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Tuesday, July 31, 2001
So, it's the Die So Fluid gig in London tomorrow night. I think I'm most likely going to have to go into London straight from work in Oxford, so I don't think I'm going to be able to do any fabulous make-up this time. Will have to go along in guy mode. Still, I want to look reasonably trendy and/or with it. The sort of look I had in mind was, how shall we put it? Alternative... So... I had a quick look around the shops this lunchtime. I couldn't find anything. What crap shops! The nearest I came to buying something was when I found a black t-shirt with Anime-style characters on the front in Cult Clothing... but, it was £19.99. Bleedin' rip-off or what?

Also, I'm going to have a go at dyeing my hair tonight. That could be interesting. We shall see.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:17 pm [edit] 

More fun with SiteMeter statistics: Today someone, somehow, found my blog by searching on AOL for females wearing platform shoes! And they found li'l ol' me - just a sweet transvestite - as the song goes. Heh Heh! That'll learn 'em!

Mind you, if you look at the other sites found by that search... well, it makes me question the reliability of using AOL's search facilities at all. Bizarre.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:10 am [edit] 

Monday, July 30, 2001

Hmmm... I'm not too sure about the accuracy of this SiteMeter thing that I've installed. According to today's stats, someone has linked through to this very blog from www.newscientist.com/news, which is something I can't help but be extremely skeptical about. (Also, I had a look just to make sure... No... no link there!)
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:28 pm [edit] 

There was another brilliant Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends on BBC2 last night. This time, Louis was in the States looking at the phenonemon of body-building. At one point he visited a convention for female body-builders, and some of them were just plain scary. They just looked like short but muscular men with long hair, a splash of make-up and wearing bikinis. The jaw-line and facial structure that this one woman had... Yikes! I was just sitting there muttering at the television, "it must be a man, it must be a man...". Theroux himself commented that some of them had deep voices and stubble. Something to do with the steroids?

As a transvestite and being part of the UK transgender scene, I'm quite used to seeing a blurring of genders, shall we say, but never have I seen anything like that. I can honestly say that you'd get more femininity on a Saturday night at Stormes than you would at one of those female body-builders conventions.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:18 am [edit] 

Sunday, July 29, 2001

The film "Yanks" (1979, starring Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, John Schlesinger) is on telly right now. Can anyone watch Richard Gere these days without thinking of gerbils, I wonder?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:53 pm [edit] 

Saturday, July 28, 2001

Eeeeks! Sun 'n' alcohol... Today mainly consisted of drinking lots of cider out in the sun at the Perch, by the river in Oxford with Gillian and Jenny. And later ice cream and then pizza a bit later. And now I'm so tired out... Need sleep...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:58 pm [edit] 

I haven't been up long yet today, but I just had to come on over to blogsville and record for prosperity that I had the most fabulous plate of mushrooms on toast this morning. Yumtastic, mate!

And to think I've been writing this blog now since March, and I've not yet touched on the topic of toast! It's amazing. Perhaps there was just too much to write so I've been holding back. But... I think I can feel my toast stories coming on.

Stay tuned!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:04 am [edit] 

Friday, July 27, 2001

I did! *G*
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:09 pm [edit] 

Loads of you sick sick people out there have been plaguing me with frantic messages and emails, wanting further details of Jamie Oliver's "Happy Days" tour. *sigh* ... Here's the URL you'll want: http://www.happydayslive.com ... now don't say I didn't warn you.

But here's an opportunity for mischief from that self-same website:
Win Jamie Oliver’s sensational new cookbook!
Send in your cookery questions to Jamie Oliver at www.penguin.co.uk/jamieoliver and you could win one of ten exclusive signed copies of Happy Days with the Naked Chef!
Oh! I'm SO tempted!!! Shall I?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:54 pm [edit] 

I've just been booking tickets for gigs. Super Furry Animals at Brixton Academy on 2 October, and The Damned at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London on 21 August. Splendid! I didn't want to ask Captain Sensible of The Damned to put me on his guest list, this time; I don't want him thinking I'm a scrounging git.

Also, I'm going to see Die So Fluid next week in London, and the following week in Brighton. I'm getting quite excited now that I've got all these gigs lined up. Hurrah!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:19 pm [edit] 

So, I was on the train this morning, and the guy sitting next to me whipped out his mobile phone and starts talking to someone about a psychiatric patient, discussing quite openly the details of the case in full hearing of all the passengers in our section of the carriage. I don't know if the guy was a doctor or some social servives bod, or what, but I thought that was really unprofessional. So much for being discreet, and for keeping a patient's details private! I thought that a patient's right to privacy was considered sacrosanct?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:04 am [edit] 

I finally got the SiteMeter thing installed. Hurrah!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:08 am [edit] 

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Back onto the subject of so-called "reality TV" once again, this is plainly disturbing!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:07 pm [edit] 

Grrrrr... I've been trying to install SiteMeter on this blog, so I can see where the hits are coming from. But can I get the template updated in Blogger satisfactorily? Or even at all? Hell, no...

If anyone has any handy tips, I'd love to hear from you.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:09 pm [edit] 

In lighter news:

King backs down on law against cheeky protests

An African king has abolished the offence of mooning at royalty. King Mswati III of Swaziland was forced to revoke an edict making it an offence to ridicule the royals by baring buttocks. He brought in the rule after a group of women bared their naked bottoms at his brother, Prince Maguga, because they didn't like him as local tribal chief.

