DVD Spree

Jul. 29th, 2014 04:19 pm
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Because HMV had a foreign films sale, I managed to get Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance for £7.99 ($13.55/ 14.41 AusD). Which is totally for the win because 1 - I <3 Park Chan-wook's directing and 2) Lady Vengeance is his best film. I would recommend it thorough, with the caveat of read the warnings.

On top of that, while I was on Amazon looking to buy 'Rewind The Film' and 'Futurology', I spotted Rome, seasons 1 & 2, on sale for £17 ($29/ 31 AusD), so I snapped that up, because that's been £60 within the last two years and therefore totally counts as a bargain.

That was about it as far as successful shopping missions go. It turns out I didn't need a new phone, I'd just accidentally blocked my Mum's phone (which I will hear the end of some time after doomsday), Next hadn't shipped the dress I wanted to try on to all their shops yet and I still can't fit into a size 14. Actually, it's possible that my waist can but my thighs definitely can't so I am left with the fencer's problem of trying to find nice belts because our waists and thighs are out of proportion. That or menswear and I suspect New Look are having a sale ...


Dec. 1st, 2013 10:41 pm
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I did mean to say a little more about seeing Travis live because they were awesome.

Like all of my best gig stories, I only got to go by accident. I'd forgotten to get tickets and the gig had sold out. Boyfriend of a friend unexpectedly couldn't go and she sent me a text asking "so, do you like Travis?" It took all of my restraint not to go "Yes!!!" Anyway, I ended up going with her instead of her boyfriend.

The support act, Thomas J Speight (http://thomasjspeight.bigcartel.com/) was pleasingly jangly*.

Then Travis came on and the place went mad. They basically played a best of with a couple of new songs. They even played "Blue Flashing Light" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCbErWNRv1g) which is my favourite song of theirs** and is a hidden track on The Man Who.

And, having regressed to being 14 again, I was all high pitched and squeaky because OMG!!! Dougie smiled at me and, yeah, no, that's another bass player crush I have not got over. Then I felt guilty for focussing on him since he was on the other side of the stage and Andy was right in front of me and the man can play. Which I always knew but now I have proof. (Also, P is the best person in the world to go to gigs with and managed to elbow us to having second row standing space.)

They were all so awesome.

P that I was with did have a minor fret because Fran has gone completely gray and we could both remember him before he had even the slightly bit of silver.

I also loved that they apologised for taking a break because, as Fran said, they hadn't split up, they'd just all had kids at the same time and that was more important. Of course, half the crowd were going "aww" and Fran was saying that he could hear the men in the audience going "stop making us look bad."

They just looked so happy to be playing together and we were so happy to see them and it was so :D

Before their last song Fran said "we want you to know we're still your band, we've always been your band". And, trust me, the Birmingham O2 would have stormed the Bastille for them at that point.

It was also so :D

Some photos were taken (see below). Any good ones were by P.

Photos )

* I have not been bribed although I admit that Thomas J Speight's twitter did give me a free download for mentioning them on Twitter.

** Blue Flashing Light is the track where I knew that if Travis were less happy, jangly and Scottish, the music press would be all over them for being brilliant because, yes, that track hits hard.

It's also the founder member of the music category "that's good but I hope never to be in a position where I can write a track like that" see also Ocean Spray by the Manics.
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Nicky Wire said something very interesting a few weeks ago on Later With Jools Holland. Jools was asking something about musical influences are Nicky said something like “you never love bands the way you did when you were 16”. He was saying that, in many ways, your musically formative years are 16-21 and that older than that you don’t connect in the same way.

