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Saturday, 24 April 2004

Ghost in the Machine

Mood:  surprised
Topic: Casino Avenue

I know it's actually in itself a compliment that someone should want to, but does anyone else feel like someone's walked across your grave when you notice that someone is busy reading your archives?

[Pssst! The whole blog is archived in text format over to the left, without comments or that annoying sitemeter box that takes an age to load - if you prefer to download, read it offline, and in the right order, my sitemeter won't prickle the back of my neck about it. :D ]
[ P.S. Before anyone gets para, there was more than one person reading. I was imagining them communicating: 'oh holy crap, she's moaning about her gf again' / 'here, look, she's posting up pictures of her dinner now' / 'man this girl likes taking photos of cats', etc ]

Turn Off TV Week ~ I'm spending a week living an imaginary life as a couch potato, to see if it's any more fulfilling.

Daily Selection: I might have watched ~

1. 7pm, C4, Russia: Land of the Tsars ~ Exploring Russia's royalty, beginning with profiles of Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great. It's been becoming increasingly embarrassing that my entire knowledge of Russian history has been derived from watching the bloke cavort on Boney M's song 'Ra Ra Rasputin'. This must be corrected, and quickly, before anyone realises I was making it all up.
2. 9pm, C4, Sex, Secrets and Frankie Howerd ~ A look behind the public persona of the troubled comedian. I quite like finding out that all the big comedians are manic depressive paranoiac lunatics - it makes me feel better about the jammy bastards finding it so easy to crack a joke. Howerd should be particularly good - sixties era, he should have an anecdote or two about Hancock, Sellers, Sid James and the like.
3. 10pm, C4, Rod Hull: A Bird in the Hand ~ Documentary profiling the turbulent life of Rod Hull, who with his anarchic emu puppet, became a top-ranking star of British showbusiness and a multimillionaire. The programme details both his enormous success and his subsequent downfall, and the life he led before his premature and tragic death. See what I mean? A premature and tragic death. What more could we ask of a family comedian?
I had an emu puppet toy as a kid - the thing is meant to go for anyone at the throat as Hull tries to hold a conversation. Brilliant. There IS no other toy that licenses - nay, encourages - you to viciously attack and punch other kids and even (especially) adults. Not to do so is to desecrate the spirit of the puppet. My dad rued the day I got that damn bird. And Rod always had a better fake plastic arm than any mere ventriloquist.
Verdict: Well, I'm stunned. Stunned that there's actually anything at all watchable on any of the five channels on a Saturday night, in an era when even the broadcasters admit the programming on offer is so execrable that the vast majority of viewers are renting a dvd or replaying a video. And it's all from channel four, the minority taste channel that tried to become populist, missed, and just became supine. Well done, mate. Still not unmissable, though.

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Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 2:46 AM BST

Name: chrysalis

*Raises Hand*(Disgustingly honest am I)

I would be one of the mysterious archive readers. Don't worry though.......not a stalker am I!! =)

Was bored at work and scanning for 2 very particular things.......1) Who Malice was(mentioned in an entry a couple of days ago)....and why he/she was so stingy(I really thought it was your landlord/lady!!). Had to laugh upon the discovery of Malice's true identity. 2)Trying to figure out when it was I first stumbled across your as to possibly figure out how I did so. Gave up on this was obviously a while ago and I tired of searching(and I kinda had to do some actual work). =)

So, nothing to fret about.......though......I can't vouch for anyone else who was surfing your archives! Perhaps you do have something to worry about!! Oh, were the one counseling against being 'para'. Enjoy your weekend. ;)

Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 4:42 AM BST

Name: Lux
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It wasn't me, though I have read your archives before. :-P

Can't you tell from sitemeter who it was?

Re: Russian history: Alfred Molina is starring in Fiddler on the Roof on broadway.

Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 8:48 AM BST

Name: Winnie
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I hate to admit it PBS is one of my favorite stations.
Haven't read you in a while I must play catch up hope all is well.

Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 10:55 AM BST

Name: Vanessa

Hi Winnie - welcome back! Yep, no major crises, it's all wittering here.

Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 11:05 AM BST

Name: Vanessa

Oh I know that I'm para - one of my current projects is to try to worl out why, in fact. I mean, how come? Nobody's ever been out to get me. Bleh.

I really should link back clue words like Malice to the entry that explains them, I know, but the way the archives work on angelfire is a bit unwieldy, so I usually can't be bothered. My landlady's lovely - best I've ever had, but she's called Bogus Landlady, because I suspiciously couldn't believe either she or the cool beige flat in Penge really existed till I moved in.