The King came under internal and diplomatic pressure to revoke his draconian laws aimed at silencing any criticism of his monarchy. The baring of buttocks is a popular symbol of dissent and disapproval in the kingdom of one million people, bordering South Africa. The King, one of Africa's last absolute monarchs, was determined to stamp out the practice by making it a criminal offence to attempt to impersonate, ridicule or insult the royal family. The King, expected to choose a new wife during the annual Reed Dance of bare-breasted maidens, also banned magazines and papers critical of the monarchy and his government. He revoked the law after internal pressure from trade unionists and diplomatic pressure from the US, reports The Times.

www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_360279.html
And you know who would be pleased about that!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:44 am [edit] 

Protester mourned - "Nearly 1,000 people have attended the funeral in Genoa of Carlo Giuliani, who was shot dead by an Italian policeman during the recent G8 summit." BBC News

This was the protestor who was not only shot down in cold blood (and shot twice, I believe), but just to make sure that he was a dead 'un, the italian police backed their truck over his body. How, exactly, are they going to justify that? Outrageous!

Globalisation stinks. See: pilger.carlton.com/globalisation
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:26 am [edit] 

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

OK... now she has won. I'm glad we've got that settled. Not sure about the drag queen style eyebrows, though.

If you really don't know what I've been talking about today and must find out, click here
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:13 pm [edit] 

Oh, she hasn't won YET... that's my fault for skim-reading that Sun website article. Well... it was The Sun after all... I wasn't going to spend a second longer there than I had to.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 7:44 pm [edit] 

Ohhhhh... she's the woman who won £1M on that Survivor thing on ITV. So-called "reality TV", eh? Yawn.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:16 am [edit] 

Classic front page headline from The Sun (no, I'm not linking to it), that I spied today on the train:
I'M NOT A HARLOT
says Charlotte the harlot

Sounds like they've made their minds up then!

And... I don't even know who this Charlotte is. Is she a soap star, a singer, an It-girl? Or what? I suppose I'm going to have to resort to looking at the Sun's website to find out. Grrrrrr...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:10 am [edit] 

Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Email from Mel:
Thank you... thank you all...

You know, it's times like this that remind me why we all <choke>... why we all got into this business of umm... shoe... quizzes?..... But names aren't important just now, it's the people, the people who count, from the most humble like Jamie Oliver to people like me, who win these awards <wipes small tear from eye>

This Snowdoll Stiletto should really go to them, the ones who knew the answers that I only gave to the quiz. I would rather be here with them, tonight, than with the finest people in the world! And never let us forget that there are still people in this world without access to lip gloss, to laser electrolysis, to even the most basic Manolo Blahnik shoes - yes, there are still people out there who aren't trannies!

I humbly accept this award (and the large cash prize) on their behalf - the day will come when there will be sequins for all!

Thank you, thank you - <choke> - thank you all!

<descends platform to rapturous applause>
What large cash prize? Do you mean? Exactly?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:06 pm [edit] 

My reply to BobbyJo's email:
Hiya BobbyJo

Yes, the cheeky chappie's behaviour is disgraceful, isn't it? I hadn't considered the sinister overtones of that advert. We're given to believe that he's sneaking to the fridge so as to have a sneaky sample of some of the desserts. But perhaps he's just trying to get his fill before HE DRUGS THEM.

Being the foodie that he is, he can't bear the thought of those lovely puds going totally to waste, so he has a few mouthfuls himself - he can't resist - and then he SPIKES them with the SECRET FORMULA (in big letters).

What abhorrent behaviour he is going to get up to with a whole party of drugged and supine dinner guests, I can only hazard a guess. Some kind of EVIL EXPERIMENT, I shouldn't wonder.

The whole thing chills me to the very marrow.

Gina,xxx

posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:08 pm [edit] 

I saw something on the news last night about this new Final Fantasy movie. There's a lot of song and dance being made over it as it is the first film to use computer animation to portray realistic human beings throughout (as opposed to Toy Story, et al, which portrayed imaginary characters). The angle on the news last night, was that it was the first film without any actors, which is patently untrue... are the voices of the characters all computer-generated too? I think not! But anyway, the burning question that I have to ask is:
Why?
If you're making a film and want realistic looking people in it, use real actors for crying out loud. And if you're making a cartoon, then make a bloody cartoon. Don't try to blind us with science. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: computer animation sucks... it's just too squeaky clean and has a very unnatural feel to it, despite all the advances in 3D modelling, etc.

Shrek I don't mind. That film isn't trying to replace live action cinema. It's very much a "cartoon" created with computer graphics, and falls into the Toy Story category as far as I'm concerned.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:15 pm [edit] 

Shoe Quiz - the answers

Remember our little shoe quiz? Well, you've had a week, so time's up!

And the winner is: Mel (cue cheers, round of applause, etc) ... Her answers:
  1. Which quite well known 60s band had a hit with 'Old Brown Shoe', and who wrote it?
    The Beatles, George Harrison

  2. 'Blue Suede Shoes' was a major hit for Elvis Presley, but who originally performed the song?
    Carl Perkins

  3. 'Do you remember, dancing in stilettos in the snow?' Song title and band name please.
    Kayleigh, Marillion (yes, I always wondered who was in stilettos...)

  4. The Stilletoes (sic) evolved into which late 70s/early 80s new wave act?
    The great and marvellous Blondie!

  5. 'Tell me what to do if it all falls through
    Can you point me a direction I can take my shoes?
    '
    What's the song, and who's the band?

    Ice Hockey Hair by the Super Furry Animals

  6. 'Wow! A shoe horn! Just like in the movies! Shoe goes on... shoe goes off... shoe goes on... shoe goes off...'
    Who is this?

    Homer J(ay) Simpson, esq.

