Monday, March 30, 2009

Dear Mr Sony

Dear Mr Sony (@playstation.com)

My new friend Amy and I have come up with a gap in your popular Singstar market.

Not that either of us actually own a Playstation or Singstar, but that's irrelevant.

We're quite surprised that you've not cottoned on to this as an idea yet.  Or perhaps you have, but have found it too difficult to get the rights.  In any case, we'd like to run the idea past you, just in case.

Our idea?

Movie Songs SingStar.

Now we realise that there is a Disney SingStar, but that's Disney.  And we're talking classic movie songs.

Wouldn't it be so much fun to be able to belt out some of the following tunes and be scored on your ability (or lack of):

- The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News (Back To The Future)

- I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard)

- When The Going Gets Tough - Billy Ocean (The Jewel of the Nile)

- My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (Titanic)

- Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds (The Breakfast Club)

- If You Leave - OMD (Pretty in Pink)

- Goonies R Good Enough - Cyndi Lauper (The Goonies)

- I've Had The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (Dirty Dancing)

- Footloose - Kenny Loggins (Footloose)

- Flashdance (What A Feeling) - Irene Cara (Flashdance)

- Fame - Irene Cara (Fame)

- Take My Breath Away - Berlin (Top Gun)

- Movin' Right Along - Kermit & Fozzie (The Muppet Movie)

- Never Ending Story - Limahl (The Never Ending Story)

- Together in Electric Dreams - Giorgio Moroder (Electric Dreams)

- Mrs Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel (The Graduate)

- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - BJ Thomas (Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid)

- Nothin's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (Mannequin)

- There Are Worse Things I Could Do - Stockard Channing (Grease)

- Cool Rider - Michelle Pfeiffer (Grease 2)


And that's just for starters.

I realise that a high proportion of the above listed are from 80's films, but I'm sure your fine research team will be able to uncover many more from other decades.

Anyway. Think about it Mr Sony. Amy and I reckon it would be tops. Hell I'd even contemplate purchasing a Playstation if you went ahead with it.

Yours in singing,

magical_m







Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dear K-Rudd

Dear K-Rudd,

I have a proposal for you.  My new friend Amy (who is Scottish) and I worked it out over a gin & pink at the Comedy@Trades preview on Thursday night.

Firstly, a bit of background for you.

I am an Australian.  However, I have always felt that I was perhaps born in the wrong country and consequently have never really felt at home here.  The harsh climate and my skin have never been friends and I don't rate Neighbours as a quality soap when compared to Eastenders.

When I arrived in England in my mid-twenties I finally felt like I was home. I loved it all.  There was nothing that I missed about Australia apart from my family and a few close friends.  I would have gladly stayed there forever.

Except because neither my parents or paternal grandparents were actually born in the UK, I am not able to get a visa based on ancestry.  The fact that I am highly employable and would willingly pay the highest rate of tax Gordon and his mates would care to throw at me is inconsequential.  Gordon won't let me stay there permanently.

Amy is from Scotland.  Whilst she loves Scotland, she loves Australia more.  Amy is currently here on a working holiday visa, but would like to stay here permanently.  Unfortunately, because she works in the arts, your mates at Immigration are not really looking kindly on her request.

So here is our proposal.

We would like to propose a swap.  Amy would live here in Australia, enjoying all the rights and privileges I enjoy as an Australian citizen and I would live in the UK, enjoying all the rights and privileges she enjoys as a UK citizen.  

How's that for an idea?

We've done all the leg work for you... all you have to do is get your Immigration mates to rubber stamp it and get Gordon's mob to do the same.

I'll leave it with you.

Cheers K-Rudd.  I'll even gift Amy my "Kevin 07" tank top so she really feels at home.


x magical_m



PS - Loved the boots you wore to The White House.



Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pull Out The Rope!

I am seriously loving this right now...


It really is worth the 8 minutes of your life it will take to watch it, if only for the "beautiful man, beautiful face" comment.

I'm wondering if he's available to come and have a chat with my boys, after their sloppy performance in the first three quarters of last night's game. One decent quarter does not a game win.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Oh and just one last thing...

The six goal final quarter was great but please, couldn't you have managed just ONE (and a point) more?


Sigh.  


Well done Melba.  See you in Round 17.



Today's Tidbits

"News" items which have captured my interest in the last couple of days:



I will believe it when I see the cheeky bugger back up there on stage belting out the refrain of "why'd you have to leave me / girl I really need ya" from "Wasting My Time" with Mark Owen.




Now I love a bit of 80s new romantic. This has been well documented. And Spandau Ballet were huge in my life when I was a teenager. HUGE. But I am unsure as to how I feel about this one. I last saw Tony Hadley on Masterchef and to put it politely, the years have been less than kind to the man. The sight of him sweating over a bit of sea bass was extremely unappetising, to put it mildly. But then to be fair, Tony was never my favourite. Martin Kemp held that honour (only just... Steve Norman was thisclosebehind) and he's stood up quite well.




Yep. Still hot.

As for the rest of them...



