Crawling through technology, life and love
Pool Paradise - GC on Wii
Podcasts - Chris Moyles, Mark Kermode and Stephen Fry
Bits and Bobs:
Gerry's Lyrics Pop Quiz
Sites I like:
Top 40 Singles
Some blogs I enjoy:
Books recently read:
Time Out Guide to Havana (and Cuba)
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks - William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac
At My Mother's Knee ... and Other Low Joints: The Autobiography - Paul O'Grady
Star Maker - Olaf Stapledon
My Booky Wook - Russell Brand
When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
Then We Come To The End - Joshua Ferris
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
The End of Mr. Y - Scarlett Thomas
I Never Knew That About London - Christopher Winn
The Arsenal Miscellany - Adam Gold
Young Hearts Run Free: The Real Story of the 1970s - Dave Haslam
Magical Thinking - Augusten Burroughs
Veronika Decides To Die - Paulo Coelho
Time Out Guide - Amsterdam
Lillian's Story - Kate Grenville
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Schott's Original Miscellany - Ben Schott
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling
A Gay History Of Britain - Matt Cook
Time Out Guide to Madrid
Time Out Guide to New York
Kingdom Come - J. G. Ballard
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Mutants - Aramand Marie Leroi
A Young Man's Passage - Julian Clary
Growing Pains - Billie Piper
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Highbury: The Story of Arsenal N.5 - Jon Spurling
Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - Rupert Everett
Affinity - Sarah Waters
Lighthousekeeping - Jeanette Winterson
Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Of Human Bondage - W Somerset Maugham
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Lucky Man - Michael J Fox
Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
The Pedant's Revolt - Andrea Barham
The Republic Of Trees - Sam Taylor
Written On tbe Body - Jeanette Winterson
Untold Stories - Alan Bennett
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
Read All About It - Max Clifford
The Folding Star - Alan Hollinghurst
Thursbitch - Alan Garner
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris
Staying Alive - Matt Beaumont
The Bookseller Of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince - J K Rowling
A Short History Of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
Count Karlstein - Philip Pullman
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst
The Double Life Of Daniel Glick - Maurice Caldera
The Smoking Diaries - Simon Gray
Straight- Boy George
Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
Deception Point - Dan Brown
The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Sydney - Time Out Guide
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
The Scarecrow and His Servant - Philip Pullman
Tha Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Planet Simpson - Chris Turner
The Line Of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst
Barcelona - Time Out Guide
The Closed Circle - Jonathan Coe
The Clerkenwell Tales - Peter Ackroyd
Copenhagen - TimeOut Guide
The Butterfly Tattoo - Philip Pullman
The Broken Bridge - Philip Pullman
In Search of the Pleasure Palace - Marc Almond
Brick Lane - Monica Ali
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
Last Exit To Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jr
You Shall Know Our Velocity - Dave Eggers
Touching The Void - Joe Simpson
Life Of Pi - Yann Martel
Istanbul - Time Out Guide
Millennium People - J G Ballard
The Duchess Who Wouldn't Sit Down - Jesse Browner
Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
Our Man In Havana - Graham Greene
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
Doran - Will Self
Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
the book, the film, the t-shirt - matt beaumont
High Society - Ben Elton
Man And Wife - Tony Parsons
I Was A Rat - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix - J R Rowling
Great Apes - Will Self
Barrel Fever - David Sedaris
Round Ireland With A Fridge - Tony Hawkes
Close Range - Annie Proux
The Third Way - Anthony Giddens
dot.con - John Cassidy
The Salmon of Doubt - Douglas Adams
One Hit Wonderland - Tony Hawkes
The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
The Cloud Sketcher - Richard Rayner
Keane: the Autobiography - Roy Keane
A Wasteland of Strangers - Bill Pronzini
The English - Jeremy Paxman
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - Toby Young
Dead Famous - Ben Elton
The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman (again)
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman (again)
Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman (again)
