So it's happy birthday to meÂ :) Â tomorrow.........but no money...so no celebrations. It's a good thing I'm doing the X-Factor thing, otherwise I'd have been stumped.
Thinking of getting broadband at home now, that will definately increase my blogging frequency! I've got another flatmate onboard, and a free wireless router from the office, so it looks all set to go !! Will talk to him over the weekend, and hopefully, it should all be up by the end of November.
Life is moving fast.....
I wrecked a server last night, and I'm spending today rebuilding it (again). Work is moving at such a fast pace, I hope I can keep up !!
I'm getting more and more excited about the TV show by the day ! Hopefully, I'll get some pictures for all of you on Monday........I've thought about it, and there are worse ways of spending my birthday than singing to 15 million people on live TV (well, like I did mention, we'll be backing up the main contestants, and I'll be in a 30-man choir, so I may only get a few seconds, if I get any time on the screen at all!). I'm most likely going to be in the front row (we have done a standing arrangment).
And we've also got the London Community Gospel Choir coming in now, and 10 of them will join our 20 (hence, the 30-man choir), which is really cool, they are simply the best in the business on this side of the pond. So I'm really excited to rub shoulders with them, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne, Louis Walsh, and all the other wonderful people I'll hopefully meet.
If you've got ITV2, we're also going to be on the X-tra factor, where one or two of us will be interviewed. So, it's really, really exciting, I'll be completely knackered when I wake up on Sunday
So here's to me having a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY ON SATURDAY !! Â In advance of course.....
I'm confused !!!!!!!
So I can confirm only this:
1. On Saturday, the 30th of October (my birthday) I will be in a choir of about 20 people, backing up Simon Cowell's contestants on live TV, watched by approximately 12 million people.
2. I've had one rehearsal, where we were told which contestant was singing which song, and practised the first song.
Now, we wait with bated breath for this week's show. If any of Simon's guys get voted off, then we're only going to be singing 2 songs instead of 3. So I'm gonna vote 3 times. Make sure you all do the same !!
Have a great weekend.
"Tell me, Green, what makes you so smart?"
"I wouldn't share my secret with just anyone," Green replies, lowering his voice so the other shoppers won't hear.Â "But since you're a good and faithful customer, I'll let you in on it.Â Fish heads.Â You eat enough of them, you'll be positively brilliant."
"You sell them here?" the customer asks.
"Only $4 apiece," says Green.
The customer buys three.Â A week later, he's back in the store complaining that the fish heads were disgusting and he isn't any smarter.
"You didn't eat enough, " says Green.Â The customer goes home with 20 more fish heads.Â Two weeks later, he's back and this time he's really angry.
"Hey, Green," he says, "You're selling me fish heads for $4 a piece when I can buy the whole fish for $2.Â You're ripping me off!"
"You see?" says Green.Â "You're smarter already."Â
1. Halo 2 (But Halo 1 will do for now)
2. GTA Double Pack
3. NBA Street Vol. 2
4. Splinter Cell 3 (But Splinter Cell 2 will do for now)
5. FIFA 2005
6. LMA Manager 2005 (But 2004 will do for now)
8. Spiderman 2
9. Need for Speed 2: Underground
Also, my amazon.co.uk wish list is one of the links on the side of this blog.
Anyway, that's enough dreaming for one day.....back to work.
What a day! He put her on every ride in the park: the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.
Five hours later she staggered out of the theme park.
Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. Right away, they journeyed to a McDonald's where her loving husband ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a refreshing chocolate shake.
Then it was off to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster, complete with a hot-dog, popcorn, a big fizzy drink, and huge bag of M&M's, her favourite sweets.
What a time she had!Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed
exhausted. He leaned over his precious wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, "Well, Darling, what was it like being ten again?" Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed.
She replied, "You idiot! I meant my dress size!"
Choir: After Church on Saturday, I was called aside to speak to one of the choir leaders. Apparently, I've been selected to sing with 19 other choir members on another TV show. This one is HUGE, to put it in perspective, BBC Songs of Praise is watched by 5 million people each weekend, this show is watched by 8 million people. The show is going to be recorded live on the 30th of October (my birthday, the first time in ages my birthday is on a Saturday, and I can't go out !! :( ). But I guess the fact that I'll be live on TV, and meeting a few celebrities will make up for that. Unfortunately, I can't mention the name of the show, as other choir members will only find out on Thursday. However, if anyone guesses the name of the show in the comments section of this post, I will tell you if you got it right or wrong. (Anyone apart from the researcher who knows already, you know who you are!!).
Life is good.
On Saturday, I was scheduled to sing in church, so just before the service started, I checked the score using the WAP service on my mobile phone. We were down, 2-0 to flipping Fulham. Just great. After the service, I had a text from a friend, saying we'd won the match 4-2. I thought it was too good to be true. So I had to give him a call. He had listened to the match on the radio, and said it was a cracker. Seeing the highlights later that night, I can only say I was chuffed to be a Liverpool fan. I wonder what the manager said at half time, but it turned the team around !!
