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penchant for pants ant

Following a riveting Ebay battle, my gleaming copy of The Pants Ant Trouser Hour! by Woodrow Phoenix & Ian Carney arrived in the post. I did a Google search on Pants Ant and came up with this fab photo on Flickr. Pants Ant is REAL! He is a very small ant driving a very large set of trousers, and saving the town of Gaberdine, Pantsylvania, from pants peril.

So I took the comic to my favourite sofa in Deptford and had a nice cup of tea (because the coffee there is not half as good as the sofa). It is a very nice sofa, you could look at it for hours.

Aw, isn't it fab? That's a little Winston Churchill there, next to the fish.

My writer friend Candy Gourlay pointed out this funny article with a guy flipping out about bookstore culture in Singapore. He insists bookshops should charge a £2 entrance fee to get rid of the riff-raff. I sympathise when he goes off about people who read stacks of magazines for free and don't put them away, but I think he's confusing a bookshop with a library. I am one of those people who could easily live in a bookshop. I think I spent my whole sophomore year at university studying at a table in Boobs & Noodles.


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May. 14th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Is that a comic about people taking their pants off in public ? Shocking !
May. 14th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Very! :-D Sometimes the pants even dissolve!
May. 14th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I love Pants Ant! I have a sketch of him on my desk from WAAAAY back.
May. 14th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
That's fabulous! I only found out about him recently but now I'm a fan. To quote it: I love it more than the hamster I never had.
May. 14th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ian Carney is an excellent writer, also the biggest KISS fan I'm aware of.
May. 14th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
KISS? That's funny. :-D I hope they do a Pants Ant revival, that'd be awesome.
May. 14th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I work in a bookshop, sometimes it's the people you peg as riffraff who are the most interesting. There's this diminutive little family who wonder in occasionally, I didn't think much of them the first time I saw them, but now they're regulars. They hardly ever buy anything but it's nice to see them come in and browse all the time.
May. 14th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Cool! It's great when you get regulars you really like.

I worked for a few months at Shakespeare & Co in Moscow, and a lot of time the expats who came in would just be so glad to speak native English with someone that they'd tell me the most amazing long stories. I loved that job. Would've kept it, but $3/hr didn't pay the rent.
May. 15th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Moscow? You have this whole secret history I never knew about.

Also, I must go and have tea on that couch (it would be great for Guess Where London). We should have elevenses or afternoon tea there one time!

Also also: Pants Ant felt toys = made of awesome.
May. 14th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
that is thee funkyist couch I have ever seen. I'm having a seizure just looking at it
May. 14th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hee hee! I also crack up at writing on the stool in the comics picture, it's very relevant.
May. 14th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
glee! The clever furniture tickles me pink!
May. 14th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I love Pants Ant and Sugar Buzz! I am shocked those guys aren't super duper stars.
May. 15th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Yes, we should petition to bring them back! They'd rock!!
May. 14th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
where is that sofa in Deptford? I feel the need to sit on it.
May. 15th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Here you go! Happy lounging. :-)
May. 16th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh it IS at the Deptford project. I didn't see it there!
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