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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Well this is going to be a big one I can see. Its a fair bit into the new year now and I haven't posted since Christmas. Been very busy recently with various endeavours, both social and work related. In particular the massive Spy Party which was fairly awesome, perhaps not quite as enjoyable as the first one, but the party itself was way cooler, engineered to perfection by myself.

On top of this my already great contribution to the world of medicine has been recognized (see current events) yep thats right... I (by which i mean our team) came up with a way to improve parking :P where's the Nobel prize for that eh?

Now apart from this party being quite insanely awesome (pictures on facebook already), something fairly interesting happened, someone came up to me and told me they loved reading my blog and found it a very amusing read, particularly in the old days when carol was being... weird. I thought this was very funny, and so it inspired me for this first post of the year.

So get ready for the inevitable, big, bad Debs Dishes the Dirt edition of the Ephemeric.

That doesn't mean i'm going to go giving away people's secrets, that'd be hardly befitting such a reputable journal of opinion. In retrospect I could be far meaner, I mean, people in denial, people who don't know how to handle messed up relationships, social phobias... even without mentioning any names I've got the goods, and it's all a very interesting spectacle of people in general for anyone interested in psychology such as myself. But I won't do that because it leaves a sour taste in my mouth to betray confidence, even with people who deserve it, even with people for whom it might actually do them some good to hear it all laid down straight. 

Instead, I present to all of you Debs's inimitable views on the world and life in general in the past year, including the first edition of the 'Debbies', my brand new award for excellence that i made up 20 seconds ago, as well as making insights into what is exciting in the year ahead.

1. The 'Dogma' Debbie for 'Best Evil Corporation 2007'

Nominees: Apple, Nintendo, Samsung, Chelski

and the Winner: Nintendo! 
Clearly a very hard contest in a year where Apple has released such earth shatteringly cool products such as the intel macbooks and macpros, and of course the iPhone. But Nintendo just edges it, not only because of the greatness of the wii and DS and all associated products, wii channels and awesomeness, but also because of the highly unexpected, but nonetheless incredible feat of completely blowing away all forms of competition in the past year. PS3 is circling the drain, and the impressive 360 has to settle for second place, despite the massive advertising budget and 2 year headstart it had on the wii.

2. The 'Pinocchios Nose' Debbie for 'People never to trust, 2007 and beyond'

Nominees: Carol Doan, The Entire British Sports Media, the George Bush Jr. Administration

and the Winner: The Entire British Sports Media!
Christ that was a tough one, all of the above would be worthy winners for sure, but the sports media gets it for complete and unparalleled bullshittery. Aside from the obvious rumours that get completely made up from scratch every day, only this press could make José Mourinho a villain one day, and a hero the next (and vice versa in previous years), only this press can praise crappy 1-0 victories from Man U (and yes surprisingly often Arsenal) for their 'attacking verve' and then decry a 3-0 Chelsea romp as 'rather fortunate and scrappy'. I'm sure there are many who would love to join me in raising a big middle finger to them all.

3. The 'Zola' Debbie for 'Good Guy 2007'

Nominees: Ben Fitzgerald, Michael Ballack, That guy who ships wine to me from Italy, Barack Obama

and the Winner: Ben Fitzgerald!
And the award for biggest sack of cra.. no wait, good guy, goes to the most docile creature I know, one of the few guys i know with nary a mean bone in his body, just a lot of awful opinions (an arsenal supporting republican)

4. The 'Hopeless slackass' Debbie for 'Most awful opinions 2007'

Winner: Ben Fitzgerald!

5. The 'Girly Butterfly' Debbie for 'Good Girl 2007'

Nominees: Ben Fitzgerald ;), that girl from Little Miss Sunshine which was a sweet movie, Anju Phoolchund, mom, Louise Newlands

and the Winner: Anju!
Anju has been a real star in the latter half of this year for so many reasons, especially when you consider the circumstances under which we met. I'm so glad she was there for me, and I'm so glad i could be there for her when she needed me. I hope she doesnt fade away in the coming year, which i fear she may well be :S (she now assures me she's not- yay!)

