Tuesday, 21 February 2017


OH SHIT NEW WICKEDLAND ALERT. Man, I'm really enjoying writing again. I wasn't sure if it would be fun because it's a lot of work to take on again. I figured as soon as I buy my macbook and I can write in the little gaps in between, wherever I am it's reeeeal fun man. It's good to be back.

My sister came back from Thailand and China and brought me a HAMPER of snacks. All different shit, like those little pocki sticks, chocolates and weird sweets. 

I don't get this thing that I see people doing these days. This legit makes me thinks I'm old. Like I'm out of touch. Two people sat together having full blown conversations with someone on each of their hands free headphones. I guess it's not wildly dissimilar to two people sitting in each other's company and being on their phones in companionable silence, but this seems another step further than that. 

My Mum got me these from Tiger. Man, Tiger is a fucking dope shop. I bet they make a killing. These were like little gummy fish from next to the check out. They were fruity and the same texture as those giant strawbs Haribo do. I love Tiger.

Kinda show innit

I had a happy accident in the kitchen. I was cooking chicken in a tomato and garlic sauce, cooking veg in one dish in the oven and slice like potato chips on a tray in the oven. When I got the veg out I chucked it in the sauce on a whim. I thought I'd fucked it tbh. It was an irresistible moment of impulse. Anyway, the potatoes came out and seen as I'd already fucked it I thought they might as well go swimming as well. I stirred it and turned it until everything was coated and then turned it up really high. It was so insanely good. I can't wait to cook this dish again bearing in mind it's going to end up like this.

Loads of food this week. I love meat so much, and I love kebabs but I saw this and thought that is fucking mental haha. Of all this wonderful green stuff on this earth THIS is the stuff we choose to eat. Look at green grapes and then look at this. So mental. But the other half of me was thinking that's going to taste completely glorious by the time it's time to come off.

Obviously you know when you go to Five Guys you need to experiment on the drinks machine. You need to mix it up. You need to get scientific with that shit. Get wild. Be free. Yesterday I mixed Blue Powerade with Grape Fanta. I felt like RiFF RAFF. It was delicious.

Percy fucking Pig has got a bit big for his fucking boots hasn't he. I saw this the other night in a M&S in the train station. Cocky fucker. 

I was on the most rancid train ever. From Birmingham to Leicester, it was the last one at 22:22 on a Saturday night. Due to a technical issue we had to alight and squeeze from 6 coaches into 2. There were 2 different hen parties. There were 6 stops. They were singing 'If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.' Everyone was squeezing by for a piss every two minutes. When the hen parties got off at Narborough there was a shared sigh of relief. Then two drunk mums on their way back to Leicester raised me for my Percy Pigs. A full bag! The bastards.  

Ok very serious announcement. Due to global warming giving us this glorious bearable weather and eating way too fucking much over Christmas salads are back. Salad season is upon us. get what you need and get it popping. Also don't watch the basics sweetcorn. Man's got that iceberg lettuce there. Copping big work in the drought.

I'll be back very soon with more Wickedland. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 19 February 2017


Sequels are tricky aren't they. Whenever marketed right they'll perform well in terms of numbers at a box office and obviously line the pockets of everyone involved. I don't mean tricky in that sense, but in terms of keeping a sense of artistic integrity. That's the real struggle with them. More often than not sequels tend to be shite, and in so they take away from the magic of the first movie. It's a double edged sword. It was with this in mind that I sat down to watch T2 Trainspotting the other night. Director Danny Boyle and screen writer John Hodge were back, and they'd brought the original cast with them. Always a good sign that the actors involved who obviously hold the original a lot dearer than me want in on the cake, and it turned out to be bloody good cake too.

The film is set 20 years after the original, back in Edinburgh with Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) revisiting his old haunts and looking to make amends with the old gang over how the first movie ended. When I found this out, I liked it. My favourite thing about Trainspotting '1' (weird) was the characters and how they interacted with each other. These real honest relationships on screen that are so familiar to all of us. The relatively simple plot leaves loads of room for exactly that. It doesn't need complicating. The first one was a window into how these people lived and how the way they lived lead to events mapping out. I'm glad the second was similar to this.

