How cool Chrissie Hynde was when The Pretenders first appeared on the scene: all sharp edges and raised eyebrows. I assumed she was British till I learned she was an American expat in London. I bought Brass In Pocket as a 45, which I guess was a bit of a waste, as I soon enough coughed up the money to buy the full debut album. It still pops ... and I still can't help but sing along the chorus of "special" when the tune plays in the car.
I grew up on a diet of corn flakes, peanut butter and Rod Stewart. Well, it seems that way sometimes. Albums like Never A Dull Moment were played often when I was a kid, which is interesting, because my dad bore no resemblance to the footie-loving, pub-going type.
Largely because it's set at Christmas, and mostly because it's fun, we watch Richard Curtis's Love Actually every year in December. This year, Nick sat with us on the couch and saw it on the first time; as expected, Rowan Atkinson's super-fussy sales clerk was a favourite.
Here's a diagram that maps out how the characters in the overlapping storylines are connected to each other. As seen here, on I Love Charts.
So, yes, we all know that Beyonce faked her emotional performance of the Star-Spangled Banner during the inauguration of Barack Obama last week ... but now we can laugh heartily after our tsk-tsk moment. The folks behind Bad Lip Reading stripped the audio of the lip-synched rendition, and came up with something hilarious.
It's not technically a Digital Short, but Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts have produced a new video that extols, among other things, excessive use of Purel, avoiding the stairs and staying away from children and the "mad lice" in their hair. YOLO stands for You Only Live Once. It's a teaser from an upcoming album, their first post-SNL.
I do not currently have a bow tie. (I did wear one in the early years of school, but it was very much a clip-on thingie.) However, should circumstances change (birthday - cough - is coming up), I shall have this ready.
If all goes to plan, my passport will get some activity before the year is out. Our plan is to arrange a family trip to London in the months to come; if you have suggestions, get in touch. Thinking about the trip has already become a great pastime around the house.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.