Chrysalis, you're very welcome to read the archives. I just couldn't work out why I felt skin prickled - not that someone was reading, but ... well, I guess, that someone was paying attention. I mean, you'd be all hte more likely to be buried somewhere in the blog noticing all the self delusions and hypocrisy and negativity and cynicism, right? ;)

PS, Yeah, that's disgustingly honest. My memory's probably faster than reading through all that self pitying crap - tell me what's the earliest topic you can remember me writing about? I should at least know what month it is from that.
Also, in the first week of January, there's one post that's an index of the main events, all linked, of the previous five month's pieces (I noticed Troubled Diva and Plastic Bag and the ilk raise themselves above the common herd by referring to them as 'pieces' not blog posts, as if to imply theirs weren't actual blogs, more a time filler when they weren't being journalistical) - I usually end up using that to find things.

I'm incredibly jealous of people who can read blogs at work. I can sometimes grab a sneaky peek at Fridge Magnet or Creepy or Another Sarah in my lunch hour, but the rest of the time I'm too wrapped up in the damn job. :(

Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 11:08 AM BST

Name: Vanessa

Does Fiddler on the Roof have Russian history in it?
I was trying to remember the other thing that had clued me up about the revolution - it's Dr Zhivago. I'm not sure Fiddler even counts as much as Boney M does as historical background, does it?

< miniature Alfred Molina ooh > <== Thanks!

Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 11:08 AM BST

Name: Vanessa

Oh, and no, sitemeter never gives me that much info.

Saturday, 24 April 2004 - 8:29 PM BST

Name: chrysalis

When it comes to being paranoid.......I've found it is much easier to just assume that EVERYONE is out to get ya rather than spend time trying to figure out who actually is. ;)

Unfortunately my memory is, if put on the spot, the earliest topic I would swear to remembering.......would be the one about Earth Day. ;) No worries, I have resigned myself to the fact that I will never know how it was that out of the millions of blogs out there........I picked 2 at random out of the blogosphere that know each other. Boggles my mind.

As far as reading blogs at helps to work with/for someone you've been friends with since childhood. =)

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 9:33 AM BST

Name: Lux

Errr... I can't remember when Fiddler takes place, before or after the revolution, but it's in a Jewish town that's being persecuted by whatever regime is in power. Pograms. I think that's the word for attacks on Jewish communities.

The movie can't compare to a live production, but it's incredibly funny and incredibly sad.

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 9:35 AM BST

Name: Lux

And I have no idea who/what Boney M is.

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 10:13 AM BST

Name: Lux

Also, your mood icon looks like it sat on a cattle prod. And liked it.

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 12:33 PM BST

Name: JonnyB
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I got me Russian history from a mix of 'Rasputin', 'Fiddler' and 'Dr Zhivago'. I think it's important to have a balance of ideas.

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 5:38 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

I know lots about pogroms - after inter-railing round Eastern Europe once, I decided my favourite place to be was Poland, and spent a lot of time there reading up on the pogroms that seemed, in retrospect, to have made the Polish holocaust that much more easy to occur (as in , people moved quietly to the ghettos, acquiesced to the ever increasing rules, because their grandparents had taught them was that the way to survive a pogrom was to be obedient, weather it, try to survive). (At least, that's what the book said, before anyone rips into how wrong this is.)
So in my mind, pogroms are all over most of Europe, not particularly associated with Russia. And as I've never managed to watch all of Fiddler in one go (therefore missing the sad bits), that explains my ignorance. In fact, I'd probably assumed it was set in Poland, too, because it reminds me of early Polanski movies.

This is Boney M - they're a seventies group who wrote a great song that completely ruined any idea of who Rasputin was for an entire generation.

Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Russia's greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

He ruled the Russian land and never mind the czar
But the kasachok he danced really wunderbar
In all affairs of state he was the man to please
But he was real great when he had a girl to squeeze
For the queen he was no wheeler dealer
Though she'd heard the things he'd done
She believed he was a holy healer
Who would heal her son

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 5:39 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Cheeky ...

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 9:52 PM BST

Name: fluffy
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BoneyM sang some GREAT tunes.
"Brown girl in the ring ! tra la la la laaaaa"

"By the rivers of Babelon.."

ahhhhh memories. Brown girl in the ring was my favorite song as a 5 year old.

Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 10:28 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Mine too - but I think nowadays, Ma Baker has to be their best track ever.

Monday, 26 April 2004 - 3:44 AM BST

Name: Missuh Golightly
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What's that line? "Just because you're paranoid - don't mean they're not after you."

Heh. -- No, I get that way, too. My archives are full of shite, though, so it's understandable.

Also - yay! We titled our posts the same this week! Great minds think alike!

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