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Jonas Brothers are not the worst band!

There has been some bad press lately about one of my favourite bands the Jonas Brothers. The boys picked up Worst Album and Worst Band at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday, February 25th. The article (which can be found here) claims that “The band are officially worse than Scouting For Girls and Fall Out Boy”. I’m not a big fan of  Scouting For Girls or Fall Out Boy but there is nothing wrong with their music. I absolutely hate it when people think they are music aficinado’s and that anything that is too mainstream is not to be considered decent music. They are not music experts but closed minded, arrogant twats. Anything that does not fall under punk rock or indie rock is to be shunned? That is total bullshit. I feel I have more of a stand in judging music, my musical tastes range from pop to rock to R&B to soul, I even have a few oldies put in for good measure.  By looking at my Last FM page you’ll be able to see my top 8 most played artists: The Cure, George Michael, Jimmy Eat World, Take That, Jonas Brothers, The Script, Ne-Yo and Robert Pattinson. No one can tell me I have no idea about music. And that’s just my top 8! When it comes to music, no one can deny me of being open minded. It is just about the only thing I am open minded about! So, after clarifying my right to talk about what music is good music, I will now begin to defend my love of the Jonas Brothers.

  • They are heartthrobs. It isn’t just teens who like the band. Joe Jonas has been rumoured to be dating Camilla Belle. She is 22 and he is 19. I am not too old to like them. The oldest, Kevin, is 21. He is six months older than me. I don’t think that’s paedophilia!?
  • Think about boybands of the 90’s, they were way cheesier than these guys! JB’s songs are catchy, very catchy in my case. So why all the hatred?
  • You cannot deny their business skills. They have released album after album after album for the past three years, have performed at countless of shows, have had two movies released… these boys aren’t so stupid! I don’t think they’d care about haters. Would you care if you had millions of dollars rolling in? I think not.
  • They are great role models for kids. They are all round nice guys. Whether or not you believe in their virginity pact, they are setting a good example.  Their songs are not about sex, something which is unusual for music of today.
  • They are amazing performers. They know how to get a crowd going with singing, instrument playing and acrobatics. I have seen them perform twice and am going to see them again June 15th. I can’t get enough.

    Meeting JB at Hammersmith Apollo on September 11th, 2009

    Meeting JB at Hammersmith Apollo on September 11th, 2008

Whatever anyone says to me, these guys rock my socks! And people can call me sad or say that I have bad music taste, but I know that I do have good music taste. I am open minded too. It’s just a shame that haters aren’t that way too.  I believe people to be jealous, JB have the money, the success, the fame, the girls. It seems like these factors cloud haters’ judgement and instead of viewing their music for music, all they see are reasons to dislike them. Reasons that have nothing to do with their talent.

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The British Oscars 2009

I have spent the past hour looking at clips of the Oscars on YouTube. Red carpet clips, glamour clips, presentation clips, award clips and after party clips. I have officially ran out of Oscars 2009 related YouTube videos! The night was dominated by British talent which I am thrilled by. It is great to see Britain putting their mark on Hollywood. Slumdog Millionaire won a staggering eight awards. I have not seen the film but it is on my list of films to watch, there have been raving reviews about the film both from critics and laymen. Gordon Brown also congratulated the British winners of their successes (not that his opinion would motivate me any more than before).

Slumdog Millionaire winning Best Picture:

A Heath Ledger tribute was given, as his family accepted his award for Best Supporting Actor. I am not doubting his talent, I have seen The Dark Knight. It is not my type of film but you cannot doubt Heath’s role as psychotic Joker, he plays him superbly. I think if Heath were alive today, it would have been likely that he’d win the award. But it makes me wonder, has his death made him more popular than he was before he died? Death has a strange way of reeling people in, especially with celebrities.

