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Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

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big thinking on a day off


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November 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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pop crisis

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I am having a pop crisis! The king of pop is dead and her ‘mag’esty (madonna) has seriously lost the plot. I went to see Madonna last night at the MEN and it was a fright…she went on very late then she mimed her way effortlessly through the first section of the concert. She danced like a 12 year old (and dressing like one!), she even tried to fool us with costume changes and at one point we were supposed to believe it was her singing under a full cape whilst sat on a grand piano (I am pretty sure it was a body double whilst she put her feet up in the dressing room drinking pop). The most grotesque spectacle was the unpleasant display of wealth and bizarre obsession with showing us her pants. Though there was a pretty good middle section where she seemed to have joined the fair and became incorporated into a Hispanic gypsy family even this was marred by slightly a preoccupation with death and the ‘cult of the child’. Madonna needs to spend some quality time coming to terms with her shift from youth to middle age, enjoy being an older woman and not see herself as having to prove herself as a sexual being…there is so much more to her than this but at the moment her pain at the loss of youth is unnerving and slightly disarming. As an audience member it makes for uncomfortable viewing (and not in a useful challenging way). Because she started so late we missed most of the last section – because we had to catch the last train home – which if she went on to demonstrate that she was in a transition and was seeking a new phase in life would have been encouraging – but I suspect it went on to be more of a cry for help!

I don’t want to walk away from pop. I want to see something useful, challenging, musically inspiring in the mainstream but at the moment I am really struggling to find anything in the charts that makes me want to celebrate life. I know Philly J will help me through this crisis…but I have seriously hit a musical wall. We need Cathy Dennis to write a great pop song NOW!

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July 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Posted in 2009, culture, friends, music

infant baptism and eurovision

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…An unlikely combination but that is what my day will be focusing on (what’s left of it). I have a strict revision regime to stick to and if I haven’t don’t know enough about infant baptism by 8pm then I am in for a sad eurovision night. So, I am not going to hang about here…I am just going to play you what Phil Jackson and I think will the winning song (well hedging our bets it should come in the top 3).

Eurovision 2008 Sweden Charlotte Perrelli – HERO (performance in the semifinal)

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May 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Posted in fun, music, trinity college

eurovision countdown

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Eurovision is next week and Philly J has started the countdown (he actually started a few days ago but I have been a bit lax and not let you know). If you have even a passing interest in Eurovision then Phil is your man. What he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. He will keep you posted about the runners and leaders. What’s more he will be in attendance this year and will be blogging from Belgrade, with live streaming from the event.

I am at college – my aim for the day is to plan my revision for this exam. I have a pile of books, a load of past papers and a good idea of my interests. I also could do with a bit of a rest. My head is a bit full. I need a cup of tea.

We are off to Bruce and Sara‘s for dinner tonight. I am very much looking forward to the foodolution.

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May 8, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Posted in friends, music

two things

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I have been busy dealing with a migraine and writing an essay over the last 48hrs. Not a happy combination but ‘thems the shakes’. I have managed to get a draft of the essay despite the headache and am now in a position to say that I have written all my Trinity college essays and only have an nasty exam to go.

So, just two pieces of action that you might like to engage with. The first is a Avaaz petition to the UN. I received this email from three people today and rather than sending it on I will print it here and you can take whatever action you feel appropriate:

I’m sure you’ve heard about the world food crisis in the news. Some 100 million people from the continent of Africa are likely to die of starvation if nothing is done. The UN have responded in part but more is needed. You can read a report here

If you want to sign a petition which will be given to G8, UN, and EU
leaders, then click this link.

This video is a Food crisis appeal from Sierra Leone foreign minister


The other is a pop related link. You can vote for your Most Musical City by choosing your favourite from the ten nominated cities on the Take it Away website. I voted for Liverpool (of course).

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April 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Posted in music, social action

Ting Tings vs Shampoo

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St Claire of Toxteth thinks that the Tings Tings are the children of Shampoo (circa 1994). I am sure this pop analysis will shock the Salford Duo as I suspect they may be basing their career on a far more credible pop pedigree. However, I will let you be the judge…

2 Shampoo videos for you as evidence in the pop trial


I must not be distracted by pop music today!

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March 27, 2008 at 10:23 am

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Daft Bodies – Harder Better Faster Stronger

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I know I am supposed to be working but whilst I was traveling round the blogging world I found this…Thanks Julian

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March 26, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Posted in fun, music