One Way Pendulum poster by Marc Baines

One Way Pendulum is the choice for this month's Monorail Film Club.

A 1964 gem from Woodfall Films it sounds like a vintage slice of celluloid nuttiness involving Jonathan Miller, Peggy Mount, Eric Sykes and other Great British characters. My friend Marc Baines has picked it and even drew a poster for the occasion, bless him. It is showing at 7.30 on Sunday 26 September in the GFT.

Perfect time

I'm off to the Do Lectures this weekend - lots of thinkers and doers in a campsite in Wales, organised by Howies. I haven't been to that bit of Wales before (Cardigan Bay) so am looking forward to that, as well as the speakers, good company etc.

If any of you reading this are going too, please say hello.

Back next week, fully inspired hopefully.

Merry Christmas

I'm hoping to catch up on I like during the holidays, but in case you're heading off - have a very merry Christmas.

[Illustration by the sublime Richard Scarry.]

Made in the Shade at The Lighthouse

There are lots of crafty goings-on in Glasgow this (long) weekend. On Saturday Made in the Shade returns to The Lighthouse from 10.30-5. There's a fantastic line-up of local talent, plus a special appearance from Lady Luck Rules OK.

Granny Would Be Proud at the Argyll Hotel

Then on Sunday Granny Would Be Proud returns to The Argyll Hotel, for vintage and handmade crafty goodness.

Milk carton presidents

Reposted from November 2004 - American presidents made from milk cartons. Good luck America!

I've got two tickets for interesting2008 going spare. It's on 21 June at Conway Hall in London. Tickets cost £20 each. If anyone's interested drop me a line or leave a comment. In the event of more than two applications there will be a prize draw on Sunday night. interesting2007 was a blast and this year's line up looks smashing. It's sold out so speak now. Does anyone know what time it starts, btw? I'm probably not going but was wondering if I can make it down in the morning.

Update: Tickets gone.

This was the first Easter-related thing I could think of. A bit of Mott from 1973.

Merry Christmas

Happy Festivus and a Merry Christmas to you, one and all. I hope Santa's good to you.

George Square helter skelter

Glasgow's George Square is looking great for Christmas. We were out last night for the Radiance Festival, (widely Flickrd) where there are lots of light installations around the city centre and finished with a trip to George Square which was full of lights of a non-artistic kind. I like them best. Even better than the Helter Skelter is the Old Tyme Brooklyn Cakewalk, a big shoogly walkway that pumps out organ music while you wobble about. It's here for Winterfest, a series of festivals covering Radiance, St Andrew's Day (on Friday), Christmas and Hogmanay. Happy holidays.

Glasgow Craft Mafia

Glasgow Craft Mafia, a collective of groovy crafty types is getting off the ground this week with a launch party at Home in Albion Street, followed by some markets over the next couple of months. Check out the members to see what's in store. It's an ideal place to start your Christmas shopping.

Bigmouth Bikes Again is a smashingly-named fundraising event for Salford Lads Club, mecca for Smiths devotees everywhere. Pay £5 and bring your bike on Sunday 30 September to recreate the Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before video where lots of proto-Morrisseys (and one real one) rode around on old boneshakers. My claim to fame is that I was almost in that video. They recruited the "stars" through a fanzine called Smiths Indeed and I dutifully sent my photo in, promising to cut my (long at the time) hair and put it in a quiff if that was required. Hell, I would have shaved it all off if Morrissey had asked. Needless to say, I didn't get the call. Thanks to Kate at Sunset Ices for the tip - she'll be there in her lovely Every Day Is Like Sunday van dispensing ice cream to the bespectacled masses. Photo from Salford Lads Club's entry on Nothing To See Here.

  • Thursday 19 July - Miso Funky Market
    5-8.30 at Sloans in the Argyll Arcade. Lots of good stalls and crafty things.
  • Sunday 22 July - Grey Gardens showing at the GFT
    Part of the excellent Monorail Film Club. Introduced by Roxanne Clifford of The Royal We.
  • Until July 28 - Have a go on a hovercraft
    Between Kircaldy and Portobello crossing the Firth of Forth. It's a 2 week trial to see if this works as commuter transport. Hovercraft! Cool!
  • Until August 26 - Adventures in Time and Space
    Doctor Who memorabilia exhibition at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. We've been. It's small, but good.

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