Tuesday, November 30, 2010

When Homophobia rules the day

                               
Today is world’s AIDS day.
We may not be clinking our glasses of champagne and toasting AIDS away, but we have come a long way from the world that met AIDS two decades ago.
And while some changes has finally come - The number of new HIV infections is almost one-fifth lower than it was a decade ago, according to the UNAIDS Global Report on HIV/AIDS, The Pope approves Condom use for People living with HIV  - some things have stayed the same - Homophobia.
 AIDS was first discovered in the quiet, secret gay communities/clubs in the West. They were also found to be the most at risk but alas they were an unwelcome group. Many died because it was too late for them, while many more died because they could not seek treatment due to judgment by you and I. We thought they were an abhorrence to godly men everywhere and hence deserving of death by AIDS.
In many African countries, gay men still cannot reveal their status for fear of imprisonment (Kenya), death or being ostracized. So they conform to the social norm, make some woman unhappy through marriage while continuing theis affairs on the side.
Twenty years after, Politicians are being enthroned or dethroned based on their stand on homosexuality.

Homophobia has tainted the most innocuous of actions in contemporary society. Men can’t hug anymore, men can’t wear pink shirts, male friends can’t hold hands anymore, little boys can’t dress like girls for a costume party without attracting negative attention. Like this 5yr old who wore a Daphne from Scooby doo costume.
We really should remember that the actions of the future generation are based on what the adults of Now have taught them. The young men who were beating on gay students and even had a gay torture chamber in Chicago’s Bronx were nurtured on this hate. The young man who committed suicide cause of a video leak (can we all say no to sex videos? Thank you) had met this hate before and chose to kill himself rather than meet it again.
When Odinga, Angle and Palin spew their intolerance and we make them role models, heroes, our kids are watching. And listening.
If we sow love, we reap love. We sow tolerance, We reap tolerance. We sow hatred and bigotry, we reap wars.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Eggs vs Sad Eggs

The debate in the West about organic or non-organic food never failed to amuse me when I was in Nigeria. I lived in a Country where 80% of our food -fruit, vegetable, meat grew at their natural God-given pace. Yes Sire! Bulls are slaughtered at the ripe old age of 2yrs, Cows at 5yrs, the hardy local poultry takes a year to get to an eatable size. Only the genetically engineered broilers and cockerels can be relied on to get obese in 8 weeks. 
I took naturally maturing, non-fertilized and non-hormone stimulated grown food for granted.
Till I came to the UK.
   And I tasted beef that didn’t taste like beef.
   Chicken that I marinated overnight but was still tasteless after steaming.
   Carrot that tasted sweet but metallic and left my lips and tongue itchy.
   Banana that was gigantic but sweetly bland.
Then I understood. 
I've even heard there’s organic and non organic milk too. Though I can’t really be bothered about that. I’ve been drinking inorganic powdered milk all my life..lol. In fact Cowbell (a popular powdered milk brand) contains vegetable fats instead of butter fat; if that’s not inorganic I don’t know what is!!

What really gets my goat is the mighty debate about free range poultry and caged poultry.
I can understand if you tell me you like free range poultry because they taste ‘Better’ (from the added insect and veggy flavor in their diet). I assume this great taste also extends to their eggs.
You can tell me keeping food producing animals in good health is essential to maximize their productivity for man. 
You can complain about poor hygiene practices in Poultry farms. 
You can tell me about over-crowding.
You can even complain about the additives in their feeds which might not be okay for human. (mind you, the above complaints are seen in both poultry systems!)

But please, please, spare me the platitudes about happy free range birds and suffering caged birds.
Please don’t talk about being humane and compassionate and show me pictures of birds who died in cages implying they should have been running free.
Death is a natural occurrence in battery cages and free range. Birds get sick and die. Birds get old and die. Birds in captivity develop bad habits and turn savage on each other. Life is not perfect, Sorry!
Note: It happens in prisons too so why are we not talking of letting criminals roam free? (Forgive, but that’s the nearest comparison I could come up with).