Heath Ledger’s tribute:

Another British gem, Kate Winslet won Best Actress for her role in The Reader. She has been nominated six times (including this years awards) and this is her first win. It has been long awaited and is much deserved. I’ve always loved Kate. For Sense And Sensibility, The Holiday, The Reader… the list goes on! I am so pleased that she won over other actresses such as Angelina Jolie. I just can’t stand her (maybe because she’s a homewrecker, I side with Jennifer Aniston)! I have seen The Reader and it is an engrossing film. It reminds me of other films such as A Beautiful Mind, Shawshank Redemption and Atonement. It is a drama, a drama retelling a realistic story. Kate’s speech was particularly endearing. She is witty, unpretentious and natural. I can always spot a strong woman. Be sure to watch The Reader as soon as you can, it is highly recommended.

Kate Winslet’s acceptance speech:

Here are the award winners of the Oscars 2009:

Best Picture – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director – Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor – Sean Penn for Milk
Best Actress – Kate Winslet for The Reader
Best Supporting Actor – Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress – Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Animated Feature Film – Wall-E
Best Foreign Film – Departures (Japan)
Best Original Screenplay – Danny Lance Black for Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay – Simon Beufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Documentary Feature – Man On Wire
Best Original Score – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song – ‘Jai Ho’ for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Film Editing – Chris Dickens for Slumdog Billionaire
Best Documentary (Short Subject) – Smile Pinki
Best Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Costume Design – Michael O’Connor for The Duchess
Best Sound Mixing – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound Editing – Richard King for The Dark Knight
Best Live Action Short Film – Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short Film – La Maison de Petits Cubes
Best Makeup – Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Art Direction – Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Brit Awards 2009

The Brit Awards was on tonight. I haven’t watched the Brits in years. Most of the acts are voted for by pompous music critics who think that ‘out there’ artists should take home awards over popular, more mainstream artists. I was looking forward to seeing Take That’s performance of Greatest Day but I was slightly confused by their chosen theme. It was some kind of homosexual robotic outfit. I’m hoping the way they were dressed was just for the Brits, I’m seeing them at Wembley later on this year and I hope they don’t dress as stupid as that! Luckily, they were performing on a round stage descending from the ceiling to the audience. My ticket is a standing one, so it is good to see that they are likely to have a circular, central stage optimising my viewing pleasure! I believe Kings of Leon deserved their awards, they’ve been a relevant band of 2008 and I wish them well for 2009. I particularly liked that Girls Aloud won the category for Best Single. I love my pop, more so than any other genre. Take That won nothing, but I am glad that one pop group did. Girls Aloud have been going from strength to strength. I give to them more credit than the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls’ fame was like a massive explosion which died down very quickly, after their second album in fact. Girls Aloud’s success has been more consistent, they have released six albums and have released some good, all round pop songs. I have no affinity with all other award winners, some I dislike, others I’m indifferent towards and others I simply think they have a few good tunes. I do think Coldplay were at an injustice for not winning anything. They are a great, solid British band that deserved at least one win. All in all, I believe an award cannot determine how good an artist is and deem the Brit Awards as bullshit.

Here are the winners of the Brits 2009:

British Male – Paul Weller

British Female – Duffy

British Group – Elbow

British Live Act – Iron Maiden

British Single – Girls Aloud

British Album – Duffy’s Rockferry

Breakthrough Act – Duffy

International Album – Kings of Leon’s Only By The Night

International Male – Kanye West

International Female – Katy Perry

International Group – Kings of Leon

Critics’ Choice – Florence And The Machine

Outstanding Contribution – Pet Shop Boys

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Home Sweet Home.

I have just returned from my University in Canterbury and have come to my hometown in London because it is my reading week. It has been a month since I have been here and I miss home with all my heart when I’m away. I found an article on Robert Pattinson and his comments about London and being homesick (which can be found on Entertainment Wise).  Robert says, “I miss being able to go for a walk. I miss the smell of London… I almost cried because I missed it so much. And I miss my dog.”

