I hadn't realised that talking about flying ants (below... scroll down - I can't be bothered putting the link in) was a bit of a blogging meme (i.e. an idea that is replicated by various different people). I wouldn't have mentioned them if I'd known.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:53 am
"Eeeeeks! The Book" in America
OK, so I'm harping on about the book again, I know, but some of you have been asking... Yes, it is available for sale to those of you in the United States, as the books are manufactured in both the UK and the USA for those different markets and to keep postage costs down, and buying using PayPal will take care of the whole differing currencies shebang.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:27 am
Sorry, but no, that (1,000,000,000,000) is NOT a trillion. That is one billion. Ask a maths teacher.
We'll have less of this pandering to incorrectly-named Americanisms, thank you very much BBC. That first 'B' stands for British and don't you forget it!
I'm reminded of the whole pooeybumfart episode (which you can read about in my book... hint hint... Oh, and it's in the Archives somewhere too if you're going to be a tightwad).
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:02 pm
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Bye Bye Blondie
And the other thing that happened this weekend (other than spending time with family, that is) is that I've had my hair chopped off and the few remaining blonde bits dyed a light brown colour.
I just fancied a change. It's nothing to do with the fact that kids in the street had been calling out "Are you a man or a woman?" As if that would offend me.
It's a lot more convenient for the gym too. Now I can go on the rowing machine and not have to endure my hair endlessly getting in my eyes (and you don't really have hands free to brush it aside in that situation).
So, for getting myself "dressed up" (for want of a better couple of words), I'm going to have to resort to wearing wigs again. And what a state my wigs are in! Streuth! I'm not sure where to start with them.
You see, I have been feeling a lot recently that I want to be expressing my feminine side more again - that is to say, being Gina. I've been looking at clothes I might want to try and the other day bought a very nice pair of shoes from Next. They are a size 9, and a very generous 9 at that. I could almost have believed they'd been tailored to fit me personally!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:18 pm
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
The ants are back, Ted
Today in Didcot it has been Flying Ant day. The Didcot ants are behind those in Oxford, which sprouted wings and took to the skies a whole week ago. It's obviously the time of year for it.
Anyway, to mark this auspicious occasion, I have here for your downloading pleasure the following MP3:
(Taken from their eponymous debut album from 1976).
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:22 pm
Thursday, July 22, 2004
I'm going to be getting up early tomorrow and entraining for deepest darkest Wales, where I will be spending an extended weekend with family. I'll be back Tuesday, so hopefully normal service will resume here on the jolly ol' blog thenceforth. Now I've got the project finished, I can spend more time writing new entries rather than re-writing old ones!
See you next weekend!
P.S. Buy the book!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:40 pm
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
The Project - Exciting News!
After all this talk of "the project" that I've been so busily working on in recent months, I hope this news doesn't come over as being an anti-climax or a cop-out or anything.
No, sorry, I'm not going into space, as was suggested in an earlier post. I hope you're not too disappointed about that.
What I've done is to turn this weblog into a book! Which I thought was quite exciting, anyway. It's being published with the help and assistance of those very nice people over at Publish and Be Damned.
The book, as I've hinted, is based on entries from this weblog, but I don't want to hear the cynics amongst you moaning that "Oh, I've read it all anyway" because you can't take this weblog on the beach with you, and you can't read it on a train - well, not unless you have a nifty laptop with net connection and all that malarkey, but then again the book doesn't require batteries and doesn't have expensive connection fees!
Hey, just think, you could even snuggle up with Gina in bed, if you know what I mean. Now, that wouldn't be quite so easy with a computer, would it? (And if there's anyone sexy who genuinely wants to snuggle up in bed with me, send us an email!)
And one MAJOR advantage of the book over the archives of this weblog: the spelling mistakes have all been corrected! (Well, I hope I caught them all. After reading it through for the fiftieth time I started to hallucinate and after another couple of read-throughs I very nearly gave up the will to live).
So yeah, get yourself over to this pageel pronto, and buy a copy.
Errrr... you do have a PayPal account, don't you?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:52 pm
The drugs are working!
The swelling around my fingertip is now going down and I have the sensation back in my finger, hand and arm! Which is nice. A couple of days ago, the pain and numbness in my finger was so bad that I was seriously wanting to have the offending digit amputated.
So yeah, I'm back at work now that I am able-bodied again.
