I've been listening to this new Madonna album (not the "What the fuck do you think you are doing?" version downloaded from the internet) and I know that it's had a bit of a slating in the press, but I like it. Having said that, I'm not too sure about the raps she insists on doing on a couple of the songs including the title track. My fave track is "I'm So Stupid". Some nice guitaring there.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:00 am
A pair of ruby-encrusted sandals with a price tag of £1m have gone on sale at Harrods. Stored in a bullet-proof case and under round-the-clock guard, the size three-and-a-half shoes went on sale on Monday at the store in Knightsbridge, central London.
With 642 round and oval rubies totalling more than 120 carats, the four-and-a-half inch stilettos are unlikely to be an impulse buy.
Designed by Stuart Weitzman they are said to be inspired by the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
Shoe fanatics with £1m to spare should visit the Kurt Geiger ladies shoe department on the first floor.
Less wealthy shoppers might want to consider the limited edition Swarovski crystal replicas, also on sale at £250.
Children's charities including Francis House Children's Hospice in Manchester, Zoe's Place in Liverpool and the New School at West Heath in Kent, will receive £100,000 from the sale.
A Harrods spokesman said: ""Every girl grew up knowing the magic of the ruby slippers and Stuart Weitzman has created the fairy tale shoe."
Huh! Even if I did find a misplaced million down the back of my sofa they'd be no use to me in that titchy size!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:06 pm
Monday, April 28, 2003
Someone wake me up
Sorry, I've not posted this weekend. Mind, I haven't really got very much to tell. Most of the weekend I felt very sleepy; it was a real effort to keep my eyes open. At one point on Saturday I went to my room and sat on the bed with the cat who was dozing there and before I knew it I had joined him in the Land of Nod.
The Guardian crossword on Saturday was a bastard. I usually either manage to finish it, or else finish minus one or two clues. This time I couldn't even half complete it.
Saturday night there was poo on the telly. No, the cat hadn't been doing his business where he shouldn't have, I mean the quality of the programming of the various TV companies was rather poor. I watched the Father Ted episode Speed 3 in which Father Dougal takes a job as a milkman, only to find there is a bomb on board his milk float which will detonate if he goes under 4 miles per hour. Then, rather fittingly, I watched the movie of Speed 2 which was on ITV2. What a silly film. I think the Father Ted episode was superior to be honest, and I don't remember Sandra Bullock being quite that irritating in the original film.
Sunday was also a quiet day. I had a visit from a guy who was buying the bass guitar I was selling on eBay. The auction had finished Saturday and he was so keen that he wanted to come and collect it. And who was I to argue? He was paying cash after all. Hurrah! One hundred smackeroonies! I'm going to need those this week.
Indeedlets. A busy week ahead. Work Monday and Tuesday as per bloody usual. Then I have a few days off, so Wednesday I will be travelling to Brighton where I shall meet Louisa and the Teasing LuLu girls and then we shall all go on to Worthing to see The Damned at the Pavillion. The girls are going to be the support band, so I may try to take some more photos for their website.
Wednesday night I'm going to stay over in Brighton and then return home Thursday morning. I have to email my boss at work a report by the end of the week, so either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning I have to go into work for a half day. Then Friday afternoon I'm off to Wales to the parents for the bank holiday weekend.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:45 pm
Friday, April 25, 2003
Been to the quack's
So, I went to see the doctor last night. He said I need to keep taking the medication for another three months, and after that we can start reducing the dosage and weaning me off them.
Thankfully, I'm quite happy to stay teetotal for the duration. I haven't really missed drinking anywhere as much as I thought I would. When I was in Wales back in February, now and again my parents would have a glass of wine and I wished that I could have had one too, but other than that it has not been something that has preoccupied my thoughts.
What does worry me about staying on the medication is the continuing headaches and tiredness. Still, things are a lot better than they were, so hopefully they will diminish some more.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:18 pm
Thursday, April 24, 2003
P***ing it down
It's rainy Thursday! It looks like I'm going to need scuba diving gear to get home tonight.
What a strange month this has been weather wise. Last Thursday - one week ago - it was bright and sunny and really hot summery weather. The previous Thursday it was snowing. I think we must be having a year's worth of weather all in one month.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:41 pm
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Ooh! I've just noticed, the counter on this blog has gone over the 50,000 mark. Wow, that's pretty impressive; that's 10,000 hits since January!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:39 pm
Recently on Tuesday nights I've been watching a programme on one of the cable channels, Most Haunted on Living TV. It's quite an entertaining programme in which the presenters and a delightfully over-the-top medium called Derek Acorah visit haunted buildings around the country, and try to make contact with the spooks and spirits.
