Monthly Archives: February 2009

It’s Not Me, It’s You

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好喜欢Lily Allen啊!她的第二张专辑 It’s Not Me, It’s You
 
出来后更迷她了。首先封面就很吸引我,她像是很free地在做白日梦,却也不忘戴上old Hollywood glamour的黑纱,穿着可爱粉红裙,赤脚坐在一个大L上晃悠… 4月9日她要来Denver开演唱会,我票一早就买好了,快等不及了!!!
 
开始注意Lily Allen是因为她的名字对我有特殊意义。再在People Magazine上读了她处女作Alright Still的评语,说是英国一有才的小姑娘之作,是一张好玩的专辑。我借来一听就马上喜欢上了。这样的甜美声音和庸懒唱风我第一次听到,配合着略带ska节奏的音乐,使她的歌曲就像一股微风袭脸。有趣的还有她的超级英国腔,发little这个音的时候特搞!
 
再仔细注意Lily Allen发现她长得酷似赵薇,有一双即使是西方人也显得特大的眼睛,漂亮,会说话。那么爱赵薇的我就更加喜爱Lily Allen了。找了几张觉得她俩像极了的照片,左图为Lily Allen,右边是赵薇:
 
 
 
 
 
 
当然,她们存在着明显的东方人和西方人的分别,但是那轮廓,脸型,眼睛,鼻子… 如果Lily Allen不化浓妆,眼线不画这么深就更像了。年纪上她们大概相差9年吧,可是看不出来不是么?始终东方人看上去比较年轻,再加上Lily Allen并不是看起来那么单纯可爱的。吸烟,喝酒,party等当然会让她的皮肤提前老化。不过这不相干,我喜欢她又不是把她当role model,只是单纯地热爱她的音乐和欣赏她的style!
 
Lily Allen是一个彻彻底底的音乐创作人,写曲子,作词,演唱,她都包了。也就是这些才气吸引我。她有一口浓浓的英国口音,以至于她的歌我有一半以上没听懂。看了歌词才惊现这个崇尚自由的小妮子在甜美的唱腔下披露了当今社会的一些病态和她自己稀奇古怪的人生经历。从布什总统聊到种族,性别,年龄歧视,又谈到对毒品的依赖,对明星的崇拜,911事件,早泄,男人令人讨厌的地方,脆弱又美妙的初恋….. 只属于她的style还表现在穿着颜色鲜艳的,样式可爱的衣服出现在镜头里,把言词锋利的那些歌的MV拍得很童话式,别忘了她那好像什么都不在乎的唱法,这些都是极端的irony呀,她却可以处理得微妙,妥当,让我忍不住想给她一支恶魔三角叉,在她天使般的MV照上画两个邪恶的角!
 
又上了一次她的网站,有许多新鲜的gadgets,最好玩的是这个帮助她逃亡的游戏,我把它贴上来,分享一下这个evil princess的快乐!
 


 

* 游戏贴在MSN Space上实在太慢了,不得不把它摘掉。前些天又发现一张Lily Allen跟赵薇很像的照片:
 

英语弄人的原因

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今天在整理office的时候找到这份已经忘了是谁给我的“为什么英语这么难学”的摘要。看了一遍,觉得有趣,下次又不知道会放哪里了,还是贴在space上分享吧。没看过的人应该会叫好,虽然它并不是什么正式的英语语法概论。我把自己认为超经典的highlight出来,同意吗?
 

Reasons Why the English Language Is So Hard To Learn

 

If you ever feel stupid, then just read on. If you’ve learned to speak fluent English, you must be a genius!

This little treatise on the lovely language we share is only for the brave. Peruse at your leisure, English lovers.

 

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no tie like the present, he thought it was tie to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

 

There is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France.

Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

 

Quicksand works slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

 

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth?

One goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese?

Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? Is it an odd, or an end?

 

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?

Have noses that run and feet that smell?

 

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

 

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can bum up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

 

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.

 

That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

 

P.S. – Why doesn’t "Buick" rhyme with "quick"?