Monthly Archives: August 2006

Word of the Day

ONIOCHALASIA
on-i-o-chal-asi-a n.

The purchasing of objects as a form of mental relaxation. Otherwise known as “Retail Therapy”.

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Word of the Day

I came across some interesting words whilst reading someone else’s blog, and thought I’d add them to mine as these words actually apply to my life. Here’s the first one …

SCELEROPHILIA
Scel-er-o-phil-i-a n. An attraction to bad guys or unsavory characters.

My family and friends will agree wholeheartedly with this one – I suffer from a bad case of scelerophilia – for evidence, please see previous posts regarding Blasts from the Past.

Blast From The Past – Part 2

An update on the Blasts from the Past:

Happy Chappy (aka LC)

Surprisingly, I did receive a text message from LC. Even more surprisingly, I agreed to meet him for a coffee. And wound up realising why we lost touch in the first place.

LC was just as I remembered him – a little bulkier, but still the same cheeky grin. We caught up on the lost years – I told him about my life, and in return, he told me about his search for the perfect job (which has seen him jump from job to job), his sister SC had indeed got married, and he was still dating the same girl. We were basically done in 15 minutes.

Just before we left the café, I had to find out the real reason for my excommunication by SC. Turns out I was right – SC found out about the relationship that had developed between LC and me, and blamed me “for instigating the relationship and for relentlessly pursuing LC until he gave into my demands”. Last I checked, LC actually did the chasing, and I fought him off for years before I relented. The icing on the cake, though, was hearing from LC personally that he did not, ever, not even once, defend me, nor admit that the relationship was just as much his “fault” as it was mine.

I have now erased all of his details from my records, and have resolved to never willingly subject myself to any further contact from him again.

Staffy

Staffy texted me 2 weeks ago. I will not know for a long time what he actually wanted to say to me that day, as he has become incommunicado again. I just hope he’s ok.

The Airhead (aka KW)

KW’s birthday party was almost 4 weeks ago, an event that I did not attend. In my defence, I was indisposed that weekend, after taking an unscheduled trip to the hospital and spending the entire weekend residing in one of the finer suites.

I hope she had a great time at her party. She’s no longer speaking to me. I had achieved the desired effect.

Big Brother – Is Anyone Still Watching??

Is it just me or did it feel like Big Brother 2006 would never end?

The winner has just been announced (some headband wearing blonde kid who took home around $500,000 in cash and prizes who will no doubt milk his 15 seconds of fame for all its worth), and I am breathing a sigh of relief that Australia may never have to deal with this poor excuse for entertainment and ratings grab.

Only a few weeks ago, I had hoped the series would end, but on a recent Sunday night, whilst waiting for another show to start on Ten, I caught the end of the “Live Eviction” where BB announced 2 more housemates were entering the house the following week. They had just kicked out 2 male “fantastic housemates” (read: “idiots”) for a “foolish” incident (read: “sexual assault”) involving a female housemate (who was left to explain the “foolish” incident to the rest of the house on national television and now won’t press charges) – so why were they refilling the house with more people?

And these 2 new people were on top of intruders and other such people who have been put inside the house. I’m surprised there were still enough beds to go around – oh, wait – that’s what BB wanted – ratings.

And could Gretel Killeen be any more contemptuous to the housemates?

The 6th series of Big Brother in Australia kicked off earlier this year, with the usual fanfare and hoo har and the obligatory claims of “world firsts” to suck in the unsuspecting. I, for one, was not going to be sucked in again, and steadfastly refused to watch any episodes.

I am a reformed Big Brother fan. I was fascinated by the “social experiment”, where strangers consented to voluntary imprisonment in order to reap prizes and 15 seconds of fame. I was glued to the TV for the first series, where we saw an unassuming ex-bouncer Ben (who was bounced out of a job at my local) take the dubious honours of being the first Australian BB winner. For most of the second series, the romantic in me was hooked by the romance that unfolded between Jess the Flamboyant and Marty the Farm Boy. I cheered on Ben the copper in the 3rd series, whose aggressive nature pushed an emotionally unstable Belinda to threaten physical violence and death against him. And I cried tears of joy when Trevor, on national television, proposed to his girlfriend seconds after he was announced the winner of the 4th series.

So what turned me off the show from which I can still quote past contestants? The contestants from the last series as well as this one are awful – they are poor imitations of white trash – loud, brash and undignified. Plus I’d spent 6 months on the other side of BB, during the 4th series. I worked with the people who “manage” the “careers” of the housemates.

The bad taste in my mouth from that experience still lingers, and after the 4th series, I vowed to never voluntarily watch the show, ever again.

The housemates from the 4th series weren’t all that bad – most of them were lovely kids who applied to be on the show to win prizes. Most had the eye on the big prize, and all had hopes of translating their 15 seconds of fame into something longer lasting. After all, Blair from BB1 landed a role on Neighbours which lasted nearly 5 years, and other past housemates have had mediocre success on TV and in radio.

It is just a shame then that the housemates in the ensuing series are just so unlikeable.

It has come to light, since the “foolish” incident a number of weeks ago that more unsavoury incidents have occurred in the house in the past. More distressingly, there were other truths unearthed about current and former housemates. Is Ten that desperate for ratings that they would stoop to any length to get these “interesting” people to voluntarily be locked inside a house and let nature take its course?

One would have thought Ten might have learnt a lesson or two after the questionable behaviour of some of the housemates in the 5th series – debauchery, indecent exposure, harassment, bullying – and that’s just scratching the surface of misdemeanours committed by the housemates inside the house. Once on the outside, armed with the age-old “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” more bad behaviour followed, leading to one housemate being arrested for a lewd act in public. He’s gone on to “star” in a late night game show on Ten – which makes me wonder why I spent years earning my degree and working my butt off for a decent living if getting arrested and behaving badly was all that was needed to have a relatively lucrative TV career.

The “foolish” incident ensured BB captured the spotlight, and even moved the Prime Minister to decree the show as “stupid”. The public called for the show to be axed, and for plan for future shows to be shelved. Yet Ten soldiered on and kept the show moving, even introducing more people to the show in its dying weeks, making this series the longest in its history, with the most number of Z-listers produced from one reality TV show.

Will Ten learn from the train wreck that was this year’s BB? Only time will tell, but if I was a betting person, I’d put my money on “same time, same channel – see you next year”.

Incidentally:

1. From the “Where Are They Now” files, the winner from the 3rd series has come full circle when it was reported that she was looking to purchase a fish and chips shop. Reggie, the simple takeaway shopgirl from Tasmania, sold her takeaway shop shortly after she became the first female Australian BB winner. Thereafter, she divorced her husband and became embroiled in a torrid relationship that saw her winnings drained by a former boyfriend. She subsequently took to the skies as a stewardess for Virgin Blue, but had to quit her “dream job” when she didn’t / couldn’t / wouldn’t get along with her fellow steward staff.

2. The female housemate subjected to the “foolish” incident in BB06 finished in second place. Here’s hoping she’ll fade into the background before too long.