  7. What colour were Noddy's shoes? (that is Enid Blyton's Noddy in Toyland, not Noddy Holder of Slade)
    Red (actually, Noddy Holder's were probably red too...)

  8. What was Al Bundy's job in the sitcom 'Married with Children'?
    Shoe salesman at Gary's Shoes (who I can't see being "tranny-friendly", can you?)

  9. Who had a phone in his shoe in the 1960s spoof spy serial 'Get Smart'? (character name & actor)
    Maxwell Smart, as played by Dan Adams (also the voice of Inspector Gadget, y'know...)

  10. Who had a poison-spiked shoe in which James Bond film?
    Rosa Kleb in From Russia With Love (do I get bonus points for knowing that Lotte Lenya played her?)
Well done Mel... Yes, you can have an extra point on question 10 for Lotte Lenya; but no extra points for bringing up Inspector Gadget, or for suggesting that Noddy Holder *might* have worn red shoes (that's just supposition). And you could have picked up an extra point on question 6, if you'd named The Simpsons episode discussed as being "Mr Lisa Goes To Washington".

Just think, Mel, if I'd had some awards made up - a golden stiletto perhaps - then you could have made an acceptance speech, along the lines of: "Thank you... I really don't know what to say, I'm totally overwhelmed... but I'd like to thank all those who made my winning this highly esteemed award possible. I'd like to thank my manager, my agent, all the lovely girls in make-up, my wardrobe department, my manicurist, my hairstylist, and last but not least, Google.com..."
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:27 am [edit] 

BobbyJo has a theory:
Dear Gina

I have just seen the commercial where Jamie is throwing a dinner party and keeps sneaking off to the fridge. Gone is the boyish and cheeky attitude to be replaced by a very sinister and calculating approach to life. I find this very disturbing considering he is about to tour and have access to the public at large. I am very concerned regarding where this may lead. He is displaying certain signs which could be interpreted as symptoms of a complete breakdown. The wild eyes are one of them and lying to friends at the dinner table is another. I don't think the tour will last. It is my opinion that he will be taken away on a fruit and veg' barrow to the nearest looney bin. This will be the case I'm sure unless I miss my mark.

PS. I have recorded the advert' and replay it often to try and find out if there is something even more sinister in there. I think there may be.
Ooh-err! Is Jamie Oliver turning into the Stark Bollock Naked Psycho Chef From Hell? We'll keep you posted.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:04 am [edit] 

Monday, July 23, 2001

Email from BobbyJo in response to the news I reported on Saturday:
This can't be true. It just can't. We just cannot have this guy roaming the country terrorizing innocent people with his cheeky boyish grin and tummy rubbing antics. It really is the limit when people have to rely on this sort of thing for entertainment. It's bad enough on the telly but at least we can change channel, throw a brick at it or just turn it off. Now I suppose we'll see young cheeky types roaming Oxford Street sporting naked chef tour shirts and baseball caps, YUK! I can see it now. Official naked chef merchandise, sweatshirts £40 a throw with all the details on the back. What next? An album of hit recipes set to 'cheeky' music? Pass me the bucket please I feel a discharge of diced carrots coming on!
I don't want to alarm you unnecessarily any further, BobbyJo, but Jamie Oliver's "Cookin': Music to cook by" album already exists! According to Jamie:
"A good blast of these tunes, a nice bit of tukka and some good company is, without sounding like a cheesy git, the recipe for a nice time, happy days".
I hope you found that bucket, BobbyJo.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:39 pm [edit] 

I've just bought the new Super Furry Animals album, "Rings Around The World", and am listening to it now. I actually paid the HMV price for it... well, the stall that sells (cheaper) CDs on Gloucester Green in Oxford wasn't there today, and I was impatient to hear the album. There's been a lot of fuss about this release, as it is the first album to be released simultaneously on DVD and CD. But as I don't have a DVD player I have contented myself with the regular CD version. I'll write a proper review later, but for now let me just say, from what I've heard so far (I'm still listening to it), it's bloody good!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:55 pm [edit] 

Today's nailvarnish is Sparkling Blueberry by Christian Dior.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:03 am [edit] 

Sunday, July 22, 2001

Today I went into Oxford. I nipped into Borders and had a couple of coffees and grabbed a couple of books from the shelves to browse through at my table. Some interesting stuff which I might have to go back and buy. Which probably explains Borders policy of letting you take books into the coffee shop area of the store. Sneaky. (As an aside, I was interested to see that the guy who served me in the Borders cafe was wearing nailvarnish. He was hardly feminine in his appearance, and he had a beard, so was most likely not a tranny like Yours Truly. A Buffy fan possibly?)

Then I met Gillian and Jenny, and we went to some little Malaysian place for lunch. It was one of those buffet lunch affairs, but the food wasn't that wonderful to be honest. The waiter had to encourage us to go and have seconds. We needed no such encouragement that time we went to the Eat As Much As You Like chinese restaurant in Park End Street. We then sat by the river for the while, had an ice cream and chatted, and then went back to Gillian's, and chatted. Somehow Gillian and I got onto the topic of the Loch Ness Monster. She asked me if I believed it really existed and I said No, although I do occasionally like to check the Loch Ness web cams at www.lochness.scotland.net/camera.cfm. Occasionally the currents on the loch make it appear as if there is a "shadow" beneath the surface, so it is very easy to see why people believe that they might have seen something there. But, I think we'd have better evidence if there really was a large dinosaur like creature - or rather a population of such creatures - living in the loch.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:17 pm [edit] 

