Sunday, May 21, 2006

Pirates and Eurovision

I went to see Pirates of Penzance last night. I'd never seen Pirates before, and Kat was in the cast, so I went along with a bunch of other people, somewhate randomly scattered throughout the audience due to differing dates and times of ticket purchasing.

The beginning of the show was a little lacklustre and I felt the opening notes from the orchestra were terrible. It sounded like the novelty had well worn off and the musicians wanted nothing more than to get the show over and done with so they could retreat to the comfort of their beds. The got into the swing of things as the night progressed and by the end they sounded like they actually wanted to be there. Some of the cast members seemed to be suffering from a similar condition, though not quite as obviously as the musicians. We put it down to the fact that they've had almost two weeks of performances, as well as countless rehearsals before that, and as it was an amateur performance, many of the performers would have needed to attend day jobs as well, so they can be forgiven for showing a few signs of tiredness. Overall the show was quite enjoyable, and full of terrible puns and groan-worthy jokes, which is always a bonus in my opinion.

From our seats we didn't have a really good view of Kat for some of her role in the first half, so we unfortunately missed some visual humour that her character provided, though Nick was in a better position as his seat was higher and said that it was worthy of a few laughs.

Tonight is the final of Eurovision 2006 and I will celebrate it by attending a Eurovision party at Oddur's place. Germany's contestant is an Australian girl singing an American country and western song, so they're being very global this year. I don't have a favourite, as I haven't seen the first set of finalists, but there were a couple of groups who I thought were quite good. I didn't like Finland's entry, but other people seemed to think it was good, and enough people voted for them that they got through, so that's what matters in the end for this contest. One year I will definitely attend a Eurovision Song Contest in person, though I don't know when (or where, obviously).

Thursday, May 18, 2006

New chocolate phrases

In addition to the previously posted phrases, and those given by Kat in the comments, I have:
Hvor er sjokoladen? (Norwegian)
Waar is de chocolade? (Dutch)

Dutch looks like accented English.

Also, I have confirmation from a native Istanbulite that Kat's Turkish version is correct. :-)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ouch, film, newsflash

I really dislike mouth ulcers. Especially when they're residing in my mouth. And in hard-to-reach places, like on the back of my tongue, where it rubs against my teeth each time I swallow.

I'm going to the cinema this evening with Aggie to see a film called Candy. I don't know a lot about the film, but I won two free tickets, and free stuff should not be sneezed at.

In other news, it's Wednesday today. Mercredi, Środa, Mittwoch, xingqisan, etc.

Monday, May 15, 2006

That time of year again!!!!

It happens once per year, and it's a celebration of wonder, beauty, music, and shiny things. Yes, it's time for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. This year, as you all know, it will be held in Athens because Greece won last year's contest in Ukraine.

I already have plans for Saturday night, so I was extremely relieved to find out that the televised coverage in Australia (on SBS, of course) will take place on Friday and Sunday nights, the latter being the final, obviously.

The official motto for this year's spectacle is "Feel The Rhythm". Profound.

NB: The excitement of this event more than warrants the number of exclamation marks I included in the title of this post.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

A new and exciting phrase

I spent Thursday evening with Kat and Amanda. During the course of the evening, it emerged that Amanda knows two phrases in Klingon: "What" and "Where's the chocolate?". Given that the second of these phrases is vitally important, I have decided to start collecting it in as many languages as possible, in a similar vein to my hovercraft phrase collection. Unlike the hovercraft phrase, I don't think I will encounter the same difficulties while searching for the chocolate phrase, as many people I asked queried "what is a hovercraft?" and/or "what are eels?". Most people know what chocolate is.

I can supply three versions immediately:
Where's the chocolate? (English)
Gdzie jest czekolade? (Polish)
Où est le chocolat? (French)

If you can supply other languages (or correct any given versions) please leave a comment.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Visitor number 666

Visitor number 666 (since I installed my sitemeter) visited my blog today. The visit occurred at 12:44:10pm from the domain name and location; Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Oceania. It was a very short visit, but a special number nonetheless. If you think this visitor may have been you, please leave a comment to reveal yourself. Come on, don't be afraid to delurk.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Impreza Agaty

Last Saturday night was Aggie's party. It was in celebration of her birthday, which occurred in late April (the 24th, same date as last year and the year before). The party was a lot of fun, and it was great to catch up with a few people whom I hadn't seen in over a year, if not more. I managed to speak English and Polish during the evening, but there were no other francophones there, so I wasn't able to utilise that language as well. Here are some photos from the evening showing some (but not all) of the other people present during the course of the evening:

Monday, May 08, 2006

Saturday, May 06, 2006

525600 Minutes

I went to the Rock Opera Rent last night with Kat and Mark. It's a great musical/opera (it is advertised as a rock opera but there was a small amount of spoken word there, so I think it should be technically a musical). The cast were good, most of them could sing well (though a few yelled) and they were convinced from an acting point of view. There are only two shows remaining, both today. One at 2pm and one at 7:30pm and I'd definitely recommend it.

The title of this entry is a reference to one of the songs from the show, and it's currently stuck in my head, or jostling for position with another song called La Vie Boheme.