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Don't Sell Me Short
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We don’t need any more fables,
because the writers have passed and left us lesson-less,
and we must find our own way.
We don’t need any more privilege,
there is vivid desperation that is powerless,
that no surplus can repay.

Like the fix of rapture in a trance.
Oh, fates are sealed by circumstance.
So you’ve got to take a chance..

Don’t sell me short!

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Shirt: Bad Religion - Gray Race

Color: Gray (Obviously)

Brand: Giant

Source: I’m going to go ahead and say it.  I don’t think 1996 was the best year for Bad Religion, or its fans.  No Mr. Brett, Hardcore fans drifting, tension between bandmates, and you are on atlantic.  I remember this record coming out, and it being the first Bad Religion record i didn’t go ape shit for, i was just ambivalent. something was missing, and at the time i had no idea it was Mr. Brett, i just chalked it up to a major label taking something good and wrecking it.  I like the cars as much as the next guy, but Rick Ocasick producing this might not have been the best pairing up ever.  Sadly i never even go back to this record, and wouldn’t reach for another BR record until Brett came back, and they were back home on Epitaph, cause lets face it, that WAS home.

So here is it, the shirt form that era.  ill admit i had no idea what a Gray Race was back then, but now i do, and i think it was clever, but hey, Greg was always clever, right?  Who are these people on this shirt?  genius to print them all in B/W on a gray shirt.  i love the theme of it all in theory, just wished the musical companion was more for me.  

And don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about this record, i think it is fine, no one complains about the medico Radiohead records cause they have so many good ones, they just exist.  Bad Religion is much like that, they have given so much good music, no one is bitching, its just that can’t all be great epic records, cause then people would complain then too.

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What to watch now that Downton Abbey is over: a guide

We’re all sad that Downton Abbey has ended, and some of us are wondering where to look to get our fix of British period drama from now on. Fear not though! If you’re in the mood for a show set in a similar time period that deals with similar subject matter, there are already plenty out there to choose from:

1. Mr. Selfridge

I suspect the majority of Downton fans have already watched this one, but if you haven’t, do it now! The fourth and final season has concluded, so you can now speed your way through the whole saga without the suspense of having to wait another year for the next installment. The show spans the years 1909-1929 and has all the plot twists, romances, social history and fashion that you loved about Downton, with the added bonus of being based on a real person, so you get the fun of learning about history if you’re inclined to do research into what’s fact and what’s fiction in this portrayal of Harry Selfridge and all the fictional employees of his real-life store. (And we’re period drama nerds, so of course we will ;D)


2. The House of Elliott

This is a wonderful show about two sisters in the 1920s who use their dressmaking talents to build their own couture fashion house when their father dies. Needless to say, there are beautiful clothes to look at everywhere in this show! But aside from the eye-candy, it has the strong relationship between Beatrice and Evie, and their evolution into confident artists and business women, at it’s heart. It was made in the early 1990s, and the complete series is on DVD. (Heads up though: it was abruptly cancelled after 3 seasons, and the last episode ends with a cliffhanger. But don’t let that discourage you! This show is addictive, head-over-heels, binge-watching material!)

3. The Bretts

This is a little-known gem of a show made in the late 1980s: the fictional story of a family of famous London stage actors in the 1920s and their household. The professional and romantic adventures of the flamboyant star father, beloved leading lady mother, carefree matinee idol oldest son, troubled flapper daughter, and idealistic playwright younger son, are both glamorous and at times touch on the darker aspects of life, but are well-handled by a fine cast. And there are shocking plot-twists aplenty, especially toward the end of the show’s two year run, but it wraps up satisfactorily enough at that point. Get out your hankies! The complete series is available on DVD.


4. Berkeley Square

A superb series from 1998 that lasted only one season, despite it’s quality. It’s gained a good reputation among period drama devotees though, due to it’s fine production values and sensitive portrayal of the realities of Edwardian society as seen through the perspective of three young nursery maids who look after the children of the elite inhabitants of London’s posh Berkeley Square in 1902. The struggles of the young working women set against the intrigues of their wealthy employers who barely notice their existence can at times be heart-wrenching, but you’ll have come to love and root for all three of the lead characters by the end of the ten episode run. The complete series is on DVD. (Though it’s currently out of print in region 1- try your local library!)


5. Lark Rise to Candleford

Lastly, but most certainly not least, is my personal favorite show of all time, Lark Rise to Candleford. Set at the very end of the Victorian era, this beautiful show follows the lives of the inhabitants of two rural English villages, working-class agrarian Lark Rise, and the slightly more prosperous middle-class shopkeepers of neighboring Candleford. The story starts when a poor young Lark Rise girl is sent to Candleford to work in the post office owned by her cousin. The new ideas and opportunities she finds there are the fulcrum around which the episodes explore themes of love, family, and community, and the sweeping social changes that are creeping into even the quietest corners of England as the modern world of the 20th century rapidly approaches. This is a show that does not shy away from sticky subjects, and explores them with honesty as the characters offer pragmatic views on subjects that don’t have easy answers. There are a lot of amazing female characters on this show of every age and background, but every single character, male or female, is well-rounded and fully explored in a way that is the best example of what an ensemble drama can be. The show ran 4 seasons, until it was rather controversially and callously cancelled despite a passionate and loyal fanbase, and season 4 is shorter than the others, with an ending that many long-time fans feel was a bit rushed and not too well thought out, but that doesn’t take away from how amazing the show as a whole is. I bought the complete series on DVD even though I could barely afford it, because I treasure this show so greatly. Do yourself a favor and watch it- you might just love it too. :)

anonymous asked:

Brett and Adam and other CE friends went to Playboy mansion.CE must be crying at the corner.LMFAO

I bet the bunnies were all, “Where’s Chris?” too. I hope Brett and Adam were sending him pictures of what he was missing. SUCKER!

Looks like they were partying with Stephen Merchant and Francia Raisa, too. 

Hello, My name is Pottsy, and I watched Secret Life religiously. I regret it more than most every decision I have made. Ever.

– MP