It's almost impossible to look at this film on it's own without constantly comparing it to the first one. First of all it's the same characters back in the same city as before. It's natural you're going to sit and compare. The film pays tribute to this with constant flashbacks and nods to the first movie, which was a nice touch. Also, the whole point of the movie is how time flies and people change and reflecting on this. It's nostalgic. Each of these characters have changed since the first one, but in the way people do. They've all grown more into themselves in one way or another, for better or worse. Watching the movie I felt like I know people like these people in real life and have seen them follow similar paths these characters have in the last 20 years. It's so real, it made me consider that even though John Hodge didn't write these characters he must know people like this because they were so 3 dimensional.

It's still as brutal and full on as the first one. Without giving too much away they look at heavy drug abuse, suicide, domestic abuse, institutionalisation, prostitution and many other themes that'll make you squirm in your seat. It's a real, full blown certificate 18 movie. As is the first one it's a tough, honest look at what humans allow themselves to be reduced to. There are plenty of scenes where old friends voice home truths to each other that cut deep. Speeches they've been planning in their heads for 20 years. The way people do when they stew over something. Uncomfortable viewing where you feel like you should not be present for what should be a very private conversation. Aside from it being a heavy watch it was very funny in places too, with that same honest and at times disgusting wit.

My one criticism would be just how hard they play on the nostalgia factor. I'm still undecided wether it was a bad thing, but they certainly tread close to the edge by the end of the movie. At times it was like watching a reunion where they're touring the locations from the first movie all wanking off over how amazing the first Trainspotting was. It was clear to see these actors and Danny Boyle were proud of the first one and wanted to acknowledge it, paying tribute to it every chance they got. But then on the other hand it kind of works, as the point of the story is nostalgia and reflection, watching Renton played by McGregor visit these places and consider how things have changed in 20 years. It would be impossible for him to visit his hometown after so many years away and it not be nostalgic, but at times it just felt like that's what had compelled Danny Boyle to make this movie.

All in all it was a great watch. It was wonderfully shot with really interesting cinematography (as I remember the first one was) and it still had all the magic these wonderful characters bring when they're on screen together. It was tense and exciting and unpredictable throughout. Edinburgh looked cool too, the locations were amazing and it was as fun seeing how much the city had changed (and not changed) in the last 20 years as well as the characters. It was honest and uneasy, and that's all I wanted when I sat down. It was a sequel done the way all sequels should be done, paying mind to the story, the characters and artistic integrity before thinking about profits. It didn't at all take away from the first one, it made me realise how iconic and great it is. If you like the original, go see this. If you don't like the original, watch it again, realise you were wrong and then go see this.

Friday, 17 February 2017



So I moved house about 2 months ago and signed up to a Sky TV deal. It was pretty cheap as I'm a new customer. I was buzzing. Fast forward a couple months and I'm at my wits end already. We got Sky at home when I moved out so I've never really spent much time using it and becoming familiar with the interface. Last night I had a meltdown, I cannot believe how shit it is.

From the way episodes and shows are indexed, to the way the interface works to how clunky and unresponsive the software is, is this really the premier way to watch cable television in this country? It's an astounding mess. For those who don't know, when you click to view the information on a show it doesn't show you the season or episode number. I got halfway through an episode of Idris Elba: Fighter last night before realising the first one on the list was the 3rd episode in the series. How can that be possible? It's dinosaur shit, the way you consume media and entertainment has gone way way past that and it's like because Sky have a monopoly over things like sports broadcasting rights they don't really need to push the envelope with their product.

