You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t published a “headlines” post in quite some time.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I have stopped collecting links to articles and other interesting things that may [or may not] tickle your fancy.  So, here you have a super-magnicifent-bumper-edition, full of fascinating little things to keep you busy during the summer holidays [or at least, the next couple of hours].  Here goes…

Arctic Monkeys – “Cornerstone”.
I saw these guys play at Falls and again on Tuesday night. They didn’t play this song, however, so I’ve been watching this fairly decent quality YouTube clip over and over again, in hope that I will one day get over it. Let’s be honest, though: I probably won’t.

Doctor Who fans with a bit of time on your hands, click here.
I’m not quite sure what the purpose of it is, but somebody linked to it on tumblr this one time, and ever since I tend to find myself clicking back whenever I’m stuck on a long/boring phone call.
The Tokidoki Barbie Doll.
Proof that you’re never too old for Barbies.  Seriously.  It’s a pity she’s sold out.
Simon Neil: “I kept getting mistaken for Dave Grohl” [via NME].
“We’re not very popular in America – the amount of times I’d be walking into the gig and it’s like, ‘Dave! Dave!’ So I’m gonna cut my hair and my beard pretty soon, so that doesn’t happen again. I don’t have the winning smile though.”
The Writers Victoria 2012 Program has been released [via Time Out].
I’m looking at some of the Tuesday Tutorials, as well as the Writing for the Web program
Jen Campbell: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.
“Customer: Excuse me, do you have any signed copies of Shakespeare plays?
Me: Er… do you mean signed by the people who performed the play?
Customer: No, I mean signed by William Shakespeare.
Me: …..*headdesk*”
A couple of months ago, Alex wrote a post that incited some discussion.
Since I read it, I’ve spent a bit of time trying to come up with a worthy response.  I’ve not quite settled on an opinion yet, but it’s certainly had me thinking about what should and shouldn’t be appropriate in the world of comedy.  Thoughts?
A List of “Don’ts” for Women on Bicycles Circa 1895.
I don’t ride a bicycle, but still rather enjoyed this list of guidelines. “Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”” – Really? But what if they’re really awesome bloomers?
BEST COSPLAY EVER [and yes, it really is worthy of capslock abuse].
The Daria and Jane picture from the top of this article is the most amazing piece of cosplay that I have ever seen.  Just, wow.
The Guitar Pick Punch [ie. what I wish someone had given me for Christmas, even though I don’t really play guitar that much anymore].
This amazingly simple invention turns credit cards [and other things] into guitar picks.  So easy, yet so awesome.
Arthur Recreates Scenes from Classic Movies.
Those of you who use RSS readers, subscribe to this blog RIGHT NOW.  Everyone else, chuck it in your bookmarks, or instapaper [if that’s your kind of thing].  I’m not generally the kind of person who gets all OMGbabiessocute!!11, but these photographs of Arthur really are adorable.  Trust me.
The NME Cool List: A Beginner’s Guide [via The Guardian].
I’m the first person to admit that I’m not cool.  And when the NME 2011 Cool List was published, I was quite grateful to this guide, to help shed some light on the 5 members of the top 10 who I had definitely never heard of before [ie. those who aren’t Jarvis Cocker or members of Kasabian, Hurts or Arctic Monkeys].
Nar Nar Goon – a card for the trashy Melbourne resident.
From a blog for people who like crafty things, markets, and Melbourne.
Anna Pickard: “Why is the idea of online friendships still treated with such disdain?” [via The Guardian].
This is a brilliant opinion piece, that highlights some excellent points: not everyone on the internet is a paedophile or creepy pervert.  In fact, for the most part, they’re people like you and me.  I’ve met some of my best friends through the internet, and I’m certainly not ashamed to admit it.  If you’ve got a problem with that, then what the hell are you doing on my website?
Black & White for Halloween.
The first time I was linked to Here’s Looking at Me, Kid, I dismissed it as yet another vintage fashion blog.  However, there is a little more to Amanda’s blog than I initially thought.  She’s also a fan of old movies, which inspired this amazing Halloween costume.  These are colour photos, yet Amanda’s costume [skin, hair, everything] is completely greyscale.
This excerpt from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling was enough to make me order a copy on Amazon right away.
Why? Because I was an angsty teenage girl once, and it’s something that you never quite recover from.
BBC axed Doctor Who Confidential, and even Steven Moffatt thinks it’s a bloody stupid decision [via NME].
“It seems hard to grasp. All shows have their time, and all shows end, but not, in all sanity, while people still watch and love them. I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m going to say it anyway: bad day, bad decision.” I love DWC, and really do hope that they choose to bring it back.  Please, BBC.  Please.