The Bear and The Dragon - Tom Clancy
101 Reykjavik - Hallgrimur Helgason
Forward The Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Carter Beats The Devil - Glen David Gold
The Tin Princess - Philip Pullman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Tiger In The Well - Philip Pullman
The Rotters Club - Jonathan Coe
Generation X - Douglas Copeland
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
All Families Are Psychotic - Douglas Coupland
The Shadow In The North - Phillip Pullman
No Logon - Naomi Klein
The Dirt - Motley Crue
Miss Wyoming - Douglas Coupland
The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullman
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman
Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman
The Ruby in the Smoke - Phillip Pullman
The Sandman - Miles Gibson
Blood and Gold: The Vampire Marius - Anne Rice
The Actrocity Exhibition - J G Ballard
Shameless - Paul Burston
Sing Out! - Boze Hadleigh
Brilliant Orange - David Winner
New Boy - William Sutcliffe
London - Peter Ackroyd
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
One For My Baby - Tony Parsons
How To Be Good - Nick Hornby
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
Lust - Geoff Ryman
Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach
Dead Souls - Ian Rankin
The House Of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
What a carve up! - Jonathan Coe
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
The Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Heartwood - James Lee Burke
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Man and Boy - Tony Parsons
The Map Of Love - Ahdaf Soueif
e - Matt Beaumont
The e Before Christmas - Matt Beaumont
Friday, October 29, 2004
Marky, Paul, Drew, Carl and I are in Barcelona for a few days. We arrived last night and are here for a city break - to do a bit of sight-seeing and some much needed R&R (that's 'rest and relaxation' by the way not 'rock 'n' roll').
We're staying at the H10 Marina Hotel. It says here: "A new concept of a hotel which individuality consists of being a meeting point in the promotion of the fascinating culture of wine, and designed to provide an unforgettable stay for visitors to our city as well as the people of Barcelona themselves."
'Culture of wine'? Sounds like my kind of place.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Marc Almond out of intensive care...
Marc's family would like you to know that because of the progress he has made so far, Marc has today been moved out of the intensive care unit. His family have passed on to him the overwhelming amount of good wishes which have been received and Marc is aware of all the messages of love and support. He still has a long way to go in his recovery and his family have asked that his privacy continue to be respected. They would also like to thank the IT staff at the hospital for their work in aiding his recovery so far.
I'm sure you will all join us today in breathing a sigh of relief at this positive news.
Theatre of Marc Almond
Man erects 10ft origami penis...
Pornogamist Nick Robinson - practitioner of saucy paper-folding and author of new guide Adult Origami - has wowed Londoners by pulling off the world's biggest paper penis outside the city's London Assembly building.
Robinson took half-an-hour to erect the 10ft phallus, after which he delighted tourists and locals alike by waving it about from the Assembly's gallery as a stunt to promote his book. Rather appropriately, the London Assembly is known to some as the "Glass Bollock" in recognition of its ground-breaking testicular form. London Mayor Ken Livingstone's reaction to his authority's newest member is not known.
Washing machine sends you email when your laundry is done...
This smart tag reading washing machine developed by the Japanese Dai Nippon Printing Co. can read smart tags and inform users of the best method of washing of clothes.
The washing machine has a LCD panel and a internet connection. If smart tag enhanced clothing (All my clothes have of course smart tags) is placed into the washing machine, the machine will read the tags to identify the material and the number of past washings. When finished washing the machine can send a SMS or email.
Now if only I could actually get used to doing my own washing...
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
The first gay TV channel in France - PINK TV. Oh la la.
Brain Teasers : The answers...
1. Rowing - the oarsmen face the stern of the boat and therefore move backwards, while the cox faces the bow and moves forwards
2. A towel
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
John Peel dies...
Legendary radio DJ John Peel dies. RIP.
