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thee mr mister

i found out early this morning that my good friend, paul nicholls, had lost his battle with cancer.
i first met paul a few years ago at death disco when it was in it's prime. he was so vibrant and energetic and i was instantly drawn to him, if a little intimidated at first. we spoke about doing a photoshoot together for a college project i was working on. paul and i later met for a drink to discuss the shoot which was the beginning of our friendship.
paul lit up every room he was in, a true firecracker, he told the funniest jokes and he always had the last word. is it aye?
there's too many stories to mention of those manic nights in glasgow, the night rolling into days and days after his legendary club nights in bloc.
i think i only have to say paddling pool and the holocaust and many peoples minds will be taken back.
at the end of summer 2008, paul and i made the big step of moving to london. a dream for both of us for so many years. i was so proud to stand by paul as he progressed in his career as a dj, playing on the same bill as some of his heroes such as siouxsie sioux, skin and princess superstar. paul was so passionate about music and would talk to me for hours in the flat, playing me the tracks that inspired him.
things got pretty tough in our flat, my favourite story is when we both had no money whatsoever and the electricity meter ran out. we had no money, no cigarettes, no food so we decided (paul's idea) to walk a mile to the nearest 24hour tesco, buy all our amenities with a cheque that we would later cancel. we got there only to discover the tesco was not 24hours and had closed 5 hours previous to our arrival. i was raging and all paul could do was laugh and say, "we'll be laughing about this one day." see, he was always right.
another time, i remember paul going to the doctors to tell them he wanted to stop smoking so we could get free nicotine patches that we sat with on our arms until we managed to get someone to put a tenner into one of our banks to buy a packet of fags and some noodles.
i left london to go back to glasgow but paul stayed and stuck it out, i knew i was leaving him in safe hands. it made me so happy everytime he would phone me to tell me all the tales of his antics and the bigger and better opportunities that were coming his way.
on new year's eve 2009, i went to see paul at ucl hospital after he had been admitted following his collapse at euston. it was horrible to see him in such a weak state but his spirit remained as full as ever. you could never take that away from paul.
when paul played his homecoming gig in bloc earlier this year, i took the trip up to glasgow to surprise him and it was one of the best things i ever did. the night was amazing, paul spinning the tunes we all loved to hear him play and the love and positive energy pouring towards him.
the last time i saw paul was a few weeks ago when he came to london on a visit. he was so frail but still keeping us all entertained with his hilarious jokes and witty stories. paul was so strong and positive throughout his treatment, i admire his courage to keep his blog running and tell the world, no holds barred, what he was going through.
paul never missed and hit the wall.
i haven't known what to feel or think most of the day today, i've been looking at old photographs, playing back old memories in my head and i am truly proud and honoured that i got to know paul so well. he was a big part of my life and he touched so many other people too.
my thoughts today are with his mother, claire and chris.
rest in peace paul, i'll look for the brightest star in the sky.

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HURTS interactive audio novel

fire up Spotify and click this link to play along with the HURTS interactive audio novel.

this is such a brilliant idea. good work guys!
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east end boy

photos by dorrian
shapes by seán aidan
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rest in peace

utterly devastated this morning to hear that photographer corinne day passed away yesterday.
corinne day was the main inspiration for me taking up photography after seeing a documentary about her work back in 2004.
such a loss to the fashion and art worlds but her memory will forever live on through the truly beautiful work she left behind.
rip corinne.

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agyness deyn by boo george for love magazine.

i hyped it up too much.
they had a lot to live up to.
i'd been talking about it for weeks.
love magazine have let me down tremendously.
my pet hate is when magazines put someone on their cover and then don't do an editorial with them.
thankfully, agyness deyn has an editorial which is amazing.
i can't say much more because i'm still too upset.
why katie why?

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dear mr whistles...

can you please release your a/w 10 collection on friday?
i promise to spend every penny of my wages in your shop.

head over heels in love with whistles a/w 10 collection

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Charlotte FTW

so, I'm wondering if anyone else loves Charlotte from this season of Britain's Next Top Model as much as I do?
I am backing her for the win and if she makes it to the final have an inkling that the public will vote for her too. Picking up on previous series of BNTM and ANTM, the girls with the most air time in their little VTs tend to go far or even win (please note this isn't an exact formula - I loved me some Mollie Sue from ANTM "cycle" 6 and she got the boot midway despite clocking up some decent air time). Admittedly, Charlotte isn't the greatest model and I sense she may do some TV work on completion of the show instead of high fashion campaigns BUT isn't it nice to see a model with a bit of spunk and who always leaves the photographers feeling good when she leaves set?
I am sure I'm not alone in this so Julien MacDonald - go fuck yourself.

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the serena rises

blake lively for interview magazine by craig mcdean.

blake stars in the upcoming ben affleck directed movie, "the town".
the trailer seems to give away the entire plot but looking forward to lively playing a role other than the rich upper-east-side-er.


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stoke newington ghetto

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from next week, the good old days become the amazing new days.

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hollywood ending

sceptically, i sat down to watch the movie "chloe" earlier today which is a remake of one of my favourite french films, "nathalie...". all my fears were realised, it was truly awful.
both films tell the story of an older woman who suspects her husband is cheating on her so she hires a prostitute to seduce him and report back with her sordid tales.
julianne moore is an extremely capable actress but she plays the part of the woman scorned too exaggerated and overemotional, whereas her french counterpart played the role with subtlety and poise, making you feel sympathetic towards her.
amanda seyfried is a pretty girl and not bad an actress but she was far too young to play the role of chloe/nathalie, where emmanuelle beart smouldered and gave a sophisticated performance, seyfried annoys and leave you with no pity for her.
in "nathalie..." there is an underlying sexual chemistry with the two women but hollywood being hollywood had to have the characters embark on a series of sexual encounters together leading to the completely ridiculous ending which retracts from the main twist of the story which made the french original so fantastic in the first place.
anne fontaine (director of coco avant chanel) made a delicate, sensitive and classy movie but atom egoyan's "chloe" is just a mess.
judge for yourself.


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game over

with four days to go before it hits newsstands, all eight covers of love magazine's aw issue have been revealed.
shown together as a collective, the covers don't achieve the wow factor as the helmut newton esque covers of the last icons issue but i'm still excited.
i'll be buying the agyness deyn cover, i'm probably one of the only people that is actually a fan of the new cropped look and i'm happy she's making a return to the editorial world.
also, pleasing me is the fact that despite what the rumour mill suggested, abigail clancy does not have a cover, i know katie grand likes to play with the worlds of celebrity and fashion but a clancy cover would be taking the piss.
(although i saw a preview of her shoot with alasdair mclellan and i may be forced to eat my words as it's rather good, damn)