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Nothing Like a Friday Night

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Wow … I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I’ve had such a long week, I wanted Friday to come so bad and it’s almost like now it’s here and I’m not prepared for it.

So … what am I going to do tonight? Definitely watch The Ity & Fancy Cat Show! It is the best local comedy show I’ve seen since Oliver at Large and Titus … yes, nothing after those came close. Ity and Fancy are taking “almshouse” as we would say in Jamdown to a new level. There “How Would You React” segment going to get them in trouble … I believe so fi real. Dem cyaan do dem tings dere inna Jamaica where people tek dem tings so serious. It’s just like Twin of Twins getting arrested shortly after the release of their “Stir It Up, Volume 7” CD … all because people cyaan take a joke any more. I’m sorry but I just have to laugh at jokes being made at Vybz Kartel’s Gaza and Movado’s Gully … I find it all so hilarious!

Anyhoo, onto more serious things. To my Jamaican peeps, what do you think about all this excitement being created about the fact that the National Security Minister had to be flown to Miami to do surgery allegedly to remove his gall bladder? To my other Caribbean folks, this has sparked a debate about the government’s confidence in the health care system in Jamaica, coming about because of the incident. All this being discussed in the public domain. I thought to myself, we’re becoming more and more like CNN every day … sensationalizing every single thing that happens it’s ridiculous. As someone who had their gall bladder removed right here, I want to believe that the gall bladder story is just a conspiracy theory and that he really went because of serious intestinal issues that required more expert attention … not that I really accept it but … let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.

I think the highlight for me this week, was an article in the Sunday papers, both of them in fact, on the front page, an interview with our Police Commmissioner, Rear Admiral Hartley Lewis, calling for political unity on the crime issue … In a nutshell, he talked about the fact that the 2 major political parties are not willing to come together to tackle the issue head on, as one doesn’t want to help the other to win another 5 years in Gordon House. How many people have to be murdered for them to realize that the only people who win are the criminals? How many more mothers will have to bury their sons and daughters, grandsons and nieces, before they realize that the only people who pay the price are the victims? I’m so sick and tired of the political rhetoric on this matter that I no longer pay attention to them when they talk about what they are going to do. I admit, I see baby steps in that they are seriously tackling the matter of corruption in the police force. Never before in our history have we seen so many policemen arrested, tried and convicted for corruption charges. It is a refreshing new paradigm shift for the country. Many more like that and a few politicians added to the list will definitely raise my confidence 0.5 of a bar in the Justice system.

So many other things of interest have happened, but I think I’ve been serious enough for one night that I’m supposed to be relaxing.

Blog peeps, enjoy the weekend for those who read this before this weekend is over and for those who read it after, you can apply it to the next applicable one. Giving you one of my favourite throwback tunes to start the party … Bless up.

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What a Sumting

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So, the Reggae Sumfest people had a press conference today to talk about the Lifetime Achievement Award they were going to award to Michael Jackson at this year’s staging of the popular concert.  It seems Tito Jackson, one of Michael’s brothers and his band will be coming to Reggae Sumfest to accept the award on his late brother’s behalf and also perform at the show.  It hasn’t been confirmed if Jackie and Randy will also be arriving in the island on July 24 with Tito and the crew.  Also, Michael’s offspring, Prince, Paris and Blanket along with Grandma Katherine will also be coming to Jamaica for a much needed vacation.

All I know is if Sumfest tickets weren’t being sold yet, they will be going like hot bread as we like to say.

Not much to report today.  Just glad it’s almost Friday and looking forward to the weekend.  I should be attending a wedding shower for a close friend of mine with the theme “French Connection Naughty or Nice?” … sounds like fun!

One thing I can say, since I got my new toy, we’ll call her La La … my laptop that is, my sleep time has been cut short since I don’t go to bed until close to 12.  My body not used to that at all!  So, I’ll be calling it a night early tonight out of respect for my body.

G’Night blog peeps.

