The Consumer | Anorak - Part 16

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We bring you the chic and unique, the best and most bizarre shopping offers both online and offline. We offer you tips on where to buy, and some of the less mainstream and crazy, individual and offbeat items on the internet. Anything that can be bought and sold can be featured here. And we love showcasing the best and worst art and design.

The Shining Cuckoo Clock yells ‘Here’s Johnny’ on the hour

The Shining Cuckoo Clock

The Shining Cuckoo Clock


Know what time it is with this cuckoo clock in the form of the axe scene from The Shining. On the hour every hour Jack Torrance with menace you with a  “Here’s Johnny!”. For added homeliness, Shelley Duvall’s character will scream her head off.

It’s made by Chris Dimino.

Spotter: DM

Posted: 6th, July 2016 | In: Film, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

Glastonbury: an incredible video shows what festival goers leave behind

When I first saw the videos “things left behind at Glastonbury”, I expected to see Jake passed out in the mud and Sienna entangled in a huge dream catcher. What the video shows is tents – lots and lots and lots of tents abandoned by festival goers. It is mind-blowing to see. These tents cost a lot money. Why would you just leave it behind for someone else to pack away? Why not burn it and keep warm?

Posted: 4th, July 2016 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Ronald McDonald shot outside restaurant

ronald mcdonald shot gunRonald McDonald has been shot at a fast-food restaurant on the USA. Police need not round-up the usual suspect – Hamburglar, Jamie Oliver, France – because Telvin Drummond, 24, from Lumberton, North Carolina, is helping them with their enquiries.

Mr McDonald was shot during an argument behind a Sonic Drive-In restaurant. Reports say the two began shooting at each other and Ronald McDonald was hit.

He’s ok. It is very likely that Mr McDonald cannot be killed by conventional weapons.


Posted: 27th, June 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

The Indiana Jones Nazi face-melting candle is here

SS Schweinhund Arnold Ernst Toht


Relive the magic of Raiders of the Lost Ark by setting fire to SS Schweinhund Arnold Ernst Toht. Watch his face melt, just like in the movie. Gestapo agent?


SS Schweinhund Arnold Ernst Toht


Melting Toht is from Firebox.

Posted: 16th, June 2016 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Man finds ‘something from the Bible’ in his Costo salad

costco locust“We put the bag in the fridge straight away and had our first serving on Saturday night,” says Ian Lovejoy to the Henley Standard.

“It’s horrible to think about that now because it pooed everywhere and we were left wondering what we’d eaten. We decided to have the rest on Sunday but when I dropped the leaves on my plate I just saw this thing in my hand. I thought, ‘what on earth is this?’.

“It frightened me to death and my wife was extremely upset. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.

“I could probably have coped if it was something small, like an ant, but this was more like something from the Bible. I can’t believe it was still alive after all that time in the bag, first on the shelf and then in our fridge.

“It’s worrying because the bag says the salad’s ready washed but they obviously haven’t cleaned it that well. When the shock had passed we just had some cheese sandwiches… I’d like to think the locust might go to an insect expert who can find a use for it.”

That salad sounds revolting – even a locust won’t eat the stuff.


Posted: 8th, June 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Daily Mail: Charlemagne toured the Castello di Sammezzano in Tuscany 80 years after his death

Castello di Sammezzano


Travel news in the Daily Mail, with Georgia Diebelius. She introduces readers to a stunning Moorish castle built in 1605:

These are the haunting images of an Italian castle that still stands in pristine condition, despite being left abandoned for more than 20 years. The Castello di Sammezzano in Tuscany, Italy, was built in the early 17th century by Spanish nobles and was even visited by Emperor Charlemagne….

Would that be Charlemagne, aka Charles the Great (born late 740s – 28 January 814) or an imposter?

