I’ve been a massage therapist for many years, now. I know what people look like. People have been undressing for me for a long time. I know what you look like: a glance at you, and I can picture pretty well what you’d look like on my table.

Let’s start here with what nobody looks like: nobody looks like the people in magazines or movies. Not even models. Nobody. Lean people have a kind of rawboned, unfinished look about them that is very appealing. But they don’t have plump round breasts and plump round asses. You have plump round breasts and a plump round ass, you have a plump round belly and plump round thighs as well. That’s how it works. And that’s very appealing too.

Woman have cellulite. All of them. It’s dimply and cute. It’s not a defect. It’s not a health problem. It’s the natural consequence of not consisting of photoshopped pixels, and not having emerged from an airbrush.

Men have silly buttocks. Well, if most of your clients are women, anyway. You come to male buttocks and you say — what, this is it? They’re kind of scrawny and the tissue is jumpy because it’s unpadded; you have to dial back the pressure, or they’ll yelp.

Adults sag. It doesn’t matter how fit they are. Every decade, an adult sags a little more. All of the tissue hangs a little looser. They wrinkle, too. I don’t know who put about the rumor that just old people wrinkle. You start wrinkling when you start sagging, as soon as you’re all grown up, and the process goes its merry way as long as you live. Which is hopefully a long, long time, right?

Everybody on a massage table is beautiful. There are really no exceptions to this rule. At that first long sigh, at that first thought that “I can stop hanging on now, I’m safe” – a luminosity, a glow, begins. Within a few minutes the whole body is radiant with it. It suffuses the room: it suffuses the massage therapist too. People talk about massage therapists being caretakers, and I suppose we are: we like to look after people, and we’re easily moved to tenderness. But to let you in on a secret: I’m in it for the glow.

I’ll tell you what people look like, really: they look like flames. Or like the stars, on a clear night in the wilderness.


Anne Lamott, from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 



I really like this gif because Stitch does that little squinty thing that animals do when they’re really happy and relaxed and you can tell that he’s having such a superb time playing that little ukulele


Austin City Limits Festival by Nick Simonite


Against Joe Hockey’s austerity measures for start the riot <3 Ollie Henderson


"God Only Knows" All Star Tribute for BBC Music 

For the Love of Music (2014)

FEATURING - Brian Wilson (of course), Chris Martin, Dave Grohl, Chrissie Hynde, Elton John, Lorde, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Jamie Callum, Jake Bugg, Florience Welch, Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, Brian May, Emili Sande, Paloma Faith, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, and Jaz Dhami. The musicians are also joined by The Tees Valley Youth Choir, and the BBC Orchestra (as well as some BBC Music personalities; Zane Lowe, Jools Holland, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, and Gareth Malone). The single will be be released as a benefit single for the BBC Children in Need program.


There are emotions we all have shared. Ever wonder where those emotions live? Meet the little voices inside your head in the new teaser trailer for our next film, Inside Out: http://di.sn/so7



2015 is gonna be a good year…

Yes. As long as you like sequels. And sequels of sequels. And sequels of sequels of sequels…