I went to the off-licence (Oddbins) at lunchtime to get some Amaretto (sister and her husband like it, and they both have birthdays this weekend). While I was there I asked if they'd be getting any more Stoli Vanil in stock, for of course this is the other problem that has been taxing my brain recently: trying to find somewhere that sells my fave vanilla vodka. The woman in the shop told me that she should never have had it stocked in the first place because it's not Oddbins policy to stock that brand. What prats! Do they know what they are missing out on?
So... the search continues.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:40 pm
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
This will not be too lengthy a post. Typing is a chore right now - you'll see why if you continue reading. A few days ago I hurt the middle finger of my right hand, and it started swelling slightly around the fingernail. By yesterday it had really ballooned up and was quite painful. Not only that but my entire right hand was numb, and the numbness was creeping up my right arm and to my shoulder and neck even!
It seemed particularly bad at night when I found it impossible to get comfortable to get any sleep. My whole arm, shoulder and neck were killing me. This morning the pain wasn't quite so bad but the swelling was still there so I've been to see the nurse at the doctor's surgery and I now have a course of anti-biotics to take. I've also been advised to take paracetamol to help ease the pain. I'm going to be rattling with all these pills inside me.
Anyway, with my arm more or less out of action, and the pain, lack of sleep, etc, I've not been to work yet this week. Yesterday this allowed me to get the final details pertaining to The Project sorted. Yes! It's just about finished. I still need another week before I can give full details though! But Hurrah! I got it done!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:01 pm
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Gina's 2nd Millennium
Yeah, right, sorry... I know, I know, I know! I've not posted for over a week. Yes, it was very naughty of me. (Yeah, slapped wrists, I know). It was a case of the longer I left it, the harder it was becoming to know where to begin. And even now I'm not sure where this post will go, or how it will turn out.
Part of the problem was that I knew that this was going to be my 2000th post on this blog, and I was hoping to keep it for something special, perhaps an announcement about the project at long last.
However, as regards the project, at the moment I am still playing the waiting game. I echo the sentiments of Homer J Simpson when he uttered the immortal words, "Awwww, the waiting game sucks, let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!"
So, sorry, no news just yet.
So, what have I been up to? Well, just the usual stuff, really, not a great deal to report. Other than on Friday I went with Ghost (a.k.a. Spooky) and his friend Martin to Guilfest, in ... errrmmm... Guildford. (Is it just me that thinks it should have been named Guildfest with a d? It'd make more sense, surely?).
Anyway, we were just doing the Friday at Guilfest and not the whole weekend, basically because all the acts and bands lined up for the rest of the weekend were crap. Apart from Rolf Harris on Saturday, and I think Client were playing too (although probably not on the main stage). But dross like Simple Minds I can happily live without.
Friday's line-up was The Damned, The Stranglers, and Blondie. Which sounded a much much better deal.
Ol' Spooky was driving us and we managed to get snarled up in the Friday evening rush hour traffic around Guildford so we were a bit late in getting there. Indeed, we only got there in the nick of time - we were queueing up for our wristbands when the Damned started up with "Street of Dreams". Somehow I managed to get nearish to the stage (Monty's side) half way through "I Just Can't Be Happy Today".
Captain looked brilliant! You'd never have thought he was such an old git. (Only joking, Cap!). Not sure about Dave's tash. I bet it gets shaved off soon.
Other songs were "13th Floor Vendetta", "Nasty", "Would You Be So Hot (If You Weren't Dead)", "New Rose", "Neat Neat Neat", "History of the World Pt 1" and "Eloise", although not exactly in that order. "Eloise" was their final song and received an amazingly good reaction from the audience throughout the site (I turned around to look!). Well, I suppose it was their biggest ever hit, so it's got to be the best known. It was very odd that they didn't play "Smash It Up" though. I've seen The Damned countless times now (one day I will work it out, but it's probably about thirty times) and I've never before seen them play a gig and miss out "Smash It Up". I appreciate that there were time restrictions, but you'd have thought they'd drop one of the other songs instead. Perhaps the organisers of the festival didn't want the festival goers to take the song literally!
Part way through The Damned's set, Daisy Sensible came over and said "Hi". Then a bit later I saw Damned Fairy (hard to miss her in that Fairy outfit, to be honest!).
