Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Boat Questions

Another late one. I've had a lovely quiet weekend culminating in a trip to the movies to see "The Founder". Now I'm getting ready for an early night as I'm off to see a uni buddy first thing in the morning.

So here are this week's questions. supplied, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


1. YOU HAVE 10 BUCKS AND NEED TO BUY SNACKS AT A GAS STATION. WHAT DO YOU GET?

I'm a sucker for petrol station donuts. Especially the banana custard ones.

2. IF YOU WERE REINCARNATED AS SOME SORT OF SEA DWELLING CREATURE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Probably a dolphin or a seal. I love both of them to bits.

3. WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE REDHEAD?

Julianne Moore. Great actress. Great hair.

4. WHAT DO YOU ORDER WHEN YOU'RE AT A DINER?

We don't really have diners over here as this is Australia, but if I'm in a road house or run down cafe, hot dogs, done the old fashioned way, are great.

5. LAST BOOK YOU READ?

Orwell's "1984" It's all got a bit too close for comfort.

6. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF UNDERWEAR?

I have a very holey and very comfortable pair of black knickers that I just can't throw out.

7. DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE INJURED.

Bruce the Bum Bruise. Tripped at a friend's place, collected a garden bed on the way down. It's still giving me jip in the gym.

8. ROCK CONCERT OR SYMPHONY? LAST SEEN?

Rock Concert. Last one I went to was a few years ago - The Pixies are amazing.

9. IF SOMEONE WERE TO BUY YOU A GIFT, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE IT TO BE?

I'd love a large two bedroom flat in Richmond.

10. WHAT TYPE OF SHIRT DO YOU BEST IN?

? Strange question. Probably a t-shirt. Like plain old t-shirts.

11. IF YOU COULD USE ONLY ONE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A very, very nice car. I have a very nice car now.

12. WHAT IS YOUR DEADLY SIN?

Gluttony. The rest of them I have mostly under control.

13. MOST RECENT MOVIE YOU'VE WATCHED IN A THEATER? RATE IT.

I saw "The Founder" today. I give it four stars. Really interesting and Michael Keaton is excellent in it.



14. IF YOU COULD INVENT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A cure for leukaemia that doesn't decimate the patient. I so wish I could do that.

15. NAME AN ACTOR/ACTRESS YOU'VE HAD THE HOTS FOR?

Clive Owen!



16. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CITY? LAST TIME THERE?

London. 2010.

17. WHAT'S THE FIRST WORD THAT COMES TO MIND RIGHT NOW?

Lunch (I have to make my lunch for the week)

18. WHAT TYPE OF PET DO YOU HAVE?

None, but I borrow friends cats regularly when they go away.

19. WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED THE LONGEST?

South Australia, though I've lived in this flat for nearly eleven years - that is something of a record.

20. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON THAT SPENT $100 ON YOU?

My mum gives me a $100 voucher for Christmas and my birthday.

21. WHAT'S THE LAST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU BOUGHT?

A pair of 3/4 leggings. They were bought today.

22. WHAT WAS/IS YOUR FAVORITE JOB?

I really enjoyed working in testing in a telecommunications company. That was cool.

23. WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH THE MOST??

Irony. Some silliness.

24. WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING?

I'd murder an ice cream at the moment.

25. WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?

I have a friend who has a child who is in an intensive care unit at the moment. Coming up to the anniversary of my niece's passing, knowing this time last year my niece was in the same spot is pushing all sorts of buttons. My friend's daughter has completely different condition to my niece, but my heart goes out to her, her family, and especially her Mum. She doesn't leave my thoughts much and I wish them all a speedy and peaceful resolution - whichever  way things may go. I can only keep them in my thoughts.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Song a Day November: What's Up

Half the battle of posting a song a day is finding the song that suits the day - and then finding the words to write about it. So my last song is a little late. Never to worry.

There were a couple of songs that nearly made it. Maybe a Beatles song, I thought. Maybe a bit of David Bowie - A Space Oddity is never amiss. Find something a bit more alternative I thought - Maybe Damien Rice or Alt-J. Maybe go political and find some Redgum or Billy Bragg.

But after two days of wracking my brain, the lyrics that were sitting in my brain came from his song.

In particular "And I pray, oh my god do I pray, I pray every single day, for a resolution..."

Okay, the last word is a mondegreen - it's actually revolution - but resolution works nicely here.

Something that's been on my mind is a study and facebook friend of mine whose child is currently in an intensive care unit. It appears there is hope, but having my family in the same position this time last year, it's brought back a lot of the feelings from last year and that feeling being overwhelmed by what was going on around the place. That sense of helplessness and fear - and part of me just wanting a resolution of all the angst felt at the time.

