Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Pessimist vs. Optimist

PROGRESS UPDATE: Saturday 29th December (13:32 PM)

EMOTION: A feeling of doom being desperately veiled by fighting optimism.

WHY: Recently had a dawning realisation of how serious January is going to be, as well as how much work I have to do, which is being fought against by my thoughts of “You still have another week left” and “You might be able to buy some more CDs soon” and “DON’T PANIC”.

CURRENT REVISION TASKS: Currently doing revision for Science exams — Chemistry mock (which I don’t want to do much revision for since I might use up all the revision material for the real exam in May/June) and REAL EXAMS in Physics & Biology.

MOMENTS OF JOY: Bobbing along to Depeche Mode and Yazoo whilst working on SAM Learning; performing my temporary morning exercise — GANGNAM STYLE; lying exhausted on the floor of my room last night as Jean Michel-Jarre’s therapeutic “Oxygene” washes over me.

GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR: Reading up on the New Year Honours List and seeing Higgs, Quentin Blake and Ewan Mcgregor on it, along with all the Olympic heroes.

BIGGEST MOMENT(S) OF ANNOYANCE SO FAR: Getting a ridiculously low grade on a mini test (thank goodness it was only Electrolysis).

BIGGEST SHOCK SO FAR: Hearing and reading of the scurge of the blasted norovirus; it’s bringing out the germophobe in me.

FINISHING SENTENCE: Keep calm and carry on.

Crazy Christmas

PROGRESS UPDATE: Friday 28th December 2012.

EMOTION: Nervous but happy.

WHY: Happy with how much revision I’ve done, but nervous that I’ll look back on this week and consider it insufficient.

CURRENT REVISION COMPLETED: Jekyll & Hyde Activity sheets; Bitesize Chemistry revision; Biology Progress sheet; German Writing transcript; 3 Of Mice & Men mind-maps; and reviewing Of Mice & Men notes.

MOMENTS OF JOY: Watching Outnumbered and seeing the parents squirm in the face of the norovirus; grinning from earlobe to earlobe at Jenna Louise-Coleman’s (the Doctor’s new companion in the Christmas special) wittiness and humour; finally recognsing the tune and lyrics to “Call Me Maybe”; seeing Miranda back in form; laughing at Artemis Fowl; and so much karaoke!

GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR: Boxing Day. Playing charades. My role: Dancer. My clues: Gangnam Style & Macarena! Oppa Gangnam Style! Heeey Macarena!

BIGGEST MOMENT(S) OF ANNOYANCE SO FAR: Karen seldom appearing in the Outnumbered Xmas Special.

BIGGEST SHOCK SO FAR: Seeing (and hearing) Ben from Outnumbered all grown-up!

FINISHING SENTENCE: Craziest cracker of a Christmas.

Beware Of The Snowmen

On Christmas Day, it was guaranteed that if snow did fall in the near future, NOBODY will set foot from their houses and play in the snow. Those Joker-like Snowmen who do worse smiles than Sheldon (and that’s saying something) really were scary.

But scary snowmen have been around for a long time…on Top of the Pops; the Flying Pickets created an Xmas No.1 hit in 1983 with an al capella cover of Yazoo’s Only You. But in one memorable performance, they dressed as snowmen. The video is below (keep an eye on the snowman with the black lipstick waggling a pipe in his mouth. Yes. You heard me):

If you want something even more scary, look up The Snowmen’s “Hokey Cokey” on Youtube; THAT is one scary snowman song!

Live long and prosper!

FAB Gerry Anderson

I’m stunned to hear that one of the most genius animators who has ever lived just died today in his sleep. It was just one of those stories that took a while to sink in. In fact, it never will. There is a still a chance that he’s reincarnated as a puppet…
Thunderbirds made my childhood. From its stimulating music to its gripping stories, I loved every second. It was child fodder. It was a childish treat. Thunderbirds was clearly the creation of someone who, like Disney & Einstein, had never grown up. No grown up could think up Thunderbirds let alone Joe 90 and his wonderful glasses.
This is not RIP Gerry ; this is FAB. Thunderbirds are go!

The Christmas No. 1

Yesterday, it was officially declared that the Hillsborough tribute song “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” deservedly reached Xmas No. 1, and I couldn’t be any more thrilled.

I am huge supporter of the thousands of people who got sick of the X Factor singles relentlessly stealing every pop singer’s dream ambition of reaching that pinnacle spot, bringing to the Xmas No. 1 spot a heavy metal song and Gareth Malone’s Military Wives. However, I am slightly ashamed to say that I started out supporting the X Factor singles — I bought Shane Ward’s “That’s My Goal” single and never stopped playing it. But I never thought the X Factor would get to the No. 1 spot for years afterwards.