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a population explosion going on globally with an inverse proportion of land available. Battery cages maximize land space available while ensuring that you have the cheap protein you need.
I love animals; I couldn't have studied Veterinary medicine if I hadnt. But I also respect animals' roles in our Ecology. As food to man. As beasts of burden. As companions.

So dear lady in the lilac cardigan at Tesco, don’t gimme the evil eye cause I picked up the crate of eggs clearly labeled 'battery cage eggs' which I noticed shoppers were avoiding.
A crate of 15 eggs for £1.82 makes great nutritional and economic sense to me than a crate of 6 free range eggs at £1.45!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Of Turkey and Tuna

I woke up to snow.
My first snow.….. And it looked awesome.

The feeling of awesomeness lasted as long as it took me to burn up my phone credit calling home to announce the news.
Then it inched lower when I rushed to class for a lecture only to find out it had been canceled cause Prof.G couldn’t get to Durham. I hung out with my friends a bit then took a walk to the market place to stock up on groceries through slippery snow mixed with sludge.

I get back so tired that all I can think of making is a Tuna Sandwich.
Then I see this exchange between mom and mike and I begin to feel like Orphan Annie.
So if I were in Alameda right now with Mom, I’d have been eating organic free range turkey with sausage and corn bread stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes topped with pecans and brown sugar, a green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry chutney, fruit salad, fresh baked rolls, a pecan pie, apple pie and pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream???!!!!

Darn! My sandwich is looking mighty unappealing right now…….

P.s. I am thankful to God for times like this: For Sun and For Snow, For Tuna and For Turkey, For Blood and Blog Families. You give me a reason to smile everyday. You are the Reason for the Season.




Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gingery newsroundup

And the Tea bagger’s pet goes home
Well, ABC should be happy with the 24 million viewers who took out their time to watch Dancing with the Stars finale. Bristol infamousity must have riled viewers enough to make them sit up and watch and gun for Jennifer Grey (no pun intended though I hope conscientious viewers wore bullet proof vests. Who can tell, some other angry Wisconsin man might have just come with a gun).
I was never really a Dancing with the Stars fan. Haven’t watched TV in ages. I only got a wind of it over the brouhaha last week when my favourite R n B star Brandy got voted off. Brandy is one teen to adult artiste who has managed to maintain her goody two shoe image (No drugs, no prison, no pregnancy, no divorce, no bankruptcy). I just love her for that!!!!and I am glad she gave a great account of herself at DWTS, Bristol or no Palin. msheeew
Here’s saying a warm Congratulations to Jennifer Grey.  You have confirmed it  – Life begins at Fifty!!!!

Of engagements and jinxed rings..
Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton. (Old news I know). A reporter says their story reminds us of childhood fairytales and princess fantasies? I guess they were intimating that she wasn’t of royal pedigree. Hello?? Like he had plenty pretty pedigreed young females available to choose from.
But I am looking at their pictures and they look so radiant, even after 2 years of cohabitation….they must really be in love. And that is the only thing that warms this cynical heart. I wish them well. And please can we quit the rumors of her engagement ring being jinxed. Come on people, stop the hate!

Wrong move, Jessica
Jessica Simpson gets engaged a week after her ex-husband got engaged. Is it a contest? First, I didn’t know she and Nick Lachey were divorced!!! What rock have I been hiding myself….. again? I am only interested in this story cause Hollywood held Jessica up as this role model teenagers should aspire to because she saved herself for marriage. I wonder what they are saying now…….cos If she were my daughter I’d slap the taste outta her mouth if she did something as silly as this. Not only does rumor have it that she dished out a parting gift of N10m to Nick but rumor also has it that the new fiancĂ© doesn’t have an income. Do you see the same dollar signs he is seeing? Gosh, now it’s really confirmed she’s a dumb blonde.

Who pays for these Studies???
1.       Researchers have now discovered how cats drink water.
2.       Another study has also unraveled the Physics behind the wet dog shake.
For the latter, one of the justifications I hear is that it could lead to new innovations in Drying machines. Yeah right. I can just imagine the tagline -  a Drying machine that dries just like Rosco does!!

