in a few days.

But here - Stars — Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Other thoughts:

Richard’s cut his hair! shock

Saw The Go! Team in HMV Oxford Street. Slightly hampered by the limits of a shop as a venue, and they didn’t play Bottle Rocket, dammit, but fun nevertheless. Ninja in particular is really starting to become infectious with her stage act. I would say bring on the TOTP appearance if TOTP hadn’t been gutted, drawn, quartered, and left to die in the street while vultures gnaw on its bloody chest. So how about CD:UK, which I hear is about to get a fresh new presenter (note: may include other, meaningless presenters)?

Kaiser Chiefs reappraisal: the world does not need bands fuelled by Britpop-nostalgia. Especially the bad parts.

Why oh why is there a Shed 7 DVD video collection? (Read: bitter about lack of Kenickie promos)

currently playing: Stars – one more night

Barbara Bush: Woman of The People!

What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this [chuckles] is working very well for them.

currently playing: New Order – Thieves Like Us

*shakes head*

An ABCnews poll which shows that 27% of polled Americans are proud of the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Some days, there’s just no words…

currently playing: ABC — Tears Are Not Enough

SNAP023: Trent Lott

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Let everybody know that America will not sleep until Trent gets to sit on his porch again. All shirts are available now, in various sizes and colours; any profits will obviously be donated to the relief effort.

(Tom, don’t give me hell about the typography - Helvetica looked ugly)

currently playing: Afrika Bambaata And The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock

Live, From NBC!

Kanye West on an NBC charity telecast tonight:

I hate the way they portray us in the media, you see a black family that says they’re looting, you see a white family that says they’re looking for food. And you know it’s been five days because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain I would be a hippocrite because I’ve turned away from the TV because it’s too hard to watch. I’ve even been shopping before even giving a donation. So now I’m calling my business manager to see what’s the biggest amount I can give… and just to imagine if I was down there… and those are my people down there.

Anybody out there that wants to do anything to help… with the setup the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well off, as slow as possible… I mean the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize that the people that could help are at war right now… fighting another way and now they’ve given them permission to go down there and shoot us…

George Bush doesn’t care about black people.

At which point, as you might imagine, NBC switched to a different camera.

Oh, and Shepard Smith tore chunks off O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity tonight. Newsanchor fight!

currently playing: Radiohead — No Surprises

The President Has A Handle On Things, Honest

"We got a lot of rebuilding to do.... the good news is and it's hard for some to see it now but out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic gulf coast... out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- the guy lost his entire house -- there's going to be fantastic house. I look forward to sitting on the porch. Out of New Orleans is going to come that great city again."

Well, I’m glad that Trent Lott is going to be okay, aren’t you?

(will refrain from posting more on this right now, seeing as how every time I read more news, I get angrier… )

currently playing: Sleater-Kinney – Pompeii