7.7.13

Top 30

ALL TIME 
TOP 30

I was listening to my all time favourite tracks 
last night and decided to select 
a definitive TOP 30.

It was really difficult, so many great tracks 
to choose from! But after much deliberation 
here they are, in no particular order

STRAY CATS
Runway Boys


SO
Are You Sure


THE DREAM ACADEMY
Bound To Be


LISA MARIE PRESLEY
Dirty Laundry


TONI CHILDS
Don't Walk Away


THOMAS DOLBY
Flying North


TENEK
Elusive


HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
Hip To Be Square


STEVIE NICKS
I Can't Wait


VAN HALEN
Jump


JOAN ARMATRADING
Kind Words


MR MISTER
Kyrie


ROBYN
Show Me Love


GLENN FREY
Smugglers Blues


TOYAH
Lesser God


PATTY SMYTH & SCANDAL
The Warrior


MADONNA
Vogue


LONE JUSTICE
Ways To Be Wicked


SIMPLE MINDS
Let There Be Love


JOAN JETT
Light Of Day


MARTIKA
Martika's Kitchen


THE PRETENDERS
Middle Of The Road


NOISEWORKS
It's Time


ALANNAH MYLES
Our World, Our Times


SCRITTI POLITTI
Perfect Way


30 ODD FOOT OF GRUNTS
Photograph Kills


BRIAN SETZER
Radiation Ranch


LENE LOVICH
Rocky Road


NIGHT RANGER
The Secret Of My Success


GINO VANNELLI
Wild Horses



The songs are available to 

download/listen to HERE 

15.5.13

GRAVITY 

I'm a huge fan of Eurovision and all I can say 
that this year's competition has people 
who can actually sing in it! 

I hope for once they are judged for the music 
and talent, not the gimmicks. 

My ultimate favourite to win is Ukraine's 
"Gravity". Zlata Ognevich's voice is amazing! 

The giant who carries Zlata onto the stage is Ukrainian
Igor Vovkovinskiy who is 2.37 meters (7 ft 8) tall
and wears size 62 shoes (UK size 20)!



Finland's entry "Marry Me" is nice Katy Perry'ish pop 
number. Hope she does well too! 



EDIT 19.5.2013: The results : Finland are keeping 
up the fine tradition of finishing in the bottom 
five, this time third last at 24. Bonnie (UK) rasped 
her way to the 19th spot and my favourite 
Ukraine finished third. The winner is Denmark, 
the song is a bit blaah but not the 
worst in the competition. 

Graham Norton was on form once again, 

three of his best quips of the night: 

(Finland) 
"If you don't like two girls kissing ... 
well, you need to grow up"

(Iceland) 
"If this was singing competition 
they would do well"

(While they were faffing to get the 
winner Denmark to perform at the end) 
"I'm paying waiting time on a taxi so 
if she could sing it now that 
would be brilliant"



23.4.13

NOT THE 
WRONG SONG 

But one that's been stuck in my head for weeks! 
I catch myself singing it involuntarily 
during housework! 

It's from the bitch fest 2013 otherwise known 
as Nashville. I've never been a fan of country 
music but this TV series has got me hooked. 
I particularly like Connie Britton who plays 
country legend "Rayna Jaymes".


SO WHICH IS IT?


As a part of my Tuesday routine I buy a few gossips 
mainly for the fashion articles as I've no 
idea who half of the "celebs" are and I've 
no desire to know if a Z-lister from TOWIE
is dating a footballer or not.

These mags are obsessed about reporting not 
only who's dating who but the ladies dress sizes. 
Half of the pages are filled with "so and so, used to 
be an 18, now a svelte 10" and one of the things 
I've noticed lately is that the "celebs" seem to 
be different sizes depending which 
mag you pick up - in the same week
 in the same photo.

Here are a couple examples.


In the top photo Mischa Barton in "Now" 
(22.4.2013) on the left - "fab size 12" and in 
"Heat" (20.4.2013) - "dress size 14/16".

Bottom photo Serena Williams in "Heat" 
(27.4.2013) on the left - dress size "14" and 
in "Now" (29.4.2013) - "size 12".

Please click on the photos to see a larger 
version (click on the photo and then 
right click on "view image")

The pics that make laugh the most are the ones 
where the person is clearly 16-18-20, sometimes 
even bigger and the text reads "X has 
slimmed down to size 10".

Do the mags get sued if they report the 
"celebs" real size? Or are the "journalists" who 
write this rubbish just lazy and type the 
first size they can think of?

Well, lazy or not, it's not working - everyone can see 
that some fat porker is clearly not a size 10 (or whatever 
imaginary size they happen to be that week) no 
matter how many cameras you remove! 

Not that any of this matters in the greater scheme 
of things. One thing that should be remedied for 
the sake of young girls who take these things as 
gospel is the fact that size 12 is now considered 
a "plus size" i.e fat in the UK (40% of the female 
population are a size 16 or over)




30.3.13

FALLING FOR
THIS BAND

 It's not very often I get excited about new 
music but these girls from California 
have managed to do just that. 

They play in London next month but the 
gig's already sold out. Shame as it would've 
been great to see them live.



Other great songs from them 




20.1.13

WHO'S GOING TO 
TELL YOU YOU'RE 
NOT A PRAT?

This is one of the funniest and 
sweetest adverts ever!  

Harvey And Rabbit are the loveable faces 
of Thinkbox, the marketing body 
for commercial TV in the UK. 

FRIENDS
(by Adam Buxton & Nick Webb)

F-r-i-e-n-d-s, do you really need them? 
Yes! 
If you haven't got a friend then you're just you 
There's half as many things that you can do 
Who's gonna tell you that you're not a prat 
If not your best friend? 

Do you recall when we did that? 
Yes! 
Sharing - the brilliant jokes we've had  
Throughout the years 
(Good times together) 
It's not the same same when you're not there
Friends 
Alalapupulala 

18.1.13

SNOW 2013 

 The white stuff has finally 
arrived in SW19. 

Forecast is for more all day today,
tomorrow and Sunday. 

Makes a nice change 
from the concrete jungle 
as always! 

The little Xmas tree (below, left)
which I brought from Finland a few 
years ago as a sapling is enjoying 
the authentic conditions I'm sure  :-)

(Photos from Sunday)
 

12.1.13

R.I.P KUNTO

Today is a sad day. My good friend Tommi's 
dad Kunto will be laid to rest 
in Kouvola, Finland. 

I have known him since I was 13 years old, 
when me and Tommi first met at school. 
Kunto and his wife Tuula have been like 
second parents to me, I called them 
"spare mum & dad" and they 
called me "spare daughter". 

Kunto died from complications 
of the liver. He was 67. 

Rest in peace.

Tuula and Kunto in London in 2004

6.1.13

... AND YOUR FAME 
WILL DESTROY YOU 

 I'm loving Russell Crowe's band  
song " The Photograph Kills"


Couple of other songs from 
them I like as well