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Just thought up some more really bad Political Headlines as I gaily strolled down the Shoreditch Stretch.

How about:


(as in “Down and Out”)




Let’s not tempt fate now as the words of Janis Joplin might take on extra poignancy as we realise too late that_



Who’s going to get to bed PEGGIE CLEGGIE, I wonder? Brrrrrrr, shiver…

Just popped into the corner shop and thought this was quite amusing. In another life I would love to create newspaper headlines. How about:


GORDON Bléuff?



OK the last won, sorry one, could be perhaps misconstrued as being a teeny bit politically incorrect. Indeed.

What I’d really like to see is a WELL-HUNG Parliament. Or maybe not… Puerile, I know.

I want these really badly. Really, really BADLY.

My B + W speakers got delivered last week. Yes, I have now started to build up my perfect Hi-Fi. Long over-due. I started small with a pair of the 686s. This is uncharted territory for me so cautious baby steps for now. What worries me is how quickly I could slip into Anorak Territory. I do have an addictive personality so this could become a very dangerous, very expensive VICE…

Mind you, I’ve never regretted buying a book or a CD. And what’s the point in obsessively colour-coding your iTunes library [click here to view my post on this] if you’re not going to listen to it through decent speakers? I’ve spent months doing my research, speaking to sound technician friends and Hi-Fi obsessives. I’ve whiled away many a night on e-bay, watching how much speakers and amps go for. The names are so exotic: Linn, Rotel, Celestion Ditton, Kef… The choice is mind-boggling. All those shiny, new playthings! What Hi-Fi ( and have been very useful.

I decided to go British. So B+W 686s speakers teamed with a Cambridge Audio Azur [see, I’m sounding like a Soundophile, already] it was. Gee, I need another bad habit like Gordon Brown needs a prayer. Actually, he does need a prayer. On a wing… I’m already lasciviously  drooling over some speaker stands… And some B + W floor-standers. STOP IT! Ooooh, but they look so goooood… Deep, deep sigh.

And those P5 headphones. I mean, C’MON! Work of art. Just look at how beautifully crafted those Bad Boys are. New Zealand lamb skin. Hmmm… Ergonomic design. Hmmmm. Made for iPod… Music to my ears. Literally…. My Seinheiser IE8s seem so terribly inferior now…

On the upside. A B+W purchase gets you a membership to their Society of Sound – a site where you can download exclusive albums recorded in Lossless Audio format. They are FLAC files and you might want to download the X-Act programme to convert them to AIFFs or WAVs. Now I’m just showing off! Well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Pass me my ANORAK.

Bowers + Wilkins Stockist:

Cambridge Audio Stockist:

I don’t want to come across as arrogant, dismissive, self-righteous or just plain uppity but hey, why not? It’s Monday_

Here goes. Fashion blogs that are just rife with uploaded editorials are my bête noire. Done. Said. But I’m not quite finished yet. OK, so Dear Perpetrator,

You obviously have at least one functioning eye. How else could you see all those darn lovely glossy magazines in RD Franks? You must have fingers too. How did it feel to run said fingers over all those glossy covers? How did it feel to hear Natasha P. whisper: Buy me, buy me, buy me…? It felt good, didn’t it? Really good as you got home and spread out your paper treasures on your bed in your bedroom in a converted council block flat just behind Bethnal Green Road. And you certainly must own a scanner too. How else could you upload those images onto your blog, doing so with great care to make sure the pages were properly aligned? I tell you what; if I want to see the entire Prada spring campaign or that David Sims shoot from Lala Magazine I’ll pop down to the shops myself and buy a copy. OK?


See Like Me made me eat my words. I saw the error of my ways. I’ve checked it out ever since the Lovely Lauryn alerted me to its existence last week. You see, they don’t just Scan ‘n’ Slap. They make discerning choices and interview the models. A very clever idea. The usually silent model is given a voice. And they lay the images out quite nicely, thank you very much. So Darling Perpetrator, watch and learn. Style and Substance can go together. Now let that scanner have a little rest, will you?