Archive | May, 2009

Mongol Centre Explosion

24 May



the mongol centre, originally uploaded by benaston.

Ok, so the title might be a little misleading, but let’s look past that. This is truly brilliant – how many times have you seen a Mongol Centre? This is definitely the first I’ve seen; I’ve no idea what even happens in a Mongol centre, but it must be good, it has to be, because there are two, right next to each other, doing their Mongoling thing. Wonderful.

I’m struggling slightly to work out how this happened – were there two Mongols, each building a centre but keeping under wraps what they doing until the launch day, and it was only then that they realised that they’d both built themselves a Mongol Centre right next to each other?

Or was it an enterprising Mongol, not content with there being just one Mongol centre, who thought to himself, ‘what we could really do with, is a Mongol centre’. So he went to work, and created himself a Mongol centre. Seeing as the other centre was doing so well, he concluded the best place to have his new Mongol centre would be right down next to the other one.

I don’t get it. Maybe that’s because I’m not Mongolian. I do like Mongolian BBQ’s though.

Mmmeat.

Can I afford a peppercorn?

21 May



one peppercorn, originally uploaded by benaston.

I was amused today to find out that the annual rent of our flat-to-be is the princely sum of ‘one peppercorn’.

Yowza. This must be good news – at the moment we pay £10 rent a year for our lease, I began to wonder – how expensive can peppercorns be these days? Do they have to be wrapped in gold foil to count as payment?

My search led me to Wikipedia, the home of all half-truths. It was then I discovered that a peppercorn is just a token payment called a peppercorn to be a bit more discreet. I’m not entirely convinced of this discretion. Why not just fix the rent as ‘One Red Herring’?

Education. Education. Education.

This is a good trick

14 May

Inflatable ball trick by ben aston sort of

You might be surprised to find out this isn’t me. But squint a bit, and it is. Voila.

Family Fiction – When She’s Near

11 May

Fiction Family - When She's Near from ATO Records on Vimeo.

Fiction Family's debut self titled record out January 20th, 2009. fictionfamily.com

Jon Foreman’s been busy of late. Just caught this from my friend Steep-fun-John, who conveniently doubles up as a brother. Who’d have thought, in the age of Spotify, some people in Nigeria would still be using MySpace to find new music. Crazy.

It sounds nice, like a blend of Nickel Creek and Jon Foreman. Mainly Foreman though.

They’ve even got a free download. Lush.