I was never what you'd call a regular listener to his Radio 1 show but those times in my life when I did listen (when studying for exams usually) I used to love it. He just had that amazing knack of picking great songs - whether it was punk, techno, jazz, blues, rock, pop or rap. You may not like the songs he played but you had to admit they were the best in their field. The man had taste.
And that amazing sense of humour. On Radio 4 he could talk about the gravest of subjects and yet still keep the ability to see the lighter side - that ironic outlook. Top bloke.
A bit of fun for a Tuesday - Parking: Battle of the Sexes.
[Thanks Roger and the many others who sent me this link]
1. In what sport do all the players except one move backwards?
2. What gets wetter as it dries
Monday, October 25, 2004
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday, dear Roberto
Happy Birthday to you
The lovely Roberto invited some of his nearest and dearest round for some pre-S.L.A.G.S. drinks and nibbles yesterday afternoon. We were celebrating his 36th one day early. We all had a grand old time followed by the short trip to the RVT to watch the fantastic Dame Edna Experience's show. And to round the evening off there was much minkering on the dance floor. All the gang were there including a few fresh faces too. Great night out.
Marky and I took Ian and Sarah to see The Producers in London's glitzy West End on Saturday night. It was just the second night of previews starring Lee Evans and the recently drafted in Nathan Lane.
It was an amazing show. We laughed and laughed. The songs were fantastic and the whole production left us lost for words. Go, go, go!
Friday, October 22, 2004
Band Aid III...
The Band Aid project originally came to life on November 25th 1984, when Do They Know It's Christmas? was recorded in London. Written by Geldof with Ultravox singer Midge Ure, the recording featured an damned impressive cross-section of the most successful British rock and pop acts of the time: Bananarama, Bob Geldof, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Heaven 17,
The song was re-recorded in 1989 as Band Aid II and released with the original recording on the B-side. This time there was more of a Pete Waterman influence in the line-up: Kylie Minogue, Bananarama (again), Big Fun, Bros, Rick Astley, Cliff Richard, Cathy Dennis, Jason Donovan, Chris Rea, Cliff Richard, Wet Wet Wet, Lisa Stansfield and Sonia doing the honours.
And now I hear it's to be re-re-recorded for 2004 as Band Aid III. This time round featuring Coldplay, The Darkness, Keane, Noel Gallagher, Travis, Jamelia, Beverley Knight, Katie Melua, Damon Albarn and Dido. And Thom Yorke and Robbie Williams are maybes. A sure fire Christmas number one again obviously. And hopefully loads of money for famine relief.
But I gotta say this, where's Bananarama's invite this time round?!
Here is a screen shot of the junk mail folder in Outlook on my PC at work. I've not deleted them since April. So that's 16,302 in just over 6 and half months - averaging just under one hundred a day. Leave me alone you bastards!
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Goldfrapp vs Depeche Mode...
The Goldfrapp remix of Depeche Mode's Halo is finally out this week. It's beautiful. And yes, it's Alison singing on it too. Apparently Depeche Mode absolutely loved the fact she'd added her own vocals and it's become almost like a duet. Anyhow, it's on CD1 of Enjoy The Silence 04 in the shops now.
Mark, Andy, Drew and I went to see Gaffer! last night at the Southwark Playhouse. It's a play. About football. And homophobia. One-man show. Comedy. Very funny. And poignant.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Our recent next-door neighbour, bumbling blogger Boris Johnson, is going to Liverpool today to apologise for his remarks in The Spectator this week criticizing the way Liverpudlians reacted to the killing in Iraq of the hostage Ken Bigley and accused them of "mawkish sentimentality". He also blamed drunken Liverpool fans for contributing to the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. The trip is widely seen as the penance demanded by Conservative party leader Michael Howard. I would so love to hear the radio phone-in. Lamb. To. Slaughter.
