commonpeople1: (Dionne)
Using ONLY SONG TITLES from ONE artist, answer the questions below.

Pick a band/artist: Madonna.

1. Are you a male or female?
Who's That Girl?

2. Describe yourself.
Bad Girl

3. How do you feel about yourself?
Nobody's Perfect

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend.
Hanky Panky

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation.
Into the Groove

6. Describe your current location.
La Isla Bonita

7. Describe where you want to be.
Hollywood

8. Your best friend is (friends are):
Like a Virgin

9. Your favorite color is...
True Blue

10. You know that...
Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)

11. What's the weather like?
Rain

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called?
Borderline

13. What is life to you?
Where's the Party?

14. What is the best advice you have to give?
Open Your Heart

15. If you could change your name what would you change it to?
Angel

Taken from [livejournal.com profile] shear_logic
commonpeople1: (Patrick)
Leave a comment and I'll give you five topics to talk about in your journal. [livejournal.com profile] sushidog gave me these:

Boys
BOYS! Summa-summa-time love, summa-summa-time love. Boys, boys, boys. What can I say, I started liking boys as soon as puberty hit. Unfortunately, I was part of a large group of boys that only liked girls. Then I fell in love with a singer who seemed to like boys but chose instead to be celibate for the rest of his life - it seemed at the time like a good idea. Then someone took me to a gay club in Montreal and my mouth hit the floor at the quantity of gorgeous men filling up the rooms. I never looked back. And now I have a boy of my own. We wander the streets of London and when a cute boy goes by we sigh: *boys*.

Incidentally, if you ever need to move your office, look no further than Ward Thomas Removals. Not only are they brilliantly efficient, their team is made up of all those hot Ozzies and Kiwis that come over to England for work experience and find their rugby muscles and friendly smiles appreciated and needed. Diamonds are a girl's best friend; boys are a boy's.

Being a long way from home
Is tough. When I returned from Brasil in January, I tried to convince Kevin that we should live at the farm with my mom and brothers. Kevin didn't like the idea but, with each passing day, he's warming up to it. The latest plan is for us to leave Britain for one year - a sort of sabbatical - and stay with my family. He could dedicate himself to his illustration and I could help with the running of the guesthouse and sort out my legal situation in Brasil, which is a mess right now. London is a sort of home, but so is Brasil. And my uncles and aunts are like parents, my cousins like siblings. Years are speeding away and I'm losing all that time I could be spending with them. They ask after Kevin - they know about us. With Kevin there with me, I'd be less afraid of growing bored from their sedate pace of life. I could write a million books from the comfort of our hammock.

Gossip
Every writer is a gossip. Every longterm LJ user is a gossip - we are here because we enjoy sharing stories about ourselves and others. The ones that don't like that sort of thing gave up their journals a long time ago. Asking after someone's well being is gossip. Hanging out with a friend will eventually lead to gossip. We learn from the world through gossip. We can't resist a good story, an enthralling cliffhanger - we seek that from those closest to us, and we take pleasure when we find it unexpectedly. Thousands of years ago, when we were still picking fleas from each others hair after a long day of hunting, we developed language through gossip (I'm sure of it). Something dramatic had to be informed (so-and-so wasn't hunting tigers as they should; they were swimming in the river) and thus gossip was born.

Cooking
I should do more of this. I eat too many ready-made soups and sandwiches. I've developed a bad habit of bringing kebab home on Thursdays (Kevin loves it.) But I'm a great cook - I've got the patience and attention to detail down to a tee. I make the best burek in the world. Doubtful? Come over and try for yourself (especially if you are a *boy*).

The environment
Depresses me. I look at my brother and friends who have children and I worry for all the problems they'll have to deal with - the diminishing natural resources (bound to cause wars), the exploding population, the way people don't give a shit about anything. My tower block's elevator is a testament to our species' impending destruction - all that garbage thrown on the floor each day says a lot about what the people here think of their "environment". When I'm feeling more positive, I remember science and all its recent giant leaps. I place my poker chips on them and hope that the nerd shall overcome.
commonpeople1: (Carol)
RULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. Choose ten songs; for each song with lyrics, choose a Livejournal friend that matches it.
3. Write down the song name, artist and relevant lyrics section.
4. Tag friends to do the same thing in their journals.

