Well hello to you, everyone! Again, I apologise for my lack of blogging; I can’t believe it’s been a whole month! I guess this is what they call blogger’s block.
As some of you may notice in my title, I’ve been celebrating the return of Miranda Hart and the third series of her sitcom. Although I’m bitterly disappointed that she seldom says the title to this blog post or “On with the show!”, and that the delightfully camp Clive — Gary’s annoying yet amazing assistant in the restaurant — is absent, I loved many moments of it: seeing how Miranda sees Gary — the daydreaming involving war paint and making love and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax (New York Mix)” –; the M&S song; the massage (awkwardness is an understatement for what I felt as I watched the sketch); the Dirty Dancing lift (you will wince); and the kiss…with a certain member of Take That!
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Miranda is a sitcom about the comedienne of the same name, trying but failing to act normal in the presence of her infuriatingly annoying and out-of-touch “what I call” mother; her small, hyperactive shop assistant, Stevie; her posh “splendisamo” schoolfriend, Tilly; and her crush from university, Gary. Over the series, Miranda has been treated by a pyschotherapist, witnessed her old French teacher naked, and had the most extraordinary experience of her life in a hotel room. It’s steadily staled over the series, so the first one is the best, there are still moments of comedy genius to be found in the later series. Critics love it, and so do I.
Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while — it turns out that the norovirus, blogger’s block and exam revision don’t go well together! To make up for it, this comeback post is about what I consider to be the five weirdest songs to enter the pop charts. These come from the 70s and 80s — my favourite era of pop music. If you have other suggestions, please comment!
- O Superman — Laurie Anderson (A geniusly minimalistic and experimental half-sung, half-spoken combination of instruments alongside an electronic voicemail-like voice that lasts for over eight minutes.)
- John Wayne Is Big Leggy – Haysi Fantayzee (A bizarre yet interesting tribute to the Western film actor, with extravagant singing and lyrics that might just have moments of cringing innuendo.)
- Jilted John – Jilted John (A funny song about a man called John who is jilted by his girlfriend. It’s not really sung; more wailed melodically. According to the singer’s t-shirt, “I taught John Travolta to dance”.)
- Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha) – Trio (A mixture of nonsensical English and German alongside an incredibly minimalistic yet catchy melody. The video is incredibly minimalistic too.)
- Two Pints of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps – Splodgenessabounds (A man becoming increasingly annoyed at how he will not be served in a pub. Guess what he shouts every time. It reached No.7 in the charts.)
Or, if you want to go for the most weird yet genius song EVER in my opinion that did not reach the pop charts, then without a shadow of a doubt it has to be I Before E Except After C by Yazoo (fronted by ex-Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke — before he formed Erasure — and Alison Moyet), which entirely consists of speech excerpts from various people edited and remixed and repeated to develop into a surprisingly effective song. Extraordinarily clever.
Live long and prosper! 😀
In these times of exam pressure and revision stress, 6 o’clock every weekday truly has been a sanctuary for me over the Christmas holiday. So just as a one-off, I’m reviving my Big Bang Theory Quote posts to give a quote that I can’t believe I’ve missed out on, especially since it’s from a particularly interesting episode where we discover just how boldly Howard can go when it comes to dating women.
Howard: Watch this, it’s really cool. Call Leonard Hofstadter.
Howard’s phone: Did you say “Call Helen Boxleitner”?
Howard: NO. CALL LEONARD HOFSTADTER.
Howard’s phone: Did you say, “Call Temple Beth Sader“?
Howard: NO. CALL–
Leonard: Here, let me try. Call McFlono McFloonyloo. (He laughs.)
Howard’s phone: Calling Rajesh Koothrappali. (Raj’s eyes widen in disbelief. His phone rings).
Raj: Oh! That’s very impressive…and a little racist.
Live long and prosper! 😀
Gotye confused but excelled with his cubist video.
Call Me Maybe knew that this was crazy, but buy me maybe.
Harry Hill bid us goodbye.
Viewers cringed at the Jubilee Thames pageant on TV.
Grace Jones showed the Queen how to be a hula-hooping Slave to the Rhythm.
Britain cried with Andy Murray.
People groaned at Danny Boyle.
People then praised Danny Boyle.
Britain cheered and cried with Andy Murray.
The Paralympic ceremonies confused others but surprised me.
The world went Oppa Gangnam Style!
It was decided that Anything Could Happen.
We let the Skyfall when we crumble.
Doctor Who brought people to their knees and behind the sofa.
The world didn’t end after all.
RECENTLY THIS YEAR:
Steven Hawking revealed his hatred of the Go Compare man…
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.
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!
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! 😀
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
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!