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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Sorry I'm late, we weren't going slow enough

Today I was late for work because my train (which had departed on time) was going too fast! But surely that would get you to work quicker, you're thinking, aren't you? Well, not if the train is going too fast approaching a signal and this triggers the safety override in the train which automatically cuts the power and applies the brakes! We were standing around motionless for at least 15 minutes. The train driver explained the situation over the tannoy, adding that it might be some consolation to us to know that the safety equipment works. Flippin' cheeky git.

Still very busy at work. And I have a lot to do at home too, as I still haven't packed for my holiday. Indeed I may well be too busy to post to the blog tomorrow, so if I go off without saying goodbye, I'll apologise in advance.

I found out my train times for Saturday. My first train leaves at 07:55 so I'm going to have to be up mega early.

If I get the chance I will post again before Saturday, but if not, I'll squeaK to you all in a couple of weeks.

Gina,x
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:28 pm [edit] 

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Not posting and HOLIDAYS!

Apologies once again for not posting for a couple of days on this blog... and just when I'd started getting back into it again too.

The thing is, I'm on holiday as of Saturday and I've had quite a few deadlines to meet at work before the end of this week is out. Thankfully the end IS in site, so I'm certainly not going to get all stressed out or anything like that.

Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to post when I'm away, so the blog will be playing "statues" for possibly up to two weeks!

But ... Hey, I'm going on holiday! And am really looking forward to it.

Gina,x
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:21 pm [edit] 

Monday, July 28, 2003

Weekend

I had quite a full weekend, although most of Saturday was spent playing about with the new DVD player. I went to the local electric shop to buy another scart cable so I could connect the telly, VHS and DVD all together, and while there I found a copy of "Moulin Rouge" for a fiver, so most the afternoon was spent watching that, and all the extra footage, etc.

I spent most of Sunday out in the garden, seeing as it wasn't raining, working at the Black and Decker Workmate on one of my guitar projects. I got a lot done, and did some good work on it.

In the evening I had another little drink. I'd bought this beer from Tesco called Badger's Golden Glory which was lovely - had a taste of peaches about it.

I also had a bath. I've recently taken to having a bath on a Sunday night, as I find it a very relaxing way to round off the weekend. I'm normally a shower person, because they are quick and convenient, but sometimes it's nice to take things slow, to lay back and relax.

So, not a lot of exciting news there, but I kept myself busy, so that's good.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:17 pm [edit] 

Friday, July 25, 2003

Bring myself into the future

When I got home from work tonight I found that my DVD player had turned up, so I've been playing with that most of tonight, despite only having Super Furry Animals and Goldfrapp DVDs. It's quite an impressive machine actually - can play MP3 CDs which is interesting - but I'm still finding my way around it. Tomorrow I'll go buy another scart cable so I can connect it and the telly up with the VHS.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:35 pm [edit] 

Drink

OK, here goes: first glass of wine in over six months.

Hmmm...

It's not that nice actually. Think I'll leave it at the one.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:31 pm [edit] 

A gratuitous picture of Alison Goldfrapp, because I like her!

A whole bunch of CDs

Seeing as my review of the Goldfrapp gig at Somerset House has now slipped off the front page, I reckon it's time for a gratuitous picture of the lovely Alison.

Yesterday when I got home I found a whole pile of CDs that had come in the post. There were about three Damned swaps, and a Goldfrapp bootleg of a gig in Manchester back in 2001.

If that gig can be cited as any kind of benchmark, I'm going to make a note NEVER to go to a gig in Manchester. What a bloody ignorant and rude audience. They talked throughout the whole thing. Why go see a band if you can't shut the fuck up and listen to the music?

I also received a package containing a CD from Mia. I opened it very carefully for I have been caught out by her amusing little joke of filling parcels with glitter before. Yes, I've been the one sitting on the train, opening the morning's mail that I had snatched up on my way out to work, and then suddenly getting showered in glitter in front of a carriage full of people. She wasn't going to catch me out this time.