I can’t help but think he’s right. It’s not that I don’t like new music but that burning ‘my band until death’ feeling isn’t there anymore. I’d widen the age boundaries, probably 11-21 but that’s because I found the Manics when I was 11 and, you know, they’re the band that saved my life. So I was trying to think who the last bad that I felt like that about, and it might be the Killers but even by then I’d probably hit the age of not believing, as it were. A band like the Arctic Monkeys, they came that little bit too late for me, because I recognise that they’re good, musically, lyrically and give a good performance live, but I don’t feel the world-shattering genius thing that gets thrown about over them. At the same time, I freely acknowledge that teenage me would have gone mad for them.

The other thing I’d add is how the bands that were your world at that age, when you hear them and see them now; they still do that to you. Because seeing Travis live, I wasn’t 28 year old me, I was the 14 year old that bought their singles and any music magazine that had an interview with them. When I await the Manics’s new stuff*, it’s the younger me ready to tear it apart to try to extract all the meaning from it.

*I’m not so fond of the latest album. Or rather, I love the music, not so fond of the lyrics. Eagerly awaiting part 2 mind you, JDB doing Neu and Kraftwerk.

Also, as an example of the bands meaning that little bit too much, I was, several years ago, thinking of changing my website name from Sehnsucht, not because I loved Rammstein less or because I liked the idea any less, I just decided that using German was pretentious beyond belief but then Nicky Wire released an album and one of the tracks was called Sehnsucht and it was a *sign*and I couldn’t change it and I realise that sounds mad but they’re my band.

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Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:16 am
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Not that I don't appreciate it (and given the Manics love their sport, I'm sure they love it too) but an instrumental version of "Design For Life" is an interesting choice for a Paralympic advert. I'm assuming, if any thought went into it beyond whee! good music, it was chosen because of the theme of the song, fighting against the tide of life that wants to wear us down.

(Actual advert - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jel6Ckee8cE)


Virgin Media still suck, but this is a good advert - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB6LH62llrg


Person of Interest has been moved to 9 pm. I'd love to believe it's because Channel 5 have seen sense, but I suspect it's because of Big Brother scheduling.

Person of Interest )

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My glorious return to open fencing was somewhat dented by me going out in the quarters, but the person I lost to went on to win, so it's not too bad.

My left ankle isn't speaking to me any more, mind you, which could be a bad thing, and my back is suffering from me reworking my whole style and my en-garde, but they'll get used to it.


Finally got round to watching 'Was Tun, Wenn's Brennt?' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0207198/) which was fun. I particularly liked the music because for once, and it may well be the only time that anyone has actually used a Manics tune properly in a soundtrack. They used 'The Everlasting' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeU_qC5tBOE&ob=av2e which is one of the top 3 tracks off 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' and it was like the person in charge of the soundtrack had actually listened to the track. It's says something that it takes a German film to do that. I have no idea what it is about the Manics that makes soundtrack editors make lazy decisions, but yeah, if I never hear 'Australia' used for the Australian Open again, it'll be a good thing (Australia the song [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG3fou1E6os&ob=av2n] is not about Australia the place) and if I find out which lazy twit decided that Stay Beautiful (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM_oov3dU6A&ob=av2e) was the right song for a swearing, angry football managers montage, I will give him a tongue-lashing to last the ages.


The whole Warren Gatland mess is so typical of the man. I don't like him for a reason. He's still the same idiot who once said that Wales would rather beat Ireland than England (which Tommy Bowe of all people managed to blow out of the water by going 'I hadn't noticed that [he was playing for the Ospreys at the time]). Because admitting you were thinking of cheating is such a stupid manoeuvre because it's so blatantly going 'we want a pat on the back for obey rules' while showing you're not fair, else you wouldn't have thought of doing it, but you've not got the gumption/wherewithal/drive to cheat.


Book Meme - Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't any more

As in previous answers to this sort of thing, I don't tend to grow out of books. I think that's because when you love a book it's because it resonates with you, and even if you change so it doesn't sing the same way any more, there's a nostalgia there for when it did.

The Other Days )
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TNA: )

I've discovered the perfect way to avoid excess TNA stupid; don't watch the second hour.


