Everest

I saw this beautifully observed interview by Becky Barnicoat in the Guardian Weekend. There was already something quietly melancholy about it and following an approach borrowed slightly from Ross Sutherland, I decided it might be fun to have a play around with it.

First of all, I divided up into lines and took the punctuation off the end of each line:

I’m about to head off to Monaco 
We went last summer
and decided to go every year
from now on

We’ll be there for the Grand Prix
I’m more interested
in the socialising
than the sport

We spent a lot of time in Buddha Bar
One night, we ended up
sleeping
on the beach
in our blazers and chinos

The hot weather wasn’t my friend that day

We went to Kim Kardashian’s party
We drove out
to the Cannes film festival
and bumped into friends
who invited us

It was amazing
We bought a bottle of vodka
so I can’t remember much, but
Calvin Harris was DJing

I believe Paris Hilton was there, but
I didn’t see her

I don’t pay celebrities much attention

If I’m in the country
the weekend involves doing
absolutely
nothing

I might mess around
with our Burmese mountain dogs
It’s spring now
so I want to get out
on our tennis court
and start playing
although I’m absolutely hopeless

I’ve been to 18 countries
in the last three years

I did my best photography up Everest
My mum wants to summit with me
before she turns 50
But I’m going into property
too

The photography wouldn’t sustain my lifestyle 
put it that way

And then I put those lines into this randomizer and produced this:

I did my best photography up Everest
sleeping
and decided to go every year
But I’m going into property
and start playing
on the beach
than the sport

I didn’t see her

to the Cannes film festival
absolutely
The hot weather wasn’t my friend that day

We drove out
One night, we ended up
We spent a lot of time in Buddha Bar
nothing
I don’t pay celebrities much attention

on our tennis court
I’ve been to 18 countries
in our blazers and chinos

before she turns 50
It was amazing

The photography wouldn’t sustain my lifestyle
with our Burmese mountain dogs

I’m about to head off to Monaco.
I believe Paris Hilton was there, but
from now on

and bumped into friends
in the last three years
too
put it that way

We went to Kim Kardashian’s party
so I want to get out
We went last summer
I’m more interested

My mum wants to summit with me
I might mess around
If I’m in the country
the weekend involves doing
who invited us

Calvin Harris was DJing
so I can’t remember much, but
We bought a bottle of vodka
in the socialising
We’ll be there for the Grand Prix.

It’s spring now
although I’m absolutely hopeless.

Then I did it a couple more times.

so I want to get out

I believe Paris Hilton was there, but
although I’m absolutely hopeless
I did my best photography up Everest
The photography wouldn’t sustain my lifestyle

to the Cannes film festival
It was amazing
sleeping
We’ll be there for the Grand Prix
I didn’t see her

We drove out
We bought a bottle of vodka
from now on

in the last three years
I’m more interested
I’ve been to 18 countries
I don’t pay celebrities much attention
on our tennis court
than the sport
so I can’t remember much, but
But I’m going into property
and start playing
in our blazers and chinos

and decided to go every year
I’m about to head off to Monaco
nothing
with our Burmese mountain dogs
I might mess around
in the socialising
We spent a lot of time in Buddha Bar
on the beach
Calvin Harris was DJing
We went to Kim Kardashian’s party

One night, we ended up
My mum wants to summit with me
If I’m in the country
who invited us
and bumped into friends
too

put it that way
the weekend involves doing
absolutely
We went last summer
before she turns 50

It’s spring now
The hot weather wasn’t my friend that day

***

sleeping
on the beach
so I can’t remember much, but
We bought a bottle of vodka
I’ve been to 18 countries

the weekend involves doing
and bumped into friends
on our tennis court
I’m more interested

I did my best photography up Everest
put it that way

I don’t pay celebrities much attention
We’ll be there for the Grand Prix
too
absolutely
in the last three years

although I’m absolutely hopeless
It was amazing

It’s spring now
The photography wouldn’t sustain my lifestyle
in our blazers and chinos
than the sport
with our Burmese mountain dogs
Calvin Harris was DJing

to the Cannes film festival
from now on
nothing

I believe Paris Hilton was there, but
My mum wants to summit with me
We went last summer
I might mess around
who invited us

But I’m going into property
I didn’t see her
We spent a lot of time in Buddha Bar
One night, we ended up
and start playing
We went to Kim Kardashian’s party
so I want to get out
The hot weather wasn’t my friend that day

If I’m in the country
before she turns 50
and decided to go every year
I’m about to head off to Monaco
in the socialising
We drove out

***

We drove out
We went last summer
I’m about to head off to Monaco
The photography wouldn’t sustain my lifestyle
We bought a bottle of vodka
We went to Kim Kardashian’s party
to the Cannes film festival

If I’m in the country
I don’t pay celebrities much attention
and bumped into friends
so I can’t remember much, but
nothing
put it that way

sleeping

My mum wants to summit with me
the weekend involves doing
But I’m going into property
although I’m absolutely hopeless
absolutely
We spent a lot of time in Buddha Bar

It’s spring now
on our tennis court
Calvin Harris was DJing
and start playing
with our Burmese mountain dogs
I might mess around
It was amazing
I did my best photography up Everest
too

I’ve been to 18 countries
in our blazers and chinos
in the last three years
One night, we ended up
than the sport
on the beach
The hot weather wasn’t my friend that day

so I want to get out
who invited us
I believe Paris Hilton was there, but
and decided to go every year
I’m more interested
in the socialising
I didn’t see her
from now on

before she turns 50
We’ll be there for the Grand Prix

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