Millennium 3, year 3* How will you be seeing it in?
(*From the 'predominantly Christian, predominantly Western' calendar point of view.)
After planning precisely nothing until two days ago, I am now planning to tag along with a bunch of friends tonight as we do a pub and flat crawl around the trendy environs of Moseley. It's bound to be better than last year's clubbing disappointment, and it means I can stagger home afterwards without needing a taxi. Hurrah! Happy New Year!
The Christmas number one that never was. But surely this would have defeated the object of Popstars - The Rivals?
Incidentally, it was very interesting watching (cd):uk's compilation of 2002 yesterday. I noticed a familiar face as one of Enrique's two backing singers when he was doing 'Hero' back in Feb/March. It was none other than Daniel Pearce, now of One True Voice. I hadn't realised he had TV experience already, but it explains why he's so good.
Someone in BBC scheduling should be bashed over the head with a Christmas cracker. What are they playing at tonight at 9pm? Ab Fab's new 'Gay' episode on BBC One, and sexual gay drama on BBC Two. What's a gay boy to do? (Answer = watch Ab Fab and tape No Night Is Too Long, as Ab Fab will be on again sometime for the purposes of catching on video.)
And maybe, just maybe, sometime in January, I'll tidy up all the loose ends, like the complete list of number ones.
I may also finish telling the story of my weekend in London at the start of November, how it has taken on a new poignancy since the death of my Gran, and how this picture links the two:
I may also explain these adverts for dentistry and Stella Artois and discuss Marcus's aversion to having his photo taken:
So, I guess this is the time I post my jolly Christmas message? Well, I don't feel like it. Christmas is going to be more shit than ever this year, and apart from anything else, it's not even bloody cold. How can it be Christmas Eve when it's as warm as September outside, and just a bit drizzly? I demand frost, at the very least, or I'm not joining in. We'll be scattering my Gran's ashes on Boxing Day, around the war memorial in the Warwickshire village where she grew up, so Christmas isn't going to be a barrel of laughs. I'm looking forward to it about as much as your average turkey. That doesn't mean I don't wish you all a good time - of course I do.
Oh, and if you only watch one drama on TV this Christmas (and you missed it last festive season), watch C4's Shackleton. It was bloody brilliant, so good in fact that I'll probably watch it again.
I'm also bracing myself for the possibility that French & Saunders may not seem that funny this year. The two programmes they're spoofing, namely Monarch Of The Glen and Tipping The Velvet, just happen to be two that I've never watched, so the references may be lost on me. Oh well.
If you're feeling as miserable as I am, you might be cheered by this wonderful news story today.. There is cause for faith in humanity after all. The spirit of Christmas indeed.
My Gran died suddenly yesterday lunchtime. My last remaining grandparent, at the age of 82, but seemingly in fine health. She had a stroke while at the hairdresser's and couldn't be revived. I'm at my Mum's now. Just thought I'd explain why I'll be a bit quiet (again) for a bit.
Chig meets Dermot!
Yesterday, Clotheshow! Full transcript of the conversation on here later (possibly). Swoon.
Doesn't Avril Lavigne's new single, 'Sk8r Boi', remind you of Tiffany's 'I Think We're Alone Now'? (There's a dance version of that timeless classic around at the moment too.)
The online poll on the official Popstars - The Rivals website shows 33% think Javine was the best performer on Saturday night, with the next highest figure being 19%. In truth, she wasn't the best (that was possibly Sarah), and it wasn't one of her best performances either, but she's still the best singer of the six girls who were left. I think it shows that previous performances count for nothing on Popstars, and you'll be judged on one song, but even so, Cheryl or Kimberley should have been going home, not Javine. I think she may end up counting her blessings though. She's the only one who could make it solo, and now she has a chance, rather than the six months in the limelight that the stupidly named Girls Aloud will have before they implode. Besides, Javine is taller than all the others. It would have made the photos look funny.
PS. The girls' single is a new song called 'Sound Of The Underground'. It's three minutes of them making rumbling noises, while singing 'mind the gap' over the top. The b-side is a cover of East 17's 'Stay Another Day', itself a Christmas number one.
PPS. The first 'product' from any 'Rivals' contestant hits the shops today. It's the Cheeky Girls! Their video is fab! And the song's annoyingly catchy, in a Whigfield kinda way. Will it beat Robbie and Eminem, also releasing singles today?
