Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Randoms

I've spent most of the week holed up at home with Florence and The Machines "Shake It Out" on repeat. I confess I used to be a Florence Welch "hater", I staged my own little protest against her by refusing to listen to anything she and her band put out, for reasons I'll try to explain. First off her style is a little off to me, she reminds me of Alexa Chung, two people I can never in a million years understand why they are hailed as fashion icons.....completely beyond me. Constantly in weird ass clothes for no discernible reason, Alexa Chung is seriously beautiful and trust me when you're a beautiful person you can get away with pretty much anything. Florence, attractive but she doesn't get a beautiful pass like Miss Chung so I always wondered why she stayed on her jolie laide p and refused to dress like a normal person.

She also felt like someone people thought it was "cool" to like, for example Lana Del Rey. I took out time to watch her video, listen to her song and I still can't jump on the Del Rey train. So I kinda lumped Florence Welch and Lana Del Rey in one boat....

Then I heard "Shake It Out", saw the video and that was my aaaaahhhh moment.

Her voice is divine, her stage presence is fiery...for like the 4 and something minutes it took to watch that video I was mesmerized. Now that's why she can dress like a bag lady and get away with it....because SHE CAN. Her talent is Alexa Chung's beauty, Naomi Campbell's phenomenal body, Kate Moss' chutzpah, and they can pretty much do whatever they want.



This song needs to be listened to with speakers on full blast, the organs, bells, tambourines, drums.......orgasmic.


Another casualty of my self imposed seclusion is that I idly decided to start watching Downton Abbey and my obsessive nature kicked into high gear. I never really just like something, I become infatuated, fanatical, possessed by it, passionate about it, rave about it, read every single thing I can about it. I can't imagine what being the focus of my single minded attention must feel like, I was so gripped by Downton Abbey I joined a DA chat group and I've spent the past two days discussing possible plot lines for the upcoming Season Three with fellow fanatics.

I've honestly wondered why Downton Abbey is so amazing, I guess its because its the first English period drama I've seen that wasn't adapted from a novel so I have zero idea of what's going to happen next. Plus there's the little matter of Maggie Smith aka Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, she is sublime, definitely the best thing about the show. I have a weird obsession with very sharp old people, they are truly the funniest people alive, I saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel recently that had an ensemble cast of senior citizens including my boo Maggie Smith and I was in old codger heaven.

As a result of my trawling all things Downton Abbey on the internet I found this Youtube video of the Top 10 Maggie Moments from Downton Abbey

J'adore.....or "I J'adore" *in the voice of Kim Kardashian*



My favourite line hands down has to be in the scene after Mr. Pamuks death at Downton and she goes "of course it would happen to a foreigner, no Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house, especially someone they didn't know".

I know her lines are written for her but its the delivery that does it, nobody delivers a zinger quite like Maggie Smith. Some lines that were not in the Youtube video:


“I couldn’t have electricity in the house, I wouldn’t sleep a wink. All those vapors floating about.”
Cora: “I hope I don’t hear sounds of a disagreement.”
Lady Grantham: “Is that what they call discussion in New York?”
“One can’t go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We’d all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper.”
Cora: “I hate to go behind Robert’s back.”
Lady Grantham: “That is a scruple no successful wife can afford.”
Lady Grantham: “Why would you want to go to a real school? You’re not a doctor’s daughter.”
Sybil: “Nobody learns anything from a governess, apart from French and how to curtsy.”
Lady Grantham: “What else do you need? Are you thinking of a career in banking?”
Cora: “Things are different in America.”
Lady Grantham: “I know. They live in wigwams.”
Classic!


Recently I discovered a new blog in the unlikeliest of places, the comment section at Linda Ikeji's, would you believe it. I'm usually accustomed to coming across the flotsam and jetsam of the internet rubbish heap in those kind of places and I was very pleasantly surprised by this blog, its called  New Jersey To Nigeria   ; and its about an inter-racial family; Nigerian father and Indian mother who move with their three children from the United States to live in Lagos, its written by the mother and her take on Nigeria is fascinating.

