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Archive for December 15th, 2006

Random on Friday – 15/12

Posted by Martin on December 15, 2006

Here begineth a new series, to be continued every Friday, of the strange things I’ve noticed in the week, but haven’t found space or justification or time to post about. They will appear in no particular order, and you must feel free to add your own – either by posting a comment or emailing a contender to me at godismydirector@gmail.com

This week I noticed…

In the video for the now distantly-infamous single ‘Boom Boom’ by the Outhere Brothers, the two rappers dance about in front of cartoons wearing basketball vests. One says ‘Illinois’, the other says ‘Michigan.’ By apparent coincidence, these are the two States that have so far been used as a basis for albums by the majestic Sufjan Stevens, as part of his ‘States project’ – an attempt to create one album for each of the 50 US States.
(noticed on MTV Europe’s The Vault while at the gym)

Chelsea have drawn Porto in the quarter finals of football’s European Champions League, after also drawing arch enemies Barcelona in the last round. Considering this is coach Jose Mourinho’s previous club – the one at which he became famous – would it be so ridiculous to suggest that God is a football fan (not that American Throwball rubbish), and regularly rigs draws to create the most exciting matchups?
(noticed on the BBC Sport website this morning)

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Piefest / TV kills Christmas

Posted by Martin on December 15, 2006

As planned, our youth group assembled with a handful of other brave church members on the local council housing estate last night, assigned with the task of singing some carols and handing out some mince pies. Enthusiastic new girl was there, along, incredibly, with two even newer girls! There were about 20 of us in all, including two guitar-wielding church leaders, and we made a good attempt at a few of the classics.

Interestingly though, everyone on the estate gave us a wide berth. Suddenly, an area containing 500 homes resembled an abandoned Wild West town. If doorbell response was to be used as an indicator, then apparently, no-one was in at all. That’s right – not a single door that we knocked on to offer a mince pie, opened to us. It was as if we were invisible.

But not inaudible, it would seem. Because halfway – literally half way – through ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, a twenty-something woman came into our midst, waved her arms and told us that she was really sorry, but we had to stop. Everyone did as she asked, but we were puzzled – had traditional Christian Carols really become so offensive? No – but apparently television producers have. For as she – a production assistant – revealed, they were trying to film an episode of some vacuous Channel 4 reality TV show on the estate, and our singing was creating an unwelcome background noise. So would we mind awfully if we shut up and moved on?

Despite my protestations, the church leaders relented and downed their guitars. Our performance was at an end. But what on earth made this woman believe she had the right to stop us – and mid-song? I know TV is important in this country – but seriously?

We walked away, and heard a loud director cry ‘action’ in the nearby background. Part of me wanted to start a bit of impromptu megaphone street preaching to ruin his scene, but that wouldn’t have been very constructive, now would it?

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