Monday, May 26, 2008

Eurovision



Yay! Yay! I love Eurovision! Australia was able to see both the semi-finals and then the final on Sunday night thanks to the lovely SBS channel.

I was cheering on Azerbaijan and Portugal. It was Azerbaijan's first year in it and I just adore the country. The song had a very interesting take on good vs evil but it was a bit difficult to understand the lyrics with the heavy accents and all the vibrato!

I adore the BBC commentator because he is so funny - he really taps into the Australian love of sarcasm and tall poppy syndrome.

I think I love the songs and the wacky ones that come out at times but I find the linguistic diversity the most interesting. Everything is in English but with some concessions to the linguistically ego-centric France who refuses to speak only in English. So the tallying of points is always in two languages.

So a normal conversation runs like this: (* = sexy, blonde, bosom heaving TV star from Georgia. ** = sexy, blonde, bosom heaving (broad shouldered for the man) Serbian hosts)

/start heavy accents with various levels of American or British English accents mixed in

**Hello Serbia. This is Geogoria calling!
*Hello Georgia!
**Hello. Congratulations Serbia on a fantastic night! We have enjoyed the experience greatly.
*Thank you Georgia!
**Ok. Here are the results from the Georgian televoting.
8 points to.... Azerbaijan!
*L'Azerbaïdjan huit points!
**10 points to Turkey!
*La Turquie dix points!
**And 12 points to Russia!
*La Russie douze points.

/end heavy accents with various levels of American or British English accents mixed in

Notice the block voting?? There's always a political element to the whole process - you vote for your neighbours. Or as the BBC commentator said you vote to ensure your oil and electricity still run in your country.

So countries like Germany, France and the UK don't really get any points. Take a look at this: Australian newspaper article on Germany.

I thought that Russia really didn't deserve to win. I didn't like Greece that much because they were a bit to Britney for me but they were better than Russia and Armenia.

Sigh. I ****love**** Eurovision. :)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Friday Freestyling

This is another entry to Leigh-Ann's freestyling challenge. I was supposed to make this in 1 hour - that was the challenge - but it took me 2.5hrs. **blush** Ah well. I love it and I loved making it!

They are all photos (bar 1) from my birthday last year. I used a lot Love, Elsie embellishments and the papers are from my scrap collection.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Freestyle Friday


Over at Freckled Nest, Leigh-Ann has set up a photo challenge for Fridays. Last Friday was to take photos from your car. Since we don't have a car I took photos on the way to college this morning.

I figured that travelling to work in a car = travelling to college in a train. But my photos aren't from the train but from the walking to and from the station. Ah well, they were photos I've wanted to take for a very long time and they make me happy!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Cake


A year or so after we got married we split up the household duties. Nathan looks after the entire kitchen - cleaning, cooking, shopping. I, therefore, have the entire rest of the place - vacuuming, mopping, laundry etc.

It works out pretty well for us except Nathan doesn't make desserts. Well, he'll dish out ice-cream and pour Ice-Magic on top. This is why I make so many banana cakes. I've gotten *very* lazy when it comes to food preparation but I still want dessert. Banana cakes are the easiest yummy dessert I can make. So we eat banana cake and ice-cream fairly regularly.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Crochet in Public?


I love this picture. Everything this man is wearing is crocheted.

I got it from a discussion board on Ravelry. I'm so sorry I can't credit it properly but I know it was taken on a New York subway.

Skullcrusher Mountain

Brenda Dayne has played this song a few times on her podcast and I just love it. It connects to my quirky inner self. A good friend called me 'shocking' once. Maybe this represents it.

Click this link to listen to the music.

It's by Jonathan Coulton and by the look of the videos on YouTube I think it has something to do with World of Warcraft. I don't like WOW but I do like the song.

Hope you 'get' my 'shocking' sense of humour. :)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Red Foliage

I have finally finished this beanie!!! It's the Foliage pattern from Knitty.

It's taken me so long because I had issues with the needles and then when I finished it the first time the bind-off was too tight.

With the needles because I'm such a cheapie I bought some $3.00 80cm circulars from Lincraft and then cut them down to 40cm. I also trimmed the bamboo bits with a pencil sharpener and some sandpaper. I'm still not sure if a 40cm long circular is 40cm from tip to tip or just the cord bit in the middle. Mine are now 40cmish tip to tip.

My first bind-off was the very basic bind off (*k2, k2tog on the right needle, k1*) but found it far too tight and icky. So I googled and found this stretchy bind-off and I love it!

Life is getting a little crazy at the moment with all the work that's due for college and whatnot. But I'm still managing to carve out time to make things.

I've been listening to a lot of Brenda Dayne's Cast-On podcasts to and from college and am just loving them. She's a fantastic podcaster with really fascinating information all the time.