She recounted a story where there was no toilet paper in the loo at her kids school and she was genuinely wondering what Nigerians cleaned up with after going to the bathroom. Just because there was no loo paper. I read it with my own eyes and I'm still shocked at the level of ignorance among non Nigerians about Nigerians. The woman is really quite funny and I spent way too much time reading her old posts yesterday, you should totally check it out when you get the chance.



I've been eagerly anticipating the Hunger Games movie, the trailer looks amaze and the world they live in reminds me of the world in Stephen King as Richard Bachman's 'The Long Walk'; that kind of violent, futuristic and at the same time Big Brother-ish universe, plus I have a mild crush on Jennifer Lawrence. I'm usually very iffy about movies that have been adapted from books; P.S. I Love You and Confessions Of A Shopaholic have been two such monstrosities; but I have high hopes for the Hunger Games. To move things along, I ordered the box set from Amazon (I got a great pre-loved deal, 11.95 for all three) and I need to devour them before I see the movie.

New books make me tingle, the only other items that can bring on a feeling close to that are probably new bags.

I have agbalumo sent by Mrs. U, fresh from Lagos Island and Baskin Robbins Butter Pecan ice-cream cake to accompany my reading and once I'm done with this post, I'm on it like white on rice.


Oh yeah and the new book from the A Song Of Ice And Fire Series is out tomorrow; A Dance With Dragons part 2, already pre-ordered that so I'm patiently waiting.


Another movie I'm really looking forward to seeing is the exorcist themed 'The Devil Inside', I love a good horror movie and I'm particularly fascinated by exorcisms but I was very offended by the tagline accompanying the trailer "the movie the Vatican doesn't want you to see". I thought that was stupid, why can't you promote your movie without making it seem like a Roman Catholic Holy War, we probably need to start placing death sentences on people that make fun of the Catholic Church then maybe they'll chill a bit. The Pope is in his crib chillin, not giving a toss about what's happening in Hollyweird then morons like Nicki Minaj or whoever is producing this movie decide they want a little publicity and try to engage the poor old man.

I'll go see it sha, so I can tell Mrs. U all about it and we'll have a good gossipy natter about people who have no respect for our faith.


Oh yeah, anyone here watch House Of Lies? That gorgeous stripper turned UCLA Law student that Don Cheadle's old ass is schtupping is Nigerian, Igbo to be exact, behold Megalyn Echikunwoke


Her dad is Nigerian and her mum is German/Scots-Irish. She's pretty dope on the show, the entire show is pretty dope, I don't know why it isn't more popular. Even if I still can't buy Don Cheadle as the narcissistic, promiscuous, cussing, fast-talking, sharp as a tack management consultant Marty Khan; he's doing a pretty good job and the rest of the cast especially Kristen Bell are ace, I've never seen Miss Veronica Mars/the voice of Gossip Girl in such an adult role before, its an eye-opener.


Another show I've been getting into lately is Smash which I see as a kind of Glee for Grownups but its a fun show and the performances are frighteningly good. Katherine "quaterback shoulders" McPhee is in it and her voice is phenomenal, like amazing. Her performance of "Shake It Out" ranks just behind Glee's "We Are Young" in my top ten songs performed by tv stars. This show has some heavyweights in it: Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing and its produced by Steven Speilberg. It definitely has all the right ingredients for ratings gold. The only person I still don't get what he's still doing on that show is Ellis, the scheming assistant, can't stand him.

*whew*

So that's a bit of what's been roaming around in my head these past few days, time to get started on The Hunger Games.

Love and light xx




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19 comments

  1. well..she is the same girl in 90210...The Naomi Clark arrival....:)

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  2. Yaaayyy! New books smell nice. Have you seen GCB (Good Christain Bitches)? It is an interesting new show, just two episodes tho.

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  3. Yes ! She is 90210...was just gonna say.. 'arrival' ke? don't get that..

    Nice to know she's Nigerian though..

