Sunday, 31 January 2010

"Together we'll depopulate Straide."

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"You are sad." the Knight said in an anxious tone: "let me sing you a song to comfort you."
"Is it very long?" Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal of poetry that day.
"It's long." said the Knight, "but it's very,
very beautiful. Everybody that hears me sing it -either it brings tears to their eyes, or else -"
"Or else what?" said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
"Or else it doesn't, you know. The name of the song is called 'Haddocks' Eyes.'"
"Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?" Alice said, trying to feel interested.
"No, you don't understand," the Knight said, looking a little vexed. "That's what the name is called. The name really is 'The Aged, Aged Man.'"
"Then I ought to have said 'That's what the song is called'?" Alice corrected herself.
"No you oughtn't: that's another thing. The song is called 'Ways and Means' but that's only what it's
called, you know!"
"Well, what is the song then?" said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
"I was coming to that," the Knight said. "The song really is 'A-Sitting On a Gate': and the tune's my own invention."

So saying, he stopped his horse and let the reins fall on its neck: then slowly beating time with one hand, and with a faint smile lighting up his gentle, foolish face, he began.
From "Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll

I was asked yesterday why I bother to write this because it must take a really long time to write it and takes even longer to read it.
This is true.
But the reason I write blogs is actually because I need to constantly talk and say things and have people hear them. I know this. As do you. I also know most of what I say is totally uninteresting but I don't really mind. In truth, the blog is more for my own benefit than yours, dear Reader(s)*

So, with that in mind... I don't actually have time to say anything else.

I blame Twitter for blogging becoming less appealing.





Grace.x (God, I love ducks).




*The 's' is brackets because it really is likely there's just the one!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Unfair.

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So, I've been thinking about this side-project for a while (cos, like, what do you do when you have a blog you update totally irregularly - and almost never now thanks to constant exams - but start an extra one?).
Anyways, I'm stil thinking about it, but basically it was going to be called Hyperbole and look at this.



Someone from 9 years ago who made one post shouldn't be allowed to hold onto that.

Friday, 15 January 2010

"I should have been a pair of ragged claws, scuttling across the floors of silent seas."

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Hello, again!

it's Friday already, can you believe it? I have no plans, but, to be honest, there's no point making them as I told my parents I wasn't going out again until Lady Gaga.
Did I mention I was going to see her in February? Yes! It's very exciting. I know that people are very divided on Lady Gaga, but I love her. I love her music and I do think that, nut job as she is, she's pretty awesome. I think it's going to be a great gig. Feel free to argue, but this (I decided to pick a song with a video that you mightn't have heard on iRadio every two hours) makes me feel kind of summery!




So, that's that. I'm not going out. Until the 21st of February. After that, I'll go mad and then I'll start again. That's the plan, anyways. And because I'm not going out I've decided this week will be for organising. My books need rearranging: I think alphabetically might make me feel slightly better.
I used to love re-organising my CDs.


(not like this, but that would be cool).

But then, I kind of... stopped buying CDs. I still do, but not with the same frequency (honestly, they're so dear I end up only buying them HMV sales and downloading everything else), and once they're uploaded onto iTunes I never really look at them again. Sad but true. I used to buy a CD, stick it on my CD player and sit down with the lyrics book and listen to it about fifty times. Things sink in that way.
Then you get sick of it and get a new one! A simpler time. Then again, my music library is constantly expanding and my iPod is one of my favourite things in the world, and music hasn't changed in any way just because CDs are pretty much a thing of the past.* Like I said in my last post, nostalgia is misleading.

I've been reading! This is good news. I feel as though I hadn't had time to read at all for a while there. But I've been determined to keep buying new books and it's working well. I bough Vikas Swarup's second book AGES ago and only got around to reading it recently.

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You may remember him as the author of Q&A, which you may remember as the book which inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire. Which you really should remember.
So, anyways, Six Suspects was brilliant! If you liked Q&A (seriously, read that book) you will definitely like this. It's set in India, too, and deals with so many of the same themes. My first thought was that it was like a book version of Cluedo, set in India! However, it's so much more intricate than Cluedo, as you would hope from a novel.
Vicky Rai, an important A-list business mogul and shady character is shot and killed at his own party. Among the hundreds of guests - including known criminals, politicians and Bollywood stars - six are found carrying guns and immediately become suspects. These are our six characters and a very mixed bunch indeed. However, the novel does not chronicle the police investigation or anything like it. Instead, it goes back and shows us, chapter-by-chapter, their background stories, told from several different points of view. We are introduced to loads of different and colourful characters along the way and brought on this crazy journey all around the high society and shady underbelly of India, all the while trying to work out exactly who shot Mr. Burns. I mean, Rai.
Just like Q&A, it was brilliantly written and, once I got into, it I was totally hooked and had to just read and read - my homework going by the wayside - until I finished it. It was totally different, and had none of the clich├ęs you might expect from a murder mystery. Except, of course, a kerazy twist.