Diao played crap, and the match only came alive when he was replaced with Alonso. I think the manager is still trying to figure out the team, which is not exactly great news at this point of the season. But if you think about it, if Livepool win their match in hand, they go 4th. Which isn't bad at all.
Benitez seems to engaged in a war of wordsÂ with Liverpool legend cum TV pundit Alan Hansen. I think he should just shut up, and do his job. Prive Hansen wrong with the results on the pitch. That's what all Liverpool fans want.
The odds in the bookies have been cut to 33-1 (this morning). Arsenal are now 11-4 favourites to win the title (may have something to do with a certain Chelsea losing a match this weekend).
Tonight Liverpool lock horns with Deportivo La Coruna in the Champions League. Glory awaits the mighty Reds.
Shouting to make your children obey is like using the horn to steer your car, and you get about the same results.
The smartest advice on raising children is to enjoy them while they are still on your side.
Avenge yourself ~~~ live long enough to be a problem to your children.
The best way to keep kids at home is to give it a loving atmosphere ~~ and hide the keys to the car.
Parents: People who bare infants, bore teenagers, and board newlyweds.
The joy of motherhood: What a woman experiences when all the children are finally in bed.
Life's golden age is when the kids are too old to need babysitters and too young to borrow the family car.
Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
Grandparents are similar to a piece of string ~ handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of grandchildren.
There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or forbid your children to do it.
Adolescence is the age when children try to bring up their parents.
Cleaning your house while your kids are at home is like trying to shovel the driveway during a snowstorm.
Oh, to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.
There are only two things a child will share willingly: communicable diseases and his mother's age.
Adolescence is the age at which children stop asking questions because they know all the answers.
An alarm clock is a device for awakening people who don't have small children.
Last night was a blast. I sang through my sore throat, and jumped on my very sore feet till we finished the recording at about 10.15pm. It was just great. And from somewhere inside, we still found the strength to sing one more song (ALL DAY, currently a favourite in church), just for the hell of it. But I was all sore and all at the end of it, although I didn't really care. I'm so excited about the program, as we are sure it will potray the church (the entire church, not just my church) in a new way. Meanwhile, someone recognized me from the blog at the recording!! ....details at the end of this post.
When I got home last night, I realised I was catching a cold. Woke up super late this morning (by my standards!), at 7.15pm! Rushed through everything, and managed to get to work at exactly 9am !! Which was good, because a car was waiting to take me to a showroom to see some new equipment we're meant to buy. It took almost 45 minutes (all within Central London) to get there, and to my surprise, it was next door to the building we use for choir rehearsals on Thursdays !! What a coincidence. Had a long chat about the stuff we wanted to buy, and finally got to the office around 11.30pm. No time to fool around though, as some rewiring was being done, my boss was well and truly getting his hands dirty, and I slugged it out with him till about 1.30pm, when I took off time for lunch. We've had a lot of deliveries this week, so it was installing, installing, installing, I've only just taken some time off to relax a bit. The IT unit now has a 1 GBps network up and running, and we're installing Blackberry for our directors. New digital phone switch, I could go on and on, but that's nor what you're interested in, is it?
Anyway, back to the recognition thing....just before we started last night, I went to the loo, and on my way out, a guy walks up to me and asks "Excuse me, are you Boso?". I was in a total state of shock, but I managed to say "Yeeee..sss..., how did you know?". "I was on your website today!". Apparently, he had done a search for "Songs of Praise" and "Hillsong Church" and got my blog. How exciting. In a good way of course. Also, someone who I haven't seen since 1994 found my blog and sent me an email yesterday as well........so....this blog is making me famous. (I wish)
According to my statistics, most people who visit this site (88.1%), stay on for less than 30 seconds. They are probably searching for something, and Google/Jeeves gets them here, and they realise that this isn't what they're looking for. Or maybe they see my horrible pic, and close the page in shock (no need to scare the kids!).
Today, I've got a horrible cold, headache, and I'm generally feeling very tired. And I still managed to put in a lot of work. Hopefully, by Monday, it will all have cleared, and I'll be back to my naughty self.
Anyway, have a great weekend people !!
We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church, and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance.Â At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day.Â He began by asking, "Does anyone know what the bishop does?"
There was silence.
Finally, one little boy answered gravely, "He's the one you can move diagonally."
Yesterday was just practise. The cameramen were looking for the best places to film, etc. And I have to say, I've got A GREAT SEAT. I'm on the 2nd row. In the middle. On the first row, we've got the pastors, and church leaders. On the 3rd row, we've got people who were selected to be interviewed by the BBC. So, it looks incredibly likely I'm going to be on TV !! A few good shots? Don't know yet.