But thanks for the compo, Mia! Could have done without the tracks by the lamentable Queen Adreena who must be the WORST band I've ever had the misfortune to see. I've seen quite a few bands in my time, and they were up against some stiff competition such as the abominable Chas 'n' Dave (who I have unfortunately had to endure in a live on stage situation twice in my lifetime). Nevertheless Queen Adreena won hands down as the worst band for being an absolutely pathetic pile of shite. AVOID!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:34 am [edit] 

Thursday, July 24, 2003

I'm not feeling so great tonight. It could be withdrawal symptons from coming off Seroxat. I don't know. But not going to post anything else today, sorry.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:14 pm [edit] 

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Karl Bartos at the ICA, London, 22 July

Karl Bartos... he's not as sexy as Alison Goldfrapp, is he?
A bit of a weird gig, this one. Basically it was a launch event for Mr Bartos' new album "Communication". But to start with I had a problem finding the venue. The gig was being held at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) in The Mall, London. From their website I found out that the nearest tube station was Charing Cross, and the little map gave me the impression that it was just around the corner from the tube station. What I wasn't expecting was to have to go right over Trafalgar Square, underneath the big archey thing and quite a way along The Mall. It turns out that the ICA was hidden away behind an unassuming little entrance near those steps that are featured in the famous picture with all the cybermen descending them (from Doctor Who, obviously). I only found the place because I saw a guy in a black and fluroescent yellow "Radioactivity" t-shirt lurking outside.

I tried to get inside but one of the staff said it would'nt begin for another half an hour at least, so I too took to hanging around outside in wait. After twenty minutes or so, I got fed-up and tried getting in again. This time I got further and discovered a whole load of people already inside - and a BAR! Grrrrrr... I'd been dead thirsty. Why didn't that prat earlier point me in the direction of the bar instead of insinuating that I could not go inside? Idiot.

The sign on the door of the theatre itself was worrying though, as it listed Karl Bartos' set as lasting from 9:00 to 9:40. Only 40 minutes? That's hardly even the length of an album these days. After more waiting, they let us all inside the theate itself. It was in fact quite a small room decorated in black, with more black splodged around here and there in a carefree and dark kinda way.

There was no support act as such, just a DJ set, which was supposedly courtesy of The Cooper Temple Clause DJs. Not that that meant very much to me. However, the music they played was quite a good and eclectic selection, although I didn't know any of it other than Dusty Springfield's "Spooky" and later on a version of The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil".

Still, I didn't really want to be there listening to the DJs playing records, I wanted to see the main act. I was standing up by the stage and had to make way for some guys with big video cameras and some little guy with a torch and who was darting about the place as if he was someone very important. It was quite funny actually, when he tried jumping up onto the stage next to me, but misjudged the jump and fell on his arse! The look on his face - it was a classic!

There was also some activity behind the keyboards on the stage - a couple of guys testing levels and so forth. This was good news to me, as it implied that the main act might soon start.

Not so good was the news that the set might only be half an hour long rather than the 40 minutes that the sign on the door had implied. This snippet of information came from one of the video guys who was chatting to a lad standing near to me (who claimed to have come over especially for the occasion from Brazil!).

And then without any warning or introductions three guys came out onto the stage and stood behind the keyboards and the video equipment for the screens at the back of the stage, and then I realised that the guy in the middle was Karl Bartos, the legend himself.

Without further ado they launched into a piece of technopop with robotic vocals that I had never heard before - a track from the new album I believe. Ah yes, this was classic Kraftwerk-esque fare - the unmistakable percussion sounds, robot vocals, and keyboard melodies.

Bartos was dressed in a deep maroon coloured shirt, dark trousers or jeans into which he would hook his thumbs into the pockets during sequenced segments of the music, and a pair of white sneakers. He was a lot shorter than I expected him to be, and even - dare I say it - looked a bit "portly". He also had the merest hint of grey to his dair hair. I had to remind myself that this guy must be in his fifties, rather than the fresh-faced German youth who adorned the covers of "Trans Europe Express" and "The Man Machine".

