Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Female Drummers Are Dead Sexy

Ok so I post the damn entry form as I cycle past the post box this morning, too late to back out now. The ride in is excellent. It's been a long time; I’ve really missed it.

L's upped the ante in the talking book stakes by going for an Angela Carter. The Magic Toyshop. As L puts it, loads-a-smut.

It's about 15-year-old girl who's pretending she's one of Toulouse Lautrec's models by spending the summer holidays naked and an uncle that she goes to live with, in his toyshop. The uncle makes life-size mannequins, whom he portrays in violent, sexual scenes. It's a romance apparently. I shall borrow it after her.

L's also considering giving up the gym after reading that 'rock drummers are top athletes'. Oooh, go for it girl. Female drummers are also dead sexy, apart from the one from Glasvegas obviously.

The article loses credibility though when it goes on to say that 'playing the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a Premiership footballer' because Premiership footballers don't have any stamina.

They say that drumming raises your heart rate to 190 beats a minute but they've also done the research using Clem Burke as an example. Clem Burke isn't exactly a youngster; walking up the stairs would probably raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.

Talking of music, this years Mercury Prize nominations are out and it's not a bad selection, if you pass over:- Adele, Estelle and the like. British Sea Power get nominated for 'Do You Like Rock Music?', as do Elbow ('The Seldom Seen Kid'), as well the over the top Last Shadow Puppets ('The Age Of The Understatement') and Radiohead ('In Rainbows'). Also nominated Laura Marling, Neon Neon, Portico Quartet, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss.

In the evening, Daughter goes off to see Jules Verne's 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Blimey. I can't believe they've remade that. They always dragged out the old black and white version for the school holidays and wasn't there a trashy 70’s TV series as well.

I head out into town with my friend, that is, after he's been barked off the premises by not one but two dogs. Well actually, Mini Doggo is quite friendly to him but original Doggo always barks at him.

Pizza Hut has gone all posh, or tried to but failed miserably. The waitress offers us the choice of a high or a low table and at first we haven't a clue what she's on about but then we see they've added some high wooden tables like in a noodle bar. We go for the low option but they've also shrunk the tables. Your elbows now hang over the edges and there's no room to put your pizza. All this progress has been paid for by higher prices. Hmmm, might be Pizza Express next time.

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