1. Morrissey - Michael's Bones
[livejournal.com profile] naturalbornkaos's snowman
Your gentle hands are frozen/And your unkissed lips are blue/Your thinning clothes are hopeless/And no one was mad about you

2. Girls Aloud - Wild Horses
[livejournal.com profile] androktone
This place, the crazy town, too much time for girls to feel strange, yeah/Take back your lazy punks, there'll never be enough no oh baby

3. Arcade Fire - My Body Is a Cage
[livejournal.com profile] beeorkendurkey
You're standing next to me/My mind holds the key/Set my spirit free/Set my spirit free/Set my body free

4. Patty Griffin - Getting Ready
[livejournal.com profile] zaubin
I know all the magic's gone/Wish I had a magic wand/I would put a spell on you/You would see it as I do

5. Joy Division - Komakino
[livejournal.com profile] saint_narcissus
This is the hour when the mysteries emerge/A strangeness so hard to reflect/A moment so moving, goes straight to your heart/The vision has never been met.

6. Buena Vista Social Club - El Cuarto de Tula
[livejournal.com profile] desayuno_ingles
¡Que llamen a Ibrahim Ferrer, que busquen a los bomberos!/Que yo creo que Tula lo que quiere es que le apaguen el fuego.

7. Blur - Entertain Me
[livejournal.com profile] bluehelen
A car/A house/Both in a street/The boredom of a sober week/The weekend's here/Hip-hip-hooray/To make the blues/Just go away

8. Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel
[livejournal.com profile] denalyia
My little girl/Drive anywhere/Do what you want/I don't care/Tonight/I'm in the hands of fate/I hand myself/Over on a plate/Now

9. Soft Cell - Memorabilia
[livejournal.com profile] rosamicula
Everywhere I go you know I'd like you all to know/That I'm the one for having fun, just send the bad times on the run/To move around to the softest sound, ecstatic dancing all around

10. Nico - All That Is My Own
[livejournal.com profile] jellyfish93
He who knows may pass on/The word unknown/And meet me on the desertshore/Meet me on the desertshore

This meme is a slight variation on the one Trixie and Erin tagged me with. You are all invited to do it if you feel like it.
commonpeople1: (Yolanda)
The housing association kindly slipped a letter through my letterbox this morning, warning me that both elevators need to be shut down all day today for maintenance work.

I live on the 11th floor. I have a plane to Brasil to catch. I have a suitcase.

The water has also been shut down. At least I took a shower yesterday after I came home from watching Twilight with Hester. I can't remember the last time I heard such bad dialogue in the cinema. And the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Make-Up 2008 goes to Twilight, for vampires that look like they are wearing badly-applied talcum powder. Other notable 2008 Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Film. Worst Actor. Worst Actress. Worst Supporting Actors. Worst Supporting Actresses. Worst Screenplay. Worst Special Effects. Worst Director. Worst Vampires. Worst Title That Has Nothing To Do With The Story In Question. Great night out, however! The entire (half-empty) cinema laughing together, talking back to the screen, giggling, actually enjoying the badness-of-it-all. Popcorn, beer, Coca Cola, and Doritos dipped in melted cheese. Countless memorable lines. Definitely a cult film; and the sequel will probably be a slicker, big budget affair, thanks to its success in America. Can I pre-book tickets already?

By this time tomorrow, I'll be at my mom's in Brasil. Their computer seems to be acting up so I don't know how often I'll be able to check LJ. I'll have to content myself with the full moon. In case you don't hear from me until after the 25th, have a very merry little Christmas! Dispel your humbugness, and let a crowd of singing munchkins into your heart (but make sure first they are dressed like Santa's little helpers). May the spirit of Dorothy fill you with joy this season.

I'm a Carlisle! I found out through TwilightersAnonymous.com. Which Twilight Male Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
Take the Quiz and Share Your Results!


NOOOOOO!!! I want to be Edward! Or James, the tracker vampire! *pouts*

Update: It's actually the tower block next door that has had its water and elevators shut down. But the letters were distributed here... hmmmm. I wonder if the poor buggers over there even know what's going on? I'm not complaining - my life is suddenly a little easier!
commonpeople1: (Ulf)
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I'd spend autumn and winter in the mountains, then return to the sea for spring and summer.
commonpeople1: (Miriam)
For all of you peeps anxious about the American election, hoping to distract yourselves into the early hours without combusting or going insane, I've got some entertainment for you... my very own record store! That's right, I just opened an online record store (unsurprisingly) named:



This is a new site - sort of like Livejournal in its infancy - where each user creates their own record store, adding songs or albums they can sell to friends and strangers. The way it works is that for every track you sell, you get points to download a track for yourself. Same goes for albums.

Because it's a new site, they still don't have that many artists on board. But they have The Magnetic Fields, so it can't be all that bad, can it? If you happen to be in a band, you should think about dropping them an e-mail. I'll happilly pimp your tracks in my store if you want. And if you decide to open your own record store, let me know so I can go browse your selection.

