Between an alleyway! What were they thinking
What's wrong with having art in an alleyway - and a busy pedestrian thoroughfare at that? It seems a lot more pleasant than having nothing.
The inclusion of twerking on the list shows someone is still partying like it's 2013. And their soundtrack is Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" album.
As a reminder, here's the winners list from 2013. Some of the terms have bleed through to 2014, but others, like Wewege and twerking, are solid icons of 2013.
6. Big Gay Rainbow
Has anyone mentioned the very positive ‘twitteraunties’?
FYI, #8 on last year's list.
To be fair, "Lorde" was buzzier in 2013. Another word should get a shot this year.
The word on everybody’s dark-lipsticked lips.
FYI, it was the #7 word in last year's poll.
Len Brown might think he's cool but he's not. There are two secret hidden sex doors in the Oval Office, both of which lead to secret hidden sex dungeons where various American presidents have engaged in secret hidden sex, sometimes with each other. Auckland is strictly in the minor league.
Also: here's something from my fave new band, Years & Years. They were nominated for the Critics' Choice Award at the 2015 BRIT Awards (the winner of which was announced yesterday, for some reason). Their sound is like electronica, '90s R&B, and pop, which is just fine by me. This is their saucy song "Take Shelter", performed live for a Critics' Choice showcase:
Remember about 10 years ago when novelty mashups were a thing? Well, they still exist. Every year a laptop owner called DJ Earworm makes a mashup of the year's top tracks. This is his one for 2014:
The Czech Republic is entering Eurovision next year, after previously having entered in 2007.
This is interesting because as Eastern Europe opened up, the free (and sometimes new) countries used the competition to showcase themselves to the rest of Europe. Except the Czech Republic didn't enter until 2007 (compare with Slovakia who first entered in 1993). The theory is that the Czech Republic was generally a lot stronger and more confident than other former communist countries (all the cool kids were in Prague already!) so it didn't feel the need to do the Eurovision thing until 2007, when the country was under political scrutiny.
So now they're back again, in time for the competition's 60th anniversary. I wonder what is behind the decision this time.