[Image courtesy of Leah Robertson at The Vine]

I’m standing at the front in a sold-out crowd at Festival Hall.  There is only a strong barrier, and about a metre or so of space between myself and the one and only Mr Jarvis Cocker.  He’s changed his shoes, loosened his tie and removed his jacket.  The song is “Disco 2000”.  He looks me in the eye, points, and sings “You were the first girl at school to get breats…”

Okay, so it’s not the line that I would have chosen for Jarvis to serenade me with.  But I’m watching Pulp – a band who I never thought I’d have the chance to see – and I really can’t afford to be fussy.

We lined up outside, then once we were let in we sat on the floor.  We waited through Belles Will Ring [again, ugh], and had a [fairly one-sided] conversation with a witty laser.  It showed us pictures of dolphins, and asked if we remembered the first time.

Do you remember the first time?  This was the first time – and probably the only time that I’d ever get to see Pulp, and it was every bit as memorable and amazing as I’d hoped that it would be.

Pulp would be nothing if it weren’t for Jarvis Cocker.  The man is enigmatic, charming, and strangely seductive.  He strutted and danced around the stage, playing up the audience’s every desire.  They played all the songs we wanted to hear.  “Underwear”, “Babies”, “Common People”, and my favourite, “This is Hardcore”.  The night ended with “Misshapes”, and although I wanted more, I was left with a feeling of satisfaction; I actually saw Pulp performing live.  And they were brilliant.

Florence + the Machine kick off their US tour next week, and Flo’s dresses have been exclusively designed for her by Gucci!  [Image from People]

Pulp are coming!  Pulp are coming!
And I’m going to keep going on about it until they’re here.  This week’s installment is a cute picture of Jarvis Cocker’s son Albert.

Steven Moffat: “You want to see the Press Gang cast OLDER THAN DOCTOR WHO?”
Yes, Steven.  I really, really do.  Interestingly, before he took over Doctor Who, the Moff did talk about writing a Press Gang reunion at some point.  I know he’s a little busy at the moment, but I’d still like to think that it may happen some day.

Johnny Marr demonstrates how to make excellent use of a 4-track.
This is an out-take from a 2007 BBC Two series called I’m In A Rock n Roll Band.  I’ve not seen the series, but after watching this clip, I think I might look it up.

Confessions from a Cosmo fact-checker.
As someone who’s always wanted to work in magazines, I found this article by one-time Cosmopolitan freelancer Katherine Goldstein a really fascinating read.

Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” video clip is amazing.
It’s all one take, and features the kind of dance moves that my four year-old self would have strutted all over the dance floor.  Watch it here.

Dr Jarvis Cocker and I, December 2009

Presale tickets for Pulp’s Melbourne & Sydney shows went on sale at 9am today, and I’m pretty excited to say that I booked a pair for myself and Glenn.  Don’t worry if you missed out this morning, though – sales open to the general public [through Ticketmaster] first thing tomorrow.

Pulp are one of those bands that I’d just accepted that I’d never be able to see live.  I missed out when I was younger [last time they came down under I was about ten years old], and by the time I realised what a great group they actually were, they’d disbanded.  Even when they announced their return to the European festival circuit late last year, I didn’t imagine that they’d make it all the way to Australia.  But, here they come!

I saw Jarvis Cocker a couple of years ago, touring his Further Complications album.  While he put on an excellent show [he likes to single out people in the audience, and dedicate entire songs to them – it’s quite intimidating], all I wanted was to hear some Pulp.  And this is my chance!

Pulp will be playing at Festival Hall on July 29th.