The Man Oscars

23 05 2008

It has been sometime since I last considered my list. Since it is a popular hit on my blog (people would rather look at pictures of pretty men than read the crap I come out with apparently), I thought I would have another look. I am changing things up though and this time I am picking winners in five different categories. Oh and I will also mention the runners-up so you know how hard it was to make my choice! I have spent WAY too much time on this. Also, I found it really hard to find pics which truly showed off the awesomeness of the guys I chose. I like to think this is because I like them for their 3-D versions more than just their pretty looks. Or it could be because I am one plane ticket away from being a professional stalker.

Best on TV (past):
Michael Vartan as Agent Vaughn (Alias)

For all the wrinkle-brow concern.  For the shoot-em-beat-em holster-wearing goodness.  For coming back from the dead, simply because we demanded it.  And don’t even get me started on when he speaks his mother tongue.

Runners up:

Bradley Cooper as Will Tippin (Alias)
Michael Weatherly as Logan Cale (Dark Angel)
David Boreanaz as Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel)
Bryan Greenberg as Jake Jagielski (One Tree Hill)

Best on TV (present):
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert (The Office, An American Workplace)

Sure, he doesn’t have the Davidoff beach bod of Sawyer or the grufty ruggedness of Jack but the Lost boys lose out to John everytime.  We really mean it when we say sense of humour is important. 

Josh Holloway as Sawyer/James Ford (Lost)
Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard (Lost)
David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth (Bones)
Zachary Levi as Chuck (Chuck)

Best in Music:
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

No-one comes close in this category.  He is ultra-talented, the essence of cool and as I keep telling my husband, I just wish he were our friend.  His voice is yum.

Runners up:

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden / Audioslave)
Justin Timberlake

Best in Film:
Christian Bale

A shameful omission from my previous list and the only Brit in attendance, Christian is hot and deep.  Very talented and also plays a superhero.  I do have a thing for Superheroes.  Don’t tell the feminist inside me.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Josh Lucas
Johnny Depp
Brandon Routh

And in the They Haven’t Made The Cut But They Are Really Rather Charming category:

Joshua Jackson
Matthew Settle
Lee Pace
James Denton
James Tupper
Hugh Jackman (as Wolverine!)
Tom Welling
Karl Urban
Ryan Egghold
Danny Masterson (in That 70s Show – it’s the sideburns!)

And finally, Best in real life (Lifetime Achievement Award):

Ricardo. No Runners- Up.


Stop being so mean, ladies

16 05 2008

There has been a right old kerfuffle in the blogging community about the trademark infringement which confused the site now called Kirtsy (formerly sk*rt) with the super brilliant magazine for women, skirt!. I have no issue with Kirtsy – the site seems to be full of lifestyle links aimed at women. But I was a bit disheartened to read the slamming of the skirt! magazine for their defence (quite rightly) of their brand. To prove the point, I had seen a Sk*rt button on the blog of one of Kirtsy’s editors but had ignored it, thinking it was related to skirt! And since I already had that wonderful site bookmarked, I did not see the need to click through. In fact, it is only with the kerfuffle that I even visited the Kirtsy site so instead of complaining, they ought to be glad of the publicity! The reason I was so disheartened about all the negativity and nastiness is that this crap came predominantly from women, the very women who the skirt! magazine aims to support and celebrate. There is already enough crap out there without the blogging community adding to it with this ill-informed slamming. Its actually a bit embarrassing reading the comments. I think they need to get a little perspective.

I am writing this because Aleigh, one of skirt!‘s editors, asked any fans of the magazine to blog about why they love skirt!. So here goes:

I love skirt! because the articles are well-written, witty, informative, thought-provoking and varied. I love skirt! because there are precious few sites that cater for women’s intellectual needs, not just their needs for buying cool shit. I love skirt! because it gives me insight into other communities and lives. I love skirt! because it inspires me. I love skirt! because I feel part of a community in its own right, even though I live far away. I wish there was a skirt! Warwick or a skirt! UK for that matter! Go and check it out if you haven’t done so already.


14 05 2008

I am now a proud owner of a new phone – a Sony Ericsson K770i in Truffle Brown.  So perty.

It still takes lovely pics, for example of my lunch.  I love free upgrades.


Wedding should carry health warnings

21 04 2008

Our very good friends tied the knot on Saturday and it was superb.  I now can hardly speak and ache all over.  It may have something to with the vigorous geek dancing which I always promise myself I will not do but a few slurps of wine and a beckoning dance floor later and that promise is forgotten.  The DJ said at the end of the night “thanks for your energy”.  I should be more ashamed but well, it’s part of the package that is me so what the hell!