6. The 'Garden State' Debbie for 'Excellence in Cinema 2007'

Nominees: Atonement, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Superbad, Paprika, The Simpsons Movie, Sunshine, Casino Royale

and the Winner: Casino Royale!
Ok before i get crucified or lambasted for lack of taste allow me to clarify my decision. In a year full of very good movies and very fun movies, as well as many bitter disappointments (shrek 3, rush hour 3, evan almighty) I can always talk about the good pieces of cinema, atonement and diving bell and the butterfly being probably the most impressive, followed closely by paprika, but when i think back on it in retrospect, atonement is really just oscar pandering, and which of these films in a few years time will i really want to watch over again, and point to as a prime example of the genre? Superbad, for being the most fantastically realistic and unstereotyped teen comedy ever, and Casino Royale, for completely revolutionizing James Bond, and turning the franchise from a light hearted 'boys toys' movie to something with a soul, that really hits home. I think you've forgotten just how good it is, go watch it now.

7. The 'damn thats a fine choon' Debbie for 'Best Song 2007'

Nominees: Alive - VHS or beta, Lost - the Mary Onettes, On a Saturday - Jacob Golden, I'm Not Sorry - Pigeon Detectives, Eyes - Rogue Wave, Anthems for a 17 year old girl - Broken Social Scene, Window Bird - Stars, Stolen - Dashboard Confessional, You're Not Alone - The Enemy

and the Winner: Eyes - Rogue Wave!
Fuck me what an idiotic thing for me to have attempted to do, that is a massive list of amazing songs and i've left plenty off that could have made it on there too, what an effort. In the end I had to award it to this song that stayed on my 'current' playlist for and impressive 10 or so months of the year, and a song that pretty much got an entire planet hooked into watching heroes, not a single person who watches heroes fails to pick out this song as the point that got them.

and finally 8. The 'Arrested Development' Debbie for 'Best television series 2007'

Nominees: Lost, Heroes, Life on Mars, Scrubs, House, Pushing Daisies

and the Winner: Life on Mars!
First of all let me clarify that this award refers to television shows for which brand new content was broadcast in 2007, otherwise Arrested Development would win every year. In the end it came down to Scrubs's diminishing quality, and the writer's strike cutting Pushing Daisies so short to award the victory to Life on Mars, a show which has pretty much everything, good acting, direction, soundtrack and writing. Truly a masterpiece, and one that has earned a new spinoff and an American version.

And some things to look forward to in the coming year:

- Ashes to Ashes, the Spin off show for the Debbie winning 'Life on Mars' now switches focus to the 80s and has a kick ass song to match the namesake of its parent show. If it's as well written and brilliant as the aforementioned parent, expect to see this on the Debbie nominees next year.

- Cloverfield, It's not hard to see why it's the most talked about movie in the past 20 years; the mysterious way in which it was unveiled, the drip-feed of information until release, and the fact that it's made my Lost and Mission Impossible 3 visionary JJ Abrams. Like the Blair Witch project, only good, expect big things from this. Abrams is also making the new Star Trek movie, attempting a reboot in the same vein as Casino Royale and Batman Begins. They were both awesome so good luck to him here. Simon Pegg is in the cast, as is Sylar from Heroes.

- The End of the Writer's Strike! And finally getting new written television, scrubs needs an ending, Pushing Daisies needs to come back, Lost needs to go on!

- The End of Bush's time in the White house, 8 years after he was(n't) elected into office, i think we can all safely say, about damn time.

- New Music, Some good stuff coming up, my tips to be big in the coming year include 'Duffy' (go check out her single 'Rockferry' - the new Dusty Springfield) 'MGMT', an electro-rock group from new york with fantastic harmonies and meaningful lyrics to young adults everywhere (see 'Time to pretend') and 'Glasvegas' who are the next Oasis.

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