Showing posts from 2008

Victoria did the following in 2008:

1 Masters Degree
10 concerts
4 Countries
3 Nights in a Caravan
1 Shakespearean Play in Stratford
7 books read for pleasure
1 trip in the Tardis
5 Historical Sites visited
1 new blog website
2 Weddings
2 Dresses
1 pair of high heels
1 performance at Madison Square Garden
2 Gates of Hell
Turned 38

What did you do this year?

From Yahoo News

LOS ANGELES – Dr Pepper is making good on its promise of free soda now that the release of Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" is a reality. The soft-drink maker said in March that it would give a free soda to everyone in America if the album dropped in 2008. "Chinese Democracy," infamously delayed since recording began in 1994, goes on sale Sunday.

"We never thought this day would come," Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper's vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "But now that it's here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us."

Beginning Sunday at 12:01 a.m., coupons for a free 20-ounce soda will be available for 24 hours on Dr Pepper's Web site. They'll be honored until Feb. 28.

Not that I give a toss about Axl Rose. But I love Doctor Pepper! And I love FREE DP even more!! LOL I know what I'm doing on Sunday - well, other than watching footy!

Stan Winston Light

My nephew is a movie making guru! He does a lot of special effects, costuming, and movie make up. For a Halloween party, he decided to do "full" special effects make up on himself. I did help. LOL And his dad lent a hand when four were not enough. It took us two hours to go from fresh faced fifteen year old to disfigured tie wearing anti-hero. I hope you enjoy our journey!! If anyone knows any one who works at Stan Winston studios - point them in the direction of this blog. Greg will be 16 this summer and I smell internship!!!!

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Metallibash 2009

Come out and join And Jersey For All and Invisible Kids hosting Metallibash 2009. Hey, you're going to the Uniondale show. You are going to BOTH Newark shows! Keep the party going Friday Night!! Great Food! Great Frenz!!! See yas at TWINS!!!

Breast Cancer Awareness

Numbness turned to inaction turned to decision. I got an email from someone I went to Uni with. Our professor was diagnosed with breast cancer. She taught two classes included our Masters Thesis class. Turns out, this is her third bout with cancer. There is talk in the wind of a mastectomy or possibly a double mastectomy later this month.

When I first got the email, I blocked it out for.... I think two weeks or so. I just felt numb. So many people I know and love ended up with cancer. Some survived. Some did not. It was overwhelming to think..."oh, no. not again." Then I thought about how my professor has to cope. She has a full time job as an assistant principal (soon to be a principal - new job in October), teaches graduate students, and takes care of her mother. Talk about overwhelming.

I can't imagine what it would be like to actually have cancer and have to cope. It's always been someone else. I cope at a distance. Try to say the right things. Try to keep a chin…

Summer Breeze

Twenty days back in the states and I'm already plotting my escape. Doesn't take long. My excuse is Boxing Day matches - Chelsea of course, and RSC is moving the production of Hamlet to London in November. Yes, Patrick Stewartand David Tennant were that brilliant. Oliver Ford Davies is now my favourite Polonius interpretation. He's part doddering uncle who tells the same story over and over and over and over again only to get lost halfway through the telling; part over protective father willing to do what it takes to shelter his daughter; part co-conspirator. He was gobsmackingly brilliant. I don't need to prattle on about Patrick Stewart. He's been with RSC since the 60s. His portrayal of Claudius as an 80s type Wall Street business tycoon complete with pinstripe suits was spot on. Tennant exploded as Hamlet. His soliloquy was delivered in Levi's, a red t-shirt, and bare feet. Such rage and tenderness and madness.

But I am off topic.
It's Friday.
1453 hours.