We actually did a little recording yesterday. If you've been watching X-Factor, then you might know a girl called Sunita, who had a number 1 hit in the 80s/90s (I wouldn't know). Anyway, she's in the choir too, and she and her mum did a lovely rendition of silent night. We had to change seats for this recording, so I took one close to the back. But today, I'm on 2nd row, and we're recording most of the songs in this seating arrangement.
I got home at about midnight last night, and it took forever to get out of bed. Tomorrow looks like the same thing is going to happen. Anyway, the show should be going out the Sunday before Christmas..........I really hope it's worth it !!
The Answer is TEN:
1. One to deny that a lightbulb needs to be changed
2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the lightbulb needs to be changed
3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the lightbulb
4. One to tell the nations of the world that they are either for changing the lightbulb or for darkness
5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Haliburton for the new lightbulb
6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a step ladder under the banner "Lightbulb Change Accomplished"
7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how Bush was literally "in the dark"
8. One to viciously smear #7
9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along
10. and finally One to dissemble to the public about the difference between screwing a lightbulb and screwing the country.
And One bonus:
11. One to sign up for lightbulb-training, get a note from his daddy and not show up, attend every light bulb changing convention he can, and then claim he's a veteran of lightbulb-changing.
"I am sure some people think that I have not got the brains to be that clever (Brains?)," said Beckham.
"But I do have the brains. I could feel the injury so I fouled Thatcher, it was deliberate. (You must really feel very smart now, Mr. Beckham)Â "
"I knew straight away I had broken my ribs, I have done it before. I knew I would be out for a few weeks, so I thought: 'Let's get the yellow card out of the way."
I could spend all day insulting him, but I don't have the time, or the energy. But how can someone from a working class background become so dumb? I would have thought he would be streetwise, but how long does hanging out with Posh and co..... turn you into a complete muppet? It's just a bloody shame.
So what nextÂ ? One bookie is already jumping on the badwagon....
Wanting return to Man Utd - 12/1
Preferring Coke to Pepsi - 14/1
Preferring Nike to Adidas trainers - 18/1
Thinking Victoria's real name was Posh - 33/1
Deliberately heading Fergie's flying boot - 40/1
Thinking goals were rugby posts for Portugal pen - 66/1
You can get 8/1 on him admitting he deserves a ban for the deliberate foul on Thatcher, with the same price available for saying he's overpaid.
A confession that he wears women's underwear is available at 12/1, while preferred career changes include movie star (20/1), with astronaut and fireman both at 40s. And what about a 50/1 admission that he sucks his thumb or 25/1 that he hates all Spice Girls music?
I got my contract from the office today. 24k p.a.. and some nice benefits to go with it. However, there's one small problem. It says I started work on the 11th of October. I started on the 4th !! Are they trying to steal one week's wages from me? I shall fight them to the death !!!
I also discovered the statistics on 20six, really cool. The most popular search from Google et al to lead to this site? "Pictures of a funny Nigerian". Interesting. All the other 9 in the top ten are related to the post on the movie 'Cool Runnings'.
Also, I've joined BlogCrush. (For 20Six members only). And I declared my love for a certain Foxylady and all.
Apart from that, life is good.Â
The pharmacist said, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"
The lady then explained she needed it to poison her husband. The pharmacist's eyes got big and he said,
"Lord have mercy, I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband! That's against the law!
They'll throw both of us in jail and I'll lose my license".
Then the lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife and handed it to the pharmacist.
The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now, you didn't tell me you had a prescription."
Weekend was good, had my usual choir duty, Saturday night and Sunday morning. I suspect a few changes in the roster will be made this week, will find out before Thursday. (hopefully). the Songs of Praise recording is on Wednesday and Thursday, I watched the program yesterday, and it was mainly hymn singing. Wow, will everyone be in for a shock when Hillsong ChurchÂ are on, 'cause it's real comtemporary music, almost Rock 'n' Roll type stuff!! We're all excited about it, and we're found out that the BBC is even more excited about it....which is cool. This is going to be the first time they've staryed from the very comteporary format of the show, and no one knows for sure how it will be received. The Show is going on 'The Sunday in the Run-up to Xmas'. Need to find my diary to figure out the exact date and set the Video recorder in advance.
I've got 2 new addictions. I couldn't help myself....I fell in love and I'm hooked.
Addiction 1: The Afro-Celt Sound System. It's a mix of African rhythms with Celtic music. Two of my favourite types of music. blended together in a cadence* Â (I've always wanted to use that word!!) that is simply heavenly.
Addiction 2: This gameÂ !! I found it on someone's blog last week, and I just can't get enough of it. It's not like it's a great game or spectacular, it's just bloody addictive.