Last night the scrumptious Darren, the delicious Martin and I went to the club night of Guilty Pleasures at the Islington Academy Bar. It was a night of some of the most memorable, enjoyable and forgotten pop music ever. The kind of songs that leave a lump in your throat. All those tunes you hate to admit you love. We air-guitarsed, air-drummed and air-keyboarded the night away. Magic.
To top it all the wonderful Terry Hall was on the decks. It's going to a regular event for the next few Tuesdays with Saint Etienne taking to the decks next week with Adam and Joe.
To give you a flavour of the music that was played here's the track listing of the Guilty Pleasures CD.
01. Alessi - Oh Lori
02. Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together
03. Pilot - January
04. Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talkin' Woman
05. Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right
06. Ace - How Long
07. The Fortunes - Storm In A Tea Cup
08. Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently
09. Sherbert - Howzat
10. Carole Bayer Sayer - You're Moving Out
11. Marshall Hain - Dancing In The City
12. 10cc - The Things We Do For Love
13. Andrew Gold - Never Let Her Slip Away
14. Peter Skellern - Hold On To Love
15. Gallagher & Lyle - I Wanna Stay With You
16. Billy Swann - I Can Help
17. David Essex - Gonna Make You A Star
18. Jim Gilstrap - Swing Your Daddy
19. Brian Protheroe - Pinball
20. Helen Reddy - Angie Baby
21. Andy Fairweather Low - Wide Eyed And Legless
22. Colin Blunstone - Say You Don't Mind
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Richard Dreyfuss pulls out of The Producers...
We are going to see smash hit musical The Producers this Saturday. Bad news. Good news.
Bad news: Richard Dreyfuss has pulled out of playing Max Bialystock. Shame.
Good news: The role will now be filled by Nathan ("I'm not gay") Lane, who played the part when the musical opened on Broadway, winning a Tony award. Cool.
I don't know if you've heard Jentina's Bad Ass Strippa track but if you have you'll know what Darius is talking about here: If you hate Jentina, you might like Lady Sovereign´s answer record. After hearing it, you might not believe she´s a "lady" after all.
Monday, October 18, 2004
Marc Almond critically ill in hospital...
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Singer Almond critically injured
From the BBC:
Singer Almond critically injured
Soft Cell singer Marc Almond is critically ill in hospital after a motorcycle crash in central London. The singer was injured after he was pillion passenger on a bike that collided with a car near Cannon Street station on Sunday. Both he and the rider were taken to hospital, where Almond, 48, was put in intensive care.
Almond scored his biggest hit with his group Soft Cell when their song Tainted Love went to number one 1981.
A spokesman for City of London Police said: "We can confirm that at about 4pm on Sunday there was a serious collision between a car and a motorcycle at the junction of Cannon Street and New Change in the City of London.
"Both the motorcycle rider and the pillion passenger are in hospital. The rider has severe injuries and the pillion passenger is critical.
"City of London Police are investigating the collision. Marc Almond was the pillion passenger."
The vehicles involved were a Suzuki bike and a Vauxhall car, the spokesman added.
UPDATE: Soft Cell singer Marc Almond is in a "stable" condition in hospital after a motorcycle crash in central London.
Duckie's Kate Bush Tribute at the ICA...
Friday night's Duckie Kate Bush extravaganza at the ICA was just so perfect. Fake Bush, Kiki & Herb, dressing up in Kate costumes, Kate make-up, Kate badges, bush shaving, Kate puppetry, Kate hedge clipping (!), Kate quiz - it had it all. But most of all we were there for the music. Something the London Readers Wifes brought us in abundance. High point for me? A tie between Kiki & Herb's The Saxaphone Song and hearing Suspended In Gaffa in a night club for the first time. Who knew she still had so many devoted fans?
Here is a picture of those super sexy boys David and Mark and co. - can you spot the video connection?
Sunday, October 17, 2004
I wanna Ice Queen...
Saturday night. Royal Festival Hall. Siouxsie Sioux. Surrounded by a devoted crowd of aging skins, punks & Goths worshipping at the church of Sioux. All in black. 'Natch.
