1. What's your favourite candy?
2. What's your favourite holiday?
3. World peace is...
4. I'd like to buy the world...
5. I'll kill you if you dress me...
6. What music would drive you insane if it was played continuously over a long car trip?
7. What music would *not* drive you insane if it was played continuously over a long car trip?
8. Don't tell anyone, but...
9. The world is about to end and you CAN'T have sex. What are you doing?
10. Same sex couples are...
11. Guns are...
12. And the winner for sexiest person in the world is...
14. What would you be doing if you weren't on livejournal?
Don't forget to post anonymously!
NOTE: If you do this then you need to post as a public post i.e. not Friends only or else noone can comment anonymously! Have just discovered this!
Comment and I'll give you a letter. Then you have to list ten things you LOVE that begin with that letter. Afterward, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.
2. Trains (whizzing through the countryside, not spotting or being squashed on one in the rush hour)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird (the book)
4. Tit wanks (giving)
5. Theatre going
6. Tides (this is me trying to get the seaside to begin with the letter T!)
7. Trees (far cooler than flowers)
8. Time after Time (Cyndi Lauper)
9. Texting (what did I do with my time before mobile phones?)
10. (my) Team, especially Tom!
1. The Vortex.
Went to see this last Friday. Noel Coward play starring Felicity Kendal as Florence Lancaster and Dan Stevens as her son Nicky and set in the early 1920's. This is the story of the relationship between a vain, bitchy mother, terrified of losing her youth and her son who is a closeted homosexual witha drug problem. Florence, in an attempt to keep her youth has taken to, well... youths and is involved in an affair with a man her son's age. I don't have the enrgy to explain the entire plot now but it was fairly entertaining, I found the play dragged a little in the first half, but picked up in the second if a bit hysterical towards the end. I think this says more about Coward's writing than the actors who did a fine job; all of them actually. Interesting to see Kendal in a role so far removed from her Good Life and Rosemary and Thyme roles! the costumes were fabulous, the woman all looked amazing.
2. Sex and The City. The Movie
Unless you were a fan of the show this probably won't whet your appetite at all. If you were a fan it's a must see! It's just like the series, one gloriously great big episode! I must admit I sniffled a few times, but I'm just a bit sad.
3. Gone with the Wind. The Musical!
Went to see this last night as I am a biot of a Gone With the Wind fan and due to lousy reviews and poor ticket sales is closing early today.
So, I know the reviews were bad, but then 'serious' critics often pan less than high brow musicals so I chose to ignore them. Even if it was bad, I really wanted to see how they had pulled off a 4 hour film and a 1000 page book. Well, here's the thing. Either the writer cut half of the story or they cram it all in. They chose the latter. This makes for a very very fast moving show! At one point poor Scarlett married, had a baby and lost her husband in the space of 40 seconds! Because I know the story inside out I was OK following what was going on, but suspect someone who hadn't read the book/seen the film would have been a bit lost and bewildered! I think considering, they did a pretty good job. Characters narrated parts to explain what was happening and I thought this worked really well and didn't seem odd. The songs really let it down though. I think people attend musicals to enjoy the music- either old favourites like Oliver, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Grease etc or hear music they know Mama Mia (ABBA), We will Rock you (Queen) but brand new songs need to be good to be enjoyed on a first hearing. These songs were not good. Mediocre and I suspect chopped in length in an attempt to cut the running time down. The singers were fabulous, Darius Danesh (who plays Rhett) has a beautiful voice, as does Jill Paice (Scarlett) and well, all of the cast. The only stand out tune was one by the black slaves and without meaning to racially stereotype their voices were deep, soulful and truly beautiful. This was the only in song in the whole thing that received a really raptuous applause.
I think it's s shame such fine performers were saddled with such bad songs and a script that had them dashing around without pause for breath. Darius pulls off Rhett very well. I love Rhett as a character and Darius (who I initially thought way too young to play Rhett) is dashing, masculine, arrogant and cynical- exactly how Rhett should be(and hot too I must add!).
The second half seemed to slow down and almost lingered too long on the deaths of Scarlett's father (who had a very dodgy Irish accent and was forced to sing a hidiously mawkish 'Irish' ditty in the first half) as well as the demises of Melanie and Bonnie making it for depressing viewing. Of course the end doesn't get any more cheerful with Scarlett suddently realising she really does love Rhett and Rhett, well...not giving a damn and leaving her. I like that the book ends like this, but as a musical it's hardly uplifting and I think a happy ending is what most people want from a musical.
So overall- great acting and singing but lousy songs and too much happening. Cutting out great swathes of plot or characters would have ruined a masterpiece story but clearly cramming the lot in 3 and a half hours didn't quite work either. So, I think, an impossible task that probably shouldn't have been attempted in the first place and certainly not without some seriously strong songs. I actually did really like it not just because Darius in britches was probably a key factor in holding my interest, but because it was true to the book and the cast were fabulous. It must be horrible performing something half the country has slagged off and knowing your last night is tomorrow because you've been deemed as shit must be demoralising. A couple of the cast were looking tearful as they took their bows last night.
This has been around for some time I gather, but it amused me.
It's under a cut and please don't play it if you or anyone around you is offended by bad language (I mean the F and C words!)