Something I meant to say about the F1, which actually relate more to Singapore, but it's an interesting point that lead Pirelli guy made, which is that the only driver to visit the Pirelli factory was Sebastian Vettel.

Equally interesting, the only driver to stay around for the engine-changing/much engineering work part of the Singapore GP was one M. Schumacher.

The master and his apprentice, with a vengence.

I think part of the reason that Hamilton is so frustrated is that Vettel is having the career he thinks he should be having. I mean, the parallels are quite remarkable, they've both been trained up by one team since a young age, they're naturally fast drivers, and they're both driven young men.

The difference is that Vettel was able to kick on after his first title because the team produced a brilliant car that no-one else could catch in the first half of the season. McLaren couldn't do that after Hamilton's title winning season.

I do think a lot of Hamilton's problems are due to frustration, because it's not like Sebastian 'brief rush of the blood to the head' Vettel is more emotionally stable, it's just that the British press like playing up to certain Teutonic stereotypes.

That and this present McLaren needs the kind of gentle nursing that Button provides but Hamilton is incapable of. Not a dig at Hamilton by the by, Kimi Raikonnen, to name another recent champion, would be awful in this McLaren.

Also, by the by, anyone who says the only reason Vettel is winning is because the Red Bull is unstoppable, I'd like to point out the present points of one M. Webber who has the exact same car as him. I grant the awesome of the Red Bull car is why Vettel is so far ahead and has won the world championship with four races to go, but he's got a wonderful combination of determination, skill, calculation and no fear. There's a reason Toro Rosso got their win first and his name is Sebastian Vettel.


The Fades: Spoilers )

The free music this is a free download of an acoustic version of 'Love's Sweet Exile' from Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005O4SH98?ie=UTF8&tag=columbiadm-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B005O4SH98 Not sure if it'll work for non-UK users, but hopefully it will. If anyone feels like sending me it if they download it, I'll be grateful because I can't get the Amazon downloader to work for me.


Feb. 1st, 2011 08:56 pm
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Link being posted here for everyone's delectation. That, and I can't get it to post on facebook.

There may well be further updates.

More )
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Is from Gold Against the Soul, the original album where everyone declared that the Manics had sold out. It is their second album, and I'll admit that I can see why people didn't like it as much as Generation Terrorists. And it shares the same problem in that the last three songs are terrible. But damn it, it has La Tristessa (http://www.box.net/shared/c7u33uyagu) and Roses In The Hospital (http://www.box.net/shared/th1qmn3zkp). It also has From Despair To Where which I really ought to have uploaded, but have Sleepflower instead (http://www.box.net/shared/56c35xnie0)

Free Music

Sep. 22nd, 2010 11:54 pm
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A live version of Faster by the Manic Street Preachers - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faster/dp/B0041RN9ME

Cannot promise it'll work for non-UKers.
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It's almost like they know I'm going to buy the new Manics album sight unheard, as it were.
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As [livejournal.com profile] pyroyale knows, this was a difficult set of choices. And I haven't totally cheated, there is a top 5. But there's also sub-listings for the ones that didn't quite make it. They've been divided into 'good music', 'good lyrics', 'good singing' and 'good other things'. I'm sorry, but it was like choosing between labrador puppies.

I've gone for ones they wrote, so there's no space for 'Suicide is Painless' or 'Working Class Hero'. Also nothing off 'Journal for Plague Lovers' because I haven't listened to it properly yet, so this might yet get updated.

1 - No Surface, All Feeling - okay, actually probably the worst song on the list, but my favourite, mostly because some part of me will always be the 12 year-old girl this song resonated so strongly for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ldINetLTaA&feature=related Fan video, but the original audio.

2 - Faster - if someone came to me and said, 'I need to hear the one song that encapsulates the Manics', this would be the one I'd get them to listen to. It's angry and raw, and name checks Sylvia Plath and modernist architecture, and is about all of that and none of that at the same time. It still holds the record for the number of complaints for any Top of the Pops appearance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hMqpR9AogI Top of the Pops performance.