Saturday, July 21, 2001

In the same magazine, there is an article about Melanie B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, talking about the village she lives in. There is one quote that the magazine editor has chosen to highlight: "I can be away for six months, but when I come home I relax right away". Errrr...Yes? And your point is? Sorry if you think I'm being harsh, but why was that quote picked out by the magazine, as if this Scary person was saying something really profound? It's inane shite!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:18 pm [edit] 

I don't want to alarm you, but I'm afraid I have some quite disturbing news. It seems that the unthinkable has happened. Yes - please brace yourselves - sit down, take deep breaths, you can always hit the hard liquor later - what I have to relate concerns a certain so-called "naked chef", and - this is the really scary bit - his plans to TOUR. This from today's Daily Express Saturday magazine:
The live tour which starts in England before heading out to Australia amd New Zealand, was Jamie's brainchild and represents a new challenge for him. "No one's ever done this before." he says. "There are lots of TV chefs who do lovely books and pretty good programmes and never have contact with the public, but that's not my style."

During the two-hour shows, the stage will be transformed into a mock-up of Jamie's north-London kitchen and spiral staricase, and he will offer live demonstrations of around 10 recipes shown in close-up on large overhead screens.

But, insists Jamie - who munches on chopped up watercress as he talks - the show won't only be about cooking. "Don't for a minute think I'm sitting in a big hall with a cooker and some scrubs," he says.

Each show will follow a storyline involving Jamie and his 'missus', Jules, who will also make her stage debut. "The show is set over two days and will be a kind of mixture of Friends, The Fast Show and The Naked Chef, says Jamie.
Eeeeeeks! It sounds hideous! Like an eternity watching a Sainsbury's advert.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:57 pm [edit] 

You'd think that I'd be able to get a lie-in on a Saturday morning, wouldn't you? But those arse-faced gits from next door woke me up with their bleedin' radio again. Bastards. Then later on when I was downstairs they started playing "music" (I use the term in its loosest possible sense) by the likes of Ricky Martin and Craig David. Vomit!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:43 am [edit] 

Friday, July 20, 2001

Speaking of James Bond, which we were on Wednesday, it's just occurred to me that if you were to take two Bond villains, namely Blofeld and Oddjob, and you were to somehow merge the two into one gestalt entity (insert your own SciFi mumbo jumbo here), then you'd get... Oddfeld. Amazing, innit?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:49 pm [edit] 

Oh, further to what I was saying the other day about that Super Furry Animals song, apparently the little robot from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was called Twiki and the noise he used to make was "Bede bede bede..."
Twiki

What was that noise all about? Was it supposed to be the sound of his hard-drive whirring? Or what?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:31 am [edit] 

In the end the weather stayed fine for us last night at Skip's barbecue. Food was noshed, drink was drunk, stories were told, and a good time was had by all.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:05 am [edit] 

Moon Landings Hoaxed?
BobbyJo says "I have astonishing news. I have discovered incontrovertible proof that we have been hood winked. NASA never landed on the moon! Yes it's true. Certain documentation has come into my possession which reveals the real truth. It was all faked, rocket launches, moon walks, the whole thing. It was all a put up job..."

See for yourselves at: website.lineone.net/~bobbyjosmith/moon21.jpg
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:54 am [edit] 

Thursday, July 19, 2001

Do you want those Shoe Quiz answers yet (see Tuesday), or are there still some of you out there who might possibly want a little more time in which to email me your attempts. [Edit: email address no longer valid]
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:45 pm [edit] 

It's Skip's leaving party tonight... apparently it's a barbecue, but I don't know if the weather is going to hold out. Ol' matey Skip used to be our Managing Director here at work. He's a good sort, and will be missed. Why do I call him Skip? Well, it's a bit of a joke between us... it started in the sense of Skip being short for "Skipper", i.e. Captain, Chief, Numero Uno, whatever. Then it sort of stuck, and he started calling me "my old mate Skip" in turn, which doesn't really work as I'm not the chief. Still, that's the kind of guy he is, he speaks it as he sees it, and I for one will be sorry to see him go.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:41 pm [edit] 

OK... that works quite nicely! I've just updated the template on this blog, and have added the mini picture of me to the beginning of each entry. I just thought that it wasn't obvious, when scrolling quickly through the blog, where one entry ended and the next one began. What do you all reckon?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:12 pm [edit] 

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

This week's James Bond film on ITV is "Diamonds Are Forever", and contains such classic dialogue as:
Girl: "I switched the tape in the machine."
Bond: "You stupid twit, you put the real one..."
(Blofeld's guards grab Bond and girl)
I love that "stupid twit" talk. Bond is totally exasperated by the actions of his companion and that "stupid twit" is the best insult he can come up with. Then a little later on in the movie, Blofeld is heard to cry out "You stupid idiot, you nearly killed me!" Such passion! They don't write scripts like that anymore.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:09 pm [edit] 

The Mirror Project

Hey hey! I've had my photograph submission accepted by The Mirror Project... it's a larger version of the photograph that I used yesterday to illustrate the Shoe Quiz. See: www.mirrorproject.com/mirror/?id=1443
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:03 pm [edit] 

Ooops! I've not updated the "This Month I've Been Mostly Listening To..." thing on the main website for a couple of months now. I first started writing that because I just wanted to write something... and then I started this blog, and it sorta took over. And why not?

