Sparkling vampires and pink mermaids
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Nothing quite compares with the sheer beauty that is the movie Twilight.

Afterwards, we ate raw food and I drank a smoothie called Pink Mermaid, which would supposedly spice up my sex life. Then my chair started to vibrate.

Then we went to an underground mafioso bar, of which she is a member, which had a dog, plenty of wood veneer and laminated posters of James Dean pinned to the ceiling. It doesn't get any more romantic than that. And besides, she had garlic breath and I have coldsores.

Happy new year
80s
specialknives
I'm just back from Paris, which was freezing and expensive. But who can complain with all the crepes to be eaten and other cool French stuff.

At the bird markets with Squirrels:

Me: Oh honey - look at those lovebirds! Aren't they just like us?!
Squirrels: Yeah, if one of them was a knob-end.

I couldn't agree more ;)

Heartbeat... why did you stop bothering with the 60s?
80s
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WTF? Has anyone watched the 1960s-styled (apparently!) police TV series Heartbeat recently?

They seem to be scattering modern-styled characters and sets amongst 60s-styled characters and sets, with the result that it looks completely stupid.

I mean, this works fine,


as does this.


But this is absolutely not 1960s hair and make-upCollapse )

FFS, what is the point in setting a series in an era and then not being arsed with the proper styling? It just looks shit!
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Feminists have better love & sex lives
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Research found that men in relationships with feminist women and feminist women themselves report more sexually satisfying and stable relationships than other couples.

It also found that women who considered themselves feminists were no more likely to conform to popular stereotypes of feminists (being single, unattractive or lesbian) than other women.

Not exactly rocket science to most of us, but somehow I can't see it being reported in The Sun or The Daily Mail!

Link from Penny Red.

Go Ginger Lover!
80s
specialknives
Ginger Lover, alternative swimwear made in New Zealand, have updated their website and added new styles. Fabulous!



Support independent business and design. They are awesome.
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Men's fashion
80s
specialknives
There doesn't seem to be much menswear that's interesting and unusual without being either firmly placed within a subculture or so ludicrous as to mock the very idea of itself.

Do you agree?

Do men get frustrated with the lack of fashion for them, or is the lack of variety primarily market-driven?

Edit: Album of styles from the latest Nom*D collection. They used to be one of the better designers for menswear, I thought, so it's a shame there's probably 2-3 examples in here that don't take the piss out of the whole concept.

Aspies and HFA: coping strategies for might-bes
80s
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A friend who suspects they have Asperger's Syndrome recently asked me about my coping strategies, and realising I have other possible Aspie readers I thought I'd make it open to all.

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Ginger Lover
80s
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My friend Maree recently started designing and manufacturing a range of alternative swimwear called Ginger Lover. They ship worldwide and knowing Maree, the workmanship and materials are top quality.

And the models have visible body fat! Woo!
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Common heretical uses of apostrophes and how to avoid them
80s
specialknives
Today I am Plain English-reviewing a glossary of curriculum terminology written by a major UK education body. It is full of poor grammar.

For example, the writer uses which where they should use that, but they are so oblivious to their error that they've inserted commas to fool the MS Word grammarcheck. This produces sentences like The part of the curriculum, which is compulsory for all students.

I would love to say this shocks me, but it doesn't. I rarely see a teacher-developed resource that doesn't contain at least one grammatical error. Their apostrophes in particular are all over the place, commonly the likes of:

1. DVD's
usual justification
If you take something out you have to put something back in.
why this is wrong
This is a weird confusion of several English usage rules. It confuses the possessive apostrophe rule (which is irrelevant here, because this is pluralisation) with abbreviation and contraction. You have to 'put something in if you take something out' when you contract (eg, making could not into couldn't) but Digital Versatile Disc to DVD is not contraction, it's abbreviation. Rarely full stops are placed between the letters to indicate abbreviation (D.V.D.) but never apostrophes (D'V'D'). To make DVD plural, you simply add an s, making DVDs.

2. hijab's
usual justification
Add an apostrophe to pluralise any foreign word.
why this is wrong
You do not add an apostrophe when pluralising; the plural of hijab is hijabs. Although using the singular of a foreign word to mean the plural is usually fine and sometimes more correct. This is the case for maori words, eg, I went to the rock pools and collected 30 kina.

3. tattoo's
usual justification
Add an apostrophe to pluralise any word that ends with a vowel.
why this is wrong
You do not add an apostrophe when pluralising; the plural of tattoo is tattoos.

All of the above apostrophe insertions are right if meaning the singular object's possession of the next word, eg, her tattoo's colouring is incomplete, her hijab's decoration is lovely or my DVD's case is broken.

I thought that Ms Eats Shoots and Leaves sorted this out, but it seems that few teachers were paying attention. This is nothing new. At my school we usually got vague or inconsistent answers when we asked about apostrophes, leading us to think that there weren't rules at all. My mother, Inglewood High School dux 1968, also gets it wrong quite often.

Teachers though. I find it hard to knock them wholeheartedly. Have you seen them? They get up in front of kids and say stuff. It's amazing.
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Electric Storm at Corsica Arts Club
80s
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The Corsica Arts Club is a great little venue in whited-out interconnected rooms under the railway arches at Elephant & Castle. Friday night's event was called Electric Storm. It featured free absinthe, cupcakes and cucumber sandwiches, a french performance artist interacting with animated projections and Trost, fronted by a woman in a dainty dress (left) who sang sensitive songs about heartbreak in a macabre cabaret style, holding a bottle of red wine in one hand and a hammer in the other. I love her.

I didn't really know what to wear, so I wore absinthe-coloured stockings and big crimson butterflies in my hair. Several people stopped me to complement my outfit, which didn't seem like much of an outfit to me as it wasn't made out of materials intended for furnishings and hadn't taken me several days. I guess the folk who tend to frequent the place don't dress up so much. How terribly sad for them.

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