Friday, October 30, 2009
Don't look out the window, because Halloween's Coming.
I've been invited to a party, but it's fancy dress and without Xfe I prefer to stay in at night, or at least avoid venturing too far.
So, instead I'm going to watch some creepy-scary DVDs. All on my own.
Tonight I'm going to watch Zombie film Colin.
And tomorrow, Drag me to Hell...
I'll end up being too frightened for my own good, I'm sure. I'll certainly not be looking out the window. Neither should you.....
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
This evening I went with pal R-1 to the Barbican to see Michael Clark Company's latest work.
This new work evolves from Clark’s admiration for the music of rock’s holy trinity, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, who worked in close proximity during the 1970s. The production includes Bowie’s iconic song "Heroes".I've always admired Michael Clark. Go see Matthew Bourne and you will see a lazy execution of dance copied from (inspired by is too generous) Michael Clark.
‘Rock is my rock. It has been vital to me at a personal level, it has shaped me as an individual as well as an artist’ - Michael Clark.
In his time, Clark collaborated with fashion designers Bodymap, artists Leigh Bowery and Trojan, as well as The Fall, Laibach, and Wire.
It does no harm to go back to the original, and if you didn't realise it was, it is.
Michael and I hail from the same city.
On 15 February 1992 I spotted him one Saturday afternoon standing at the side of a phonebox outside the Palace Theatre. I always regret not saying hello.
It’s the first time I’d been down there during the week at trading hours.
At home, especially when I’m alone, if there’s nothing better to watch, I tend to watch the food channel. I quite like Market Kitchen, filmed in the studios at Camden, but made to look like it’s done at Borough market.
So, if you’re watching and he’s up cooking down the market, and it’s cassoulet, look out for me attending to business in the background!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
All for £15 more than the cost of travelling standard class.
Remember it’s the age of austerity - so I made up the difference by tubing it to St. Pancras, rather than taking a black cab.
I can’t find a Wi-Fi signal. I ask the attendant. She sees my computer, but doesn’t understand.
Generally as a rule of thumb I speak English this side of the Channel and French on the other, taking my lead from the PA on board. I make an exception.
- Est-ce que vous avez le wi-fi?
- Pas du tout?
- Pas du tout.
There’s no bloody wee-fee on the Eurostar. How last century is that?
So, instead I’ll have to do my French homework. I have to give a presentation to the class:
Suite au deces il y a 10 jours du chanteur Shephen Gately, qui faisait partie du boysband Boyzone, j'ai remarque les differentes manieres que la presse a utilise pour parler de Andy Coyles, son compagnon.
Dans certains articles, on fait reference a son mari, ou bien a son compagnon, ou alors on utilise le terme legal de partenaire civil.
L'utilisation du mot compagnon m'a fait parfois pense qu'en utilisant ce mot, on suggere que leur relation de couple n'etait pas aussi solide, ou permanente contrairement a des epoux traditionnels (un homme et une femme)
Il y a une grande difference concernant les droits des couples de meme sexe dnas le monde, et meme ne serait-ce que les pays de l'union europeenne.
(merci a Xfe)
Ce texte est né d'une volonté de combler le vide juridique entourant les couples non mariés, y compris homosexuels. En effet, contrairement au mariage, le PACS est ouvert aux couples de même sexe. Il offre un cadre juridique complet, à la différence du concubinage, qui est une simple union de fait dépourvue de tout statut, avec plus de souplesse que le mariage, qui est une institution minutieusement réglementée ayant pour objet la fondation d'une famille. Le mariage conserve pour lui ses symboles, son titre, son nom, mais ses conséquences sur la famille sont en recul : il n'a plus d'effet en ce qui concerne l'autorité parentale ou l'éducation des enfants ; même le symbolique livret de famille est délivré depuis 1974 aux parents non mariés.
With some cut & pasting from wiki eff err, which I’ll now have to re-organise, adding my own imperfect grammar and vocab so that it doesn’t look like a cut & paste job!
I bet you none of you ever thought of that now?
To save me the trouble of translating it for your benefit, I’m sure Google can do it for you!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Like thick nicotine, the smell not unappealing but with a tarry smokiness, it's a thick gell that comes out like a fat worm and holds it's shape.
Presumably it's designed for the traditional Chinese Party look. Just like the gentleman in the picture.
Unfortunately I'm not allowed to use my Haushka shampoo until the Bawang is finished.
Size wise it's only 200ml, but this bottle is gifted with TARDIS like qualities. Like Andrex would have us believe, it seems to go on, an on, and on and on...
Bawang on Wiki
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The teenagers seem as angst ridden as anywhere. Typically on the emo side, ever so slightly, but well behaved for the moment.
Whether it's the Scottish government or something else, buying alcohol is strictly policed.