Amazon et tu?
Amazon has been accused of selling books promoting sexual exploitation of children. Books include "The Pedophile's Guide to love and pleasure"and videos depicting pre-pubescent Eastern European and Asian girls, some of whom are nude. They are listed for sale on Amazon in the U.S. and Japan. 
In their defense, Amazon claims it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. "Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions”.
The activists who want to fight Amazon or the publishers might have a tough job of it making a legal action stick cause it’s mainly pictures.
The point is even if there’s a lack of sexual abuse in the imagery, if photos focus on sexual aspects of a child then it is wrong!!! I hope people stop using them just to register their displeasure. For such a large company, it beats me that they can’t understand what being responsible is..… eejits!.

A Tragic Love Story…
An 86 yr old man who is suspected of blowing a hole through the head of his wife of 70 yrs has been taken into custody by the police.
A wife he had been visiting thrice a day, feeding and bathing her since she became increasingly senile. Rather heartbreaking cause he probably thought it was mercy killing.
But the law doesn’t work that way does it? And really where would the world be if we took the laws into our hands like that. But I can also imagine the tragedy of seeing your wife become someone unrecognizable. Someone who mightn’t even recognize you anymore. Where’s the joy of growing old together? It must have been pretty depressing. If the police hadn’t come to take him, I am almost sure he would have hastened to join her artificially or naturally. Lets spare a prayer for this old man. He did wrong but let’s focus on the motive behind it. It was love.

And to cheer you up…
And I just had to share this sweet video about the soldier who surprises his sons with an early return from Afghanistan.
Sometimes I really love msnbsc news.

 





Monday, November 22, 2010

Bras - love 'em or hate 'em?

I remember when I was 14. We had just resumed school after a 3month break following the Junior Secondary Exam. We were now officially in the Senior class: No more pinafores or shift dresses; instead skirts and blouse. Long sleeves instead of short sleeves, shirts instead of roundneck blouses, makeup and BRAS! For the guys, they carefully nurtured those strands of hair sprouting on their chin. Oh Puberty!
Pix from Adsoftheworld.com
Owing to the 3 month stretch at home with good food, relaxation and optimum hormone production, we girls were sprouting sizable tangerine size enlargements on our chests. Even yours truly. Okay there was some initial breast envy(lol. gist for another day) but then there was still hope. I knew my biology; there was still time to grow.
There was this naughty game the girls had of touchy-feeling each other’s back to locate the bra strap and pull/snap it. It was a testament to the newness (elasticity) of your straps and to the fact that you were actually wearing one thus “among” the mature.
Getting a bra for me wasn’t my Mom’s angst. I don’t think the thought even occurred to her. This was where having 4 sisters ahead of me was fruitious. I nicked a couple of small looking sizes off them adjusted the straps and ‘voila!’ I was flashing a bra too.

Well, here I am 16 yrs after and I hate that damn accessory. I don’t have that ‘damned urge’ to pull it off while at work, but the moment I get home, my skin begins to chaff and constrict like there’s an iron band around my chest zone and all I want to do is reach behind and unhook. Aha freedom.
So today, I ask, why do we wear bras? Is it a necessity? Did you ever ask? Or do we just do it cause that’s what everyone does. Is there any empirical report which says it is beneficial to the breasts?
Some of the reasons we wear Bras include: 
  • The Fashion Industry have wired us to think that way. Hello Wonderbra? Victoria Secrets?
  • Big-breasted gals need the support it provides
  • We feel Indecent and Immoral without them.
  • Everybody does so, or in other words the unspoken rules of society dictate
  • We need to wear bras at work because it's the 'dress code'. I’ve heard of that. Infact this lady was sacked for not wearing the right type.
  • We hate the thought of our breasts sagging so much
  • For support when we jump up and down doing sports and exercise
  • I am breastfeeding and I need to wear nursing bras
  • My tops look and fit better with a bra…....(Now this I can relate to!)
On the other hand, an anti bra group say that Bras are a NO NO! These are their reasons:

Breasts do not need to be supported: Wearing a bra... has no medical necessity whatsoever", says Susan M. Love, M.D.  Breasts were fine before the invention of brasserie. This is similar to the myth that women supposedly need corsets to support their stomach muscles.
Breastfeeding and nursing bras: Nursing moms (or pregnant women) are usually told to buy and wear nursing bras. There is no medical necessity to wear nursing bras either, except maybe to hide leaking breast milk.
Breasts will sag: There is no proof that bras would prevent your breasts from sagging. It's pretty normal for breasts to sag. Only young teenage breasts have that perky upright look.
Breasts jump up and down while I exercise and do sports: Exercising is not doing any damage to breast tissue or to the chest wall, and actually, movement of breasts aids the lymph flow which is good for them.
Bra-wearing has been linked to breast cancer in some study by this, errrr, couple Sidney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer.  They found, for example, that women who wore a bra 24 hours a day had a 113-fold increase in breast cancer incidence compared to women who wore bra less than 12 hours daily!  Hear hear hear.

So what do you think?? To wear or not to wear? What are the alternatives?

p.s. Have you ever tried the breast exercise? It’s a great one for getting the juice flowing there. Raise your hands, bend it at the elbow with the hands on the shoulder, then flap the folded limbs up and down like a bird. I was told it would get my boobs larger – not sure it worked..lol

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Exorcist unveiled....

A teenage girl becomes possessed by Satan after playing with a Ouija board. Causes objects to fly about, kills priests while becoming increasingly disfigured. 
Who hasn’t seen the most terrifying horror movie of the 70s – Exorcist?
Like they need your viewership that much!! The movie, made on an enormous budget of N10m(that was a lot in those days) has made over half a billion dollars for Warner Brothers. It was also the magnum opus of Billy Friedkin’s career, an obsessive and often difficult individual who was said to have approached the making of The Exorcist in the manner of a mildly unhinged dictator going to war.. The actors despair over his manic directing came through in their performances.
Well, news news , the Blu ray version of The Exorcist is out and it contains not just all the usual digital remastering expected in a Collector’s edition, but it also the fascinating documentary based on behind the scenes footage taken from the sets.
We discover that this movie:
1.      Was mostly shot on a wobbly hand-held camera directed by Owen Roizman the director of photography.
2.      We get to admire the extra ordinary lengths the Technical staff went to- in an era long before the advent of CGI to achieve the extravagant special effects in the plot. Without these, this dark tale with its rich dialogue would have been a boring flop.
3.      Remember the rotating heads, shaking beds? The documentary tells how sometimes, just before cameras rolled, Friedkin would fire guns, so that his stars looked startled. At other times, he'd slap the actors across the face to make them appear angry. Before every take of the film, he would insist on playing unsettling music on loudspeakers.
4.      Friedkin also required his entire set to be refrigerated, so that viewers would be able to see the breath of characters freeze during exorcism scenes. In Roizman's behind-the-scenes footage, you'll see crew-members creeping about the set in 1970s ski jackets, while Burstyn and Linda Blair snivel miserably in the cold.
5.      You also learn how charmingly low-tech most of The Exorcist's other special effects were. The famous scene when Regan's head rotates through 360 degrees, for example, was filmed using a life-size rubber model of the actress.
6.      For the scene where she vomits, an artificial device was strapped onto Blair's chin, and which used a hidden tube to fire a jet of green liquid, made by mixing of pea soup and porridge.
7.      To shoot scenes at the angles he desired, he required staff to erect a bewildering array of pulleys and wires, which the cameramen would simply be dangled from.
8.      To make the bed, on which Regan sits for much of the second half of the film, rock violently, four men stood backstage pumping levers attached to the bed. 
      Burstyn and Blair were left with longstanding back problems because of the extent to which they were thrown around on the mechanical bed.
9.      As the film progressed and Regan's voice morphs into an elaborate sort of cacophony, some of the sounds used included recordings of croaking tree frogs, and bumblebees.
10. And all those stories we heard about the production being cursed, a mysterious fire that devoured a soundstage and no less than nine people connected to the project dying during filming – pure myth!!

