Tuesday, 13th October '09
2009 Skate Scene Updates
Because I need to consolidate some knowledge before the big Os next year.
So of course I'll start with mon petite prince, fresh and glowing from the Nebelhorn win. I'm ecstatic to say the least! How my heart ached when the news of his competitive retirement broke last October 2008, but now he's returned - I'm guessing not in top form just yet, from the unceremonious *splat* at the short programme - and what a way to stage a comeback! Comparing the total scoresheet to the top contenders from the World's, the likes of Brian Joubert, Evan Lysacek and Patrick Chan are not out of reach.
But you don't care about the punter's breakdown. You want the good stuff, and youtube's got it all.
Short Programme, "William Tell Overture"
The spill on the quad toe makes me sad, but gorgeous costume, clever musical choice (if slightly tacky), and brilliant lines and footwork. Exhilarating at the end.
Long Programme, "Otoņo Porteņo"
Tango Project! Heh. I love this, but I can't get over how Zaini some parts of this are! Two versions for your viewing pleasure. The Nebelhorn version is technically far more sound, of course (can someone say quad toe-double toe-double toe?!?), but the Festa on Ice version has better camerawork and, well, a real costume. I can't say I like the "Two-Face" effect, but well. It's Stephane, he's beautiful in anything.
Exhibition, "Ne Me Quitte Pas"
I still think anything he does is will be downright lovely. Even if set to excruciatingly old sounding music. He HAS to be a genius for the interpretation of this music. And, love the lighting work at the end.
Exhibition, "Tainted Love"
Technically this is a programme from last season, but I do like it. Finally something fun! Uber cool bigband jazz. I've replaced the Festa on Ice recording with one from Kings on Ice in Milano. Stephane can seriously do ANYTHING.
No need to gasp so loud lah! I know I don't usually like anything this guy does - all manner of rude synonyms for "effeminate" come to mind. HOWEVER, I have to give credit to this awesomely COMMITTED performance of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". I mean seriously, can the boy VOGUE!
Exhibition, "Poker Face"
New discovery. If this SP is anything to go by then he has quite the future. Doesn't in any way show the same artistic maturity that Stephane or even Tim Goebel had when they were his age, I think, but Patrick Chan has very nice deep plies and edges and seems more... powerful overall. I dunno, I haven't quite seen enough of him to judge, but I do like what I've seen thus far!
Short Programme, "Tango de los Exiliados"
Kim Yu Na
I don't dig female skaters usually, but these world record breaking performances... whoo! And with Brian Orser behind? Whoo whoo!
Short Programme, "Danse Macabre"
Long Programme, "Scheherazade"
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Wednesday, 7th October '09
This is useful for when I have nothing real to blog about - or I can't blog for reasons of confidentiality and other such fetters.
Social Interview is a pretty neat Facebook application, but I'm sure its manner of publishing the answers one by one would be way too annoying for other FB users... so here's the summary version. Go me.
Question 1 of 22: Would you vote for Zenith Locke if he/she ran for president?
Sure... Canada's president only what. *evil grin*
Question 2 of 22: If you were given $10,000 to spend on Jessica Hooi, what would you buy?
First class plane tickets to Paris, France. Any leftovers go to fine dining, foie gras, and real Champagne.
Question 3 of 22: If you had to invent a new nickname for Cheng Limin, what would it be?
HAHAHHA. You mean other than B***?? I can't do it, the old one was just too perfect.
Question 4 of 22: What will Frederick Voon be doing in 10 years?
Signing autographs at the launch of the 12th reprinting of his Pulitzer prize-winning book. And forwarding us copies of Bounty Issue No. 829,498,372.
Question 5 of 22: Who would win in arm-wrestling - you or Crystal Gui?
Question 6 of 22: Describe Aprine Tan in two words.
DUM. BO. *snigger*
Question 7 of 22: What is your favorite story about Jennifer Goh?
Right this moment, her first meeting with Nitro.
Question 8 of 22: If you could be on any TV show, which one would you pick?
Really tough choice, this! I have to go with "Heroes" just so I can have some superpower.
Question 9 of 22: What does Natalyn Goh look for in a partner?
A hot ass.
Question 10 of 22: If you could travel back in time, where and when would you go?
Sometime in 1990 I believe, to educate Ris Low's dad about the merits of condom-usage.
Question 11 of 22: If somebody handed you a magic lamp and gave you three wishes, what would they be?
Boring question. The standard "I want unlimited wishes" answer applies, of course.
Question 12 of 22: If you had a snail that could talk, what would you name it?
"56K" They're equally slow. I don't get the bit about talking though, I could name a non-talking snail just as easily. The presence of vocal chords is unlikely to make a difference.
Question 13 of 22: If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it and why?
With my family and friends. Again, boring. But I'd take a few moments to check out the conversion rates for Mars Dollars. That's where I'll be going, isn't it?
Question 14 of 22: If you had never met Tay Weiliang, how would your life be different?
I would never have known the joy of Baileys Balls!!!
Question 15 of 22: What is Chun Seong Lim's dream job?
I don't know, to be honest.
Question 16 of 22: Are you friends with any of Yi Fang Tan's friends?
Question 17 of 22: What does Stacey Chok think about you?
That I've kept her Amelie DVD entirely too long.
Question 18 of 22: If you had to dedicate a song to Amanda Leong, what would it be?
Erm, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room? Hahaha... I figure it's the only song I can guarantee she'll like. Though it's not a terribly creative choice, I'll admit.
Question 19 of 22: What is the funniest thing you've ever seen/heard Rozana Bte Ngaman do/say?
Question 20 of 22: If you could tell Wang Shu Li one thing right now, what would it be?
That I'm sorry Social Interview dragged her good name into this inane quiz!
Question 21 of 22: What is Candy Mak good at?
Hiphop. Running off for boyfriend duty. Making me laugh. Leading the way from arts canteen to AS7. Remembering my dinner on days that I forget it myself. Inspiring me.
Question 22 of 22: If they made a movie about Lim Chan Ching, what would it be called?
"More Pictures of My Little Apple". And what a gorgeous movie it would be too!
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