It was 15:50. I was minding my own business, about to purchase a much-needed hot chocolateα at Newcastle's central stationβ, when it happened.
The boys of the NYPD choir were singing “Galway Bay”
And the bells were ringing out for Christmas Day
Entering the station's Costa-brand coffee-shop, a tinny speaker at the back was weakly blaring out the Pogues' “Fairytale of New York”. I held out hope that it could be a remix or a cover, but the closer i got, the clearer the sound, and it quickly became apparent that, apart from Radio 1's censorship of the naughty bits, this was the original. I had lost the Pogues game.
You scumbag, you maggot
I had a good run, surviving for a while after many of my friends had perished. 15 days: almost halfway through December, and three-fifths of the way until Christmas. Let's hope for even better luck next year!
- Working on a post about some strange (not really in a fun way) websites i happened upon recently.
- Not much of an avid reader, but i've been working my way through George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Robert Macfarlane's Underland; both are, of course, excellent.
- 100 Gecs have a Christmas song out called “sympathy 4 the grinch”. It's a welcome return to form; i couldn't really get into their Tree of Clues stuff or their recent collabs.γ
- If only it were Florida: Ayrshire man crosses the Irish Sea on a pair of jetskis to visit his girlfriend on the Isle of Man, gets arrested for breaking covid restrictions
- Bloomberg have published their 2020 “jealousy list” of stories they wish they'd written. Some highlights:
- The Black American amputation epidemic
- I called everyone in Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book
- A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel
- Thirty-six thousand feet under the sea: the explorers who set one of the last meaningful records on Earth — this one might be good enough to get a look in in the month-end recap