A great deal of The Exorcist's success also derives from the brilliant performance of 13 yr old Linda Blair, who won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Regan. Today, Blair gives Friedkin huge credit for effectively gambling his professional reputation on a film that depended on the performance of small child. It required endless patience. "Sometimes I wouldn't want to do something. And he would have to make it a game. Or he would offer me some sort of benefit. 'Would you like to have a chocolate shake?' he would ask. 'If you finish this then you can have one.' It worked."
 All hail the genius of Linda Blair, Billy FriedKin, and Owen Roizman!!!!!

Despite the comfort of finding out that it was all fake, I wouldn’t re-watch this movie for all the tea in China and even less the Recent Remake. Once was enough….Right??

p.s. Linda Blair went on to make other movies, MOSTLY HORROR and never became a big star for someone that talented and who had an early start! 
Now you understand my fears for Chloe Moretz who seems to be following her footsteps.

Culled from here

Let her In - Chloe Moretz

Saw the poster for a new movie - Let me In- with my favorite child star Chloe Grace Moretz –  a haunting Vampire thriller.
I loved her knife wielding, gun totting, vengeful quest in Kick Ass and thought she was pretty special. But I am also discovering that this is not first role in blood and gore (Amityville Horror, Room 6, Wicked little things ).
I guess that makes her a likely candidate for this genre of movies i.e. horror but I just hate! hate! that this might be her career fate in Hollywood.
She deserves to be allowed to be a child in a movie. At 13, there’s enough time to grow old and be horrific!! Little girls are meant to be made of sugar and spice and all that’s nice right?
Picture taken from www.thefilmstage.com
So sorry love, I might not be watching this. Though I am happy its getting rave reviews. A rating of 89% by those crabby critics on RottenTomatoes (for a movie that’s meant to be a remake) is a feat.

If you want a strong plot with real fangs and blood – not elegant Twilight-ful vampires – go watch 'Let me In'…..and tell me all about it after.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I dont want your germs...

I don't know about the States but over here it's the Flu season and I am
tired of dodging, ducking flying contagious aerosols flying out of the
nostrils and mouths of flu victims.
To the girl in the library who decided to infect all the other students
sharing that space with you with whatever contagion you were incubating,
here are some health tips for you
1. Wearing some abominably short hip/chest exposing gown without tights,
without a coat in the middle of the night before/after the night out in
urham when the temperatures are 2.C is not a wise move to me. When you
punish your poor body like that, the result is stress, which in turn gives
rise to cold. So when you recover from this or while you are at it, wear
some warm clothing.
2. Do try to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. You have
probably contaminated that computer, table, door knob and surroundings with
your viruses. I know cause I have marked that table. I am going to avoid it
till I leave Durham if possible.
3. Please do not use your hands as a mouth stopper. Especially when you are
still typing on the keyboard. You are only covering them with viruses and
endangering the next user. Do use disposable tissue next time or cough into
your elbow.
4.Do book an appointment for a TB test as soon as possible cause they sound
you were racking up was mighty scary.
Note: Because I come from Nigeria, I was subjected to TB tests(Xrays, Skin tests, the works) meanwhile I should be more afraid of your Swine flu....just saying.
Mind you, I am really, really, really sorry you have a cold. Heck, I just
recovered from one 6 weeks ago (I blame that on acclimatizing anyway). It's
just that the flagrant way in which you were distributing your germs eroded
most of my sympathy.
I really hope you get better soon.
Hugs and kisses
Take care,
Ginger

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Some like it RED

So..
In the spirit of hostessing, I had a movie fest Saturday night. It felt so strange. Like I was doing Something forbidden. Something so deliciously wicked; especially when you have a pile of academic books to read. ah well, sod it all!
There was Something Old: Date Movie