But in the meantime, go do some shopping and help kickstart the world economy. You know that's exactly what Obama would want you to do. ;-)

Photogenic

Sep. 19th, 2008 08:25 pm
commonpeople1: (Eloise)
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair... just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

I'm Having a Bad Hair Day )


I think the only thing good about this picture is the light (thank god we had some sun today!) I don't like how tired my eyes look, the way my ears stick out. At least I didn't blink, which is what seems to happen every time someone photographs me.
commonpeople1: (Log Lady)
Ooops! I appear to have broken my strong resolve and joined Facebook...

I feel baaah kinda baaah funny now as these baaaaaah old friends of mine climb out of the baaaaaaaaaaaah woodwork.
commonpeople1: (Eloise)
Twenty Seven Livejournal Friends )
commonpeople1: (Under Water)
Leave a comment and I'll find a music video (probably from the 80s) on YouTube that perfectly encapsulates how I feel about you. It's all about the shivers you run up and down my spine.
commonpeople1: (Under Water)
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High Five

Jul. 3rd, 2008 01:51 pm
commonpeople1: (Steven Lubin)
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs you like that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcaustick's choice was 'F', so in no particular order:

  • The Cure - Friday I'm in Love
    Some people consider this single to be one of The Cure's weakest ones, but I still like it and never get bored of hearing it. The album 'Wish', where it comes from, reminds me of being 18 in Hong Kong, falling in love with my best friend (who adored The Cure), wearing baggy T-shirts with Robert Smith's face (I still have one of them, which I use as a pyjama top), having long hair and just generally being a clueless teenager.
  • Belly - Feed the Tree
    I immediately fell in love with this song when I first heard it on Hong Kong's MTV channel. This is another track that reminds me of being in high school, sunny afternoons when we'd go to Repulse Bay Beach or Stanley Market after class, listening to my walkman on the bus ride home, watching the merchant ships circling Hong Kong island from my bedroom window. Belly were everything I wanted from America that didn't involve grunge. The song still sounds great today.
  • Gene - For the Dead
    Gene were one of my favourite bands from the Britpop period. They ticked all the Morrissey-influence boxes, but they were mellower, less bitter than Le Moz. I wrote some dodgy poetry for a high school creative class based on one of their songs. I showed it to my girlfriend and her best friend and they claimed I was a great poet. Now I know they were just humoring me. When I moved to Montreal to attend university, they played a gig that was virtually empty. We sat at a table right by the stage and it felt as if the band were playing just for us. The drummer stared at me the whole night and gave me the creeps.
  • Visage - Fade to Grey
    During my first year of university, I became friends with a group of Canadians who weren't too keen on Britpop. They preferred the B-52's, The Violent Femmes, Beastie Boys, and other music that had never floated past my orbit before. One weekend night, we discovered a club called Lezards, on Rue Saint-Denis, that played only new wave and old-style punk. The clientele were mostly older folk in 80s fashion, strung out on drugs, or queer alternative kids. It was heaven. I lost interest on Britpop and fell head-over-heels in love with the bleepy side of the 80s.
  • The Sugababes - Freak Like Me
    During my first years in London, I listened to the radio a lot. I didn't know many people, and because Kevin worked at a comic book shop during the weekends, I'd sit in our kitchen logged into Livejournal, wasting my time on LJdrama.org until he came home from work. I remember hearing this song for the first time on Xfm and being completely blown away by its pop knowingness and perfection.
commonpeople1: (George O'Brien)

Make Babies with friends and celebs!


Say hello everyone to my first born, little Gary Spider Alexander Brent-Fern. [livejournal.com profile] suzi and I are proud parents of this little tyke, whom we hope to one day grow up to be a great football player and celeb. As you can see, he takes after his mother. I'm hoping the next ones will look more like me. :-P

Would anyone else like to have a baby with me? I'm feeling very fatherly today.
commonpeople1: (Steven Lubin)
Below is a list of every single country, city state, principality and territory. I've gone through the list and bolded every one of them from which I've read a book (either fiction or non-fiction). The one exception is Mexico, from where I've only read a few short stories by Octavio Paz; I figured that was good enough for this exercise.

Been around the world and I, I, I, I can't find my baby )

I'm slightly ashamed of how Westerncentric I am. Can you suggest a book or an author from one of the countries, territories or city states I haven't read anything from yet?

Blank

Jun. 10th, 2008 03:25 pm
commonpeople1: (Rockasilly)
Give me a topic to write about. It can be on anything.

I'll write a post tonight or tomorrow morning based on the first suggestion left in this post.
commonpeople1: (George O'Brien)
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Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

- Oscar Wilde
commonpeople1: (George O'Brien)
Because my boyfriend has just bought a digital camera (and I'm sure won't mind if I steal it from him this weekend), I've decided to take on the following challenge:

Ask me to take a picture of any object/s in my house (no whole rooms), it can be anything you want: my favourite plant, the last thing I ate, the book I am reading, the inside of my fridge, my toilet bag... And I will take the picture for you and post it.