After the Damned's set, I wandered about and met up with quite a few of the message board people, including Val Vicious, AntiPop Jen and Phil, Miche, Andy and their daughter (whose name escapes me right now - sorry), NiteGirrl, Green Fairy, Steve Final, Lorna, Wave, Steve from Wisconsin... Oh, and probably some others who I'm forgetting right now. It seemed whichever way I turned I saw another familiar face. Which was nice!
I also nipped into the Merchandise tent to say Hi to Jed on the Damned's merch stall, and she was very apologetic about bending my ear the last night at Knaresborough at Captain's party back in April. I don't know why... I certainly enjoyed myself at the time!
I also saw Blondie guitarist Chris Stein having a wander around with one of the other guys from the band (keyboards?).
The one person I didn't see very much of was Ghost, and he'd driven us there! I managed to lose him quite early on when he went to the toilet and I was keen to get down to the front to see the Damned, and I didn't catch up with him again until the end of the festivities.
The Stranglers were so-so. Lots of the songs were very samey, to be honest. I only bothered to go watch them properly towards the end of their set - "No More Heroes" was brilliant with the keyboard chappie (the name escapes me for the time being) doing his party piece of drinking a pint of beer whilst playing the keyboard solo.
Blondie were great. Much better than when I saw them last year at Shepherd's Bush. I could even see them properly this time as I'd secured quite a good spot following the Stranglers set. So, Debbie Harry does have legs! (I couldn't tell last time). Also, I could hear Clem Burke's drums this time which was a major plus point. Debbie's vocals could have been louder though - I wanted to hear her singing not the bloody audience. A pity also about the total wanker behind me giving an "amusing" commentary to his girlfriend throughout. I think they got the message eventually after a handful of dirty looks and calls of "Shut up with the @#%$ing commentary" from Yours Truly.
The journey back was a lot quicker since there wasn't the same traffic congestion, although it wasn't without incident seeing as the Police stopped us and enquired about Ghost's allegedly eratic driving. (He wasn't too sure of the route, and tried taking a turning, only to get Martin and I tell him, "No keep going straight on".) The Police were obviously out to pounce on drink-driving festival goers, or those who'd been taking drugs. However they must have believed him when he said he hadn't been doing any of those things, as he didn't get breathalised, and instead we were told to pull in and get out and have a breather for 5 or 10 minutes.
And with that, I'm afraid, I've kinda run out of things to say for the time being. It wasn't quite the kind of 2000th post I had been planning, but never mind. Perhaps I'll do a really good one for the 3000th!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:09 pm
Friday, July 09, 2004
Work is so boring at the moment. Thank goodness I've got the afternoon off today, and I will be meeting Mark, who is visiting Oxford.
Whenever I see Mark he gives me CD-Rs that he has burnt from vinyl records that I have loaned to him. And occassionally he sends them in the post to me too. I think today he is bringing back a whole stack of the records - I think we'll have to put them in my desk at the office for the time being because I don't fancy carting those around with me all afternoon.
I hope he doesn't mind, but I've got one more record for him to take back and transfer to CD. The record only came into my possession yesterday (it was another eBay purchase, of course!); it's a vinyl album of Kraftwerk "Somewhere in Europe". I do already have one track on a compilation CD - "Metropolis" (Live in Utrecht) - and it is superb! Beats the original version on "The Man Machine", I think, so I'm hoping the rest of the album is just as good.
Anyway, in turn I usually give Mark a few CDs of bits and pieces. Amongst those I've got for him this time, I made the following compilation:
The Persuaders Theme - JOHN BARRY
Sea Glass - DANIEL ASH
Daymalhum - NATACHA ATLAS
Vitamin (live in Stockholm, 10/02/04) - KRAFTWERK
Human (live in Berlin, 10/05/03) - GOLDFRAPP
Who Is The Doctor? - JON PERTWEE
1979 Semi-Finalist - THE BAD PLUS
song.com - THE DAMNED
Joe Meek (Jonathan Ross radio session) - WRECKLESS ERIC
Waterloo Sunset - DAVID BOWIE
Get Off Your Pretty Face - BRAIN DONOR
Planet Dada - YELLO
Irish Blood, English Heart - MORRISSEY
What A Wonderful World - JOEY RAMONE
Choices - THE BUZZCOCKS
The She - THE BREEDERS
Are You Experienced? - DEVO
Golden Retriever - SUPER FURRY ANIMALS
Angst In My Pants (Plagiarism version) - SPARKS
The Golden Hour Of Harry Secombe - THE LEN BRIGHT COMBO
I tried to make it as eclectic as possible, with some current songs, some oldies, etc, and I tried not to put more than one song from each artist. However I did cheat a little bit, because The Len Bright Combo was Wreckless Eric's band, so he got on there twice.
