Monthly Archives: June 2009

Video of the Day – ” Tecktonic Dance”

I got introduced to this dance by a little French friend of mine ( no not my gun:-) scarface reference…anyway) Pretty smooth dancing style perfect for our white cousins

Film review ‘Kabluey’

For the past couple of weeks, Viasat 1 has been airing movies from a particular production house, New Films International. The movies that have been shown have however been a hit and miss.I thoroughly enjoyed ‘ Dating games people play‘ but slept through most of ‘November‘ starring Courteney Cox (plays Monica in Friends).
In addition to the six or so movies I’ve seen from this production company, Kabluey is the best out of the lot in my opinion. It it is movie that talks about a family, that is made up of frustrated-with-life mom, two sons that are out of control( euphemism for Lucifer’s incarnates) and a dad that’s been posted to Iraq. Things naturally get to a boiling point for Leslie ( mom- Lisa Kudrow of Friends fame) who in an act of desperation ,turns to her estranged brother-in-law for help.
Salmon to the rescue.
Things dont get off to a good start with the kids though, the elder of the two in particular, turning on him with their juvenile destructive energy. Salmon eventually gets a menial job working as a walking ad campaign handing out fliers as a marcot for his employers.
The actor-writer-director of this film, Scott Prendergrast does a brilliant job with his impecable comedic timing and delivery. He reminds me of John Heder who plays the lead actor in Napoleon Dynamite ( a cult classic) with his geeky-awkward-funny-without-saying-a-word look.
For those of you who didn’t see the film, buy the DVD or pray for the repeat on VS1.

My Favourite entries

For lack of having anything to blog about for the moment, I have made a list of my favourite postings for the past couple of months. They range from music, arts, video and the like…. so in no particular order…

The curious case of the ‘LAFA’

Van Vicker — shameless ‘LAFArian’

Look i dont know what the whole fuss is about with this ‘LAFA’ ( which stands for Locally Acquired Foreign Accent for those of you who arent in the know) phenomenon as we call it locally. When you really think about it how do people in general acquire their accents? How does someone who has lived all his life within the shores of his/ her mother country, end up talking like someone from east London or New York? Answer: Very simple. Human nature.

When we as human beings, get exposed to a certain culture whether we get to experience it first hand or long distance we will end up picking up elements of that foreign culture; Accent, food, fashion sense and yes, even our taste in women or men for that matter. Whether this happens consciously because one finds it more appealing and cooler to talk like an American or we just slip into the tongue just because we watched too much TV flooded with foreign programs is beside the point. The fact is it happens; its human nature.
People who acquire LAFA are constantly exposed to MTV, CNN, listening to music reading foreign entertainment mags etc…( yes you can acquire LAFA by reading; i was once told i had a Brit accent just because i said ‘pity’ instead of ‘its a shame’ ; and this was when i was instant messaging!

So for me the hating from all of these expats and locals alike is unjustified.The same way our brothers from abroad get offended when we, who are supposed to be their brothers and sisters at home, call them ‘obroni’ or when you call someone a ‘villager’ (derog) because he cant speak proper english we shouldnt label LAFArians as frauds.

There I’ve said my peace so until next time its Later Homies !! 🙂

‘Britain’s Got Talent ‘ UPDATE

I was pleasantly surprised by the show and a bit numbed by the concept however; winning a competition to get an audience with the Queen just didnt go down well with my anti-class alter ego . May be I would have a different view of things hadI grown up in Britain. But thats  in another life 🙂
As expected, the turnout was huge ( not American Idolesque mind you, smaller country:)but the hardwork of sifting and sieving through the human rubish present  must have been monumental.  So after the elimination round where those who couldnt manage to cross that faint line that separates  weirdness  and weird talent, fell by the way side or on this ocassion were ‘X’ed off stage in front of millions . Feel your pain guys especially when you told your ex you were going to be famous after you win the show.
In the end I was pissed because the people I was rooting for lost (Susan and Flawless) .But truth be told I kind of had a sneaky feeling that Flawless werent going to win especially when they were up against a rival dance group with the more pleasing and less cocky name Diversity. Coincidence that the public went for a more embrassing name or they were just better dancers? Better dancers i dont know about that , but with the cute kids and flawless performance Diversity deserved to win. For once Flawless werent so flawless.They just didnt put on a performance worthy of a grand final . [ main problem : shoddy and over-elaborate choreography]

Ooh Susie Susie Susie. I feel for the old gal. Coming from her little corner somewhere in Britain to snatch the hearts of thousands in the process building massive good will and a solid momentum to win the  competition only to fail at the final hurdle. No wonder she ended up seeking medical help of a psychiatric nature ( apparently she’s out as I type these here words) She could have done with more rouge on the cheeks; showbiz is lets face it, about looks and charm so  in the end the more dazzling competitor won.