What's this song?

Here’s one for all you trendy young things: a ten second snippet of Dead Like Me Series 1 Episode 14 with a song that I keep hearing and cannot identify. I’ve played it loads of people, I’ve described the track, and people have come up with other songs with similar words, but not this one.

It’s all the things I like in a song! Slow, sad, good backing vocals, eminently hummable.

So what is it?!

A-boom boom bah!


EDIT: Thanks to Will who has correctly identified it as Boom boom ba by Métisse. Will, I’m impressed your hearing is good enough to pick out the lyrics from behind the dialogue. Nothing I could actually hear was likely to be unique to a particular song.

Rob: The Shazam link looks fascinating, I’m tempted to use the thing just for the pure technology even though I now know what the song is.

And a final point — this song appears on the sound track for the movie, The Next Best Thing, the Madonna slash Rupert Everett gay slash straight slash parenting flick that was seminal to my MA thesis on on heterosociality. Which is probably where I’ve heard the song before, and probably, when it cropped back up again, why it sounded like something I ought to get to know. Certainly better than Madge’s rendition of American Pie.

Meme tagging

I’ve been tagged with another one.

1. Delve into my blog archive.
2. Find my 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in my blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas…
5. Tag five people to do the same.

Well, if you use WordPress, it numbers the index, so you can find post 23 at
http://www.alexfoster.me.uk/?p=23 and the fifth sentence is

Sure, it won’t get my clothes dry but in ONLY 12 DAYS I’ll be well past caring.

There we go.

I take memes on a voluntary basis. If anyone wants to do this themselves, feel free.

All booked

We’re off to see Lynda Carter appearing as Mama Morton in Chicago. And all because I happened to hear the Wonder Woman theme on Woman’s Hour last week.

I’m going because it’s Chicago. And I love musicals. P’s going for the chance to badger Wonder Woman at the stage door.

Personally, I’d rather see Jenni Murray as Mama Morton.

Three reminders of my French holiday

You know, I’d almost forgotten that I’d ever been on holiday in France, but this weekend, three things have reminded me.

At Lib Dem Regional Conference, D, who;s doing up a farmhouse I nearly visited in the Champagne region, asked me how it went, and it was so far from my mind that I completely forgot to mention I’d stayed in Eparnay, Reims and Troyes.

When I got home from the conference, I found that my prints had come: whilst I was claiming the Aiguille du Midi, I ran out of space on my digital camera, so bought a disposable one which I’d only a week ago remembered to develop. The photos are back and have gone onto flickr.

And on flickr, a random encounter. Someone was searching for photos of Vauban architecture for a new flickr group and happened across my pictures of Villefrance-sur-conflent in the Pyrenees.

Those six weeks seem so far away now. I should be reminded daily of my trip — I have a photo of it as wallpaper on my computer — and yet somehow it had almost completely slipped my mind.

A few tests

Big Five Test Results
Extroversion (32%) moderately low which suggests you are reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and private.
Accommodation (34%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly selfish, uncooperative, and difficult at the expense of the well being of others.
Orderliness (32%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, random, scattered, and fun seeking at the expense of structure, reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.
Emotional Stability (84%) very high which suggests you are extremely relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.
Inquisitiveness (52%) medium which suggests you are moderately intellectual, curious, and imaginative.

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personality tests by similarminds.com

Interesting blog problem

When I try and connect to my own blog, it asks me to download a file.

Inspecting closer, and I find that http://www.alexfoster.me.uk/index.php works fine, but http://www.alexfoster.me.uk asks me ‘you are trying to open a file of the type application/x-httpd-php’ and saves a file that doesn’t do much. It does this in two different browsers for me, and for all the computers on my network.

However, when I try and report it to other WP users, it appears not to be a problem for them.

And other people seem to be able to use the site with no problems. Bizzaro. I’d welcome anyone’s suggestions as to what is going on.

In other news, I’ve made some progress with reading the Agatha Christie book, and chapters 1 to 7 are now available for download from the podcasting link, top right. It appears that my attempted cleverness with tags doesn’t properly work in iTunes, however…?

There are only two Agatha Christie works in Project Gutenberg, and I’ve just discovered why: they’re the only two written before 1923. After that date, the copyright rules change. It’s going to be a long wait until any Miss Marple books end up in the public domain.