And while we're at it here's the oringinal tune this was robbed from...
And this is possibly my favourite Jam tune. Possibly the worst video albeit hilariously 'acted' and Paul- what were you thinking with that red patterned jumper?!
I found the below article interesting, or at least worth further discussion:
Who has read something because they thought they 'should'?
Who has their intelligent looking/ classics at the front on their bookshelf and keeps the Jilly Coopers etc hidden?
Is it worse to read nothing than only read trashy books such as Vicky Beckham's Autobiography? Is any sort of book reading better than none at all?
Apparently- "If you try and sell your house, estate agents will tell you to get rid of the books, they are viewed as tired and middle aged," personally I would be enthusiastic about a house if it had lots of book lined shelves, wouldn't you?
There are lots of reasons why I couldn't do something like Big Brother, but not being able to read would be very very high up on the list. If I forget a book to read on the way to work I get jittery and ridiculously bored on the 10-20 minute journey. What are your book 'things'?
There was a condom outside my front door. I trod on it and brought it into my hall on my foot. Then had to kick it out of front door onto busy path. Can you imagine the passers-by wanting to know why there was a girl kicking a condom out of her front door!
I know I probably should have donned rubber gloves and picked it up and thrown it away but my immediate reaction was eww! be gone condom kick kick kick.
This has pissed me off no end.
I'll let you comment with why this would piss people off!
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I got this meme from the lead singer and primary songwriter of the band Lac Unique!! (Scarbaby) she added fascinating explanations to her song titles i will try also to uncover the genius of my songwriting!!
1. Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
2. Click random article again; that is your album name.
3. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.
My Band Name is:
Howard Miller after the minister and general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. Howard V. Miller was born in Brooktodlae, New York, and joined the Church of the Nazarene in 1922. He was an inspiring man and needed to have a band named after him.
My Album is called:
List of 3rd Party Leaders (Quebec) I wanted the title to have the word list in it, essentially an album is a list of songs. I also wanted the word party in the title because we all like a good party. I also wanted the word leaders in the title because afterall ,we are the leaders in the music world. Quebec just semed like a nice place.
The tracks on my album are:
1. Bin Laden Family- Contraversial track about the Bin Ladens, of couse it's really an attack on the US Military, but most people are too stupid to notice this and accuse me of being pro Bin Laden. Besides, just because Osama was a twat some of the Bin Laden family might be quite sweet.
2. System 9 A Mac operating system, the song is about unrequited love and the hours wasted scribbling his name on your pencil case. I couldn't think of a title that didn't sound mawkish and my geeky bassist came up with the title. After the success of this first single I was touched to learn that System 9 has become a oft- used phase with teenagers to refer to unrequited love as in 'She's got a real system 9 over him'. It's heartwarming to help form the nation's colloquialisms.
3. High Atlas. The mountain range in Morocco where I shoved my husband off the top. The song was originally called Fuck off you waste of space but I had to conceed with my band memebers that High Atlas sounded cooler and could be announced on Saturday morning telly without censorship.
4. Henrick Brenkman. He is best known for his work on the textual history of the Corpus iuris civilis. His main work, the Historia Pandectarum, concerned with the Florentine Manuscript, remains of significance today and after a debauch gig in Florence I wanted a way of saying sorry to the Florentine people. They know what this song really means.
5. Sergio Chiani. Real name of actor Alan Steel, who paved a career playing mythologocal he- men. I wanted to write a song about my love of manly chests Sergio really personified this. I thought Sergio was a sexier name than Alan.
6. WMIO. Puerto Rico Radio station. Our one and only forray into Latin American music inspired by Strictly Come Dancing. It didn't work for us as a band.
7. Indian Institute of Technoloy Kanpur. I am particulary proud of the use of the recorder in this song. I think its good to go back to one's childhood talents once in a while.
8. Ratangarh, Bijnor. The follow up to the previous song.
9. USS Caron (DD-970) US navy boat. An epic song about the futility of war and also Navy Boys in cute uniforms.
10. The Blueprint: The Gift and The Curse. Also the title of Jay-Z's 7th album. Lawyers are currently battling this out. I can assure you I thought up this title first. He stole it off me. The song is of course about my genius songwriting talent.
11. Combat 786. Combat 786 is a violent gang of Islamic fundermentalists operating in the North of England.
Guitar heavy tune, made poignant by my haunting melodies, the lyrics "Show me your beard/Circumcision ain't wierd" has ensured me a warm place in the hearts of British Muslims.
12. Adoption Proceedings of Emma Rose. Emma Rose was a kid at the centre of a huge adoption row. It was something to do with lesbians. My song is about lesbians. The drummer asked me to write about them so I did. I have no idea why the video was banned, afterall TaTu got away with it...
13. Oudheusden. Tribute to Dutch soft metal.
14. Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue. New York Subway station. I think this song sums up life in a city. The song was originally called Charring Cross but the record company wanted a title the US audience would understand, bollocks to the fact noone in the UK has a clue what I'm singing about and the lyrics don't rhyme properly anymore.
15. Faamatai. Named after the traditional indigenous form of local governance in the islands of Samoa in the South Pacific. We start all our gigs with this one, It gets people up and dancing. *sings to self "Faa-ma-tai- Get up and parrrr-tay!!"*