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14 August 2010 @ 01:40 pm

Day 18 - Favorite title sequence

I had to think really long and hard before I came up with Six Feet Under and Dead Like Me. I guess I don't pay that much attention to title sequences.

Good theme music, on the other hand, I find very important. Sometimes the music is the best part of the series, and therefore I'd like to change this to: Favourite theme music.

4. "Living It Up" by Bert Kaempfert (theme from Kapitein Zeppos). Kapitein Zeppos was not my favourite Belgian series at the time (that would be Axel Nort), but the theme was ace.

3. Theme from The League of Gentlemen, series 1 and 2 (the soundfile is the second one from the top [ETA: the one entitled "Theme tune from Series 2" — it keeps changing places]; I especially love the second half of it). I was heartbroken when they ruined it made a different arrangement for series 3.

2. Twin Peaks theme by Angelo Badalamenti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oDuGN6K3VQ (sorry, I can't seem to embed YouTube videos any more, due to my browser being too old). Badalamenti's music added so much to the spookiness of Twin Peaks.

1. Theme from The Persuaders by John Barry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAxvfmGUjuQ. The Persuaders was about two playboys who fought crime, I think, although I seem to recall they were pretty shady themselves. Or maybe that was just the playboy bit. Anyway, I quite liked the series, but I adored the music. Still do.

Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Theme from The Persuaders - John Barry
19 January 2010 @ 11:57 pm

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Current Music: Dancer with bruised knees - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
31 December 2009 @ 05:20 pm

Here is a song to ring out the old, ring in the new:

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Wishing everybody een goede jaarwisseling/einen guten Rutsch/a happy (countdown to the) New Year!

Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: Prikkebeen - Boudewijn de Groot & Elly Nieman
01 December 2009 @ 08:37 pm

I couldn't find my favourite Ramses song on YouTube ("De een wil de ander"), so here is my second favourite. There is a live version on YT, but the audio is out of synch and anyway I prefer the studio version because it sounds less jazzy. But alas, no video. I have this single in my collection BTW (inherited it from my mum, without the autographs though).


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Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Sammy - Ramses Shaffy
24 December 2007 @ 08:10 pm

LJ-surfing the other day I came across two entries by lifeinamarble which had me rolling on the floor.

One was a huuuuuge picture post full of cat macros. I thought I found macros only mildly amusing at best, but seeing so many together srsly built up the giggles. My personal favourite is the Prozacs cat.

The second was an entry with weird, cheesy and downright disturbing album covers. Be sure to read the commentary, it adds to the brilliance!

Now, a meme horked from heartofdavid:

Go to Wikipedia.
The first random Wikipedia article title that you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to The Quotations Page random quotations:
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on "explore the last seven days"
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

My results:

Band name: Immortality *
Album title: I myself deny it.
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* To be honest, the actual title of the article was "Immortality (Celine Dion song)", but what self-respecting band would name themselves that?

My current favourite song is Jailer by Nigerian singer Asa (or Asha). It's getting a lot of airplay on French radio, and I've steadily fallen in love with it. I found a nice live version on YouTube, check it out:

Happy holidays, everybody. :)

Current Mood: lovedshare and enjoy
Current Music: BBC2
13 October 2007 @ 01:40 am

And I also found Marcia baila (see meme post)! Hadn't seen this clip since the '80s, great seeing it again. BTW, I heard some years ago that the MoMA acquired this video for their collection :)

(I tried to post this together with the other video, but then I kept ending up with two Marcia baila's and no Froggy?! What did I do wrong?)

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Current Mood: productiveshould really go to bed
Current Music: Marcia baila - Les Rita Mitsouko
12 October 2007 @ 08:00 pm

From heartofdavid:

"Comment and I'll give you a letter. In your journal, list 10 of your favorite songs that begin with that letter." She gave me the letter M:

1. The Mercy Seat - Johnny Cash
2. Master Song - Leonard Cohen
3. Les Marquises - Jacques Brel
4. Marcia baila - Les Rita Mitsouko
5. Mother Goose - Jethro Tull
6. Monkberry Moon Delight - Paul McCartney
7. My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist - The Decemberists
8. Missed Me - The Dresden Dolls
9. Morning Glory Story - Harry Nilsson (the only song I don't have)
10. Man on the Moon - R.E.M. / Melody - Rolling Stones (couldn't choose)

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Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: Coz I luv you - Slade
12 July 2007 @ 01:00 am

I had heard this song on the radio before and liked it, but I came across the video just now and fell in love. It's in Dutch, sorry guys.

Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: Wespen op de appeltaart - Spinvis
08 October 2006 @ 08:43 pm

A blast from the past (for me anyway):

Stories: Darling

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
17 September 2006 @ 11:08 pm

I bought lots of goodies lately:

— Last Thursday, another digital camera to complement Joni. It looks just like a mini SLR, but is in fact a compact camera with 12x zoom (so far I've only had time to charge the batteries and glance at the manual).

— When I came home armed with my new camera a parcel of books I had ordered from England was waiting for me in the hallway (oh to have the time to read again).

— Yesterday I heard a song by Charlotte Gainsbourg on the radio and fell in love. I found it (and another song) on her Myspace, downloaded it from somewhere else and played it all day. Today I went to Fame to listen to the whole CD, because most reviews I had read were very favourable. Unfortunately the volume of the headphones was turned up so loud that it made me quite nauseous and afraid of a headache, so after trying out three sets I handed it back. To my surprise the shop assistant said that Fame will let people listen to CDs at home and they can return them within 2 weeks if they are not satisfied. Great service! I didn't take Charlotte with me though, I had already decided I wanted the CD and it was cheaper at my online store (so I ordered it there this evening).

— Then I went to Fame's DVD department to look for Slings and Arrows, except that I had forgotten the title and was looking for Swords and [something else] instead. Never mind, I don't think they had it anyway. To my utter joy and amazement I did find series 1 & 2 of The Mighty Boosh, which has never been shown on Dutch TV and of which I have caught only a few episodes on BBC2 before it moved to BBC3 and thus became unavailable to us on the Continent. The price, however, was 60 euros, a tad expensive. So after much deliberation I put it back on the shelf and headed home (and ordered it from Amazon UK this evening; including p&p and VAT it's still about 20 euros cheaper there).

— On the way home I walked into Lush to get the new Lush Times, but there is not going to be one until October. The sales assistant said they did have several lovely new soaps in and made me smell a few, and I couldn't resist buying a piece of Mud Flats (yum yum).

And now, a new series of Six Feet Under on TV. At last!

Current Mood: calmescapist
Current Music: The songs that we sing - Charlotte Gainsbourg
30 November 2005 @ 12:19 am

... because it's been awhile, and because I got John Cusack! As did practically everybody else, but yay anyway! :)

Good. You know your music. You should be able to
work at Championship Vinyl with Rob, Dick and

Do You Know Your Music (Sorry MTV Generation I Doubt You Can Handle This One)
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Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Lucky you - Lightning Seeds
25 November 2005 @ 11:20 am

Of course today I remember the book titles I had meant to look for yesterday. :)

In the new TV guide I read an interview with Spinvis, in which he said that the title of his album Dagen van gras, dagen van stro (“days of grass, days of straw”, released yesterday, if my information is correct) was taken from a book by SF writer R.A. Lafferty, Not to mention camels. I am not keen on SF, unless it’s funny, but this book sounds quite weird and interesting. It looks like it’s out of print at the moment though, and the ABC website says that they may not have it in stock, so I don’t think I would have found it yesterday anyway.
Here is a page devoted to Lafferty’s works: http://www.mulle-kybernetik.com/RAL/MT/novels.html
Any science fiction buffs out there who know the book and/or the author?

BTW, I had meant to pre-order Spinvis’ new album, but I saw on themusicsafe.nl that there are 2 versions: a regular one with blue sleeve, and a limited-edition one with pink sleeve (incidentally, both at the same price???). While I am slightly disappointed that Spinvis goes along with this sort of nonsense, naturally I want to pick the colour I like best, so I’ll have to see at least one of them irl before ordering. I can hardly wait, I am really, really looking forward to the new album. :)

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Current Mood: geekyThe Sopping Friday
Current Music: Stormy weather
06 November 2005 @ 07:17 pm

When I came back from the doctor it was still quite early, and I decided to watch the second half of Angels in America, finally! I found it just as brilliant as I did last year, and I'm thinking of making it a tradition to watch it every autumn.

With the arrival of Marianne Faithfull the next day the angelfest was continued a little longer (her "Crazy love" will forever be linked to AiA in my mind). "Last song" is another favourite of mine on the album.

The latter half of the week the weather turned lovely, or heavenly, to keep in style, with temperatures of around 20°C. On Thursday I was even moved to tear myself away from the computer in my lunch break in order to go for a walk with J.

The weekend was the warmest last weekend of October ever recorded. It was also the end of daylight saving time, which meant an extra hour of sleep. Hurrah! My biological clock hates DST, and 7 months out of 12 is simply too long.