3 - Motorcycle Emptiness - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YckDspM1AUw - that damn guitar line. And 'motorcycle nothingness'.

4 - Design for Life - As you may have gathered by the time taken to finalise this, these have not been easy decisions to make. This wasn't going to be on the list, then I heard it walking back to the lab, from a night out, and have taken it to be a sign. Because it is not one of my favourites, I mean it's awesome, and I used to use it to lull me to sleep at the worst of the bad times (I still hear the four beat silence between Elvis Impersonator:Blackpool Pier and this, even now). It's definitely the best example of mid-period Manics statuesque (yes, I treat them like artists, they get divided into periods, not just pre and post Richey). And I'm sorry, what other band would have their greatest (in terms of sales) hit start with the line 'Libraries gave us power'. It's all about the destruction of working class people by the parasitic activity of the business classes and the distractions provided by cheap entertainment (booze, on this occasion).


5 - This Is Yesterday - Chosen as an example of James Dean Bradfield's singing. It's a song that loses a tiny bit of it's value ripped out of the context of its album, because it follows Faster which is a almost peaen of destruction and anger, and this sounds so gentle in comparison. And it is softer, but is every bit as bleak.


Songs that missed out, but are musically excellent )

Songs that missed out but are lyrically excellent )

Songs that missed out, but you have to see them for the video )

Songs that Missed Out but James Dean Bradfield breaks my heart every time he sings them )

Others )
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Basically, there's been nothing going on my life, well there has been but it's mostly been lab stuff and recovering from Danny's 28th birthday party, parts 1 and 2.

I'll post the Top Fives once I'm done with them. Someone, who shall remain nameless, but [livejournal.com profile] pyroyale knows who she is, suggested 'top 5 Manics songs'. I have a top 25 that I am whittling. It could take some time.
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So my housemites let me watch the match, well the second half anyway. Which would have been good in and of itself, but because the after-match commentary bored me, I started looking round for other stuff. Then I saw the Tuesday edition of Jools was on, get this, with the Manics. Which I totally didn't know about, because BBC advertising being what it is, they're busy advertising last week's show.

Other than glee, must get new album it is actually good, the following must be reported. Jools's line-ups are always awesome, Taylor Swift is the real deal (her music might not be my type of thing, but she can do it damn well live) and Paolo Nutini is love.


Mar. 17th, 2008 09:48 pm
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Either I'm going mad, or they really are using a slowed down instrumental version of the Manics 'Roses in the Hospital' for the Grey's Anatomy ads.
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Eeep! Squeak! Nicky Wire talking about rubgy on the BBC - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/7221292.stm

I <3 the Manics so much, if only because they look at sport as being just as worthy of contemplation as art. And also that they're firm believers in luck and jinxes.
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Finally managed to watch Blink. In between the giggling at timey-wimey, the tearing up and the absolute terror, I enjoyed myself immensely. Well done that man Moffat. Thankfully the angels weren't quite as terrifying as the gas-mask children, but they were so fantastically well done. And some of us squeamish types did not need the repeated warning at the end ;)

Robin Hood actually left me speechless with glee at points, because yes, they finally seem to have gotten Crusades != good and Eleanor of Aquitaine = awesome (also Lynda Bellingham was both a great casting choice and good in it). Also = awesome was LaGrange and Little John and that the Queen was so regal and I'm sorry but Robin Hood has been upgraded from useless to fun.

And next week's preview looks so interesting from them casting Stephen Waddington as the Lionheart to the situation that's been set up. One does wonder what happened to Carter and to Lardiner. Although Carter turning up to rescue them would make my Christmas just that little bit more complete (finding out that he'd been killed would upset me though - this season's episode guests have been so much better).

