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Want to BEE special? Here's how! Species Fluid!

Once upon a time people fought to be gay, lesbian, bi or transgender. Pioneers, who had to go through a lot of shit to be accepted. Legends.


But a new generation came along and being accepted wasn't enough. So they made up terms such as Non-Binary and Gender Fluid and CIS people and Pansexual and Sapiosexual and whatever they could think of to make them unique. How bold.

Now, a new generation is in the wings. How can they stand out from the 'old labels' crowd?


From the insecure, talentless attention seekers who created Gender Fluid comes the new sensation;  Species Fluid
For a new generation of entitled wankers.


Woke up human today. 

Wake up zebra tomorrow! 

Be a horse on Fridays! 

Whatever the fuck you want on Sundays!

No longer any need to hate Mondays!
You won't have to go to work. As a pet, you can be pampered instead!





Become your favourite African animal on weekends! I don't give a monkeys... because I am one! You can't call me a snake because guess what? Hey hey that's right! I'm as slippery as an eel, coz I'm one of those too! 


Hey mum! It's meeee! I'm Spesh!



Feel Special. Be unique! 

Stand out from the robots in the crowd! 


Because achieving something noteworthy takes too long! And let's face it, takes too much effort. You want to be special now! You're above all the plebs. No one can tell YOU what to do! No siree. Not this little white duck. Quack quack! Shake your tail feathers baby! Watch your animal magnetism at work. 







People, those mass of bores, will marvel at how amazing you really are! You've always known it. Now they can too. 


Species Fluid. 
The next natural step in the evolution of attention seekers. 

Hear me Roar! Grrrrrrrr


Hey brother, it's just me! Ah shit, these claws. Sorry bruz!



More Satire

Peace 
Anthony -  Fridays
Antoine - Saturdays
Tony - Sundays
Toni - Mondays
Antonio - Tuesdays
Antoinette - Wednesdays
Karen - Thursdays



Narcissists and numbskulls


Hi,

Hope you're doing well.

See if you can relate to this little ditty.





Narcissists and numbskulls

 

Allow them time

They will reveal themselves.

 

Sit back

They will provide the rope

And promptly hang themselves

For all to see.

 

All that is required

And it’s a must

Is for spectators

To call them out on it.

 

Character assassination

From within

Deserves applause

And the surety

That the dead wasn’t rise

Again.

 

The first time around

Was bad enough.

 


 

20.2.23            7.30 pm


Love to hear your thoughts on this one.

On a personal note, my girlfriend just moved in. Sooner than planned due to external circumstances but we'll make the most of it. We're a good team so fingers crossed it all goes as well as it has so far.

Have a good week. 

Peace

Anthony


A.J. Langford Books





Online interactions. Good or bad?



Hi,

Funny how times change.

I made this video in 2022. Written in 2020. I seem to care a lot less about it now. I think I'm just disengaging with the world in general. Perhaps because of the dismissive online world. The lack of interest in my work. Ideologies and politics at play. Like you, how I feel about things changes per week. Per day. 



The Good and the Bad





Watch HERE


Overall, I was once a believer. No longer. I've lost faith. (Perhaps off topic from the video but not the above words).

Actually, I've lost nothing. I've learn't things. I'm no longer a dreamer hoping for fantasy. My feelings are based on the simple reality of the past two decades. That's a realist. 

My lack of self confidence (brought on mostly by a working class/country upbringing) plays a strong part. I've seen what a confident middle class person is capable of. One of my teenage best friends was such. I saw how he was. And how I was not. A few years later, at 22, he dragged me overseas when I was terrified at the idea. I stayed two and a half years. I travelled. I learnt. I grew. I owe him a lot. 

And yet I still struggle in my own skin. It's back to childhood folks. As cliche as that is. It's the ultimate truism.

Peace and happiness to you. Cling to whatever you can.



A.J. Langford Books










More of my Videos





Old bands with Brand New Songs! January 2024

 

New Songs from the Old Skool


From the rock/pop sensibilities of the 1960's to 90's grunge, the old skool rockers just won't die. And we're better off for it. They're still making great music.

Here's a few. Bound to be plenty more. If you know of others, let me know. 



Rolling Stones - Mess it Up





James - Is this Love?





