Monday, November 30, 2009

We are a GO for seasonal merriment! Launching mince pie rocket guns!

I still enjoy pottering about here.

So, brace yourselves, I think I'm going to do the Further Advents thing again (click the tag below for more seasonal drivel) and see if I can blog SOMETHING every day up until Christmas.

I know it's still a bit early. But our neighbours put up their Christmas tree the third week in November. So we had them shot. Obviously.

* How very Churchillian. Someone told me the other day that David Cameron's lead speechwriter is 27. I may vomit.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Conversation

Over recent days several important family phone calls have happened that often take place at this time of year.

Mum phoned me and just HAPPENED to mention there is a Simon Callow thing that looks quite good.

A day later I phoned mum to ask IF she was coming down to London around her birthday in December, could she CONFIRM the date.

Mum phoned back to CONFIRM what date she would be coming up to town around her birthday. I am pleased. Mother also happens to mention that I should call my sister to find out what she wants for Christmas.

Dad phones to tell me about some funny pictures he has caught while on a trip to France (well done, dad):

I phone my sister to find out what she wants for Christmas. She has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but informs me that she has already bought Mum's birthday present and one of MY Christmas presents. I panic slightly. Sister also goes on to outline what The Wonderful Nephews want for Christmas.

I call my bank manager.

Mother calls to ask why I haven't told her what I want for Christmas. I say I will think about this.

Some time later I call sister back to find out what she is buying Mum for birthday and Christmas. Sister demands to know what I would like for Christmas. I say (somewhat triumphantly) that I actually have a LIST. Sister is pleased but on top deck of bus with a five year old who is apparently trying to 'encourage' OAPs to join in his game with a plastic dinosaur, so cannot write a number of highly detailed and specific items down. OAPs appear frightened.

I am required to email my Christmas wishes to the females I share my genes with. In practical terms, this means emailing it to the members of the family who DO have email addresses; eldest nephew and father.

IN SUMMARY: This could all go horribly wrong and I will get socks again (although, if mother is involved, they are likely to be fairly awesome socks).

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Coat? Check. Scarf? Check. iPod? Check.

It's been a good while since I posted one up here, but every year I do a winter playlist for m'AYEpod.

I'm not sure why.

Maybe it's because I like the cold and the way it makes me feel. All very melodramatic I'm sure but I do like swooshing through fallen leaves feeling morbid and gloomy.

I have just completed this year's playlist, thanks to some help from The Twitterati and recent people on Teh Blogz. ANDITGOESALITTLESOMETHINGLIKETHIS..

(in no particular order - shuffle being the order of the day. Or commute.)

(Yes. Spotify. I know. I'm very not of this year. Sorry chucks.)

White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes (c/o Prompt Communications
Sometimes in Winter - Saint Etienne (c/oProject76 - and it turns out the Etienne crew have written a WHOLE lotta songs about this time of year..)
Sylvia - The Antlers (c/o Mr Worth
Million Dollar Bill (Freemasons Remix) - Whitney Houston (c/o BeBopBoy)
To Build A Home - Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson (c/o the King and Queen of Crystal Palace)
The Redeemer - The Underwolves
Symphony #69 - Pogo (c/o
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
Ike's Mood I - Visioneers (c/o Shazam)
Forever Young - Youth Group (c/o some random CD in the office)
Sprout and the Bean - Joanna Newsom (c/o the same CD)
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
You've Got The Love (XX remix) - Florence + The Machine (c/o Delrico
I Can't See Nobody (remixed and reimagined mix) - Nina Simone
Finished Symphony (Deadmau5 Remix) - Hybrid
Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear (c/o Mr Henry)
The Fear (Doctor Rosen Rosen Rx) - Lily Allen (c/o The Guardian Guide, if I'm honest)
The Girl and the Robot (Radio Mix) - Röyksopp (feat. Robyn)
The Greatest Story Never Told - Murray Gold
Winter - Tori Amos
Season Song - Blue States
You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones (c/o Mum and Dad))
Hearts Collide - Little Boots (c/o my work Mac)
Tell Me the Worst (Fred Falke Remix) - Will Young (c/o my homosexuality)
Andvari - Sigur Rós
It's Not Easy To Be Human - A Camp (c/o BeBopBoy again)
Jack - Michael Nyman (c/o the Wonderland soundtrack)
Song for Bob - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
The Grand Finale (Edward Scissorhands) - Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major - Yo-Yo Ma (c/o the knitting teacher, some time ago)
Bulletproof - La Roux (c/o studio line from L'Oreal??)
Bright Young Things - Pet Shop Boys (c/o the lovely Tom)
The Mojo Radio Gang - Parov Stelar
A Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon & Garfunkel (c/o The Lady Donna)
My Moon My Man - Feist
Aerodynamic - Tom Hodge


Awesome weekend checking out the Turner Prize shortlist and the very visceral Anish Kapoor. Both extremely interesting.*

* If I could find a way to get someone to pay me to fire red wax cylinders at a white wall with glee I would be happy as Larry.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Took ages to glue that ferris wheel together

Having enormous fun with this online tilt shift thing. Which as far as I can make out is just that trendy way to make pictures look as if they are of very small things that seems very 'in vogue' on adverts and things at the moment.

I took this picture on the flight back into London from India, and used the online thingy to shuszz it up:


If you're a proper computer bod, unlike luddite me who just bashes keys until the right things happen or bits fall off*, then there is a Photoshop Tutorial here.

* Not really I love my mac laptop. LOVE. But only use approx 0.1% of its magnificent power and capabilities.