I don't know if it's because I'm so used to how wonderfully simple the interfaces are on things like Netflix and iPlayer that I expected more from Sky. At more than 10 times the cost of Netflix you'd think they'd bother to sort out the fucking archaic mess. I'm well aware that from a software point of view it's way more complicated than something like Netflix, but there's no excuse for not properly indexing episodes. They're supposed to be the TV guys. They're supposed to care about TV. It's disgusting that they've got you over a barrel and will continue to just raise prices once they know you're hooked. I cannot believe they have the cheek to charge as much as they do and this is what they provide. Even when you've series linked a show the episodes are not in any particular order. They'll run from 1-22 then from 34-40 then from 23-33. It's mental. I'm sure for people who are so used to Sky these things seem acceptable and normal but to me, as a new customer, someone who is tech and entertainment savvy it's a mental mental weird joke.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


So yesterday I had a thought; to collect everyones embarrassing and funny Valentine's day stories and post them in one place for all to read. I put out a call on Facebook and Twitter and they slowly but surely started landing. Here are some of my favourites as they are as they rolled in, completely unedited. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

13.02.17 - 21:55pm
When I was a kid in primary school it came to valentine's day and I decided to give someone a shite 'a4 page folded in half' card. On the card was a green and black dinasour and the horrible dinasour was... crying blood. Crying. Blood. Like I dunno what came into my mind, it's possibly the least romantic image, just had to share that with you. Just a blank a4 page, a dying crying dinasour and the weird kid from the year above.

13.02.17 - 22:06pm
I haven't ever celebrated Valentine's Day with someone, although in secondary school I gave cards to to my girls and one of them was adamant I was a lesbian after it. She didn't speak to me no more.

13.02.17 - 22:40pm
Finished my day at medway, year 6. popped over the road to the pound shop to buy a tamagotchi rip off. realised it was valentines so bought a lace rose for my mum (first valentines for my ma) she picked it up my the petals.. unravels into lace knickers. i'm a gent so course i had to sleep her.

13.02.17 - 23:38pm
Okay picture this, my first valentines day with my first ever boyfriend, we'd been together probably three weeks so everything was still pretty new. We decided to stay at his and order take out with movies. This was the first meeting with his mum too. Anyway the romantic night i'd planned losing my virginity with my boyfriend was spent projectile vomiting from food poisoning whilst sitting crying in my pants watching his mum scrub my aromatic duck and red wine out of her white hallway carpet till 4am. He had to buy a new mattress and his mum had to re-carpet the hallway.

14.02.17 - 00:03pm
I went to Wagamama's on a second date with a girl on Valentine's Day. She made me laugh and I pissed my pants. She never found out and we have been together since. I'm praying she doesn't read this.

14.02.17 - 00:28pm
In year 8 I think. Once gave a girl a signed ticket to a gig I went to cause she couldn't go in an envelope I wrote the lyrics to the bands songs to on, and she still friend zoned me for someone else. #yolo

14.02.17 - 11:15pm
2 years ago today, I went to work, got sacked (for checking my phone too often), walked home in the pissing rain with my bike that had two flat tyres, walked in the pissing rain to my girlfriends house to be consoled, got instantly dumped by said girlfriend, walked back home in the pissing rain, watched Shrek. Tragic.

14.02.17 - 14:23pm
Took my ex to some shower man Indian restaurant.  She was on the blob and had a cold, paid for a 3 course meal that she barely touched.  Got home n she went straight sleep not even a feel up.

Thanks for reading! More Wickedland coming very very soon!

Sunday, 12 February 2017


So way back in mid October during the Great Wickedland Black Out of 2016 I met up with Kama to chill and we chopped it up for a podcast that never made it live. Things were really hectic and it just got away from me. I remember it being a really fun one so I thought while I’m here posting as much content as I can I’m going to share this with you guys.

I think the wonderful thing about the podcast format is that you can go back and listen to old podcasts and still enjoy them. They don’t really go out of dates the way many other forms of media do. So here is myself and Kamakaze, recorded 13.10.16 discussing what’s going on with Kama musically, Kim K getting robbed in Paris, the idea of image, killer clowns, Obama, Trump, Samsung phones, Halloween, Sam Allardyce getting sacked from his post as England manager, FIFA, landlords and travel.

