Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lovestruck?

Tonight, I did something completely unprecedented. I sent in an entry to thelondonpaper's Lovestruck column. Yep, I did it. I actually did it. Half of me hopes it gets published tomorrow, and another half of that half hopes I get a response from her. Okay, scratch that -- in my perfect world, it would get published, she'll respond and we'll be meeting up for drinks before the weekend arrives.

Okay, just not to further confuse those who don't have the (mis)fortune to read thelondonpaper every day on the way home, Lovestruck is column where you can send in a short paragraph telling the entire city of London you saw some cute or attractive guy or girl, but didn't stop to do anything about it. So it could be anywhere: on the Tube, in a Starbucks outlet or whilst crossing the road. Then you pray hard and hope the other party reads that, call the paper and identify themselves and hope she (or he) looks better face to face than she does when she's 3 arms' length away in a packed Tube carriage. Anyway, check this out and you'll know what I mean.

So, yes indeed. I shall be sure to pick a copy up of thelondonpaper tomorrow and hope my fate takes a turn for the better. Oh my god, what am I doing??

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spider-Plant Man

So, Comic Relief fever has recently just swept through UK, and I got caught along with it. Yes indeed, I contributed money to a fund to get my Director of Music's legs shaved. Or was it his hair? Well, in any case, in light of all these Comic Relief-related ongoings, here's a hilarious parody of Spider-Man that was made back in 2005 (for that year's Comic Relief). It features Rowan Atkinson as Peter Piper/Spider-Plant Man (yes, you get the idea now) and the oh-so-hot-now-but-wasn't-too-hot-back-in-S-Club-7 Rachel Stevens.

Oh, you gotta love London. Poor Jade Goody, it's almost unbearable to read about her in the news now -- everyone's all waiting for the inevitable.

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Part 2



"Two men high above London in lewd costumes. It can only mean one thing -- another Fathers 4 Justice demonstration." Oh god, that really cracked me up so much!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Popcorn Talk Pt. II

My extremely slothy weekend has extended onto Monday (my Mondays are usually free), and that means more movies to catch up on! It's getting to be quite addictive, really. And with the problems that I'm having with my Xbox Live account at the moment, I've been ditching my X360 as of late in favor of movie marathons that seem to never end. Also, I've been catching up on the latest season of LOST. However, the first two episodes of the fifth season that I've watched so far have left me puzzled more than anything else -- I think the break between seasons has been too long and I've pretty much forgot everything that took place in the previous season!

On the other hand, I've been going for a blast from the past movie selection, with the Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I almost can't believe I've finally watched the latter after so long, especially after hearing so much about it when I was young.

Seven Samurai was really quite the enjoyable classic; so, did you know that this film "was among the first films to use the now-common plot element of the recruiting and gathering of heroes into a team to accomplish a specific goal, a device used in later films such as Ocean's Eleven, The Dirty Dozen, and the western remake The Magnificent Seven". Who'd have thought! Also, "plot devices such as the reluctant hero, romance between a local girl and the youngest hero, and the nervousness of the common citizenry had appeared in other films before this but were combined together in this film". It is no wonder that this film is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. Additionally, I can't remember when was the last time I watched a black & white film!

2001 doesn't let down either, and is a groundbreaking film "notable for its scientific realism, pioneering special effects, ambiguous and often surreal imagery, sound in place of traditional narrative techniques, and minimal use of dialogue". Considering that this film was made all the way back in 1968, that's quite a feat. Incidentally, This is the last movie ever made about mankind landing on the moon before mankind landed on the moon. Talk about visualisation! Australia was better than I thought it would be (after reading all those negative reviews), and I think Nicole Kidman still looks as hauntingly beautiful as she did when I first saw her in Eyes Wide Shut in 1999! Yes, I still vaguely remember the thrill of watching an R-rated film at an age where you first enter secondary school.

Well, as my lazy start to the week comes to an end, I better prepare myself for a killer 9am - 9pm day tomorrow! A short concert in the morning, followed by a MAP/making session till 1pm, then a tutorial, then a rehearsal in the evening for my 7 March gig! Oh, speaking of that, I'll be doing a gig at the Barbican on the night of 7 March, Saturday, as part of a four-piece band which will be showcasing Brazilian originals. I'm really looking forward to that one! Jinn, Robyn and Jie Han will be coming down for the weekend, so that should be good company as well.