It’s the Chairwoman’s birthday weekend open thread


by Katy
23rd June, 2007 at 11:15 am    

Please leave your birthday greetings for my fabulous mother, the Chairwoman, and anything else that you fancy in the comments below. No politics please.


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  1. ZinZin — on 23rd June, 2007 at 12:58 pm  

    Happy Birthday Chairwoman. Enjoy your 21st birthday.

  2. Rumbold — on 23rd June, 2007 at 1:00 pm  

    I thought that she was 23 ZinZin. Happy birthday Chairwoman; is this open thread a way for Katy to apologize for not getting you anything?

  3. Chairwoman — on 23rd June, 2007 at 1:03 pm  

    ZinZin – Thank you. It’s wonderful to finally have my own front door key :-)

    Rumbold – Thank you too. I very much doubt it, Katy is the most generous gift-giver I have ever known.

  4. Amrit — on 23rd June, 2007 at 1:28 pm  

    Happy Birthday, oh fabulose Chairwoman! I might not be a regular visitor to this site, but… um… you are. And you are often the much-needed voice of reason in heated debates. So have a great day. :-D

  5. Anas — on 23rd June, 2007 at 1:31 pm  

    Have a very wonderful birthday dear Chairwoman, and many many happy returns. Hope you get lots of nice prezzies and delicious cake :D

  6. Chairwoman — on 23rd June, 2007 at 1:40 pm  

    Amrit – Thank you for your good wishes. :-)

    Anas – Thank you very much, Katy is going to bake one of her fabulous creations! :-)

  7. Kulvinder — on 23rd June, 2007 at 1:44 pm  

    Happy birthday :)

  8. Kathryn — on 23rd June, 2007 at 2:47 pm  

    Happy birthday! Hope some sun is making its way over to England.

  9. sid — on 23rd June, 2007 at 4:00 pm  

    Happy birthday auntyji!

  10. Don — on 23rd June, 2007 at 4:32 pm  

    Happy birthday and many, many more.

    Have you had the balloon ride pressie yet? My mate did, and the following year a micro-lite flight voucher. As he remarked, ‘Why is it that at a certain age your family think it’s appropriate to give life-threatening presents?’

  11. Jai — on 23rd June, 2007 at 6:23 pm  

    Chairwoman,

    As PP’s resident honourary auntieji (you, not me, obviously), may I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Birthday surrounded by your favourite people, and doing the things you enjoy the most.

    Katy is lucky and blessed to have you as her mother.

    It’s wonderful to finally have my own front door key

    Well, it’s about damn time Katy let you come outside your bedroom during the daytime. I hope she finally fixes the central heating so it extends to your room this winter too, instead of just saying “Here’s a cigarette lighter for you to rub your hands over and a jalapeno-cream cheese popper for you to gnaw on, that should warm you up for a few minutes.”

  12. sabinaahmed — on 23rd June, 2007 at 6:23 pm  

    Happy Birthday Chairwoman,as stated before you are the voice of reason and wisdom in most debates.
    And if I may add, the only person who bothers to reply to my “useless” posts on this board.
    Have a great day.

  13. Jai — on 23rd June, 2007 at 6:39 pm  

    and anything else that you fancy in the comments below.

    I don’t normally like rock music (apart from Hendrix), but I love the following song by Evanescence. A nice (mostly) quiet romantic number, for romantic old fools like me everywhere.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxQrPXPSVhQ

    (I think the lead singer looks very nice in this video too).

    And, a special treat for those of you who are Prince fans like me…..

    Here’s a live performance of “The Question of U” by the great man himself:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xu16k_prince-question-of-u-the-one

    And, from the same website, a huge archive of his vids, including many, many songs performed live:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/related/1401212/1

    I thank you. *Jai bows with a flourish*

  14. Sunny — on 23rd June, 2007 at 7:18 pm  

    happy birthday! I’m sure Katy made you some nice food.

  15. Chairwoman — on 23rd June, 2007 at 7:18 pm  

    Kulvinder – Thank you

    Sid – Thank you too

    Kathryn – Thank you, the weather has been a mixture of sunshine and thunder storms today, and I’ve enjoyed both!

