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February 2011

Happy Ever Asda

Asda_dating

Happy Ever Asda

“Asda has launched a dating website that matches potential partners based on their shopping habits.” The Grocer, 1 February 2011

Darling, when you chose that chicken korma
ready meal for one, could it be you
were also choosing me? What hidden karma
drew you to that packet of mange tout?
As you squeezed that triple-velvet toilet roll,
what other dimpled tissue did you squeeze?
Was it to cool the ardour in your soul
you bought that bag of Birds Eye frozen peas?
Does destiny lie waiting in the lists
we scribble down each day—not in the stars,
but in the way you overlooked that Twix
in favour of some choc chip Tracker bars?
   Those Tracker bars were buy one get one free
   and the one you got, my love, was me!

A flowchart for freedom

Placard
Amid all the deeply serious developments in Cairo, there's something strangely heartening about seeing infographics used as a form of protest.

This placard appeared fleetingly on a Newsnight report the other night and I subsequently managed to find this picture via @glcarlstrom on Twitter. Another tweeter called @alaa provides a translation:

Civil disobedience -> Mubarak leaves -> No (loop back) / Yes -> Parliament dissolved -> Constitutional reform

From song lyrics to design business decisions, the flowchart has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. This extension of the device is a sign of the good humour and decency of the enormous majority of the protesters, for whom the ‘yes’ branch of the flowchart is hopefully very nearly in sight.