Charlatans - Just as long as you stick by me





Green Day - Bobby Sox






Kim Gordon - Bye Bye





The Jesus and Mary Chain - Jamcod





Ash - Oslo (This one is a few months old but was one of my favourite tracks of 2023 so including it).






Ed Harcourt - Deathless





Ride - Peace Sign





J. Mascis - Right Behind You





Kylie Minogue - Hold on to now





The Libertines - Shiver







The Beatles - Now and Then





Kula Shaker - Indian Record Player





Wilco - Meant to be


I love listening to new music. Last year I listened to approx. 4000 songs. Admittedly, the vast majority were shit but here are some very good ones.

Best Songs of 2023 Playlist




My most viewed YouTube Playlist is this one. 1.6 million views.


80's Hits - Overlooked/Forgotten


The period in which you came of age, ie a teenager into young adulthood is the one you most relate to in terms of music and it's the same for me. Every decade has something to offer but I would argue that the 60's through to 80's was when everything was created. Since then there's been a lot of going over the same territory. 

Yet, I have always listened to new music and will continue to do so.

What period do you relate to? Who are your favourite artists? Love to hear your thoughts.


Peace

Anthony



The Eighth Wonder of the World - Amazing

 

 Eighth Wonder of the World

There are a few considered for the title.
Three are listed here. They are constructions rather than natural wonders.

Pre-1900 creations





Part Six


Church of Saint George, Lalibela


The Church of Saint George is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a town in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.


Church of St. George, rock-hewn in the shape of a cross

Sailko - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89991617


The Church of Saint George was carved downwards from a type of volcanic tuff. This is the sole architectural material that was used in the structure. It has been dated to the late 12th or early 13th century AD. It is among the best known and last built of the eleven churches in the Lalibela area, and has been referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".

Lalibela, King of Ethiopia, sought to recreate Jerusalem, and structured the churches' landscape and religious sites in such a way as to achieve such a feat.


From above. Bete Giyorgis (Church of St. George) from above, one of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela


On first approach the site appears wholly inaccessible, with sheer drops on every side and no access bridge. It is accessed via a very narrow man-made canyon, spiralling downwards, which changes to a tunnel close to the church, to further conceal its presence.





Royal Palace of Amsterdam


The Royal Palace of Amsterdam in Amsterdam (Dutch: Koninklijk Paleis van Amsterdam or Paleis op de Dam) is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament.




The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House.



Superchilum - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72314780


The structure was built as the Town Hall of the City of Amsterdam "facing the landing wharfs along Damrak, which at that time would have been busy with ships". The town hall was opened on 29 July 1655 by Cornelis de Graeff, the mayor of Amsterdam.  

The main architect was Jacob van Campen, who took control of the construction project in 1648. It was built on 13,659 wooden piles.



The Central Hall




Polhem dry dock


Polhem dry dock, is situated in the World heritage Ã–rlogsstaden Karlskrona, was built in 1717–1724 and was the first dry dock in Sweden. It is cut out in the cliff on Lindholmen island and catered for shipping including the largest warships of its day.


While dry docks in other countries where let dry by the tidal water going out, in this dock water pumps are used, as the Baltic Sea doesn't have any significant tide. The dry dock was built by 600 men and was an international sensation for its advanced design.


Boatbuilder - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11109009


The drydock has its name from Christopher Polhem, who constructed it. It is described as the Eighth Wonder of the World by the Karlskrona shipyard history association. The water pumps were created by the shipbuilding master Charles Sheldon, they were of a kind already used in Swedish mines. Before converting to steam power in the 19th century around 100 men were required to power the pumps



More in this Series HERE



A.J. Langford Books







Is it time to shift your thinking? How do we overcome lifelong attitudes?

 

Adjusting your attitude


It's a tough ask to alter your thinking, especially if it's been in place for years, if not decades or a lifetime.

Yet, we are the experts of our own experiences. It's our perception what counts, not what happens externally. 




For example, in 2023, I think I sold about four books. That was both online and having three bookstores having copies. In anyone's language, that's pretty much a failure. I need to re-think my strategy or even if it's worth continuing to publish books at all. It costs me money, not make me any. And I'm getting older and have limited working years left etc. with bills I'm already struggling with.

