20th Anniversary Art College Reunion, Class of 92–94

There’s a line in Grosse Pointe Blank, one of my favourite films, that goes – “You can never go home again, Oatman… but I guess you can shop there.” In the case of my former home town of Taunton that might not necessarily be true. Unless of course you are in the market for a new haircut or a coffin. That was my first impression upon arriving back in Taunton. The number of hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons and undertakers outnumbered any other establishment in the town. The second impression was why so much traffic for such a small town? Taunton seemed to be in a permanent state of gridlock. Maybe it was some kind of metaphor?

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My Impending Mid-Life Crisis: The Soundtrack (for 1992–94)

At some point towards the end of last year, in a bizarre moment of misplaced nostalgic sentimentality (either inspired by the plot of The World’s End or my impending mid-life crisis), I realised that in 2014 it would be twenty years since the end of the BTEC ND General Art and Design course. This was the course I attended from the tender age of sixteen until eighteen at the Somerset College of Arts and Design (and yes the abbreviated name for my college was S.C.A.T. And no I didn’t ‘get’ the reference at the time) between 1992 and 1994. It got me thinking about the possibility of organising a reunion of my circle of friends from the General Art and Design Class of 92–94. After all what’s the worse that could happen?

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Spam! Spam! Spam!

Well I must be doing something right (or wrong) considering the increase in the amount of spam I’ve been getting recently. Among the usual viagra and ‘exciting investment opportunities’ spam one thing that does seem to be increasing is the number of offers to ‘sell’ me ‘Facebook likes’ and ‘Twitter’ followers. Is there really a market for this? Are people really that desperate for ‘popularity’ that they’re happy to promote their services with fake feedback? Surely that’s fraud? What happened to building a company with genuine word-of-mouth and testimonials? Maybe I’m getting old as I really don’t understand this. Anyway, does anyone want to buy these magic beans I have lying around?

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Laura Palmer, you’re late!

Well that was kind of anti-climatic. Depending upon which countdown you check the date of Laura Palmer’s prophetic words to Agent Cooper in the last episode of Twin Peaks have come and gone (though technically I’m still going to argue that it’s actually in 2016 as the episode aired in 1991, despite being set in 1989). Anyway, this is the third blog post in a row where I’ve manged to get a Twin Peaks reference in. I imagine it won’t be the last.

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“Diane, 7:30 am, February 24th. Entering town of Twin Peaks…”

Happy murder day Laura Palmer! Fittingly for a show like Twin Peaks I’m confused as to whether this year is the actual twenty-fifth anniversary or not. The pilot episode was filmed in 1989, so that puts the the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fictional death of Laura Palmer this year… yet the series aired (in the UK) on the 22 October 1990, technically making the twenty-fifth next year. Then there’s the tie-in book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, which according to the last dated entry, has Laura still alive on 31 October 1989…

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Rediscovering old books are like running into old friends…

Normally January and February are quite quiet on the freelance design work. I figured that since I now finally have all my books in one place, including ones that have been in storage in the lofts of various relatives for many years, this would be a good time to sort through them all. Of course I’ve actually gotten busy with some new design projects, which means I’m currently navigating piles of thirty years worth of books in order to reach my desk.

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