Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Set it to record...



...the sixth and FINAL series of Downton Abbey starts (here in the UK) on 20th September.

I can't wait!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A total waste of everyone’s time


Asleep at work? Looks more like the start of a "MenAtPlay" video...
Britain has agreed that this week is a total waste of everyone’s time.

Following Bank Holiday weekend weather inspired by Blade Runner, the country’s work force looked Tuesday squarely in the face and declared a resounding ‘nope’.

Office unit Nikki Hollis said: “I’m going to have a forty-five minute pee while I check out my messages on Twitter.

“After that I’m going to accidentally drop my pen under my desk and then curl up next to it for the rest of the day.”


The public has been advised to avoid any interaction with organisations and if the mood continues to deteriorate, emergency legislation will be passed to officially abandon everything until next Monday.

Meanwhile, there have been calls to replace Bank Holidays by just giving everyone some extra days off that they can take when it actually suits them.
The Daily Mash

Of course.

As true as the stars above



Groan. Back to work time. True to form, the weather has settled now the Bank Holiday is over, which pisses me off - and I am interviewing all day, so have to be bright and shiny this morning (which is the last thing I feel...)

Never mind, to cheer us up here's birthday girl Yvonne De Carlo, with a rather sassy rendition of Frankie and Johnnie:



That helps.

A bit.

Yvonne De Carlo (born Margaret Yvonne Middleton, 1st September 1922 – 8th January 2007)

Read my tribute to the lovely lady on the 90th anniversary of her birth.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Static on the line?



Bank Holiday, it might be - but the "holiday mood" isn't exactly upon us. It's too wet and dire outside to do much more than sit in the house, half-heartedly doing chores...

Never mind, to cheer us up on this Tacky Music Monday, I have found a corker! Slightly up-beat for our usual weekly visit to the splendours of song'n'dance numbers, perhaps, but tacky it certainly is...

Here's Dolly's little sister Stella wearing her very best fright-wig and rictus smile, and Trouble on the Line (Emergency Mix):



It's quite something. Not sure what.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

It's more beautiful to live singing



As the Notting Hill Carnival - a true sign of the impending end of the Summer Season if ever there was one - gets underway, and the weather here has that typically grey "Bank Holiday Weekend look" about it, I think we should have a bit of jolly music to remind us what sunshine and partying is really all about.

Who better to provide it than someone I haven't featured in absolute ages - our Patron Saint of Salsa, Señorita Celia Cruz!



The lyrics of La Vida Es Un Carnaval translate as:

Everyone out there that thinks that life is unfair,
Needs to know that's not the case,
Because life is beautiful, you just have to live it.

Everyone out there that thinks they are alone and they are unhappy
Needs to know that's not the case,
Because in life no one is alone, there is always someone

Oh, there's no need to cry, because life is a carnival,
It's more beautiful to live singing.
Oh, there's no need to cry,
For life is a carnival
And your pains go away through song.


And you can't say fairer than that!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur



Hils, Crog and I had a brilliant evening yesterday - a rather unexpected one; originally we were just meeting for drinkies in a bar in Clerkenwell - as we managed to land tickets for a fantabulosa show at our beloved Wilton's Music Hall.

Tricity Vogue's All Girl Swing Band - for it was they - are utterly fabulous entertainers, taking one a mix of old standards (including Five Foot Two (Has Anybody Seen My Gal?), Put The Blame On Mame, and Bear Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You from Jungle Book) some original material (Miss Vogue's paean to her Bowler Hat was fab) and quirky re-imaginings of crowd-pleasing "modern" numbers including Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Tainted Love, Should I Stay Or Should I Go? and the absolute show-stopper Parklife!



The band are sublime: horn section Becca Toft on trumpet, Emma Bassett on trombone and Yasmin Ogilvie on saxophone, Amy Baldwin on double bass, Sarah Bodalbhai on piano, Emily O'Hara on guitar and drummer Michele Drees (who gamely played up a storm despite being on crutches following a knee operation).





However, it's the combination of their charismatic leader Tricity Vogue and tap-dancer (and comic foil) Josephine Shaker that made them so very, very enjoyable. Whipping the audience up into a swinging, bopping frenzy - she even managed to get Crog up to dance as an "ice-breaker" before anyone else plucked up the courage to take to the floor - Miss Shaker was unstoppable throughout the entire show.

We loved it.

And here, unfortunately without the (very raucous) audience participation of last night at Wilton's, are the girls with their inimitable rendition of the Blur classic:



Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur
Of what is known as
(Parklife!)
And morning soup can be avoided
If you take a route straight through what is known as
(Parklife!)

John's got brewers droop he gets intimidated
By the dirty pigeons, they love a bit of him
(Parklife!)
Who's that gut lord marching?
You should cut down on your pork-life, mate, get some exercise

All the people
So many people
They all go hand in hand
Hand in hand through their parklife
Know what I mean?

I get up when I want except on Wednesdays
When I get rudely awakened by the dustmen
(Parklife!)
I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea
And I think about leaving the house
(Parklife!)

I feed the pigeons I sometimes feed the sparrows too
It gives me a sense of enormous well-being
(Parklife!)
And then I'm happy for the rest of the day, safe in the knowledge
There will always be a bit of my heart devoted to it

All the people
So many people
And they all go hand in hand
Hand in hand through their parklife

Parklife
(Parklife!)
Parklife
(Parklife!)

It's got nothing to do with
Vorsprung durch technik you know
(Parklife!)
And it's not about you joggers
Who go round and round and round
(Parklife!)

All the people
So many people
And they all go hand in hand
Hand in hand through their parklife

All the people
So many people
And they all go hand in hand
Hand in hand through their parklife


Indeed.

Tricity Vogue's All Girl Swing Band

Witon's Music Hall

Friday, 28 August 2015

I'm a sensation



As The Guinness Book of Records celebrates its 60th birthday this week, and as the long Bank Holiday weekend (our last till the Festering Season) is looming, I thought I'd delve into its vaults to get our traditional party started...

According to that veritable bible of World Records, the best-selling disco single ever is Baccara's Yes Sir I Can Boogie, with 18 million copies sold.

So here - as if I needed any excuse to play a long-time Dolores Delargo Towers favourite - is that record-breaking classic, for your delectation:



All together, now!

Mister
Your eyes are full of hesitation
Sure makes me wonder
If you know what you're looking for

Baby
I wanna keep my reputation
I'm a sensation
You try me once, you'll beg for more

Oh, yes sir, I can boogie
But a I need a certain song
I can boogie, boogie-boogie
All night long

And yes sir, I can boogie
If you stay, you can't go wrong
I can boogie, boogie-boogie
All night long

No sir
I don't feel very much like talking
No, neither walking
You wanna know if I can dance

Yes sir
Already told you in the first verse
And in the chorus
But I will give you one more chance

Oh, yes sir, I can boogie
But a need a certain song
I can boogie, boogie-boogie
All night long


Thank Disco It's Friday!

Have a good one...