The thing is, I have a half dozen novels ready to go and these are the best ones I've written. The most commercial too. Very different from what I've published before.

I have a couple of loyal readers. Less then ten. Will the new books make a wave or will it be more of the same? Things to consider.

To be honest, everyday anxiety is my biggest challenge and that's what I really want to work to overcome. Gratitude lists, Avoidance, Altering, Acceptance are all tools I'm learning. Looking after myself is another one. Sleep, exercise, diet. Dealing with anti-depressant withdrawal (read here) makes it all the harder. Anyway, a work in progress and perhaps that's all life is. Never really getting there. 




How have you overcome your own thinking? 

Do you have examples or strategies to shift your attitudes? It's tough. It's very easy to be affected by external factors. What others think. How others behave and treat us. Our circumstances. Our health. It's easy to say, well, it's all a matter of perception and ignore what others do and say but the reality is we do care and it does affect us. 

Can we really alter ourselves?





I've searched for answers amongst the stoics and they have some great advice. Putting it into practice is a tough task but I know I must try. I can't allow myself to be miserable over things I can't control and when it comes to my writing/publishing career (and a lifetime of creativity), it mostly has been a series of disappointments if not soul crushing experiences. 

I may even retire my two websites completely. I've already decided to retire my Vimeo account at the end of 2024 when the subscription runs out, meaning many of my short films that YouTube won't accept will no longer be available.

I've had mental health struggles most of my life, like many of us, so if I can limit what affects me or alter my attitudes, then I must try. (Not that I haven't actively sought help for the past twenty-five years). I've started reading a new book called Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton which has many practical tips. I do recommend that one. It's already helping me. 

One thing is for certain, anti-depressants have caused me far more grief than help and alcohol only provides temporary relief and is no solution at all. 

Over to you. Love to hear your ideas and thoughts on altering our attitudes and indeed, ourselves.

Happy 2024!

Peace

Anthony

A.J. Langford Books

Enjoy these while still available.

https://vimeo.com/anthonyjlangford

https://www.anthonyjlangfordbooks.com/short-films




Looking back on your life


Hi,

Very fitting that this is the last post of 2023.

This was written in 2013 though, much like it says, the past is perhaps not as clear as we think. 





 

Happy Snaps with Polish

 

Take a second or two

Time traveler

How does the old world seem?

Nostalgia has a name

And faces

And aromas

You’d forgotten about.

 

Your past has a new paint job

But now that you’ve revisited it

It’s as real as now

(Feet in the present)

With your mind

In ten other places.

 

It’s a hazy scene

From a VHS movie

A long lost cause

Worth celebrating

Yet without the passion

And not quite the way

You remembered it.

 

What’s a story without embellishment

Or at least

Eradicating the mundane

And inconvenient.

 

The shadows are long

And the sun is dying

So take a snapshot of now

The past never looked so good.


2013



How did that feel for you? Is your past how you remember it or is it tainted through time and misrepresentation? 


May the year to come be a good one for you. As I age, I am happy enough to have good health and aim for peace and hope for the same for those around me. 


Or at least, fake it, so that when you look back in years ahead, it will look awesome. 😃

Peace

A.J. Langford Books





Short film 1997



Short film 2018 - Watch at anthonyjlangfordbooks
Staring my daughter when she was 7





Short film 2004






Merry Christmas and Thank You

 

I simply wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you if you engaged with these posts in any way in 2023. You know who you are.

If you have a little downtime this festive season, I have plenty of videos on my YouTube Channel including the cheeky video story, Fabulous Flaw Finding Phil.

If you're after some great new tunes, I also have my Best Music of 2023 Playlist HERE.

Also there's free downloads, short films and other videos on my website HERE




I'm contemplating scaling back these posts in 2024. So few people engage with them and they're a lot of work. I'm also into my final year (hopefully) of tapering off anti-depressants and it gets harder as I get to lower doses. (Full story HERE). I have little enthusiasm and struggle with the everyday. Plus my girlfriend has health issues so that's my main focus now.


I was thinking about publishing a children's novel in 2024, a fantasy called Borders of Bordavia. It's finished. It's a great book. I just don't think I have the ability to do what's required. Not until I'm free of this drug. Hopefully the old me will return in 2025. 




I'll have one more post before year's end.

Thank you.

Merry Christmas.