And now I've been re-reading Lewis Carroll. Namely, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I go to read one of his other stories and I chicken out! But, honestly, Through the Looking Glass is one of my favourite books of all time. And I don't say that lightly. Okay, I do, but this time I mean it. It will be... interesting to see what Tim Burton does with my -precious - story. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but, from what I've read and heard, this is going to be incredibly different.
But different's good, too. I sort of took on somebody today who said that Johnny Depp plays the same character in every film. It's not true! Or if it is... it's not this fault! He's an incredibly actor. It has to be said.

Saoirse and I noticed that over the Christmas our number of tweets (on Twitter) practically doubled. Not good.
Speaking of, she's got a new song. I think it's super cool. Makes me wanna go into a dark room with just weird flashing lights and my hair all long and walk up to a camera with a fisheye lens, if you get me?

Haven't got much more to say, just thought I'd try and keep up with posting on this. I have loads more to say, I just can't think of it. Sometimes I'll hear something and go, "oh I'll put that on the blog", but then I never remember it after. But, I don't know, perhaps I should make this slightly more visual. Ah, whatever. Oh, I just remembered a video I want to find and put up there^.

I remember another thing but I think I'll wait for next time.

Laters... on. x
*Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm speaking generally. Maybe you still do things the proper way.


Wednesday, 13 January 2010

"I'm not proud that nothing must seem easy about me" ... Very quick.

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Okay, so this is just very brief. I'm thinking of when I was younger and every post I would do would be so cryptic. And - oh my God - myspace blogs! I used to use my myspace blog to be all cryptic and say things about my "feelings" that no-one would understand.

Hahaha!

I just tried to sign into myspace, but I must have deleted it, because it won't let me. On any of my email addresses. Oh, I just remembered one more that I have.

Didn't work.

So, anyways, I just wanted to say I think I'm going to fail my Leaving Cert because I'm a really bad student; if you meet my first-year self, don't tell her, because it would break her heart. I was such a good little kid back then. Even when I did my Junior Cert, I didn't work very hard but I worked. My parents didn't resent me, then, either.

But I don't believe in getting too nostalgic about things. You get this rosy view, which just isn't representative of how you felt at the time. I would hate to be twelve again. I didn't really enjoy it then! I know that much. Now I've got awesome friends - and I'm taller! - and I'm growing up and it's good. It's just not that fun right now. This second.

Another thing: I think I'm going to stop having my blog posts fed to my Facebook notes. It unnerves me.

I keep getting stressed or worried about things I can't control like Haiti or global warming, but I think life would be easier if I turned into those school people. People who only care about school and points, homework and past papers, essays and... I don't know. Sample answers.

Ew.

So, everyone reading: hope you both enjoyed the extended holiday! I did, can't complain about that. I can, on the other hand, complain about myself. You guys can do that, too: complain about me. It's kind of fun.

I just found this picture:


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It's helpful for me, too, not just Father Dougal!

So, anyways, bye!
xx

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

"Throw your hands up at me!" JEDWARD DIRECT MESSAGE SCREENCAP

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That is what they had to say about this video.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

"I've been waiting for so long to hear the truth." I felt like I should do this.

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So, messed about with Saoirse (blog) and Sally (blog) putting on fancy get-up and taking photos and making our first lip-sync video (here) the last day. It was a lot of fun! Although I must say I don't see my modelling career going anywhere, unless they actually like someone who'll just continually laugh and pull stupid double-chin faces. Nevertheless, here are three pictures from the day in which I appear (see their blogs for the other ones, which are better; I just thought I would actually put up ones with me):








I should probably have taken it more seriously.



Anyways, so maybe you've watched the video now. Are we a little late into the teenage girls lip-syncing in a bedroom genre of Youtube videos? Maybe. The video has been described as "hilarious" (mostly by us), "really weird" (that's Luke there), "funny!" (by others), "confusing", etc...

However.

(If you are familiar with twitter) @planetjedward, AKA: John and Edward, directly messaged me to say that it was "soo cool!"

So there! No lyin'!

That's all. :D
x

Saturday, 2 January 2010

"Everyone's a little queer, why can't she be a little straight?" Not really a post.

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Oh my, I've been reading my diary from when I was twelve. Yeah. That is something I am never going to publish. But it serves to amuse me. My train of thought isactually more on track now than it was then, if you can believe it.
"Well, my birthday's not for six months so I can decide then where we go. It doesn't matter now. But I really only want to go a restaurant. But it doesn't matter. My hair looks nice now I got it cut. I'm so cool. Today we went to the cinema to see the Lizzie McGuire movie. She is our idol. Oh, I have a cat!"
Anyways, that's not what I came here to talk about. Just some people I know all made new blogs. I think they are going to be very good. You should read them right now.
girls were made for dresses - that's Megan's.
swequence - another one Saoirse's done, which is just visual stuff.
Ello world, it's me!'s Blog - another friend, Emma.

Bookmark them all. I'm going to stick them on the blogroll soon. Comment here with your blog if I forgot it, or other good ones.
Byee.

And follow me on twitter for the occasional stupid thought for the day or micro-rant.
@graceknowsstuff

x

PS: Happy New Year!
 
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