Archive for May, 2009

BGT 2009 – The Final

May 30, 2009

I’m pretty sure it’s tonight, the Britain’s Got Talent final on ITV. Have followed the auditions and the semi-finals sporadically.

So who will win – pressured by the press, Susan Boyle. Weeping Hollie. Father and son from Greece. Lily Allen’s favourite Shaheen or one of the dance acts.

I’m hoping for the dancers in Diversity, I didn’t see them in the semi-final but in the audition they were great, funny and original. All the different sizes and backgrounds, it’s just so good to see when people of different ethnicities and ages can get along. Their biggest competition, Flawless, a group of black dudes should really not beat them. Don’t know if anyone else saw but their choreography in the audition was taken from the film Stomp the Yard.

Aidan, the other dancer, so impressive, a self-taught dancer, probably better than the guy who won last year but then apparently you can find hundreds of boys like that on You Tube. But with all these dancing acts, isn’t it showing that it’s time to have a talent show solely for dancers. There’s Strictly Come Dancing for the celebs but where’s the British version of So You Think You Can Dance or Step It Up and Dance?

So, the BGT semi-finals, it seems to me like there were many good acts in one semi-final and not so many good ones in the other. I would have liked to see that little cute girl with the big voice, Natalie Okri in the final, at least she didn’t cry. And other comedy acts like ventriloquist, Gareth Oliver, who could also sing and the hot guys in Faces of Discos with the cut-out cardboard faces of well-known people were hilarious, especially when all the Simon Cowell’s came out. Obviously, the Greek father and son were quite funny. I pledge more comic acts to the BGT final – next year!

Oh, at least that geezer DJ Talent didn’t make it. What is it, gold teeth for £7000? What a …!

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Save Tonight

May 30, 2009

The song that always makes me smile is Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry and actually, just seeing his cute face and bright smile makes me smile too.

So what a coincidence, I hadn’t heard the song for probably over a year when it came on the radio on Tuesday. A college leaver had requested it on Jo Whiley’s Radio 1 show. It really brightened up my drive to Oxford. Then when I got to Oxford there’s a busker playing guitar and singing Save Tonight. A slower version, not as good but it didn’t matter. It was just so ironic to hear that song twice in the same day.

Chilli Chocolate

May 24, 2009

The sweetness of chocolate with a sting of chilli may sound like a weird combination that shouldn’t happen and no, it shouldn’t. Especially not chilli chocolate flavoured crisps. It was something salty with something sweet and then spicy that only got sickly at the end. A daring flavour from Walker’s fooling many chocolate lovers that just didn’t work for me.

At a Christmas party last year I chose the Chilli Chocolate Mousse for dessert. My first encounter with cocoa and chilli in one dish and how delicious it was. Very rich, very chocolaty with a clear sting of chilli in my palate. I was hooked. Chocolate with chilli feels more like food than a sweet. By the way, the restaurant was Coco Rio in Southampton.

Next, I tried Hotel Chocolat’s Aztec Chilli Liquid Chocolate. A bit disappointed because where was the sting? I added some more flakes and there it was. It’s a luxorious hot chocalate product, it’s not powder, it’s chocolate flakes that need to be mixed in the milk while it’s heating, preferably on the hob. It can be done in the microwave but it needs to be stirred and back in the microwave again, doesn’t taste as good though.

Most recently, I got a bar of Lindt Excellence fine dark chocolate with premium red Chilli and the advice is to only have one square at a time. It’s spicy! And the one I will go back for.

INFERNO

May 24, 2009

Inferno by Patricia Melo. About a boy, Kingie, in Rio living in a favela who aspires to work for Miltão, who runs the drug traffic in Berimbau.

If you enjoyed City of God you should read this book. It’s a different story, more intense, and sadly it’s based on the reality of living in the favela where there’s an ongoing civil war where more people are getting killed than in the Iraqi war. I was so caught up by the story that I’ve taken a break from reading it. I’m hoping for a good ending but I’m not expecting it.

Kingie, who lives with his mother and sister, has no interest in going to school, instead he starts working for Miltão as a lookout boy. When his mum, who work as a maid for an upper-class family, finds out she demands Miltão to stay out of her boy’s life so he can go back to school. That’s when Kingie faces drug addiction at the age of 11, doing whatever it takes to get his next fix.

The book also follows the lives of the people around Kingie. Carolaine, his sister who gets pregnant before turning 15. Alzira, his mother. Dona Juliana, his mother’s boss who’s having an affair. Beautiful Suzana, his neighbour and Miltão’s girlfriend. Fake, Reader, Kelly, Walmir, Onofre, Rosa Maria.

It’s a story about hope, survival, love, loyalty and misery. It’s an inside story, so captivating and it already feels like the best book I’ve read so far in my young life.

It’s the kind of book that probably has an impact on the way people think and possibly change attitudes.