Bartos was accompanied by two younger looking chaps - a guy in glasses and a trendy haircut was nearest to me behind another bank of keyboards, whilst over the other side of the stage, a taller more serious looking young man was manning the video-mixing equipment, selecting the images to appear projected onto the three large screens at the rear of the stage. I couldn't help laughing to myself and thinking that in their minds these two young guys must be pretending to be Kraftwerk!

In all they must have played seven songs from the new album. The only one I'd heard before was "Fifteen Minutes Of Fame". I must say that I really enjoyed the songs - it was very much like an update of the material that Kraftwerk were producing before the split happened over a decade ago.

One song was called "Life" and Bartos introduced it by saying "This one was inspired by New Order", which I though was amusing as Kraftwerk were supposed to have inspired everyone else, and - in my book anyway - New Order were always a tiddly little fish in a big pond.

The intro to the next song sounded familiar. And with good reason, for it was the classic Kraftwerk track "Computer World", and it sounded every bit as good as Kraftwerk too (I should know, I've seen them twice and have enough live recordings). The crowd cheered even more for the song that followed this though - it was "The Model" - the No.1 hit single from the early 1980s (can't remember the year off the top of my head). The video to this one was great too - lots of fifties' footage of models parading on the catwalk.

Following a rapturous applause, Karl Bartos and the guys left the stage, but were back on stage for an encore after only a minute or two to the opening strains of "The Telephone Call" (from the "Electric Cafe" album - Karl sang lead vocals on the original of this too). I wonder if this song hould be updated for the mobile phone era that we are now in?

For the next song she video changed to an animated graphic of a railway line and the classic chugging rhythm of "Trans Europe Express" began. This was a bit of an odd choice of a Kraftwerk song for Mr Bartos to perform as he didn't even have a co-author credit for this. I expect he just liked it - he must have played it enough times live with Kraftwerk. Another fab version, but it was only a short version (single version?) and did not include the "Abzug" or "Metal on Metal" sections as on the full version.

They finished on another very familiar song - "Tour De France" - which was ironic really as Kraftwerk themselves have just re-recorded this song from 1983 as part of their forthcoming "Tour De France Soundtracks" album. It was as if Bartos was promoting their product as well as his own!

Then it was all over. Bartos was pointing at his wrist (I dont think he was actaully wearing a watch) and apologising that they'd run out of time, and after shaking a few hands down the front he quit the stage. There was an enormous uproar for another encore, but no-one returned to the stage, and the next thing we knew was that another DJ set had begun. Time to hit the road, I decided.

I'd been worried that the gig might be all too brief, but in the end Karl Bartos must have played for a good hour. It was so good to hear all those songs - especially the classic Kraftwerk tunes - up close in a small venue. Apparently he is touring again soon, and I for one will be looking out for details of this. If the real Kraftwerk tour soon too that will be an amazing bonus.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:27 pm [edit] 

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Having a busy day, so sorry, only a very brief post from me today. Am nipping into London shortly to see Karl Bartos (ex Kraftwerk chappie) at the ICA.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:24 pm [edit] 

Monday, July 21, 2003

The friendliest club in a pub

Has Andrea's Storme's website been hacked?

Go to: www.stormes-london.co.uk, then try clicking on any of the links and read carefully.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:05 pm [edit] 

Losing my luddite tendencies

OK, I GIVE IN! I've just placed an order for a multiregion DVD player. I've been holding out for ages, saying I'd never change from VHS to DVD. But just now I went to HMV to buy the latest album by Super Furry Animals ("Phantom Power") and the new Goldfrapp single ("Strict Machine") and both were available on DVD and I just couldn't hold out any more! I need to see these! Also, The Damned are soon to be releasing their DVD of the gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire that I went to last year.

My inclination is to use DVD for music rather than for movies. I have loads of music VHS tapes, but it is a real problem if you want to play a particular song - all that winding to and fro to find the correct place. With a DVD it should be a simple matter to find the track you want, much like with a CD (at least that's what I'm hoping).

