Philip Glass on Sesame Street. His distinctive music + lovely, simple animation. Outstanding (via Russell Davies).

Daphne Padden travel poster

Allison at The Lark has posted this great set of vintage British travel posters by Daphne Padden. She's got a wonderful quirky style and they're so of their time, in a really nice way. Her style looks very familiar but I'd never heard of her before. Anyone know any more?

Lovely France

Popcards.Fr has a fullsome collection of kitschy and accidentally beautiful French postcards from the 50s-70s. I felt compelled to look at every one and they're all good. There's a deeply strange men's lib section - shifty looking blokes trying to look natural in unnatural settings - reading a story to one's imaginary friend, or writing a novel on a whoopee cushion. And À la ville is full of boring postcards from the Playtime era. Lovely stuff.

The Tunnock's Factory, Uddingston

Latest entry on Nothing To See Here is an appreciation of the Tunnock's factory in Uddingston, near Glasgow. Not only are we Scots lucky enough to dine on their wondeful sweetmeats all day every day, but we're within easy reach of their factory and tea room, which sells rare Tunnock's products. I was lucky enough to go on a factory tour last year, which was a real Willy Wonka experience. Fans who can't make it inside will have to gaze on the illuminated Caramel Wafer and dream.

I do hope the telly's going to get better this year. People think I'm dedicated to I like, but sometimes I only write so much because I get restless and there's nothing on the box. During the dark winter nights I come home and just want to belong. I turn on the telly (about 8.30-9ish) and want to watch something but it's totally dire. Last week I thought "I'll go back to Grand Designs" (an old favourite which I went off) but after one episode I remembered how irritating the people on it are. I don't ever watch that much telly so it must be bad if I'm noticing it.

My 2007 viewing habits:

  • Watched religiously: Flight of the Conchords, The Mighty Boosh, Californication, Lead Balloon, Ugly Betty, Outnumbered, Harry Hill's TV Burp, Doctor Who, The American Office, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, The IT Crowd, Still Game, Kath & Kim, Armstrong & Miller, Dragon's Den, Gavin & Stacey, Nigella Express, The Sopranos, Drake and Josh, Spongebob Squarepants, 30 Rock.
  • Watched semi-religiously if there was nothing better to do: X Factor, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI - anything else from the "men in chairs" genre.
  • Started but didn't finish: Shameless, Heroes, ER, The Peter Serafinowicz Show (dear god, how bad was that programme?), Saxondale, Big Brother, My Name is Earl, The Sarah Silverman Show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Cranford, The Culture Show, Coast, Wife Swap.
  • Don't watch: Lost, 24, Life on Mars. soaps, daytime TV, anything mildly depressing, loads of other stuff probably.

Am I missing something? Is there some great programme that I might like? Does all the great telly start in February? So many questions. I'm ready to commit. What are you guys watching? What's going to be big in 2008?

Grain elevators, Caldwell, Idaho

The Library of Congress Flickr stream (via Coudal) releases thousands of beautiful photos onto the web. In particular, there are lots of wonderful photos of American life from the 1930s and 40s. Was the world really a different colour then?

Lovely cow

I wouldn't normally comment on something like this, not being a designer like, but Pentagram's redesign of Dairy Today magazine is fantastic. Look at these cows - they're as glamorous as movie stars (via Acejet170).


Flip Flop Flying (with a 'g', sister to Flip Flop Flyin') is one of my top 5 blogs ever. Craig, who writes it, is a very talented artist but the blog is more about daily life than great art; It's quite random and grumpy sometimes, and overall, human. So now something exciting has happened - Craig has packed his bags, left Berlin and is wandering about South America, posting brilliant pictures of daily life over there. Latest installments include going to a bullfight and the joy of Mexican house numbers.

Vintage LOT label

How tickled I am to be guest editor on Coudal Partner's excellent Fresh Signals. I'm a long-time admirer of their work so it's a real honour to get the keys to the door. I've been trawling through the I like archives looking for forgotten gems. The first is Aerolot, a fansite for LOT Polish Airlines which is full of beautifully designed vintage airline ephemera. More to come at Coudal throughout the month.


I like has had a makeover at last. It's only taken 4 years or so. Thanks to all of you who commented on the proposal. I made changes as a result, hopefully for the better. Despite best efforts I can't find a copy of the old, much-loved font, so it's Clarendon all the way. I've only changed over the home page at the moment, in a real fur coat and no knickers style. Once it's had a chance to settle in (and I've had a break from looking at it all) I'll do the rest. Ach, it's all RSS these days anyway, does anyone still care about this stuff?*

If you have comments/complaints do chip in. Otherwise, it'll be business as usual. There will be more tweaks to come, but I wanted to get something up rather than tinkering forever.

*Obviously I do or I wouldn't have bothered.

The Radar Museum, RAF Neatishead, Norfolk

Another plug for Nothing To See Here, this time the Radar Museum in Norfolk which may be of interest to military historians/Cold War enthusiasts/Dr. Strangelove fans.

Vinyl sleeve head

Turn yourself into a famous album - the new craze, spreading faster than the norovirus (via The Skinny).

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