Thursday, December 19, 2002

...a BLOGGY CHRISTMAS is being celebrated here... :)

I'll be back at the beginning of January, have a wonderful holiday you all!

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

"Losing Jam Master J to a murder was, maybe not John Lennon, but it was like as if Ringo and George both got hit at the same time."

...and the dumb words of the week award goes to: CHUCK D!!!

Monday, December 16, 2002

PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.50

1. So, what do you want for Christmas this year that you probably won't get?
Nothing, really. I'm one of those people who actually don't want things for Christmas - of course I do like presents, but for me that's not the main point of Christmas.

2. What do you know you will be receiving for Christmas this year?
...a digital camera...shh, don't tell anybody...an HP Photosmart 320...it's a *surprise* from my dad for both Christmas and my birthday...shhh...

3. If you had the means to do so, what presents would you get some of your fellow bloggers? Be specific, it's more fun that way!
ooh, been there, done that...here you can read Santa's Little Helper list!!! :)

4. Do you support any organizations that provide for the less fortunate during the holidays? Or do any volunteer work?
Not just during the holidays, that would be just dumb - it's not that people need support only at Christmas time, if they do need help, they do need it all the time.

5. Each year about this time, I notice Church attendance seems to spike, then drops off sharply after Christmas. It tickles me that these folks think they are pulling a fast one on the Big Guy. What is the most recent thing guilt has motivated you to do?
Probably a huge cake for my dad knowing he's bought me a digital camera only cos I once said it would've been an useful tool for me - must pay more attention to what I say when dad is around, as, since I never ask things off him, he tends to get me all the things I mention...that makes me feel very guilty.

6. According to the commercials, the only way to truly tell someone you love them on Christmas day is to let them "Unwrap a Jaguar" automobile. Are there any examples of excessive commercialism and/or blatant disregard for the "Christmas Spirit" that really get under your skin?
Well, as stated before on this very blog, and as marvellously put by Cy in my comments, "I'm pretty sure everyone understands the concept of Christmas supposedly being Christ's birthday, and if they're not celebrating it now they won't be if Santa's out of the equation." - i.e. if one actually cares about celebrating Christmas, will be happy also if there are no Jaguars under the tree. That's it, I guess.

7. I remember a song where the singers wished they could teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony. What would you like to teach the world?
I'm a really awful teacher...

BONUS: Do they know it's Christmas time at all?
Am afraid they still don't know...shame.
Cast page updated (as if anybody cared...)...

Sunday, December 15, 2002

Apparently, they're trying to ban Santa Claus a in Kylieminogueland...

The thing is they tried to swap reindeers for kangaroos leading the sleigh, but they eventually got that the sleigh isn't actually supposed to hop. (indeed, they also tried to turn Santa's trademarked Ho-Ho-Ho! into Hop-Hop-Hop!, with little result.)

Truth is, the "Australian Federation of Childcare Associations said the ban began spreading after a Christian daycare centre decided that Santa was "taking the Christ out of Christmas"

Shame they don't understand it takes more than just banning Santa to put Christ back into Christmas...

Saturday, December 14, 2002

-----Messaggio Originale-----
Da: "Rich Smith"
A: "Giorgia"
Data invio: venerdì 13 dicembre 2002 21.58

> Hey hey,
>
> I passed my course!!!!
>
> It was sooooooo hard. I'm very relieved it's over.
>
> So how about showing me round Rome?


Hey you, bevilastard. Yes, you. How about warning people, like, *not* in the last five minutes you finally decide you're going to visit them? Proof that you really need that Christmas gift as stated below, n'est pas?
Sent you an email.
Humph.
Ciao.

Friday, December 13, 2002

Friends, Romans, Londoners, countrymen and citymen, whoever, really, lend me your ears.

I truly am completely broke (as in "apart from money to pay bills, I don't have an eurocent left to buy Christmas pressies..."), but I wanted to give out some tiny presents to people I like anyway. Since HRH Lady Pollarina McNamara of Embraceland said "it's the thought that counts", here's what I *thought* would've been a nice present for you (listed in alphabetical order):

for Alf, a life-long supply of Moleskine notebooks;
for Bea, a Telecom Italia-free world;
for Darren, Genoa honorary citizenzhip for pesto-related merits;
for Davezilla, an exclusive to design cartoons for a new edition of Pinocchio;
for Ilenia, an anti-MeryTerry's-original-recipe-eggplants-in-pink-mosquito-sprinkled-olive-oil vaccine, for critical situations;
for Mike, Laura Pausini - you can keep her all for you, nobody will protest for that, no, I mean seriously;
for Natalie, a no-limit plane pass to go to Davezillaland every time she wants to;
for Polly, Nick Naysmith's keayboard, to be smashed on Nick Naysmith's head so that he stops ruining "Masses against the classes";
for PromoGuy, a release of Windows Xp that doesn't have bugs (that would be a miracle more than a present...);
for Richard, a brain;
for Sarah, air of Wales even in Norfolk;
for Sonia, a decent advisor for the graduation thesis (I'd like one, too, thanks.)
for Soundgarden, Manute Bol's height - so that next time he goes to a Poo Fighters gig he can see the ugly face of Dave Grohl more easily;
for Stefania, a real size, inflatable Graham Norton, complete with an internal computer that randomly makes it spit venom on whoever gets closer than 2 metres from it;
for Su, a Reed-less world;
for Winston, the ability to eat as much kebab and/or chocolate as he likes without having to go running all around West Midlands afterwards with the feeling of looking fat;
for Zu, chairmanship of "Accademia della Crusca".