My brother's partner, who is living with my parents for the moment, is 35 and gets asked every time to prove her age in one of these local shops. That is every time.
It is funny amusing. Though it was a little less for her. She didn't have any ID as it was still in their house in Newcastle. So my brother had to bring up her passport just so she could buy a bottle of wine in the local co-opie.
This weekend I bought a bottle of Prosecco. In front of me at the till was a younger looking girl with 3 bottles of some Irn Bru alcopop and 3 bottles of another. (Litre size mind you). She automatically presented her drivers licence to the woman behind the till.
I heard her say something like, "lucky you - only just though!"
She had only recently reached her 18th. The woman behind the register looked at me. I smiled, knowingly. Oh, to be carded. To be newly 18 again...
"I hope I don't see you out of control in the streets, later, " she humourously childed the new adult.
"Nah, I'm just having some of my mates round to watch the X-Factor."
My turn. All I had was my bottle of Prosecco and 2 bags of crisps to bring back to my parents (knowing my brother is coming up to them later this week I got something in for him).
"Have you got proof of your age?"
JAW DROPS IN DISfuckin' BELIEF!
I mean, when did that last happen to you?
*Scottish people often use "stay" to mean live. I didn't realise for a long time that it was peculiar to us and not used in England in the same way. You stay in a hotel on holiday, but live in France...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I'm swamped, yet again, with hits referred by to by a Google asking either for "Ben Whishaw's girlfriend", or "is Ben Whishaw gay".
If he is, or if he is not, is he super handsome/engaging/enigmatic?
Having seen him on the stage twice I have to acknowledge his supreme presence.
p.s. and it seems that I am the no. 1 site for a Google search against "Alexander Rybak naked". Oh, my.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Flying in a 28 seater with propellers always used to daunt me, notwithstanding that, rather bizarrely, it's AirFrance who fly the route via their carrier CityJet.
But you do fly over central London, out east and over the Olympic stadium in progress (though this time I was sitting on the other side of the plane).
Over the Dome....
and Canary Wharf.
There's the City, looking west along the Thames.
The Lake District, and west to the Irish sea. Look closely and see the rolling hills...
More hills, and these are on the Scottish side of the border.
That's the Firth of Forth, and we're now following the east coast.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sure enough, here is the poison - Jan Moir's article
A strange, lonely and troubling
death . . .
Which if you want to read, you must only do if you read Charlie Brooker's retort
Why there was nothing 'human' about Jan Moir's column on the death of Stephen Gately
The funeral of the former Boyzone star Stephen Gately is to take place at St Laurence O'Toole's Church in Dublin at midday today.
I suspect that there has been some "massaging" of events surrounding SG's death, driven by his family and Boyzone management (e.g. the all too quick assertion by the family that there was no third man involved).
You can understand - you wouldn't want your child's legacy to be a "sleazy" death.
Certainly, it does appear that this much (lifted from Moir's piece) is true; it has been widely reported:
After a night of clubbing, Cowles and Gately took a young Bulgarian man back to their apartment...
Cowles and Dochev went to the bedroom together while Stephen remained alone in the living room.
It is not disrespectful to assume that a game of canasta with 25-year-old Georgi Dochev was not what was on the cards.
What happened before they parted is known only to the two men still alive. What happened afterwards is anyone's guess.Then, she suggests:
Another real sadness about Gately's death is that it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships.
Gay activists are always calling for tolerance and understanding about same-sex relationships, arguing that they are just the same as heterosexual marriages. Not everyone, they say, is like George Michael.
Of course, in many cases this may be true. Yet the recent death of Kevin McGee, the former husband of Little Britain star Matt Lucas, and now the dubious events of Gately's last night raise troubling questions about what happened.
As if this were just a gay thing, concluding
And I think if we are going to be honest, we would have to admit that the circumstances surrounding his death are more than a little sleazy.
So, this sort of activity is exclusive to gays - arguing that they [civil partnerships] are just the same as heterosexual marriages?
Ashley Cole and Cheryl Tweedie come to mind...
In January 2008, a hairdresser named Aimee Walton alleged that she had engaged in drunken extramarital sex with Ashley Cole in a kiss-and-tell interview with The Sun. Glamour model Brooke Healy claimed that she had spent the night and had sexual relations with Ashley Cole in December 2006. Promotion for Girls Aloud's "Can't Speak French" was put on hold. Cheryl stopped wearing her wedding band. The couple, however, have reconciled and stayed together. Source.
Were it not that my plane's about to board, I'm sure that I could find a myriad of others...
But, when all is said and done, there is a great sadness in SG having died on the couch, alone, and Andy Cowles forever having to question whether, had he not left SG on the couch, might events have turned out differently?