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This valentine's day, all i need is.....

A guy who looks like a young Paul Weller to enter my life and whisk me away on the back of his Vespa.

Is that too much to ask for???

Writer's Block: Conversation starters

Are there any subjects you either embrace or totally avoid talking about when you meet someone new?

Red light: Politics and religion (especially as I hang around a lot of skinheads and it's always a bit dubious. For the most part, I just assume that they're apolitical and political and religious talk would be boring)
Green light: Music, subcultures, pop culture, alcohol.

I tend to find myself in a rut though, because when I talk to someone about subcultures or pop culture, I find two kinds of people. The first is someone who loves talking about it but doesn't have the theoretical and critical knowledge as I do. The second kind is the person knows the theoretical and critical side of it (usually someone who attends university) but thinks talking about it is a waste of time and effort. The last is probably the worst because they think it's outdated or trivial. Like for example, fair enough punks, skins, teds, rudies, mods, rastas, and all those dynamic subcultures which blossomed in the 50s-80s are arguably dead (arguably... I would argue otherwise, but I understand they're 'just not what they use to be') but the model, both cultural and sociological can still be applied to modern subcultures and problematising that CCS model is just as fascinating about the historical side of it. I personally find how subcultures create and develop in other countries fascinating, and how technology plays a role in subcultural communication and circulation. It's a chapter that needs to be articulated because we'll be looking back on this shit yo.

Writer's Block: Home sweet home

Do you have a favorite aesthetic style in terms of home design? If money were no object, how would you change your home?


I was born in the wrong decade in terms of design and aesthetics. My heart gets all excited whenever I see anything remotely mid-century modernist. It's one of the reasons why I like shopping at Ikea because they still operate on that modernist principal.

But man, just European mid century modernist design is the ultimate interior design aesthetic. Those clean lines! Those bizarre and modern shapes! The use of both synthetic and natural materials! Those bold colours and eye catching prints!

I mean, a lot of people would assume that if I were to own my own house and have all the money in the world, it'd end up looking like their grandma's house. But I guess it would; if their grandmother was some sleek and sexy super spy with a super planned house with all the mod cons plus more... like a closet that doubles as a cocktail bar that doubles as an artillery display.

I guess I would scatter it with kitsch items, but I think the overall feel would be something straight out of the pages of Atomic Ranch Magazine.

Writer's Block: Bone appetit!

If your pet were arranging a dinner party, who do you think they would invite and what would they serve?

My cat Toby would throw a boring old man dinner party. He would invite the young stray cat that looks like him/reminds him of his youth, and a couple a cute lady cats. But the dinner conversation will be so boring that they leave so I end up coming over and keeping him company.

Also, he will only serve cans of Snappy Tom.
How do you think online dating has changed the way people meet and form relationships? Do you think it's increased or diminished the superficial emphasis placed on looks and financial status?

It's interesting to read other peoples' responses to this as they are largely varying. But honestly, the most sound arguments come from those who are in serious relationship with someone they've met online, because they've given it a go instead of falling for the usual internet-related panic, and it seems all of them find it's not as bad or as daggy as everyone makes it out to be.

Ok, I might not be referring strictly to online dating and online dating sites, but I am really tired of hearing people say that when you're on the internet, it's easier to lie. You'll find that for the most part, the freedom of the internet compels people to be honest as it's easier to find people who have common interests, thinking, etc. And anyway, where does it say that people can't lie about who they are in real life either?

It gives people a winning chance to meet someone they wouldn't have met otherwise. See, I believe there's more than one "soul mate" for any given person out there. By soul mate i mean just someone who you could easily love for the rest of your life because you just match in ways that are unexplainable.
The only problem with internet relationships that I can think of is what if you find that one of your soul mates isn't even in the same hemisphere? It's things like that which make you think of what would happen "IRL". You ask yourself questions like who travels to whom, what kind of sacrifices am I willing to make? That kinda shizz.
Are there any classic holiday movies or TV shows that you look forward to watching year after year? What are your all-time favorites? Are there any you simply can't stand?

My all time favourite is an animation of The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen.

I remember watching this when I was still in primary school and not really remembering much of the story but instead remembering how I felt really, really, really sad after watching it. Up until only recently, I wasn't even sure if I watched it. All I could say was "it was a sad christmas story about a girl and her matches... I think she dies in the end!" and thats why I was sad.

But its the story of a poor girl who's on the streets at New years eve trying to sell matches but no one would buy them. She didn't want to go home because she didn't sell any of them and her father would beat her. So she sits in a little corner and to keep warm she lights one of her matches to keep warm. The first match she sees the vision of a beautiful christmas tree, the second match brings a vision of a Christmas feast but she can't eat it. She sees a falling star and it reminds her of her deceased grandma who told her that when a star falls it means someone in the world has died and has gone to heaven. The girl strikes a third match and it brings the vision of her grandma who was the only one to love her. She kept striking the matches to keep the vision of her grandma. She knew her matches would eventually run out so she asks her grandma to take her with her. And her grandma does. The match dies out and so does the girl.
The next morning people find the little girl dead in a corner with her spent matchsticks, but the girl has rosy cheeks and a smile on her face. They all say how unfortunate it was that she died on the eve of the new year and she must have been cold and lonely, but they didn't know of the visions and that she had gone with her grandma and is no longer cold and lonely.




But anyway, I love ABC kids christmas programming because they have all the christmas story animations and Christmas episodes of kids shows.


Dear potential new friend,

I just wanted to tell you that I actually do write in here quite a lot; spilling and revealing all sorts of things, pretty frequently. But at present you can't see any of it because it's all friends only!

But that's ok, all you need to do is leave me a comment and I'll most likely add you back.


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Dear community promoters,

Please post your community promotion things here!
I will get email notifications of your promotion and if they take my fancy, you'll definitely be hearing from me.


Steph is the winnarrr

Mosquitos have 47 teeth, while I only have 32.

Fortunately, I have a finer appreciation of aesthetics, better taste in music and more friends than the average mosquito.

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