If only there was a resources, some kind of electronic database, for writers to look up facts on…

Posted: 7th, June 2016 | In: Tabloids, The Consumer | Comment

Clarification of the Day

Ikea bun sign

Posted: 5th, June 2016 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Butcher promises: ‘Eating bacon reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100%’

Eating  bacon reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100%


To New South Wales, Australia, where butcher Jeff Rapley from Naroomais talking about the sign in his shop window that promises, “Eating two strips of Rapley’s award-winning bacon for breakfast reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100%.”

He fails to “or your money back!” but Jeff does add that he meant no offence and “no particular religion was mentioned“. “I’m definitely not a racist and didn’t mean for it to cause offence,” says Jeff.

The Vegan Militia has yet to respond.


Posted: 25th, May 2016 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Lost in translasion: socks

funny message on socks engrish tranlation

Posted: 23rd, May 2016 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Estate by Robert Clayton: buy the book, see the show, love the pictures

Robert Clauton esate


Robert Clayton’s Estate is now on display in a major solo exhibition at Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, London E2.

The exhibition also sees the launch of his new short film about the work featuring Jonathan Meades. Large scale prints and a film are on show for free until May 29th.

Find out more here.

You can see a selection of Robert’s wonderful photographs on flashbak.

And then you can buy the book. Do so. It’s really terrific. Buy it here.


estate robert clayton

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Books, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Kenneth Williams’ last diary entry is a powerful read

ken williams obit


Kenneth Williams (22 February 1926 – 15 April 1988). His diary entry for the day before he died is a powerful read:


kenneth williams

Posted: 15th, April 2016 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment

This Pizza box turns into a weed pipe

pizza pipe


Every Push for Pizza “comes with a “Pizza Pipe”. Well, this is still a concept, but the idea is sound. You rip off a section of the cardboard box, pop out the ceramic stand that stops the box from crushing the pizza and assemble the thing ready for your post-prandial puff.

“No longer will one have to search for a pipe before or struggle to remember the telephone number of the pizza parlor after its use,” says Push for Pizza. “Equally important, the pizza is in hand before the munchies set in, leading to a more relaxed and enjoyable experience without the interminable delay of its delivery or the pain of gnawing hunger.”


push for pizza weed pipe


File under: stone baked.

Posted: 14th, April 2016 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Punctuation in novels: words stripped from books leaving only the punctuation

Punctuation in Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (left) and in Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (right).

Punctuation in Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (left) and in Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (right).


Adam J Calhoun stripped two books of words:

Inspired by a series of posters, I wondered what did my favorite books look like without words. Can you tell them apart or are they all a-mush? In fact, they can be quite distinct. Take my all-time favorite book, Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. It is dense prose stuffed with parentheticals. When placed next to a novel with more simplified prose — Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy — it is a stark difference (see above).

The beauty of good punctuation.

Posted: 17th, February 2016 | In: Books | Comment

Cancel your subscription to Harper’s magazine and receive this desperate letter

When Adrienne LaFrance cancelled her subscription to Harper’s magazine she received a letter – a begging letter. Read it and weep (with annotations by Adrienne):


Cancel your subscription to Harper’s magazine and receive this desperate letter


harper letter


Posted: 15th, February 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

The Top 5 comments ‘Overheard In Waitrose’

overheard in waitrose


On Facebook people are sharing things Overheard In Waitrose. And it’s great. Here are five crackers:

“I can’t find anything here, we should have really gone to Selfridges” – Overheard in Waitrose Marylebone

Two people having a heated argument at the front of local store. -One said ‘I know I am right, I’m a solicitor’ .To which the second calmly said ‘So am I’

Overheard in Waitrose Twickenham… “Lysander put the papaya down!”

“I suppose we could have a coffee. I’ve just spoken to Susan and she’s still doing the ironing and there’s nothing worse than being in your own house when the cleaner is still there.”

“Jemima, you’ll have to take the Rosemary off the Focaccia before we feed the ducks, Darling…. They can’t digest it!”

Posted: 10th, February 2016 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

Then ultimate bath tub in a canal house in Amsterdam

A canal house in Amsterdam by Witteveen Architects. A canal house in Amsterdam by Witteveen Architects.



Posted: 9th, February 2016 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment