Archive | December, 2012

Happy New Year

30 Dec

It’s 12.38am which means that it’s New Years Eve!

Oldie but goodie, Abba’s ‘Happy New Year’. ’89 has long passed and bring on 2013! I can’t wait, 2012 was not a good year for me.

I’m mildly superstitious and so clean frenetically to make it perfect for New Year’s Day. All debts must be cleared. If your New Year’s Day is a good one, then the rest of the year will be good. On January 1, I will avoid breaking anything, crying or say anything negative. I plan to do a bit of reading and writing and open the windows to let the old year out. I will try and have a male be the first visitor in my apartment. What happens on January 1 sets the tone for the year.

So, doing the time honoured tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Earn and save more money.

2. Get a decent job that will be good for my career.

3. Learn Italian fluently. I learnt Italian in primary school but of course have forgotten most of it. I downloaded the free ‘Babbel’ French, Spanish and Italian apps onto my tablet and am doing well so far. I have learnt 30 new words and those same words in all three languages.

4. Tidy and clean my apartment regularly.

5. Cull my books and clothes. I don’t need half of them.

6. Do more voluntry work. I used to do quite a bit of voluntry work when I studying but it’s been a few years now. I’ve done some ad hoc work and donate blood but want to do it more regularly. I’ve just signed myself up to be a companion for a couple of hours a week to an elderly person.

7. Probably the most popular resolution but lose a couple of kilos. That might mean actually exercising and eating well. I not going with doing either. Urgh! I’m thin with some soft spots and want to be toned.

8. Write more! I used to write a few articles and stories for leisure but have gotten lazy. I have all of these storylines in my head but need to type and finish them. I promise I’ll share one on ‘WordPress’ when I’m done.

9. Get out more, see more of the free things that my beautiful city has to offer. I used to go to parks, museums, festivals and so forth but haven’t done much of that as of late.

10. Learn to cook properly. I cook for myself and on occasion, would cook for the ex. My meals are scatty and nothing that I’d serve to anybody else. Nb, I bought a salt and pepper grinder today for only $15!

Happy New Year, everybody! xx

Gloria in excelsis Deo

25 Dec

Vivaldi’s composition of ‘Gloria in excesis Deo’ is one of the most well known Christmas songs. At ‘Carols by Candlelight’ last night, Marina Prior’s performance of the song was wonderful.

Christmas is less about Christ and more about Consumerism it seems. Stats tell us we’re spending more. We end Christmas with a few more kilos, a few more useless toy and a much reduced bank balance. We assuage our guilt by donating to charity. I spend big at Christmastime. I like sharing my happiness with my loved ones and whilst it’s a lot of money, it’s so nice to treat them once a year.

Christmas should be about peace, love and understanding. We are flawed beings living in a flawed world and so there will never be world peace and an end to world hunger the way that we long for. It is, however, a positive period that encourages us to be as peaceful and loving as can be. It is a brief period, where everyone it is the one time where everybody is my friend and there is nothing bad in the world. I spent last night singing carols with strangers  and it was simply amazing, we were united in our love for this period in the year. We sang songs that were over two hundred years old and about a man who was born 2011 years ago.

Christmas is so powerful as it is a worldwide celebration and the parts of the world and society that don’t celebrate it at least knows about it and can appreciate it. We know the ubiquitous songs, the tree, the roast turkey and all of the lovely traditions. Jesus may be the reason for the season but it’s more than that, it’s a time when the world celebrates. More than two thousand years later and the message is still the same: faith, hope and love.

Merry Christmas to my fellow  ‘WordPressers’. I hope it’s wonderful for all of you.

xx, from the Philofelinist.

The End is the Beginning is the End

21 Dec

The end is nigh… The ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ song is appropriate.

21-12-2012

Any sight of zombies?

Well that was anticlimactic. It’s 11.23pm over here in Aus.

I spent the end of 2000 in the most boring way possible. At home watching the festivities on television and without even party food. I haven’t ever had particularly memorable NYEs. There are times when I wish I’d done the sex drugs and rock n roll thing when I was younger like other normal teens just so I’d have interesting stories.

I read in a news article that people were doing confessions on ‘Twitter’ in preparation for the apocalypse.

I confess that whilst I own two copies of ‘The Portrait of the Artist as Young Man’, I still haven’t read it despite having them for five years. I confess that when I was 9, I got through a few pages of ‘The Hobbit’ before giving up as the made-up names was too confusing. I confess that to this day I haven’t read any of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ books nor have I seen any of the films. I confess that I started listening to ‘Radiohead’ because everyone else was and found their music boring and that it’s only in the past year have I really appreciated their music. ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ is beautiful. I confess that I don’t like ‘Midnight Symphony’ as I find it too dark. I confess that I still read children’s books. I confess that I shove things under the bed so that place looks clean.

