The stars have lost their glitter;
The winds grow colder
Suddenly you're older -
All because of the man that got away. No more his eager call,
The writing's on the wall;
The dreams you dreamed have all
Gone astray. I've drooled through several takes that ended on the cutting room floor of Judy Garland singing "The Man That Got Away". The brown dress take, the pink blouse take, the brown dress extended take - all taken from the 1954 film, A Star Is Born. It's absolutely wonderful watching them all back to back. If ever I needed reminding of why she was such a huge star, her performance of that song does it for me. Her emotional investment and her phrasing in that song are perfection. A stereotype, me? Ah, who cares... and it's only £9.99 in the HMV sale! link | so... tell me 29.07.2003 - Sticks and stones... Some descriptions of Saturday's gay, queer, homo, sissy, faggot pride events in London. Homphobia? Not really, I'm proud to be a gay, queer, homo, sissy, faggot. link | so... tell me 28.07.2003 - You can't help but admire him... Michael Barrymore... link | so... tell me 27.07.2003 - It's off to work we go... Us Brits typically work long hours, the longest in Europe. Because of the hours we spend in the office, chances are that many of our friendships are forged and sustained at work. At least half of us meet our partners at work, and around 40 per cent of employees admit to having had a fling with at least one colleague. Given that work plays such a large part in our lives, you might as well try to get into one of the 100 best companies to work for (well... according to the Sunday Times). link | so... tell me 26.07.2003 - Akela, I will do my best... So, immigrants who wish to become British citizens are to take a pledge of loyalty. Why? What's the point of this exercise? And anyway, the people of Britain are not citizens, but subjects of the monarch. Someone with too much time on their hands and an over fertile imagination is getting paid to come up with this shite. I promise to do my best.
To do my duty to God, and to the Queen,
To keep the Law of the Wolf Cub Pack, and to do a good turn to
somebody every day. Dyb, dyb, dyb! link | so... tell me 25.07.2003 - Wales... "It's a ghastly place. Huge gangs of tough sinewy men roam the valleys, terrifying people with their close harmony singing. You need half a pint of phlegm in your throat just to pronounce the place names. Never ask for directions in Wales, Baldrick. You'll be washing spit out of your hair for a fortnight." So goes the Blackadder quotation about Wales and the Welsh. Alternatively, you could look here. It's not quite as funny... link | so... tell me 24.07.2003 - A matter of taste... Would you like someone else's tongue in your mouth? Before you answer that, I'm not talking about having your tonsils tickled by a tall dark stranger. No. I'm talking about transplant surgery. The world's first human tongue transplant has been successfully carried out by doctors in Austria led by Rolf Ewers. link | so... tell me 23.07.2003 - Unterhose... I'll bet these will fetch a premium price on Ebay. link | so... tell me 22.07.2003 - Boring self indulgent drivel... To mark AOL's inclusion of blogging tools in AOL 9 the BBC has decided to do one of its famous "What do you think?" forums. Here are some of the many opinions offered:
- The bloggers I am already aware of seem to have all the time in the world to sit and write their hubristic and self-opinionated garbage - goodness knows how they get the day job done and its a wonder their managers haven't spotted it. Life is too short to go around reading all this stuff.
Ralph White, UK
- Never managed to get past the first sentence of a "blog". Boring self indulgent drivel.
Nick Stutley, UK
- 10:30 - The bf and I arrive at my gran's house and drink lots of tea and speak to distant relatives I can barely remember.
- 11:00 - The coffin is loaded into the hearse and all the men follow it to the crematorium.
- 11:45 - A few readings, two hymns and then it's outside for a quick cigarette before the journey back. Meanwhile, back at the house, the women tidy up the tea things and busy themselves making ham sandwiches.
- 12:30 - The men arrive back at the house, eat the ham sandwiches and then go to the pub to complete the day.
- 2:00 - The women tidy up again back at the house.