But anyway, recently I've been listening to:
  • Super Furry Animals: "Juxtaposed With U". The first thing that strikes me about "Juxtaposed" was that it sounds like the theme for the original series of "Charlie's Angels". It's that string arrangement that does it. There's lots of clever word play going on in the song, which is what we come to expect from the Furries, and the tradmarked Bunf guitar sound. Gruff's vocoderised vocals put me in mind of Craig David (sorry!!!), but of course he doesn't use a vocoder to make his voice go up and down all over the place. Thankfully the chorus is sung in regular Gruff stylee... I don't think I could handle the whole song in vocoder mode. The single also contains two other songs. Track two - "Tradewinds" (the best song out of the three) - starts out sounding like a cross between Tweaky (sp?) the little Robot from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and the theme music from "How". With perhaps a little Rolf Harris thrown in! But it soon turns into a splendid acoustic guitar fuelled Furry song, and the ending with the EBow guitar, electronic bleeps and handclaps is great. Last song, "Happiness is a Worn Pun" (dare I groan?) is classic SFA stomper. And has bizarre lyrics about a Sasquatch. Enough said. I love it.

  • U2: "Elevation". U2 are back on form here with this storming little ditty from the dreaded Tomb Raider flick, although I do worry about some of the rhymes they have used on the lyrics here. Time to get a new rhyming dictionary, I think, lads. ("I am a mole, and I live in a hole..." oh no, that's another song, isn't it?)

  • They Might Be Giants: "Boss of Me". Theme music from the excellent TV show Malcolm in the Middle (which if you haven't seen it, is a bit like the "The Wonder Years" on steroids, and very surreal in places)... an obvious choice of song, perhaps, but I like it!
And I'm looking forward to the new album from Super Furry Animals - "Rings Around The World", plus the new EP from Die So Fluid - "Operation Hypocrite", not to mention the long-awaited new album from The Damned - "Grave Disorder".

"Looking forward to" did I say? More like I'm on tenterhooks waiting impatiently...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:50 am [edit] 

Harvey's in Gloucester Green, Oxford, do real good sarnies! I just had a ciabatta stuffed with so much Emmenthal cheese, salad, etc. Yum! Must have been at least a £'s worth of cheese in there.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:39 am [edit] 

Any more answers for yesterday's Shoe Quiz? Come on, I know you are out there. At Storme's on Saturday, three different people commented to me on my blog. And I know a couple of others who were there that night read it too. So, in one club on a Saturday night, there were - what - 6/7 people who read this thing. Multiply that to everywhere else... all the people on the TG scene who stop by my various websites, the people linking from Blogger, the BlogPhiles webring, etc, etc. Well...there's a few of you out there anyway!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:13 am [edit] 

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

OK, let's have a bit of interactivity from you lot out there! (You blighters, you!) It's time for a quiz, on ... I dunno ... one of my favourite topics: SHOES!Gina's shoes

Gina's Shoe Quiz

  1. Which quite well known 60s band had a hit with 'Old Brown Shoe', and who wrote it?

  2. 'Blue Suede Shoes' was a major hit for Elvis Presley, but who originally performed the song?

  3. 'Do you remember, dancing in stilettos in the snow?'
    Song title and band name please.

  4. The Stilletoes (sic) evolved into which late 70s/early 80s new wave act?

  5. 'Tell me what to do if it all falls through
    Can you point me a direction I can take my shoes?'

    What's the song, and who's the band?

  6. 'Wow! A shoe horn! Just like in the movies!
    Shoe goes on... shoe goes off... shoe goes on... shoe goes off...'

    Who is this?

  7. What colour were Noddy's shoes? (that is Enid Blyton's Noddy in Toyland, not Noddy Holder of Slade)

  8. What was Al Bundy's job in the sitcom 'Married with Children'?

  9. Who had a phone in his shoe in the 1960s spoof spy serial 'Get Smart'? (character name & actor)

  10. Who had a poison-spiked shoe in which James Bond film?
So, get answering!!! The winner will win ... errr... something. Perhaps. Whatever, get those answers to me at gina@sherri-gina.co.uk [Edit: email address no longer valid]
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:23 pm [edit] 

What with the dismal state of modern chart music - Britney Spears, Craig David, Steps, S CLub 7, Hear'Say, etc - I have often speculated that the average teenager has the brains of a four-seat rocking-horse. After having read this article from the BBC News website today, I rest my case.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:09 am [edit] 

You don't see that everyday: I was waiting for my train (I have my own personal train, don't you know) at Didcot station this morning, when a low flying Spitfire passed overhead noisily. I recognised the disctinctive shape of the wings, and the general silhouette - that's the kind of thing you remember from childhood days of messing about with Airfix kits, tubes of glue and acrylic paints, and making a general mess with all of the above.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:27 am [edit] 

Monday, July 16, 2001

And I'll tell you who else is crap. Craig David that's who. It's absolutely astoundingly unfathomable how he manages to sell records; they are just so excrutiatingly BAD. And you'd think that by now he could afford to buy a vocoder, instead of doing all that up and down all over the place stuff with his voice. Grrrr...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 6:31 pm [edit] 

Speaking of religious matters and The Simpsons, do you remember the episode in which Bart sells his soul to Milhouse? Well, this story from the August 2001 issue of the Fortean Times sounds familiar:
Devilish Deal
Using the eBay internet auction site, Adam Burtle offered for sale a "20-year-old Seattle boy's soul, hardly used." A woman in Des Moines, Iowa, secured Mr Burtle's essence for $400 (£285) on 10 February. "I was happy to be past $7.50," said Mr Burtle, an atheist. eBay, based in San Jose, California, suspended him from further auctions.
Surely, this was inspired by The Simpsons?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:55 pm [edit] 

We were treated to two new episodes of The Simpsons on Sky One last night. I liked the scene in the one episode, where Ned Flanders is sitting beside the fire reading a Harry Potter book to his two sons, Rod and Todd: "...and Harry Potter and all of his little friends went straight to Hell for practising witchcraft." (Flanders throws the book on the fire).