Inevitably this means lurking around in darkened cellars with infra-red cameras trained on the presenters. Yvette Fielding, who used to be on Blue Peter, is hilarious because she gets so scared and always manages to experience something, a presense touching her, or a disembodied voice whispering in her ear. "Did you do that?" she'll ask the cameraman, or the sound guys. Basically it's a group of people scaring themselves in the dark. With very little evidence on video to convince us that there really are ghosts at large, it is still essential viewing as it speaks volumes about the nature of belief.
Last night's episode did actually capture some quite interesting footage: a chair and a bed that moved on their own accord in an empty room. But usually it's just the same old light phenomena and "orbs". I find it hard to tell the difference between the orbs and the lights from the camera equipment or the pocket torches (flashlights) being used by the presenters.
Actually, if "orbs" really are indicative of the presence of spirits, then there must have been loads of ghosts at the Teasing LuLu gig the other night, because I caught loads of orbs on the photos I took. For example, in this photo it looks as if Louisa is about to headbutt a particularly bright orb.
I wonder if that venue (The Archway) is haunted. Perhaps we should send the Most Haunted team there.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:24 pm
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
The other thing I did this extended weekend was to watch a totally unhealthy number of episodes of The Osbournes as I'd bought the video of the first season last weekend and MTV have been having an Osbournes marathon over the last couple of days.
I spent the rest of my time going around swearing my head off. Whoops, think some bad habits are rubbing off on me.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:14 pm
Monday, April 21, 2003
So much for the holiday, because I haven't really done anything. I've been totally drained of energy, and this morning, for instance, I found it nigh on impossible to get myself out of bed. The point is that I haven't really wanted to do anything. I think it's my body's way of telling me that it just wants to take things easy and recuperate.
However, Friday night at the Teasing LuLu gig was fun. As I've already said Tamsin didn't turn up (she'd apparently fallen asleep - must have been exhausted), so I was sitting there on my own in the pub beforehand, watching this little electric train (or tram, I think) go back and forth on its track up on a beam near the ceiling, and luckily for me Captain turned up, which was a relief as I was feeling conspicuous there all on my own nursing a pint of orange juice and lemonade. So, we had a chat about things and gradually a few more people turned up, and then the Teasing LuLu girls themselves appeared. After a bit we went through to the back and watched the girls' set. I was extremely impressed: their playing was good, Lucy's singing and Louisa's backing vocals were excellent, and they had a bunch of catchy songs such as "I Don't Wanna Be Your Waitress", "Professional Daughter" (about the likes of Kelly Osbourne and Jade Jagger), "Rock 'n' Roll Boy" and the wonderfully titled "Girls Go Guitar Shopping".
Captain and I both took loads of photos and hopefully some of these will be turning up on the Teasing LuLu website soon.
Saturday morning I felt awful. I felt as if I had a full blown hangover, but as I don't drink these days and had only been on the orange juice this was an impossibility. I suppose the whole evening had been quite adventurous given my recent state. Still, on the whole I am feeling a lot better now and am getting back to my old self. I'm off to see the Doctor again on Thursday, so we'll see what he has to say about my condition.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:41 pm
Saturday, April 19, 2003
Just got in...
...from the Teasing LuLu gig. Most enjoyable. I was a bit worried about getting home afterwards what with all the upheaval with the trains, Paddington station being shut, etc, but I made it home OK. Just had an email from Louisa to say thanks for coming, so it seems that she and Cap must have got back to Brighton at the same time.
Dunno what happened to Tamsin. She never showed up. I hope she's OK. I was kicking myself for not having a note of her mobile number with me.
Will write more about the gig later. I need to go to bed first!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:13 am
Friday, April 18, 2003
Bunnies, chocolate eggs, etc etc...
Wow! A whole four days off work in a row! Great!
Not that I've got anything much planned, other than for tonight. Tonight I'll be going into London, meeting Tamsin and going to The Archway to see the lovely Teasing LuLu featuring a friend of ours - Louisa - on bass guitar.
The rest of the weekend... well, I dunno. If the weather keeps up perhaps I'll just laze about in the garden.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:34 pm
Thursday, April 17, 2003
If the shoe fits
There's an interesting article in today's Independent which tries to explain why women need so many pairs of shoes: Heart and Sole.
