Not that we don’t enjoy sadness, but maybe recently this blog has been a bit too downbeat, so today we’re going to concentrate on some of our favourite things. Don’t worry though, this is not a permanent change, I’m not suddenly going to turn carefree and happy – I’m not an idiot.
So here’s some crap on my favourite a) Non-Fiction Book, b) Public Fight and c) Shops in London. Then I will finish off with d) some naked pictures of me and my friends (as requested) and then e) my favourite things that I bought with donations blog readers have made so far (which also make me happy of course).
a) My favourite non-fiction book
So I’ve ranted enough about how much I like Bret Easton Ellis and have even permanently scarred my inner arm with his name like some obsessed lunatic. I may have even mentioned that my two favourite non-Bret Easton Ellis books are Bright Lights Big City by Jay McInerney and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. This is all about non-fiction though and my favourite non-fiction book of all time is The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach.
The book came out in 1980, which is a seminal year not only because that’s when I was born but also because it was the beginning of a decade that gave us The Smiths, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, Less Than Zero and Samantha Fox.
The Official Preppy Handbook is the most hilarious, tongue-in-cheek book every written. Sadly, I take it seriously. I have nothing to do with real American rich preppy people of course, but I’m fascinated by their culture. As far as I know, there haven’t been any recent publications of this book and it’s very rare to find – I bought mine on ebay a few years back for about £30. If you happen to have a copy, please send it to me, because I would like to collect them and mine is falling apart.
Here’s an expert from the book and here’s its cover:
“THE VIRTUES OF PINK AND GREEN. The wearing of the pink and the green is the surest and quickest way to group identification within the Prep set. There is little doubt for doubt or confusion when you see these colors together – no one else in his right mind would sport such a chromatically improbable juxtaposition”.
b) My favourite public fight
As everyone knows fighting is very sexy. Not set up, contrived WWF fighting, but real scraps, preferably between straight guys. I don’t want to get involved in a fight myself (I’m too short to have a chance with anyone unless I headbutt them on the lower abdomen) but I sure enjoy watching one.
The best fight that has ever taken place in front of the world’s media happened in 2004 before the football World Cup and it was between Sweden players Olaf Mellberg and Freddie Ljungberg. Now those guys separately are quite attractive to start with. Fine, Freddie may be losing his hair and have a disconcerting interest in clothes and Olaf may have a big square head, thin arms and a wife, but I like them anyway alright?
Big square head Olaf:
Straight-acting / non-scene Freddie:
Completely wrong proportions Olaf:
But put them together on a football pitch grabbing each other’s throats and pushing each other to the ground and they become so much hotter. These are the scenes that made the 2004 World Cup for me:
c) My favourite shops in London
A reader asked me about this, so here goes. My absolutely favourite shop in terms of décor and concept is Ralph Lauren on Bond Street. It’s made up like an old library / mansion house and I would very much like to live there instead of buy clothes. The staff put me off a bit because they behave like they’re in an Agatha Christie novel from 1929, but I suppose that goes with the territory.
Apart from Ralph Lauren I go to Gucci a lot, but that’s because they are predictable and have most of the things that I dream up that I want at random moment (for example you suddenly decide to buy a pair of brown leather loafers – where else on earth would you go), not because I particularly like their stuff.
Then again there is H&M and the Gap where I go nearly every day at lunch and buy something cheap that will last for 2 weeks just to get me through the day.
Now I’m sure I’ve bored everyone so I will write up points d) (naked pictures) and e) (things bought thanks to you) tomorrow.
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