Sunday, February 26, 2006
My friend Chris (*waves) very kindly took me for a spin, and i mean spin in his excellent mini called "Boris". Not only does the car look great, it feels great - especially going around along the roads.
A few shocked faces as we spun and whizzed around the corners - what a laugh we had!
Thanks Chris - your a star.
P.S. - I didn't dare drive Boris as I was too scared I'd damage him in some way, but after seeing your driving ...........I'm quite tame !!
The wedding details are way too confusing to Blog it all so here's a snapshot summery..............
I used to help run the youth group and Sunday School that the bride was part of. Then about 13 years later while at university meets a guy who is over from India studying. They fall in love and got married yesterday - it made a very multicultural wedding as his parents flew over from New Dheli and we saw a fusion of Christian and Hindu cultures at the church reception.
Oh and I look scary in the suit cos I took the picture when I got home!
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Ricky Wilson from Kasier Chiefs wins Best Dressed, Arctic Mokeys win everything and 'sexy' Babyshambles perform!
The Year of the Monkey continues as the Arctic Monkeys won 4 Awards at the NME (New Musical Express) last night. I would have posted the Awards last night but I was completly off my trolly with alcohol consumption and managed to miss the first 3 hours of work this morning!
Oasis managed to win the NME Award for Best Video, after missing out at this months Brits. It was also agood night for other British acts Franz Ferdinand and Kasier Chiefs who scoped at the London Award show.
NME 2006 Winners:
Best new band: Arctic Monkeys
Best video: The Importance of Being Idle - Oasis
Best international band: The Strokes
Best TV show: Gonzo (MTV2)
Best solo artist: Kanye West
Philip Hall Radar award: Long Blondes
Best radio show: Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1)
Best event Carling Weekend: Reading & Leeds Festivals
Best live band: Franz Ferdinand
Best music DVD: Live8
Best film: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
John Peel music innovation award: Gorillaz
Best track: I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Best album: Employment - Kaiser Chiefs
Best British band: Arctic Monkeys
Godlike Genius award: Ian Brown
Best website: NME.com
Best venue: Brixton Academy
Hero of the year: Bob Geldof
Villain of the year: George Bush
Best dressed: Ricky Wilson
Worst dressed: Justin Hawkins
Worst album: Back To Bedlam - James Blunt
Worst band: Son of Dork
Sexiest man: Pete Doherty
Sexiest woman: Madonna
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
The new single is out this week from Simon Webbe (ex-Blue) entitled "After All This Time", it's a nice mellow tune and yet another uplifting song from the excellent debut album called "Sanctuary".
Visit his website above for more pictures and news or see the latest video thanks to the guys at the Beeb's Top of the Pops website:
Monday, February 20, 2006
The Brits has had a dramatic effect on the UK Album chart this week, the whole Top 10 was Brit influenced.
New comers winner Arctic Monkeys held on to the #1 spot for a fourth week. Multi Brit winners Kaiser Chiefs climbed back up to #2, with their album which has had chart domination for almost 1 year. Surprisingly, James Blunt dropped a place at #3 - but this may have been because the DVD came out, so would have affected sales.
Even Kanye West climbed back up the album chart and re-entered the Singles chart with "Gold Digger".
The Brits may have faltered in the viewing stakes but it has still been a triumph for the music industry as well as British music.
Even as we speak, the British public are talking non-stop about a newspaper story that has revealed the drunken antics of two top Premiership footballers. It is alledged the two footballers got drunk, stripped down to their underwear and one performed a blow job on the other. one of the footballers is supposed to have put a mobile phone down his pants while the other called him so it vibrated. It is claimed they both have girlfriends and has publisheda photo, without revealing who the football star's name. But internet sources can reveal that the picture matches to a certain Ashley Cole - the boyfriend of Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy.
It all makes interesting reading as it may have happened long before the couple started dating and it sounds like a lads drunken night out, not a gay romp as the papers seem to be turning it into.
Here is an extract from one of the stories:
Player A—a household name who has a reputation as a rebel on and off the pitch—shoves his mobile down his boxers. He performs a sex act with it which is too obscene to be described here.
Then Player B calls his number to make thephone vibrate. Player A is also pictured on the bed while Player B—a multi-million pound goal-scoring mid-fielder—kneels to perform oral sex on him.