Christmas Unicorn

15 Dec

Poor neglected blog. My viewer stats have decreased, slowly but steadily.

Until a few days ago, I thought that the twelve days of Christmas were before Christmas. Google tells me that it starts on the 25th ends on January 5th. Well there you go.

Christmas is my favourite time of the year. It may be to celebrate Jesus’ birthday but I feel that it’s the world’s birthday. I love Christmas songs, singing about sleigh rides and winter wonderlands despite the 30degree heat over here. Currently listening to ‘Christmas Unicorn’ by Sufjan Stevens. It’s a Christmas song unlike you’ve ever heard before. Utterly mad and I wonder what drugs he was on when he wrote it. I like it but can understand why one wouldn’t like it, a cacophony with weird lyrics and it oddly samples ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Inspired by Momma Be Thy Name and going to write about my top 10 least favourite Christmas songs. Bah, humbug. In no particular order:

Number 1 is definitely ‘The Millennium Prayer’by Cliff Richard. Technically it doesn’t have any mention of Christmas in it but for all intents and purposes, it’s a Christmas song. Just a cheap song, combining the Lord’s Prayer and ‘Auld Lang Syne’. I felt guilty hating this as a kid as it felt blasphemous and it was for charity. It was for charity but it would have been more charitable of Cliff not to release it. Dreck. 

2. ‘Santa Baby’, Madonna’s version. It’s hard to top Eartha Kitt’s playful version but Madonna sounds cutesy and sexless. Eartha sounds sophisticated whilst singing dirty but Madonna sounds like she’s trying to channel Marilyn Monroe. So wrong. Michael Buble has released a ‘male’ version of the song and I’m too afraid to d/l it.

3. ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’by whocares. Not cute, just creepy. The poor kid in song is undoubtedly in therapy now.

4. Band Aid 2’s version of ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’. I love the original version as cheesy as it is. It was an excellent exercise in PR and prob. didn’t that much good but that’s besides the point. It’s nostalgic and very 80s and whilst it does give a bit of a guilt trip, it does remind us to look out for our fellow humanbeings. Now the BandAid 2 version had Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard and a few unmemorable 90s singers and it’s a pop mess.

5. ‘Platinum Bells’ by Destiny’s Child. The whole ‘8 Days of Xmas’ album was objectively bad, soulless vanity album. ‘Silent Night’ was oversung by Beyonce so she could show off her vocal ‘range’. Their voices aren’t terrible and Christmas songs are an easy money maker but none of the songs sounded anything like the originals. ‘Platinum Bells’ is a their take on ‘Silver Bells’ but it’s just rubbish.

6. ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ Dean Martin. Somebody on a forum said that they thought it as being a ‘Date Rape Christmas Carol’. Sums it up. If it weren’t for the lyrics, it wouldn’t be too bad.

7. ‘Blue Christmas’ by Elvis. I don’t go out of my way to listen to Elvis songs but don’t mind his stuff. ‘Blue Christmas’ is prob. the worst song he’s done. Depressing and rather boring.

8. ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’. Putting this with that Christmas donkey song and one about wanting a hippopotamus. These songs are supremely annoying and only those under 10 could like these songs. Urgh, damn novely songs.

9. ‘The Christmas Song’ by Alvin and the Chipmunks. Remember ‘The Crazy Frog’, ‘Hampton the Hamster, ‘Schnappi’? Remember how you wanted to hurt small animals whenever you heard those songs? Yea. The song is as grating and I hate that helium chipmunk voice. Not cute, annoying.

10. ‘Christmas Shoes’. They made a FILM around the song. They also made a film around Thomas Kincade pictures so there’s no accounting for taste. Urgh, just awful, awful. Overwrought song tries to tug heart strings in an insipidway with poor people realising the ‘true meaning of Christmas.

Human Behaviour

5 Dec

‘Human Behaviour’ is a gloriously mad song by the gloriously mad Bjork.

I wanted to be a journalist back in the day before I really understood how dangerous and competitive a job it would be. I don’t have what it takes to pry into somebody’s business and destroy their lives for the sake of a story.

I keep abreast of the news and like to read the comments by the readers. The quality of  Australian news media leaves a lot to be desired. The newspapers recyle the same trash and ‘The Age’, once a respected paper, is almost on par with the very right wing, biased rag ‘The Herald Sun’. ‘The Australian’ is probably the only paper worth reading for Melburnians but it’s not easily accessible. Papers in the other states are just as bad.

The following list seem to be topics that are discussed nowadays are (in no particular order). Some actual, real news would be nice for a change.

