Friday, August 31, 2007

Meanwhile, over at the Guardian site…

I do get on the internet at work and you can read my Amy Winehouse gossip report, as well as my reviews of nobody-else-wanted-to-cover-them, "screamo" bands Billy Talent and Kids in Glass Houses in our Reading and Leeds 2007 special report. I got to sub on the scene at the festival and it was much fun, especially seeing LCD Soundsystem and learning about this new rave stuff the kids like. Not so bothered by the Klaxons; dig the Hadouken!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

My home internet has been down for over a month...

And I don't even live in France! Sorry folk(s).

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bling or anti-bling?

Kanye West and Princes Harry and William disagree over the blinginess of his shades. Yes, more tabloid music news summarised by your truly.

Hey - I had a fun trip back to Canada, by the by. Live abroad; vacation at home. That's my new motto.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

"Pumps pillows"?

Is "pump" what people who say "fudge" instead of "fuck" say for "hump"? I ask because I was just reading Steve Dale's latest My Pet World column and a woman wrote in with the following question:
Our 4-year-old Pomeranian loves to pump pillows. We can't stop her unless I close the doors to every room where there's a pillow. She's doesn't pump people's legs like most dogs; she just pumps pillows. How do we stop her?
Stop her? Hire her out! Can she do air mattresses too? What about bicycle tires?

Anyway. Yeah. So I'm on vacation. Obvs.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Shake your spear.

- From a 1996 New Yorker profile of Salman Rushdie, via ALN:
Rushdie excels at what might be termed Shakespeare trivia. Once, in the course of a literary word game, he was challenged to rename a Shakespeare play as if it had been written by Robert Ludlum. He was asked, first, to retitle "Hamlet" in the style of the author of "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "The Scarlatti Inheritance." With no advance notice and almost no hesitation, he said, "The Elsinore Vacillation." A palpable hit but, the other participants thought, sheer luck. Bet you can't do it twice. What about "Macbeth"? "The Dunsinane Deforestation." More meditated offerings included "The Rialto Forfeit," "The Capulet Infatuation," "The Kerchief Implication," and "The Solstice Entrancement."

- From Richard Ouzounian's recent interview with outgoing Stratford honcho Richard Monette:
"You can always remember sadness," he says with a grave wisdom. "As an actor, you can always access tears. The joy of life, that's harder to find, but the pain is there forever."

He pauses and looks across the table, deciding whether to tell this story. "I had a little rag doll called Pom-Pom," he begins, "and I loved that doll. I loved it so much.

"My mother decided that because I was going off to school, I had to be a man and cast aside these childish things. She threw Pom-Pom down the garbage chute, where I knew there was an incinerator at the bottom."

"I raced down the stairs, but of course, I was too late. Pom-Pom was gone into the flames. That was the day when I lost my innocence."

His eyes are filled with tears, unashamed. "In every show I have ever done since then, I have put a little rag doll. The audience may not know it's there, but I do."
You could put that word for word into a Christopher Guest mockumentary.