A Tribute to Grape-kun

Today is a sad day. It will be a surprise to some as I have never, ever mentioned this to a single person before today for some reason, but I’ve always considered Grape-kun, the penguin that fell in love with an anime cardboard cutout, as a major influence on the person I am today. I think of Grape-kun in everything I do, from how I try to carry myself as a person, how I interact with other people, to how I write my reviews of Christmas sandwiches on the years I can be bothered to write them. Whenever I face a problem in life, the first question I ask myself is “What would Grape-kun do?”.

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Everyone will have their own reasons for remembering Grape-kun. Earlier my 5-year-old daughter asked me “Daddy, will Grape-kun now be with his beloved Hululu in heaven?” I just didn’t know what to say. How do I look her in the eye and tell her that another strong positive role model for women has gone in this age of toxic masculinity? I was literally shaking. There are no words. I can’t even.

I once met Grape-kun in an unlikely situation which unfortunately can never be verified but it really did happen, I haven’t just made it up for clicks on social media. I’d like to keep what happened between us as it’s what they would have wanted, but I can say that they showed great generosity and human spirit that day. And more importantly, they were very, very funny. A great example of a celebrity giving something back, I’m sure you’ll agree. Please email me if you would like to interview me and use this example in a national news publication or broadcast.

Love them or hate them, Grape-kun was a true leader in their field and a massive influence on the industry as a whole, to the extent that their fame transcended beyond what they were originally famous for. They will be eternally missed, far beyond 2017.

As a mark of respect, there will be no Christmas sandwich review today.

Sunday Lunch Playlist: When They Are Dead by Shaw-Cude House

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When They Are Dead is the brand new single by Shaw-Cude House. A combination of sublime, honest vocals and haunting acoustic folk melodies, with an uplifting hip-hop inspired beat, this a tune you will want to listen to again and again. Perfect for driving, hosting a chilled out dinner party or a just a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden. Add it to your own playlists now.

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Shaw-Cude House started his music career by playing gigs in local pubs and bars

He cites David Bowie, The Beatles, Prince and the Arctic Monkeys as his biggest musical influences

Shaw-Cude House doesn’t like to be labelled and feels that his music traverses across multiple genres

He is currently touring and working on new material

 

Sunday Lunch Playlist: A Deity To Be Worshiped by The Fall of Chronopolis

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A Deity To Be Worshiped is the brand new single by The Fall of Chronopolis. A combination of distorted horror vocals, crunching industrial guitars and aggressive damage-core beat, this a tune you will want to listen to again and again. Perfect for hiding in your room after arguing with your parents, hosting a black ritual dedicated to the great horned Satan himself or a just a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden. Add it to your own playlists now.

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The Fall of Chronopolis started their music career by playing gigs in local morgues and abandonned abatoirs

They cite Flesh Razor, Cannibal Jesus, Giant Dildo Massacre and the Arctic Monkeys as their biggest musical influences

The Fall of Chronopolis describe their musical style as Digital Torture

They are currently touring and working on new material in a graveyard

 

Sunday Lunch Playlist: The Soul and It’s Secrets Inscrutable by Jamno

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The Soul and It’s Secrets Inscrutable is the brand new single by Jamno. A combination of sublime, honest vocals and haunting acoustic folk melodies, with an uplifting hip-hop inspired beat, this a tune you will want to listen to again and again. Perfect for driving, hosting a chilled out dinner party or a just a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden. Add it to your own playlists now.

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Jamno started his music career by playing gigs in local pubs and bars

He cites David Bowie, The Beatles, Prince and the Arctic Monkeys as his biggest musical influences

Jamno doesn’t like to be labelled and feels that his music traverses across multiple genres

He is currently touring and working on new material

 

Sunday Lunch Playlist: A Good Education, Then A Dog by Gazeta Basarabiei

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A Good Education, Then A Dog is the brand new single by Gazeta Basarabiei. A combination of sublime, honest vocals and haunting acoustic folk melodies, with an uplifting hip-hop inspired beat, this a tune you will want to listen to again and again. Perfect for driving, hosting a chilled out dinner party or a just a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden. Add it to your own playlists now.

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Gazeta Basarabiei started her music career by playing gigs in local pubs and bars

She cites David Bowie, The Beatles, Prince and the Arctic Monkeys as his biggest musical influences

Gazeta Basarabiei doesn’t like to be labelled and feels that her music traverses across multiple genres

She is currently touring and working on new material

 

Sunday Lunch Playlist: To Death A New Terror by Brendan McGill

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To Death A New Terror is the brand new single by Brendan McGill. A combination of sublime, honest vocals and haunting acoustic folk melodies, with an uplifting hip-hop inspired beat, this a tune you will want to listen to again and again. Perfect for driving, hosting a chilled out dinner party or a just a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden. Add it to your own playlists now.

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Brendan McGill started his music career by playing gigs in local pubs and bars

He cites David Bowie, The Beatles, Prince and the Arctic Monkeys as his biggest musical influences

Brendan McGill doesn’t like to be labelled and feels that his music traverses across multiple genres

He is currently touring and working on new material

 

Sunday Lunch Playlist: Do Your Best by The Second Mate

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Do Your Best is the brand new single by The Second Mate. A combination of sublime, honest vocals and haunting acoustic folk melodies, with an uplifting hip-hop inspired beat, this a tune you will want to listen to again and again. Perfect for driving, hosting a chilled out dinner party or a just a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden. Add it to your own playlists now.

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The Second Mate started their music career by playing gigs in local pubs and bars

They cite David Bowie, The Beatles, Prince and the Arctic Monkeys as their biggest musical influences

The Second Mate don’t like to be labelled and feel their music traverses across multiple genres

They are currently touring and working on new material