    Hope your flu's gone...xx

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  4. oh gosh! i've found my tv twin. hehe. I absolutely love Smash, Katherine Mcphee can sing, but really her voice is nothing compared to that Ivy babe. As for The Devil Inside, i'm with you on the 'respect our faith' tip, I dont know why people cannot live and let live biko. I could not watch the trailer complete, i really couldnt. call me wimpy, yeah i am, i just couldnt. happy viewing!

    GCB is funny too, for now at least, let's hope it doesnt get stooopid like Desperate Housewives is trying to be.

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  5. OMG Daks I love the New Jersey to Nigeria blog. she is hella funny...she's gna b my new read

    PS: I thought I was the queen of tv shows..i have nothing on u at all, need to step my tv watching game up asap looool

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  6. oh gosh! i've found my tv twin. hehe. I absolutely love Smash, Katherine Mcphee can sing, but really her voice is nothing compared to that Ivy babe. As for The Devil Inside, i'm with you on the 'respect our faith' tip, I dont know why people cannot live and let live biko. I could not watch the trailer complete, i really couldnt. call me wimpy, yeah i am, i just couldnt. happy viewing!

    GCB is funny too, for now at least, let's hope it doesnt get stooopid like Desperate Housewives is trying to be.

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  7. Ewo..this post is long..good read tho :)

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  8. Alexa Chung is...BEAUTIFUL???!!! Nah. I'm pretty sure that my eyesight is good. She's an attractive girl - I mean she's got those killer eyes that I absolutely love. But she gets no beautiful pass from me. I've seen the video and I'm still not feeling Florence and the Machine.

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  9. yh florence and the machine no doubt about the song shake it out, really nice. fell in love with the song after her performance on xfactor..
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  10. i am sure the 1st anonymous means Naomi Clarks 'RIVAL' ..Sigh..anyway super long post and it seemed forced..not one of your most interesting write ups..

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  11. the jersey to Lagos blog is amusing, but can someone please tell the writer that the "masturbating fellow" was probably only performing his absolution before going to pray, and not necessarily "pleasuring himself over a gutter"

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  12. You have me hitting the replay button on Shake it out ^_^

    Love House of lies and yea I'm still trying to get used to Don Cheadle's character as well.

    Recently found that Nigeria to NJ blog as well, and that woman's honesty kills me, love it!

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  13. You have me hitting the replay button on Shake it out ^_^

    Love House of lies and yea I'm still trying to get used to Don Cheadle's character as well.

    Recently found that Nigeria to NJ blog as well, and that woman's honesty kills me, love it!

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  14. Looks super great
    have a nice and stylish weekend darling
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  15. Shke it out is mezmerizing!

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  17. lol i left that comment on Linda's blog lol i found out about Asha's blog from Dame sting's blog real small world

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  18. @Anon 8.36: No kidding? thought she was a "new face", I don't watch 90210 so I'm clueless about anyone in it.

    @Anon 8.50: I keep hearing about it, the name threw me off for a bit though. Its def on my to-watch list. Thanks.

    @StephanieIJ: Yes ma'am, praise be to God.

    @Nefertiti: Ivys voice is a little too "Broadway" for me, if you know what I mean. Just loud and shouting all over the place. Katherine McPhee's voice is golden, just beautiful.

    @Benny Boom: Caused by extreme boredom my love. Trust me if you're as jobless as I am it won't take long before you get stuck on even Fear Factor sef.

    @Korede: Lol, thought I'd give you guys some work :)

    @Anon 8.31: I think she is though. Sometimes she can look really ordinary then I see another picture of her and I'm just like woah

    @berriez: Still on repeat for me

    @Anon 11.37: LOL. Ejo ma bi nu, don't come back again. Its not by force.

    @Nonye: He might not have been performing absolution o, I don't think I've ever seen anyone clean that part in public. I see the feet and hands yeah but not genitals.

    @Rock Princess: Very meh on her style, she looks nuts to me

    @Layo: you have to agree with me that Don Cheadles character deserved a hotter actor. I just can't buy him as Khan.

    @The Dolls Factore: Err...okay then!

    @Vale: I will!

    @Mimi: No way! Small world I swear.

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