The first Friends of the Heroes year

Once upon a time in...

October 2002

Issue #1
where it all starts and where you can find a dog's guide to trains, a review of Irvine Welsh's Porno, why the Aislers Set are great, a Morrissey London gig review (Royal Albert Hall) and an account of life lived through lyrics.

Issue #2
where Belle talks about the beach, 'Once upon a time in the Midlands' is reviewed, Dimitra gets excited about Belle and Sebastian playing in Athens, Paul talks about Morrissey again, and where genetics are proved to be nice and lovely.

Issue #3
where Paul tells us a story about schooldays, and then talks about politics and music, Jordi introduces us to the spanish band Family, Rachel drags her friend to a Chickfactor ball and we learn about the origin of the band Aqualung. It's a strange and beautiful week.

Issue #4
where Paul tells us another such story about schooldays, we have our first interview with Stefano from My Dear Killer, Rachel tells us why she is opposed to a war with Iraq and we learn a little about Robb Johnson, Paul experiments with life as Charles Bukowski and Dimitra tells us about a strange record called 'More tales from the city' by the Band of Holy Joy.

November 2002

Issue #5
where Belle tells why she loves kitchens, David tells why he loves Explosions in the sky, Dimitra interviews that bloke Johnny Brown from the Band of Holy Joy, Paul's experiment as Charles Bukowski ends (and we discover the fate of the cat), and Ola finds it is hard to be inspired.

Issue #6
where "They Don't Give Medals" begins and we hold Ian hostage until he gives us part two, Rachel gets excited about an interview with her hero Dave Gorman, Dimitra sends us some postcards from Greece, Paul tries to dispell the myth surrounding Manchester United, and we learn Olli Saarela's latest film, 'Rolli ja metsanhenki' is about trolls and elves.

Issue #7
where "They Don't Give Medals" continues and we wait impatiently for the next part, Mandee tells us about misplacing a home, Paul begins to tackle Spartacus, we discover the origin of Rachel's obsessive love of music, and Dimitra sends us a letter - this time it is about London and The Clientele.

Issue #8
where "They Don't Give Medals" continues and we start to read back over past episodes becuase we can't wait for the weeks to tick by, Paul talks a little more about schooldays and Spartucus but not at the same time, and David tells us reasons not to visit Greece unless we want to be sheep farmers.

December 2002

Issue #9
where "They Don't Give Medals" continues and we learn the real meaning of the word hero; also we learn what the fire fighters strike really means, David interviews the singer with the Chemistry Experiment (Steven Kirk) and Ola gets to know Mr (Edward) Lear to her great pleasure.

Issue #10
where "They Don't Give Medals" continues (Ian is starting to like it around here and we don't need to use violence anymore); here you can also find a history of football, an interview with Alison from Jet Johnson and a short story about train stations (which says it will become a book when it grows up). Finally it is also where Dimitra learns that wisdom does not come from whisky and that this is a big world anyway.

Issue #11
where "They Don't Give Medals" continues yet again and where Paul talks about the history of football again! Also, a dog talks about food, a girl talks about Hefner and Luca Galuppini of ONQ talks about himself.

Issue #12
where it is Christmas! "They don't give medals" ends (we asked Santa specifically for an ending); there is a Christmas compilation to read about and buy, a poem by Sylvia Plath ('Balloons') looking pretty, Greek Christmas sweets, a schoolboy's and a dog's account of Christmas and a little strange boy is scared of Santa Claus. On top of all that you can find an interview with Stuart David (of Looper and Belle and Sebastian fame), an interview with Lee Tombs (of Chemistry Experiment fame), a Badly Drawn boy review ('Did you feed the fish?') and a bit more about why Hefner are great. Phew!

January 2003

Issue #13
where it's 2003 already and we talk about a documentary about Nick Drake ('A skin too few') and tell you four short stories, one of which is (vaguely) about Epiphany in a very interesting way.

Issue #14
where we hire an ex-nun as an agony aunt, but she only ever talks about herself - Belle proves to be more useful and guides you to training your person; there are three short stories, one about being a teacher, one about life and death and one about the sunset and the White Stripes. Honest.

Issue #15
where sister Janice prepares to go on a date with Squiggle of the Raelians and Belle explains how you can take your person on walks without them getting lost. Emily tells us a story about the moon's lovers, Paul tells us about the different British accents and Dimitra remembers that the Aislers Set are great once again!

