Hello again! Yes, I’m back after my Week Of Fun (TM) with Biddy, which sounds vaguely dirty except it most certainly wasn’t, if you excuse some perfectly understandable drooling over the male cast of Supernatural. (Incidentally, the show’s Christmas episode? Terrific!)
Usually whenever Biddy and I get together we eat mountains of junk food and melt into our respective sofas as we watch hour upon hour of TV shows and movies. Oddly enough, this time round we only did that once. The rest of the time we actually went out and did stuff, which was pretty cool, although hard on the feet. The highlight was our trip to the O2 to see the King Tutankhamun exhibition, which was mind-bogglingly amazing and ignited a hitherto-unrecognised need inside me to visit the tomb itself, not to mention the rest of the collection in Cairo. I feel like I nibbled the edge of a chocolate biscuit, only to have someone whip it out of my hand and run off with it before I could take a proper bite.
The only downside to the exhibition was the hideously tacky gift shop you had to walk into as you left behind the majesties and wonders of Egypt 3,300 years before we were born. Who the HELL would buy a King Tut tissue holder? Or a bobble-head doll? Or a Top Trumps game? Maybe in a toy shop, but not 30 seconds after viewing his real-life treasures! Talk about hitting the 21st century with a bang…
Less aggravating was the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Here’s my favourite pic:
… closely followed by this one:
… and then this one (entitled “Midnight Eruption”, which really does sound dirty):
Oh, and we saw Crowded House twice. Their Wembley Arena gig was fabulous, although we did get caught up in a scuffle as we danced in front of the stage and the security guards tried to make us sit down again. Eventually the band got involved (I had no idea Nick Seymour knew such naughty words – he really wasn’t pleased with the guards) but it ended well. And they played “Black And White Boy”, which I’ve never heard live, so that’s just about made my year. Well, that and being able to walk again after my surgery, obviously.
Here are Neil Finn, Nick Seymour and new Crowded House drummer Matt Sherrod getting in the Christmas spirit at the Royal Albert Hall:
And here’s Mark Hart – he’s a bit shy:
This week I’m spending two days on Metal Hammer magazine and three days on Official Xbox 360 Magazine, and then I’m off to New York on Sunday. It’s snowing like buggery out there at the moment. While I’m thrilled at the prospect of a white Christmas, I’m a little worried it might affect my flights… although an extra night in New York wouldn’t go amiss if, say, it decided to snow on the 27th…
And lastly, you may be wondering about the header at the top of this entry. That’s what Biddy said after discovering a strange plastic toy something-or-other (a plane? A weird machine? A monkey?) inside her Kinder egg.
You know you’re leaving behind your childhood when a Kinder egg makes you feel inadequate.