Sep 27

I’ve been tagged by Fortune Grey!
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your Spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.
As you know I’m really into music, but pretty bad at describing how it sounds, I’ll just put a few comments on why.
Sam Sparro – Too Many Questions – it was a free download on iTunes and it’s really catchy
Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free – I just acquired this and although it’s a “disco” track, it’s lyrics are deep
Mary J. Blige – A Dream – just really into Mary J. again after watching the doco Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music Episode 6: “From Ghetto To Fabulous” – In a never-seen before interview, Mary J. Blige, the queen of hip-hop soul, speaks candidly about her journey from ghetto to fabulous.
Global Communication – 8 07 (Maiden Voyage) – It’s just an awesome ambient track. And even though I saw Mark Pritchard DJ the other night, I’m not going to go up to him and say dude, I listen to Global Communication nearly every day on my iPod!
Kylie Audist – Everybody Here Wants You – great, soulful cover of Jeff Buckley’s song.
MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix) – Really love the orginal and this remix just makes it even better.
Ne-Yo – Closer – Madam sang this on Australian Idol and I didn’t know the track very well. Then I saw Ne-Yo sing it on Ellen and couldn’t get it out of my head.

Oh now I have to tag seven other people… (but how do they know I tagged them unless they dedicatedly read this blog entry??) I’ll get back to you later…

Sep 21

Chocolates from David Jones WBJToday Dave & I celebrate 6 years of marriage (phew – what an effort)!!
In the morning we went for a walk up the road to watch some of the marathon runners in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. Dave really wanted to participate in the half-marathon, but decided not to because it was our wedding anniversary and the race started really early – about 6:30am. It was quite a warm morning, so I’m sure it was very hard work for all the runners. Dave says he is going to try and attempt his first full marathon next year!
We had a lovely lunch at Manta in Woolloomooloo Wharf. We even walked all the way from home to the restaurant, we only had to walk along the one street. The service was very good and we had a nice table outside but under shade. Unfortunately no A, B or C grade celebrities were spotted. We caught a cab home because my feet hurt and ate chocolates and a naughty, expensive Munster cheese – warning: it has a very strong and penetrating odour.
For fun, we like to exchange traditional and/or modern anniversary gifts. It’s a bit confusing as there are American and English traditions, as well as modern and traditional gifts, so we just do what suits us. So this year, it was lots of sweets.
So here’s to 6 years of Wongillies – yah!

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Sep 16

I’ve just emailed a whole bunch of people, but if you didn’t get it, just hoping you have time to complete a survey for my Certificate IV in Training & Assessment course.

Click here to take Rozie’s Training Needs Analysis Online Survey

The survey runs until Thursday 18 September. (It’s a freebie site, so it expires)

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Sep 15

Australian Idol – Idols Idol Night review

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I’ll try and make my reviews of the Idol finals brief, really, you have to be there (in front of the tv). Must work on my bro to get me some ringside seats sometime this season.
Tonight’s theme was Idol’s Idols, I think most of them had a very strange idea of what a music “Idol” is, but then again when I was 15, my idol was Madonna, then again she is still a pop idol icon. Where will they be next year?
Wes – Beautiful Day (U2) – Good song choice, Good performance
Tom – I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (Aerosmith) – Crap song choice, OK performance
Roshani – Tell Me About It (Joss Stone) – poor song choice, good performance
Teale – Walk Away Renee (Rick Price) – Crap song, poor performance. Hello, Rick Price is his Idol????
Sophie – Mr. Jones (Counting Crows) – Crap song, poor performance
Luke – Feelin’ Alright (Joe Cocker) – I don’t like Joe Cocker, but the song suited him.
Brooke – These Words (Natasha Bedingfield) – OK song, Ok performance
Thanh – This Love (Maroon Five) – Crap song, crap arrangement (hello boy band), cheesy vocal. After he got caned by the judges, he kept saying but this is me, and I’m thinking oh dear that’s bad if that’s you.
Madam – Closer (Ne-Yo) – OK song (I think she could have picked a better Idol – Mary J Blige at least), Awesome vocal, awesome performance, she’s hot!
Jonny – Better Man (Pearl Jam) – great song, great vocal, crap performance. Well we know what’s happened to him now (he’s been voted out). A shame he’s gone, because I wanted to hear him sing Depeche Mode.
Chrislyn – Think (Aretha Franklin – now that’s an Idol!!!) – great song, great vocals, great performance. Dave says she even does the wacky faces that Aretha does, and this girl is only 17 – amazing.
Mark – Never Tear Us Apart (INXS) – Great song, great vocal, big scar on side of head. Mark is the quiet achiever, he always picks a good song.