    Don – I can do a 747 or 737 fairly well, but anything smaller, and I start to twitch. Thank you for your good wishes.

    Jai – I’m having a good day, thank you, and look forward to the jalepeno popper!

    Sabinaahmed – Thanks for the good wishes. Far from being useless, I think your posts are always to the point and even-handed.

    I’m sorry I took so long to say thanks to some of you, but I’ve spent the afternoon watching somethin g on ebay. Which I won, at a very good price.

    Now, I hope, here’s a row of smileys!

    :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  16. Chairwoman — on 23rd June, 2007 at 7:19 pm  

    Sunny – Thank you, she’s planning something spectacular!

  17. Katy Newton — on 23rd June, 2007 at 7:46 pm  

    Photos of the aforementioned food will be posted tomorrow. Oh yes.

  18. Clairwil — on 23rd June, 2007 at 8:18 pm  
  19. Peace — on 23rd June, 2007 at 8:50 pm  

    Heres one birthday I wish would be celebrated everyday by everyone.

    The UN will be observing Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as the International Day of Non-Violence every year.

    Hopeful

  20. Refresh — on 23rd June, 2007 at 11:01 pm  

    Chairwoman

    Happy Birthday.

    Never got used to the idea of celebrating my own, probably because it falls on the same day as someone who is globally far more significant than me.

  21. Rumbold — on 23rd June, 2007 at 11:43 pm  

    Katy’s mother:

    Do you prefer Chairwoman or the Chairwoman? I was just wondering about what the correct usage was.

  22. douglas clark — on 24th June, 2007 at 10:39 am  

    Chairwoman,

    Congratulations. You are often the voice of reason on here.

  23. Chairwoman — on 24th June, 2007 at 1:53 pm  

    Clairwil – Thank you.

    Refresh – Birthdays are strange things anyway. But I like the good wishes and the presents!

    Douglas – I have my moments!

    Rumbold – I prefer Chairwoman. If I ever get into hospital and become mobile, I’ll have to think of something else. Perhaps ‘The person formerly known as chairwoman’.

    Peace – Let’s all celebrate Ghandi’s birthday!

    Now for another row of Smileys!

    :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  24. El Cid — on 24th June, 2007 at 2:04 pm  

    Happy birthday Chairy, from a very busy El Cid taking a break.

    Here’s a little anecdote to warm your cockles. It my 3 year old who is a bit of a handful and sharp with it.
    Grandpa: “If you don’t stop doing that I’ll send you to the naughty step.”
    Manolito: “You haven’t got a naughty step because you live in a BUNGALOW, silly. And even if you did have one, it wouldn’t go anywhere.” Class

  25. Chairwoman — on 24th June, 2007 at 5:04 pm  

    Rodrigo – Hello! Thank you for the birthday greetings, and I think you’re going to have keep a very alert eye on young Manolito :-)

  26. Anas — on 24th June, 2007 at 5:39 pm  

    RE Jai’s post 13. I don’t really get Prince. I mean I do love some of his songs, but he’s somehow too fragile and too vulnerable, in fact too effiminate for me to really appreciate as a performer. I think there’s gotta be a balance of masculine and feminine in every great artist, at least in Rock and as great a musician as Prince is, he falls short of that. Take Hendrix for example, he had it down perfectly, that vulnerabilty and slight androgyny, but he also came up with Purple Haze — which I think might be the greatest Rock song ever.

  27. Jai — on 24th June, 2007 at 6:11 pm  

    I mean I do love some of his songs, but he’s somehow too fragile and too vulnerable, in fact too effiminate for me to really appreciate as a performer.

    If this refers to how he is in real life, I recommend watching him being interviewed (on the rare occasions that this occurs). Prince is very far indeed from being effeminate — and he has a surprisingly resonant baritone speaking voice. Michael Jackson he definitely ain’t.

    I think there’s gotta be a balance of masculine and feminine in every great artist,

    Prince definitely does veer towards the androgynous side occasionally (maybe less so these days) and I do agree completely that he plays a lot with the pseudo-feminine persona — too much for my liking, although you “get used to it”, especially when you remember that he’s an “artist” and a lot of it probably has to do with creating an appropriate “commercial/stage persona” — however, if you listen to enough of his music and, particularly, if you’ve seen him playing live, I think the guy does achieve a pretty good balance. He’s actually quite a quietly macho dude underneath it all, although obviously he does simultaneously have a deeply romantic streak.

