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My favourite British bands and where they come from

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One of the topics of our Sunday lunch was music. It reminded me that one of my favourite things about the UK is its music. Most of my favourite bands of all times are British. Here are some of the bands I grew up listening to. They are not in order of preference and the songs chosen are not necessarily my favourite:

Pink Floyd – I love the extremely lengthy songs, the lyrics, the music, the nonsense, the total sense, the drama. One of the bands I would love to have seen live. Funnily enough, Roger Waters solo doesn’t interest me as much. Pink Floyd was formed in London. Videoclip: Mother. Just because.

The Bolshoi – I only had one album, Friends, but it was always playing on our record player. I love every single song of this album, from 1986. They were also based in London (I don’t know why I thought they were from Leeds. hehe)

The Cure – when I was younger, so much younger than today… I was in love with Robert Smith and thought he was the prettiest man alive (never mind Johnny Depp). I finally saw them live at Wembley in 2006 or 2007 (or 2008) and I cried loads. They were formed in Crawley, West Sussex (my personal trainer lives there, not that it matters).

The Smiths – I love the melody and Morrissey’s singing. I have to confess that despite loving Smiths, I didn’t use to hear that much (at least compared to Pink Floyd/The Cure and others). They are from Manchester, a hub for bands in England.

Blur – ha, they met each other at Goldsmiths College, in Southeast London. And? And I studied there!! They even had a pocket show a few years ago for the students. I love Blur and their alternative pop songs. There was this rivalry between Blur and Oasis, but Oasis was a band I never liked, don’t ask me why (because I don’t know the answer).

Black Sabbath – they are from Birmingham, which I’ve been a couple of times for work, another city that produced famous English bands (Duran Duran, UB40, Judas Priest). I can’t stand listening to Ozzy Osbourne talking nowadays, but do enjoy the old BS tunes.

Deep Purple – this is a band a know very little about but used to listen to some of the songs a lot. They are from Hertford (where? Never been there, but it’s not far from North London). I still find it hard to believe that Dave Coverdale (Whitesnake) was a former singer…

New Order – they are the remaining of Joy Division, another band I like a lot, and guess where they are from? Manchester! Another one. New Order is one of these bands that I used to listen very loud, dancing on my own in my room.

 

The Clash – It’s accessible punk in my opinion (different from Sex Pistols, which is a bit harder to like if you are not a hardcore punk fan in my humble opinion). With songs like London Calling and Guns of Brixton, it’s kinda obvious that they are from London, right?

Love and Rockets – the band was formed by Bauhaus former members, but they are far from the gothic sound of the former band. Bauhaus was formed in Northampton, so one can only assume L&R is also from there. 🙂

David Bowie – he is from Brixton, Southwest London. David Bowie is a funny one, I was never into his music in an active way, but every time one of his records ended up in my hands, I would love it to bits. I loved almost absolutely everything I heard.

Dire Straits – Ok, this was very controversial to me. I grew up thinking that Dire Straits were a Scottish band, but mr. Google keeps telling me they were formed in Newcastle or Yorkshire or wherever. But, Mark Knopfler was born in Glasgow, so Scottish he is. I love Scotland to bits and I love the Scottish! I haven’t been to Glasgow though.

These are just some of the bands that I used to listed TOO MANY times, there are loads more. There are some I liked (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), but they wouldn’t have much of a chance on the record (and later CD) player. Now, don’t judge and don’t kill me: I never liked the Beatles. Not even these days. I’ve been to Liverpool and did the whole Beatles tour thing, but I can’t stand most of their songs (I do like Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band and Helter Skelter, though). 

Maybe, if I’m inspired or with extra time, I will make a list of the worst of the British bands (totally based on my personal taste, so it might offend some people).

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How do women shop?

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This video took forever to upload, so I have to post it today (I was planning to go to bed at 21h today!)

A demonstration in 4 minutes on how us, women, shop. I want this, and this, and this, and just this one too… And, lucky daddy, he will have 3 of us at home!!

 

Jokes aside, nah, Lady Mother here is very controlled and will make sure her little monsters will follow the same steps: controlled consumerism. Believe it or not, I’ve only seen this video today – it was recorded about 3 weeks ago? I love it – I wasn’t around (looking for other stuff) and when I got back, we had this basket full of stuff, daddy looking a bit desperate and Laura having loads of fun. It was a pain to put everything back on the shelves, but looking at this video now, it was totally worth it.

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Quick funny things before I forget:

* Laura said never mind for the first time yesterday – at least that I’ve heard. I gave her a coin and she let it slip from her hand. I told her to be careful and she said, in a very sweet way: “oh, never mind, mummy, never mind”.