Oh yes, and on Wednesday I watched All the Queen's men. Rather disappointing on the whole, but Eddie Izzard was hilarious as the diva giving a performance for the Germans. He really seemed to be enjoying himself. :D

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Wonderful world - Nine Horses
02 October 2005 @ 11:15 pm

Nothing much has happened.

While shopping on 21 September I came across a DVD box with the first season of Dead like me and thinking it was a stroke of luck I immediately bought it, but a few days later I saw several of those boxes in another shop at 5 euros cheaper.

I am rather surprised that Dead like me should be released on DVD here when it was only broadcast by one rather obscure TV station, while The league of gentlemen, which has been shown several times on two Dutch stations, a Belgian station and the BBC, has been impossible to get so far, at least the complete box set including the Christmas specials. But I'll keep looking out for it.

The next Friday, 23 September, I could pick up Yossi & Jagger from the post office. When I came home I immediately tried out the DVD and fortunately this time the image was fine. I watched the film over the weekend, in bits and pieces, because I kept being interrupted by phonecalls and people stopping by unexpectedly. I was very happy to find it was the film version after all, and not the shorter TV version. The DVD also includes the trailer, two music videos, a "making of" (without subtitles, which made me want to learn Hebrew), and an earlier short film by the same director. I watched that one last week, but I must say I didn't care for it.

Yesterday Kink FM celebrated their 10th anniversary. :) They will broadcast the Outlaw 666 from tomorrow, but as it is from 9 am until 8 pm, I won't be able to hear much of it.

It also was the final day of the DDD (three crazy days) at the Bijenkorf. Most things I wanted were either sold out already or disappointing irl, but I did score The crying game for 4 euros. :)

And I had another dizzy spell yesterday. I was sitting at the computer and I suddenly felt as if I would keel over. The feeling lasted for hours, it was as if my head kept being pulled sideways. I have had those spells occasionally for about a year, I think. Maybe I should go to the doctor. Also, since I've gone back to work I have gradually started coughing again. Something in the airconditioning, perhaps? But if that were the case I wouldn't be coughing at home too, would I? Although this weekend I haven't been, come to think of it. Hmmm.

It is now 22.30 and I am dead tired. And I'm a bit unsatisfied with what I've (not) accomplished this weekend. Mail has been piling up for weeks and I haven't even looked at it yet. Nor have I vacuumed or done the ironing. *sigh* Oh well. If I go to bed early I may feel more energetic tomorrow. If the mosquito that woke me up at 5.30 this morning will leave me alone, that is..

Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Wrap your troubles in dreams - Nico
18 September 2005 @ 11:59 pm

I don't think I have ever said here how much I love my iPod. I have never wanted to have a walkman or discman, I didn't feel the need, and I only bought an iPod because I fell for the clever marketing. It took me until this year to actually start using it, but now I wouldn't want to do without any more.

I don't particularly care for the feel of the earphones in my ears, but hearing the music so "close" is a revelation to me. It is wonderful to discern all the rich detail in beautifully produced albums, like the ones by Tori, Nick Drake, Spinvis or David Bowie. On the other hand, there are songs which I can't bear to hear over my earphones; "Hurt" by NIN springs to mind.

Last week I was busy in the kitchen, listening to my iPod (in shuffle mode, as usual), when a song by The Smiths came by that I don't think I had ever heard before. It hit me like a hammer. I stopped whatever I was doing and sat down to listen to it quietly. The song was "Pretty girls make graves". I can't believe I have never heard it before, it is so good. It shot right up into my top 3 of favourite songs by them. It is not that often that I am swept off my feet by a song at first hearing, and it has completely rekindled my love affair with The Smiths.

There was a summer (it must have been 1984) when every good song I heard on the radio — and radio to me then meant Radio Caroline — was by The Smiths. Except for "Hand in glove" by Sandie Shaw, which, I later found out, was actually also by The Smiths.

I especially liked the combination of the cheerful, upbeat music with Morrissey's whiny voice and lyrics. The songs that also had whiny music, like "How soon is now?" took a little longer to get into, but in time I learned to love them, too.

Over the years I have listened to them on and off; sometimes intensively, sometimes not at all. Especially at this time of year, with autumn around the corner, I need to be careful with them, because no matter how happy I feel, they never fail to make me melancholy, and if I feel melancholy to begin with they can make me depressed. So after a few days of immersing myself in Smiths music I thought it wise to start listening again to some happier tunes as well.

