Sunday, 20 July 2008

Monday 21/07/08

First here’s a reminder for the Best Reader Body competition – email pics to london.preppy@gmail.com. I will not give up on this until I have a few entries at least. Maybe just one even, you know?

On Saturday morning I’m on a crazy high, a high that you can only get when you’ve only slept a couple of hours the night before, or perhaps taken some crystal meth (I don’t know – I don’t take drugs). So I go to the gym, I go to the gym nice and early before I start crashing against that wall at the predicted time of: early afternoon.

In the gym I do back and abs with Scott and then I go in the changing room to get changed, and something that has been happening quite a lot recently, happens again. Some guy comes up behind me and starts reading something out loud. At first I think that he’s reading my underwear waistband (underwear is all I’m wearing at the moment – the waistband says Lonsdale or something or other), but then I realise that he’s, in fact, reading my back tattoo. Which I’ve completely forgotten about.

A similar thing happened at Wireless Festival recently when I had my top off and some person came up from behind me and said, is this writing an actual tattoo? And I said err…no, of course not, because I thought he was referring to the word VULGAR that A Girl had written across my upper back. I’m sorry, but I can never remember I’ve got this long piece of writing down my back.

And right about now I’m starting to understand why people don’t usually get tattoos written in plain English and they choose to have Chinese or Arabic or Greek or some other made up language like that – if you have something that people can read…they will stop and read it. If you have an idiotic symbol or picture or pattern or squiggle or writing in a foreign language, people will see that you have a tattoo, take it in at a glance, and then turn away.

After the gym I go back home and pass out on the couch for 1.5 hours in front of an episode of The Vicar of Dibley and then I wake up and put on: skinny jeans from Topman, loose fitting open shirt from the Gap (you have to offset the tightness of the skinny jeans with a baggy top – you can’t wear tight clothes all over, unless you’re a self-obsessed London-centric queen, oh wait) and bright yellow espadrilles from Office, which is an outfit that looks like this:

I realise people will probably hate this outfit above, but I didn't ask, innit.
Then I meet up with Scott and we go over to Brendan’s new flat in Oval, for a small-scale housewarming party, and in this small-scale housewarming party the following things happen:

- People drink and chat I suppose
- We go on the rooftop deck area which has a direct view straight into the Oval cricket ground (picture below)
- Brendan’s new housemate asks us what we really think of Brendan and if he’s such a nice guy as everyone tells him, how come he doesn’t remember actually visiting this very flat that he’s now moved into, about a year ago with some person he met in club for a post-clubbing chill out party?
- We fail to come up with an answer for that
- I go home

Finally, having now looked into tickets to Australia quite carefully, I’ve realised that prices aren’t what they used to be due to increased fuel prices etc, and even though six months ago you could fly to Sydney with £650 return, you are now looking at around £1,100 if you’re lucky (I’m not even considering the Round The World ticket right now, which would be an additional few hundred pounds). So I’ve changed the name of my tip jar on the right to London Preppy’s Travelling Fund, which is as subtle a hint as I’m willing to make being as ridiculous as I am.

37 comments:

george said...

so you have finally caved into skinny jeans.....not bad. the roll up collar makes your outfit wacked.....put it down please.....you should go slim leg instead of skinny.....each to their own. if i spot you in the london streets wearing the horrid footwear can i come over and stab you? i won't even talk to you if that makes it easier.....peace......george

michael01 said...

Think how plane travel heats up the globe. This innocent-sounding trip to Sydney is really you doing your little part to destroy the atmosphere. Of course that flight (whichever one you choose) will take off whether you're on it or not. Still, a general downturn in air travel would be beneficial, as well as lower prices (to offset the rise caused by current fuel costs)-- but then that would create a sudden wave of air travel again. You see where this goes.

Tim in Italy said...

I recall entering the competition last year. All in fun, wasn't it? Then you posted the finalist and I was so mortified. The fact is, you're not going to win, or even come close, unless you're Top 'O The Mark, maybe the top 5% of your readership. Perhaps if you added a few categories so that the over 40 crowd wasn't competing with you 20 somethings who look so fucking ace. It's a bit intimidating.

Anonymous said...

at last, a decent outfit.
its the best one so far.
which means everyone else will hate it.

Trybaby said...

I don't get it. How is he living seemingly on the grounds of a cricket arena? Is he a grounds keeper? Or is this common for people in London to inhabit semi public spaces like this. Did he perhaps move out of the library for the stadium? Was his room on the London Eye too....rotate-y for his liking?

Anonymous said...

I think he really was checking out your arse and use the tattoo as an excuse -- I would.

Gav Dublin said...

Like, if strangers wanna read your tat in the gym (I suppose it's only natural to be curious), get some new glasses and do it from a non personal-space invasive distance, innit!

London Preppy said...

george: And the stabbing obsession continues...If I stop posting next week we all know what happened. IP addresses etc on my laptop

michael: Oh Michael. I hardly care about my own life or anything that surrounds me, do you think I'll care about this fucking planet?

tim: I'm just trying to keep it simple. It's a game and people can play along if they want

anon: I like you a lot

trybaby: Seemingly is the key word there. There's a street between the terrace and the ground

anon: He was gay actually I do know that much

gav: Well I should have known what was coming. I don't mind really

Jarrod said...

i agree airfare is getting to be a bit much. is the economy suffering as much in the UK as it is here in the states? i sent you a couple of pounds.

