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In the beginning, there was the word...

15 March 2004

You’ve probably been wondering why the TFT site has been so long dormant. Well the answer is not, as many of you have suggested, sheer unadulterated laziness. Nor even laziness adulterated by alcohol, foreign cigarettes, and long, rowdy games of backgammon lasting two or perhaps three days.

The reason is simply that we’ve all been working as hard as a bunch of laboratory monkeys strapped onto cycling machines to test how long a monkey can remain awake and pedalling before it goes mental. And the fruit of our crazed labours is about to emerge: the Friday Thing.

You’ve probably already subscribed, and know all about what sort of a publication the Friday Thing is going to be. But if you haven’t, here are 5ive facts:

1. The Friday Thing was not founded in 1876 by the great Theosophist, Helena Blavatsky, who was famous for smoking dried banana skins and dancing on Primrose Hill in just her ballet shoes. Tragically, she had every intention of founding the Friday Thing, but slipped on some wet grass while attempting a fouetté en tournant and fell against a railing. And back in those days they just didn’t have the cutting equipment to save her.

2. From March 19, the Friday Thing will be published weekly on a Friday, in two forms: a print edition and an email edition. Subscribers to the print edition get both, but if you live in Latvia and don’t trust the post you can choose to get the email edition only. You can also buy it over the counter in places like the ICA and Borders.

3. The Friday Thing will be packed to the gills with incisive and irreverent comment on the week’s events. Unless, of course, the Pope dies, in which case we’ll have to run our emergency ‘dead Pope’ issue which is mainly just a selection of Latin prayers and sombre line drawings of nuns. In various states of undress.

4. The Friday Thing has cartoons by Matt Groening. You’ve probably heard of him. Shut up Cartman!! – Oh, Mr Garrison!! – Who killed Kenny?? Classic stuff. No really, we actually do have cartoons by Matt Groening. And a brand new cartoon by Roger Drew called ‘Joy of News’ which we’re very excited about. It’s a lot like the ‘Joy of Sex’ but more newsy. And every bit as beardy.

5. Ritchie Neville has yet to subscribe to the Friday Thing. If you’re reading this, Ritchie, what you should do is go to the following web address:


and follow the simple instructions.

And good luck with your latest project.

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