Personally I've got over four crates full of the things!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:35 am
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
On the way home from work today I had an ice cream. And I felt I'd earnt it. I'm not usually one to talk about my job here on this blog, but today I'll make an exception as I am feeling pretty damn pleased with myself.
At midday today our new website - the one I've been working on for AGES - went live. I then sent an email around the whole company informing everyone of this fact. Soon after I'd sent the email I received a booking for a course we are holding in New York; that is a booking which had been made through the new website which had only been online for about an hour.
I'm not normally one to blow my own trumpet, but there are times and places for trumpet blowing and this was one, so I sent around another email telling everyone that we'd already had a booking. No sooner had I sent that email than another booking comes in! Wow! That's over $1800 of business from the new website in its first two hours of existence. Needless to say I was going around with a grin like a cheshire cat all afternoon.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 5:17 pm
... and RELAX
Today, the website I have been working in the ol' day job goes live. Hurrah! It was scheduled for the beginning of this year, but then I was sick, took lots of time off, etc, and things were unavoidably delayed. Going live is the culmination of over nine months' work on this project and I can't put into words how happy I am to be at the end of it.
Sure, there'll be little bits and pieces to tweak, and I'll have to "hold its hand" for the first couple of weeks, make sure everything is running smoothly, but I can feel the stress evaporating like Scotch mist. Or something.
Also, this means I'll be able to take some HOLIDAY soon. More Hurrahs!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:44 am
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Nice to see Rob Brydon (of Marion and Geoff fame) presenting Top Of The Pops 2 this week. The show is much better with him on it, and you don't get those annoying smartarse comments scrolling across the screen when you are trying to watch a clip. I think I'l write to the BBC and suggest they sack Steve Wright and keep Rob Brydon on for good.
A special treat tonight was a clip of Sparks performing "This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us", one of my favourite songs.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 7:09 pm
Monday, April 14, 2003
I'm about 99.9% finished on the website project at work - should be able to launch it this week. Today I was just finishing up all the little last minute details. Come lunch time and I felt really awful - had a terrible headache and just wanted to go home and go to bed, but I stayed on at work because I was so close to the end of the project and wanted to get as much done today as I could.
I left work at 4:15 and just made it to the station in time to run onto the train - clearly indicated as being the one that stopped at Didcot on the screen on platform 1.
Except that it didn't stop at Didcot. It was the London train and the first stop was Reading. I was livid. It was 6:00p.m. before I got home - the last thing I needed when I was feeling so poorly.
In other news, I got a bank statement and luckily there were no spurious amounts of money missing from my bank account following the loss of my Switch card. Oh, and more good news that I forgot to share, I had the all clear from the Doctor's with regards to my blood test, so that's a weight off my mind.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 7:15 pm
Sunday, April 13, 2003
Well, I've had a rather quiet weekend doing not much really. I've been working quite hard at work this last week and I think it's worn me out a bit. Coming home Friday night on the train, I was very nearly dropping off to sleep in the carriage.
The weekend has consisted mainly is having a good old kip, reading (currently Little People by Tom Holt), playing guitar and watching videos. I popped into Tesco and took advantage of their el cheapo video prices and have been re-watching the first season of The Osbournes and tonight I watched One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams.
I keep intending to write more on this blog. Whenever I'm away from the computer I think of amusing things that I can write about, but as soon as I log onto Blogger it's gone.
I will get back on track soon folks. Yes, I know I was out and about last weekend - that was really hard work and I think I pushed myself a bit much back then and perhaps that's why I'm suffering now from exhaustion.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:16 pm
Friday, April 11, 2003
I got to work this morning and found that my lunch box had leaked into my bag, and there was pesto sauce from my pasta salad coating the inside of the bag.
I will have to go home tonight smelling of basil. I suppose there's worse aromas, so I should count my lucky stars.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:53 am
Ooh! It's snowing.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:13 am
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
This site gave me a few laughs: UglyDress.com - Archive of the world's ugliest bridesmaids dresses. I think I've seen a few of those dresses at Storme's. (Link via Mookie)
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:01 pm
Yesterday I tried phoning my local branch of NatWest so I could ask them to send me a new Switch card to replace the one I lost on Monday. Well, for starters I ended up talking to someone in a call centre and not at my branch at all; so much for their adverts which say you can call your own branch on the telephone.