    And you can’t fault his taste in women, who tend to be world-class beauties, whether in real life, dancers performing with him on stage, or models in his videos ;)

    at least in Rock

    I think that Prince’s music defies categorisation, although “Rock” is definitely one element of it. But in this sense he’s probably much closer to Lenny Kravitz — incidentally, with whom he performed on stage in his live concert video “Rave Un2 The Year 2000″ — rather than what constitutes most of the genre these days.

  28. Don — on 24th June, 2007 at 6:51 pm  

    I have to say I have never seen why Prince is so celebrated. Personal taste, obviously, but does zero for me.

    Currently listening to Lucinda Williams, Dan Hicks and Chuck E Weiss. But then, my idea of a fun night is Jarvis Cocker,Shane Macgowan,Pete Doherty & Nick Cave barking like dogs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPc_b69YrtM

  29. Chairwoman — on 24th June, 2007 at 7:38 pm  

    Katy has tickets to see Prince!

  30. justforfun — on 25th June, 2007 at 8:53 am  

    Happy Birthday + 2 Chairwoman.

    Hope you had a good time with your family. I hope you kept some chocolate cake for your pets. My Mum insists on it to bring luck for next year. Luckily every living creature loves chocolate cake.

    Justforfun

  31. Katy — on 25th June, 2007 at 8:57 am  

    I am afraid I cannot post a picture of the pie that I made Mum because half of it is now gone, but it was an ascot fruit tart, which is coconut pastry filled with lemon custard cream and topped with blueberries and raspberries. I know it sounds a bit much on the flavour front but actually it works beautifully.

  32. Katy — on 25th June, 2007 at 8:59 am  

    In fact, I can sort of post a photo. Well, I can direct you to a photo. If you look at this photo here, the blueberry and raspberry topped tart is the Ascot Fruit Tart.

    Yes I am a marvellous cook. All bow down and worship me.

  33. sonia — on 25th June, 2007 at 12:32 pm  

    I hope you had a wonderful Birthday weekend Chairwoman Auntie!

  34. Anas — on 25th June, 2007 at 5:36 pm  

    Prince definitely does veer towards the androgynous side occasionally (maybe less so these days) and I do agree completely that he plays a lot with the pseudo-feminine persona — too much for my liking, although you “get used to it”, especially when you remember that he’s an “artist” and a lot of it probably has to do with creating an appropriate “commercial/stage persona” — however, if you listen to enough of his music and, particularly, if you’ve seen him playing live, I think the guy does achieve a pretty good balance. He’s actually quite a quietly macho dude underneath it all, although obviously he does simultaneously have a deeply romantic streak.

    Well I was referring to his music. I will admit I haven’t heard that much Prince, but I have heard a lot of what is reckoned to be his significant material, e.g., Purple Rain, Sign O’the Times, 1999, Parade, etc (tho I haven’t seen or heard any live footage). And the thing is, it is a bit…too over the top for me. Don’t get me wrong, the guy is outrageously talented. But I was listening to Sign O the times recently and as much as I admire it, there’s something in it that leaves me a bit cold. Then I put on my new favourite record Gentlemen by the Afghan Whigs, which is really testosterone fuelled and heavy — tho very literate at the same time — and I kind of put my finger on what it was that I missed out on in Prince. But at the end of the day it’s my loss, I guess, given how much other people seem to get out of his music.

  35. sonia — on 25th June, 2007 at 5:42 pm  

    heh Katy :-)

  36. Jai — on 25th June, 2007 at 7:09 pm  

    but I have heard a lot of what is reckoned to be his significant material,

    I’d also recommend “The Black Album” and “Graffiti Bridge”.

    tho I haven’t seen or heard any live footage

    You will not “get” Prince unless and until you see him playing live. Huge numbers of clips can be seen in the second URL link I provided in #13. I’d also recommend you check out the DVDs for his concerts “Sign O’ The Times”, “Lovesexy 88 Live”, along with the pre-millennium gig I mentioned previously, and a more recent concert he performed in Las Vegas.