But then last night I remembered that there were a handful of other songs that I had meant to include but had forgotten, although there weren't enough to fill another 80 minute CD-R (and I didn't have the time anyway), so I made a second mini-volume on a 3-inch CD-R, containing:
Sister Surround - THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES
Falling Star - VENUS RAY
Hero - NEU!
You Think It's Love - JULIAN COPE
What songs would YOU put on a mix CD?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:04 am
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Another thing we were discussing was people who have "Lego hair". I'd never hard the expression before, but apparently the snooker player John Parrot is a good example of someone who has Lego hair.
In my day we only had the simplest of Lego pieces - just square blocks. If you wanted to make a person they had to be made from rectangular pieces, with a square brick for the head and a flat coloured square piece for the hair. We didn't have all these fancy Lego pieces that you get these days - heads, hands, feet, etc. You used to have to use your imagination a whole lot more - modern Lego is cheating in my book.
A quick search on the jolly ol' internet informs me that you don't actually need any Lego to make Lego models, because you can do it all virtually thanks to the wonders of LDraw. Blinkin' flip, it's a funny old world, innit?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:17 pm
Playing catch-up again
Sorry, it's been a bit tense the last couple of days, I'm not going to go into any details suffice it to say that I've not had much time for weblogging.
Did anyone see that "Who Got Diana Dors' Millions?" on Channel 4 on Sunday night? She'd left a coded message to her son, which supposedly gave details of how to find the millions that she had stashed away in various bank accounts. The first line was all these bizarre little characters and not even the chap who worked on de-coding Enigma in the World War II knew what they meant.
I recognised the cypher straightaway.
Her son eventually found the answer in the library of the Grand Lodge of the Free Masons.
Ha! I knew that cypher from a little kids book I had about spies and spying when I was a sprog! I thought that was funny - he had to go to the Masons, and I knew it from a kiddies book.
In other more alarming news, we were chatting on the Damned message board about famous and not-so-famous people we went to school with, and I mentioned a kid who used to be in Grange Hill, and someone else said, hey I was at school with him too so we must have been there at the same time!
So we've been reminiscing about the bad old days, but the weird thing is that although I've met this guy in recent times at Damned gigs and all, I can't for the life of me work out who he was back then at school.
It's like a weird version of Friends Reunited, or possibly Enemies Reunited as I wasn't exactly the most popular of kids at school.
Oh, and there was another kid at school who later on went on to become a monster in Doctor Who. What about you lot out there? Did you go to school with anyone famous?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:55 pm
An agent for the Terry Nation estate accused the BBC of ignoring copyright laws and said the corporation was trying to "ruin the brand of the Daleks".
Terry Nation supposedly "created" the daleks. Basically, all that he did was to write a very brief one-line description in a script.
The guy who actually DESIGNED them was Raymond Cusack - a BBC employee - so really the design rights should reside with the BBC.
Bloody Terry Nation took all the credit and became very rich from it all. Poor ol' Raymond Cusack just got his regular BBC pay packet - no royalties for him.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:47 pm
Thursday, July 01, 2004
More about "The Project"
OK, folks... I need your help with "The Project". I don't want to let you completely in on the secret just yet, although I will say this - I shall be doing one of the following:
Releasing an album
Touring as guitarist with a well known band
Publishing a book
Putting on an exhibition
Appearing on a reality TV programme
Writing a musical
Going into space
Becoming a movie star
That's right, kids! One of the above is true! But which one? Well, I'll not say right now, if that's all the same to you. However, for the purposes of this project, I need a promotional picture. I've whittled down the choices, chosen from quite literally thousands of photographs, to the two photos shown above. My intial decision was to go for Choice 1. Except that, now I'm not so sure. I don't know if I really like that photo any more, and Choice 2 is really growing on me.
Which is where you come in! Please vote below in the comments for the picture you think I should use.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:24 pm