But before that, on one Smiths-drenched night, I was looking around the IMDb forums and found a review of a DVD which contained the original TV production of Yossi & Jagger, in Hebrew with English subtitles. The TV film is even shorter than the cinema release, but as the review was very favourable and also said that the image was crisp and clear, I followed the link to the Israeli Internet shop selling it, and I ordered it straightaway. The next morning I already had confirmation (and in faultless Dutch, too) that they had sent off the DVD. So I am in happy (and slightly anxious) anticipation of that.

And on Friday afternoon I went to the hairdresser's to get a haircut and a colour rinse. This was the first time ever I had my hair coloured and I was surprised at the amount of time it took. Very expensive too, and all for something that will wash out in about 8 times. But I am very pleased with the results. It is now quite short again, I was getting fed up with hair falling into my eyes and causing irritation and inflammation. And the colour is slightly darker brown than my own colour, and neatly covers the grey. I think next time I'll go for this same colour, but in permanent dye.

In other news, Waking the dead is getting weirder with each new series, and I can't say I care for it much. And I see that tomorrow night ARTE is going to repeat Yossi & Jagger. Ack! I hope I can resist the temptation to watch it again, it is on until 2.30.

Current Mood: soresore (pounding headache)
Current Music: Pretty girls make graves - The Smiths
24 June 2005 @ 02:56 am

On my Saturday-morning walk in the park I spotted two spotted woodpeckers. :) I think they were Mr and Mrs.

Monday afternoon I almost fainted, from the heat and/or slight dehydration, I guess. I was chatting with E. in her garden. She sat and I stood on high-heeled espadrilles looking down at her, and I suddenly grew dizzy. She let me sit in her chair and I asked "Do you hear crickets, too?" Turned out it was the blood singing in my ears. Fortunately the dizzy spell passed quickly.

Tuesday I went to a shoeshop that has a large selection of Camper shoes. I tried several styles, but none of them felt very comfortable, which was rather a disappointment. Although they didn't have the flamenco Twins I coveted, they had several like-shaped shoes, but I found them quite wobbly to walk on. All this has cooled my love for the Twins a bit, and I don't think I will order them after all.

I did unexpectedly find a pair of gorgeous red boots in beautiful, soft leather, but again it is not the right red to go with my pants, so I will have to return them. Or maybe I should keep them and try to find pants to go with them, hehe.

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I also bought the first Franz Ferdinand CD, at last! As I do not want to do unto my neighbours as they do unto me, i.e. make lots of noise while having doors and windows wide open (excluding my downstairs neighbour, she is quiet as a mouse), I didn't play it until this afternoon for the first (and 2nd, and 3rd) time. Because it was 30°C outside and only 25/26°C inside, I kept the windows closed and could play music at normal sound level.

Yesterday, BTW, J. and I went for another walk in the Vondelpark. Again we had picked a good day for it: very pleasant, not as hot as the rest of the week was. It was quite lovely.

And finally, I was tagged by sophyq ages ago to do this song meme:

List six of your current favourite songs and list six other people to do the same.

As I found it impossible to list only 6 all-time favourites, I took 'current' to mean 'recent':

Trouble with dreams - Eels
Versace - Bettie Serveert
Man is the baby - Antony & The Johnsons
Home - Stuurbaard Bakkebaard
Feel good, Inc. - Gorillaz
40' - Franz Ferdinand (OK, this was last year, but, see above, I only bought it now)



Sorry guys! :D

Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: The weaver's answer - Family
03 May 2005 @ 05:59 pm

Unfortunately the weather on 'Koninginnedag' (30 April) was not half as good as predicted, but Sunday was warm and glorious. In the morning I went for a walk in the park. In the afternoon I first watched an energetic Franz Ferdinand concert on TV, recorded live at Pinkpop last year (I really must buy their CD), and when the sun had left my garden I sat outside reading until 7. My rumbling stomach finally drove me back inside to make dinner.

Recently I read a raving review of Extremely loud & incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer and I had planned to go out yesterday afternoon to check it out at the bookshop. As luck would have it, the chapter I read in So many books, so little time yesterday morning dealt with hypes. Sara Nelson specifically mentioned Safran Foer's first book Everything is illuminated, and that she felt a resistance to it because it had been hyped so much. She liked it, but didn't think it was all that brilliant.

So it was with slightly curbed enthusiasm that I set out to the bookshops. It didn't take long for me to surrender to EL&IC, though. Intriguing illustrations and layout, not as weird as House of leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (another hyped book I couldn't resist at the time), but interesting enough. So even if the story or the style of writing turn out to be disappointing, at least it's a good-looking book.