Martin: HOT. Gary: Not bad. Less hair but still ok. Tony: See above comments. John: Never rated him even back in the day. Steve: Phwooooar. Oh. My. God. He's right up there with the younger Kemp. Is it possible that he's actually become hotter with age? I'd totally tap that still.


Happy weekend all!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

All Roads Lead To Melbourne

Here's a few stats to start us off:

Number of blogs I posted in 2005:  92
Number of blogs I posted in 2006:  102
Number of blogs I posted in 2007:  20
Number of blogs I posted in 2008:  34

Date I joined facebook:  April 2007.

I think I see a correlation. Or perhaps not.  Stats was never a strong subject of mine.

Anyway.  I'm back.  I know I've been quieter than Paris Hilton of late (on a side-note, where HAS Paris Hilton been lately?  I've not seen her splashed around the tabloids as much as usual), but I'm back with a renewed determination to blog more.

Especially since new facebook isn't as fun anymore.

So... bit of an update for you.

Last time we spoke I was about to get on a plane bound for Europe.  I did, I stayed for just over 6 weeks and then I ran out of money and had to come back.  With 43kgs of checked baggage.  Thank goodness the check-in lady was distracted by my ravings about the superiority of shopping in London vis a vis Sydney, and forgot to charge me excess baggage.

Result.

So anyway, Europe was wonderful, I knew I missed it but I hadn't realised quite how much.  However visas aren't an easy thing to come by when you're in my age bracket and not working in a 'preferred occupation', so I had to resign myself to the fact that for now, I will remain a permanent resident of Australia.  If however David Tennant or Max Beesley would like to support my bid for a British passport by offering their services as a husband, then I would be most grateful.

Upon my return to Sydney, I was expecting to jump right back into a bunch of school shows, therefore paying off the purchases which made up most of the excess baggage.  However the muppet who was my former employer had not been doing his job and all but two of the shows which had been tentatively booked prior to my departure had been either cancelled, or converted to shows which would not be performed by my partners in crime and I, but rather by aforementioned muppet and one of the other owners of the company.  Therefore they would be paid for a couple of thousand worth of gigs and we were left unemployed.

Rudeness.

Lovely flatmate came up with a bit of work assisting her with her PhD (ie getting her organised) and doing some transcription for another project she was working on at uni, and there were a few boxie shifts each week, but not enough to keep me in the manner to which I am accustomed.  Also, the cost of rent in Sydney is beyond rude and my desire to live on my own was becoming completely unachievable. 

So in November, whilst in Melbourne to attend my baby cousin's wedding*, I lined up a job interview and stuck around for a weekend to check the place out with a view to moving.

Didn't get the job, but really loved the city, so whilst visiting la famillie in Radders at Christmas, I did a bit of thinking and decided to make the move to Melbourne.

Which I did on 31 January.  Hired a car, loaded it up with a bunch of clothes and "things-I-couldn't-live-without-while-the-rest-of-my-stuff-remains-in-storage-at-BestieP's", made myself a playlist for the iPod and drove the 800kms or so down here.

Best decision I've made in a long while.

Despite missing Bestie P, Piper-J and the Tater-Tot dreadfully**, I have adapted to life here in Melbourne like a true local.

Some of the positives include:
  • Better coffee.  Seriously. I don't know how they do it, but it tastes much better.

  • Cheaper transport.  $29 a week for unlimited train, tram and bus. Ace.

  • Cheaper rent.  $90 a week.  Yes, I'm sharing with 3 others, but the place is HUGE and a lot of times I have it all to myself.  Like the past 5 hours for example.  And $90 a week is ridiculously cheap.

  • Nicer people.  They speak nicely to you when you enter a shop.  They say please.  And thank you.

  • Cheaper beauty treatments.  I went to the local beautician's yesterday for a bit of a wax.  What costs me $105 in Sydney cost me $50.  That's less than half price!

  • Bike paths.  I have a bike and I'm not afraid to ride it like I was in Sydney, because here there are proper bike paths.

  • More work.  I've worked more hours in the last two weeks than I did in my last two months in Sydney.  That's gotta be a plus.

  • No cockroaches.  Not a one.  Having lived the last 6 years in the inner west where they are rampant, I am very excited by this.

  • Hawks home games.  Bliss.


I'm sure if I put my mind to it I could come up with plenty more, but I'll save that for another post.  Time to go and take the banana bread I just made out of the oven.

And plan what I'm going to write in tomorrow's post.




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*  Re baby cousin's wedding - remember I was concerned about being stuck at the same table as geeky second cousin Simon?  Well I shouldn't have been.  No.  It was far worse... I was sat at the single girl's table with all the bride's BITCHY friends who made rude comments during the speeches.  I would have gladly sat with geeky second cousin Simon after putting up with them for 4 hours. 

* I also really miss Dare.  Can anyone recommend an equivalent?  Big M just doesn't cut it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Coming Soon...

To a town near you.




Right.  Got your attention?  Excellent.  

New city, new life, new determination to write more... expect to see renewed activity on this blog in the very near future.

Those of you that have stayed with me of course.

Which is probably not many.

Oh well.  


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