...on the way home tonight. Unless I was totally misreading the situation, I believe that someone asked me out tonight. For a date. And before you ask, it was a woman.
Which is totally weird, because this is something that just doesn't happen to me. Well, not as a guy anyway. I get asked out in my guise as Gina by men all the time.
You'll laugh when I tell you this, but she actually asked what I was doing tonight and if I'd like to go to Bingo with her. Bingo! Blinkin' flip, guv. Not quite my scene.
I declined as politely as I could!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:17 pm
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Another one of the good guys has left us
I've just heard the distressing news that the Radio 1 DJ and presenter John Peel has died of a heart attack. I'm not the biggest radio fan in the world, but much of my teenage years were spent tuning into his late night programme with a cassette at the ready to capture some of the records he played and the now legendary Peel Sessions.
The man introduced a whole generation of us to some great music, and also gave a lot of our favourite bands a helping hand earlier on in their careers. He also had a brilliant dry sense of humour.
...is how I feel right now. It's been so busy at work, I don't know if I'm coming or going. And every night when I go to bed, it seems I just shut my eyes for a moment and then the alarm goes off and it's morning and time to get up again.
Actually, last night I lay in bed for quite some time not being able to sleep, just lying there listening to the awful howling wind outside. Perhaps I'm going down with something? Yesterday's gym session I found particularly difficult. It was a real struggle. I just wish I could take a day off and spend it in bed at the moment.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:18 pm
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
It seems there's quite a lot of interest in the Snowdoll shoe sale on eBay this week. Which is good. Still a few days to go, folks, so get your bids in.
I was also interested to see that The Guardian's Weekend magazine on Saturday featured several articles about fashions for people irrespective of their size and shape. They gave a whole load of web links including some for shoes in a wide range of sizes. My favourites were Beyond Skin who have a great vegetarian and environmentally-aware approach and whose new range of shoes includes the most fabulous satin and glitter-effect high heels! Yumtastic! I really want a pair of these which remind me of Alison Goldfrapp's shoes on the cover of "Black Cherry". (I like the red ones!) Mind you, they are £139. I'm trying to decide if I could justify spending that much on a pair of shoes. And then, knowing me, if I really liked them I'd probably want a second and a third pair in different colours. Where would it all end?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:04 am
Monday, October 18, 2004
Sorry, I had every intention to post on the blog this weekend, only the whole weekend didn't go very well. I had various neighbour problems, you could say. Friday night I was woken up by a very loud camp Irish accented voice coming from next door (sounded like that Brian who won Big Brother a couple of years ago) and then the man from next door arguing with him. I really didn't want to get myself stressed out, so I took a quilt and went and slept downstairs on the sofa. The cat thought it was brilliant and snuggled up under the quilt with me.
Anyway, it meant that I was very tired on Saturday morning and laid in for most of the day.
Sunday, I got up early, did the weekend Guardian crossword and then went to the gym. On arriving back home I found a strange car on the driveway. Some cheeky bastard of a neighbour had parked it there, i.e. on MY property. How rude is that?
I was in an absolute rage. I don't like people who take advantage and who are so RUDE. Also, where will it end? Nip it in the bud, I say, before it becomes a habit.
Anyway, I was all for telling this guy where to get off and to move his fucking car pronto, but Karen made a big fuss about me not making a fuss. I don't know what her problem was really. OK, she knows the guy (apparently he works at the same place as her and is a known nuisance) but I don't know why she allows him to get away with taking the piss in that way.
The atmosphere in the house got worse when - after she'd spoken to him and he'd said he'd move the car - it was still there two hours later, at which point I decided to chain my bike to the car so he'd have to ask me to remove it in order to use it. For some reason Karen was absolutely wetting herself over this, thinking that it would reflect badly on her? (Sorry, but I don't get it. The guy is taking the piss).
However, when darkness fell, I did remove my bike. I didn't want the idiot trashing it or taking bolt cutters to the chain.
The car was still there this morning when I left for work. I've told Karen that this is her last chance. Arrange to get it moved or else I will do so myself when I get home tonight.