February 2003

Issue #16
where sister Janice advices J.K. Rowling on the greatness of Adrian Mole's diary; Emily tells a story about poetry, musicians and berrets; Dimitra is ecstatic about interviewing our godmother, Amy Linton; Paul remembers the Smiths (though maybe he had never forgotten) and David tries to explain the charms of the FA cup to us... I have to add we're not all equally convinced.

Issue #17
where sister Janice admits that she sometimes wanders around bus-stations, shouting obscenities, we learn a little bit about the use of days and snow and a little plant known as jacob's ladder, but get a bit scared about CAPRiM.

Issue #18
where we talk a bit about St Valentine and Cupid. Sister Janice cries over her empty mailbox while Paul informes us some more on blacklisting and Emily tells a story of how Virginia's Magic Potion cured her...

Issue #19
where Sister Janice faces the Cabbage Conundrum, Rachel, Dimitra and the Pinefox report back from the anti-war marches of the previous weekend, Emily tells a gorgeous story which you just have to go and read, Paul interviews the Trashcan Sinatras and Mandee tells a story about egg donation and autumn... which she calls fall.

March 2003

Issue #20
Where Sister Janice helps a D smith with a very unfortunate problem, Emily talks about the beauty of chopped wood, Belle advises us mere humans about the current canine fashions, Paul talks like a veteran about hangover cures and Stefano talks ontology with Morose.

Issue #21
where Sister Janice gets a letter from a rather unsavoury character, Dimitra tells us a Lucksmiths-inspired story of a boy and a girl and Rachel discovers the long lost diary of miss S L Gleaden -a girl about as crazy and silly as Rachel herself... clearly a coincidence; Paul explains why pubs are an integral part of British life and Bob comes a step closer to accomplishing his dream!

Issue #22
where Sister Janice finds empty space isn't all it's cracked up to be, Dimitra still keeps us guessing as to how much she loves them, Rachel talks turkey and Hill o'Beath with the legendary Ballboy, Paul sees red again and Ola extols the virtues of musical oddities.

Issue #23
where Sister Janice ventures onto earth (crash-landing in a rather unfortunate place), and we learn what Spring Solstice means, what it's like for a diary to work on a small fishing boat and a funny cure for stomach ache. Finally, Matt gets excited about Sandinista! And does a great job of explaining why.

April 2003

Issue #24
where Sister Janice faces the law and finally manages to give us some hope! Also, where Emily tells yet another enchanting story, Belle tells us about these very strange beings known as cats, Paul tells us about his arse and Stefano tells us about a summer, when he imagined he was a local hero...

Issue #25
where Sister Janice discovers what happens if you take pity on a poet; Dimitra tells a story about pop friends and falling in love; Rachel tells a story about a diary and a Burmanese superstition; Paul asks Idaho some very long questions and gets told he's a very sad boy (and a few other things); finally Tom writes a story that makes us keep our breaths all the way to the end and wish he writes some more.

Issue #26
where Belle gives Sister Janice a brake, and Dimitra falls in love with some strange weather; Sonia talks about tulips and war and summer, Paul shouts about eating sushi and other things and Stefano proves that being a local imaginary hero is not easy.

Issue #27
where it's Easter and Sister Janice thinks eternity is boundless, Dimitra gets to grips with Nixon, SL Gleaden's diary meets Ralph the postman, Paul goes to jail, Bob gets it in with Andy Williams, David goes all gooey at the White Stripes gig and Rachel meets proper gentlemen in the German Exchange. Finally, a bunch of us get a bit generation X-ey.

May 2003

Issue #28
where we are all relieved to see that Sister Janice has made a full recovery, Jo celebrates Beltane and Ian pays tribute to Nina Simone. Rachel takes a look at ballboy's career both in the past and future and Paul teaches us a bit of Latin.

Issue #29
where Sister Janice hits us with some devastating news, Dimitra chats about the weather and the price of London rent with Stephen Coates (from the real Tuesday Weld) whilst S L Gleaden chats about the weather with I and E. Paul counts the cost of the passing of the years, and we are pleased to meet Wak.

Issue #30
where Sister Janice gets replaced by a very classy lady in a leopard skin top, Dimitra tells us what the night Byron's Girlfriend, (The Real) Tuesday Weld and Fosca played in Athens was like and Joseph attempts to archive the history of loneliness while Paul keeps counting the cost of the passing of the years and James tells us how much he loves the rain and why.

