tom waits

Night Out

So dermot and i ended up having a pretty awesome night last night! We ended up going to meet jenny at her house for drinks and then going to abc to meet rachel and some friends! I chatted to rach so much and then we went and danced our little hineys off! Then dermot and i walked home past the riverfront and chatted about us...

So many beautiful photos!! I kept telling him that while edinburgh is beautiful and it has a scottish appeal that no other city could have, glasgow really does have its own charm! X

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Writer's Block: War and peace

Nope! For a start no one should be forced to do anything like that against their will! Second of all, what if you don't believe in war?! I mean, I would never join the army simply because I don't want to condone war. And on top of all that, the government are clearly lying to us about why we're in Iraq etc. and I (obviously) think that's bullshit! Even if I wanted to be a pawn in someones game, I'd want to know what the ultimate goal is!

Plus, in certain places (i.e. America) there's this whole Don't Ask, Don't Tell thing...who actually supports that kind of complete and utter discrimination!?!

It's all bull!
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Writer's Block: Things You Don't Want to Know

If you knew that a friend's significant other was cheating on him or her, would you tell your friend the truth or keep it to yourself?
Depends on how close the friend is. 

If it wasn't such a close friend then I probably wouldn't bother because I don't like to meddle in things that don't particularly concern me.  I'd maybe speak to one of their closer friends to make them aware of it, and let them decide whether or not to let them know.

If it was one of my closest friends then I definitely would, mainly because I would want to know from them if the situation was reversed.  Although that really can come back and bite you in the ass...when we were still at school we told our good friend, Louise, that her bf Nico has been cheating on here (several times) and they would have a fall-out, get back together the next week, and then we'd end up looking like the bad guys.  As though we were trying to break up a relationship.

People have such a habit of seeing only what they want to see when they're in love.
tom waits

Writer's Block: Timely Departures

If you could jump in a time machine and travel back to any point in history, where would you go?
Well as far as I'm aware, A LOT of groups in society have been suppressed throughout history.  Gay people, women, non-whites, disabled, poor etc.  In fact I think the only group that hasn't suffered mass suppression are the upper-class straight white able bodies males.

So being a hardore believer in equality; I'd like to stay right where I am!  In fact, not that I'm even certain we'll ever get there, but I'd like to move forward to a time when we do treat each and every other person as an equal.
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Writer's Block: AKA

It's a Joni Mitchell song!  "Strange Boy" from 'Hejira', which is definitely one of my favourite albums of all time.  And here's the little verse which is featured on my blog...

"He keeps referring back to school days
And clinging to his child
Fidgeting and bullied
His crazy wisdom holding onto something wild
He asked me to be patient
Well I failed
'Grow up!' I cried
And as, the smoke was clearing he said
'Give me one good reason why!'"

Genius!  She's without a doubt one of the best lyricists that has ever walked the earth.  Even today at like, what, 66? she's still writing some amazing toons!
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Layla Grace Cameron Cartwright!!!!!!

My lovely niece was born today!!!! :-)  Layla Grace Cameron Cartwright, born on the 30th of August, 2008 at 18.57; weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces; and was 23 inches long.  She's a beauty!  Everytime I hear her name I think of the song 'Layla' by Cream! lol  Anyway, here are some photos of her, with special guest appearance of Bobby George Cameron Cartwright!  Here's my favourite...the rest are under the cut!

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How gorgeous!!!  x
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My first post...

Okay, I don't really have the time or the effort to type out everything to do with my life at the moment, so I'll fill you in with a post later.  I may even make a vlog (apparently it's like a blog but you just say what you want to say on a video and put it on YouTube, then put it on very 21st Century!! lol) and give you the low-down of my life as it currently stands.  Well I say 'stands' but my life is never standing still, so let's refer to each update on my life as a photograph, a still of something in motion!  Yeah...I prefer that!  Also, I'm making everything in the blog either public, or friends only, which is a vast difference to my last one which was completely private!  Who knows what the effect will be! lol

So I've decided that for my first entry I shall include pictures/clips of all the things helping me through life at the moment.  I guess you could say they're all "art" of some sort, but I suppose that's what life is, or should be!  Anyway, here goes...

I have to admit I currently have a complete music fetish for female singer/songwriters, I love the whole teenage angst/'girl, interrupted'  attitude of it all.  I suppose it's something we all have to go through, so I shall just have to embrace it for the time-being!  Okay so my most recent 'discovery' is the wonderful Ani DiFranco.  Her music relates to me a lot right now, something about it helps me to embrace all my little insecurites and want to come out of my comfort zones etc.

"And you'll stop me, won't you
If you've heard this one before,
The one where I surprise you
By showing up at your front door
'Let's not ask what next, 
Or how, or why!

I am leaving in the morning,
So let's not be shy!'"

"So fuck you,
And your untouchable face,
And fuck you
For existing in the first place
And who am I
That I should be vying for your touch?
And who am I?
I bet you can't even tell me that much."

And the first of my true female singer/songwriter loves is the timeless, the magnificent, the beautiful Joni Mitchell!  Words can't describe how much her music speaks to me (I nearly used the word 'spoke' because I've kinda exhausted a lot of her music but its still very much applicable!) and how much I listen to it.  She released an album last year and as far as I'm aware she is contracted to release another album at some point in the future.  If it's anywhere near as good as her last album then it'll take a prestigious place in my music collection.  It's strange; normally when people/bands make a come-back after doing it for so long, I find their music to be a complete let-down, like The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" which was completely contrived and nothing on some of their previous master-pieces!  However, Joni, who left music after her 1998 studio album, Taming The Tiger, said that she had no intentions of making another album until the music for Shine came to her.  So it was completely natural, and it was writing for a reason, not because she had a contract to fulfill!  Well, at least that's what I think made it work.