Our tickets said 7:30pm. Ms Sioux arrived on stage a little after 8:20pm. At least she turned up at all! She was suitably attired in flowing silk robes with what looked likes a cockerel on her head. Like Elvira in pantaloons. The High Priestess of Punk. She did look good on it though. The diva had arrived. The show had begun.
Siouxsie was in great voice. The sound was excellent too - she obviously was running a tight ship. We were treated to hits galore (who knew she had so many?). And it was all gratefully, not to say enthusiastically, received. Her fusion of jungle rhythms, Japanese drumming and eastern influenced music worked surprisingly well live - especially with a full backing orchestra. It was all quite infectious. Soon we were all up dancing. It was a great first half. Sadly the 15 minute interval actually turned out to be the 40 minute interval. Waiting again.
The second half was far more sensual than the first. The Ice Queen had melted. Pulsating drums drove the erotic thrust of the set list as each song had Siouxsie bumping, grinding and gyrating for the audience. She obviously has a sexual relationship with her fans while on stage. Never more so than when seductively singing Disney's Trust In Me. The climax of the show, Second Floor, had the crowd going wild for encores. We all left happy little bunnies.
Happy House, Spellbound, Cities In Dust, Peek-a-boo, Dear Prudence, Kiss The Girl, Christine - we got them all. If I wasn't a Siouxsie fan at the start I certainly was by the end.
Someone should buy her a witch watch though.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Duckie's Kate Bush Tribute at the ICA : The Denial ...
I would just like to state publicly that I did not, would not and could not do Kate Bush drag at the ICA last night. Anyone who says I did is a filthy rotten liar and will be receiving a legal gagging order very soon. The evidence has been destroyed, the negatives have been burnt and all witnesses duly tampered with. There is no proof QED it didn't happen. Believe me?
Friday, October 15, 2004
Google's Desktop Search...
Google have just released a desktop search engine stealing a march on Microsoft and others. Might be fun. I'll give it a whirl.
How To Give A Cat A Pill...
1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.
6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.
7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, have drink to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
10. Retrieve cat from neighbour's shed. Get another pill. Open another bottle of scotch. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Have another drink. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Apply whisky compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw Tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve the ------g cat from tree across the road. Apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.
13. Tie the little bastard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.
14. Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the A&E, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect mutant cat and ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Unfortunately named authors...
Puerile humour for a wet Thursday. Those wonderful boys and girls at B3ta bring you: Unfortunately named authors on Amazon.co.uk. My favourite is Super Naturalism of New England
by John Greenleaf Shittier.
Retroteasers Pop Quiz: The Answers...
You're right, Mike, it was pretty tough. You both did about the same as us - Mike you got 8 and Jett you got 9 - well done.
01. Girls On Film - Duran Duran : reached number 5 - Top 5
02. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us - Sparks : reached number 2 - Top 3
03. Make It Easy On Yourself - The Walker Brothers : reached number 1 - Top 3
04. Car Wash - Rose Royce : reached number 9 - Top 10
05. Fame - David Bowie : reached number 17 - Flop
06. Mad World - Tears For Fears : reached number 3 - Top 3
07. Rocker Fella Skank - Fat Boy Slim : reached number 6 - Top 10
08. Get Down Tonight - K C And The Sunshine Band : reached number 21 - Flop
09. Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin : reached number 4 - Top 5
10. LSI - The Shamen : reached number 6 - Top 10
11. Roxanne - The Police : reached number 12 - Flop
12. No Scrubs - TLC : reached number 3 - Top 3
13. Because The Night - Patti Smith : reached number 5 - Top 5
14. Girl From Mars - Ash : reached number 11 - Flop
15. Bedsitter - Soft Cell : reached number 4 - Top 5
16. Kiss - Prince : reached number 6 - Top 10
17. Georgie Girl - The Seekers : reached number 3 - Top 3
18. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music : reached number 4 - Top 5
19. Blame In On The Boogie - The Jacksons : reached number 8 - Top 10
20. Love Action - The Human League : reached number 3 - Top 3
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
I've ditched my Atom Feed and replaced with an RSS one. Hurray I hear you cry. If you'd like to subscribe it's free - simple use the address http://feeds.feedburner.com/Overyourhead in your favourite RSS reader.
