Web Curios 22/02/19

Web Curios 22/02/19
A NEW PARTY! JUST WHAT WE ALL WANTED! Except it’s not the good sort of party, the type with party rings and sausage rolls and a secret stash of uppers that you find at 3am in the host’s sock drawer and which you know will add a whole new spin to the gathering - no, sadly it’s the other sort of party, all halitosis and misery and h...
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Web Curios 15/02/19

Web Curios 15/02/19
OH GOD THERE IS A NEW NEWSLETTER CMS AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT AND I AM LATE AND HAVE A MEETING IN 90 MINUTES AND I AM STILL IN MY PANTS (little peek behind the authorial curtain for you there, you're welcome). I have to run - you take care of all the links and stuff, and please shut the door behind you on your way out; this, as ever, is the overlo...
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Web Curios 08/02/19

Web Curios 08/02/19
They're getting rid of all the self-harm stuff on Insta! That'll sort out the growing feelings of fear, alienation, anxiety, rootlessness, despair, precariety, anomie, anhedonia, listlessness, loss and general fcuking confusion amongst the young, won't it? I would make some sort of joke about bandaging an axewound but, well, I don't want to give an...
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Web Curios 25/01/19

Web Curios 25/01/19
Welcome to a week in which it appears that literally everything that happens in the world now is the news equivalent of 'The Dress' or 'Yanny vs Laurel' - EVERYTHING IS BINARY AND NOTHING EXISTS BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES.  Or at least it is if you live on the internet - so, er, why not stop it? After you've choked down this week's particularly appe...
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Web Curios 18/01/19

Web Curios 18/01/19
You want a summary of the past week? Here you go . Listen, IT'S ALL TRUE.   Yes, whatever the opposite of perpetual motion is we in the UK seem to have invented and perfected it. What's going to happen next week? What? Nothing meaningful, but an awful lot of pointless hot air and rhetoric? Nah, thanks mate, I'm alright actually.  Tha...
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Web Curios 11/01/19

Web Curios 11/01/19 Rich Leigh
AND SO IT COMMENCES ANEW! The days and the nights and the work and the fear and the grind and the... NO! No more! ENOUGH! You don't need this! It's hard enough for you, isn't it, with the glow of the holidays naught but a distant memory and the unwelcome return to wageslavery, without me wanging on about how dreadful everything is.  Consider t...
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Web Curios 14/12/18

Web Curios 14/12/18
 YOU HAVE TO LAUGH, DON'T YOU, EH? EH??? You know what? Fcuk it, neither you nor I want to read anything about the news or the state of the world right now. It's almost Christmas, and I am  tired . I imagine you are too.  This is the last Web Curios of 2018 - in a rare moment of genuine sincerity, I'd like to say thanks to everyone w...
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Web Curios 07/12/18

Web Curios 07/12/18
Is it all going to be over on Tuesday night? Is it? CAN WE FINALLY STOP TALKING ABOUT THE FCUKING B WORD ON TUESDAY NIGHT??? 'No' is the short answer, but let's pretend we didn't hear it and instead envisage a glorious future where I open next week's final Curios of 2018 with some sort of heartwarming and genuinely optimistic shortform essay about ...
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Web Curios 30/11/18

Web Curios 30/11/18
Have you all got over the excitement of the BIG COW (not in fact a cow)? Good, thank fcuk for that, let's focus on the things that  matter .  Or, more accurately, let's focus on a whole load of largely pointless links and words - I am LATE today, so this intro is going be even more phoned in than usual. Still, rest assured that everyone e...
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Web Curios 23/11/18

Web Curios 23/11/18
Can we now officially call everyone who supports UKIP a racist, then? Is that OK? Good!  I can't be bothered to get angry about politics today, it seems (more) futile (than normal). I'm also in a hurry, so by way of preamble let me point out that it's getting very cold, that this country is in the grip of an appalling, embarrassing housing cri...
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Web Curios 16/11/18

