Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 24th Dec
Well, it’s the last day of advent, and here we are at the big double door for the 24th. Surely something VERY special waits for us behind this, you cry, and you would not be wrong. It’s Otis Redding’s version of White Christmas, backed by the incomparable Stax house band. This tune is a perennial Christmas favourite of mine, and I hope you enjoy it too. Have a very Happy...
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 23rd Dec
Nearly there, everyone. I suspect we’re all a bit overexcited now, so here’s something upbeat with which to work off some energy.
Review: Black N Red Day Per Page Diary (2012)
One of the habits I’ve tried to sustain this year is writing *something* about my day, each day. A diary (as in a proper diary sometimes called a daily planner, with printed dates on each page) makes this a bit easier for me - an unprinted book would doubtless lead me into the most terrible backsliding. So far, I’ve used Moleskine Daily Planners (2009, 2010, pocket size -...
#3: The UCI has a rule that professional women’s teams must average below 28...– London Calling: Kathryn Bertine’s letter to Santa - espnW Very funny, I like this a lot - read the whole thing! But I’m 100% behind these requests, Dear Santa, please listen! (via womenscycling) Pants, better posture, and oh yeah, having the basic opportunities she and other elite female...
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 22nd Dec
Behind door 22, it’s a song with everything - trendy melancholic version of a popular standard (at least to start with), alternative words we used to sing as kids, and an accordion.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 21st Dec
Behind door 21, we have a bit of a departure from the funk, soul and country of previous days, with Morecambe and Wise singing “The Happiest Christmas of All”. Includes a handy tip for recycling your old Christmas cards.
animalsbeingdicks: As it turns out, cats aren’t nearly as good at parkour as dogs. *Like parkour with dogs, but with cats, because cats purr, so y’know…purrkour? Kiss my ass.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 20th Dec
It’s raining and miserable here, so for the 20th, here’s a cheery number from Merle Haggard.
Bike Ladies Unite!: Wrenched Out →
bikeladiesunite: A few months ago I rode to the Chrome store to try out their new Kursk Pro SPD-compatible shoes (they’re are pretty cool but installed cleats still stick out of the bottom, which is irritating and sort of defeats the purpose). On my way out I picked up the first issue of Wrenched, Chrome’s…
Bike Ladies Unite!: mmmmilk asked →
bikeladiesunite: when women are represented as part of cycling, we’re usually not wearing clothes or doing badass things on our bikes And yet there’s great cycling photography out there, of women’s racing &c. I’ve had this discussion with other people (namely that I’d sooner see clothes, badassery, personally).
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 19th Dec
I love this tune. “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” by Louis Armstrong to brighten your day on the 19th.
A Doodle that Would Take a Long Time To Explain
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 18th Dec
A soulful Santa behind door number 18, it’s Mack Rice!
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 17th Dec
Nice tune, but OH THAT RECORD COVER. Door number 17 hides Hector Lavoe, and an album cover YOU CAN NEVER UNSEE.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 16th Dec
Ella Fitzgerald, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
An armorer's take on boobplate →
womenfighters: This is pretty awesome, definitely worth a look if you’re interested in this particular issue of women’s armor. I especially appreciate the consideration that values context and internal consistency. I think this has turned up before, but still a good read on the nonsensical stuff that populates some fantasy art.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 15th Dec
What, door 15 seems to be on the reverse of the calendar. That can only mean that it’s time for Clarence Carter, and Backdoor Santa.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 14th Dec
Behind this door is a tune I’d not heard before today - a belting soul number from the Soul Duo, “Sad Christmas”.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 13th Dec
Ah, unlucky door number 13. Behind it is Isaac Hayes, with a sad tale to tell us.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 12th Dec
Behind door number 12 it’s those NAUGHTY SONICS. DON’T LISTEN TO THEM, KIDS.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 11th Dec
I’m late with this one, but seeing as it’s a dark, rainy Sunday night here, door number 11 hides a somewhat melancholy number from Johnny Cash;
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 10th Dec
Be careful opening door number 10, as the BellRays have put Rocket Ship Santa behind it. They’ll have someone’s eye out with that. Cuh.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 9th Dec
The 9th is a Friday, which means behind this door, we find something Funky. For some reason, the only video for this is of this guy and his dog. Which is nice and all, but odd.
Embeddlr - Create Embed Codes from Tumblr Audio... →
cyclocosm: While not explicitly related to bike racing, I figured I’d mention this little app I cooked up. It’ll be very handy for embedding any audio or video stuff I post here into your own blog or website.
Notebook Review - Staples Eco Notebook, A5
The Staples “Eco Easy” notebook is a spiral bound notebook, with 160 ruled pages (80 sheets), and board covers. Its pages are Bagasse paper, made from 80% recycled sugar cane processing waste, hence the “Eco” title. I bought mine in their Manchester store, for the rrp of £2.49. The cover you see in the picture above is a brown paper foldover cover, that can be removed...
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 8th Dec
Mahalia. That is all.
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 7th Dec
I don’t know what you think, when you think “Christmas”, but I always think of the calypso sound of the Carribean. So here’s Trinidad Bill behind door number 7.  Well, sometimes. Once in a while. You know.
Historical Nonfiction: Swindling, 19th-Century... →
historical-nonfiction: In July 1833 the Earl of Stamford and Harrington received a letter signed “Martha Turner.” “It is with shame, indescribable shame, I presume to address your Lordship with these lines,” she wrote, “but from having a knowledge of your Lordship’s person from my infancy, and through the report of your… 4-19th Century spam…
Mr Monkey's Musical Advent Calendar: 6th Dec
A toe tapper for a cold Tuesday lurks behind door number 6.