Starring Alyson Hannigan(Julia Jones), Adam Campbell (Grant Funkyerdoder), Eddie Griffin(Father Jones), Jennifer Coolidge( Therapist Mom Funkyerdoder), Sophie Monk (Andy -The blonde best friend from hell).
Plot: It was a spoof of various romcoms. It was infantile and I only stuck with it till the end cause I was enjoying matching scenes, characters, lines or plots to the original movies. Sigh….
The main plot was a mishmash of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best friend’s Wedding and Meet the Fockers. Then snippets from Bridget Jones Diary (Julia Jones had a diary), The wedding planner (you can’t miss the Jennifer Lopez lookalike with the signature hips to match), Iron man, Legally Blonde, When Harry met Sally (the solo orgasm at the restaurant), Shampoo (Julia Jones singing and dancing on the street), Kill Bill (now that was silly), Hitch, Natural Born Killers (that snippet was weird to say the least), Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Pretty Woman, What Women Want, Baywatch, even a little of King Kong.
I think I missed out on 3 or 4 references.
Oh and I had to google these classic love quotes exchanged by the lovebirds at the end. I knew they were too good to be originals from this un-innovative spoof writers –
Grant: I love you. You... you complete me. And I just...
Julia: Shut up, just shut up. You had me at "hello".
(Stolen from Jerry Maguire)

Grant: ... I'm just a boy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to love him.
(Stolen from Notting Hill)
Ginger scores it 3/10

Something New - RED
Bruce Willis a retired CIA agent pensioner and his old buddies(when I say old, I really mean geriatrics) - Helen Mirrer, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman star in this action comedy.
Plot: A list of 10 names is circulating in high places in the CIA. Everybody is connected. Everybody on that list must be eliminated. Time is running out. Bruce and friends are on the run and will remain so till they find out who is behind the manhunt and what they want.
Wow: These Hollywood old timers just refuse to stay down!!! First It was the expendables a few months ago. Now it is Red.
Makes me want to compare the two movies and I will…
Plot- Expendables was straightforward, Red was too busy
Sound Quality – Red (The Expendables was a most noisy affair)
Star quality – Expendables (I loved the cast. It got the right mix of the 80s action heroes )
Action – Expendables (The action was half believable. Helen Mirren hauling a bazooka in Red was quite unbelievable)
Romantic angle – Red (Bruce’s wooing of his pension clerk was classic!)
Dialogue – Expendables (I loved the ‘real life’ cracks)
Characterization – Expendables (You knew who was who and what he was about)
Lovable Likable characters – Red (Malkovich as the paranoid agent in exile kept me in stitches)
All In all, it was a fun watch. Ginger scores it 6.5/10
p.s. I just hope Jean Claude Van Damme and his coterie of friends maybe Steven Seagull too, don’t have some comeback like this lined up… urgh.

Something Blue – LOST IN TRANSLATION
I have seen this movie referenced too many times in articles not to want to see it. And it was well worth my time.
Plot: An American film actor, Bob Harris visits Tokyo to make a commercial for Suntory Whiskey. There he meets the young wife of a visitng photographer Charlotte. They strike up an idyllic but improbable friendship rooted in the loneliness, boredom, language, nationality and present experiences. Charlotte is yet to define what she wants from life and Bob has seen it all.
A lot of hilarity and confusions arise due to the language and cultural differences between Bob and Charlotte and their Japanese hosts. When it’s time for Bob to go, decisions must be made about the future. To be or not to be..
Wow: No its not a romcom though there was love and laughter. There were funny parts but not cliché funny. Rather mirrors of real life moments when you want to either scream and pull your hair in frustration or decide to see the funny side of it.
There was a romance which you waited with abated breathe to flower between the stars and damn the consequences.
There was a poignancy underlying every moment of Lost in Translation. Like when Charlotte asks Bob, “does it ever get better, Marriage?”. You want to hear the answer cause it’s probably a question you’ve asked yourself at some point in your own journey. And you really want to hear this man’s view given that his wife’s calls gives you an idea of the sham of a marriage they have.
I fell in love with Scarlett Johansson all over again and was happy to find out that this was the movie that set her career on fire. She’s such a beautiful girl errr, and Bill Murray is such a wrinkled old man ;-)
Ginger scores it 7.5/10
Despite the language barrier, I think I would love to visit Tokyo if I get the chance. First it was in Karate Kid now this. I am sold.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Cat may look at a King