...that Yours Truly, Gina Snowdoll, the so-called "Imelda Marcos of Didcot", is selling off her shoe collection?
Well, yes, I'm just getting over-run by the bloody things, so I've been having a sort out. I've made a great pile of those that I don't think I'm ever going to wear again because (a) they either don't fit like they ought to, i.e. they are a bit uncomfortable on the Snowdoll tootsies, or (b) I don't know why I bought them in the first place. Eeeeeks! Scary shoes!.
So, last night, the plan was to take advantage of eBay's "1p gallery listing day" and get all the offending shoes up for auction. Except, I found I could get eBay to work! I couldn't even get past the first screen ("Sell Your Item: Describe Your Item") because the input field for the item description was mysteriously absent, and I wasn't able to continue without it as it was a required field. I got on the phone to Sherri, who advised I download the latest version of Java and the latest version of Internet Explorer. I did these things, and still it wouldn't work, so we suspect it may be the fault of my ISP, NTL, the blighters!
So, I'm having to put the shoes on eBay today from work, and am having to pay the whole 15p for each gallery listing. Yeah, I know it's only 15p, but it pretty soon adds up if you're putting lots of items on.
Anyway, if anyone out there is interested in bidding on a pair of heels "as worn by the now legendary Gina Snowdoll", then here's the link! I'll add some more later too.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:48 am
The world loses another one of the good guys.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:26 am
Saturday, October 09, 2004
There was high excitement this afternoon at Snowdoll Towers, when first the cat had a new collar, and then later I watched "Scooby Doo and the Witch's Ghost".
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:21 pm
Friday, October 08, 2004
One of the reasons for the sparsity of new posts on this blog recently is that I haven't had the time even to compose anything in my head, and I usually like to work that way, planning it all out in the ol' teeny tiny before actually sitting at the computer and writing it down.
For the purpose of this post, I'm not doing that. Why? Because if I tried to plan it, I'd never get around to writing it. So, here am I sat at the computing device making it up as I go along. Which means absolutely anything could happen. I could start talking about camels or wheelbarrows or something totally irrelevant to anything in my life at the moment.
See, that's how easy it is to lose the plot if you don't plan. Now I can't remember what I wanted to say. If I wanted to say anything at all, that is. Thinking about it, perhaps I just want to say, "Hello! I'm still alive!"
Yes. That'll do for now. I WILL post some more this weekend. Honest, guv!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:07 pm
Monday, October 04, 2004
Catch up time
I seem to have been letting things at the blog slip. The last week or so has been such a whirl; I've either been rushing about doing stuff, else I've been flaked out knackered from the rushing!
Friday before last, I went straight into London after work to see Die So Fluid at The Garage in Islington. Not a lot to add to that - the set was similar to the recent album launch gig, and they played my favourite, "Draw A Line And Cross It" again, which was good. Also met up with Annie and Mia who had also gone to the gig - not seen either of them for ages.
The next night I went with Ghost and Chris to the Zodiac in Oxford to see Julian Cope who was playing a solo set of songs. He came out on stage in a black straw hat and shades, loads of long hair, but his beard much shorter now, and brandishing a copy of his new book "The Megalithic European", which he explained he'd been researhing for the past couple of years. "I've been told to 'Get off my land' in more languages than I care to remember," he commented.
Anyway, he played a great bunch of songs from throughout his career, accompanying himself on guitar (a green archtop for the most part, but a red sparkly Danelectro doubleneck and a Gibson Flying V - just like mine - both also made an appearance). Sorry, there's no way I can remember a set list now. I didn't know all the songs to be honest, I've not got all his albums. Still, great stuff.
Support was by Dogntank, featuring Doggen on guitar on vocals. He's the guitarist from Cope's band and also from Brain Donor. Their set was great too, quite similar to Brain Donor in style, and with the great guitar work you expect from Doggen.