* Cadence - When I finally form/join a singing group, this is what I plan to call it. Just in case you see us in the charts, you heard it here first !!
"Hello?" she cried, but no answer.
"Is there anyone here?" she cried a little louder, but still no answer.
Now the female brain cell started to feel alone and scared and yelled at the top of her voice "HELLO, IS THERE ANYONE HERE?"
Then she heard a very faint voice from far, far away
"We're down here .."
I've had great fun this week though.
On Wednesday, I met up with a group from the choir, and we had a very interesting chat over drinks and snacks. We do that every wednesday night, but this time, it was really deep, and I'm glad I made it.
On Thursday, after work, we had our quartely office 'do', where we hear about how well the company has done in the last 3 months, and then we go out and have fun. This time, we had a 'scavenger hunt', where we were walking around the square mile, looking for various gifts/items that had been left in pubs/bars with only a map, some pictures of the places we were to findÂ and some clues to guide us. Ended up in a bar called 'Metropolis' near St. Pauls (the clue? 'Think Superman'! ), where it all ended up in a drink/snack fest. My team came 4th Â and we didn't find any of the hidden prizes along the way, but was fun, and I got to learn a lot about the local area !!
Tonight? I've got a DVD night with my choir people. Not yet sure what movie we're gonna see, but it's all gonna be mad fun.
And I've got the entire weekend, to spend with the love of my life.
Life is good......
The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: "Just take it easy. I canÂ help.First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says: "OK, now what?"
Anyway, on the plus side, I've sorted out a problem that had been bugging me for the last 2 weeks regarding a new build of PC from Dell, so I'm really pleased with myself right now.
My girlfriend has finally been rejected by all the universities she applied to for her masters, and she's pretty gutted about that. Anyway, I guess all things happen for a reason, and hopefully she'll find some other way to make use of the time...
This morning, one of my housemates accused me of hiding in my room all day, and not talking to any of them. All I did was ask her where she worked, and she dug into me. I am pained......
Maybe I should tell them the truth, I'm a terrorist, building a nuclear bomb in my room that will level London.....ooops, that was from last night's dream. Need to get back to work.....
Flattered, the wife continued her vigil while he drifted back to sleep. Later, her husband woke up and said, "You're cute."
"What happened to 'beautiful?'" she asked him.
"The drugs are wearing off," he replied.
Friday: Went to my new place to pick up my key and clean up the room. The Window blind had still not been fixed (I had told the agent several weeks ago, when I first saw the room, was a bit dissapointed), so my plans for moving in on Friday were cancelled. Then at 9pm, my aunt helped out with her car....and I carried ALL MY STUFF over. Went back to my aunt's for the last time.
Saturday: Went shopping in the morning, and did some laundry, so I wouldn't need to do any washing up till I was fully settled in the house. My girlfriend helped with the shopping and a bit with the unpacking (while watching X-factor). She left around 7pm. I didn't finish unpacking till 2am !!! I can't find my gloves(I saw them while unpacking, but they've mysterioulsy vanished), or 2 blue pillowcases (which I'm sure I packed). Great, more money to spend. Just great.
Sunday: Woke up at 10am, and I was really tired, body aching all over. But I had to get ready for church. Found out that only one of the 2 showers in the house is working, so I had to wait for a flatmate and her boyfriend to shower before I dashed in, and ran off to church. In my state, I didn't think I'd survive the 3 services I was required to sing at, but I did. To give an idea of how long I was there, the rehearsal started at 1.30pm, and I left there around 9pm.....My body is still aching..
May not have mentioned it here, but my church is going to be featured on BBC's "Songs of Praise" for their Chirstmas special. While I won't be in the choir that day, I will be a member of the invitation-only audience, and from what I hear, this is the main focus of Songs of Praise. It will be recorded in about 2 weeks, so we'll be singing Christmas Carols in mid-October.....interesting.
Now, I need to get myself back in the grove, I'm still 'recovering' from what I can only describe as a very 'draining' weekend.....
The gaffer did a lot of chopping and changing this weekend, but to no avail. This is so depressing........
"They want the Federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program."Â 11-2-00
"More and more of our imports come from overseas." 9-25-00
"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" 1-11-00
"I understand small business growth. I was one." 2-19-00
"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." 5-25-04
"I don't bring God into my life to - to, you know, kind of be a political person." 4-24-03
"We need and energy bill that encourages consumption." 9-23-02
"The Illiteracy of our children is appalling." 1-23-04
"Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNS aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." 9-6-04
House: I pick up my keys at 7pm tonight. Still undecided as to whether to move in tonight, or tomorrow morning. Tomorrow will be shopping day, and I'll probably spend forever trying to arrange the place, etc. Then I'll spend some time with my housemates.....get to know them a bit better.
Nigeria: Today is Independence day in Nigeria !!! Happy Birthday Nigeria...!!