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For those of you (if there is indeed a 'those of you' to be addressed here) who friended me in more recent times one of the first fandoms I was actively involved with (along with HP) was Savage Garden.

I owe a lot to that fandom, which was smaller than some but popular enough that there were some marvelous writers (and the not-so-marvelous, not gonna lie, myself probably included). I still remember Callycat's heartbreaking angst fics (oh so many. I suspect, but cannot confirm, that it was from these fics I learnt what AIDs was apart from "a terrible disease they show on Comic Relief") I learnt a lot about sex, about romance and sexualities from those fics. Fics by LindaG, Stine, Lunaflower and of course Carolyn, whose astonishingly well-plotted fics came late to the fandom but taught me a lot about authorial spark (I can't remember what her tag was back then but she's Oh my Cee on twitter now).

The fandom lasted for a good while after the group's disbandment, but ultimately everyone began to disappear. I found LindaG somewhere else on the internet once, blogging about non-fandom things, and as I have said, Carolyn is on twitter periodically, but mostly everyone has disappeared.

I still worry about Callycat every time I think of them.

But I digress. There is a new album release out called 'Savage Garden-The Singles' - a collection of their old hits, including 'She' which was never released.

So the notification came up on my facebook page- as usual Savage Garden and Darren Hayes' pages both updated within seconds- it is always obvious that it is Darren Hayes and his team that maintain the page. Anyway so then Darren posts a link on twitter to an interview he did with Renowned for Sound about the release.

And on the webpage there is a link to An interview with Daniel (rarity of rarities) on the same.

And well, I don't want to influence your judgement but I thought that cut for opinionated spoiler )

...But BY HEAVEN I wish I knew what the fandom people would be saying right now.


Heart attack, you stabbed me in the back. It's whack your mind is jack, how did anybody ever get like that?

I should kiss your dirty lips for bringing me my clarity. And now the truth has let me see, how your lies have buried me

And I felt your slipping fingers, and I saw you change your mind. If I hadn't dragged you in with me you would've let me dive without you

Every angel has dirty hands, even Judas planned to just carry on. Still picking up the pieces of those lies behind those sorrowful eyes you can walk away

Titivating

Dec. 6th, 2013 05:40 pm
localfreak: avatar which I have used as mine since scarboard days 10 years ago (Default)
Well actually I'm currently drinking an enormous cup of tea, but pretty soon I'll be getting ready for the first of my two Works' Christmas Nights Out.

Feeling? Okay mostly. A bit kind of bewildered as if somehow everything, in fact all of Advent, has kind of snuck up on me and I'm not quite awake and not sure if it's actually a trick and really Christmas is miles away. I'm not really in the mood for going out, but then I'm probably never in the mood for going out and will surely enjoy it when I get there. We're sharing a minibus back so I will probably not be rolling in until tomorrow morning.
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Went on Fandom Wiki for Savage Garden today. In some ways it was always going to bring back the most melancholy of memories. So many friends gone, so many fics and people disappeared into ether (Cally, if you are reading this I would still love just a tiny note telling me you are alright...). I am also vaguely amused to find that, despite it being my most active fandom ever, and so many of the fan-names being ones who I knew, and knew me, I have no mention in the annals of history. I didn't expect to, but when I saw the list with some of my old friends email penpals and the like it was strange to find I remained a ghost.

Perhaps some people are just born to be lurkers.

My copy of Secret Codes and Battle Ships arrived yesterday. So very beautiful!! <3

In other news I went arse-over-tete today down a ramp. Yowch! This merited my first trip over the road to A&E as, although I wasn't actually seriously hurt, with it being on work premises it needed to be noted. Bit bruised and achy but I'm otherwise okay.

Then of course I had to write my own Incident Report for the system. Which was something I could have done without.