Crying, the exact reaction I get when I am away from home for more than two weeks! I also miss my dog too when I’m away, more than any other person. When I was younger, I never realised what my home actually meant to me. I used to say I was going to move to Australia at the first chance and that I wanted to go to a campus University outside of London. If I did move to Australia, of course I would miss my family. But even if my family moved with me, I’d still miss London immensely! And if I had another chance to go to another University, I would definitely pick one in London and live at home, (I have no regrets though). When I go on holiday, the feeling of landing on your own soil is indescribable! Driving back from the airport, I am always gushing at seeing a red post box, a red bus or even traffic lights. You’d never think that such little things mean so much to you. I do take London for granted sometimes, but I would never wish to be anywhere else but home. Home sweet home!


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It’s Valentines weekend!

I thought I would write today’s post earlier than usual as we have arrived at the Valentines weekend of 2009 and I will not have another chance to post. I will be spending Valentines Day with my boyfriend, not to sound smug (I will also be seeing friends, I’m not neglecting them)! I hope you all have a good weekend as it is back to work or school afterwards! Whether you are single and celebrating freedom, celebrating your relationship with your loved one or spending time with your family, I want to wish you a very Happy Valentines day and I hope you have fun in whatever you get up to. Here are two videos from some of my favourite people. Enjoy!

Robert Pattinson’s Valentines Message

Jonas Brothers’ Valentines Message

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My body may be made of fire but my soul is made of ice.

As we touched upon the importance of The Ice Queen Diaries in my last post and what it means for me to blog. I thought it would make an an insightful post if I were to talk about what it means to be an Ice Queen, what definitions there are and also what is in the media about them.

Firstly, people ask me “Why are you called an Ice Queen?” It is a long story indeed which I may get to tell you in another post, I’ll only use that as my backup post if I have nothing else to write about. I have been wronged in the past, majorly, by both friends and guys. I did not turn into an Ice Queen, I believe I always was one. Keeping myself a distance from others, expecting nothing from anyone and being pleasantly surprised if something came unexpected. My ex boyfriend in a very inapproriate, unfair and rude email claimed that I was an ‘Ice Queen’. What he said about me was untrue, he tried to blame everything on my character without even looking at his own. His own character was far more severe and crude than any Ice Queen could ever be. The tag Ice Queen stuck, it was the best way to describe me at the time. He had been very perceptive. So I took on the name and decided to use it as a way of life.

Firstly, here are some definitions of what an Ice Queen is, found on Urban Dictionary:

  • Definition 1: A sweet and beautiful girl, who is rumoured to be cold blooded and heartless.
  • Definition 2: A beautiful woman with an ugly personality; one who disregards the feelings of others.
  • Definition 3: A beautiful woman who refuses sexual advances; frigid.
  • Definition 4: A cold and haughty woman.
  • Definition 5: A woman who lacks the ability to empathise or put herself in another’s shoes.
  • Definition 6: A  woman who lacks the ability or chooses not to effectively define or react to another’s mode of thought and mood.
  • Definition 7: A woman who is so overly concerned with her situation that she does not prioritize or account for another’s needs.
  • Definition 8: A woman who lacks empathy in situations where another’s needs are clearly greater than her wants.
  • Definition 9: A girl capable of such emotional scaring and cruelty.

“My body may be made of fire but my soul is made of ice.”
I’m Cold by The Cure

I then turned to imdb.com, where I found a 2005 film called Ice Queen and was given a rating of three stars out of ten. The plot involves a unique female species being transported from the Pleistocene Age (Ice Age) and whilst this happens a military vehicle is abducted. The Ice Queen must be kept in low temperatures at all times, otherwise she would awake aggressively. However, she is being transported via airplane and somehow she is warmed, wakes up and kills the pilot. The airplane crashes into a snow avalanche which falls over, buries a resort with it, trapping people with the Ice Queen. The Ice Queen kills some of the people, whilst a guy named Johnny, his girlfriend Tori and some other girl try to escape to save their lives. (I can see why it was only given three stars! I demand a better film using the Ice Queen as their theme!  But I get what they’re saying, the Ice Queen must be kept cool at all times. You must not aggravate her in any way, for she will kill you. End of).