Also, if you want to come and guest on my podcast send a message to 'Wickedland Blog' on Facebook or tweet me @Wickedlander.

Don't forget you can download all the old episodes here: www.mediafire.com/#osrccod9oedcg

Friday, 10 February 2017



One thing above all things that makes me feel old is the way young people speak. I hear words and I’m aware they’re not for me. I’m aware I wouldn’t say them. When I was younger I wasn’t as aware of slang spreading the way it does now. Maybe it’s because it didn’t, without social media being the factor in life it is now.

Around 6 months ago people started saying ‘the sesh’. It’s been doing my head in ever since. Never before have I seen something so pointless adopted by so many people. I do not understand it. It’s like when everyone started saying ‘banter’ and that just become the word for fun or bullying for a while. Out of nowhere mindless mongs signed themselves up because they’d rather be in that out. The thing with ‘the sesh’ is, everyone likes to drink and party and take drugs. There’s nothing notable about it. We don’t need a name for that, yet these cunts continue to force it and the crap jokes that go along with it.

The flip side of this coin is a sweet one though. It’s nice when you meet someone who is so concerned and put off by this particular piece of slang as you are. It’s nice to know that not absolutely everyones mind is impersonal malleable puty that simply fills the space between their ears. Nice to know that not everyone feels they have to conform to some shite jokes and some new slang term to try and fit in.

I’ll leave you with this clip from the wonderful Limmy’s Show

Thursday, 9 February 2017



The Weeknd - House Of Balloons (2011)

I remember the first time I ever heard The Weeknd. James Cherry shared ‘Wicked Games’ on Facebook. I thought it was by a band called The Weeknd initially. For all the love I have for Abel I hope we can all agree it’s a fucking stupid name for a solo act. That aside I instantly fell in love with the song. RnB isn’t meant to be rushed and it was all really drawn out and seductive, as is the whole record. This really was a blinding debut. It’s interesting to revisit it because it largely shaped where RnB is at now. This was almost the dawning of the new era. A modern blueprint. The trend was set with this release.

As is his sound, the project is very unique. Only 43 minutes long in 9 tracks. It’s dreamy, druggy, lucid and spaced out, thick with echoes and reverb. It’s such a patient listen. The subject matter was kind of rare of at the time too. RnB songs weren’t really about the things on this record at that time. Typically Abel sings about vice. All the songs are like hangovers, talking about drink, drugs, sex and partying. Now, in the shadow of The Weeknd’s early work it’s kind of been done to death. Artists like Future, Kanye West and Drake adapted their styles and it’s what we are used to hearing. But at the time it was very exciting. Also Abel was largely faceless at the time. People didn’t know what The Weeknd looked like. His face wasn’t plastered all over it. It was pretty cool.

Song for song it’s such a strong project. I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite track. I listen to it and my choice changes as it progresses. I love lean projects, and there really isn’t any fat here. No filler. ‘High For This’ sets the tone and is the perfect opener, encapsulating the mood of the record. I remember hearing that for the first time and thinking his vocal performance on ‘Wicked Games’ wasn’t a fluke. This guy can really sing! Another stand out is ‘What You Need.’ It has all the elements of a classic song by The Weeknd. If you were trying to convince someone that he is worth his salt this would be a good one to go for. ‘Coming Down’ Is a pulsating, mellow song that opens the tail end. The mantra ‘I only want you when I’m coming down’ rings through out. This typifies the whole project. Like I said the theme of being jaded, drugs, partying and sex stay true from start to finish.

