The Spliff Notting Hill Carnival 2016 Photo Hugh Ardoin

A spliff hanging from her lip, a dazed and showercap-hatted girl wanders beneath the smokes that rise as a reminder of the 2011 events

It is the gentle flow of the happy “free for the day” chanting and dancing in the streets at the rhythm of a discounted countdown

Tomorrows may be lit by the bonfires of deep rooted revolt against injustice

I hear the crowds chanting “black lives matter” and I remember reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm 

“All animals are equal but some are more equal than others”

So said the pigs

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george lucas literally set up return of the jedi to be an allegory of/protest against the Vietnam War

revenge of the sith was so anti-Bush (Anakin even paraphrases a Bush line at one point) that people boycotted it

emperor palpatine was very deliberately based on Nixon

lucas later went on to compare Bush to Darth Vader and Dick Cheney to Palpatine, plus he’ll talk at any given opportunity about how political he wanted the prequels to be

but please, keep talking about how ‘the sjws’ have ‘destroyed star wars’ by bringing politics into it

  • Washington:Burr, keep an eye on Hamilton today. He’s gonna say something to the wrong person and get himself punched.
  • Burr:Sure, I’d love to see Hamilton get punched.
  • Washington:Try again.
  • Burr:I will stop Hamilton from getting punched.
  • Washington:Correct.

We might have mentioned before how much we love science fiction, and the fact that this year’s summer reading theme is Science. Actually: Science!! It needs an exclamation point. 

So, we’ve put together a really, really, incredibly huge booklist (working title? The Hive) for fans of science and fantasy fiction - and we added a little something extra, since, if you’re anything like us, when you love reading a genre, you love to watch films and shows, and play video games, in that same genre. 

And if you’re playing Reading Bingo this summer with us for Summer Reading - or if you’re planning to take part in our Summer Fling (With a Book)! matchmaking program - then these books will definitely see you through summer and beyond!

Okay let’s talk about this painting. It’s called “Signing of the Constitution” by Howard Chandler Christy.

Let’s start with good old George Washington.

He’s staring dramatically into the distance with this heavenly glow thing going on.

William Blount is just looking longingly at Washington, like he’s desperate to confess his love.

Then Gunning Bedford, Jr. is down here on the floor like a weirdo.

George Read looks like he shit his pants and doesn’t know what to do.

Gouverneur Morris looks pissed. Also, it’s important that you know that Gouverneur was his first name, not his title.

William Jackson is obviously just asking for another drink. He can’t be bothered to pay attention to this historic event.

Roger Sherman is giving William Samuel Johnson some serious side-eye. Throwing some shade ‘bout some shit.

And my personal favorite: Ben Franklin looking directly at the camera like he’s Jim from The Office.

Probably because fucking Alexander Hamilton is all up in his personal space.