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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Men I Love

Phill Jupitus. My DJ of listening choice and a joy to watch on TV. Here he is with the late, great Kirsty MacColl who somehow didn't manage to make it onto the Women I Love list but should have done 'cos she was fab.

Tom Selleck as Magnum PI. The man, the tash, the hairy chest, the big car, the tropical island. What's not to like? Yum.

Paul O'Grady. Here he is with Sir Ian of McKellen. Paul's a joy to come home to each evening. Just the right side of smut for tea-time. Wish he'd do more stuff either in the theatre or on late night TV.

Terry Wogan. He's a terrible DJ who still can't get the pips to line up on the hour and has a corny way with everything he does. But still I love listening to him on the radio every weekday morning. Can't abide him on the telly though.

The Rocky Horror Show is one of my favourite films and I've seen it on stage countless times. Tim Curry is fab, a sheer joy to watch in whatever he does, but particularly in this.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Piccadilly Line

Two things worth blogging about the Piccadilly Line. The first thing is that it's the Piccadilly Line's 100th birthday on Friday 15 December. The second thing is that actress Miranda Richardson stood next to me in the lift at Russell Square this morning when I was going to work. I wanted to shout at her "I'm Queen!" to remind her how good she was as Queenie in Blackadder but I thought it best not to. On reflection, I think I was right to keep quiet. She probably gets it all the time.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Women I Love

Julie Birchill. Gob almighty but always worth reading. Always. Likewise Julie Bindel.

Nancy Banks-Smith. Top telly reviewer with a wicked sense of humour and great style. Get your Nancy tribute t-shirt here. I've blogged about Nancy Banks-Smith before, read it here if you like.

Kathy Burke. Actress, writer, director, star.

Debbie Harry. The woman I grew up wanting to be. Still wouldn't mind being, actually. Being into Blondie as a teenager meant I spent a lot of time reading Lester Bangs and wanting to write just like him.

Victoria Wood. Ticks all my funny boxes, no matter what she does. I nearly died laughing at Acorn Antiques: The Musical. And wasn't she wonderful playing it straight in Housewife, 49?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Amanda Barrie

Regular readers will know I'm a Coronation Street fan. But although I was given a copy of Amanda Barrie's autobiography when it was released a couple of years ago, I'd never bothered to read it. Anyway, prompted by a comment on Corrieblog, I got the book down from the shelves and read it, almost in one sitting. It was wonderful. A really lovely, cuddle-up and get cosy kind of book to read. I was in tears at the end. I recommend it highly.


There's nothing about Christmas I don't like, unlike my mate Sky over at Avenues and Alleyways who's having a grumble about the festive season. What's not to like? There's pressie giving and receiving, drinking and eating, meeting up with friends and family, great stuff on telly and almost two weeks off work. Need I say more? I love Christmas, me.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Day The Electric Went Off

Almost as exciting as The Day We Won The Lottery, but not quite. The electricity supply went off for over an hour to our whole street last night. Out came the torches and I entertained myself by making shadow puppets on the living room walls. I was just getting quite good at it when the lights came on again.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

December in the garden

On the day that the Christmas tree went up indoors, I was outside in the garden in a t-shirt taking pictures (left) of things that shouldn't rightly still be flowering and of some things (right)that should.

Fairy Nuff

Today we put our Christmas tree up and blinged up the house with tinsel, glitter and lights. Here's the fairy that sits at the top of the tree. She's a bit rock and roll and that's just how we like her.
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