And this morning I rolled out of bed to watch L'une chante, l'autre pas by Agnès Varda on TV5. It must be at least 20, maybe even 25 years since I last saw it, and when I checked the new TV guide last week I was overjoyed to see the announcement. Later I suddenly remembered that I was scheduled for an appointment with the dental hygienist at the same time the film would be on, so I immediately called her to postpone it. It is important to get one's priorities right.

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L'une chante, l'autre pas is typically '70s. That era was great for film, and especially for European cinema. Most of my favourites date back to that time, although that could have more to do with my being an impressionable teenager then. I still loved the film today, though.

Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: Song for Sharon - Joni Mitchell

1. Pick a song everyone knows.
2. Take the lyrics to Babelfish (http://world.altavista.com/) and translate:
a. English to German
b. German to French
c. French to English
3. Copy out the result and see who can guess the song.

I did not read today information, OH- boy
on a happy man who formed the degree
to know information were a rather sad
well, me to laugh had to
only me am seen Fotographie

to him roasted his understanding in a car
which it did not consider that the lights had modified
the mass of the people which was allowed and became
seen ahead they angestarrt its face,
to anybody were really sure outside, if it were higher house.

I saw today a film, OH- the boy
that the English army precisely the mass of the war has
people had gained far turned,
me had, only reading however to look at,
me, would become to like to turn the book you...

trailed a comb my head
found more to the bottom my manner took care,
the bed outside fallen and drunk a basin,
and in top considered looking at that I was late.

It found and it seized my hat
which was formed the bus in the seconds that,
the level found into high my manner and it had a smoke,
somebody spoke and I increased in a dream


me read today information OH- boys
four drillings miles in Blackburn, cash Irish of local area network
and although drillings are rather small,
they all were to count it,
were they to know my layer now, if so how much drillings him with the abundance of the Albert to resound takes
would become like I to turn you...

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Summertime - Janis Joplin
17 April 2005 @ 07:21 pm

I have been busy doing some projects. I tend to become very monomaniacal about things, giving them my full attention while everything else is put more or less on hold until I finish the project or get bored with it or the novelty wears off sufficiently for me to wake up and realize that there are still lots of other interesting things to do, as well. That is basically also what happened with livejournal. At first I was so absorbed in it that there was no room for anything else, but slowly I began to feel that it would be nice again to read a book occasionally. :)

I am still decluttering and have started to reorganize my wardrobe. And last week I suddenly panicked because I have to send in my 4-weekly application form to Social Security tomorrow, and I had nothing to show them yet. So I have been scouring the Internet looking for reasonably suitable vacancies, and have managed to find a few, one of them actually very interesting. Hopefully it has not been filled yet. At least for the moment I can breathe a sigh of relief.

And now, on to some stolen goods.

From bieiris, this wonderful photograph by August Sander:

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This must be the cutest sheep I've ever seen, it's looking so sweet and alert. And those ears! ^^ All of a sudden I can totally understand Gene Wilder in that old Woody Allen movie. LOL!

From heartofdavid and maldeluxx, at last this long song memeCollapse )

Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: Ze zijn terug - Jazzpolitie (on the radio)
16 February 2005 @ 01:40 am

"Nobody has suffered more from low spirits than I have done — so I feel for you. 1st. Live as well as you dare. 2nd. Go into the shower-bath with a small quantity of water at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation of cold, 75° or 80°. 3rd. Amusing books. 4th. Short views of human life — not further than dinner or tea. 5th. Be as busy as you can. 6th. See as much as you can of those friends who respect and like you. 7th. And of those acquaintances who amuse you. 8th. Make no secret of low spirits to your friends, but talk of them freely — they are always worse for dignified concealment. 9th. Attend to the effects tea and coffee produce upon you. 10th. Compare your lot with that of other people. 11th. Don't expect too much from human life — a sorry business at the best. 12th. Avoid poetry, dramatic representations (except comedy), music, serious novels, melancholy sentimental people, and everything likely to excite feeling or emotion not ending in active benevolence. 13th. Do good, and endeavour to please everybody of every degree. 14th. Be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue. 15th. Make the room where you commonly sit, gay and pleasant. 16th. Struggle by little and little against idleness. 17th. Don't be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself, but do yourself justice. 18th. Keep good blazing fires. 19th. Be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion. 20th. Believe me, dear Lady Georgiana, Very truly yours."

The Revd Sydney Smith to Lady Morpeth, February 16, 1820

I doubt these would cure major depression, but otherwise sound advice. Personally I've found nos. 3 to 7 to be particularly beneficial.

(And what a great song "Feeling good" is! I have yet to hear a version I don't love.)

Current Mood: goodfeeling good
Current Music: Feeling good - Michael Bublé