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Today I got the 1988 Smash Hits Yearbook which I won on eBay, and it's totally brilliant. Very, very funny, especially the interview with Morrissey in which he confesses to making voodoo dolls of his enemies. The funniest things of all are the random facts in the calender at the end; in one of the little boxes for the days of January, the Hits tells us:

In the 1951 Girl Guide annual there are careful instructions of how to make 'Hector the Dachshund' out of red plasticine. "Don't be too ambitious!" they sensibly advise...

Pure madness! But terribly amusing. In May, Souxsie Sioux gives some "How to get Those Troublesome Spiders From the Bath" Tips. Don't use an envelope, she says, because "they could always crawl up your arm." How true. God, I miss old Smash Hits.

Also, glitzfrau and I went to look at shoes on the unwitting behalf of biascut! Well, okay, we went to look at shoes in Schuh because there was a pair the Glitzy one had her eyes on, but we happened to see the shoes biascut linked to the other day, and oohed and ahed over them. All were delicious, but I like the pale green round toed ones the best, I think!

Oh, and here's a meme: which of my icons do you think represents me best?


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Feb. 4th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
Having never met you, or even engaged in comment-swapping with you in any meaninful fashion, I can't really say.
The Naughty Little Sister one is still my absolute favourite though. Every time I see it I think about the 'Speeseeay Man' and scary vacuum cleaners and things like that.
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
Either the Naughty Little Sister or Mournful Buffy, depending on your mood. I suppose it's partly just because they're very recognisably people-icons.

I'd never realised that was Buffy, though. I always just thought of it as Slightly Wistful Lonely Girl.
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
Buffy is from the planned Buffy cartoon. All the artwork for it was so cool, and some of the best Buffy writers had written scripts for it and everything; it's so annoying that it never got made.

The Naughty Little Sister one is my favourite. And it actually looks like me (well, my infant self), so it's quite an apt one!
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
And there was also that wonderful time when you and glitzfrau had a long conversation that looked like "two cross little girls talking to each other"!

I'd also never realised that the A was absinthe. I just thought of it as A for Anna. Now I know that, of course, I can see the fairy and the scoop for the sugar cube and it's obvious.
Feb. 4th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
Well, I did pick it mostly because of the A-for-Anna-ness, so it's an easy assumption to make! It's actually a picture by Dame Darcy, whose art I have long adored. Another of her pictures was my desk top wallpaper until I geeked out and got the Ambridge map ones. And I actually bought one of her hand-made dolls last year, when I was feeling affluent.
Feb. 4th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
I never realised the A was for absinthe before reading your comment!

On topic - the 'my naughty little sister' (or whatever) icon is the one that always makes me think of you, but I also had a soft spot for that short-lived one of you all glammed up for Halloween the year before last. And I think you should make a Ginger Snaps icon!
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
Same for me, too. I really didn't realise it was Buffy.
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
I associate you with the fotherington-tomas icon...but I don't know why. :)
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)
Siouxsie Sioux gives some "How to get Those Troublesome Spiders From the Bath" Tips. Don't use an envelope, she says, because "they could always crawl up your arm." How true.
Oh my, that's hysterical. Now I'm coveting your Smash Hits. I just got the new index magazine in the mail, and I must say, ol' Moz is looking quite dashing these days. He's aged well.
I can't really answer the icon question, but I love your Mina icon.
Feb. 4th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
The Mina icon was the first icon I ever made! I still really like it.

And, were you a Smash Hits fan back in the day? Even after my sister won me over with her Smiths and Cure records (in 1988, when I was 12 or 13), I loved ver Hits, because it was so hilarious. If it hadn't totally revamped itself and got rid of all the amusing eccentricity - in, I think, about '92 - I'd probably have kept buying it to this day.
Feb. 4th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
were you a Smash Hits fan back in the day?
I don't think I had the money and/or inclination to buy the music papers until 1990 or so. I don't even remember seeing Smash Hits in my l'il town, although MM was relatively easy to come by.
Now I'm sorry I missed it.
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
i want that yearbook now!!

it has to be the kitten-monster. no, i just say that 'cause it's my favourite. the one i most associate with you is the forlorn buffy one, although i, too, never think about it being buffy.
Feb. 4th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC)


There are a few other yearbooks on eBay! I'm very tempted to get more, because this one is so funny. I really want to find the one that had a comic strip running through it called The Amazing Adventures of Bubbles (He's a Chimp!). It was really, really funny - there was a short strip for every 'month' of the yearbook, and by the end of the book, when Bubbles was (I think) running for president or something, it was The Amazing Adventures of Bubbles (He's a Chimp and He's Hungry For Power!). 'He's a Chimp and He's Hungry For Power!' became a catch phrase in my house for a while.
Feb. 4th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
ohhh, you're a bad influence. i've just gone and won myself the 1986 yearbook.
Feb. 4th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! I think I might have to get some more; I laughed so much at this one I was practically crying.
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
Oh, the Naughty Little Sister! It's just you!

Which one of mine represents me best, then? Too many doleful oil portraits; some shall have to go.
Feb. 4th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)
The 'hazel' one, I think (is that a portrait of Lady Lavery? And if not, why do I have the vague idea that it is?) - and if not that, then the wee cosmonaut!
Feb. 4th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a portrait of her called The Red Rose!

But I always thought it was a bit too miserable for every day...
Feb. 4th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC)
I'm also voting for the naughty little sister, but my second favorite has to be JuJu. Just because I like the JuJu rap.
Feb. 4th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
She's a rocking it, lyrically socking it!

Actually, at the moment she's sitting right next to the radiator in the sitting room. Facing it. She's so weird.
Feb. 4th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
Definitely the Naughty Little Sister icon!
Feb. 4th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
I wouldn't say it represents you the best, but I'm incredibly fond of your "Bertie you fecker!" icon.
Feb. 4th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
For me it's a tie between the Absinthe or the Naughty Little Girl icons...probably because they're the ones that stick in my mind whenever you post or comment.
Feb. 4th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
i don't know what you look/act like, but i like the ju ju white cat icon because it makes me smile.
Feb. 4th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
The naughty little sister one is the one I always automatically recognise as you when I see it on my friends page. But Juju and the kitten/monster put a huge smile on my face every time I see them :)
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