Wednesday, April 30, 2003

We're all having fun at work with a web site that tells you what was Number One in the charts on the day you were born. In my case, it's the extremely tedious Where Do You Go To My Lovely? by Peter Sarstedt.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Thanks to my colleague, Jean, for amusing me this morning with the Worsley Institute of Blu-Tack Art.

Last night's gig was such a laugh! It was so good to be performing again after a seven month gap, and in such illustrious company! Ruby Wax wasn't there in the end, but we were lucky enough to perform to Clive Rowe and several of the cast from Family Affairs (apparently this is a soap opera on Five, though of course I only view the BBC).

I think we did admirably. The dance routine to Mein Herr went pretty well, though there were some small issues with lack of space and the stability of the chairs. But we got plenty of applause, whoops of delight, laughs etc. and we definitely entertained! Mr. Rowe seemed to be enjoying himself too, and there was a twinkle in his eye when we did songs from Company and Chicago.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Just discovered the most Ortonesque cottage yet. And in the shadow of the Gherkin too!

At last... a Crouch End link. I've been meaning to post this one for ages, but never got round to it. It's one of those tittle-tattle forums, concentrating on famous people living in Crouch End and Muswell Hill. I can't help but wonder whether it's true that Tamsin Outhwaite lives in my road. Personally, I have never seen anyone famous in Crouch End. I don't tend to have much luck in that respect. However, I did once bump into Brian Murphy (of George And Mildred fame) when strolling through Great Malvern. Oh yes, and barely a month ago, I espied Nora Batty at Leicester Forest East services on the M1.

Easter has come and gone, and I'm a few pounds heavier. I swear people buy me chocolate on purpose. They know how weak-willed I am. I have already palmed off the Guylian sea-shells to my colleagues at Hrumph (can't mention their name, sorry). Now I need to find a good home for the Lindt bunny. Ah, but it's so cute, with its little red bell and its beseeching gaze. It is positively begging me to gnaw its face off.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Sorry, but I've got to add a link to this week's The Onion, and its infographic on the US search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It's the funniest one for ages.

It's now exactly one week until my first gig of the year. I haven't been on a stage since September of last year, so it's been a while. The folly of joining the LGMC dance group has led to my inclusion in a gig originally meant for the Chorus soloists only. It's at the Oval House Theatre in Kennington, and we'll be doing a sort of mini-cabaret for the first night of a play called You Don't Kiss. Rumour has it that Ruby Wax will be there.

I now have one week to iron out the wrinkles in the dance routine to Mein Herr from Cabaret. Meanwhile, the rest of Chorus life ticks along, with the Wavendon gig a week or so after. I think I've pretty much got the words off pat now, and just need to sort out my general co-ordination (this has always been the case).

Is there life outside Chorus? Not much. I have, however, acquired a fab new PC from Dell. It truly is the dog's gonads. 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processor, 1.5GB RAM, 200GB hard disk, 18" flat screen monitor... drool!

I continue to while away my spare time tinkling on the ivories. I'm concentrating on Chopin's Raindrop Prelude now, with the odd digression in favour of my Moulin Rouge sheet music.