Itâ€™s summer and we have all escaped to foreign islands and luxurious hideaways and left technology behind as we attempt relax and unwind and let go of the stresses and strains of living in the future as we now all do.
Who am I kidding? Youâ€™ve taken your tablets, your smart phones, your laptops and all other manner of things that allow you (allow you, makes it sound like you have a choice doesnâ€™t it?) to stay connected to â€˜the gridâ€™. Which is sad in some ways but good in one way, because it means you can visit some awesome websites that my team and I have found for you.
Who hasnâ€™t tried to grow a beard? It is one of my favourite things to do every 3 years or so. â€˜Hey, why have I never stuck with having a beard?â€™ I ask myself. 3 weeks later, I remember and shave it all off. This dude kept his beard (I think itâ€™s to compensate for his lack of proper hair) and then decided to adorn it with decorations. He pimps his beard, if you will. In this video, you will see a gentleman try and beat the world record for sticking tooth picks into his beard. My favourite bit is the kids face just after the minute mark. A joy.
I miss John Peel. I never really appreciated him while he was here, probably a bit too young and a bit afeard of what stuff he played. Itâ€™s a shame, because radio is a darker more homogenised place without him. Want to have a sneaky peak at his records? Then go to this website. Featured album as of writing this is the excellent Oranges and Lemons by XTC. Enjoy.
The time has come to re-evaluate the contribution to popular culture of diminutive pop star Beck. I was a big fan of Mellow Gold and of course â€˜Iâ€™ve got 2 turntables and a microphoneâ€™ has become my personal mantra. However, I lost interest from Midnight Vultures on and havenâ€™t paid him much attention since. However, this audio experimental version of a David Bowie song has made me realise that perhaps I have been missing out. The concept involves people sitting on blankets, revolving stages and all kinds of pomposity. I couldnâ€™t get the interactive version to work on my computer (Windows Millennium anyone?) so I opted for the lighter one. Doesnâ€™t matter. Goosebumps ahoy!
YouTube? Man, itâ€™s too BIG. I canâ€™t be bothered to trawl through there to find all the bad stuff. Luckily, I donâ€™t have to. Those lovely people at BooTube have done it for me. Thanks guys.
Mind if I do a little plug for me? Good. In September and October Iâ€™m going to be trying a rather ambitious experiment. Iâ€™m going to be streaming a live TV show on the internet. It will be filmed in my garage, feature special guests and also, hereâ€™s the clever bit, you lot can call or Skype in and take part. We just did a pilot with guest Mackenzie Crook and a few technicals to one side, it worked. To find out when the series starts proper, then please come to www.facebook.com/iainleeofficial and add pockettvshow to your Skype.
Here endeth the plug.Â x
Thatâ€™s it for now. Do please keep sending me your websites. I donâ€™t have a proper job so I need something to keep me off the streets.
You can read Iain Leeâ€™s very own take on the internet here on the 123-reg blog every third Friday of the month.
A familiar face on television since he got his first break landing the job hosting Channel 4â€™s thrice weekly topical comedy show the 11 Oâ€™Clock Show at the age of 25, Iain is also an award winning radio presenter, top podcast creator and a genuinely funny guy with an eye for the bizarre.