London Preppy said...

jarrod: I saw, thanks very much!

Yes, that's the only story we've been hearing recently. I try not to listen

Simon said...

Never thought I'd see the day - but the skinny jeans really suit you ;-) LondonIndie? Whatever would Lisa Birnbach say!

dimitri said...

hows the article going?
what magazine will it be in again, and when?
i wonder if we get that magazine in the states

London Preppy said...

simon: I like to think that Lisa is a forward thinker (yeah right) and would approve of the skinny jeans look (hmm...)

dmitri: I've submitted it. It's in Attitude magazine and I think it's in the September issue (if they end up using it)

Jakob said...

LOVE your quads in those jeans. But Amy Winehouse wants her shoes back.

Anonymous said...

Yawn

London Preppy said...

jakob: Big hair next

anon: Thanks for increasing my hit count, the number of my comments, etc

dimitri will from now on be "d" said...

so maybe i missed it. but whats the appeal of going to sydney? or is it simply a change of scenery?

London Preppy said...

d: Just a bit of change of scenery / experience some new things / come back to England which I love. That sort of thing

fran said...

love ur "new look".
the skinny jeans and the espadrilles look amazing. and the shirt fits perfetly!
congrats!

fran

London Preppy said...

fran: Thank you!

Stephen said...

Okay - this travel fund....

No one like the indignity of begging. This, I suppose, is why beggars now offer you a magazine in exchange for your £1 (or however much it costs these days).

With this in mind, I think your travel fund might do a bit better if you were to offer something in return (besides a wonderful blog which is excluded as pre-existing content).

I for one would make an offering for a nice photo of you to add to my small collection posing in a sweet manner, perhaps holding a small sing that reads "Thanks Steve-o you are the best!". Giving other the impression I have some friends, and attractive ones at that. Others might like a snapshot of your penis (not my cup of tea though).

Alternatively, you could offer some bespoke preppy tips to your readers that pony-up for the privilege.

Actually maybe it's just easier to rattle the donations tin............

Maluminas said...

ARGH! OMG! The PAIN! Thanks! When i glimpsed your skinny jeans my eyes shut down to protect my visual cortex from irreversible damage. I had to get my savant monkey to type this for me. Skinny jeans are Evil, specially when you have huge quads like that, its just wrong beyond anything the human psyche could summon! You better not bring those jeans with you to Australia, i might have to order my savant flock of gulls to kamikaze in the plane's turbines to destroy the dissident fabric. Id like to spare your life if possible so leave them in a dumpster before you board the plane. kthxbai.

DISCLAIMER: The above threat was really a joke, but i really dont like skinny jeans on men...

timbo said...

I like your shoes. My mom has them in just about every color.

Honestly though, that was one of your more flattering outfits.

j said...

do people actually send you money / buy you things from your wish list... if yes, who is pathetic enough to try to buy the affection of a possibly fictional person that they will never meet. if yes, why don't people buy me things. if no, i feel bad for being so mean.

Smackaroo said...

Get on a boat and sail to sydney.

Jon C said...

I think this whole "gay reading the tattoo on my back" storyline is just a futile attempt to get your readers to believe you have a tattoo in the first place. Same with the story the other day about Superman talking about your supposed leg tattoo.

E said...

Personally, I love the espadrilles. As far as the preppy response, I think you would be surprised how many men you see wearing espadrilles in Nantucket and all along Cape Cod, which as we all no is about the preppiest place on earth. I have 4 or 5 pair myself although I prefer more conservative navy or black. I love them with shorts or linen pants.

E said...

By the way, you get 10 pounds from me for validating my irrational love of espadrilles.

dickophile said...

i like the outfit. but whether that says something about the outfit or about me i dont know.

Owen said...

That view from Brendan's apartment is amazing. Does it mean he would get to watch cricket matches free? Does anyone in England watch cricket anymore?

London Preppy said...

stephen: That's a great suggestion. I will post about it next time. Thanks

maluminas: I do agree to some extent, especially with the big quads thing, they definitely do look better on thinner people

timbo: Ha ha. I think mine does too

jon: And I will continue to plant stories like that to drive people's perceptions...

e: Thank you very much. I'm thinking that I should actually get some in conservative colours too, because I genuinely like them and would like to wear generally, past that look that I'm trying to achieve with the yellow ones

dick: Both I guess

owen: I don't think they should

Owen said...

My thoughts exactly. I hate that sport--childhood trauma, long story. And this is why I like Texas: Anyone here who has heard about cricket imagines it to be some rustic form of croquet.

neb said...

Finally, LP in skinny jeans (tight)!!!

I've been waiting for this moment for too long.

Tight jeans gives your georgous body a definition..especially the torso, me think.

Stu said...

You have just missed out, by about a week, on qantas selling 380 return tickets to Sydney at £380 to celebrate their first trip on the new airbus a380. I realise that's probably not info you care about with the whole "just missed out" part.

Try Etihad if you ahven't already. I got mine for £650 return at end of april.

Anonymous said...

Why would people hate that outift!?
I like it, ilove the yellow :)
Contrasting

London Preppy said...

stu: Thanks for the tip, I'll check Etihad out

Daze said...

how weird, thats the building i live in...