Thursday, December 15, 2011

everyone is hollow

the other day we were driving around Sandton and Mixfm played "Polly" ... i almost wept. Has it really been so long since this band copped it? I can remember the first time I heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit", driving through Benoni with kiddies in the car. Pulled over to the side of the road (nearly caused a major accident in the process), turned up the radio and sat with my mouth open throughout the entire length of the song. Could not believe what I was hearing. On mainstream radio. What?
Next day, I drove to BMG in Rosebank and demanded to see the label manager for Nirvana; got as much promotional /biographical material that she would give me (bless you, Iris), cd's, photos ... and hurriedly knocked up a half decent tribute/review of Nirvana's Nevermind album. The Star published it a couple of weeks later and I am still proud of the fact that i was the first music journo to do a piece on Kurt in South Africa.

I don't care if you don't agree with the following statement, it's my personal opinion.
NOTHING has come along since Kurt offed himself to top this band. All other 'angst' or ragings put out by bands since those days, are half-hearted, twee, self-conscious, silly, or simply BORING.
There was nothing about Nirvana that was silly or boring. I defy anyone to sleep, slump, nod off or look tired through "Negative Creep"
I cry when i hear any N song - even today (and I'm a granny remember).
Not because i'm a stupid kid who can't believe her idol bought it. No.
I cry because of the way the music industry has been dragged down into a black pit of nothingness, mediocrity or maudlin retrogressive covers by FUCKING ACCOUNTANTS who masquerade as label managers/promoters.
I keep hoping to hear something that will literally stop traffic (the way Nirvana did for me) - but those days are gone.
And please, no attempt at putting Nirv back at number 1 (for some viral publicity stunt), will make up for the fact that this stuff won't happen again. Ever.

Tomorrow's a public holiday here.
Enjoy it. Do your soul a favour and listen to something good.

so i'm back... from outta space

look, don't get me wrong, twitter is not too bad if you want updates from all over the globe on every conceivable subject under the sun 24/7. it's not bad if you want to know at any given moment, exactly what your idol is supposed to be doing, thinking, eating, washing, playing with ...
no, it's not

twitting jargon is really bald, irritating, confusing and well, lazy. it's not anywhere near as hip as the people who sprout it would have you believe.

i tried it. i liked it a bit. i hated it a lot. i found it wasted a load of time and got me precisely nowhere, in the end. Days pass, twits mount up, till it becomes nigh impossible to read all of them and the ones that ARE important are missed. Way too much clutter.

nope, will stick to Blogging thanks.

RT this to your heart's content

Thursday, December 8, 2011

gone to pot

Our first collection of 'pinch pots' and my attempt at a Piggy Bank (well little missy thinks it's fab).

Monday, December 5, 2011

my other lives

I am a creature of many hats at the moment. Juggling these identities is starting to take its toll. I don't think i've ever been more dog tired than I am at the moment. Maybe it's end of year lag?

1. Little Vixen
This business is starting to take up more and more of my time on a daily basis. The Vixen has developed her own character and i have to constantly keep feeding and nurturing this persona/business. Not complaining. In fact this is the first thing i've done in a long time that doesn't seem to equate to work, i'm having fun and enjoying the odd sale I make. The launch party for the brand name went down so well, all my hard work in preparation of the party has paid off. All the ladies are talking about it and can't wait for the next one. When I throw a party, i don't eff about! I have received some spin off work from the party and on Friday took delivery of a whole load more stock from my overseas supplier. Stunning things that I really am quite proud of. Anyway, this business is very young - the website has only been running professionally since the end of August! So baby steps.

2. My professional daily job - immigration. Yuch. What can i say that i haven't bleated about already? I absolutely hate this industry, it is so thankless. Every day we feel like we are being bludgeoned to death. The main prize for us is to be able to relocate to the UK and get rid of this monster, which leads to next persona.

3. Independent Estate Agent. I am not a fool, have sold many houses successfully in my lifetime and don't appreciate ineffective estate agents who whine and whinge about the current state of the market, how the property industry is depressed ... blah blah. We are seeing many houses sold on a daily basis in our area, our house is stunning and many many people who come to visit us can't believe how lovely it is. So the sole mandate with the previous useless agents expired last week and we have now taken on another agent (who lives in our estate) to sell it for us. He has come in with a totally different attitude, is excited and positive at the prospect of selling our home. He has already sold one that was almost the same as ours but not as well put together. So hold thumbs for us PLEASE! We HAVE to sell this house before we can change anything about our current situation and i'm not getting any younger. If i don't get to the UK next year, then i can forget it.

4. Clothing Production Manager to the rich and famous.
My grand-daughter regularly gives me sewing projects to complete for her. Most involve the creation of fantasy dresses and costumes that she wants to play in. Last week, she drew a picture of her ideal Christmas party outfit and of course, Nanna had to get on with it.
Voila, last night I finished it and now i am the favourite grand-parent once again (well for this week, at least). I must say the dress is lovely and i'm right proud of myself.

5. Wedding planner
My eldest son and his fiance are getting married in March next year. The fiance organised her dress at the beginning of this year, as well as book the wedding venue. But the chaos is now starting to kick in and nobody seems to know what they are supposed to do. So of course, yours truly now has to sort all this lot out. Oi vey.

6. Photographer
At one of the show days we had for the house, my camera went walkie bye-byes. I am completely pissed off about this but what can you do?
Cue ... Canon advert
I have been looking at some 'deals' the shops have put together for SLR camera bundles over the Christmas silly shopping season. Seen a right royal deal with Canon - but am not sure if i'm getting the right model camera - so might end up having to chat to Mr. Ten Miles about that.

7. Ceramic artist
My Pink Piggy Bank is almost completed - did the glazing last week and will be putting the finishing touches to her on Wednesday at the last pottery lesson of this year - she is going to be given to grand-daughter as a present. She was also an order from said grand-daughter.

nuff for now