Thursday, 11 June 2009

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I downloaded the aforementioned film a few days ago, and finally sat down tonight armed with a pepperoni pizza and a thrist-quenching drink to watch 'that daring, darling Holly Golightly'. I even had my huge headphones on, so I could hear exactly what was going on (loudly) without disturbing my revision-bound housemates. I was pleasantly surprised by the opening dialogue, and I thought to myself - 'oh, I didn't know she spoke Spanish in the film, I don't think it was mentioned in the book.'

After a minute, I started thinking, 'hmmm, not being funny, but I haven't understood a word so far...'

And finally, one long, confused and embarrassing moment later, it dawned on me... it was all gonna be in Spanish!! The whole frickin' movie was dubbed!!

So no only was I disappointed, I was also forced to confront my own naive stupidity.

My goodness, there is most certainly a lot of that.

Bringing me nicely onto my next point -

Deep Blue Something sang a song, also named by the aforementioned title. Before I had discovered the wonders of I was under the impression that the chorus lyrics ran:

And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffany's
She said I think I remember the film and
There's tarragon, parsley, and all kinds of spices,
And I said well that's one thing we've got.

The mind boggles.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

10 Useless Things

A mixture of facts I have come across, and conclusions I have come to, over the last month:

1. The Tayto crisp was the first crisp in the world to be seasoned (with something other than salt).

2. Peanut Butter does not actually contain butter.

3. Audrey Hepbrun died in 1993.

4. I will never be able to fully fathom why I was so obsessed with 5ive. I guess being 12 had something to do with it.

5. The Apprentice was originally aired in the US in 2004, with Donald Trump, and not in the UK with Alan Sugar (as I mistakenly assumed and incorrectly informed other people of).

6. Hare Krishnas, broadly speaking, have their origins in Hinduism.

7. Floyd Rose tremolos are more hassle than they're worth!!

8. The lethal dose of caffeine equates to drinking around 80-100 cups of coffee (depending on body mass) in a short space of time.

9. I will always suck at Mario Kart.

10. One will always have far too many staples than one could use in a lifetime.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

MP Expenses

I'm quite disappointed with myself for going over two weeks without a blog update, I hope it does not happen again in the not-too-distant future. In my defence, I have (supposedly) been revising for finals and working on my essays, although it is true to say I have not done enough work on any of those counts to warrant this prolonged absence.

Anyway, just a brief rant for now, to remind myself I have this blog and to express my disdain at MPs' expenses - what a fucking joke! The government send out TV ads warning 'benefit thieves' that they're going to be caught - and hung, drawn and quartered presumably - for 'cash in hand' jobs, etc etc, when half the government is claiming for mortgages already paid back, carpet cleaning, and duck houses. And the ones under pressure are now 'stepping down due to family commitments'.

I'm fully aware that quite a few MPs have made quite justifiable claims, but then there are those who have tried to defend themselves by maintaining they were 'acting wholly within the rules'. It's just a case of one rule for them and a different one for everyone else. Don't get me wrong, I know every job (arguably) has its perks and I would quite happily walk away with a free guitar from work if I could. But I can't, and I don't, and even if I did, I certainly wouldn't walk away with £27k worth of musical equipment.

Anyway, I don't want to go on too much about it because I'm sure everyone has expressed an opinion on the topic, or at least knows someone who has.

I do hope everyone votes wisely today...(By which I do not mean 'punish the pigs by voting BNP' lol.) And if you don't want to vote - feel free to cast one on my behalf. For the Lib Dems perhaps. Viva Nick Clegg! (& Vince Cable!)