Monday, 5 March 2007

Misanthropy and Make-Believe

Writing these makes me start to wonder whether my subconscious reason for starting a blog was just to talk about myself. Hmm. But I've done 3 hours of sociolinguistics reading today and now myself is pretty much the only thing I understand...

The Monday Melee

1. The Misanthtropic: Name something (about humanity) you absolutely hate.
The way we have a state of mind where quirkiness and individuality in young women are qualities that are not valued as highly as flawless skin, big breasts, and the ability to wear obscenely short skirts.

2. The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent or bogus.
Tesco Value plain chocolate digestives. They cost 34p for a packet and I swear they have something addictive in them. I'm fairly good with the healthy stuff but whenever I buy a pack of these I just can't keep away. Cue pained face...

3. The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Tabloid newspapers. I bought the Daily Star and Daily Mirror today because I need to analyse an article for some coursework. The Star has a topless woman on the 3rd page, which I didn't expect when I bought it. Not sure if I was being naive there . I'm all for being open about the human body but for me this is taking it too far. I think it's cooler to leave something to the imagination and leave people to have meaningful relationships in which they discover the human body in private. And besides, even if you ignore all that, I have just braved that page once again to inform you that there is no way at all that those are real. Put them away!

4. The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
2 of my friends posted me a sweet card and one of those handwarmer things today, because I always complain that I'm cold. I feel very loved right now.

5. The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I am wearing a bright blue t-shirt with the Superman logo on it. Proof that I am very very cool.

6. The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
To be at the Killers gig right now. They're in Cardiff tonight and my flatmate phoned me from the gig just now. I didn't realised that tickets were out in November until the day after. And by that time they were long sold out. They're one of the bands that I would LOVE to see live, especially as a friend saw them a while ago and said they were fantastic live. Oh well...

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The Music Memoirs: 10 songs that sum up your weekend...or were on your weekend playlist...and one picture that relates back. (oh, and if you feel like it, tell us why you picked the songs you did)

These were on my weekend you may notice by the comments, I was quite reminscent. Also, I spent the whole weekend getting all my errands done and getting organised, so there was a definite air of getting stuff sorted. Dunno what though.

Ironic - Alanis Morissette
I don't often listen to her but she has such an evocative voice, which is especially impressive on her acoustic album, which was the one I got this song from. This song reminds me of being 15 and one of my friends singing this as we walked home from school in the summer before she moved away.

You Laugh - Andy Flannagan
This guy is a total legend and is one of my heroes. He is one of the most inspirational singer/songwriter/campaigners you will ever come across, and his heart for coming to christianity in a totally humble manner is just amazing. Hearing him sing makes me stop and get myself together.

And I - Boxcar Racer
15 again and young and feeling like we could change the world, in the middle of a really close group of friends who were all the on the edge of everything else but very much belonged together. Not much has changed there - we're just more spread out.

Mr Jones - Counting Crows
My most favourite band ever, and this is one of their songs that I discovered last. I love the happy and free feeling of it. Makes me smile.

This Years Love - David Gray
Beautiful song, but annoys me because every time I see the name of it I continue my ongoing internal debate over whether there should be an apostrophe in it and, if so, where?

I Can't Come Down - Embrace
One of those songs that I loved from the moment I heard it. I bought the album purely on the basis of that, while not knowing anything about the band. I listened to the entire thing the moment it arrived, and was glad. I played it on repeat for practically a whole week while I was revising for my January exams.

She Is - The Fray
Again, from another album that I loved from the first listen. His voice is astounding and the song is one of those to play really loud and just lie back and listen to it.

Supermodels - Kendall Payne
The lyrics of this song just crack me up ("What lasts longer in this life/Character or rock hard thighs?"). I was luckily enough to meet Kendall at the Greenbelt festival before last, and she was 100% genuine, whilst being hilarious and fun to hang around with. Great voice and plenty of attitude!

Read My Mind - The Killers
"I'm gonna turn this thing around" - I can't explain it, this one just gets me every time.

Far Away - Nickelback
It's funny that this should be such an amazing love song but it just is. Brings to mind thoughts of sun and summer and young love. Bless... Worth a listen.

Sadly I'm at the end of my 10 now, even though I could've added plenty more!

Here's my photo:

My flatmate and I attempted to open a gorgeous bottle of red last night...we've had problems opening this particular brand before, as the cork tends to break and we're not very good at bottle opening anyway. So, erm, we ended up having to sieve the cork out. Little bit ashamed at our ineptitude (is that even a word?) but it was so worth it in the end!!

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Just ate: Natural yogurt with tinned strawberries (like a Muller fruit corner if you close your eyes...)
Wondering: Whether the photos I ordered will arrive tomorrow
About to: Go clean my much loved George Foreman grill because I couldn't be bothered after I ate dinner


The Mistress of the Dark said...

I love the David Gray songs, it's one of my favorites by him.

Thanks for playing this week :)

fracas said...

Your #4 made me smile.. that was very sweet of your friends.

Welcome to the Melee list! I've added your link to the main participant's list.