...and, finally, a present for myself: a bastards detector, so that I can avoid them.

So (and Up, and Us, and Ovo...hint-hint...), even if it has nothing to do with all of the above, I hereby want to solemnly share my honorary appointment as "Flat Earth Society President of Italy" with Lady StefanSia McPilla, as without her I would've never discovered the existance of such a useful tool as the Popcorn Fork...congratulations, Co-President!! :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

WOOOH!

new layout!!! :)

Monday, December 09, 2002

This week I've done my Monday Mission in Italian... :)

Saturday, December 07, 2002

GOOGLISM...

giorgia is a unicef ambassador and puts her own musical
giorgia is placed only seventh
giorgia is a graduate from rome economics university
giorgia is the author of almost all songs in collaboration with fabio colalsanti; pino daniele wrote two songs of the album
giorgia is in her fifth year as a student of the diamond approach to inner realization and
giorgia is definately senza ali
giorgia is not working
giorgia is a chartered accountant with a b
giorgia is a gifted vocalist and deserves to have worldwide acclaim and attention
giorgia is not well known outside of italy
giorgia is wereldberoemd in
giorgia is niet minder dan de ex
giorgia is a
giorgia is a graduate from rome economics university where she earned a bachelor's degree in business
giorgia is msc
giorgia is one of several so
giorgia is going to start the first italian class for kids
giorgia is an exceptional lady
giorgia is a servant in the castle and her daughter killed herself after kurt used and subsequently abandoned
giorgia is an italian girl who moved to japan just for studying japanese history
giorgia is the first one to act
giorgia is no longer under the tutorship of pino daniele and for the first time she is back with an album she completely wrote and produced by herself
giorgia is back with a completely new look and cd
giorgia is awsome
giorgia is l
giorgia is 1
giorgia is a guest in herbie hancock's duet tour across europe's most prestigious festivals
giorgia is all of this
giorgia is leaving too
giorgia is right
giorgia is herbie hancock's guest in a two
giorgia is 23 years old and she works in an office whereas antonia is 20 years old and she works as a secretary...

Thursday, December 05, 2002

How to pronunce Graham - part two.

Pictured below, you can see ham:


ham. not grey.



As you can see, it's pink.

Imagine it's grey. Not a nice thought, I know, but try to imagine that.

What is it, now?

It's a GREY-HAM.

Take the "h" away.

Say it again.

Congratulations, you've just pronounced "Graham".

(thanks to Natalie for pronunciation's tips.)

Monday, December 02, 2002

PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.48

1. Suppose God (or your deity of choice) grants you one miracle. Consider the world in which we live. Consider your life and family. What would you request for this miracle? Are you sure that is the best way to use it? You only get one.
Not sure I'm able to make the best choice...maybe I'll have to think about this a bit longer.

2. I believe that prayers do get answered, but I realize not everyone agrees. Have you ever had an experience where you truly believe your prayer was answered? If you don't believe in such things, how come? What is your philosophy on prayer?
Several times I asked and several times I've been answered. Sometimes I don't even have to ask, and I'm answered all the same. I have this feeling God's got a soft spot for me!! ;-)
Seriously, I do believe prayers are answered somehow, but as for the why and how and when, I'm not able to tell...

3. Have you ever lost a pet? That is, have you ever had a pet get loose, run away or be stolen? Did you get it back? How did the loss impact your life?
I've never had any pets... *sighs*

4. Getting together with family at the holidays is great, I just love it. Most of all I love the food. What is your favorite holiday food?
Struffoli!!! :-P

5. One thing I've noticed about the holidays is that no one makes Pumpkin Pie like my Grandmother. She has totally spoiled me on her recipe, I just don't like the taste of anyone else's Pumpkin Pie. Are there any dishes or desserts that someone in your family fixes better than anyone else?
Nobody makes "zeppole" (a kind of donuts) like my mom!!!

6. Since I have no brothers or sisters, I am always wondering what it would have been like. Now that I am older, it kinda stinks that I will never be an Uncle. Do you have any siblings with children? How does it make you feel to be an Aunt or an Uncle? If not, would you like to be have nieces and nephews? Would you make a good relative to them?
I have a sister, and she hasn't got children - but I have a very large extended family, with several cousins that are married and have sproglets who call me "auntie", and it's really nice!!

7. I am putting together a CD of great holiday music. Do you have any suggestions of what songs (title/artist) I should include?
Do they know it's Christmas - Band Aid
Silver bells, REM's version
Happy Christmas (War is over) - John Lennon
Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley ;-P
...aaaand...Santa baby, Madonna's version!!!

BONUS: How would you feel knowin' prejudice was obsolete and all mankind danced to the same beat?
Much better, thanks! :)

Sunday, December 01, 2002

I knew this would've happened one day...