"Well there's so many sinking
Now you've got to keep thinking,
You can make it through these waves.
Acid, booze and ass,
Needles, guns and grass
Lots of laughs,
Lots of laughs"

"Everything comes and goes,
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes.
Things that you held high,
And told yourself were true,
Lost or changing as the days come down to you."

And finally, we move onto the one who has possibly meant the most to me.  Tori's music has been one of my best friends and has played a huge roll in helping me discover who I really am (if any of us ever really know that!).  All of her albums have touched me in some way, especially her earlier albums, Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink, Boys for Pele and From the Choirgirl Hotel!  She's an absolute genius, so much so that I'm only picking one lyric which has helped me and so many people, all the rest are on a par of excellence lol!  She is another one who released an album last year, which turned out to be rather complex, and this led to a tour (which I unfortunately missed) giving me 20-something full-length, good-quality bootlegs to play with! :-)

"I wanna smash the faces
Of all those beautiful boys,
Those Christian boys,
So you can make me CUM,
That doesn't make you Jesus!"

Okay, this one's not so much a female singer/songwriter, but a male singer/songwriter that dad got me listening too a lot!  He writes so many amazing lyrics that I also relate to, they're very male orientated!  His more recent stuff is basically story-telling which is why I find it doesn't quite speak to me in quite the same way as the ladies above, but his early stuff is an excellent combination of story-telling, picture painting, and heart-felt lyrics.  A perfect blend.  He released a huge album/compilation last year; basically a big collection of "songs that fell behind the stove while making dinner".  Some very gorgeous songs on it, I must admit!

"I hope that I don't fall in love with you
'Cos fallin' in love just makes me blue!"

"You know there ain't no Devil,
Just God when he's drunk!"

"Just like the bamboo babies
Down in the south-sea tropic zones
T'ain't no sin
To take of your skin
And dance around in your bones"

Now that I've covered some of the big players in my music collection at the moment, I feel it's time to discuss some other forms of art that I'm currently head over heels for.  The first would have to be the works of the incredible (and somewhat seedy!) Thomas Lanier Williams a.k.a. Tennessee Williams!  An absolute genius, I discovered this playwright when sitting my Advanced Higher English and I swear I could recite for you 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Glass Menagerie' word-for-word!  I read them non-stop, and then picked up a few other collections of plays, and now I seem to have quite the bank of Tennessee works (including his journals released last year which are interesting, to say the least!).  I haven't been reading as much of his stuff lately, mainly because I haven't got my hands on any other work, but I've been looking up certain things on eBay etc. and it's looking promising.

"BLANCHE: He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits!  Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one!  There's even something -- sub-human -- something not quite to the stage of humanity yet!  Yes, something -- ape-like about him, like one of those pictures I've seen in -- anthropological studies!  Thousands and thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is -- Stanley Kowalski -- survivor of the Stone Age!  Bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle!  And you -- you here -- waiting for him!  Maybe he'll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you!  That is, if kisses have been discovered yet!  Night falls and the other apes gather!  There in the front of the cave, all grunting like him, and swilling and gnawing and hulking!  His poker nights! -- you call it -- this part of apes!  Somebody growls -- some creature snatches at somethin -- the fight is on!  God!  Maybe we are a long way from being made in God's image, but Stella -- my sister -- there has been some progress since then!  Such things as art -- as poetry and music -- such kinds of new light have come into the world since then!  In some kinds of people some tenderer feelings have had some little beginning!  That we have to make grow!  And cling to, and hold as our flag!  Inthisdark march towards whatever it is we're approaching. ...Don't -- don't hang back with the brutes!"

Okay, now we move onto my biggest hobbie!  Sports acro!  I started sports acro when I was 10ish, and trained until I was 17, then left Avondale basically because I had lost passon for it.  I couldn't see myself going very far with it etc.  Then recently I started back, at City of Glasgow in a mens pair (which is possibly going to turn into a mens group) and I am loving every second of it.  I'm in the best shape I've ever really been in, I train for roughly 20 hours a week, and I hope to do FIG some time within the next couple of years.  It's introduced me to a lot of new people that I LOVE, and provided my life with a little bit of gossip (which I shall discuss in my vlog! lol).  My new coach is Keri, who's an incredible coach and a lovely guy.  He works everyone really hard, keeps motivation up etc. and his such a fire for acro it's unreal!  You'll no doubt see his name appear a couple of times in this blog! ;)  Oh and I'll let this video speak for itself with the acro!

Okay, this is a random one, but I've been watching a lot of Kathy Griffin these days.  Someone on YouTube has uploaded ALL the episodes of her 'My Life on the D-List' show and it has been the source of much entertainment for me in the last few weeks.  She's so fucking hilarious, her entire stand-up act is mainly about all the A-list American celebrities that she loves to take the piss of.  And her TV show is basically about her constantly trying to become famous.  Her timing/tone etc. are what make her so funny in my opinion.  The below pictures were a joke and a very funny publicity stunt! lol

"Suck it, Jesus!"

"I may have made a very harmless joke about Lindsey - that she's lost a lot of weight recently due to diet, pilates and crack...............without the diet and pilates!"

Okay, that's me done for the day!  I thought that was only going to take a couple of minutes since all I planned to do was upload pictures/videos but eventually I started listening to whole songs and picking out favourite lyrics and looking up my little bookmarks etc.  Expect A LOT of that sort of thing throughout my blog...I tend to include a lot of (pretty much irrelevant) information, so I recommend that you skim read for the most important points!  So that's me, I didn't include quite a few things I probably could've, but no doubt they'll randomly pop up throughout the blog (or vlog depending on how it goes ;) lol.

I'll see you in a couple of days hopefully, by which time I should've found the time/space to make my video for you!  x