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, March 30, 2007
Playstation 3 Is Shit Video...
So how are the Sony marketing-heads handling all the negative press surrounding the launch of their new games console? Stuff like this ain't helping, a lovely little song complaining about Sony pissing their brand away.
And here are the top ten things that Sony Execs wish they hadn't said.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Billy Mackenzie Tribute...
Last night Darren, David, Paul and I went to the Billy Mackenzie Tribute at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. It would have been Billy's 50th birthday so lots of bands got together for a bit of a party and a benefit night in aid of Sound Seekers.
The acts were there I guess because they were either Billy friends, fans or collaborators. We didn't get too much of the maestro's oeuvre in the end but enough to keep the interest up.
On the bill were Electric Soft Parade (a rather over long prog rock set I thought), British Electric Foundation (their first ever gig believe it or not with highlights being Claudia Brucken on backing vocals for Temptation and a haunting version of Party Fears Two), OneTwo (OMD + Ms Brucken = fabulousness), Claudia Brucken & Andrew Poppy (ZTT is alive and well my friends), Subterraneans (obviously real Billy fans and I loved their version of No) and Apollo 440 (their first gig in seven years and who came closest to actually sounding like Billy).
It was a great night and left me wanting more. Well, more Claudia Brucken to be honest.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
YouTube Video Awards 2006...
So the seven 'best' clips on YouTube have been announced. They're all good but the OKGo video still gets my vote.
Flying The Flag (For You)...
I know this happened last week but I've been a bit busy: So Scooch's airline-themed tune Flying The Flag (For You) will be representing us in Eurovision in May. Fab. I for one love the camp song and the even camper dance routine. I have a bit of a soft spot for Scooch - Mike Stock and Matt Aitken's answer to Pete Warterman's Steps. Their hit When My Baby never fails to bring tears of joy to my eyes. No really. I cry with joy whenever I hear it. Really.
My name is overyourhead and I'm a Scooch fan. There, I've said it.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
It was fantastic weekend down in Devon. Sarah and I and the triplets drove down last Thursday and spent four days in a cottage in Slapton. We had gone down to spend some time with Sarah's brother Stuart. It was great to see Stuey who I have known as a close friend for going on twenty years now. But of course. as was right. everything centred arond the kiddy-winks. At fifteen months they are almost walking, almost talking and a handful of fun to be with. I got a chance to bathe them, dress them, feed them, walk them and play with them: being Daddy for a few days. Bliss. You can see a few snaps above. More here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I'm off for a five day break down in Devon tomorrow. Sarah and I are taking the triplets down to see their Uncle Stuart and Uncle Christopher. Should be fun!
English National Opera: The Gondoliers...
Stuart treated me to a night at the opera on Saturday. Well, strictly speaking is was a night at the operetta; The English National Opera's production of The Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers.
I'd not seen the The Gondoliers before but it followed a typical G&S structure - lots of girls, lots of boys, two couples falling in love and funny officials getting in the way of true romance.
The staging was great. The cast sang with gusto and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
One odd thing though. Despite the opera being in English we had 'subtitles'. A screen far above the stage let us read every word that was being sung. Interesting and perhaps something that has been introduced for some time. It was indeed many, many moons ago since I last went to the opera. But it certainly helped us follow the plot (such as it was) more easily.
On Saturday afternoon Stuart took me to Tate Britain to see the William Hogarth exhibition. It was quite a cultural weekend as you can tell.
It was a bigger show than I had expected; packed full of people and packed full of all the Hogarth favourites; the rather naughty A Harlot's Progress, the satirical A Rake's Progress and the oh so modern Marriage à-la-mode.
And I now know a lot more about him than before I went: William Hogarth was a talented painter and printmaker, really quite clever, a bit of a bounder and really quite vicious. And I think I like him.
And those Before and After pictures are very saucy.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Last night Stuart and I went to Wembley Arena to see big-breasted, big-talented and big-voiced Dolly Parton stage the second night of her sell-out concert.
The packed house (mainly gays and groups of, ahem, wimmin) went wild for our Dolly as she took to the stage. Standing just five feet tall with a 40 inch bosom she cut a spangled, sparkly figure dressed in gold lame. She ran around the stage like a Barbie doll on speed and sang like Minnie Mouse on helium. But what a voice! She may be 61 years old but it's lost none of its power.
Her songs have mainly been country songs over the years with strong elements of folk music in them. And we were treated to some of her classics last night such as Shine, Coat Of Many Colors, Jolene, Two Doors Down, The Grass is Blue, Here You Come Again, Little Sparrow, Islands In The Stream and the all conquering 9 to 5.
She sang a few covers too: Those Were The Days, Imagine and Turn Turn Turn but sadly no Stairway to Heaven. I had been holding out for Love Is Like A Butterfly and A Tender Lie (my favourite Dolly song) too but it was not to be.
In between songs she bantered with the crowd telling us about her childhood and film career. She was always self-deprecating and always very funny.
Something I didn't know, in 1974, her song I Will Always Love You was released and went to the top of the country charts in the US. Around the same time, Elvis Presley indicated that he wanted to cover the song. Dolly was interested until Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, told her that she would have to sign over half of the publishing rights if Elvis recorded the song (as was the standard procedure for songs Elvis recorded). Dolly refused and that decision is credited with helping make her many millions of dollars in royalties from the song over the years. She claims to have made over $6 million from Whitney Houston's cover version alone - selling over 12 million copies.