Retroteasers Pop Quiz...
Last night the delicious Darren and I ventured along to The Retro Bar for the Retroteasers Pop Quiz. Why? We'd not been in ages, we had some bridges to build with Wendy and we just thought it'd be fun: we hadn't, we did, it was.
Joining us in team BOYZ PIN-UPS was hunky Boyz editor David Hudson and his glamorous boyfriend George.
The quiz was set by guest question setter Peter and was all based on official UK chart positions. There were four possible answers:
Top 3 (i.e. did it get to 1, 2 or 3)
Top 5 (i.e. did it get to 4 or 5)
Top 10 (i.e. did it get to 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10)
Flop (i.e. failed to make Top 10)
01. Girls On Film - Duran Duran
02. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us - Sparks
03. Make It Easy On Yourself - The Walker Brothers
04. Car Wash - Rose Royce
05. Fame - David Bowie
06. Mad World - Tears For Fears
07. Rocker Fella Skank - Fat Boy Slim
08. Get Down Tonight - K C And The Sunshine Band
09. Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
10. LSI - The Shamen
11. Roxanne - The Police
12. No Scrubs - TLC
13. Because The Night - Patti Smith
14. Girl From Mars - Ash
15. Bedsitter - Soft Cell
16. Kiss - Prince
17. Georgie Girl - The Seekers
18. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
19. Blame In On The Boogie - The Jacksons
20. Love Action - The Human League
How well can you do?
We failed miserably and got just eight out of a possible twenty. The winners got sixteen and walked away with the semi-booby prize of CD singles of Rachel Stevens' More, More, More, Marilyn Manson's Personal Jesus and DJ Casper's Opps Upside Your Head. Lucky them.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Beckham admits deliberate booking...
I don't know whether you saw the football match on Saturday - England were playing Wales. It was good to watch. Nice goal by David Beckham. The shine was perhaps taking off a little by his accidental late tackle of Thatcher. This tackle was especially unfortunate as he had only been a yellow card away from a one-game ban. Now it was assured. He was to miss out on the next game against Azerbarjan tomorrow. What bad luck. And it was an accidental late tackle, surely? Surely.
Well, the surprising news today is that Beckham has admitted deliberately getting booked during the match in order to get his suspension out of the way. England's captain said he knew he had broken ribs in an earlier tackle and would be out for a month.
Beckham told the Daily Telegraph: "It was deliberate. I knew I will be out for a few weeks, so I thought 'Let's get the yellow card out of the way'. I'm sure some people think that I have not got the brains to be that clever. But I do have the brains. I could feel the injury. So I fouled (Ben) Thatcher."
So it was a deliberate foul, huh? Call that brains??? That should be a THREE match ban at least, you muppet! It's cheating!
The Rain In Spain Stays Mainly On The Plain...
The BBC has selected HTK for it's updated pronunciation database. HTK has added its speech synthesis system to an existing BBC database, creating a computer generated voice which accurately pronounces foreign words and names in English Broadcasting context so presenters can hear how to say them correctly before going live on air.
Shame. I quite liked it when news readers trip up over long foreign words. Jan Lemming's 'Robert Moo-gar-bay' was always a favourite.
HTK worked closely with BBC's in-house pronunciation research team to adapt the database, which has been compiled over 80 years of broadcasting and includes over 200,000 pronunciations. The original database relied on modified spelling, a technical language that shows each preferred pronunciation as a sequence of individual sounds and intonations in a simple format, much like a spelling. HTK has enabled the system with a spoken output that renders the pronunciation, so anyone with a networked computer can not only see the ?spelling? but hear it as well.