As for all these movies with 11 hours extra material or whatever - what's the point? I don't want 11 hours of extra material. Who on earth has the patience to sit through all that shit? Just give me the movie and forget all the nonsense!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:58 pm [edit] 

Blogger probs

Grrrrr... am having more problems with this bloody new version of Blogger. It's reverted to the lo-fi version - I have not a clue why - and seems to get stuck in a loop whenever I try to publish. Hopefully, sending this post might cure things.

Also, I noticed that those referral links at the bottom of the page had been causing page loading problems at the weekend. I did take them off the template for a while, but am trying to reinstate them now, as I think everything is working as it should be.

At least, I hope so!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:09 am [edit] 

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Lazy Saturday

I didn't do much today really. Ghost came over and I played lots of music at him - The Cramps, Bauhaus, Wreckless Eric, Love and Rockets - and I also showed him the guitar collection. Had quite a good time just playing CDs, listening to music, etc. Not a lot else to report really.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:46 pm [edit] 

Wreckless Eric, "Sound Installation" at the Tate, 18 July

last night Ghost and I went to the Tate Britain near the Thames in London to see what the Tate were describing as a "sound installation" by Wreckless Eric. I personally would have called it a "gig" but there you go, I suppose they are an art gallery and have to justify it as being "art".

It was a weird venue for a gig, gathered there amongst all these pre-Raphaelite paintings to watch and listen to Eric and his own brand of "art".

Indeed, it was a very interesting gig (sorry, I mean "sound installation"). However, the acoustics in that room where dreadful (very high ceiling), but Eric and Andre (2nd guitar and bass) did a good job and put on a good show.

Also interesting was that Eric has gone all "multimedia" these days, and his opening act was a bunch of fake cinema style adverts (you know, those terrible local ads with the voice-overs), and throughout the performance each song was accompanied by video mixed live by Karen (who I believe is Eric's girlfriend, but don't quote me on that).

It was certainly the best free entrance gig I've been to in a long time.

Songs included: Joe Meek, Reconnez Cherie, Continuity Girl, Sweet Jane (Velvet Underground cover), 33s and 45s, Whole Wide World (of course!), Take the Cash (K.A.S.H.), Sign Of The Chicken, and some others that I'd not heard before (new songs?).

Eric also read a chapter from his forthcoming biography, this passage was about the time back in the early 70s when he was working in a banana-packing factory. Bloody hilarious!!! Look out for his book, as his very individual writing style and story telling is brilliant. He can describe the seemingly most mundane of things and make it sound magical.

The man is a much underrated artist. I like the fact that he's now appearred in an installation at The Tate. Just goes to show that some people do indeed take him seriously.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:43 pm [edit] 

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Adam Ant and Depression

Tonight's Channel 4 documentary about Adam Ant dealing with depression was very interesting. I really feel for him, as I know from first hand experience that depression is no funny business.

As for me, I've taken my penultimate half pill of Seroxat. I take the final one on Saturday night, and then I should be free of the bloody things. Hurrah!

Will have to monitor how things go, though, as I don't want a relapse happening.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:55 pm [edit] 

Squirrels

This made me really laugh today:

The Old Grey Squirrel Test

Genius!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:02 pm [edit] 

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Just before I go to bed, I'd like to send some virtual BIG HUGS to Sherri.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:38 pm [edit] 

More gigs coming up

Then later in the year I've got The Cramps, and no doubt various other gigs too.

I'm certainly getting out a lot more these days!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:28 am [edit] 

Alison

I've added a photo of the gorgeous Alison to my review of Sunday's Goldfrapp gig at Somerset House below. The photo is from that very gig and was taken by one of the kind people over on the Goldfrapp message board. Thanks!