    I though that the Lovesexy concert in particular was awesome. If nothing else, at least take a look at his performance at the last Brit awards, at the following link:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/related/1401212/video/xgsqm_prince-live-brit-awards-2006

    And the thing is, it is a bit…too over the top for me.

    Well, yeah, he is a bit…..flamboyant. But man, if you think his albums are OTT, wait until you see his live performances. You’ll have to think of a new term to describe them, as “OTT” will no longer be enough.

    But I was listening to Sign O the times recently and as much as I admire it, there’s something in it that leaves me a bit cold.

    Blasphemy. Just for that, you deserve to be buried up to your neck and have people throw purple paint at your head.

    Then I put on my new favourite record Gentlemen by the Afghan Whigs, which is really testosterone fuelled and heavy

    Well, Prince isn’t a “blokey” bloke, obviously, although he has his macho moments as previously mentioned.

    In any case, the best rock song ever may not be Purple Haze, but Voodoo Chile. Now that’s a head-bangingly macho song. Great stuff.

  37. Jagdeep — on 25th June, 2007 at 7:17 pm  

    Happy Birthday Chairwoman.

  38. Jagdeep — on 25th June, 2007 at 7:26 pm  

    Never got used to the idea of celebrating my own, probably because it falls on the same day as someone who is globally far more significant than me.

    Refresh, I’ve told you before, you don’t have to be subdued on our shared birthday.

  39. Muzumdar — on 25th June, 2007 at 10:03 pm  

    Jagdeep

    Refresh, I’ve told you before, you don’t have to be subdued on our shared birthday.

    Normally, your monotone, anodyne, logic-defying posts are about as entertaining as Ian Duncan Smith.

    But that was brilliant.

  40. Jean-Luc Gascard — on 25th June, 2007 at 10:14 pm  

    ‘appy birthday.
    may you find ‘apeness on your birthday.

    postscriptum: now ah know where Katy get’s her good looks from. :-)

  41. Jagdeep — on 26th June, 2007 at 12:01 am  

    Oh Mazumdar you don’t have to show so much false modesty by projecting your many impressive qualities onto me. I bet in real life you’re a laugh a minute and one day you will actually make a friend. Just have self belief and confidence and one day the dustbin man will return your smile and nervous wave.

  42. Jai — on 26th June, 2007 at 6:25 pm  

    Katy has tickets to see Prince!

    Well, spank me silly and call me “Lohit”.

    Chairwoman, if I were you I’d lock Katy in her bedroom and not allow her within 200 miles of The Purple One.

    The phrase “Lock up your daughters” was invented specifically for Prince. I don’t think you realise what kind of womanising love genie you’re letting your daughter get exposed to. God knows what will happen if he casts his lascivious gaze on her shy, sheltered visage.

    Before you know it, it’ll be “Goodbye Pickled Politics, Hello Minneapolis”.

    After all, what do you think happened to “Jay Singh”, who was actually a woman ? “He” has now joined the harem in Paisley Park, along with other mysteriously-disappeared beauties like Sheena Easton and that foxy chick who played “Mad Maya” in Coronation Street.

  43. Anas — on 26th June, 2007 at 7:59 pm  

    Isn’t Prince a jehovah’s witness now anyway?

  44. Tahir — on 27th June, 2007 at 1:53 am  

    OKay , ALL ASIANS MUST SEE THIS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fViV66t8pJw

    So brilliant for tenancity

    Happy Birthday Chairwoman ,

  45. Chairwoman — on 27th June, 2007 at 9:20 am  

    To everyone who has been kind enough to wish me a happy birthday, thank you very much.

    I had a lovely day, with excellent presents, great food, and no arguments.

    What more could anyone want?

    And now, for the last time, a row of smileys!

    :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  46. leon — on 27th June, 2007 at 10:58 am  

    Katy has tickets to see Prince!

    OMG!

    And er sorry, been offline the last few days, my belated birthday wishes to you.:)

  47. sonia — on 27th June, 2007 at 11:34 am  

    i dont’ get the all asians must see this – why ?

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