Meanwhile the music man can also be seen leaning over the pair, kissing and caressing the footballers, who play for different sides. he source who handed us the graphic images said:
"Fans would be stunned if they knew who the players were. "Both have had girlfriends and one is still in a relationship. If anything they are known as ladies' men—lads who like chasing skirt at nightclubs. They're always in the papers with some glamorous girl or another. Never in a million years would you think they'd be involved in anything like this."
The sordid sex session took place in the flat of one of the players. The source added: "They all stripped down to their vests and boxers—not exactly the sort of gear you'd just sit around in for a chat. And then they're in the bedroom and it all kicks off.
"Soon it was like something out of a hard core porn film. "
One (Player A) lay on the bed while his mate (Player B) knelt down beside him and gave him a blow job. Soon his (Player A's) face was contorted with pleasure. "When all this was going on, the music bloke was leaning all over them both, kissing and stroking every bit of flesh he could get to.
"Then (Player B) got up and went over to the other side of the room to change the music they were listening to. "While he was doing it (Player A) got his mobile phone out and you can see him pushing it down his shorts. "You can see he's urging (Player B) to ring him. He must have had the vibrate alert on. (Player B) then gets out his phone and rings him again and again while (Player A) closes his eyes."
In the set of images Player A seems to be the leader in the hardcore sex games while the music man is mainly content to watch. "They were so relaxed with each other it looked like this wasn't the first time," said our source.
Let the rumours continue, I'm sure there are lots of stories like this up and down the country when lads go out for a drink. I don't think either of them has to be gay just because they had some "fun" but we'll never know................ or will we?
Following along the excellent award winning "Brokeback Mountain", I've bought myself a rather unusual jacket, while I was in Brighton recently. The hat belongs to Alex, but I put it on to give me that "cowboy" feeling.
I'm not sure we'll be seeing the jacket out much, I think it was one of those spur of the moment purchases!
Hey - now I feel like a right gay cowboy.........................
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Brokeback Mountain wins 4, Memories of a Ghisa wins 3 and Crash win 2 BAFTA Awards.........
BBC1's Bafta Film Awards coverage attracted just 3 million viewers and a 12% audience share between 9pm and 10pm, according to unofficial overnights.
When coverage resumed after the BBC1 10pm news, the remainder of the show drew 2.9 million viewers and a 16% audience share between 10.15pm and 11.20pm.
But the movie awards' ratings decline has been swift and precipitous - two years ago it attracted 5.7 million viewers and a 24% audience share.
Last year the ceremony moved from its normal Sunday night berth to Saturday evening, drawing 4.4 million viewers and a 20% audience share.
Also intesting to note that the Brits hardly won an award this year - apart from the British Film catagory and some actree that wasn't even born in the UK. But it's good that the Bafta's awarded films on their talent not on their country of origin.
Here are the winners of the BAFTA 2006 Film Awards:
Rising Star Award:
Best British Film:
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit
Best Actor in a leading role:
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Best Actress in a leading role:
Reese Witherspoon - Walk The Line
Best Actor in a supporting role:
Jake Gyllenhaal - Brokeback Mountain
Best Actress in a supporting role:
Thandie Newton - Crash
Crash - Paul Haggis/Bobby Moresco
Brokeback Mountain - Larry McMurtry/Diana Ossana
The David Lean Award for achievement in direction:
Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
The Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a British Director/Producer or Writer in their first feature film:
Joe Wright (Director) - Pride & Prejudice
Best film not in the English language:
De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete
The Anthony Asquith Award for achievement in film music:
Memoirs of a Geisha - John Williams
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Constant Gardener
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Memoirs of a Geisha
Walk the Line
Achievement in special visual effects:
Make Up and Hair:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Short Animation Film:
According to the website Vertele, the Spanish Broadcaster TVE selected the song performed by Las Ketchup in order to represent Spain at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece. TVE have not yet commented on the information.
Las Ketchup consists of three female sisters (Pilar, Lola and Lucía Muñoz) from Cordoba, who recorded a big hit three years ago with the song "Aserejé". According to vertele.com, it seems that the title of the Las Ketchup song is Bloody Mary, which is also the title of their second album produced by Manuel Ruiz, who also composed the hit Aserejé.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced the dates and venues for their summer UK tour.The shows are as follows:-
June 30, Ipswich, Portman Road
July 2, Coventry, Ricoh Arena
July 3, Reading, Madjeski Stadium
July 5, Derby, Pride ParkJuly 6 , Sheffield, Don Valley
July 11 & 12, Manchester, Evening News Arena
July 14, 15, 17 & 18, London, Earls Court Arena
The RHCP are coming to my city in the Summer and I'm concidering going, but £40 a ticket means I'll have to think about it first. It's not everyday we get such great acts here in Coventry but thanks to the new Ricoh Arena we're getting more acts coming here. Last year it was Bryan Adams so lets hope we see alot more coming our way in the months ahead.
