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"Tom Blogarty" is scatalogical, humorous, and geeky. He likes to swear - a lot - and tends to rant (especially when drunk). #jokingnotjoking

List Mania 12: November Retox

As an antidote to last month’s Stoptober malarkie, here’s an itinerary I’ve devised for you to follow during November. 1. Red wine. Halloween-themed. Sort of. Post-Samhain, the 1st of November is All Saints’ Day, so why not kickstart your retox by

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery (with photos)

I managed to tick another of the “Magnificent Seven” off my list this month. For anyone that doesn’t know, this is a list of famous Victorian cemeteries that were built in London, scattered around what was then the city outskirts.

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Hom Sweet Homme

My blog always suffers during the summer, and with this in mind I find myself under considerable pressure this month to write something good. It is usually at these times that I am stricken with writer’s block; and so it

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Scratching the Auschwitz Itch

In July I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps in Poland, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Why this morbid choice of tourist attraction would appeal to me is not easy to explain, but

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Turning Japanese

I’d like to apologise in advance for the jingoist nature of this post. I also realise that the people in the photo above are Chinese rather than Japanese*. You’ve probably seen the adverts on the telly for 23andMe – it’s

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Victoria Park

On 3rd of June Nick Cave headlined the closing day of All Points East Festival in Victoria Park, East London. He was among a strong lineup, including Patti Smith, Baxter Dury, Bo Ningen, St. Vincent (nice tits!) and Psychedelic Furs.

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Tom’s Tourist Guide to Transylvania

I’ve never been much of a traveller; I never caught the travel bug when I was younger – mainly because I was either short of money, or short of time – never seeming to have much of both in tandem

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A Big Fuckoff List of Tattooists

You know when you’re writing and stuff, be it a blog post, or book, a thesis, police statement, the occasional letter to the reader’s page of Razzle etcetera – and sometimes you feel all inspired and it’s really easy and

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Do Not Approach This Man…

I renewed my passport recently,  meaning that I get to see the current incarnation of my “boat race” fixed and glorified in leather-bound booklet form for the next decade. Despite having 9 months left to go on my previous one I

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Music Reviews 2011-2016

I feel it only fair to warn you that this blog post consists of two things I am obsessive about; music and making lists. It does not, however, feature any mention of tattoos, wanking or the dark arts – so

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