Of course the big things was Great big squee causing spoiler )

Caught Blood Ties as well, which is my second favourite present vampire show, because they've done some interesting stuff and minimised the brooding angst that was starting to take over the genre. It's very much a case of come for the occult wierdness and vampires, stay for the most wonderfully balanced love triangle.

Must find and read the books it's based on.


As for my favourite present vampire show, it would be 'Young Dracula' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0876219/) it's pitched at the young teenage audience but is one of the most fun things on the show.

You've got Vlad who doesn't want to be a vampire (his Dad being the Count and his older sister being Ingrid (which I just love as a possible Ingrid Pitt reference). His best friend Robin wants to be a vampire. There's Renfield and the Van Helsings (father and son). The Elder Van Helsing teachs Vlad and Robin woodwork and has a pyschotherapist wife who thinks he's insane and they all know each other and it's the most genius thing on TV.

Even if it's part of Cardiff's plot to take over the world.

Which leads me on to the re-run of Charlotte Church's chat show which is possibly the worst programme ever to be shown on TV, but did feature the Manics and John Barrowman in one of the wierder guest line-ups ever. I love that they re-jigged 'Your Love Alone' for her and James's singing is still too high.

Given that this week I've also seen Jonathan Firth on Ghost Whisperer, it's been a good tv week, even if you count trying to terrify myself with ghost stories on the box, two so far, one a Dennis Wheatley adaptation with Julian Sands, Scott Handy (one of my favourite 'you know, thingy's) and the boy that played Cedric Diggory who did a marvellous job of someone slowly losing his mind.

Add that to an MR James ghost story tonight (and OMG I've found out that they did audios of all his stories voiced by Silver from Sapphire and Steel and I may have to buy them for Mother) and the angels and I may never sleep again ;)

In case you haven't guessed by the overall tone, lame has been found so Mother will not murder me, for at at least.
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Got to the final of the county foil. Lost to that 13 year old again (although she's now 14). Beat one of our girls in the semis. She may never forgive me, given that she beat me in the pools. I always said I was better at longer matches.

I spent most of the time trying to figure out where S got his jeans from, given that they were pretty much the perfect jeans. But then again S also has a BMW (a nice one, I didn't know BMW made nice cars) so I imagine they are far out of my price range.

My Nan was in hospital, or so I have been told, nothing major (well as unmajor as hospital treatment at the age of 86 can be) something to do with her bladder I think. Of course no one told me because they thought I'd worry. I do feel like turning round and pointing out that I actually spend most of my time worrying that the next phone call is them telling me Nan's dead and they didn't tell me she was ill.

Other than that, Phil walked out of another job, his Dad's threatening to throw him out, Mum's put her foot down and said we're not having him. Christmas may well be hell again. I'm probably escaping up to Cumbria for New Years which should prevent murder.

On to media/fandomy matters:

I presently have a copy of Q for the first time in years, just for the Manics. Oh what you do to me boys.

Have read the Survivor Series spoilers Am presently a-squee )

Also Robin Hood, in the last two episodes Might finally be getting good )

Also, how did I not know that Ridley Scott was a Sir?
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Dear Brian Ashton, why must you put me in such an awkward position? I hate the way England play rugby union with a passion and therefore should want them to lose. Except now you've put Andy Farrell at number 10 in the make or break match and if they lose, he'll be blamed, and since he's a convert from League, my code will be looked down on more, so I now have to cheer them on, and it just feels wrong.

Anyhow, a couple of days ago, I promised music so here it is. Rather sadly the last few albums I bought have been either Manics albums or ancient.

So here I bring 'Wisemen' by James Blunt


I still don't get why people think he's cuddly rather than actually quite odd. I mean, quite a lot of his songs are angry, not a lot, but quite a bit. And this is the song that I think that shows that best.