So... what does the religious community make of Saint Flanders?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:15 am [edit] 

Ouch! I think I've pulled a muscle, or strained a tendon, or something, in my left leg. I wonder if it's at all related to the fact that I was wearing high heels all Saturday night (and the first time I've worn them for a little while?). Eeeeeks! Don't tell me I'm out of practice.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:04 am [edit] 

Sunday, July 15, 2001

So, in the end yesterday - after a lot of ummmming and ahhhhing - I did do all the fabulous make-up, slipped into a dress and the now legendary 7" high heels and went with Tamsin and Sherri to Storme's after all. And I was kinda glad I did, because it was a good night, and we caught up with loads of people who we've not seen for a long time. (Last time we all went was Sherri's birthday back in May). It was weird; the club was not exactly well populated until sometime after 11 o'clock and then suddenly people seemed to arrive all at once, and before we knew it the place was absolutely heaving. Tamsin pointed out that, what with the light nights at this time of year, possibly some people didn't like to leave home until it got dark. Bit sad that, but there you go.

We stayed at Tamsin's in Tottenham again, so were able to have a lie in this morning, plus fabulous brekkie courtesy of Tamsin. (Thanks Hunni!) And not a lot else to say really... just travelled back home this afternoon, and watched the telly. That's about it today really. I'd write some amusing anecdotes if I could get my brain into gear, but I'm not feeling that sharp at the moment. Perhaps tomorrow.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:29 pm [edit] 

Saturday, July 14, 2001

Feeling too tense to be going into London.

Where's that photo of Jamie Oliver and where's the dartboard?...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:27 am [edit] 

Friday, July 13, 2001

Stressed, stressed, stressed, stressed, stressed...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:48 pm [edit] 

Thursday, July 12, 2001

"You Only Live Twice", arguably the greatest of all the James Bond movies, was on telly last night. It's good to see Sean Connery when he's not doing a bad impression of himself with that ridiculous affected Scots accent. And of course, the musical score for that film is fabulous... actually, I wan't really watching the film that closely (I've seen it scores of times), I was listening to it. And am I the only person who can no longer listen to the theme music of this film without thinking of Robbie Williams' "Millenium"?

This film, released back in 1967, illustrates quite superbly why I HATE modern movies so much. With a film like "You Only Live Twice" the suspension of disbelief required of the viewer actually works! Look at those amazing sets... the rocket-launching base inside a hollowed out volcano for instance. That was a real set - they fly a bloody helicopter into it for crying out loud. You can see it's real. These days all that would be done with - *YAWN* - computer generated graphics. And they suck. Big time.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:51 pm [edit] 

Errrr... I've forgotten what I was going to say now...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:40 pm [edit] 

I've made a couple of new entries to my other blog, that is, the TG News, Gossip and Links blog that is part of the Sherri and Gina website. So, no complaints that I talk about any old crap on here instead of just tranny stuff.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:41 am [edit] 

Wednesday, July 11, 2001

...and on a related topic, here's a picture of Jamie Oliver done up like an enormous yellow canary, and his dear wifey Jules trying to teach him to talk proper.
Jules and Jamie

(I reckon she's got a cuttlefish concealed in her hand there, and she's teasing him with it!)

Email me your captions for this photo, please!!!
(you know you want to!)
[Edit: email address no longer valid]
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:05 pm [edit] 

This is wonderful... I love stuff like this, haven't laughed so much in ages...
Parakeet training record

For details of the Parakeet Training Record (Hey, it's got to be better than listening to Britney Spears) and much much more vinyl lunacy see Frank's Vinyl Museum - The Internet Home of Weird Records

(thanks to Adam at Radio Mookie for the link!)

posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:31 pm [edit] 

Bill Bryson writing about getting lost in a hire car in Oxford:
"...At least it gave me a chance to see the little-known but intriguing Potato Marketing Board building at Cowley, into whose car park I pulled to turn around when I realized I was utterly lost. The building was a substantial 1960s edifice, four storeys high and large enough, I would have guessed, to accommodate 400 or 500 workers. I got out to wipe the windscreen with some pages torn from an owner's manual I found in the glove box, but was soon staring at the arresting grandeur of the Potato Marketing Board HQ. The scale of it was quite astounding. How many people does it take to market potatoes, for goodness' sake? There must be doors in there marked 'Department of King Edwards' and 'Unusual Toppings Division', people in white shirts sitting around long tables while some guy with a flip chart is telling them about exciting plans for the autumn campaign for Pentland Squires. What a strange circumscribed universe they must live in. Imagine devoting the whole of your working life to edible tubers, losing sleep because somebody else was made No. 2 in Crisps and Reconstituteds or because the Maris Piper graph is in a tailspin. Imagine their cocktail parties. It doesn't bear thinking about."
Notes From a Small Island, Bill Bryson
Well, a few years back, I used to live just around the corner from the Potato Marketing Board building mentioned here, and I always thought how wonderful it was. I used to dream of getting a job there; occassionally I would see adverts for vacancies with them in the local press, but it has to be said, the wages quoted were hardly brilliant. Byson says "Imagine devoting the whole of your working life to edible tubers..." but those of us who work in marketing very often end up having to promote products far less exciting than that (and don't I know it!), things that are very difficult to get enthusiastic about. I remember having a conversation with some friends years ago about all the exciting possibilities a potato would have to offer, and how fun it would be to market. You've got mashed, boiled, chipped, croquets, baked, roasted, chips, fries, crisps, gnoci... all sorts of options (that's just the tip of the iceberg... we spent hours talking about the various things you could do with potatoes). What also appealed to me about the Potato Marketing Board was the sense of the surreality surrounding it. It sounded like it was an organization that belonged in an episode of The Goon Show.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:23 pm [edit] 