Stonehenge (and it's lesser known cousin Woodhenge)

In ancient times...
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people... the Druids

No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock ... of Stonehenge

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man's a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan


Stonehenge! Tis a magic place
Where the moon doth rise with a dragon's face
Stonehenge! Where the virgins lie
And the prayers of devils fill the midnight sky

And you my love, won't you take my hand?
We'll go back in time to that mystic land
Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow
I will take you there, I will show you how


And oh how they danced
The little children of Stonehenge
Beneath the haunted moon
For fear that daybreak might come to soon

And where are they now?
The little people of Stonehenge
And what would they say to us?
If we were here...tonight
-Spinal Tap 1984

And now, show some love for the Woodh…

The Joys of Caravaning

I took a nice weekend and "penciled myself in" to the diaries of my mates A and K who had purchased a caravan during the winter. I have been looking forward to this weekend ever since. Many Friday's I get reports from A that the caravan is being prepped for a weekend of merry making. It was to much fun to be missed and I had to get on board (not a great space coaster, but something similar - better food). Now, I know many of my mates and much of the Top Gear viewing public find caravans evil, anathemas to car worshiping serious drivers. Caravan holiday makers drive slow, sleep in their ugly boxes, and "how do you bathe?" LOL Rest assured, no caravans were set on fire or blown up for amusement. Instead, it served as a nice homestead to many days of mucking about Portrush, Balleymoney, Coleraine, and the North Coast.

In The Beginning

Sulis Minerva, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Aphrodite, Muhammed, and and Freyja were sitting around smoking stoggies and drinking whiskey…

Ah the Things I have Forgotten

Someone once said "I have forgotten more things than you ever knew." Or something to that effect. It was a movie, of course, and the line has always stuck in my mind. Why random lines from movies stick, when other things such as paying bills, where I put the car keys, birthdays, and just about everything else falls into that random black hole void in my head is unknown.

I do realize that I haven't blogged about Stratford or the Dr Who exhibit at Earl's Court, Stamford Bridge, the Wedding, Caravanning, or visiting family in Dublin. I have literally hundreds of pictures that have already been sorted and burned (not printed for my scrap book - yes, I'm that obsessive, but it is a valid art form. Just wander into any barn at any county or state fair and you see what I aspire to. It's not easy! But I figure the twins: Jack and Molly, Goldy and Casey prefer having pens and paper all over the table than sharing their space with cows. )

Since most of you have seen Bli…

Don't Blink

Things I Miss

So I've been back in the states for three days. It's distinctly different. It's like being in the USA breeds laziness and apathy. I think I've left the house once - that's not counting taking Goldy for a walk, and I drove there. Yup. LOL So even tho I am grooving on central air conditioning, napping with Goldy and Molly, my car, re-runs of X-Files, new episodes of Burn Notice and Eureka! So here is a list of things I dearly miss about good ol' Londontown!
The Best Things about London that make me Misty Eyed

The free London papers. They literally try and force them on you walking into the tube and once there, you have to move them off the seats to sit down. So everyday you get your daily dose of "news" whether you want it or not! LOL
The Tubes - yes, I miss mass transit. LOL I miss using my Oyster Card, I miss the long treks at interchanges, I even miss the darn tourists stopping and unfolding maps with bewildered looks on their faces.
The Surrey Docks…

Something New

I hope you are hungry!

So after my best mate's blessing I decided to take off to Paris. I had only been once before. That was for an Iron Maiden concert. Since then I have rediscovered Anthony Bourdain. This is not a good thing because I can be a bit of a gobshite on a good day and he has just taught me to be a pompous gobshite with a lust for travel, booze, and food. OK, I had two of the three already covered. Still not into the booze thing, give me a nice cup of coffee and I'm a happy camper. Provided I've put some Dr. Pepper in my system first. Woe be the person to get me WITHOUT the Dr. Pepper. It's not pretty.

What is gobsmackingly pretty is Paris. Everything is so ornamental. The buildings are amazingly old and gorgeous. It's eye candy for an amateur architect. There are some cool fountains in random places. I like fountains. I'm obsessed by them. It's the sound of rushing water that draws me in. I can sit by them for hours (as I did at the Louvre) and just listen to them. O…