CD and TV Land

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Yesterday proved to be a very interesting day on TV for 2 reasons …

The 1st of 2 semi final matches of School’s Challenge Quiz was played yesterday between Ardenne and Titchfield High School.  I am so impressed with Titchfield’s performance this year!  I don’t know much statistics on the past SCQ tournaments, but I don’t recall Titchfield ever making it this far in the competition.  Today will also see another interesting semi final match as the arrogant, obnoxious, greatest thing since condensed milk  (I hate them!!!) Kingston College going up against the great Wolmers Boys School.  This is a match that should not be missed.  Needless to say that I’m fully behind Wolmers as I never support KC in anything, nothing, nada.

Another interesting tidbit about the competition this year and one of the finalists, Ardenne, is that the team is all female … and Ardenne is a co-ed school.  Usually, you find the male species dominating in these arenas as it gives them and their super-large egos the opportunity to showcase their talent and high level of intelligence.  The girls have been on form though, beating Titchfield 55 to 31 yesterday.

So, either way, the finals will be a battle of the sexes … and no doubt the match will be nail biting and as they always say, be a ding dong battle to the end.  GO ARDENNE!

On another note, I think I have finally made my official choice for winning American Idol Season 8 … ADAM LAMBERT ALL THE WAY! The guy has got it going on! He is hot – blazing the stage with every performance – displaying his enormous talent in range, pitch – cleaning up real nice in a suit, with his hair slicked back and no nail polish … hot!!

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Last night the contestants performed Motown hits under the mentorship of Smokey Robinson, one of Motown’s most successful artists.  Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown was also at last night’s performance.  The competition is really stiff as it usually is at this stage of the competition.  For me, the worst performances were Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Danny Gokey.  I suspect these may be in the bottom 3 tonight.

Wow!  What a day in TV land!

Party Like A Rockstar …

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idol-logo1I think I may have lost my calling.  American Idol Season 8 has brought another set of talented individuals to the fore.  Although I wasn’t able to see all the auditions and holly wood week (no cable at the hospital … ugh), I was home to see the selection of the final 13 contestants.

While watching the performances and I chose a total of 9 of the 13 finalists!  Yes, I single handedly assessed the performances of the wanna be stars and successfully chose winners.  Am I good or what?

I have chosed my favourites … I have 2 of them … And they are …

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Allison Iraheta … the 16 year old songstress from LA that has a voice to die for …

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Adam Lambert, 26 year old crooner also from LA, who has a stage presence that makes you want to jump on the stage, bump and grind your hips into his, hoping he’ll grab your ass in the process … yeah, yeah, ohhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhh!!!

I definitely see one of these 2 winning the competion and so far the judges are in agreement with me.

This season of Idol seems a lot more refreshing, even with Simon’s insults … and I thought it interesting that they introduced the “Judges Save” concept to the competition.  I think this does give someone who has talent the opportunity to move on in the contest if America votes them off!

Since I’m home with nothing to do, I can watch all my favourite shows … it is so cool!  I intend to keep it up when I go back to work though … believe that!

Anyone watches idol?  What you tink??

R Kelly’s Response

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While going home from dinner on New Year’s Day, I heard a remix of Beyonce, ummm … sorry … Sasha Fierce’s “If I Were A Boy” with  one of R&B’s greatest artists, R. Kelly.  I Love It!  Some ladies might not like his response but I think he’s right on the money.  Check it out and let CD know what you think!!

The Spirit of Giving

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The spirit of giving always seems to take the limelight at this time of year, when all focus should be on love, support, helping and giving.  Orville Burrell, aka Shaggy has adopted the cause of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, by putting on a fundraiser concert, this Saturday, January 3, 2009.  It is to raise funds to purchase well needed equipment to be able to save more lives of our children, in the largest children’s hospital in the English speaking caribbean.  The below video had me rocking and singing and thinking how I could make it to the concert, ticket starting price J$5,000 peaking at J$20,000.  You can get more information on the concert by clicking here.

The video gave me the same feeling as when “We are the World” was released back in 1985.

The concert has a wonderful line up and should make for good quality entertainment.  I encourage everyone to go, or at least to support the cause.  Too many times, we hear on the news or meet someone who has had the unfortunate experience of losing a child because they couldn’t get the treatment they needed locally and could not afford to go overseas to get it. As a mother, it touches me deeply and in whatever way I can, I’ll try to support the cause.