10th, 12th, 14th May
Semi-Final 1 – Tue 20 May
01 Montenegro - Zauvijek volim te – Stefan Filipović
02 Israel – The Fire In Your Eyes (Ke’ilo Kan) – Bo'az Ma'uda
03 Estonia – Leto Svet – Kreisiraadio
04 Moldova – A Century Of Love – Geta Burlacu
05 San Marino - Complice - Miodio
06 Belgium - O Julissi - Ishtar
07 Azerbaijan – Day After Day – Elnur Hüseynov & Samir Javadzadeh
08 Slovenia – Vrag Naj Vzame – Rebeka Dremelj
09 Norway – Hold On, Be Strong – Maria Haukaas Storeng
10 Poland – For Life – Isis Gee
11 Ireland – Irelande, Douze Pointe – Dustin The Turkey
12 Andorra – Casanova – Gisela
13 Bosnia-Herzegovina – Pokušaj – Laka
14 Armenia – Qele Qele – Sirusho
15 Netherlands – Your Heart Belongs To Me – Hind
16 Finland - Missä miehet ratsastaa – Teräsbetoni
17 Romania – Pe-o Margine de Lume – Nico & Vlad Mirita
18 Russia - Dima Bilan - Believe
19 Greece – Secret Combination – Kalomira
Semi-Final 2 – Thu 22 May
01 Iceland – This Is My Life – Eurobandið
02 Sweden - Hero - Charlotte Perrelli
03 Turkey – Deli – Mor ve Ötesi
04 Ukraine – Shady Lady – Ani Lorak
05 Lithuania – Nomads In The Night – Jeronimas Milius
06 Albania – Zemrën e lamë peng – Olta Boka
07 Switzerland – Era Stupendo – Paolo Meneguzzi
08 Czech Republic – Have Some Fun – Tereza Kerndlová
09 Belarus – Hasta La Vista – Ruslan Alekhno
10 Latvia – Wolves Of The Sea – Pirates Of The Sea
11 Croatia – Romanca – Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents
12 Bulgaria – DJ, Take Me Away – Deep Zone & Balthazar
13 Denmark – All Night Long – Simon Mathew
14 Georgia – Peace Will Come – Diana Gurtskaya
15 Hungary – Candlelight – Csézy
16 Malta – Vodka - Morena
17 Cyprus – Femme Fatale – Evdokia Kadi
18 FYR Macedonia – Let Me Love You – Tamara, Vrčak & Adrian
19 Portugal - Senhora do Mar (Negras Águas) - Vânia Fernandes
Final – Sat 24 May
02 United Kingdom – Even If – Andy Abraham
04 Germany – Disappear – No Angels
19 France – Divine – Sébastien Tellier
22 Spain - Baila el Chiki Chiki - Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
23 Serbia - Oro - Jelena Tomašević ft. Bora Dugić
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Chig's Gigs & stuff 2007-2008
11/12 Steel City Tour: ABC, Heaven 17, The Human League - Wolves Civic
21/01 Sing Live! - B'ham Symphony Hall
05/02 Mika - Berkeley Square, London
13/02 Shayne Ward - Nott'm Arena
21/02 X Factor - Nott'm Arena
04/05 Scooch-Nightingale, B'ham
12/05 Hosting Eurovision night @ The Nightingale
17/05 Jason Donovan-Nott'm Royal Concert Hall
25/05 Pet Shop Boys - Wolves Civic
26/05 Liberty X - Nightingale, B'ham
27/05 Scooch & Björn Again - B'ham Pride
16/06 Muse, The Streets, Dirty Pretty Things, Rodrigo y Gabriela & Zane Lowe - Wembley Stadium
28/06 Brotherhood of Man & Buck's Fizz - Nott'm Royal Concert Hall
14/07 Sing Live! - Summer in the '60s & '70s - Royal Leamington Spa Centre
14/09 Rise - Leek Wootton Village Hall
16/09 Erasure & Onetwo - Wolves Civic
17/09 The Twang & The Priory - B'ham Carling Academy 2 (private gig - Janice Long's Radio2 show)
20/09 Turisas & Abgott - B'ham Carling Academy 2
27/09 McFly - Wolves Civic
10/11 Buck's Fizz & Futureproof (The X Factor), Nightingale, B'ham
17/11 Vengaboys & Andy Williams (The X Factor) - Nightingale, B'ham
01/12 The Human League plays Dare! - Hammersmith Apollo
10/03 Gary Numan Replicas Tour & Daggers - Wolves Wulfrun
15/03 David Gray - Symphony Hall, Brum 18/03 Russell Howard, Alexandra, Brum
20+22+24/05 Eurovision Song Contest, Beograd, Srbija
10/06 Eurobeat-Almost Eurovision, B'ham Hippodrome
12/06 Yazoo - Wolves Civic
14/06-16/06 Bingham Cup, DCU, Dublin
24/06 Westlife & Hope - Nottingham Arena
07/07 Duran Duran & The Duke Spirit - NIA, B'ham
01/08 kd lang - Symphony Hall, B'ham
Who is Chig? Contact me: chig at cmdh dot freeserve dot co dot uk
Chig is Nicki French's official stalker...but she doesn't seem to mind.
Chig's life can sometimes be a right pain in the balls...
Dogtown, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Robin Hood, The X Factor, Spooks, Extras, Mock The Week, Popworld, Ideal, Deal Or No Deal, Eggheads, Hollyoaks, Never Mind The Full Stops, Doctor Who series 2 repeats on BBC3, The Bill, Match Of The Day, Ant'n'Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
Chig has failed at two attempts to watch the whole series of Invasion, so if you have it on DVD...
Chig still fancies Jesse Metcalfe...
...and Brandon Flowers, Roman Sebrle, Jonas Armstrong, Matthew Fox, Stefan Booth, Stuart Manning, Gary Lucy...
Chig is directly descended from the following families. If you have one of these surnames, we're possibly related, so feel free to get in touch:
Crowe, Harborne/Harbourne, Higgins, Hutchins, O'Sullivan/Sullivan, Talliss/Tallis.
Above: My Gran with her Gran. Snitterfield, Warwickshire, c.1930.