Pretty in Punk















If you already have your limited edition Converse/Clash shoes and Sex Pistols oven gloves you’re probably at a loss about what to do with your discretionary income.

Well, fret no more…

“Another boring scarf? More mittens? We’re not gonna take it! And neither should you! Pretty in Punk salutes counterculture fashion with 25 entirely original designs inspired by fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, and punk legends. Indulge your girly side with the Ready Steady Go mini skirt, rebel with Feel the Pain wrist cuffs, or channel your inner rock star with the very same Mohawk hat Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore wears on stage. Whether you’re new to knitting or a veteran desperately seeking patterns with an edge, you’ll find projects here for every mood and every genre. With step-by-step instructions, helpful technical illustrations and intarsia graphs, plus high-fashion photos of all the finished projects, Pretty in Punk is the only authority on anti-authority knitting.”

“The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.” – Paris Hilton


Too late for tears

June 27, 2007


“Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the former.”

Albert Einstein



May 17, 2007

As today is apparently “Ascension Day” it seems appropriate to commemorate the life (and death) of the Nazerine with this picture of the plate that currently illuminates my kitchen wall:


Depicting, as it does, “The Life of Christ in Cats”, this beautiful, 19cm diameter masterpiece of the plate makers art always makes me smile and, occasionally, even strikes me as being almost reverentially spiritual (in a Serrano “Piss Christ” sort of way).

Definitely the best thing Viz magazine ever produced.

The second half of a 15-minute segment from the BBC TV program “The Bullshit Detective” that exposes so-called “crystal healing”.


This is the truth

April 12, 2007

Peter Howson - Madonna and Ogre

Despite having “a new found faith in Christianity” (generally the kiss of death to any kind of creativity), Peter Howson, “Scotland’s greatest living painter” ™ has now managed to produce a triumvirate of highly pleasing paintings of my favourite celebrity idiot and orphan botherer, the graceless Madonna. As can be seen from the extract above, also featuring her equally boorish husband (referred to here by Howson as ‘Ogre’),  he has succinctly and expertly captured the repulsive allure of the “golden couple”.



Historical note: “Scotland’s greatest living painter” was actually born in England.

As if it mattered

April 4, 2007

“Brits will on average be enjoying over 3.5 eggs each over the Easter weekend alone. But over a quarter don’t know why handing them out symbolises the birth of Jesus…”

Somerfield Supermarket press release


We are fam-i-lee

February 19, 2007

“You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something.
Nowadays everybody’s crazy.

Charles Manson

Image source: Nick Bougas (


  • No, please, no more.


January 27, 2007

Strip-Searched by Her Boss: Inside a bizarre and disturbing hoax.

An 11-minute video extract from ABC News 20/20 program.