verbal rhia

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Michael Jackson

—11 2 4 6 8 Mj/Pete Rock Mix

Folks! If you never got round to downloading the free MJ mixtape made by the ledge that is Jazzy Jeff…do it today! It’s full of a capella, cuts and obscure album slices with a twist of hip hop making it the perfect tribute. Download it. Whack it on to CD. And play it wherever you are.

Here’s a lil’ taster for y’all :)

Northern Qtr, Manchester :)

Northern Qtr, Manchester :)

From treadmill to red carpet

I was discussing inappropriate gymwear with friends this week, and one mentioned spotting a girl working the cross trainer in a matching flannel tracksuit à la Juicy Couture.

Heave! Besides the obvious, velour tracksuits are hideous because the material has the same affect on me as cotton wool or nails across slate.

So what does Erin Fetherston turn up wearing to the Met Gala?

Erin Fetherston Met Gala Juicy Couture

Picture: Getty Images

Aha. Look closely and it is Juicy’s hi shine velour. The gown is a sneak preview of what to expect from the new Erin-Juicy collaboration. I don’t quite know what to make of it on the red carpet. It’s a bit like when the ketchup on your fry-up runs into your baked beans. Not. quite. right.

But the Costume Institute Gala is all about the extravagance and being a little wacky and I give that accolade to M.I.A who wore a specially commissioned Alexander Wang for Gap piece. Unusual as it is, this sheer gold spiderweb of a frock is still toned down compared to her usual style. She’s one of the few who can pull it off and looks effing great in it.

M.I.A Met Gala, Alexander Wang for Gap

The Chemical Brothers

—Star Guitar

Part of my It’s-Friday-and-summer-is-only-around-the-corner mini playlist:

Inner City - Good Life (Edit)

Rene & Angela - I’ll Be Good

Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me

Inner City - Pennies From Heaven

Frankie Knuckles pres. Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body

808 State - Pacific State

Summer is a-comin’

sunny photomalaffs from the past couple weeks…


St. Paul’s from an old window at the Tate


millenium bridge


little sprogs in the garden finally blooming


pretty blue grape hyacinths :)

Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it’s a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It’s only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I ­always have to feel that I’m bunking off from something.

Geoff Dyer on writing (from the Guardian’s Tips for Writers (via phoenixlily)

(so true..!)