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Happy Christmas!

I’m spending my first Christmas in foreign. I don’t have anything special planned, just lunch with a friend, but I am grateful for all of my blessings. As I type this I’m playing the Daisy Voisin video I embedded in my first Christmas post on my blog.

Since her voice is never boring, it’s only fair for me to find another for you.

Not much of a video, but the song…

Here in the UK, they say Happy Christmas.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop is dead.

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Beyonce’s Craziest Fan

I like Bey’s music, but this guy is CRAZY! It is by far one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while.

After you’ve recovered from laughing so hard, take a little read of the blog it’s posted on. With posts like this one defending R&B songstress Ciara, this Beyonce Stan has created one of the  original blog concept and executions I’ve seen in a while.  No one is speared her caustic wrath. Seriously, not Bey, not the Stans, hell not even the author herself! Do yourself a favour get acquainted with this blog. It’s soo funny.

Hello Kitty

hellokittyI should have some shame, but why deny the truth? I love Hello Kitty. She’s so damn cute, how could you not love her?

I remember working in a sucky job with too much time on my hands; and a broadband connection when many others had dial-up. I searched for and found Sanrio‘s Hello Kitty website where I could read up on the cute kitty. Naturally the best part of the website is the store. Honestly I would buy some of this stuff. I mean, how cute would my daughter  (presently childless and not expecting) look with this bib on or toddling to school with this on her back?  She’s definitely getting a stuff toy. Don’t look at me like that! She’s getting Powerpuff Girls too, so deal with it.

For me I would totally get a replacement journal, or electronic stuff. But for the fanatic, the possibilities are endless. I may not visit her town in Japan (where else?) but I’m sure someone, somewhere has outfitted their home with this stuff. I mean there’s already a Hello Kitty maternity ward. All kicks aside, I actually like the idea. Seems like a fun soothing space to give birth in.

Which brings me to this: Hello Kitty Hell. One man’s funny blog about being surrounded with this stuff because of his wife.

“If you ever see me with a smile like this on my face with that much Hello kitty crap around, you have my permission to take out any of the many Hello Kitty guns available and put me out of my misery.”

Even I could see how this could be a guy’s version of hell.

But, whatever let us have our fun. You boys get on just as silly over football, or worse: video games.

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep Her Always

salandy_beltsI’ve spoken about celebrity death, and how we (the public) relate to it before. But every experience is always unique. By the time I actually got out of bed this morning, 21-year old Jizelle Salandy was dead.

Jizelle was a female boxer, and a rising sport star in Trinidad and Tobago who won most of her fights. People have criticised her management, especially promoter Buxo Potts, for selecting less than honourable matches for his pugilistic phenom. But the fact remains, she was a good fighter who had received several national and sporting awards for her achievement.

But no more, Jizelle died in an early morning accident on the Beethem Highway. Another victim of our notoriously violent roadways. Jizelle’s death comes after another one of our star athletes was in a serious accident at the start of this year. Fortunately the “Torpedo” and his companion survived. But both incident serve to remind us of the dangers on our roadways, and the cost to us as a people.

The two most famous road fatalities in recent history are D.J. Lalo and Onika Bostic. They’ve been accompanied by hundreds as a the years go by, and by the thousands who proceeded them. Including the man who wrote the original version of Firey; the tune Bunji used to become the 2008 Soca Monarch.

But famous or no, the experts say most accidents are preventable. Most are caused by human error.

I don’t profess to be the best driver. After a friend of mine lost her cousin in a horrible accident a few years ago on a Good Friday morning, I’ve since resolved to try and take greater care when driving. I’ve also started saying a prayer every time I get behind the wheel, because I want to remind myself of that promise, and I need God’s help to keep it.

Please be careful on the roads.

Florence Ballard Makes Me Cry

She was an original member of The Supremes. She had a fabulous voice, and an addiction to alcohol.

The former could have saved her, the latter helped ruin her career.

I remember reading a biography about Diane Ross, and it really painted her as a mean person. Life could hardly be so black and white. But it’s clear her relationship with Flo was strained.

But I just finished watching Dreamgirls, and it made me cry. Florence’s life was so hard.

But it made me want to hear her voice, and it’s good. It could have been showcased more. If you do a search on Youtube, you’ll have a lot of options. The best is her cover of “I Think I Going Out Of My Head”. It’s great.

So sad, so sad. Her life, but her voice so lovely. Take a listen if you will.

Tupac Syndrome?

A few days ago I wrote about the way we react to a famous person’s death. Over on The Root Jimi Izreal talks about the “Tupac Syndrome—the idea that, once an artist is wacked or meets an untimely death—like Tupac Shakur, for example– his or her body of work, and especially their last completed work, is now the greatest example of the genre in the history of mankind.” Read the rest of this entry »