Anyway I promised my friend Kirsty I would show what I wore so here is the very pretty skirt which I got from Coast for the occasion:

And then with that I wore a cream bustier, also Coast:

And a cardigan:

With some matching jewellery:

And a handbag from John Lewis:

And for the shoes, I wore the ones I wore to another wedding almost 5 years ago… my own!!!

All in all, I was happy with the outfit and also with my new haircut.  It’s made me feel quite perky (well I would be perky if every muscle in m body didn’t hurt like a bitch right now).


8 04 2008

I know I am slow to catch on to this one but I resisted thinking it looked really stupid until I spent five minutes playing with it and now I am addicted!  Twitter is cool!  So do any of you twitter?  Let me know so I can follow you.  You can follow me here.

OMG Cheekaboos!

21 02 2008

When I was a little girl and my brother was a little boy, we shared a very special love of our cheekaboos. One of us had the type made in Japan and one had the type made in UK (meaning one was spongey and one was beany) but we loved them just the same. Imagine my delight to see them for sale in the Japan section of Epcot (which I missed off my list below but very much loved and enjoyed).


I must email this pic to my brother! I didn’t buy one because a) these ones aren’t called cheekaboos so are not proper and b) we still have our original ones at our parents’ house.

Orlando in review

20 02 2008

I realise that I have not said that much about my holiday.  This is not because I did not have a good time – we had a blast – but it is probably because I need to be diplomatic (it was a family holiday with lots of personalities and as such, what happened in Orlando, stays in Orlando) and also we took nearly no photos which is odd for us as we took over 1000 on our last trip.  Anyway, this is some of what we got up to:

Magic Kingdom:  Initially very exciting in a Disney kinda way and very enjoyable but essentially just a warmer Eurodisney with less French people.  We managed to pick the only busy day in January (we went on the Saturday of Martin Luther King day weekend) and this meant a lot of waiting around.  It’s a Small World is still a bit creepy but quite cute (my SIL’s comment “its all in foreign” made me laugh as the message of mulitcultural sharing and love was clearly lost on her!).  Space Mountain was really quite cool.  Big Thunder Mountain was fun.  The shops were awesome (I do love Disney shops!).  All in all, this park is really for the kids.  As we left, there was a fantastic storm.  Nature 1 – Disney 0.

Disney Hollywood Studios (aka MGM):  We had a blast here.  The Aerosmith ride was superb.  Everytime we had climbed on a ride, Rich (who has been to Orlando before) said “This goes upside down”.  It was funny.  He said it when we got It’s A Small World. He said it when we got on Pirates of the Caribbean.  You get the idea.  So when he said it on the Aerosmith Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, I naturally didn’t listen.  So when it did go upside down, I yelled (as we were actually upside down) IT REALLY DOES!!!!! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!  Tower of Terror was good but too short.  Also?  The High School Musical show rocked!  Rich was more than a little embarrassed that I knew some of the words!

Animal Kingdom:  I really liked this park.  It was the most different to anything I had done before (ie Eurodisney and Universal in California).  The Mount Everst ride was excellent.  We got totally soaked (like COMPLETELY soaked) on the river rapids ride to the point that people were openly laughing at me and some college dudes actually stopped me to ask if it was really good.  The safari was ace.  And this is where I danced with Pluto.  He was in the entrance area and my 2 year old niece was having her photo taken with him.  I wanted one too because he is my favourite character (even after the chasing scandal – see video below) so I asked if I could have one and the next thing I know, we are ballroom dancing and I am dancing on air!  I still have to get a copy of the video which I may or may not share depending on how much of a tool I look.

Check out Pluto being bad.  I did not take this video! It was ages ago and you probably already heard about it.  For those of you who don’t know about it, I think the kid kicked Pluto in the delicates.

Universal Studios:  Much bigger and spread out than the LA park but lacking some of the real movie magic.  At the LA studios, they were filming National Treasure 2 while we were there which meant that when we were on the backlot tour, we were about 50 yards from Nicolas Cage eating his lunch (I guess, we didn’t see him as it was a closed set).  But the rides made up for it: The Mummy Returns (scarier than the LA one which almost backfired as we promised Rich’s parents it was a doddle thinking it was the same ride that we had been on!); ET – so cute; Men in Black – so fun.

Islands of Adventure: Even more rides including The Hulk which has the best start to a ride EVER and the Duelling Dragons which was excellent.  I really enjoyed our 2 days at these two parks.

Sea World: Shamu was a bit of a disappointment.  Does that make me a bad person?  He is a diva.  The dolphins show was absolutely brilliant.  I was sorry not to see the otters or the sea lions show but the rest of the park was pretty good fun.  The sea lion enclosure was good (we fed them fish!) but it was not as good as seeing them in the wild like we did last year!