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

There were loads and loads of videos going cheap at the sale in HMV (I was having a browse just now, you see), but there was absolutely bugger all that I wanted. Typical. I really want to get hold of "The Mosquito Coast" and "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" on video, but don't fancy forking out £30 for the pair of them. And "20,000 Leagues" is hard to get hold of anyway. So, that was poo.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:57 am [edit] 

Monday, July 09, 2001

I'm still trying to decide if I should fabulize myself this weekend and go out somewhere Saturday night. Now the weather is a bit cooler, it might actually be bearable wearing make-up. But... not sure. I'm going to think on it.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:43 pm [edit] 

I just bought the new Super Furry Animals single "Juxtaposed With U", and ... well... I like the two "B-side" tracks, but don't think much of the main song. It has strings and all sorts of overproduction going on in the mix. Perhaps it'll grow on me. I mean, I was rather alarmed when I first heard "Northern Lights" with its horns and steel drum calypso feel, but I love that song now. Whatever, I still think I prefer their sound when it's in a rawer form, such as on the last album, the welsh-language "Mwng".
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:14 pm [edit] 

Zzzzzzzzzz... This morning saw a repeat of last week's trip from Annie's in Essex, to Liverpool Street, across London to Paddington, and to Oxford and work. Bah! and Yawn! I was listening to the MC5 on my CD walkman in a desperate attempt to keep myself awake. I didn't want to end up in Banbury or Great Malvern or someplace that I have no knowledge of. As it was, I had already missed the train to Oxford at Paddington by 30 seconds, and was mega-late getting into work. Grrrrr at those pesky slow-walking getting-in-the-way type people in front of me.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:00 am [edit] 

Friday, July 06, 2001

The internet. It's a laugh, innit? Well, errrmmm... what I mean to say is, is it just me, or do you get bored with the internet these days too? Its potential and scope is virtually unlimited, but I find myself just doing the same things on it, day in, day out. I check my mail, check the stats on my websites and follow through a few referring URLs, write an entry or two in my blog, check mail again, check a couple of message boards I frequent, check for more email and possibly check for new guestbook signings, read the latest entries in a couple of my favourite blogs, check mail again... and then I'm bored.

At one point I made a resolution to find an interesting new website every day. That didn't last long. Is it too much effort to surf the web? Can we really be arsed? There must be something that I can do on the internet that I haven't already done; something other than going into a David Bowie chat room using the identity Mary Sconsters (now there's an idea; I wonder what reception I'd get). But all I can think of is I'd like to order pizza on the internet (I believe Dominos Pizza allow you to do this). I'd like to see how quickly they could deliver after having sent through an electronic order. I wonder if you can make a virtual pizza on the website, adding all your favourite toppings: mushrooms, onions, anchovies, black olives... and then get it delivered. I really must try that out one of these days. But, it's not really groundbreaking stuff, is it?

[I've just checked the Dominos site, and it looks like you CAN order pizza on-line. I didn't get as far as to find out if you can make a virtual pizza on-screen first, because the website wanted me to register, and I don't actually want a pizza right now, I was just intrigued by the concept. And I want to avoid the inevitable spam mail; the junk mail I get through my letter box at home from this company alone is bad enough, I don't want it all repeated in email format.]
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:36 pm [edit] 

Thursday, July 05, 2001

I've just been out for a wander, and to get a sandwich. Coming back to the office I saw a white van, with BIG red lettering painted on its side boldy proclaiming:
         WE BUYcollect
YOUR USED OIL
i.e. "buy" was crossed out and "collect" was scrawled in above. They may as well have printed: "We USED to give you money for it, but fuck you, if you want rid of that smelly nasty used oil, you're gonna have to give it away for nothing, and think yourself lucky that we don't charge you for the trouble of taking it away."

Even more worrying was the next line of red text painted onto the side of the van:
WE ALSO SELL COOKING OIL
This I found quite alarming. Would you buy cooking oil from these people? It'd be a dark grungy brown colour and would have blackened crispy bits of uncertain origin floating around in it.

So... that was fun.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:26 pm [edit] 

Hhhhmmm... Not sure about this. I was checking my stats for referring URLs, and I found this entry: http://uk.geocities.com/sarah_hayes_uk/links.html. It's a list of links to transgender home pages, but in an unusual twist, Sarah Hayes has decided to categorise the links thusly:
Astoundingly Beautiful, Extremely Beautiful, Tremendously Beautiful, Really Beautiful, Very good-looking, Good-looking, Fairly good-looking, Very pretty, Pretty, Fairly pretty, Unclassified, Under Assessment.
Controversial! I think the shit will hit the fan if that gets out into the TG community. I fared better than some lovely T* girls that I know, and managed to get into the "Very good-looking" category. I dunno... and all this from someone who hides her face in her own photos. Sorry Sarah, but I don't like it.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:10 am [edit] 

I've just thought of something WORSE than flip-flops: Jamie Oliver in flip-flops! Aaarrrggghhh!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:41 am [edit] 

Anyway... last night's drinky-poos and scofferoonies with Gillian and Jenny... We started in the Wig & Pen (ghastly pub, but the beer's cheap from 5 to 7 pm). The telly was on, and everyone was glued to some bloody tennis thing. Wimbledon or some crap like that, and there was some guy playing, some guy who's supposed to be a local lad, apparently, Chicken Boy or something like that? (Hen Man?) Apparently he did well, and there was much cheering. Bored the hell out of me. Also, friend of Jenny's came along too, name of Louise (I think). A nice lass, can talk for Britain, but was - rather disturbingly - wearing a pair of pink flip-flops! Yikes!