So it'll just be ITV who still pronounce Uranus as 'your anus', then?
Monday, October 11, 2004
You may have noticed I've added a Google search bar to my site. You can use it to either search the wobbly wide web or just the postings on this site.
On Saturday night all my favourite redheads (Marky, Drew, Mikey) and I went to see the rather disappointing Cybill Shepherd show Cybill Disobedience at the Soho Theatre. It's hard to pinpoint what it was that made it quite such a flop. It was scripted OK but perhaps not quite well enough. The singing was fine but her choice of songs was rather er... unusual. Most of the anecdotes we'd heard before.
Cybill tried to have her cake and eat it - criticising many of the very things that made her so famous and yet living off them. She dished Elvis, Bruce Willis, read from her book (on sale in the foyer - ker-ching!), she showed us oh-too-many family snaps (cringingly self-indulgent) and happily let her jazz duo perform instrumental(!) As I say, disappointing.
The show lasted. a mere 60 minutes after which Mikey, Drew and I headed off to Duckie to join Ian, Charlie, David, Roberto et al. Not content with the 2am finish at Duckie Ian, Drew and I then proceeded to Crash. Lordy.
Friday, October 08, 2004
A bit of fun for a Friday. Think of an object and the A.I. will try to figure-out what you are thinking by asking twenty simple questions.
Standard Life Breaks It's Promise...
To help pay off my mortgage I took out two endowment policies with Standard Life. And in 2000 they promised they would make up the shortfall when these policies mature. They called it the Mortgage Promise. Only now they've broken that promise - the best they can do is probably only 40% tops. Fuckers. I should have stuck with using a piggy bank.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Blue Is The Colour...
So the latest 'musicians' to become Tory supporters are Busted and Rick Wakeman. Who next? Blue? Maybe they'll join Phil Collins and Andrew Lloyd-Weber in leaving the country when the Tories get thumped into third place at the next General Election. Let's hope so.
Arsenal Fly Emirates...
Arsenal have done a deal to rename their new stadium Emirates Stadium and will be sporting 'Fly Emirates' shirts for the 2006/7 season. The payoff? £100,000,000. Nice. And just to sweeten the deal for us Gooners, Emirates are dropping their £4-million-a-year shirt deal sponsorship of Chelski at the end of this season.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
The Pink Paper has finally folded citing ad revenue problems. Paul used to write for them and we both went to their launch party way back in 1987 at the then gay night, Thursdays, in Shaftsberry Avenue. I never really liked the Pink Paper - I always found it too 'worthy'. Mind you it's sister organ, Boyz, swings too far the other way and is just too trashy. No the gay freebie I used to love was Capital Gay which foldered back in 1995. A rag, yes. But a fun one. It used to have an item called 'Cottage Alert' warning of the places where pretty policemen were hanging out. Now that's what I call news.
"I don't like his humour anyway"...
Comedian Billy Connolly made some tasteless gags about Iraq hostage Kenneth Bigley and his wife. Paul Bigley's reply? "I don't like his humour anyway." Oh touché.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
The Bitch is Back...
Elton John has attacked Madonna for miming. "Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay £75 to see them should be shot," Sir Elton said. Ouch! EJ was speaking out at the Q Awards recently where Madonna was a nominee for best live act.
I kind of agree with EJ about miming (although Madge has denied that she mimed during her recent tour) but on the flip side, you try singing and dancing around on stage for a few hours and not sounding out of breath, EJ! All you do is just sit there at your piano!
The Q Awards themselves are quite good, I think - generally avoiding manufactured bands they celebrate 'all that's great and good in music'. This year was no exception.