Friday, February 17, 2006
The former chart stars - once members of the nation's biggest-selling bands - are among six acts going for glory.
Each will perform their song on TV and the public will decide who will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens.
Marsh's song is a ballad called Whisper My Name.
Costa will sing a Motown-style tune called Beautiful Thing.
The other acts are singer-songwriter Goran Kay, male vocal harmony group Four Story, girl duo City Chix, and Daz Sampson, who was a founder of dance act Uniting Nations and had a top 20 hit in 2004 with Out Of Time.
Sir Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinsky will host the Making Your Mind Up show on BBC1 on March 4, when the performers will be put to the vote.
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place on May 20.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The best of British as Coldplay and the Kaiser Chiefs perform at this years Brit Awards and Madonna is far from "Hung Up" as she collects Best International Female Artist. Kanye West performs with a multitude of sexy females ......... talking of sexy females - Kelly Clarkson, she may have gone home empty handed but she won over the adoring crowds at Earls Court in London.
Prince performs, Blunt collects and Clarkson rocks at the Brit Awards 2006.
Best British Male Solo Artist:
Best British Female Solo Artist:
Best British Group:
Best British Album:
Coldplay - "X&Y"
Best British Single:
Coldplay - "Speed Of Sound"
Best British Rock Act:
Best British Urban Act:
Best British Live Act
British Breakthrough Artist:
Best Pop Act:
Best International Male Solo Artist:
Best International Female Solo Artist:
Best International Album:
Green Day - "American Idiot"
Best International Group:
International Breakthrough Artist:
Outstanding Contribution To Music:
*The Brit Awards only attracted a disappointing 4.6 million viewers and a 20% audience share to ITV1 between 8pm and 10.30pm.
Ratings for the glitzy music awards bash were well down on last year, when the event attracted 6.3 million viewers and a 28% audience share.
Best British Male Solo Artist: The Streets
Best British Female Solo Artist: Joss Stone
Best British Group: Franz Ferdinand
Best British Album: Keane - "Hopes And Fears"
Best British Single: Will Young - "Your Game"
Best British Rock Act: Franz Ferdinand
Best British Urban Act: Joss Stone
Best British Live Act: Muse
British Breakthrough Artist: Keane
Best Pop Act: McFly
Best International Male Solo Artist: Eminem
Best International Female Solo Artist: Gwen Stefan
Best International Album: Scissor Sisters - "Scissor Sisters"
Best International Group: Scissor Sisters
International Breakthrough Artist: Scissor Sisters
Brits 25th Anniversary Best Song Award: Robbie Williams - "Angels"
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Last week was a nice relaxing week away in Brighton, pity it is the middle of the British winter, but it was still good to unwind and have a bit of fun. The three pictures above show Alex in a rather rude looking pose (ok, we were very drunk!), the second picture is of Alex again - still drunk and the final picture is of myself (robmacca) looking all mean and moody!
Monday, February 13, 2006
And of course, we can expect a blistering set from Paul Weller, the deserving recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution To Music award. With 28 years of classic tunes to plunder, from his Jam, Style Council and solo sets, the Modfather is sure to celebrate in style.
With Chris Evans hosting the show for a record-equalling fourth time, and more huge acts to be announced in the run up to the show, 2006 promises to deliver yet another BRITs night to remember.
He may be ginger and called Chris Evans but this Thursday sees Britain's premier music Awards event in London. I'm looking forward to The Brits 2006..............
Sunday, February 12, 2006
*update June 08: I'm still blogging - with over 74,000 pages viewed and almost 43,000 visitors. Plus I'm on Youtube with 570,000 video views and I try and keep www.theenemy.eu up to date in my spare time!
robmaccaEXTRA is another blog I post on.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
See the full list of winners (believe me it goes on and on and on........) here:
The 48th annual Grammy Awards crowned rockers U2 the big winners of the night after they took all five awards for which they were nominated during a ceremony last night at the Los Angeles Staples Center.
U2, who had a huge year in 2005, stole the show after collecting trophies for album of the year (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb), best rock album (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb), best rock song (City Of Blinding Lights), song of the year (Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own) and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal (Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own).