Is there anyone out there???
I’m back!!!!!!
A lovely friend came to visit me at Durham. It was sorta strange showing Durham to an visitor cause, well, I just realized I don’t know anywhere!!
Except
The Marketplace – where most of the shops are err Tesco???
The colleges (some of the old ones do look impressively gothic)
I just found out that part of Durham Castle is college accommodation for students.
Can you imagine telling your friends back home ‘I live in a Castle’. How cool is that?!!
I remember as a child how in awe I was of Castles – where the fairytale King and/or Queen lives. To think that now, non royal, rowdy students live there and treat it like paid accommodation and in the summer when they are away, it’s a hotel to tourists.
The royal ancestors must be turning in their grave.
Then we went to Ustinov College. And climbed to the top of this knoll in the centre of the college. It was so cold and windy up there. But the view made it worthwhile!
…..that’s till this bunch of noisy baseball players came up.
And before I could say peek-a-boo, they whipped their pants off.
*simpering* Well, I know I'm hot, but didn't know I could induce such unbridled ardor.
I didn’t want to wait and see how far they would go to impress me…
So I ran..
Here’s the snapshot I took a modest distance away…

Monday, November 8, 2010

Due Date

It was kinda hard imagining Robert Downey Jnr in a comedy. He's a bit too arrogant to let himself be laughed at by we mere mortals. So when I hear of a movie named Due Date which hints at pregnancy, at romance and comedy then hear that Robert stars in it. you can imagine my mixed feelings.
Plot: In a bizarre turn of events, uptight business man Peter who is in a hurry to get to LA in time for the birth of his first child, gets kicked off his flight without his passport, his credit cards or cash and is forced to
take a 4 day trip to LA with the guy who caused it, a 23 yr old manchild called Ethan Tremblay.
Wow/Urgh: Ethan( Zach Galifianakis) was the kind of son whom if you'd had a vision about his future, would induce even Sarah Palin to hot tail it to Australia for a midnight appointment with Dr Christian Fiala.
He was also the guy who carried the movie (sorry Robert Downey Fans). From his girly walk to his tantrums. He sort of grew on you. You empathized, you cringed, you'd feel like slapping the taste outta his mouth many times. There were sappy moments but they were truncated very manfully..eg when Peter told us the painful story about the last time he saw his father and Ethan burst out laughing at that most sappy moment.
Robert Downey Jnr. Was a bit too macho, a bit too high strung, a bit too Robert for this movie. He did make me laugh admittedly but never by himself. Robbie, darling, pls stick to the action packed plots alright? Comedy isn't for you ....yet. Wait till you loose your head of hair first.
Jamie Foxx would have been forgettable except he featured in the more memorable funny scene like 'Dead man's coffee'.
Then there was Sonny the wanking dog. Really.... we have to stop violating the rights of dogs in movies. Should the public really be allowed to see a doggies' privates? Or is it ethical to train a dog in the art of paw
masturbation? Come on. Seems I need to launch my Doggy protest again.
If you blink thrice - you would miss the beautiful Michelle Monaghan - the due wife.
p.s. I suppose this was more of a male flick .... but is it me or does Robert avoid strong female leads in his movies?
Due Date was funny but it could have been a whole lot funnier. It's definitely not the kinda movie you sit, savour and reminisce over. More like the kind that when the credits roll across the screen, you get up from your chair and start thinking of that frozen macaroni dinner in the fridge.
Ginger scores it 5.8/10

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Gingery newsround

So like, I really tire of seeing 190 unread mail in my Outlook. It fills me with such dread. Cause I know 180 of it is from my newsfeed - MSNBC.
I love staying on top of the news but can it come in trickles instead of this deluge pls?
On the up side, I get a high when I delete 95% of it in one go. The undeleted 5% are supposedly the good stuff I wish to read at some later time.
Now I have 300 good stuff to read at some later time. You just can’t win can you?

So a roundup of what made my day and what didn’t:
Thank you Clip Art.
Ricky Martin is gay……yeah so?
He admitted this in his Memoir ‘Me’ (very creative). He also reflects that if he had known coming out was this easy he would have opened up 10 yrs ago.
Are you serious? And lose all your adoring female fans/income. Ha! I think not.