What Australian Rozie would have sung – not that I can sing, but if I could…
Like a Prayer – Madonna

Now listen contestants, song choice is very important.

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Sep 13

The only reason I can see that Amanda Grafanakis didn’t make the Final 12 of Australian Idol 2008 was that she picked a god-awful song to sing when she got a second chance in the wildcard show.
What was the song???
The Best (or is it Simply the Best) by Tina Turner. Why the hell would you choose that song to save your chances of a pop career? For heavens sake, the judges said she was extremely marketable and talented – I bet they saw the Australian Gwen Stefani when they looked at her. So what does she sing, a cheesy, cheesy song from the 80s. Why didn’t she just give them what they wanted and sing a No Doubt track?
No doubt, she is kicking herself.

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Sep 09

I’ve recently finished reading Jason Donovan‘s autobiography, Between the Lines: My Story Uncut. I bought a 2nd hand copy from Vinnies for $7, but later saw it brand new in a discount book store for even cheaper! Jason Donovan was one of my many teenage idols from the 80s. Remember him from the glory days of Neighbours? It really hasn’t been worth watching since Kylie left 😉 He had quite a few hit pop songs such as: Too Many Broken Hearts, Especially For You (with Kylie Minogue), Sealed With A Kiss, Any Dream Will Do, When You Come Back To Me and Nothing Can Divide Us.
His story is very interesting, as an innocent teenage girl, I always believed the story that Kylie and Jason were just friends, when really they were in a serious relationship for quite a few years. There is no way that would happen now with celebrity private lives becoming big business. He really dishes the dirt on their relationship and Kylie – such as, she liked to crochet! In the book, Jason is very honest and self-deprecating, especially the part when he describes being at a party and seeing Michael Hutchence cracking onto Kylie – the beginning of the end for them. He is very truthful about his drug addiction and recovery too. I was also interested in hearing his side of the story about the The Face libel case. It’s a good biography, if you were/still are a fan of Jason.
Did you know he was on Australian Story in 2001?

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Sep 06

Crappy weather = time to upload lots of pics

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Old machinery detail The Carnival of Colour
Roti - almost ready Louis Vuitton window display September 2008 Birds in David Jones

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Sep 02

I am happy with tonight’s two finalists Chrislyn Hamilton and Wes Carr for the Idol 2008 Top 12. I’ve liked these two even before the semi-final last night, so I’m glad they’ve both got in. Chrislyn has balls and Wes rocks out (please stop shaking your leg when you sing though).
On tonight’s semi-final show, I liked Amanda Grafanakis the best – she looks cool and sang a song by Pink. She reminds me of the girl who sang Standing in the Way of Control by The Gossip last year.
Natalie Colavito is going to give the big girls a run for their money, she sang Listen quite well but I think she could have been a bit more melodic. Is there enough room for two big girls in the Top 12? Quirky Brooke Wilkie lost her voice due to illness and unfortunately, shit happens – you don’t get another go next week. It’s a shame because her Top 100 performances were pretty cool and unlike last year’s quirky girl, she can sing. I was also going for Thanh Bui, but I think it was a sympathy vote because he’s Asian. His performance of One (U2) was, as the judges said, a bit boy band. Luke Dickens, the rock dude sang well, but he’s not my Idol material – a bit too rough. I have a bad feeling this year’s Matt Corby, Tom Williams will get through on his young, dreamboat looks – and he sang such a daggy song!
I missed quite a lot of Idol last year when I went overseas. No plans or $ to go anywhere this year – so it’s going to be Idol Central at the House of Wongillies!!!

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Sep 02

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