The Shirt

There is this shirt that I bought from H&M in Boston, USA in MAy 2007 and I have started to see it everywhere.

At days out in the park, on the tube, in pubs, in restaurants, garden bars, outdoor markets, in Zurich Airport, it joins checkout queues behind me and I have even seen it on television in a Branston’s Pickle advertisement!

Basically The Shirt is everywhere so I have started taking pictures and posting them to a Flickr group.

Don’t give me a smoke

Please Don't Give Me A Smoke

http://www.dontgivemeasmoke.com/

I came up with this idea a year ago when I was trying to help a friend quit smoking. Every time my friend looked like they had succeeded in kicking the habit another smoker gave her a cigarette and she was off smoking again. Smokers do this because they don’t want to be the last person left standing outside the bar in the rain while all their stronger friends have kicked the habit.

Basically the idea is that the quitter (or the quitters friend) buys a shirt (or a bag or mug or a badge…) that says that they are quitting and that other smokers shouldn’t give them any more cigarettes. It sends a loud clear message to other smokers to not to give the quitter any more cigarettes.

Because I am new to this whole web marketing thing I am trying to harness the power of Web 2.0 to promote the site for free. So far I have started a Please Don’t Give Me a Smoke Yahoo discussion group and a Please Don’t Give Me a Smoke Flickr Group for people to post photos of themselves wearing dontgivemeasmoke badges, shirts etc

Click on this link to find out more http://www.dontgivemeasmoke.com/

And this is where you can buy the merchandise http://www.cafepress.com/dontgivemeasmok (the last ‘e’ is missing because cafepress has a 14 character limit on shop names).

FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER WADES INTO INTELLIGENT DESIGN ‘DEBATE’

There is a movement in the USA at the moment called ‘intelligent design’ that is having quite a lot of success getting schools to teach children that the theory of evolution is a load of rubbish. George Bush, a man who coincidentally bares a remarkable resemblance to a chimpanzee, has famously come out and backed the teaching of ‘intelligent design’ to American school children. This is despite the overwhelming majority of the scientific community saying ID is total fundamentalist bullshit.

It’s great to know that in one of the great debates of our time the piss takers have teamed up with the scientists against the religious crackpots.

Flying Spaghetti Monster

For further information try Googling ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster‘.

MHNATY (May His Noodley Appendage Touch You)

I INVENTED A WORD RECENTLY

Meatatarian (n): A person who only eats meat.

Or at least I thought I did. Today I Googled ‘meatatarian’ to validate my claim to international fame and glory only to find there are already hundreds of entries for meatatarians.

They even have t-shirts :(

It goes to show no matter how smart you think you are there is always someone out there who is faster and smarter so all you can do is hope to see them crossing the road one day while you are driving a steam roller.

THERE ARE SOME FUNNY PEOPLE OUT THERE

A friend of mine posted an ad looking for a man on www.gumtree.com and she received this reply. I nearly cried when I read it ;)

Hi,

I am a fascinating, charming, attentionate and humorous French male artist seeking a fun relationship with someone special and give her all the attention she deserves. I am a non materialist romantic who prefers sharing intense moments like licking an ice cream with you on the back of a camel crossing the desert, taking you to the pochest parties in London or Paris or simply staying under the duvet for a sunday morning cuddle.

Although independent and emotionally stable I have a confession to make: My love for wearing nappies has led me to become completely dependent on them and now have to wear them 24/7.

I am 180 cm tall, have blues eyes and regularly go to the gym, I am often told I have the body of a model…

If you think I might possess what it takes to keep you wanting to know more about me, just press the right button.

Bises, a bientot…

MIND HACKS

I attended the London launch of a facinating book called Mind Hacks at Foyles Bookshop near Tottenham Court Road tube.

The presentation was very interesting and I bought the book which looks excellent.

It’s described as: “Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment workings of our brain with a view to understanding ourselves a little better and learning a little more, in a very real sense, about what makes us tick.”

Personally I prefer the old fashioned way to hack the mind – with drugs and alcohol. But that is just me. I’m a traditionalist.

Mind Hacks cover image