Here are a list of the 2004 winners:-
Best new act - Razorlight
Best producer - Mick Jones (for the Libertines)
Best live act - Muse
Best video - Franz Ferdinand (Take Me Out)
Q Merit Award - Shane McGowan
Best single - Jamelia (See It In A Boy's Eyes)
Q Innovation and Sound Award - Human League
Q Inspiration Award - Pet Shop Boys
Best Album - Keane (Hopes and Fears)
Best Act in the World Today - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Q Classic Songwriter award - Sir Elton John
Q Icon Award - U2
Q Lifetime Achievement Award - Roxy Music
When is a CD not a CD?...
When it's produced by Sony. Or EMI. Or Universal. Or BMG.
But not any longer. Sony is abandoning its copy-protected 'CDs' that use built-in technology to limit copying them. I'm not surprised. These modified 'CDs' broke the Red Book audio CD standard and so failed to work on many devices. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
Monday, October 04, 2004
Can this really be real? I do hope so. Camp Records - the queerest record label of the 60s. I especially like I'd Rather Fight Than Swish.
Have you seen the new Honda advert? A sort of yellow-submarine-cartoony-trippy bit of stuff and nonsense. Gorgeous. Amazing what a good advertising agency can do sometimes.
Friday, October 01, 2004
Marathon Man 2 : Nashers Return...
I've just got back from my first dentist visit in 27 years.
The dentist was gay, cute and very professional (Wimpole Street, darling). I got his number from QX. I'd recommended him. Steve.
I filled in a fairly brief form and before I knew where I was I was lying back on his chair of torture gazing up at him. He offered me a drink of water (I declined), some anesthetic (I declined) and a winning smile (I accepted).
"Nice set of teeth", he said. "Thanks", I mumbled. He then proceeded to drill as if looking for oil. I squirmed a bit as a few things flew out of my mouth (tartar? jawbone?) and were promptly sucked up by the vacuuming Aussie nurse, Jane, as she nattered on about Kath & Kim (we'd earlier bonded as fans in the waiting room). I tried to think sexy thoughts to try and take my mind off the discomfort and occasional pain I was feeling. But none came.
But it didn't take long for him to finish. Within half an hour I was scrapped clean and polished. "No need for any fillings", he said. What a relief! "But you might like to try our whitening treatment - it's on offer at the moment." "OK", I said, "Why not?" Perhaps my head was still spinning a bit from having dodged the bullet with the fillings.
Within ten minutes I had pink clay in my mouth making casts of my nashers to house some overnight bleaching agent. Ten minutes after that I was out on the street £200 poorer but generally having enjoyed the experience. When I say 'enjoyed' what I really mean is 'relieved'. Revealed that I've got over the psychological barrier of going to the dentist again.
I guess I'm quite pleased that I'm now 43 and never had a filling too. My mother needs to take part of the credit though - we never had sweets as kids.
It's something I haven't done in 27 years. It feels scary. I'm not sure what to expect and I'm not sure why I'm doing it. It will hurt, it will cost me money and I always said I wouldn't do it until pain drove me to it.
This morning at 10:30am I'm going to... the dentist.
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Last night Paul, Simon and I went to see OneTwo at the Carling Islington Academy. OneTwo, as you may have read here before, are Claudia Brucken (of Propaganda fame) and Paul Humphreys (of OMD fame).
We were treated to over 90 minutes of all the Propaganda hits (Dr Mabuse, Duel and P-Machinery being the main ones), an Act hit (Snobbery and Decay - did they have more than one?), many OMD hits (too many to list here but not Enola Gay - copyright reasons?) and a smattering of new songs too (their 'easy listening' EP currently for sale on eBay features a song penned by Depeche Mode's Martin Gore).
The mainly gay and/or aging, balding crowd lapped it up. In fact all the whooping, screaming and general jumping about seemed to genuinely suprise Claudia and Paul. "Thanks", Paul said, "I had no idea you still remembered us!"
I got chatting with the DJ who was doing the warm-up set. Turns out he and his partner are writing for Andy Bell's new solo album. Small world.
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