Saturday, 29 May 2010

Just like Aladdin...with cocktails

Had a really good night tonight with the ladies.Went with Amy,Sophie and Maria to see Sex and the City 2,followed by dinner at Zizzi with added Keira.I discovered that my stomach has somehow turned into a bottomless pit- after eating 3 courses (not like me),I didn't have the uncomfortable feeling that makes you need to walk home with your jeans half unzipped like I normally do.It's quite alarming,but I do seem to be accustomed to eating a lot of food lately.Also went to Jamie's Italian on Tuesday with James and ate a ton of pasta and arancini there too.Better make the most of it though,there are no nice restaurants in Kent.

I enjoyed SATC,despite the negative reviews that have appeared in the papers this week.It opens with the most over-the-top gay wedding the world has ever seen,complete with swans and Liza Minnelli.Then there's a bit of dicking about in New York before they all go to Abu Dhabi and get into all sorts of hilarious scrapes.Well,that's an overstatement.The Abu Dhabi bits are a bit clichéd and predictable,although I did love Samantha's butler Abdul ("as in Paula") and Omid Djalili's brief appearance as the hotel manager.Samantha is probably the only character who hasn't changed at all,which I'm glad about,as she's always been my favourite.But the others,who've all settled down and are now married (with kids in the case of Charlotte and Miranda) have just got a bit dull.A lesson to us all maybe?

Friday, 28 May 2010

Oh well

So disappointed for InCulto tonight,and the lovely beautiful Michael and his wonderful backing singers and golden silk suit.There are others who I wanted to see go through too,but those were the main ones,even though it was never really going to happen.Tonight's semi was so much stronger than Tuesday's,that some of the best songs were always going to miss out.That doesn't excuse the likes of Ukraine and Ireland going through though.

Still,Harel's in the final (near the end too,how super!),so let's drown our sorrows by looking at him.

I need a lie down now.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Miscellaneous post #12

Following on from my Faroese adventure this afternoon,the cool people from The Faroe Islands Podcast are following me on Twitter.I haven't had the chance to listen to any of the podcasts yet,but from reading the blog,it all looks very interesting.There's lots of stuff about Faroese music,lovely pictures and stories from foreigners who've spent time there.I just hope in 15 months time that PVE will be coming to you from Tórshavn :)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Miscellaneous post #11

At the Post Office:

Me- "I need to send this to the Faroe Islands"
Cashier 1- "I'm sorry I don't know this place" (well I'm sure the Royal Mail do)
Cashier 2- "Faro is in Portugal"
Me- "I know,but the Faroe Islands are between Iceland and Scotland"
Cashier 2- ".........Iceland? And it's an island?"
Me- "Yes"
Cashier 2- "Is it part of Europe?"
Me- "Yes"
Cashier 2- "Erm,60p then"

Just as well I'm applying 11 months early.It might get there by the deadline.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

It's you I've always wanted

Is it just me or are there more attractive men in this year's Eurovision than normal? Harel,Didrik,Peter...Well my new favourite is Michael anyway.I'm not so keen on the current facial hair thing he's got going on,but in some of the publicity shots,he's quite beautiful.That wasn't the point of this post anyway.The point was that I've just come across the German version of Il Pleut de l'Or,my early favourite song of this year.It's called Es Regnet Gold,and though the lyrics are essentially quite similar,they're a bit less dramatic and a bit more...accessible?

I will blog again

As Lara Fabian would probably sing if she did a geek-orientated remix of her famous song.

I haven't blogged much at all lately,for a number of reasons.Firstly,from 14th-22nd,I didn't have any internet.Which was a complete pain in the arse not only as I had my last ever 2 bits of coursework to do last week but also because no one seemed to know (or care) what the problem was,even though they established early on that it was nothing to do with my computer.But it's worked OK since Friday.For now.

Finally finished my stupid amount of work,and indeed had my last ever lecture on Friday.Now all that's left is my Russian exam on Tuesday,a German speaking exam on "the cultural and artistic development of Vienna" (yawn) on the 2nd,and a similar French one about my dissertation on the 7th.Speaking of which...