I then thought about Wikipedia. It is one of the most unreliable sources around in terms of referencing. But in general, what can people say about the name Ice Queen. It lead me onto a book by Alice Hoffman called ‘The Ice Queen’ published in 2006 by Vintage Books.

“Wishes… burn your tongue the moment they’re spoken and you can never take them back.”
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

The Ice Queen is a woman without a name who makes a wish when only 8 years old that ruins her life. She grows up cold and unfriendly until one day, when she stands by her kitchen window, she is struck by a bolt of lightening. She survives this lightening but is transformed into ice and for some reason can no longer see the colour red. In passing, she hears of a man named Lazurus Jones, who also experienced the same bolt of lightening. But instead of ice, he changes into having a heart and soul made of fire. They have a turbulent love affair, which would be expected by the clever play of hot and cold polar opposites of these characters. How one became full of fire and the other became made of ice. It seems like a cheesy and almost predictable plot, but funnily enough, this was one of the better plots I came across. I think maybe I should think about writing a novel, try to make it more original and less stereotypical than the examples I have found thus far.

My last attempt was yet again on Wikipedia. It was a song called Ice Queen by Dutch rock group Within Temptation. I had remembered that I had this song in my MP3 collection. The Ice Queen is never mentioned in the song and is only referred to as ‘she’. The song implies that she is not a force to be reckoned with and that she is guilty of murder. Many fans have speculated that the Ice Queen in this song is archetypal and may even be inspired by the White Witch Jadis from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. She is also the personification of Winter and is also a satanic character. Here is the video for Within Temption’s song Ice Queen.

After seeing the definitions of an Ice Queen, I thought “Surely all these definitions cannot be true?” I think most of the definitions touch upon how icy and cold an Ice Queen’s feelings are. And most of the time I am generally unfeeling towards others, but people underestimate Ice Queens. Ice Queens are the way they are because someone has hurt them somewhere along the way. They have frozen up and are simply shielding their heart in an ice casing. I don’t believe they purposely go out in search of a victim to manipulate, abuse and fuck up. They just like to keep themselves to themselves, both physically and emotionally. However, I will admit, if someone crosses me in a major way, I will freeze them out of my life and pretend they do not exist. It may seem mean but any toxic friends or deadwood need to be frozen out. And as for frigidity, is that really a bad thing? You have so many people sleeping around, is it bad to not want to sleep with the first person you come across? Ice Queens are just people who are waiting for the right person to come along and to melt them to the core. I guess I have been melted, by my significant other. But I still ice out other irrelevant people in my life. So, I may not be a total Ice Queen but I still have my roots intact, the Ice Queen is my alter ego and will always remain so.

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Diaries and blogs are constructive.

I came across an article on My Park Mag about Robert Pattinson and what methods he used to get into the role of Twilight’s Edward Cullen. It was rumoured that he wrote a diary when filming Twilight but he denies that he did so.

Rob told 15 a 20 magazine, “It wasn’t exactly a journal. I don’t know how it started (laughs) but I hadn’t realised how difficult it was going to be to play Edward until I started reading the script. He’s a very complex character. So I moved to Portland on my own two or three months before filming began and I didn’t do anything but read the script and books to find anything that helped me play him.” He says he became a little obsessed, “So I started to write things. I mean, if you really prepare for a role, there’s going to be a moment in which he’s all you can think of. So I did things like little suicide notes. I was a little worrying actually (bursts out laughing).”

Robert Pattinson with his fangs out

Robert Pattinson with his fangs out

No Robert, we don’t want you to commit suicide. But what I get from his statement is that diaries are not a waste of time. And since this blog is ‘The Ice Queen Diaries’ it means that my blogging is not a waste of time. I had people say to me that I should be doing my final year project instead of blogging. But I’m sure that this blog is constructive and not destructive. First it helps me practice my writing skills such as my writing style and secondly it is my hobby, giving me something to do.

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