“To be in the company of Paul McCartney which is a true honour indeed,” said U2 frontman Bono. “I don’t know what to say, this is a real big, big night for our band.”
Following close behind U2 were pop diva Mariah Carey, crooner John Legend and rapper Kanye West, all of whom won three awards out of eight categories in which they were nominated.
Carey won best female R&B vocal performance and best R&B song for We Belong Together, and best contemporary R&B album (The Emancipation Of Mimi); while Legend got the hardware for best R&B album (Get Lifted), best new artist, and best male R&B vocal performance (Ordinary People).
West was awarded best rap album (Late Registration), best rap song (Diamonds From Sierra Leone) and best rap solo performance (Gold Digger). He beat out heavyweights like Eminem, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Ludacris and The Black Eyed Peas to name a few.
It was also a night of surprises: first American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson left the ceremony with two Grammys, for best pop vocal album (Breakaway) and best female vocal performance (Since U Been Gone).
Green Day also left with a big win of their own, taking the prize for record of the year for Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.
“Thanks a lot, this record’s been out for two years ... and if you’re wondering if I’m nervous right now, you’re absolutely right,” said frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. “And I just want to acknowledge that pop radio playing rock music is very cool to us.” http://www.metronews.ca
Highlights of winners at last night’s Grammy Awards:
- Record of the year: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Green Day
- Album of the year: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, U2
- Song of the year: Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, U2
- Best new artist: John Legend
- Best female pop vocal performance: Since U Been Gone, Kelly Clarkson
- Best male pop vocal performance: From The Bottom Of My Heart, Stevie Wonder
- Rock album: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, U2
- Rap solo performance: Gold Digger, Kanye West
- Rap album: Late Registration, Kanye West.
- Rap performance by a duo or group: Don’t Phunk With My Heart, The Black Eyed Peas
- Rap song: Diamonds From Sierra Leone, D. Harris and Kanye West
- Solo rock vocal performance: Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen
- Rock performance by a duo or group with vocal: Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own, U2
- Hard rock performance: B.Y.O.B., System Of A Down.
- Metal performance: Before I Forget, Slipknot
- Rock song: City Of Blinding Lights, U2
- Alternative music album: Get Behind Me Satan, The White Stripes
- Female R&amp;B vocal performance: We Belong Together, Mariah Carey
- R&B song: We Belong Together, Mariah Carey
3. Those wierd books with the dots in:
4. E.T. :
5. Emma Bunton:
Where are they now?
I've always wondered what became of the Ra Ra Skirt that took the world by storm c.1980, worn by almost every girl then suddenly it just vanished............
Everyone was concerned about finding Wally in those pictures but have we just given up looking?
Whatever became of those multi coloured books they used to test to see if you were colour blind?
Then poor old E.T. wanted to phone home in the movie but why has he never returned? Is he scared of bumping into Drew Barrymore?
Finally, the lovely Emma Bunton from the Spice Girls - took a trip over to America about a year ago to promote her music, and hasn't been seen since!
Come back Emma we love you,
Come back ET we adore you,
Come back dots we need to erm............ see stuff,
Come back Wally we need to find you,
Come back Ra Ra we need to smile again!
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
http://knd.org.uk/don/Kandyfloss2.mp3 Kandyfloss 'I Want It Right Now' (Chantelle on CBB, solo)
http://knd.org.uk/don/Kandyfloss.mp3 Kandyfloss 'I Want It Right Now' (backing girls only on BBLB)
Chantelle, the winner from this years Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, is all set to make between £1 - £2m following the hype at her non-celebrity status becoming the runaway success with the public.
It seems a done deal now that we will be seeing Chantelle in record shops up and down the country with her made -up band Kandyfloss (with a K of course!) and that famous make believe track "I Want It Right Now".
Already alot of speculation is hitting media circles this week about the future of Chantelle and the direction she will take following her massive popularity during Celebrity Big Brother.
It was also good news for Channel 4, who celebrated 7.5m viewers during the final nights show (up 11% on last years final) and watched by 40% of the available audience at that time during its peak.
Overall CBB was watched by 4.5m (19%) over the 23 days, up 2% year on year and shows that there is alot of life left in the Big Brother format for a few more years to come.
You can hear both versions of the live song in the links above.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Since the 12 cartoons were printed we have seen hysteria from certain Muslim circles. While we need a balance in society of respect and tolerance, we also need to value the freedom of choice and right to express ourselves.