I remember when I first heard this, thinking about how it doesn’t at all sound the same track for track but it all sounds like it belongs on the same release. That quality shouldn’t be as rare as it is. I think a lot of that is to do with the spacey vocal production. It just all fits and works so well, the journey as you listen is effortless. If it’s been a while since you listened to it dig it out and do so. I still think this is one of his best works to date and a killer debut. It’s sultry, sexy, slow and melodic. Everything that a good RnB record should be. I’d take another one of these over a thousand Starboy’s any day of the week.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


Not many flicks, but just for good measure here's some graffiti snaps from Dam

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


TODAY MARKS WICKEDLANDS 9TH BIRTHDAY! Nuts, I have no idea how I've bothered writing for this long but I'm glad I have. Big up all the Wickedlanders. I'm thinking for the 10th Birthday I wanna do a little event. Make some merch, have drinks and pizza, listen to music. Like a Wickedland party. I'll do some save the date shit nearer the time. We've got loads of time anyway.

My original plan for this post was to post loads of little treats, but I'd only considered a couple of bits of content that would make sense and I've not finished working on them so that's shelved. But either way, the fun stuff is coming, don't you fucking worry. For now, enjoy these flicks.

Is this fancy dress? Or is that just him? You know the older you get the more liberated you feel in the sense that you can wear what you want, let your identity shine and so on. I wonder if this guy always felt like he was a exotic printed shirt/ shorts and knee high socks with a walking stick kind of guy and never wanted to show it, or if he's always been brazen with it.

Speaking of which, when did this guy decide green was for him? All green everything please. Kind of a similar shade too, you've got to admire his dedication if nothing else.

Holdtight the lipsing gang. Not in McDonalds please lads come on.

I saw this kid in a full Leicester kit wearing football boots just having a little gelato. Would you let your kids wear football boots recreationally if it's what they wanted? I know you're supposed to let kids do whatever they want right and let them flourish and make their own decisions but it's a no from me. You look like a fucking twat.

I have this voice in my head that I hear every single day that asks me if I'm making the right decisions. A voice in my head that reminds me I'm against the clock and constantly wonders if I'm enjoying my life as much as I can. If I'm balancing work and leisure properly and what is the right balance. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. The longer life dwindles on, and the louder the voice in my head gets. I saw this pissed up bloke in one of those jester hats just bopping through town one day and I looked at him and thought I've never known happiness like that. What incredible freedom he must feel.

Cosplay is interesting isn't it. Was my childhood stunted because I've become and adult and cannot fathom wanting to dress up as a computer game character and walk around near DMU campus desperate to get laughed at, so to add to the narrative that I'm so misunderstood?

And you're thinking ok a little Sims diamond. I can get with that, that's a fucking awesome costume. Then you notice his 'pizza slut' T shirt and you just think you know what, I'm done with this Cosplay lark.

This is just made by the earth. A bit of watering but it just happens. How cool is that? I'm into that.

This is just made by me. Me and Peri Peri. I love this salad with garlic mayo and this grilled chicken. I can't wait for it to be hot again so I can eat this shit.

Slop gang don't get caught slopping in 2017

Is this lad still about? I'm bored of him and I don't even see his face all the time. Does he still make music? Rubbish, get him out of here.

The new Deliveroo jackets with the reflector bit in are so cool aren't they? The photo doesn't show it but the grey bit is a reflector. I'm sure you've seen one of the thousands and thousands of cycling employees in one, you don't need me to explain.

These are a fucking delight. I feel like cookie dough has potential to be the next pulled pork or avocado. Popular beg food that gets completely rinsed by everyone, everywhere. Cookie dough is dope and so are these, get them if you see them.

So into this. I like garments that just say the name of a food on them. Like a sports team you support. I saw that singer Foxes wearing a sweater that said 'PEANUT BUTTER'.

I hate kids. I never used to hate kids but I think I hate kids. These days I'm often way more annoyed than endeared by the presence of kids. Is that my fault? Is it something to do with modern parents? I don't know but what I do know is everywhere I go kids do my head in. This lad was running from table to table in Mcdonalds. Why please?

