This post was partly inspired by the release of romcom Last Christmas (which features the many musical talents of George Michael), and the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot of music recently. Enjoy!
Everyone will have their favourite character from The Good Place (2016-), a show set in the afterlife and more shocks and twists than you could ever begin to imagine. Mine is the rather dim-witted Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto), the failed DJ (or rather “pre-successful”) with an unflinching loyalty to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Time for more professional animal photos. These are some of the finalists from The Natural History Museum annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 exhibition that I saw through The Evening Standard. Do you have a favourite?
Photography has always been such a big passion of mine, especially when linked with wildlife. So when I saw that the winners and finalists for the British Wildlife Photography Awards had just been announced, I had to share my favourites right away. The competition has been running since 2009, features 15 different categories and is open to both amateurs and professionals. Do you have a favourite? Can you guess the overall winner?
It was the Edinburgh Fringe recently, so in tribute here are a combination of eight one-liners from the competition just gone and the previous nine years. Have you ever been? Do you have a favourite?
“A thesaurus is great. There’s no other word for it.”
Ross Smith (2019)
“I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”
Tim Vine (2010)
“My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart.”
Masai Graham (2016)
“I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.”
Ken Cheng (2017)
“I’ve decided to sell my hoover – well, it was just collecting dust.”
Tim Vine (2014)
“I’ve got an Eton-themed advent calendar, where all the doors are opened for me by my dad’s contacts.”
Ivo Graham (2019)
“Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job, knowing that if you get fired you still have to come in the next day.”
Adam Rowe (2018)
“Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy.”
Richard Stott (2019)
I don’t normally reference fashion (save perhaps for Fashion and Art at The Chocolate Show and Film Quizzes: Stylish and Iconic Female Outfits) but I had to share these photos from The Christian Dior Exhibition at the V&A. Are you a big fan of Dior? Have you been to the V&A? They do great exhibitions, including the Pink Floyd one last year.
The heat has been sweltering the last few days. Seriously, seriously, hot. So following on from my recent Scorching Hot Weather Quiz I’ve chosen my eight favourite songs from a place that knows all about sunshine. Have you heard them all before? Feel free to share any songs about the Golden State you love or how you cope in such hot weather.
The weather here has been so bad lately, rain coming down hard and often, that I thought I’d use it as a good thing and post my favourite songs featuring rain in the title. With no particular order (and with apologies to Adele and Led Zeppelin), feel free to choose a favourite or any you want to add.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Well done is better than well said.
The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
You may delay, but time will not.
There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
Time for some wisdom by Ben Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers and an all-round talent (1706 – 1790). You can find another of his quotes here.
Regular readers will know how big a fan of cartoons I am, especially ones featuring animals. So it’s always nice to fun to post a collection of funny photos. These are from Scott Metzger, whose work you may well recognise from this post and the first cartoon from this one. Do you have any pets? Which is your favourite from the ones below?