Of course he's one of those people who's 20 times better live hence you-tubing:

Goodbye my lover - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3YTWNSyYWvI

You're Beautiful - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SwpbtmFK4BM

Other songs better (or even better) live:

Blurry - Puddle of Mudd - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=OIHSUJr5jeM&mode=related&search=

Run - Snow Patrol - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CmK6IEDnvAk

Manics - You Stole the Sun From My Heart - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pYLUGSX8Wig

Which I hate on record but love live. I will never understand that.

Anyway, onto their latest album 'Send Away the Tigers' which really isn't quite the return to form everyone says it is but it's not far from it. At least 5 of the tracks are fantastic. So a track by track review is called for.

Send Away the Tigers )
Underdogs )
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough )
Indian Summer )
The Second Great Depression )
Rendition )
Autumnsong )
I'm Just a Patsy )
Imperial Bodybags )
Winterlovers )
Working Class Hero - Hidden track on the end of Winterlovers )

The whole album is available to listen to on their website, as are their previous ones - www.manics.co.uk

Go listen. They're fantastic.
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This is going to be a long story so it shall be in three parts.

Edit: Due to this now being the best/longest week and a half ever, there are now 5 parts

First on Friday night I got to see the Manics live. Sadly I could get standing ticket, but I did manage to get front row of the circle.

So there I am, about 20 metres away from my favourite band ever )

In short:
1 - They've remembered that their lead singer is also a guitarist of not inconsiderable talent.
2 - They've also remembered that they used to want to be Guns and Roses.

They're back and they're wonderful again, and I'm so happy I got to see them.

Next time, and oh yes, there will be a next time, I have to try and get standing tickets though.
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But then I realised I might be the last person left alive who thinks that the Manics are sublime. Anyhow, they performed in BBC Radio 6's Hub (their version of Jo Whiley's live lounge, I think), link here http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/events/hub/

Go have a look. Not only are they in fine fettle (a gorgeous acoustic version of 'Your Love Alone is Not Enough, laughing, smiling, joking, Nicky looking dangerous and JDB being his straight man, people having kendo as their excuse for being absent) but the two new tracks they play make me even more excited for their new album.

Plus, there's a fair few other bands up.

Now for the ridiculous portion of our programming:


Which makes me wish I had a spangly font on here, for if anything deserves spangles it is Eurovision.

I ended up watching this with fencers, which was probably just as well, since the others I would have watch it with were already drunk and well, I have a higher tolerance for booze and they're a little wearisome when drunk.

Country by Country thoughts on the final songs )

Videos of all of these, and those knocked out at the semi-final stage can be found here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/eurovision/2007/contestants/

If Fionaland were allowed a vote, the votes would have been distributed as follows:

1 - Belarus
2 - Finland
3 - Sweden
4 - Ukraine
5 - Lithuania
6 - Slovenia
7 - Georgia
8 - Greece
10 - Romania
12 - France

Anyway, because of a general dislike for the British entry and a general love for the madness of the Ukrainian one (me being the dissenting vote cheering for France as I was) the house was cheering for the Ukraine.

So the first couple of nations are Balkan states and Serbia gets a lot more votes than expected but it's quite close between them and the Ukraine. However they start to pull away and mental arithmatic starts having to be used to try and figure out how close the Ukraine are and how the votes would have to go.

Of course, in the end, Serbia won by a lot, and claims were made in the house that there was bribery and corruption. This was funny because the night was started with cries of how pointless and boring Eurovision was.

I really don't get why people are complaining about block voting, hell a good song won. Not my favourite, but one of the best straight songs on show. And really I don't see why Britain is getting it's knickers in a twist given that they sent Scooch a band so laughably bad that they're not funny. Germany and France have long since given up on winning and they don't get their knickers in a twist when the joke acts they send don't win.

Also this whole thing about block votes. Yes, it happens, and Turkey will always get 12 points from Germany etc. But you know what, Lordi won, and okay, yes, the Scandanavians vote for each other, but Lordi got points of everyone else too. If the UK wants to win, it needs to send a good song, that's what wins things.


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