Monday Monday

Good morning, planet afterlifers!

Hurrah for a finally working feed 😀   Oh and merry monday to the rest of y’all as well.

Anyone trying for Live 8 tickets? I’m waiting for a Spice Girls announcement, although Madonna is pretty much good enough.  Good enough to have to sit through Coldplay and Bono tho??

In order to get a ticket you need to send the answer to:

Which city is nearest to the G8 summit in July? A) Berlin, B) Moscow, C) Edinburgh to 84599 by midnight on Sunday.  Texts cost £1.50 + your network charge.

The first 72500 people drawn from a ballot on Monday will be sent 2 tickets each.  You can text as many times as you like but it’s not guaranteed you get a ticket.

Alternatively you can send your answer on a postcard to:Live 8 Ticket Competition, PO Box 4026, Leamington Spa, CV31 9AZ.

This seems like a much better plan.  I won’t be hiking up my phone bill to extraordinary levels, and I can donate to a charity I feel more passionately about instead.  As Bob keeps on saying ‘This isn’t Live Aid 2’ (uhhuh), it’s about the awareness not the money.  Fine, I’ll give the money I would have spent on texts to Avert or Stonewall’s Education for All campaign.

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Saturday Night, I feel the air is getting hot…

At trash palace baby!

2100 – 2300

Client – Pornography
Beck – Girl
Sleater Kinney – Little Babies
Ladytron – Suger
Sons & Daughters – Dance me in
McAlmont & Butler – Yes
Super Furry Animals – Hermann loves Pauline
Teen Anthems – What a girl wants
Geri Halliwell – Desire
Rachel Stevens – Negotiate with Love
Mint Royale – Don’t falter
Pulp – Party Hard
New Order – Crystal
The Dandy Warhols – Not if you were the last junkie
Eels – Mr E’s beautiful Blues
David Bowie – Modern Love
The Pipettes – ABC
Le Tigre – Hot Topic
Siousxe & the Banshees – Passenger
Charlotte Church – Crazy Chick
Kelis – Millionaire (feat. Andre 3000)
Amerie – 1 thing
Pink Grease – Pink G.R.E.A.S.E
Beck – Sexx Laws
Transvision Vamp – I want your love
Sleeper – Sale of the century
Pixies – Debaser
Garbage – ‘Til the day
Chemical Brothers – The Golden Path (feat. The Flaming Lips)
Kitty & the K’s – I am MF
Lush – Ladykiller
Stereogram – Walkie Talkie Man
Caesars – Jerk it out

And so to bed 🙂

Raised on a barrel of broken biscuits

Thursdays is the new Fridays!  Actually scrub that it always has been.   Aaaah fond memories of £5 in, unlimited alcohol nights at Heaven & Hell in the summer of 2001.

Anyway here we go!

1030 – 1130

Freezepop – Here comes a special boy
Mint Royale – Don’t Falter (feat. Lauren Laverne)
Mania – Looking for a place
Ladytron – Blue Jeans
Gorillaz – DARE
Les Rhythms Digitales – Jacques your body
Vitalic – My friend Dario
Rachel Stevens – So Good
Kelly Osbourne – One Word (Chris Cox remix)
Fischerspooner – Never Win
Pay TV – Trendy Discotheque
Kitty & the Ks – I am MF
Charlotte Church – Crazy Chick
Bangles – Manic Monday
Scissor Sisters – Music is the victim
Sleeper – Atomic
Supergrass – Sun hits the sky
The Libertines – Don’t look back into the sun
Suede – Trash

0130 – 0300

Elastica – Connection
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Le Tigre – Deceptacon
No Doubt – New
Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On
Amerie – 1 Thing
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Garbage – Why do you love me
Cardigans – My Favourite Game
Basement Jaxx – Bingo Bango
Nu Generation – Rescue Me
Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden 12" mix)
Ladytron – Seventeen (Droyds Remix)
Chemical Brothers – Believe (feat Bloc Party Kele)
Cornorshop – Brimful of Asha
The Clash – Rock the Casbah
The Strokes – Reptilia
Feeder – 7 days in the sun
QOTSA – No One Knows
Girls Aloud – Love Machine
Sugababes – Round Round
Softcell – Tainted Love
The Kinks – You really got me
Blondie – Call Me
The Dandy Warholds – Bohemian like you
Blur – Song 2
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

Are you my mummy?

I’ve been a bit remiss in not writing about how much I dearly love the reincarnation on the BBC of Doctor Who.

Never having seen the original series, I thought, much like Matt, it was going to be a crazy sci-fi fest along the lines of Star Trek, Babylon 5 etc [Not that I have seen these either, I’ve just prejudged them as rubbish :-)].   Housemate J showed me an old episode about 2 weeks before it restarted and I fell asleep about 15 minutes in, so my expectations weren’t too high.

But, but, but, but it was going to be written by Russell T Davies – he who wrote my favourite British series, Queer as Folk.  Anything written by him was worth a shot, and a  couple of months ago I enjoyed watching his excellent ITV drama The Second Coming on dvd (also starring Christopher Eccleston).  My next mission is Bob & Rose although it’s concept seems a little strange.  Anyone know if it is good?

And back to Doctor Who… The casting of Billie Piper seemed like it was going to be rubbish, but maybe interesting, and I’d liked Christopher Eccleston in the aforementioned Second Coming as well as ienjoying 28 Days Later.  So it was with a curious mind that I set to watching Doctor Who.

And boy o boy, did I love it!

To me, a girl who has grown up in the Whedonverse days of Buffy and Angel – tv series that were big, archy, fantastic and an absolute essential to see.  Shows that made me race home and hit the slowness of my internet connection as I tried to get the latest episodes as they aired in America, this, this BBC production of Doctor Who had really recaptured that magic.  One episode down, I was incredibly excited.   Billie Piper was excellent, Christopher Eccleston was mental and I wanted more right then.

And so it has continued.   Episode 11 airs tonight and then sadly there will only be 2 more episodes until the end of the series.  I’ve enjoyed every episode with Fathers Day (although full of flaws) and the ‘Mummy’ 2 parters as favourites, and End of the World and The Long Game as it’s lower points. 

It’s been said that the gas mask child from the last 2 weeks will be an image that will be remembered as a TV moment for quite a while.  I found the last 2 episodes pretty scary and even ran out of the room once.  Can any of us really hear or think of the word ‘Mummy’ without shuddering anymore?

I’ve learnt from my friends who loved old Doctor Who that because the old serieses were filled with multi episode stories, and the actual stories themselves didn’t really interconnect, that this is the first time the concept of a series long arc has been even possible within the series.  And boy isn’t everyone talking about it!  Bad Wolf might be a huge let down and be nothing more than a word of mouth marketing tool to make people talk about it (the BBC have been particularly clever here, creating spin off non bbc domained doctor who sites).  But I hope not – the theories out there are getting more and more interesting and I’ve stopped reading them for fear of spoiling myself!

Anyway there we go I’ve wittered and run out of steam, as normal, before writing a conclusion so erm…

Conclusion: Watch Doctor Who. It is good 🙂

Links:
The Official BBC Website
Mickey’s Who Is Doctor Who Site [run by the bbc]
Van Statten’s Geomectric as seen in Dalek [again bbc bbc]
BAD WOLF BAD WOLF [The BBC launched this, this morning. Now doesn’t that first wolf noise sound like the tardis]

[UPDATE: Via Plastic Bag don’t wear this near me unless you want to make me cry!  Kinda cool tho huh!  Want one?  Email gasmaskshirt at comicfestival.co.uk.]