Little known Dolly facts:
Her production company made the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
She owns her own wig company.
Dolly famous lines:
"It takes a lot of money to look this cheap."
"If I have one more face lift I'll have a beard!"
Monday, March 19, 2007
On Friday Paul treated Simon and I to see 10cc (well, strictly speaking "10cc featuring Graham Gouldman and Friends") at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. And want a brilliant show it was.
The support act was Kiki Dee who wowed us with her amazing voice (she's 60 this year, dontcha know?), her keen sense of humour and great songs including Amoureuse, I Got The Music In Me and a fab cover of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill.
After the interval 10cc came on from the first note we knew we were in for something special. They sounded great. We were treated to pitch perfect renditions of all their hits including Donna, Rubber Bullets, The Dean and I, The Wall Street Shuffle, Silly Love, Life Is A Minestrone, I'm Not In Love, Art For Art's Sake, I'm Mandy, Fly Me (my personal favourite), The Things We Do For Love, Good Morning Judge and Dreadlock Holiday. We sang and danced throughout
Turns out that Graham Gouldman is a bit of a star turn though. He wrote (and they performed for us on Friday) The Yardbirds For Your Love, Herman's Hermits No Milk Today and The Hollies Bus Stop. Fancy.
And about half way through the set my life was complete in hearing the opening chords to... Wax's Bridge To Your Heart - another Graham Gouldman project with Andrew Gold. Heaven.
Friday, March 16, 2007
New Abercrombie and Fitch Store...
A new Abercrombie and Fitch store is opening in London's Saville Row just round the corner from my office on Thursday 22nd March. Maybe we should place bets as to how many A&F bags there will be on display at people's feet in Comptons on Saturday afternoon.
Notes On A Scandal...
Last night Stu took me to the cinema. We went to see something we'd been wanting to see in ages: Notes On A Scandal. It was great fun - Judy Dench playing the bunny boiler with a restraint and convinction with great aplomb.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Gareth Hunt who played Mike Gambit in the New Avengers has died. Shame. He and Joanna Lumley's Purdey and Patrick McNee's John Steed were true television icons. I used to quite fancy him too.
Tsk, tsk. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
How Green Were the Nazis?...
The competition to find the oddest book title 2007 is on. The shortlist is as follows:-
* Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan
* How Green Were the Nazis?
* D. Di Mascio's Delicious Ice Cream: D. Di Mascio of Coventry? An Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans
* The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification
* Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium
* Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
No Beatles Download...
It's a bit odd that the 'biggest band in the world' wouldn't want you to legitimately download (and let's not forget pay for) their music. Or is it? Beatles download rumour quashed. And I thought Apple vs. Apple was settled.
Monday, March 12, 2007
My Favourite Quotes From The Weekend...
It's like if you're in a room with Delmot O'Leary, Jamie Theakston and Patrick Kielty and you're got a shotgun and only two cartridge. What do you do?
Obvious really. You empty two barrels into Kielty and then have fun with the rifle butt.
I used to want to change the world... Now I just want to leave the room with a bit of dignity.
You're so far behind you think you're in the lead.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Stu and I went to see Hot Fuzz last night. Very funny. The test of "it's a 'comedy' if you laugh out loud five or more times" was spot on. We laughed five times in the first ten minutes. And it's full of British stars old and new - spotting who they are is a game itself. Go see.
Brain Teaser Answers...
1. Sparkle = 4p
Wibbler = 23p
Nobbler = 13p
2. A big fish in a small pond
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Arsenal 1-1 PSV (agg 1-2)...
It was cold at the Emirates Stadium last night. And how prophetic that chill was. We missed so many chances in both halves and paid the price. Out of Europe for this season. Bummer. Just the Premiership to play for now. Third place anyone?
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
1. At the local sweet shop, three particularly nice sweets are on special offer. A Sparkle, a Wibbler and a Nobbler together cost 40p. A Nobbler is over three times the price of a Sparkle. Six Sparkles are worth more than a Wibbler. A Nobbler, plus two Sparkles costs less than a Wibbler. Can you determine the price of each type of sweet?
2. What is represented by these letters? poFISHnd
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
TV Will Eat Itself...
What we're asking at the OYH TV newsdesk today:
1. Should Little Britain be cancelled for the crime of over promotion?
2. Should Big Brother, X-Factor, Dancing On Ice, ITV Play, This Morning, Loose Women, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Richard and Judy and Saturday Kitchen all be investigated for diddling the public?
3. Should Virgin and Sky just kiss and make up?
Star Trek XI logged for Christmas 2008 Launch...
So here comes the rebooted Star Trek franchise. With a new cast playing James T Kirk, Mr Spock and Dr McCoy and J J Abrams will helm. Should be good.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Arsenal 2-1 Reading...
Paul and I went to the game on Saturday. It seemed like the first time we've had a traditional 3pm Saturday kick-off in ages. It was a fun game to watch albeit rather nerve racking. Cesc Fabregas missed an easy goal and then later scored in our own net. Hey ho. But it was the result we wanted. Now just one point behind Liverpool with two games in hand.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Along with 3 million other UK homes I get my digital TV through
Mind you I don't watch 24. New Simpsons I buy on DVD. And Lost can be sourced elsewhere (a-hem). So I'm not too bothered. It might be nice if Virgon pass on the cost savings though.
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