On one hand I can see why pictures depicting religious leaders in an unflattering light could be offensive I also find hackers attacking the website of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for publishing the pictures as outrageous.
The Swiss daily "Le Temps" also printed a selection of the drawings.
In an editorial, Patricia Briel argued that "freedom of the press and freedom of speech are fundamental achievements made by democratic societies, and the latter do not have to bow in the face of demands that endanger these hard-won principles.
"One can certainly regret that these caricatures have offended Muslims, because it is legitimate to want respect for religions. But it would be dangerous [if], in its name, one limits the liberties that we cherish."
Meanwhile the Norwegian Christian newspaper "Magazinet", which had printed the drawings in January.The Nordic country closed its offices in Gaza City after a dozen gunmen surrounded EU offices, threatening the lives of Norwegian, Danish, German and French citizens if the countries did not apologise.
Elsewhere in France, the owner of "France Soir" sacked its managing editor after the paper printed the 12 drawings in one of it's editions.
I don't see the need for the pictures to be endlessly republished around the world, yet I do object to the extreme reactions and the injection of "fear" into those who dare publish them.
While the Muslim world looks on with outrage, it sees no harm in publishing cartoons that may offend those that see them (as in the example seen here on such sites as http://aljazeera.net/ ).
Double standards are indeed everywhere and freedom of choice is only a perception. We see what we want to see, while ignoring other items that don't suit our thinking.
Friday, February 03, 2006
An interesting Girls Aloud , Cheryl Tweedy story from: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk
"Girls Aloud beauty Cheryl Tweedy used to sneak out of her parents' house in the middle of the night to meet up with boys.
The beautiful brunette revealed she used to go to bed in a skimpy outfit and then quietly slip away in the early hours to see her male admirers.
She said: "My friend and I used to go to bed fully dressed, then these boys would throw stuff at the window at 2am to wake us up and go out."However, Cheryl - who is engaged to Arsenal football ace Ashley Cole - was eventually caught in the act by her mother.
The sexy singer admits her mum blew her top and gave her a slap to teach her a lesson.She added to Britain's Top of the Pops magazine: "One time my mum caught us and nearly took my head off my shoulders."
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Within the next week I am getting a new hair cut but at the moment I am unsure which direction to take.
For the past year or so I have been growing it as the first picture shows, but as you can see - it can get in my eyes and in my way. I'm having to wear a hat when out delivering the mail to stop it blowing about. But I really like having it long , when i go out and make an effort with my hair.
But maybe I should have it cut short and put up with the fact I'm losing it and put up with a bit of a "slap head" look - at least it will be tidy and ready for the warmer weather. Or do I just have it trimmed and go for the 2003 look as seen in the 3rd picture?
I've got just a few days to make up my mind............... Any comments on the subject are welcome!
It's been just one year since I bought my last phone as reported on this very Blog: http://robmacca.blogspot.com/2005/02/my-new-phone.html
But a year is a very long time in the world of mobile phones. Alex and Martin and various others already have this mobile the Samsung D600, and I know I'm already going to be behind the times but I have just ordered my phone from O2.
I don't know if I'm being foolish or wise here cos it is actually going to cost me £70, but they will be reducing my monthly bill by £5 each month, so in a years time it will have cost me just £10. But is that £10 too much, when online I could have got it FREE on their website http://shop.o2.co.uk/shop/o2uk/jsp/handset/ViewHandset.do?menu=y&prodID=consumer:SAM:D600:Online200:Package&ref=Main_D600_mod_img
But the deal would have meant £30 a month and a choice of either:
Inclusive Call minutes any network1
300 or 400
Free Text2 Messages
Inclusive browse and download
Depending on which option I chose but by staying on my current plan I will be paying £20 per month (£20 is what 'll be paying from March) and get 500 text/multimedia messages and 500 minutes plus internet time - this suits my needs down to the ground so I'm happy with my choice.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
I was driving to work about 04:15am yesterday and saw two guys fighting another guy in the middle of the road, it shook me up because I felt powerless to stop them. Yet my conscience wouldn't let me just go past and do nothing, so I phoned the Police and reported it. Thankfully they already knew about it and knew the exact location and were on their way to stop this cruel violence.
What was equally worrying was a postie friend at work got beaten up as he walked into work. A car pulled up and 3 men got out and beat him up for no reason whatsoever.
Violence is an act that can leave lasting physical scars and emotional scars on those who are at the receiving end. They say we live in a civilized world, yet where is the sense in kicking someone's head in?
Ok rant over.