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!
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!
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)!
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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Today, I am starting a countdown of my 15 favourite Xmas songs (meaning you will see my top five by Christmas Eve)! First up, No. 15-11:
15: Walking In The Air – Aled Jones
14: Mull of Kintyre – Wings
13: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
12: Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
11: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Mel & Kim
FYI, the five songs that narrowly missed out were:
- Santa Baby – Miss Piggy (Yes, you read that right!)
- Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
- Step Into Christmas – Elton John
- Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
- Saviour’s Day – Cliff Richard
“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman
Even in the face of exams, I still believe that Christmas should not be overlooked or neglected!
December 1st. The beginning of joy, smiles and rosy cheeks. The attic had its first grand opening in quite a while, and giant cardboard box upon giant cardboard box was shakily lowered down onto the landing. These were boxes full of colours, sparkles and memories. These were the Christmas boxes. Boxes that would send children a quiver and make parents edge towards a nervous breakdown. After all, who doesn’t find phone calls to relatives, tediously trying to wrap up the finicky presents and CHRISTMAS SHOPPING to be the sort of thing that makes your face twitch and your eyes tick and your hands shake with stress?
Christmas is an enigma: for one month, my feelings of boredom and tiredness of life and its repetitiveness vanish into the frosty air, replaced with karaoke Christmas tunes and red, green and white that activate feelings of happiness within my soul. The…
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One band in this week’s FSotW is from the dark lyrical side of the 80s: Propaganda. But it has some superb synthesiser music, which is why I have included it. Also, this may be my last FSotW without Xmas songs for a while cos…IT’S CHRISTMAAAAASSSSS!!!
- Duel – Propaganda
- Kids in America – Kim Wilde
- Remembrance Day – B-Movie
- In The Name Of Love – Thompson Twins
- Pale Shelter – Tears for Fears