Originally seen at [livejournal.com profile] edienoir.
commonpeople1: (Default)
My friends Ry-ry and Jim are visiting us. They arrived Tuesday and leave tomorrow morning. This is a video they recorded for the Global Dancing viral video series:



I didn't know this, but a girl I know from Canada (currently living in Chicago) started this "craze". Her video is here. Soon, the video was spreading around the world, like this one done by her sister (a good friend of mine) in Toronto, and this guy in Istanbul. If I were to make one, it'd have the Big Ben in the background. Why don't you make one too? :-)

* SPECIAL BULLETIN: hello, this is Ry-ry from Montreal - let's see those tushes in action. *
commonpeople1: (Under Water)
Superheroes!!! )
commonpeople1: (Default)


1. How old were you in 1980?
Five years old

2. How old were you in 1989?
Fourteen years old

3. Were you a Toys R' Us kid?
We didn't have Toys R' Us in Brasil. We didn't have a lot of things, thanks to the country living under a military dictatorship.

4. Did you watch Transformers?
Sometimes. I never was into them. I thought their stories were kinda depressing and dark.

5. Did you see E.T. on the big screen?
Yeah, and I cried like a baby. It's worth mentioning that The Neverending Story was far more important than E.T. to the 80s generation.

6. Did you own a Lite Bright?
Nope

7. Who is your Favorite Golden Girl?
Rose. But Dorothy's smartassness was cute too.

8. When someone says "Who you gonna call?" You think?
Ghostbusters. I want to go dressed up as one to my next Halloween party. Wanna join me?

9. What was your favorite toy?
Lego, He-Man, my Knight Rider remote control car, G.I. Joes, my Cebolinha house (the doll at the bottom of the picture came with a yapping dog that she led with a collar; it was the first time I noticed grownups giving me funny looks), Monica's office paraphenalia (the start of my temping career) and boardgames (I think I had nearly a hundred of them at one point).

10. Did you have a Pogo Ball?
Yes! Mine was green and purple.

11. Did you listen to New Kids on the Block?
Yes, but in a way that didn't make it appear I liked them. All the girls in Brasil went nuts over them (they needed something to fill the hole left by Menudo).

12. What New Kid did you have a crush on?
The one that looked like a monkey.

13. Did you play M.A.S.H?
Hella no.

14. Did you watch The Care Bears?
Yes, but only if there was nothing on TV.

15. Did you have Jelly bracelets?
No, but I had neon-coloured ones. Is that the same thing?

18. Did you ever own a slap bracelet?
Only for a day or two; then I lost it and didn't think much of it.

19. The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles?
Sixteen Candles.

20. Did you have a crazy hair style?
I thought so at the time, but maybe not?

21. What was your first bike?
I can't remember. I was seven years old.

22. Name one thing you still own from your childhood?
Many books and some board games, back in Brasil at my mom's.

23. Did you have a Cabbage Patch Kid?
Hella no.

25. Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake?
Black Forest cake.

26. Did you watch Miami Vice?
Not really. Bo-ring.

28. Did you own a Trapper Keeper?
No

29. Atari or Nintendo?
Both

30. Did you play Pac-Man?
Yes

31. Which was better: Jem and The Holograms or Barbie and The Rockers!?
Neither

32. He-Man or She-Ra?
She-ra, just because her theme tune kicked ass.

33. What movie scared you the most?
None really, though the boy who watched The Funhouse with me needed psychological treatment afterwards. I was terrified though of Monga, the woman who turned into a monkey (every amusement park in Brasil seemed to have one).

34. Did you try to dance like Michael Jackson?
Yeah, but only to get a laugh from my friends.

35. What Is The First Thing That Comes To Mind When You Hear "flux capacitor"?
Nothing.

36. What other colors did Pepsi come in?
I don't think we had Pepsi in Brasil in the 80s. I don't remember seeing it anywhere.

37. Roger Rabbit Or Howard The Duck?
Roger Rabbit. Howard the Duck was lame.

38. Did you ever beg your parents to have your school picture taken with the 'LASER' background?
We didn't have school pictures or year books.

39. Do you know what the Ninja Rap is?
No (thank god?)

40. Do you know why people cringe when they hear the word BUCKNER?
No.

41. Can you name the family members from National Lampoons Vacation movies?
No, but I love the theme song.

42. Did you have pump sneakers?
Yes. Reeboks.

43. Did you own HYPER COLOR shirts?
Do you mean neon shirts? All the rage.

44. Did you watch Smurfs?
All the time. I loved the Smurfs.

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