1. Whether or not smoking should be banned in outside of restaurants/sidewalks/public places in general. I’m a non-smoker but feel rather sorry for the smokers. Smokers have the right smoke their coffin nails in peace

2. Should marijuana be legalised. I roll my eyes whenever I see this topic as it’s pulled out every few days. I did see a debate about legalising ecstasy recently so maybe they’re moving onto harder drugs.

3. The pay packets of CEOs. Jobs are cut and the proles struggle yet they still earn huge salaries.

4. Gillard vs Abbott. Or Gillard vs Rudd. Or mix it up a bit with Bailieu, Carr and others. And whatever problem Australia has now, blame it on Gillard. Politician hate has always been fashionable and our first female Prime Minister is especially disliked.

5. Housing prices. Sky rocketing and those meanie banks keep raising interest rates.

6. Should teachers be paid more. Occasionally they’ll be very controversial and ask whether or not nurses or police should be paid more. Prepare for the whinge from teachers about how much they work and having to deal with ratty kids.

7. The death of retail. It’s the government’s fault, take your pick of which. Be prepared for complaints about customer service, how cheap things are online and why can’t Gerry Harvey just shut up. Oh, and of course it’s the government’s fault.

8. Whether or not Australia should stay a monarchy or become a republic. Australia still wants a monarchy but when things are quiet, this topic is a good standby.

9. Should gays be allowed to married. Occasionally they’ll push the envelope further and ask gays should be allowed to adopt. Prepare also for a religious debate here. And homophobes are kinda funny in an awful way.

10. Whether or not Australia is a racist country. Oh boy, this is a fun topic. Throw the term ‘bogan’ around a bit and you’re set.

11. Asylym seekers and immigration and general. It’s seen as a drain on our resources and those who come over are seen as savage ingrates. Oh and they supposedly steal jobs from the locals. The media fuels the paranoia, omigodtheyretakingover.

12. The laws of other countries. Bali and Indonesia get a fair bit of coverage due to some silly tourist bringing drugs into the country and being harshly punished for it. Of course we Aussies think that our laws are the only ones that matter.

13. The Myki fiasco. Myki is Melbourne’s troubled transport smartcard system that has become a national joke due to its delays and immense financial cost.

14. Getting rid of the pokies. Gambling addiction is a problem but the pokies are a soure of revenue for the government so it’s unlikely they’ll get rid of them any time soon.

15. Compulsory immunisation of children is the latest hot topic. Prepare for pop science from both sides.

16. Centrelink benefits and teen mothers. Teen mothers are living it up on government benefits and shows like ‘Teen Mom’ from America don’t help matters.

And some other great topics to recyle are taxi drivers who don’t take passengers, overseas call centres, carbon tax, delayed flights, ipads, internet filters, abortion, euthanasia, etc.

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

5 Dec

It’s snowing on ‘WordPress’. Gee, that’s ducky.

How I love my little blog and the fantastic community that is ‘WordPress’. I have been on here for less than a month yet have learnt so much from people all around of the world. So few of my friends are interested in some things I like so I’ve found a place where I can talk about what interests me. Thank you guys for reading and supporting me.

I’ve read about cursive handwriting, nostalgia for lp’s, world events, losing a spouse, book reviews, pets and have been around the world from the comfort of my bed. Off topic but I don’t own a desk and use my laptop in bed under the covers like a child would. I have an HP laptop, the same one as Dan Humphrey has on ‘Gossip Girl’.

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the very sweet.  The jaded ‘WordPressers’ may think it’s meaningless but I’m touched. I’m glad that I entertain or inform people out there.

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 5 things about yourself.
  4. Pass the award onto 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

Five Things About Me

  1. I hate sultanas and raisins and pick them out of things.
  2. I have never seen the ending of ‘Grease’. I’ve seen ‘Grease’ five or six times through my life and liked what I saw but only ever got about halfway  through the film.
  3. I always carry a book around. I don’t buy bags that don’t fit paperbacks anymore.
  4. When I was younger, I carried around some dry cat biscuits to feed to random cats.
  5. When talking about new movies in cinemas that my friends haven’t seen yet I say ‘oh he died at the end’ just to bug them.

I Nominate These Bloggers (even though some have already been nominated).

  1. jamesroom964x: He obv. has some grey matter, is eloquent and writes about interesting topics. He is also a positive representation of Gen Y.
  2. Closed the Cover: She likes to read and is terrif.
  3. Ad-libb3d: Family guy who seems to be living this idyllic life in Canada.
  4. philofelinist: Yep, that’s me. Nominating myself because I’m existential like that.
  5. rhythm & method She/They are Australian which already makes her/them fabulous but they also have some useful tips about blogging.
  6. Auxiliary Memory I’m still young and am already nostalgic for ‘the good ol’ days’. He has some wonderful entries about LP’s which takes me back.