12.07.2003 - I, I who have nothing... Dame Burly Chassis is to auction off her frocks for charity at Christie's later this year. If I were a drag queen (or bishop elect) I'd be camping out in South Ken... link | so... tell me 11.07.2003 - Nobody's Perfect... ...Or so the legend on some of BT's phone boxes goes. Underneath it continues with "But at least nine out of ten BT payphones are always working." Given the state of the 4 in the picture, by my calculations, the next 36 payphones on Queen Street in Cardiff should therefore be working. And you don't need an ology to work that one out. Click on the image for a closer look. link | so... tell me
10.07.2003 - Cheese... A lorry caught fire in Mid-Wales yesterday. The driver escaped unhurt but his 24 tonne load of cheese got melted. "I've had a lot of ribbing about being sent back to Fishguard to get a load of bread so I can make a huge Welsh rarebit," said the driver. Please drive Caerphilly... link | so... tell me 09.07.2003 - What's your tipple..? A new charity in The States is raising money to buy homeless people beer. Their website states, "This site is dedicated to the thousands of men and women in America who have been relegated to the status of children, regardless of their age, by the do-gooders of society who believe that merely because a person has no home they should therefore not be allowed to drink beer." Perhaps they should branch out and provide a wider drinks menu. Maybe there are homeless people out there gagging for a glass of Dubonnay and lemonade, who knows? link | so... tell me 08.07.2003 - Laid to rest... Lynette White was found murdered in a flat in Cardiff's docks on Valentine's Day in 1988. It's taken over 15 years to bring her killer to justice and the story of how they eventually caught him is fascinating. I've taken a close interest in this case from the beginning. I was working within 300 yds of the murder scene the day she died and was interviewed by the police shortly after. It's gripping stuff. They should make it into a film. I'm sure someone will. link | so... tell me 07.07.2003 - Did he jump or was he pushed..? The Church of England's traditionalists win the day with the message that gay people are not welcome in their church. Disappointing. link | so... tell me 06.07.2003 - Nothing like a dame... So, Dame Shirley Porter is to have her title removed. Dame Shirley was made a Dame of the British Empire by John Major, after she had delivered a spectacular victory for the Tories in the 1990 elections in Westminster. It was later revealed that she had been using council funds to rig the vote. She owes Westminister Council £37 million but last year claimed her assets to be worth only £300,000. There is now wide speculation that her fortune is actually a thousand times that and is hidden in off-shore accounts. The source of her wealth comes from Tesco, the supermarket her father, Sir John Cohen, founded - named after his wife, Tessa Cohen. Dame Shirley's deceit certainly puts a new spin on the Tesco slogan, Every little helps. In having her title removed she joins a small but select group of disgraced dignitaries, including: Anthony Blunt (Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures, he was stripped of his title when it bacame public knowledge that he had acted as a Soviet spy) and John Profumo (Secretary of State for War who resigned after misleading Parliament over his involvement with a 21-year-old call girl, Christine Keeler). link | so... tell me 05.07.2003 - What weapons..? Have you ever fancied yourself as a UN Weapons Inspector? Get a bit of practice in; enter the phrase "weapons of mass destruction" in Google and hit the I'm feeling lucky button. link | so... tell me 04.07.2003 - Europe nearly at war again... Does anyone know how to say "sorry" in Italian? link | so... tell me 03.07.2003 - Air-dried sperm... At present, sperm samples have to be preserved in large and expensive liquid nitrogen tanks or special chemicals in fertility clinics and laboratories. However, it is hoped that men undergoing fertility treatment may soon be able to dry their sperm samples at home. Latest research shows that the dried sperm can then be kept for up to a month. So, if you are undergoing fertility treatment you can now just grab that old T-shirt you use to mop up rather than wanking into a bottle at the clinic. link | so... tell me 02.07.2003 - Did you know..? All you ever wanted to know about Cardiff... well not quite but a few interesting facts about Europe's youngest capital city. link | so... tell me 01.07.2003 - One of my nightmares... To die in bed and not be found for a while is one of my nightmares. Death doesn't overly worry me and neither does not being found for a while after I've died - I mean, I'll be dead and there's not much that's gonna upset me once that's happened. What does worry me is that I'd become so lonely, so detatched from any social contact that nobody'd notice that I'd not been around for a while. It is with quite some alarm that I read this report of a german who lay there for three years before they found him! link | so... tell me