Then we went on to this new All You Can Eat chinese restaurant in Park End Street. Uh-oh! Good food a-plenty! Did you ever hear the expression, "eyes bigger than your stomach"? Whoops!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:38 am [edit] 

Nicole at www.harmonyblue.com has kindly linked through to my site. She emailed me yesterday too, which was nice, 'cos none of you other buggers ever bothers anymore, do you? And there's me thinking up all these interesting talking points, like the Brewster's Millions thing yesterday. You're just apathetic. Tsh!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:29 am [edit] 

Wednesday, July 04, 2001

Oh! Oh! Oh!... I've just thought of some crap I can write about. Do you remember that film Brewster's Millions? Actually, it's been made and re-made loads of times, but the version I was thinking about is the 1985 re-make starring Richard Pryor. Anyway, the basic premise is:
Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one.
The Internet Movie Database
ANYWAY... I was discussing this with Annie the other day, and was wondering:

Given the same circumstances, how would YOU go about disposing of your millions? (You can email me on this topic if you like...)

Having worked in publishing I came up with one quite novel way of spending money. I'd take out very expensive full-page colour advertisements in all the major newspapers and magazines... but here's the catch: there wouldn't be any product! It'd just be like pictures of, say, a lampost, or a random dog scratching itself, or just abstract stuff with absolutely no point, no product to endorse or message to get across. It'd be an anti-advert... an advert for nothing. And furthermore the artwork could be commissioned at ludicrous cost from the leading lights of the art world... and it would all be pointless. And of course, the concept could be extended to include television commercials for no product too. I reckon it'd be quite easy to lose £30m very quickly that way! No product would equal no assets. And it wouldn't be wasting the money as such, as it'd be money spent on the services of artists, photographers, film-makers, etc. (We would have to build it into their contracts that they own the rights to their own artwork though!) I love the idea. And it fits in quite well with my hatred for the way that, wherever we go, whatever we do, we get adverts for products we don't want shoved down our throats.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:02 pm [edit] 

Errrrmmmm... Hello. I'm desperately trying to think of something to post for today's blog entry, and am coming up with nothing. Hence this cop-out of an entry you are scanning with your peepers right now. What's new? Well... nowt much really, but here's a disjointed list of stuff: it's still hot in an oppressive sweaty kinda way (I want a thunderstorm please!) ... was listening to my Daniel Ash "Best Of..." CD-R on the way to work this morning (inc solo stuff, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail, Bauhaus) ... the hayfever and itchy eyes thing is still bugging me ... there's a trendy shoe shop in Gloucester Green which has the most gorgeous pair of heels that I WANT but there's no way I'll get them in my size (Grrrrr...) ... I had to pay my telephone and television bills this lunchtime so that was scary ... there's still far too many women out and about wearing flip-flops ... work is boring the pants off me ... emails are sparse again ... summer sales are approaching ... I'm thinking about going to Storme's the weekend after next but haven't got a clue what I'll wear (especially if this hot'n'sticky weather keeps up) ... Oh, and I'm meeting Gillian and Jenny tonight for some drinkies and some yummy munching too.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:39 pm [edit] 

Tuesday, July 03, 2001

I finished reading Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" last night. Grrrrrr... another book with a storyline that just fizzled out at the end, and just left the reader (i.e. me) with a kind of "Oh..." feeling. So, if art imitates life, then does this mean that whatever happens to you in life, however exciting, however much you think "I'm going to write this up into a book one-day", that what you're going to eventually end up with is banality? Oh...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:54 am [edit] 

Thanks to Adam at Radio Mookie (one of my fave blogs) for giving us another plug.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:40 am [edit] 

Monday, July 02, 2001

No, I didn't go to the Mardi Gras. That's not my bag, baby. I have nothing against the gay community at all, but I don't think we should reinforce in the eyes of the general public that transgenderism is all part of the greater gay phenomenon. Just my opinion. I'll shut up now.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:26 pm [edit] 

This morning I had to travel to Oxford all the way from Essex, via London. Observing the commuters on the underground, I noticed that there were quite a few women very smartly dressed except for the fact that they were wearing flip-flops. These must be one of the most dreadful forms of footware ever devised. Please tell me that flip-flops aren't fashionable. They certainly aren't fabulous. Flip-flops being fashionable makes about as much sense as micro-scooters being a trendy must-have accessory.

Later, I found this story on www.ananova.com:

Transsexuals' seduction tip: Don't wear flip-flops

Italian transsexuals have issued seduction advice for women. A transsexual association says Italian men are more attracted by foreign tourists during the summer. It says Italian women should stop wearing flip flops all the time as they were neither stylish nor sexy.

www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_341624.html?menu=news.weirdworld.sexlife

posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:50 pm [edit] 

I'm back, having spent another weekend with Annie. On Saturday we went out to Southend, and went to the cinema (which is something I hardly ever do) where we saw Bridget Jones's Diary which we both enjoyed. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments. But why is the subject of thirty-somethings trying to sort out their lives and relationships so very popular in fiction right now? I'm reading Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" at the mo, and that has a similar theme, although from the male angle this time. Or perhaps such fiction has always been popular and I'm only noticing it because I'm that age myself. Anyway, after the cinema we went out for a chinese meal. Very nice.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:41 pm [edit]