The stupid woman on the phone would not process my request because she said she couldn't clear me for security as I hadn't answered one of the three security questions. These were (1) Do you know your online banking PIN (answer: No, I have never banked online), (2) What is your overdraft limit (answer: I don't know at the moment because you people are always changing it and I have no paperwork with me at the moment with which to check), and (3) Can you name any of your Direct Debits and the amount (answer: No, I don't have a bank statement to hand and there is no way I can remember a seemingly arbitrary amount of money. I'm number dyslexic for crying out loud).
The woman made me feel really bad about this ("Most people can answer at least one of those questions"), and more or less implied that I was a complete idiot. Whatever happened to Date of Birth? / Mother's Maiden Name? etc?
And if I was an imposter pretending to be me, what would I have to gain by ordering the real me a new Switch card? All the bank would need to do would be to check my records, see that I had a card reported lost on Monday and duly cancelled, and then to send out a new card to the holder of that account. Where would be the damage?
Today I went into the Oxford High Street branch of NatWest and made the same request. It couldn't have been easier. I only had to give my name, account and sorting codes, and wave a NatWest credit card at them for proof of identity, and that was it. (The girl on the phone yesterday had told me that I wouldn't be able to do this. Stupid cow.)
Red tape for the sake of it. Pathetic.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:39 pm
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Not too happy at the moment as I have managed to lose my Switch card. I went to Tesco last night to do some shopping, got to the checkout and discovered I didn't have my card. I must have lost it at lunchtime when I nipped into Oxford centre. There's two places I could have lost it, either the Post Office or Marks and Spencers. I really hope it was the latter as it's more likely to be handed in there, whereas the Post Office on St Aldates is frequented by some very scummy people I'm afraid to say.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:04 am
Monday, April 07, 2003
On Saturday Annie and I went into London. After a bit of a wander we went to the Odeon in Wardour Street to see Bowling For Columbine, the documentary by Michael Moore which should be compulsory viewing for everyone. Especially Americans. It was a really powerful film, and I can't praise it highly enough. Seek it out and go see it.
We then went to a Chinese restaurant and had the set Vegetarian menu. However, we were seated in a rather unfortunate position as we were right by the entrance so that whever anyone came in or went out we'd get a blast of cold night air. Also, being by the door meant we'd get people queueing up to be seated standing too close to our table for comfort. I hate it when people do that; it is so ignorant. I deliberately put my foot out and tripped up one ignoramus who was standing so close to our table that I thought he was about to sit on my plate. Served the bastard right.
After that we were going to go find a gig to watch - there were a few bands playing in the area - but by then I'd taken my pill and the effects had started to kick in and I was feeling tired, so we just went back to Annie's.
On Sunday I had fun and games coming home. On the first part of the journey there was a delay in Ilford. Judging by the number of police and ambulance people on the track just outside the station, it looked like it may have been a suicide. Very sad.
Then of course there were engineering works on the Circle / Hammersmith and City lines, so I had to get from Liverpool St to Paddington using the Central and Bakerloo lines, and at Paddington I caught a homeward bound train straightaway, but which unfortunately stopped just 6 miles outside of London (I know it was 6 miles as the 6 miles marker at the side of the track was right opposite my window) due to some kind of mechanical failure.
Eventually I got home though, and the li'l Kitty was pleased to see me, although he did seem to be a bit smelly. It turned out that he had a smelly ear - he had something brown and dried looking on it. I hate to think what he'd been doing or where he'd been to get that. After he insisted to sit on the arm of the sofa right next to my head as I watched 24 - I decided it was high time that he had his ear washed, so I fetched a wet cloth and gave it a good scrub. Which he took in good humour, and made hardly any fuss. I thought he'd turn round and scratch me, but he was very well bahaved and let me wash him. Perhaps the smell was bugging him too.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:46 pm
Friday, April 04, 2003
Got the Marilyn Manson tickets! Thanks Clare!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:46 am
Does anyone know what's on in London this weekend? Any cool gigs happening, or any exhibitions worth going to see, etc.
Don't tell me about tranny clubs. I know all about them and anyway I'm a bit bored with that scene at the moment.
I can't find any decent "What's On" websites. Has anyone tried Time Out's website? It's a joke.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:28 pm
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Back at work again today. I didn't really want to have to go back, but if I were to stay off any longer I'd need a Doctor's note.
Just now I nipped into Oxford centre, as I needed to go to the post office. It's horrible in town this lunchtime, as it seems every gormless French child in the Universe has descended upon Oxford. There were so many of the little turds just getting in the way whilst wandering around aimlessly or else trying to walk straight through me as if I was composed of gas.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:54 pm