Meanwhile, The Guardian have published this piss-poor review of the gig, which would appear to have been written by someone with very little knowledge of music. I quote: "Every track is a sleek confection of drum machines, synths and mock-string effects (although, to be fair, there are some interludes of real violin, too). And Goldfrapp's voice has a curious treated quality, as if we are hearing an electronic facsimile of what she is singing." In fact very little of the live sound was programmed, the violin was used throughout most of the songs - not merely in "interludes", the drums were real and not drum machines, and has the reviewer never heard of a vocoder? Why do The Guardian employ such shoddy writers? I've said it before: "G'is a job! I could do that."

posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:20 am [edit] 

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Teasing LuLu

I forgot to say that yesterday we re-launched the Teasing Lulu website over at www.teasinglulu.com. It's looking really fabby now, with professional photos of all the girls by photographer Keith Curtis, song lyrics, song snippets on MP3 (edited by Yours Truly), and of course my spanking new design.

Please go take a look, and if you get the chance, go and see the girls play as they are a really entertaining act. Go to the gigs page to see where and when the girls are playing.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:23 pm [edit] 

Goldfrapp, Somerset House, Sunday 13th July

Alison Goldfrapp singing *Pilots* at Somerset House
Eeeeeks! I think I've fallen in love with Alison Goldfrapp. She is such a talented singer, and soooo sexy...

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Actually, I was worried that I wasn't even going to make it to the gig because my train was about half an hour late, and then we got held up at Slough because of a signalling problem somewhere outside of London. All in all, it was a very frustrating journey, and when we eventually reached Paddington I was in such a hurry that I started to run (which actually felt really good; I must be getting my energy back at long last).

I managed to get to Somerset House in time for the support band, who were quite interesting but possibly a bit too over-reliant on their laptops and electronica because the bass player, drummer and guitarist looked bored out of their skulls most the time.

The venue was lovely. It was an open-air gig, taking place in the quad inside of the Somerset House complex. I positioned myself as near to the front as I could get - possibly I was 10 people back from the front of the stage; I certainly had a very good view.

I also seemed to be the only single person there. Nearly everyone else seemed to be in couples. (Quite a few gay couples too). Is Goldfrapp music for couples? This I found quite disturbing, as I'm more used to the more rebellious rock'n'roll fanbase, not a bunch of 30- and 40-something squares. Most likely most of them had been turned onto Goldfrapp from their music ("Lovely Head") on that mobile phone advert (Siemens?). You know, the whistley one. Certainly, looking at most of the people around me, I wouldn't have credited many of them with having anything approaching good musical taste. Ooohh... what a bitch! But these people looked like they'd be more at home with their Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Simply Red, etc, bollocks rather than the ultra-cool of Goldfrapp.

Or perhaps I was just jealous as I wasn't there with a partner. You decide.

With twilight setting, the band and Alison took to the stage and launched straight into "Crystalline Green" - the first song from the excellent "Black Cherry" album. There was some guy on keyboards and violin who I thought was Goldfrapp member Will Gregory (but I've been told was not him) and who was wearing some kind of silken kimono affair (it certainly looked nice and cool for this hot weather we've been having) whilst Alison with panda eyes (oohh... I love dark smouldery eyeshadow!) was in black top and mini skirt, pvc stiletto knee-boots (with that piratey turned-up tops, if you know what I mean), and had jammed on top of her blonde hair this cute little hat that I can only describe as being like an airline stewardess's hat.

Also present were a drummer (who also played viola - I think - on a couple of songs), a female keyboardist, and the coolest-looking bass player ever with his pork pie hat and sparkly transparent Precision bass guitar.

I'd like to list all the songs, but you know what, I really can't remember what order they played them all in now. But they played nearly everything from their two albums. My faves were "Train" (the first Goldfrapp song I ever heard - thanks Captain!), "Strict Machine" and "Black Cherry" which was the final encore. The two albums were quite different in feel - the first, "Felt Mountain", having an orchestral soundtrack sort of feel to it, and this being re-created live on stage quite effectively by the kimono-clad chappie's 7-string violin. That thing sounded like a whole string section on its own! The "Black Cherry" songs were all much more up-tempo - sort of electronica meets disco meets ... I dunno, but let's just say that it was fabulous.

