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I should have known that as soon as I wrote that I'll update this coming weekend, there would be absolutely no chance what so ever that I would. So sorry about that.

I'll begin with the promised news. On the 7th of September I will be getting my long hair (which hasn't been cut since 2000) cut off and the beard that I've had since the age of 18 shaved off, all in the name of charity!

Also know as 'The Hairy, Scary Man' thanks to my favourite t-shirt which has this design on it.

The cause in question is to raise funds towards building schools for the Dalit people in India. I have set up a Facebook group with more details about my temporary madness and which will contain many pictures of my hairless state after the event. Details for sponsorship are on the Facebook pages as are details of where I'll be doing this, so any visitors are welcome. If you want to know anything more about the event or more about why I'm doing this then please comment  here or e-mail me.

On other news, yesterday was the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool which I've finally managed to get along to see. It usually seems to happen that I'm working when its on and so can't get to it. Technically,  I was working yesterday but finished at 08.00 so I was able to stay up and after a quick shower and change of clothes head back into Liverpool with Anna.
Our first port of call was the Tate Gallery on the Albert Dock for the Gustav Klimt exhibition. Really enjoyed the exhibition even if some of his more famous pieces (such as 'The Kiss') are not there because they never leave Vienna due to their fragile condition.

After the exhibition we wandered up into the centre of Liverpool to see some of the festival and to look for some more of the Superlambanana sculptures dotted around the city. The weather was perfect, so wandering from music stage to music stage amidst the crowds of people was incredibly pleasant and relaxing. It also helped that our route took us past the my favourite comics shop which meant that I could pick up the 'Brief Lives' Sandman graphic novel as my anniversary present from Anna.
On the way home, we dropped in on my sister and got to see her wedding video and look through the official photographers pictures of the day. I was horrified to see that on the video, during the ceremony, you can see me over Claires shoulder grinning like a loon. Ok, it was a very proud moment seeing my little sister getting wed but even so I could have held a little decorum, surely ;)

And so then back home and an evening catching up on tv which having been up since 4pm the previous day really was all I had the energy for.
Definitely a day very well spent.

And to finish, a meme pinched from greygirlbeast.

Go here (UK) or here (US) and see what was on the top of the charts on the day you were born and every birthday thereafter. Learn just how astrologically-musically lame your life has been. If you want, add in your own favorite No. 1 hit single of that year, wishing that your birthday had been cool enough to have that song be #1. Share your findings with your unsuspecting friendslist. Put it behind a cut.


 Little Jimmy Osmond - "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool"

Pref - Slade - "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" or T. Rex - "Metal Guru"


Slade - "Merry Xmas Everybody"

Pref - 10cc - "Rubber Bullets" 


Mud - "Lonely This Christmas" 

Pref - Carl Douglas - "Kung Fu Fighting"


 Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Pref - David Bowie - "Space Oddity" 

Amused to find both Tammy Wynette - "Stand by Your Man" and Billy Connolly - "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." as no.1’s in the same year


 Johnny Mathis - "When a Child Is Born (Soleado)"

 Pref - The Wurzels - "The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)"


Wings - "Mull of Kintyre / Girls' School"

 Pref – nothing. It was a pretty poor year with Mull of Kintyre the only No.1 of note


 Boney M - "Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord"

 Pref - Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"


Pink Floyd - "Another Brick in the Wall" 

Pref - The Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays" A really good year this so virtually any song could appear as a favourite 


John Lennon - "(Just Like) Starting Over" 

Pref - Mash - "Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)"

Very relieved to just miss out on St Winifred's School Choir - "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma" 


The Human League - "Don't You Want Me" 

Pref - Adam and the Ants - "Stand and Deliver" and Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure" 
I think this must have been the first year I really noticed chart music as there are a lot of songs that I remember well


Renée and Renato - "Save Your Love" 

Pref - Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express - "Come on Eileen"


Flying Pickets - "Only You"

Pref - Men at Work - "Down Under" 


Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 

Pref - Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Two Tribes" or Nena - "99 Red Balloons"


Whitney Houston - "Saving All My Love for You"

Pref - Foreigner - "I Want to Know What Love Is" 


The Housemartins - "Caravan of Love" 

Pref - Falco - "Rock Me Amadeus"


Pet Shop Boys - "Always on My Mind"

Pref - T'Pau - "China In Your Hand" 


Cliff Richard - "Mistletoe and Wine" 

Pref - Hollies - "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"


Band Aid II - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Pref - Marc Almond with Gene Pitney - "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" 

This one must have been mums influence, as she loved Gene Pitney 


Vanilla Ice - "Ice Ice Baby" 

Pref - Sinéad O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U" and Adamski - "Killer" but a (dis?-)hounourable mention for Partners in KRYME - "Turtle Power"


Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives"

Pref - The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff - "Dizzy" 


Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You" 

Pref - Shakespear's Sister - "Stay"


Mr Blobby - "Mr Blobby"     Dammit!

Pref - The Bluebells - "Young at Heart" 


East 17 - "Stay Another Day" 

Pref - The Artist Formerly Known As Prince - "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World"


Michael Jackson - "Earth Song"

Pref - Blur - "Country House" 


Dunblane - "Knockin' on Heaven's Door / Throw These Guns Away" 

Pref - Babylon Zoo - "Spaceman" and Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - "Three Lions"


Teletubbies - "Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!"     Curse these Christmas novelty songs!

Pref - The Verve - "The Drugs Don't Work" 


B*Witched - "To You I Belong" Who? 

Pref - Manic Street Preachers - "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"


Westlife - "I Have a Dream / Seasons In The Sun"

Pref - Baz Luhrmann - "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" Not great that a novelty song was the best of the year for me but it was fun. 


Bob The Builder - "Can We Fix It?"     See 1997

Pref - U2 - "Beautiful Day"


Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - "Somethin' Stupid"

Pref - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink - "Lady Marmalade 


Girls Aloud - "Sound of the Underground" 

Pref - George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord


Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - "Mad World"

Pref -  nothing, Mad World was the best song that year 


Band Aid 20 - "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 

Pref - U2 - "Vertigo"


Shayne Ward - "That's My Goal"

Pref - Nizlopi - "The JCB Song" and Gorillaz - "DARE" 


Leona Lewis - "A Moment Like This" 

Pref - Sandi Thom - "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)"


Leon Jackson - "When You Believe"

Pref -  Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby"


Current state of my brain . . .: relaxedrelaxed
Music of the sphere's: Peter Gabriel on Radio 2
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Date:August 26th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)

Anyone would think you were born near Christmas!

Doomed to have the X Factor winner as No 1 for a long as Simon Cowell desires - poor you!

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Date:August 26th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Anyone would think you were born near Christmas!

Yeah, those last 10 - 15 years had some very slim pickings with regards to the no.1s, although I'd happily have a talent show winner over Mr. Blobby anyday.
Date:August 27th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)

Re: Anyone would think you were born near Christmas!

Maybe but having Mr Blobby at no 1 was worht it to see the look on Take That's face when they realised they'd been beaten by him!
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Date:August 26th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
oooh, congrats on losing the hair to a good cause! that really sounds wonderful. ^_^

and man, that meme looks like a lot of work! but yeah, all the christmas songs... ^_^;;;;;
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Date:August 26th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
I think I'd been expecting more christmas songs then eventually turned up. A number of them just missed the christmas no.1 by a week, so I did escape a few. This is all made up for by the fact that I do get Slades 'Merry Xmas Everybody', which is just a class song ;)

Thanks on the congrats too, I'll make sure to post pics of the end result here, so you can see the difference.
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