* Laura thinks that Guarana (Brazilian non-alcoholic fizzy drink) is beer. And now she thinks she likes beer. And wine. She asks for both (and of course we don’t give!)

* There a convenience shop (and a cafe) on the platform where we catch our train home and EVERY SINGLE DAY Laura asks me to buy chocolate-candy-crisps. I hate that place! Today she asked me: “mummy, give me some coins to buy potatoes. I’ll go quickly and be right back”. Give me some coins? Do you think I’m a bank?

Going viral

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The internet is full of funny (and useless) videos. They won’t change our lives, but they will entertain us. Who doesn’t love a parody, a spoof, a piss-taking video? I do. I saw this one today and it made me giggle: Trolling Saruman.

And, of course, since we live in a commercial world, brands are always looking for ways to infiltrate in their consumers’ lives – and recruit new consumers – and get them to engage with their products (meaning: share their videos, spread the love).

The video below, “Bring it” by Paper Towel Gang is promoting Bounty’s product. The video is funny video and the song is catchy, but did it help sell more Bounty paper towel rolls? Critics say they targeted the wrong audience with this video and it’s basically a waste of their time and money.

And here is another funny commercial – relatively cheap to produce, free to air and bang on target.

Truth is channels like You Tube are the perfect broadcasters to achieve a huge audience without have to pay millions for the air time. But with millions of videos being uploaded all the time, it’s not easy to create an amazing piece and guarantee that it will become viral. This is a dream come true for any corporation – and loads of digital agencies are out there helping their clients to achieve that. Alternatively, check this out and learn how to make your video viral:

You might have seen all these before, but I only came across these recently and decided to share them here. I don’t have much time to browse the internet or check out all links shared by friends – as I said, these videos won’t change my life. But I like to find some interesting materials from time to time (for the sake of work mostly) and make my day a bit more interesting.

Baby 2 on TV

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Today Baby 2 showed her arm on national television, more specifically on This Morning show, ITV.

This is what happened: someone in production needed a pregnant woman to test a new portable ultrasound device (it’s a combo smartphone + handle + app) so you can see things such as… babies! I volunteered, because it was meant to be a recording in the morning and that was it. I had loads of work to do, couldn’t really afford being away for too long. Still the recording was delayed by 45 minutes. This is a thing about productions, you can’t control much, except when it is a live show.

If you don’t live in the UK or don’t watch TV, you might not know that This Morning is a live show. So what we were recording was just the image of the scan that was going to be on screen while the presenters chatted about the equipment.

After we finished recording, I was asked to be back later on to have another scan, this time standing up and live on stage!! What??!?!?! I wasn’t expecting that and got a bit shy. I was going to go if I could, but after I went back to my desk, I found out I had a meeting and several urgent things to finish before lunch time, so I had to pass. I had a mix of relief (I was scared of looking ridiculous on screen) and disappointment (I actually wanted to see how it would have been, my 15 seconds of fame).

Anyway, so I wasn’t on TV, but baby 2 had her 3 seconds of fame. Check out the video – filmed from ITV Player live this morning.

Incy Wincy Spider

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Today we caught granny from Brazil on Skype, before Laura’s bedtime. Laura was so excited to see and hear granny, she blew kisses, kissed the monitor, chatted… and did the incy wincy spider “choreography”. It was the first time I saw her doing the whole thing and I have to say: it is sooooooooo extremely cute to see that tiny little person doing the spider with the tip of her fingers, then the rain falling down, then the sun shining. Oh gosh, little pumpkin is cuter by the minute.

And I shall share a video with you… it’s from last week but only now I had the chance to upload it. You can see her telling a ‘story’, with her ‘eeeeh’, ‘uhhhh’ punctuating her line of thought. Mr. C got tired of her messy hair and now only dispatch her to school with her hair tied up on a pony tail.

 

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I had problems to upload this blog, so I created an alternative one. Until I figure out what I’m going to do, I’ve just imported the posts from the other one here.

Here is my little cupcake showing that she is a big girl now. She’s been using a spoon for a while now – she has always been eating on her own, but before it used to be less civilized – but this is the first time I caught it in camera.

She is almost turning 17 months and she gets cuter and funnier by the day. Yes, we are having some really tough days with her lack of sleep, but other than that, she has been brilliant. Eating like a big girl – sometimes she eats TWO plates of food, active, loving and healthy.

I just can’t get enough of her (although I could use with some good nights of sleep to love her even more).