Web Curios 16/11/18
What is it about politics that attracts the world's worst people? I mean, it's true isn't it - look at them this week, plotting and preening and self-regarding and mindwanking themselves raw on the power fantasies whilst only-just-metaphorically sh1tting all over us. Thanks, Conservatives! Thanks! Thanks everyone! I don't know if I've ever mentione...
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Web Curios 09/11/18

Web Curios 09/11/18
Well thank GOD that's all done with - the culture wars are over! AHAHAHAHAHAHA NO THEY ARE NOT THEY WILL NEVER END! As we move into a new reality, one in which the ostensibly simple fact of a press conference can usher in a spittle flecked debate about the very nature of truth, it dawned on me this week that, more than anything else, it very much f...
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Web Curios 02/11/18

Web Curios 02/11/18
I know this has been a tricky week, with all sorts of stress and pain and difficulty and quite a lot of general 'wow, everything seems really quite messy and terrible, doesn't it?'-type vibes knocking about, but, well, I have spent much of it being a digital cowboy and frankly that's been enough to ensure that I've not really spent too much time th...
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Web Curios 26/10/18

Web Curios 26/10/18
Obviously the Philip Green stuff comes as a TOTAL SHOCK, but can we not lose sight of the continuing insanity of the Saudi stuff, please? Not least the truly astonishing sight of the lovable Crown Prince openly making gags about disappearing people whilst onstage  - it's worth digging out the footage if you can find it, as the way he fist-bump...
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Web Curios 19/10/18

Web Curios 19/10/18
Does this mean we now have to stop lauding the Saudi regime for its incredibly progressive decision to let women drive cars? Does this mean that they're the bad guys again? What? They were  always  the bad guys? GOD IT'S ALL JUST SO HARD. Welcome to yet another week in which once again we have been shown that if you're rich enough you rea...
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Web Curios 12/10/18

Web Curios 12/10/18 Gordon Hatton, CC licence
Can we all agree that noone is ever allowed to use the term '4-dimensional chess' ever again, even ironically? Good, at least we can agree on  something .  You know, one of the worst things about writing this godawful newsletterblogthing is the fact that I painted myself into a corner a few years ago by creating a sort of editorial policy...
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Web Curios 05/10/18

Web Curios 05/10/18
Were I a different type of writer, making an unsuccessful pitch for a scriptwriting gig on a mid-level Radio 4 topical comedy show, I’d probably open by making some poorly structured and slightly hackneyed gag about October’s arrival, noticing a chill in the air, and OH LOOK IT’S THE COLD WAR AGAIN. Thankfully for all of you, I am...
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Web Curios 28/09/18

Web Curios 28/09/18
​ HELLO I AM BACK DID YOU MISS ME HELLO! Don't, please, answer that; I've had a lovely fortnight off, ignoring the internet and swimming and eating sea urchin (Jesus, so much sea urchin, so many lovely gonads) and meeting excellent cats and generally horsing around, and to be honest your crushing indifference to mine and Web Curios' return might ju...
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Web Curios 07/09/18

Web Curios 07/09/18
HELLO EVERYONE I GO ON HOLIDAY TOMORROW FOR TWO WEEKS I AM SO EXCITED I MIGHT PROLAPSE! Yes, fine, I know that you personally couldn't give a flying one about my plans, but it's my blognewsletterthingy and I will open it however I like so  there . Welcome to the final Curios til 28 September, the last, wheezing gasp of Summer before we usher i...
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Web Curios 31/08/18

Web Curios 31/08/18
So, I went to Leeds. And I survived, but dear GOD am I glad it was only a day and that I am not 16 any more. WHY ARE YOU ALL TAKING SO MUCH KETAMINE, FESTIVALGOING CHILDREN OF THE UK? WHY DO YOU ALL SHOUT 'WHOOMP THERE IT IS'  EVERY TIME THE DJ DOES SOMETHING GOOD? WHY AM I SO OLD AND CONFUSED? Anyway, I felt old and baffled and basically like...
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