Issue #31
where Aristotle takes liberties with the agony column, Dimitra proves she knows her alphabet, S L Gleaden longs for Mandalay, Paul gets asked for money by a couple of dodgy Dutchmen and Emily invites us to a funeral.

June 2003

Issue #32
where we throw a party for Sister Janice's return, Joseph organises our loneliness some more, Belle has an identity crisis and Paul explains capitalism while Johan asks us to buy him a pony.

Issue #33
where Sister Janice searches for peace in a few unfortunate places, Joseph carves some words on our wall and S L Gleaden's diary longs for a quite retirement while S L Gleaden longs for some sleep; there's part two of the Generation X tribute & Wak explains rain to us mere humans.

Issue #34
where Sister Janice tries hard to come to grips with reality, Dimitra tells us the start of a fairy tale, Belle applies for a job in the chocolate factory, Paul gives us a story to think about, and then we try to find answer the question: "Who is Mr Gavin James McGregor Dubar?"

Issue #35
where Sister Janice goes in search of herself leaving us with Roger, Dimitra continues her fairy tail, S L Gleaden makes an important discovery and we find out whose god John Fante was while a dapper, bearded man cycles about in the rain.

Issue #36
where Dimitra is privy to Rebecca's birthday, Paul is privy to a housewife's secret longing, Grainne explores another world with Rodrigo y Gabriela, Johan chases shadows, Rachel goes all Spanish and shock! horror! Sister Janice disappears!

July 2003

Issue #37
where Sister Janice tells us about some very friendly aliens, Emily tells us about the world through the eyes of a bird and a turtle, Belle tells us about a party and Paul about getting emails from his mum. Finally, The Glastonbury Experience play live in your front room.

Issue #38
Grainne tells us why weblogs are cool, Dimitra tells us what keeps her going and in a way so does Paul and S L Gleaden goes in search of a way back home whilst JohaN goes in search of a blue berret.

Issue #39
Emily does the right thing by the kids, Dimitra ISN'T inspired by the poem she stole the name of, Belle educates the masses on the meaning of birds, Paul talks about Chloe who turned into a bird and Johan reacquaints himself with birds. Yes. Him too.

Issue #40
where you can find out what Grainne has to say about Witness Weekend, what Dimitra has to say about Harry Potter, what Rachel has to say about Speedy Fish Syndrome and a Speedy Blue Mini, what Paul has to say about the production line and finally what Johan has to say about Matthew.

August 2003

Issue #41
where we go on a holiday but we leave Johan & his impressions of Matthew & Chris & his O.K. kind of moment behind to keep you company.

Issue #42
where Dimitra gets her wish to learn more about that band called Handsome Train fullfilled and we show you three more poems we found lying around on our dusty cupboard!

Issue #43
where Grainne decides that it is a pirates life for her and Stefano tells us it hurts.

Issue #44
where Matt tells us it's not good to travel alone and Matti tells us the story of a hero's friend.

September 2003

Issue #45
where Sister Janice returns with an unfortunate problem of her own and we wonder if we would prefer Bush, Blair or Chevy Chase in charge of our country. The diary of Miss S L gleaden goes missing once more, Paul ponders homemade beds and their relation to the sea and Bob ponders what one and two makes.

Issue #46
where Roger resolves to stop writing bad poetry; Duncan proves war is bad; Ricky proves attacking the Cheeky Girls is hard work; Paul proves he doesn't need to know what he's talking about to talk; and Johan proves that loving cats is a very, very complicated affair.

Issue #47
where we start thinking of our first birthday and Sister Janice sees the light! Also, a casino game gets out of hand, Rachel gets weird and spooky, Duncan is in good spirits, and Partha catches up with the girl who was saved by dogs.

Issue #48
where our birthday draws closer and we start panicking while Roger proves he's a faithful friend to Sister Janice and Jonathan tells us something about Jesus, Ricky wonders whether the Scottish are a joke, Paul dreams of writing in a far more just and egalitarian society and Matti tells us a weird story about time...

Issue #49
where our birthday is so near a miracle happens to Sister Janice; Dimitra tells us why indiepop is great; Grainne talks about a disease of the blood, and Tom tries to explain how a sailing boat can make you realise life is never what it could be while Nick makes fun of himself for never being able to be mean to anyone.

onwards!