And Alison!!! What a girl. What a vocalist! She must be classically trained; she could hold her own against any opera singer. Even on instrumental passages she'd use her voice like an instrument, sometimes straight into the mike, and sometimes via a vocoder (and not used in a naff Cher-like way, either). She also played the theremin, and if I described to you how she played the theremin, then this blog entry could well start to turn pornographic. Let's just say that I've never seen anyone play it with their tongue before.

And whilst we're on the subject of you know what, quite a few women in the audience seemed to get very excited when Goldfrapp started to play the song "Twist". Hmmmmm... I wonder why?... (Answers on a postcard please...)

It was a really fabulous gig, set in a wonderful venue which was nice and cool being out there in the open after the day's heat, and with a full moon in the sky above, and the occasional passing seagull or two. I'd thoroughly recommend anyone to go see Goldfrapp live - they gave an excellent performance, the sound was perfect, and Alison has such stage presence and is so sexy to boot. I paid over double the face value for my ticket on eBay because I really did not want to miss out on this gig that was sold out ages ago. And I don't regret it because it was just such a fab night!
Goldfrapp, Black Cherry

posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:33 pm [edit] 

Monday, July 14, 2003

Graphics hell

You may have noticed that the graphics on this website are not working. This is so bloody annoying. A few years ago I signed up for a freebie website that was supposed to be "for life" - it was part of a promotion with .net magazine. I had 50mB of space at the URL http://fabulous.future.easyspace.com.

A few months ago, the FTP to this webspace stopped working, and try as I might I could not alter this. I had a look at the easyspace.com home page but could find no help files, nor addresses as to who to contact for help. Neither could I log-in and try to fix the problem on-line. Bastards.

So, I began hosting images instead on Lycos, where I have the http://www.ginasnowdoll.com domain. I've been trying to get all the images copied over to the Lycos webspace, but there's over two year's worth of blog here, and it's a slow and painstaking process. I've also had the same problem over at my Guitar Blog.

So, please accept my apologies for the technical breakdown, and please bear with my while I try to fix things.

Stay tuned for more blogging later today, including a review of last night's Goldfrapp gig. Also, the Teasing LuLu website that I have been re-designing is being (re-)launched today, so mucho excitement there!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:40 am [edit] 

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Note to all you people who take sugar in your coffee

Put the coffee in your cup first please! I just had to leave a post-it note on the Decaff Coffee jar here at work, saying:
To whoever it concerns,
PLEASE STOP CONTAMINATING THIS DE-CAFF COFFEE WITH SUGAR!!!
Not subtle, by any means, but you can't use subtlety in an office where certain people are as thick-skinned as a rhinocerous. If that doesn't work, we'll go on to phase two and start the poster campaign.

And why the blazes do people take sugar in tea and coffee? It's not supposed to be sweet. Very odd behaviour.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:55 pm [edit] 

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Jamie Oliver to take time out from TV. There is a God!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:24 pm [edit] 

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posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:13 am [edit] 

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Oh yes... Who was that tall tranny I passed outside the Apollo Theatre in Oxford this Sunday at aproximately 2 o'clock in the afternoon? Was it you?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:58 am [edit] 

Monday, July 07, 2003

The end of the road for 'Noddy' (and see also this Guardian article).

Reminds me of my own Noddy story.

Now let's wait and see if I get a Cease and Desist notification.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:46 pm [edit] 

Goldfrapp

Hurrah! I've just got myself a ticket for the sold out Goldfrapp gig next Sunday at Somerset House in London. Yeah, I paid over the odds for it, but hell, I really wanted to go. Looking forward to it already.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:34 am [edit] 

Saturday, July 05, 2003

Sounds

I've just realised that it's the first Saturday of the month. Which means that there is a record fair on at Oxford Town Hall.