Anyway, I found this treasure, which is on many people's "I never want to hear that song again" list, up there with James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful", Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and my special favourites, INXS's "The Swing" and Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell" albums (If I hear either again it will be too soon.)

I will always remember this as one of my London songs. Working at a merchant bank, three nights a week in the pub after work, a far easier and carefree time, when I smoked a pack of Marlboro Lights a week and thought I was invincible.

I know much better now.

And I still love this song, even if it was overplayed back in the day.

And I still want her boots.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Song a Day November:Show Me The Way

What ever happened to Peter Frampton? He was wonderful. He had a string of hits in the seventies and then all but disappeared. I know he's not dead. I know he's still playing music. I know that he should have been an absolute legend, but the fickle world of music seems to have taken him away from us, although, if you're really lucky, Gold FM or what every your classic rock station may be will play this little beauty or,"Baby, I Love Your Way."

I remember Peter Frampton from childhood. This song reminds me of summer down the beach as a child, with this blaring from the car radio.

It's still a great song. It's a pity he didn't really get out of the seventies in one piece like the Rolling Stones.



Monday, November 28, 2016

Song a Day November: Song Two

I've nearly done it. Yes, there have been days when I've had to double up because it's been busy and getting out the blog post has been a bit difficult - but it's been fun to look at the music in my life and write about it, even if it's only a few lines.

I love Blur - and I love this song. It's another song that reminds me of London and those happier, freer days when we used to go out clubbing. It reminds me of nights out in pubs when the world was just a little more innocent. And it reminds me of jalepeno poppers down at a pub after drama class.

And it's really hard to accept that this came out twenty years ago. Before all men wore product in their hair and shoulder pads had just disappeared and Barings Bank was still around and the world had a little hope left in it.

The great thing about this song. You don't have to know the words. You just have to remember.

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Song a Day November: Skinny Love

Heard a cover of this on the way home. A good cover. Birdy's cover of the song (about the best cover she's done)

But I think this is better. Bon Iver is bloody good.


In the home straight now.

Song a Day November: Mexican Radio

Once again I'm in need of a happy song.

So here is a happy song for yesterday.


The Silver Thanksgiving Questions.

Oh, this should be fun.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


How many Thanksgivings do you attend?

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

Where do you attend Thanksgiving(s)? 

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

What is your favorite dish? 

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

What is your least favorite dish at Thanksgiving?

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here. However, how can pumpkin be anything other than roasted and served with a roast dinner? Pumpkin pie - eww.

What, if any, are your Thanksgiving traditions? 

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

Name your FAV thing about Thanksgiving. 

No idea. Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

Do you make anything for Thanksgiving? If yes, share what and why. 

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

Out of everything you eat at Thanksgiving, what can YOU cook the best?

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here. Don't Americans get everything out of cans anyway? That's cheating.

What do you drink with your Thanksgiving feast?

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

Has there ever been a feud during your Thanksgiving?

No. We don't have Thanksgiving. No Indians. No Turkey.

Do you have Appetizers before you Thanksgiving meal?

Um, I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving here.

How many people attend your Thanksgiving(s)? If yes, who?

I have American friends and family who might come to my Thanksgiving if I was in America...

Have you ever missed a Thanksgiving?

Yes. Because I am Australian and I live in Australia. Just sounds like an excuse for a family fight.

What kind of pie/cake/dessert do you eat for dessert?

Ice cream. But I do that anyway, because I'm Australian. Nothing special about that.

Do you ever play games at Thanksgiving?

No. Because we don't have Thanksgiving.

Name 3 things you are Thankful for:

My friends. My sense of humour. The fact that I'm Australian and we don't have Thanksgiving.

Is there anyone who has normally attended Thanksgiving, that will not be there this year? Who?

No. Because being Australian, we don't have Thanksgiving.

Name the funniest person at your Thanksgiving this year and tell us more.

Nobody. No Thanksgiving, no funny people at the table.

Which person eats the MOST?

Nobody. No Thanksgiving. Nobody over to eat a large roast meal at the start of Summer. It's just another Thursday in November here.

Which person eats the LEAST?

Nobody. No Thanksgiving. Nobody over to eat. It's just another Thursday in November here.

Do any animals attend Thanksgiving dinner?

Why? Dead animals lie on the table and get eaten at Thanksgiving? Yes?

If so, do they get Thanksgiving scraps?

See above.

Who carves the turkey?

What turkey? Turkey can come out dry too.

Have you ever had to make Thanksgiving all on YOUR OWN?

No. Because I've never had Thanksgiving because I'm Australian.

Do you get along with the people you have thanksgiving with?

See above.

Is your Thanksgiving formal, or do you just do whatever? 

Whatever. See, it's Australia and just another Thursday in November. Why would be get formal for such a day.