So many people contended for the No.1 spot this year. According to the Telegraph, the tenth most likely song was the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”, which was a nice surprise. There was also Clive Dunn (best known for being in Dad’s Army) and his hit song “Grandad”, Girls Aloud and (unfortunately) One Direction who contended for the No.1 spot. But the charity song, yet again, reached No.1. And I am so happy.

If the X Factor was a species, then I think it is close to becoming extinct. Strictly has thrashed them in terms of viewer numbers, and it has just got so bad recently; as the judges commented themselves, all the wrong people were being sent off. The X Factor is losing popularity. I think the show is dying out.

But, on the plus side, going back to the topic of Xmas No.1, Gangnam Style reached No.6! And it has reached 1 billion views on Youtube! And the British Army in Afghanistan have created their own version! And here it is:

Merry Xmas Everyone! 😀

Favourite Xmas Songs of the Month!

Here is my top five Xmas songs!

5.     In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield

4.     Last Christmas – Wham!

3.     Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie

2.     Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

1.     Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid

One Year of Blogging…YAY! And Forthcoming Exams…Funsies

Last year, I thought my Christmas was ruined. I had to create a ‘found object’ sculpture (which was actually quite fun in the end) and revise for a Biology exam. I was having sleepless nights, and when my first blog post was created exactly one year ago, I thought that it would be an EXCELLENT IDEA to make it all about what was stressing me out. Hmm.

Now I look back on those years as care-free years in terms of stress and schoolwork. They used to be years where I worried most about my social life than my working life. Now it’s the other way round. But so other people have told me, things can only get more stressful. Yippee.

But even if I have fear and doubt inside me, I am optimistic. I have experienced hellish holidays and periods of homework and exam revision that I never thought I would survive. Twice. I went through the toughest and most gruelling weekend before Exam Week, and I worked myself to the bone doing homework over the first half term of this school year. I have experienced stress and just how horrible night can be when you are nervous, and I am determined to fight through it.

I learned so much. I spent most of half term panicking that I could not get all my homework done in one week. I was so wrong. It may take a long time, I realised, and the hours may seem long and boring, but it can all be completed…eventually. In the short term, the hours are long and kind…most of the time (although looking back at those days, in the long term, they seem to whizz on by). I remember this, and how I need to take care of myself and my sleep over the holidays. I tell myself to be optimistic and keep calm. Sometimes my mood-changing hormones decide to go on the rampage and ignore sense, but they will subside. I hope. Sometimes I want to be optimistic. But sometimes I want to face facts and panic.

Christmas does not have to devoted to revision. I can still have fun. I can just ignore school and exams and experience the fabulous atmosphere of Christmas Day. I can still get into that Christmassy feeling again…sometimes. I can still chill out when I need to. It will all be fine.

But I don’t think that there will be many opportunities when I can blog again. I will try, but I cannot guarantee it. My blogs may not be cheery enough to go on here, so I may blog on Wink of a Word (http://winkofaword.wordpress.com/) instead. Please do have a look!

Zingy Zangy Zongy has been going for a whole year. And what’s happened so far? I’ve got about eight followers. It’s not much, but I don’t really mind; all I care is that I’ve spent this hectic year full of opportunities to blog about…well…stuff, really. It’s been mostly Big Bang Theory obsessed, but it has been providing me with so much happiness over the year. I thank you all for your support and for actually reading my posts!

Live long and prosper!

The Best Christmas Present Ever

It’s five sleeps till Santa! What did you ask for? A napkin? Darn, you spoiled the joke! But even if you haven’t, I think you can guess what this post is all about. Well, it is Christmas. So here is perhaps the greatest Big Bang Theory ending ever:

Just out of the question, who would you want to possess the DNA of? I’d probably say…um……no, I can’t really think of anybody special to me. But can you?

Live long and prosper!

Favourite Xmas Songs of the Month!

Today, it’s No. 10 – No. 6!

10.     I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

9.       Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko & Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir

8.      Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) – Adam Faith (It always reminds me of seeing pantomimes as a child.)

7.       Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

6.       Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies (but wouldn’t be Christmas without your M&S either :-D)!

Wink Of A Word

Little Richard and his boogy-woogy rock ‘n’ roll song is the only way to describe the Christmas food of my whole life: mince pies.

The earliest memory I have of mince pies I’m sure many of you have experienced at some point in your childhood: wondering why mince pies are called “mince” pies when we all know what mince is — that squirmy but delicious meat that you slurp on along with your spaghetti in spaghetti bolognese. I was (and still am sometimes) a very inquisitive child.

Mince pies are the flavours of Christmas for me. The mincemeat always has its own unique “tutti frutti” flavour — sweet with a tangy bite, that is made all the better when combined with the crunchy pastry and mellow glace cherry sitting on top with a big red lipped smile. There is always the curiosity as to why it’s brown; it’s more the…

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