I'm in two minds whether as to go or not. I mean, I just spent over fifty quid at Tesco! Also I have bought quite a few new CDs recently (a few from eBay). Current faves include:
  • Goldfrapp - "Black Cherry"
  • Natacha Atlas - "Diaspora"
  • Natacha Atlas - "Something Dangerous"
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain - "21 Singles"
  • Kraftwerk - "Cite De La Musique - Paris 26.09.2002" (bootleg)
Perhaps I should wait before buying more CDs as soon there are going to be some fabby new releases such as the Super Furry Animals (single "Golden Retriever" and album "Phantom Power") and the long awaited new single and album from electro-pioneers Kraftwerk ("Tour De France '03").
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:28 am [edit] 

A cat's breakfast

You know the expression "a dog's dinner", meaning to take something that should be relatively straight-forward and to make it unnecessarily complicated - to make a meal of it, even? Well, I've got another one for you - "a cat's breakfast" which would mean to take something straight-forward and to make it unnecessarily grandiose. It's similiar to a dog's dinner, but without the element of chaos. It's more about making an epic production number of something.

This new expression that I have decided to enrich the English language with, was inspired by my cat this morning. I woke up this morning at approximately 8:15 when the postman knocked on the door with a parcel to be signed for. The cat duly appeared and meowed at me for his breakfast, so I put half a sachet of Kit-e-Kat down for him.

I was pottering about between switching the computer on in the living room, and making a cup of coffee in the kitchen. The cat was still eating his food, but meowed at me again for something else, so I gave him a few Iams cat crunchies on top of his food, and he went to work on those.

I went to the computer and did a little more work on the Teasing LuLu website. All the while, the cat was still in the kitchen, taking his time eating his food. I went out again, and he'd just about finished it and meowed at me some more, so I put the rest of the sachet of Kit-e-Kat down. At 9:10 I decided I ought to go to Tesco and get some shopping, so went into the kitchen to get a few empty bottles to take to the bottle bank on my way. The cat was still there, and he meowed at me for food again. This time I gave him some Whiskas cat milk, which he drank and then he did what all satisfied cats do - he ran upstairs to find somewhere to curl up for a nice sleep.

In all the cat had been at his breakfast for best part of an hour! Talk about making a meal of things.

Somehow in Tesco I managed to spend £50.20, which is an enormous amount for me. I'm still in shock and don't know quite how I managed it. I'm also not quite sure how I managed to carry all those bags home.

So, I somehow did get home, went to the kitchen, opened up the fridge and freezer and began putting things away. When I was feeding the cat, I noticed that his Iams crunchies were very low so I bought him another large bag, and these I emptied into the tin. Suddenly I was aware of a "presence", so I looked around and there was the cat, who meowed at me for some more food. I had to laugh! More food? He must have been stuffed! But, I put a few crunchies down just to keep him happy, which must have done the trick, for when I was in the shower he came rushing upstairs and made himself comfortable on my bed.

So, that's a cat's breakfast. It's not hurried, like a dog's, it's a leisurely and on-going thing. I'm beginning to wonder if the cat is Italian? Must see if he likes pasta sometime.

And can you believe that you've just read a really long blog entry about someone feeding their cat?

Coming soon: an essay on putting out the bins.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:01 am [edit] 

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Catching Up

Sorry folks! I wrote a really long blog entry yesterday, pressed "publish" and lost it! I've been experiencing a very poor web connection here at home for the last few days, though tonight it seems back to normal. Hopefully it'll stay that way.

I've been feeling a bit down recntly, which could be the side effects of reducing the dosage of the Seroxat even further. I am now on half a tablet every two days.

Yesterday felt really weird and nasty as I found out that two of my colleagues had been laid off. Apparently our company is doing really badly at the moment, and so the command came from on high to our manager to lose two people from our department. It could so easily have been me.

This morning I was in late to work as I could not find the cat anywhere - he normally gets up when I'm getting ready for work and meows at me for cat food. I was searching the whole neighbourhood for him, calling his name.

He turned up, and in typically feline manner seemed totally unconcerned about my distress. He'd been all that time in Karen's room, sleeping on the floor. I had looked in her room briefly, but he'd been behind the door. The blighter.

Have also been busy these past few days with the re-design of the Teasing LuLu website. We're getting close to being able to make it live, I think.

There were other things I was going to say, but now I'm tired and need bed, so they'll have to wait until another time. G'night.

P.S. Thanks Eugene for the CD!!!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:17 pm [edit]