10 yr Old girl gives birth for a 13yr old ex-boyfriend. I don’t know what to think or say. Damn she’s a baby herself!! Her mom says its cultural. Yeah but you also know 10 is way too young for motherhood, don’t you? Msheew. Kids are developing so precociously nowadays. Without adequate nurturing and education from parents, I forsee a baby booming epidemic in some near future. Palin should be very happy.

Can Toy Story win the Oscar? Ok, I really need to watch this animation like yesterday. (hangs her head in shame) Time! Time! Time!

Silvio Berlusconi is in the News again. The Playboy of Italian Politics is suffering a terrible terrible mid life crisis. We would overlook his peccadilloes if only he would just SHUT THE H’ UP and stop telling us how he loves beautiful women.

Bush says, 'I served. I gave it my all. And I ‘m a content man'. We don’t doubt that but cause of you many have been left malcontent. What do you have to say about that?

I am soo ecstatic Sharron Angle lost out!!!!!!!!!!!!! That woman is scary.  If Palin is a homemade bomb,  Angle is WWIII waiting to happen.
On the down side, her equally crazy partner Rand Paul made it.
Gone are those days when women in America’s political arena made me proud to be a woman. Gave me hope that one day we can have a female majority in the house and show the rest of the world what democracy/equality is. Now we have Palin, Angle, Donnell – playing Womb Politics and taking us back to the bedroom and kitchen. We’ve come a long way Babes!! Can these women pls shut up? Thank you.

And now that the GOP have got their foot in, maybe, just maybe (on my knees and praying for mercy), we can finally have some CHEERY, PROGRESSIVE NEWS about what’s really going on in America instead of the dreary apocalypse they’ve been spewing.  Like the rest of the world is not experiencing a recession. Sigh.
I saw this somewhere - 'The only way to show someone they are wrong is to let them have their own way'.  Yeah, and by 2012 maybe Obama would be smelling like roses.


Monday, November 1, 2010

October fool!

Who came up with this idea about daylight saving hours or whachamacallit. Haruuumph
I had been warned by friends that I should take my time back by an hour when the clock strikes 11.59pm, 30th October. Did I listen? Noooo.
I was actually awake 00.01am 31st of October. But I started wondering... ‘do they mean midnight of 30th or midnight of 31st?’
‘Surely the last day of the month is a more seemingly time to change the time – end of a month, beginning of the new?’ blah blah. Well, this sort of mono-discourse beats counting sheep, I dozed off.
Woke up in a tizzy in the morning. It was 9.40am. Mass was at 10am. Didn’t wanna be late. Off my bed I flew. Showered, thankfully I had decided on what to wear the night before, pulled on my dress, a coat, tights. No time for  makeup…..just run. Oh dear, no earrings too. It don’t matter. God loves you just like that.
After 15mins at a fast trot, I approached the church gate.
Strange, no cars outside.
Inner church doors were still locked.
Noone else was around.
While I was wondering if I had mixed up my days of the week, or maybe missed an announcement about a change of mass time,
I saw a notice on the board. It read:

ARE YOU LOOKING AROUND AND WONDERING WHY YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE HERE?
DID YOU REMEMBER TO MOVE YOUR CLOCK BACK AT MIDNIGHT? I GUESS NOT.
WELL, NOT TO WORRY, GO AND TAKE A CUP OF TEA WHILE YOU WAIT FOR THE REST OF THE CONGREGATION.

You gotta admire British humor. Sure beats a notice screaming: OCTOBER FOOL!!!!

To my Phenomenal Women

If you’ve never read this timeless poem by Maya Angelou. Please read and enjoy…

Dedicated to all the phenomenal women I have met through blogging and otherwise Angie, Mamma mia, Meg, Deb, SV, Boss, Angel, Jun, BlogMom, Mixie, Original Mgbeke, Lucidlilith, SugaBelly, Mamuje, Myne Whitman, Niceanon, Katharine, NGIP, Lily Johnson, GNG, and YOU.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Hope I didn't spoil it with this pix of Carrie. Gotta admire her though!

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