Friday, 20 February 2009

Meme and My iPod

Here's a good game that we can all join in with, if you like.

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.

Step 2: Post the first line, or two, from the 1st 25 songs no matter how embarrassing/obscure. You can skip any instrumentals. If you see "____" below, then that bit is the title.

Step 3: Readers of the blog try and identify as many songs/artists as possible in the comments.

Step 4: Strike through once someone guesses both the artist and the track correctly.

Step 5: For those who are guessing, looking up the lyrics is CHEATING.

Step 6: If you like the game post your own.

Edit: OK - it's very tricky! So along with each lyric is a clue to the artist. I will allow people to use Google to cheat from Friday 6th March.

Here we go. Eyes down for a full house...

1. "I met this guy and he looked like he might have been a hat-check clerk at an ice rink. Which, in fact, he turned out to be."
by Lou Reed's bird.
2. "A friend in need's a friend indeed. A friend with weed is better."
Pure Morning by Placebo.
3. "I've been worried, man. Worried all day long."
by a delta-blues 9-string guitarist.
4. "Sometimes you're better off dead. There's a gun in your hand and it's pointed at your head."
West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys.
5. "Wednesday. It's suppository time again. Ain't it grand?"
Cakewalk On Easy Street by Spock's Beard.
6. "Didn't mean to leave you hanging on. I didn't mean to leave you all alone."
by an alt-rock band from Mesa, Arizona.
7. "I say this was no game of chicken. You were aiming for your best friend."
by Chuck E.'s lady friend.
8. "Give it time. It takes time. It'll all come together." by a Radiohead sibling.

9. "I wake up in the morning just to work all through the day. That sun gets so hot that you can sweat your strength away." by Les Freres de Plage.
10. "Why __ __ dry? Why the empty eye?"
by a large building in Rome.
11. "__, __. Somewhere, Someone. It's 2 o'clock in the morning and I just can't sleep."
by the artist formerly known as a squiggle.
12. "'Tain't no big thing to wait for the bell to ring. 'Tain't no big thing, the toll of the bell."
by Eno's old chums.
13. "__ __ __ __ __. All the world loves people in love. Don't Forget it."
by Mr McAloon's band.
14. "I looked across an empty land. I knew the pathway like the back of my hand."
Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
15. "Got out of bed, wasn't feeling too good, with my wallet and my passport and a new pair of shoes." Illegal Alien by Genesis.
16. "My heart was breaking 'til you started making me feel like a natural man."
by the same band as number 9.
17. "You know I'm __ __ __ __ y'all, and that's a fact, y'all. And if you try to take what's mine
I take it back y'all - it's like that." by Joseph Simmons, Daryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell.
18. "Well, early in the mornin' 'til late at night, I got a poison headache, but I feel all right." The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
19. "Wooaahhh. Baby, you can walk, you can talk, just like me."
This one will stop making sense.
20. "Working from seven to eleven every night really makes life a drag. I don't think that's right." Not by an iron airship.
21. "First to fall over when the atmosphere is less than perfect, your sensibilities are shaken by the slightest defect." Recorded long after guitarist Henri Padovani had left the group.
22. "Hell above and heaven below. All the trees are gone."
Oh, I thought you said 'time waits' for no man.
23. "I'll need tonight to sit and think about this. Think what to do. I'll take some strength to banish hollow sorrow."
Kevin Rowland's mob.
24. "Alone in a bar-room a young girl is sitting and smiliing at nothing at all and she stares now and then at the eyes of the men in the mirror that hangs on the wall."
Rita Coolidge's ex Somebody Nobody Knows by Kris Kristofferson.
25. "Uhhh! Don't you like the way I move when you see me? Don't you like the things that I say?'"
Something Better Change by The Stranglers.

Blimey. They're difficult! Some them I'd forgotten. Some belong to MLYW, so I'd never heard them before. I'll be amazed if people manage to get ten of these without the help of Google...

Friday, 13 February 2009

One Word...

Oh, go on - seeing as everyone else is doing it.

If you read this, and you haven't already (impossible, as I'm the last) then you're tagged:

Today at 17.30pm
1. Where is your cell phone? Hallway
2. Your significant other? Kitchen
3. Your hair? Dirty
4. Your mother? Busy
5. Your father? Generous
6. Your favourite thing? Cheese
7. Your dream last night? None
8. Your favorite drink? Ale
9. Your dream/goal? Contentment
10. What room you are in? Study
11. Your hobby? Theatre
12. Your fear? Reposession
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? xxxxx
14. Where were you last night? Rehearsal
16. Muffins? Choc-chip
17. Wish list item? Money
18. Last thing you did? Shopped
19. Favorite joke? xxxxx
20. Where you grew up? Chertsey
21. Your TV? Flat
22. Your pets? Dust-bunnies
23. Friends? Unseen
24. Your life? Fragmented
25. Your mood? Annoyed
26. Missing someone? Many
27. Car? Renault
28. Something you're not wearing? Basque
29. Your favourite store? Waterstones
30. Your favourite colour? Blue
33. When is the last time you laughed? Today
34. Last time you cried? Dunno
35. Who will resend this? No-one
36. No, really... who will resend this? NO-ONE!
37. One place that I go to over and over? Bed
38. One person who emails me regularly? B3ta
39. My favourite place to eat? Indian
40. My favourite state of mind? Planning
41. My favourite time of day? Night
42. My favourite place on earth? Loughborough
43. Why you participated in this survey? Inevitability
44. What are you doing tonight? Slouching

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Get On With It!

A recent post by Andrew reminds me that I haven't blogged here for some considerable time. 5 or 6 weeks I think.

So now, when I'm supposed to be tucked-up in bed dreaming about whatever it is that I can admit to MLYW that I dream about (cheese, Wynona Rider and scary clowns), I find myself composing a post to keep you all informed.

So, my 2 weeks work turned out to be exactly that. Not a thrilling job, unfortunately. I was sub-contracting for a colleague at a large supermarket, installing some database software onto around 350 of their servers. Trouble was, the incumbent permanent personnel seemed to make it pretty clear that they resented a contractor being brought in to do the work when they could have done it themselves - which only begged the question, why didn't they do it themselves? Anyway, I got the job 95% finished and was only unable to complete the task because each time I asked for the resources or input from people to complete the job, it wasn't forthcoming. Hey ho. So my contract finished after 2 weeks.

If you happen to know of any Oracle DBA jobs going - do give me a nudge, won't you?

Now I'm signing-on again and looking for another contract - this time, hopefully, something to take me up to the summer.

In the meantime, I've cast the play which I will be directing for production at the end of May and we are rehearsing the Ottershaw Players Farrago which is on in only, gulp, two weeks. And I really need to learn my lines!