Ponytails are odd aren't they. Do you think these blokes plan on growing one of them and becoming that guy with a ponytail? Or do you think it just happens accidentally? Either way when it gets to this point you need to let it go don't you. It's odd how ponytails become such a big part of someones identity. Like you become the bloke with the ponytail.


I went to Cured at Brewdog with a few familiar faces. They've basically opened up a smokehouse restaurant in the pub. When I went I took a load of pictures with the best intensions of writing about the experience. I'll spare you the trip round the houses it was rubbish and bland. Looked really nice but that was about it. The service was poor from when I booked the table to when we paid the bill. I think the pub have seen that selling burgers in Leicester is like printing money and they wanted in on it. Go Brewdog for a pint, not for food, it's not worth it.

The Orator has been working on an interesting project. A regular guest on my podcasts so I expect you should all be completely clear on what his thing is, but if not I'll fill you in. He's a spoken word artist who has recorded his debut album. It's interesting because it's a spoken word album, it's going to be very unique. I've heard snippets here and there and it's built with instrumentation and soundscapes as a backdrop. It's wrapped and ready for release, I'm excited to listen to it.

They sell these fruit juices in the European shop near me with fruit in the bottles. The fruit looks so fermented and pale, I can't imagine it would add anything at all to the juice. I wonder if people buy them. Pretty good for display purposes if not.

'Limitless' isn't really a word I would use to describe a little £22.99 electric storage heater. I'd go for 'Limiting' maybe or 'Limited'

I was on my flight out to Dam when Trump got sworn in, sat in a Frankie and Benny's at Luton airport. Pretty mad. I love thinking like where were you with this sort of stuff. Those big world defining moments. Loads of people were watching this little TV behind the bar all transfixed. This was it.

I think when discussing people who age well, you hear too much talk about Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams and not enough about how Tony Robinson. Let's at least be fair here.

Can you see how good these cartoons are? Telling people what not to do on the trams in Dam. Pretty funny

This pizza was so thick. I probably would have looked at this years ago and fancied a go at it. Now it makes me feel sick. Is there hope yet for my arteries? Highly doubt it tbh

The Dutch Museum of Banter! Didn't pop in, probably should have. 

This is Tom. We met when myself and a bunch of the guys went out to Krakow, Poland in 2012. Tom and his young woman Annelot were in the same hostel as us. They ended up coming out with us one night and we had the maddest night out and we've kept in touch since. Before I flew out to Dam I messaged Tom to see if he wanted to link up. Turns out despite living in Utrecht he is now working in Dam and we met up for burgers, a few drinks and a chin wag. He's every bit as lovely as I remember and I'm sure it won't be the last time I see him. The maddest thing was the day I messaged him was 5 years to the day from when I'd last seen him, just by chance. How crazy is that haha

Speaking of burgers, Gourmet Burger Kitchen is coming to Leicester. Just what we need. I always think one thing you struggle to find here is a burger. I wish there was somewhere irrespective of what time it is, if you fancy a burger, you can get one. Hopefully they've solved the fact it's impossible to get a burger in Leicester. 

Some of my favourite Wickedland pictures are the ones I snap when I'm drunk that I don't remember why I snap them. This guy Ian (on the left) has worked for the company I work for for a number of years, I think the longest serving member the casual team. I wish you knew him how I do, and I wish I could do his character and personality justice in a few sentences, but it's not even worth it. My over arching thought here is for what reason could he possibly be speaking to this bloke hahahaha

These look kinda dead here but they were real good. Garlic mayo, cucumber, red onion, peri sauce, popcorn chicken and melted cheddar. You know when I squeezed these babies in and took that first bite? Direct debits didn't exist for a split second.

Bradley simply proud of Birdman, still chugging along. How is he still going. Wonder what his diet is like. To be fair it's rare that you see him doing mental shit anymore. I've not seen him slopping a coffee over his hand as he does yoga topless in town hall square for years now. Hope he's alright.

That's all for today! Hope you've enjoyed this bumper edition, I'll be back tomorrow with some more stuff! WICKED WICKED LAND LAND