The following Tuesday, Ghost and a friend of his whose name I've forgotten and I went to the Zodiac again. It was a late club night of female Electro music, starting off with Piney Gir with her toy keyboard and catchy melodies and a nice line in improvisation during some technical difficulties (she improved the "Technical Difficulties" song on the spot). The next band were Soho Dolls who also had bad technical difficulties (the Zodiac desk perhaps) and couldn't get the bass to work. Once they started they were quite entertaining. They had a female singer who also played the occasional keyboard line on a synth, a very foxy left-handed bass player (she was lovely!) and the guitarist chappy who I'd previously seen playing with Client. Apparently there is another girl who plays keybaords but she was in hospital. The technical problems arose a few too many times in their set, one song cutting out completely in the middle, and I think they brought the set to a premature close. They looked a bit pissed off. A real shame - the Zodiac let them down!
Client came on - the two girls plus the chappy behind the sequencer thing at the back, but not the guitar player this time - and played a selection of songs from their new album, plus one or two "oldies" if you can call them that from the first album. They were sexy and sophisticated... in fact it felt quite voyeuristic watching them perform. I was glad when a couple of girls came and stood next to me, as it seemed I was in a long line of men perving over the Client girls. Sarah Blackwood has this habit of looking people in the audience directly in the eyes whilst she sings. It feels incredibly intimate. The only other person I've known do that on stage is Grog from Die So Fluid.
Then lots of work until the wnd of the week, and on Saturday night I got myself glammed up in a frock and heels because I wanted to try a few make-up ideas - I wanted to do my eyes completely differently from my usual style. I used a gold creamy eyeshadow and a black powder - nothing else - and made them look nice and smouldery. It was a good look! I watched that "I'm Famous and Frightened" rubbish on Living TV, which was entertaining enough in its own way I suppose, but a bit silly really.
Sunday I went into Oxford and went round to Gillian and dropped a bag of my things off. Then we went into Oxford and caught one of the new HUGE Oxford Tube double decker coaches into London. We went to Islington, had Tapas at a Tapas bar, and then went to the Academy for the Hubble Bubble festival of music and dance.
There were loads of musical acts, dancers, belly dancers, a trapeze artist, etc. The first act were a slightly dodgy Asian rap trio called Swami and a DJ (DJ Swami, perhaps?) - they tried hard but were a bit naff. Only one of them could really sing, and the younger one kept staring scarily into the audience and trying to look hard. He just made me laugh. The fat one was just a bit crap. Still, they were better than the currently much hyped Goldie Lookin' Chain, that's for sure. Actually, I didn't mind them that much, but Gillian hated them.
Second band band on were Oojami who were well worth seeing - a fabulous live band, if you like World Music of course. There were lots of dancers going up on stage with this band. Fabulous belly dancing which Gillian enjoyed.
Then next came the act I'd been waiting for - Trans Global Underground featuring Natacha Atlas, who is one of my favourite ever singers. I've been a fan for years and wanted to see her live for so long. Actually, it was a bit of a shock seeing her up on stage in front of me, because, although I've seen photos of her before, in the flesh she reminded me of someone who shall remain nameless. I found the resemblance uncanny. Unfortunately, Natacha didn't sing a great many of her own solo songs, just three I think (including "Mon Amie La Rose", which I think is one of her better known tunes). She has such a beautiful voice (and was very beautiful to behold also), it seemed a shame that she didn't sing on more of the songs they performed. When the other TGU chappie was on vocals, Natacha danced and did some backing vocals (I think she's wasted on backing vocals!). The group also feartured a very talented lady sitar player - Sheema Mukherjee. Very impressive.
All too soon the Trans Global Underground set came to an end. It was midnight (where did the time go?). I think there must have been a curfew there. A pity the music couldn't continue.
When we got out the Angel tube station had been shut up for the night, so we had to get a night bus back to Victoria and then the coach back to Oxford. We got back to Gillian's at about 2:30 in the morning and I went to bed in the spare room. I still had to get up early for work in the morning... which is why I feel absolutely knackered now.
So... that's what I've been up to. Sorry, I didn't go into any great detail about anything. It's a sort of summarised version of events from the last 10 days or so.
Can I go to bed now please?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 7:04 pm
Friday, October 01, 2004
Ahh... right... yes...
Errrrrmmmm... yes, I appear to be neglecting the ol' blog thingy. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day...
I'll try to write later. Bit pissed at the moment.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:17 pm