Now I'm trying to motivate myself to do some studying. I actually enjoy most of it once I get into it (or will after Garfinkel Week is over.) It's just trying to motivate myself to keep going and not get distracted by, for example, shiny sherlockholmesfanfiction. Which I totally didn't spend yesterday night reading when I should have been working. Honest.
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Went to see Darren Hayes in Liverpool last night. He and his voice are absolutely beautiful

I didn't take pics because I felt it would distract me from the actual experience, and also because I was wearing extremely tight jeans which were already bulging with the necessity of carrying my phone, ID, rail card and an enormous amount of tissues as I have a headcold.

So here are some from my accumulated stash of Fanyboyishness pics under the cut )
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I've just bought my ticket to go and see Darren Hayes in Liverpool on 12th 15th(!) October. Shauny has mentioned he and his boyf might go but I'm cautious until I know for definite. I've decided that I'm being stupid to be afraid of going places just because I may not have anyone to go with. Watching recent interviews for his new album, my fanboyish love of his work (and my immense crush on him) has proven itself strong as ever and I would be a fool to miss out on such a chance just because of Other People. So yes. WOOOH! :D It won't really be real to me until the ticket is in my hand. Then will come the exceptionally camp question of: What do I wear?

Anyway. It shall be made of awesome.

I was exceptionally cunning today and instead of my usual yomp I did so in the direction of the shops to get my mum's birthday card. Her birthday is on Tuesday but Nanny hasn't been well so there's no way of me sloping off this weekend without her coming with me. SUPERSTEALTHY!IHAZIT.
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Today in the library was exceptionally hard going. Not in the least because last night I was out at a works thing so I was very late in getting to bed and the fizzy pop has upset my stomach in a chronic manner. This said, I did have an exceptionally bright moment to the day when I was informed that Stephen King's On Writing was waiting for me in the reserve cupboard. So I got that and also an Isherwood novel out. Just because there always needs to be somehting queer in my reading.

I'm currently trying to work my way around 'bluescreening' Or, to be more specific 'overlaying without a blue screen'. I've just about got my head round the WITH a blue screen, but the practice footage me and SpikyTech made up in work for this purpose is so far showing me that wiping out the brown of a door, and not the person infront of the door, is not so simple a task. If any friends have more experience with this advice is very much appreciated. I've dong key-colours and chroma-keys but I'm struggling to hit any sort of balance because the brown of the door is basically taking away parts of the person infront's hair and face.

So yes, at the rate this is going when we do put our filming work into action we may find ourselved dying a sheet blue and one sheet green and going around with it to give a background. (Actually this won't work- being in a hospital infection control would probably not be happy with that kind of thing even though we wouldn't be filming sick people)

Anyway. Suggestions? Ideas? All greatly appreciated.


In other news

The recent riots in the country what really is there to say? I'm still shocked. But mostly, I vacillate between confused and conspiricy-theory-level suspicious. Because the rioters didn't seem to have a collective reason, other than being (and I know I'm generalising) the new generation of "Angry Young Men" - it's Rebel Without A Cause syndrome only on a more hurtful scale. Maybe it's the credit crunch, maybe it's the cultural poverty- I don't know. People have postulated plenty of things. Our dearly despised Prime Minister has already made the general assumption that the rioters are all either 'On Benefits' or children whose parents are 'On Benefits', and also blamed 'Absent Fathers' as the cause (which is his current thing in truth and he's been harping on about it for ages because he's a heteronormative Tory after all. RARG). I don't know. I can only, along with the rest of us, stare in confusion at the whole mess. I don't know why, I do know that I sincerely doubt making people homeless is going to help matters at all.



On happier things, I'm sure anyone who has been on my blog for the duration knows of my deep and abiding fondness for everything that is Darren Hayes. Well, in recent years I did think that, though I still find his voice marvellous, my teenagey crush days were over. He's on my twitter and life just...goes on. But then I saw THIS INTERVIEW and I couldn't breathe for the sheer- WOW- factor.

Therefore I have determined to buy myself a ticket to go and see him when he goes to Liverpool later this year. I am, of course, furiously canvassing my friends for potential companions, but am determined that I will go alone if needs must! Anybody fancy it?

( Talk Talk Talk music vid, Darren Hayes' latest single PHWOAR)

Because how could anybody resist?

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