Would you give a little bit of Attention To Me?

I’m having a “Nolans” moment earlier today. Last night it was a “Mamma Cass” moment and I’m morphing into having a “Kim Wilde” moment right now.

It’s been a strange few days. I’ve been sick with a cold, had a day off work, had a day at work feeling like a zombie and now have an unbearably painful toe. Possibly due to some kind of arthritis. Or something else.

Yesterday Yoda and I checked a flat available for rent in his block. The rent seemed cheaper than the current marketplace where all flats are offensively priced by greedy landlords and greedier real estate agents.

This one was being let by Richardson & Wrench and was open for inspection for 15 minutes. Yes, that’s all you get thesedays – 15 minutes. And people were lining up to see it.

It was disgusting. Filthy. Disgusting. Damaged. Worn. Dirty. And many other similar words. The landlord had no intention of fixing or cleaning anything – the Richardson & Wrench representative said “what you see is what you get”.

I just think it should be against the law for a flat to be advertised at over $300 per week when it is a hovel. It is 2010 and we are in New South Wales, not the third world. There should be legislation forcing real estate agents and landlords to make sure premises are in reasonable condition BEFORE being able to rent them out.

Yoda and I wandered from room to room a number of times. Since I have to move, we’re looking at all options. I’m not particularly demanding when it comes to somewhere to live. I don’t have high expectations. But this place was really awful. There was mould on the walls, the enamel on the bath was significantly damaged, walls were yellow with age and dirt. Yucky, yucky, yucky.

So I crossed that one off the list and Yoda and I went on a bus ride to Leichhardt and Annandale, coming back via Officeworks at Glebe and JB HiFi at Leichhardt. He bought the 2010 Eurovision double-CD and I bought Season 8 of “Family Guy” for a good price. I needed some indoor entertainment since the weather had turned (again) and I wasn’t feeling all that great.

I got a six pack of something called Tasman Gold mid-strength beer. It was only $8.99 compared to $13 for anything else I wanted. It tasted okay actually. I don’t normally drink at home but the combination of the weather, feeling off-colour and having an excruciatingly painful toe all combined to make me buy a 6-pack and a DVD! 😉

Today has been a bust as well. Apart from the Nolans and Kim Wilde, I’ve managed to put a load of washing on…and forget to turn the power on the washing machine. And not much else.

Unless you count surfing the web in my pyjamas and eating junk food.

This will not go down as one of my “classic” weekends.

Kylie’s new single……….fabarama!

Kylie’s new single “All The Lovers” is on the web and will be available to buy from June 13. I can’t wait!

Her new album “Aphrodite” is released in the UK on July 5.

Hoyts Big Rip-Off: $5.20 for a Choc Top

Hoyts Choc Top: The Ultimate Rip-Off

Yoda and I went to the flicks last weekend. It was a primarily forgettable film – Hot Tub Time Machine – but it was okay. People have been complaining about the prices they pay for food and drink at cinemas for years. But last weekend I experienced the ultimate rip off from Hoyts Cinema.

Whatever else I buy from the Candy Bar when I go to the movies, I must ALWAYS have a Choc Top. It’s a tradition, a ritual. Going back to the 70s for me. I love my Choc Tops! I did the same last weekend at Hoyts Broadway. Lined up for the usual appallingly slow service at the Candy Bar to buy my Choc Top.

$5.20

Yes that’s right – Hoyts are now charging $5.20 for a bog-standard Vanilla Choc Top! Have a look at the photo above – there’s nothing special about this Choc Top from Hoyts. It is a standard, mediocre-sized Choc Top. And they’re charging $5.20 for it.

Well that’s one rip-off too many for me. I’ve already cut down my visits to the movies with ticket prices around $17 but, from now on, if I do go and I want an ice-cream, I’ll pop into an adjacent supermarket or convenience store and buy something.

Hoyts: BIG FAIL!

Gay Flash Mob on Bondi Beach

There’s a new Gay Flash Mob video out that happened at Sydney Harbour this weekend. It’s okay but it reminded me of the absolute classic Bondi Beach Flash Mob video with Joyce Mange. Now that was a classic and a total shock for the other beach goers last year!

And the one from this weekend with battling Lady GaGa groups…

Silence will be defeated, by a single voice

Stig & Gustav: both good with Swedish & English!

My best Swedish friend Gustav – who actually reads this website – has translated “En Enda Röst”, the song I mentioned in an earlier post. It was a wonderful surprise to open my email this morning and see the email from him.

I’ve played this song over 20 times last night and today. The repeat function on Windows Media Player comes in very handy sometimes 😉 It seems somehow wonderful that I can now understand the lyrical meaning of the song after all these years. Sometimes the little nice things that happen in our lives are the things that keep us going. (Thanks again Gustav!)

En Enda Röst / A Single Voice – Karin Glenmark and Dana Dragomir

There was a time
When heaven above was constantly blue
And there were no doubts that we could reach all we had dreamed
We saw a world where love, hope and belief walked hand in hand
We might smile at that sometimes, but have not forgotten
The dream we carried still gives us strength,
when more shadows appear

All wide seas
All seas on earth
Somewhere a beach
Somewhere, some beach
A light in the dark
You can see far from land

Rain falling down
Rain falling down
Puts out the thirst of the land
Lets everything live

We shall win
Silence will be defeated, by a single voice

There was a time that seemed too pure and innocent
We did it all for peace and calmness
But that was a long time ago
A sun goes up
turning nights for eternity
And it doesn’t close its eyes for our reality
Seeing it time and time again

In another light
A stone added to another stone
can be turned into something more than just a stone wall

All wide seas
All seas on earth
Somewhere a beach
Somewhere, some beach
A light in the dark
You can see far from land

Rain falling down
Rain falling down
Puts out the thirst of the land
Lets everything live

We shall win
Silence will be defeated, by a single voice

We shall win
Silence will be defeated, by a single voice

Thank you YouTube…Gobbledok TV advert

I didn’t even think of Youtube when I took a photo of the Gobbledok ay my local IGA (Impossible to Get Anything you want).

But this morning, I did have a look and found the original Gobbledok advert from 1987.

Ah memories…like the corners of my mind….