what britain loves

Under Appreciated Lines in Hetalia: Paint It, White!

Iceland: “Oh skit… what the cripes!


France: "Everybody knows I’ve got the biggest-”

England: “-nobody asked you, cheesy monkey!”


England: “…You feel like a horse’s ass!”


China: “Suck ball! I knew fortune cookie this morning was full of bad luck!”


Poland: “Why are you look at me like that with the no eyes?”


Switzlerand: [Permanant Neutrality Border]


Japan: “No likey” (said like ‘rikey’)


Tony: “Because I don’t do dubs!”


Japan: “Germany! I’m sorry; I touched you. But if we fight sporadically we will only end up defeated”

Germany: “Must kill!”


England: “Double-O-Ninja!”


Narrator: “Britain. A former pirate, but now a rather effeminate, yet gentlemanly empire with a plethora of rain. France is a longtime acquaintance he’s often found bickering with for bickering’s sake. However, in their heart of hearts, they love each other. Sexually”


America: “…When humans think the word hospitality, they all think about me because I know how to have a good time!”


Germany: There is no crying in alien warfare!


America: “I’m happy to see you, hands! We’re going to have so much fun!”


Tracks Of Year 2015

A typical year.

For most of 2015, I didn’t think I was going to write this.

As we moved increasingly into 2016, I suspect you didn’t think I would either.

But no, I’m not just listening to Radio 6 and tap-tap-tapping my curated playlists, though for most of 2015 I thought otherwise. Pleasure was bleached from my neophile leanings in pop music. I didn’t want to do that any more. I hated that part of me. Part of me smiled at the irony – that I had created WicDiv as a ritual to get over my own sorry ass, and it was working. As I said last year, Be Careful What You Wish For. I was never careful about my wishes. I suspected that was it. There wouldn’t be another tracks of the year.

That changed.

There was a moment about ¾ of the way through 2015 when I heard a record. I stared at the speakers in sheer amazement that this was possible and realised… no, that is beautiful, and you have need to write about that experience, if only for the last time. And if it IS the last time, that’s also okay.

It is inevitably #1, as these lists are always tracks of THE YEAR rather than any pretence of objectivity or that this should mean anything else to anyone else other than yours truly. At least part of the slowness is just that, even with the epiphany I describe above, my heart hasn’t been in the place for this. If I need to relax – and most of my year, I have guarded that peace with paranoia – unlocking Pandora’s beatbox hasn’t been my first instinct.

Also, because it would be work. I was aware that even with my scratch list needed work, and I had to do the research to see what else I was missing. I ended up deciding that was never going to happen. As such, this list is even more ramshackle than usual. But it is a list, and exists, and that counts for something.

(Hell, by accidentally clicking on a friend’s 2015 list, I realised I forgot to include Sleater Kinney’s No Cities To Love, and thrown it in. There is a lot of No Cities To Love, I suspect. But hey – this is a bunch of fun music.)

The rules remain. 1 track per artists. Artists who have multiple tracks I love gets one picked and boosted. Artists who collaborate with multiple people can have multiple places (So Robyn could get it for her solo work and her work with Royksopp, back in the day). It has to have been ACTIVE last year in some way, so singles that released in 2014 and only came to my attention in 2015 when they dropped on an album would get in. And “tracks” doesn’t mean “Any bit of music” not just “Singles” though it usually does.

It is written quickly, to ensure it is happened, and is insufficiently proofread (i.e. it has not been proof-read at all. Hell, it has not been RE-read at all.)

I also cheat a lot to keep flow of argument. Also, being as late as it has been, 2016 has warped 2015 more than usual. Hell, I’ve just had the wonder of Thought Bubble’s dance floor. I am broken.

One more time, at least in this format.

The Spotify Playlist is here. 39/40 are on it, I believe.

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