I'm so glad that's finished.

But apart from working all the time,I've managed to feed lots of ducks in the last few weeks,been bullied by geese,got sunburnt,found my perfect job in the perfect location which I'm yet to apply for,ate a lot of chocolate and got very,very excited about Eurovision.All these updates of rehearsals and photos from Oslo are making me very jealous indeed.Not just because it's my dream to sing at Eurovision,but also because Oslo is my spiritual home and I really want to go back there.Shopping on Karl Johans Gate,sunny afternoons at Aker Brygge and Slottsparken,cheap food at Narvesen...*sigh*.Looks like I'll just have to make do with a day in Paris sometime in the next few months though- doesn't look like I'm having a proper holiday any time in the near future,though I'm still pestering my dad to persuade him Christmas in Sorrento would be very nice.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Я вас любил(a)

I loved you once: perhaps that love has yet
To die down thoroughly within my soul;
But let it not dismay you any longer;
I have no wish to cause you any sorrow.
I loved you wordlessly, without a hope,
By shyness tortured, or by jealousy.
I loved you with such tenderness and candor
And pray God grants you to be loved that way again.

Today we did presentations in our Russian class.It was the first proper presentation we've ever done,and though expectations were low all round,our teacher said he thought they were all really good.Really really good in fact :) Mine was of course about Reality TV in Russia.Russian media has been a subject that's fascinated me for a long time,and I wish I knew enough of the language to be able to read about it properly and from a Russian perspective.But I managed to fit in a pretty picture of Aleksei Vorobyov,and everyone laughed at the video of Prohor "you don't understand: you're stars,I'm a legend" Shalyapin.

Everyone else's presentations were a bit more traditional though.One of my friends spoke about Pushkin,and she introduced us to his poem Ya vas Lyubil (I loved you).I thought the words were lovely,so I thought I'd share them here.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Election Fever!

I'm indecisive about most things,so deciding who to vote for today has been very tricky indeed,even though I've been reading the papers for the last month,watched all the debates and listened to everything I can on Radio 4.Maybe this is a typical Kent characteristic though.My home constituency of Gillingham and Rainham is the Conservative's top target seat (I thought it always was Conservative,shows how much I know),and the Tories only need a swing of 0,2% to win it.Same with Sittingbourne&Sheppey (I used to work in Sittingbourne),they're Labour's top priority.So maybe we're all indecisive people who just don't know what to think.Saying that,Guildford is the Lib Dem's number one target,and I think they're going to get it.You'd think of Surrey as being the ultimate poster region for the Conservatives,but with all us students seeing nothing but yellow,it's not always that simple in Guildford.

Having watched all the leaders debates on telly,I,like most of the country fell in love with Mr Clegg,for many reasons.He's not 100% British,he has a foreign wife,he's a great public speaker,worked for the Commission and speaks 5 languages.And he's very attractive.Basically he's everything I want to be.But you can't really vote for a party based on their leader,which is something I think people don't always remember.Different towns and regions have different priorities,which is why I think Guildford's version of Question Time,where all of the candidates explained their policies to us would be a great idea in any constituency.

All I knew before is that I didn't want to vote Labour.For a start I hate some of their unfair policies,but mostly,after 13 years,it's definitely time for a change.If I'd voted in Gillingham I probably would have voted Conservative.Their team was the only one who bothered to knock on doors (even if my mum did refuse to talk to them!),and their candidate had good ideas for the town.But I voted in Guildford,and like everyone else I know who voted here,went for the Lib Dems.I know it's a clichéd thing for students to do,and they do have some massive holes in their policies.But ultimately we all have our own particular areas of interest.For me,Europe is the deciding factor.I'd feel immoral voting for a party that doesn't want the UK to be part of the EU,even though I don't believe there'll ever be a referendum on our membership no matter who's in charge.

I'm going round James' later to watch the results,though I'm sure he'll be asleep long before Gillingham&Rainham declare at 5am.He might manage Guildford's at 1.30.Then tomorrow I'm back off to my potentially Tory hometown for the weekend.It's all very exciting!