Today I have something a little bit different for you. During my writing class in America, one week we had to write a monologue from the point of view of a well-known person and everyone else had to try and guess who it was. I wanted to see if you could guess mine. I’m looking for the person and the point in their career. Digital high fives to anyone who gets it!
They thought I was just a stupid, bratty kid.
I wasn’t. I made millions. Does that strike you,
as stupid? I mean, I played up to it: they looked at my blonde hair,
and bubblegum optimism and they smiled at me with pity,
like I was dying or something. They thought they were using me.
It was kind of hilarious really.
I may have been sixteen but I understood how the business worked.
Find something they want, and repeat until you’re a washed,
up twenty five year old who’s now a decade out of touch,
and still wears children’s clothes, in a trashy way though.
I fully understood all that then. But I have bigger plans now.
I know how to break the system, how to shock.
I’ve already shown my versatility, I graduated from tacky,
kids performer to fully-formed pop sensation. Not many,
can make the transition, but I did. Do they give me any credit?
Don’t be ridiculous, they can’t see me as the queen I am,
I have only air in my head and boys on the agenda.
Good one. Let them think that, I’ll outsmart them. They’ll think,
I’m crazy but I’ll have gotten exactly what I wanted.
I know how the system works.
I refuse to be washed up, I’ll be back on the radar in no time.
I’m a legend, a national treasure, a nineties sensation.
When a woman has a child, they say her career is over,
a shambles, a joke, if she ever tried to get it back.
She’s reduced to the red circle of shame in trashy magazines,
they call me a bad mother if I want to put something new,
together. ‘She should be with her children’, ‘another,
celebrity letting the nanny bring up the kids’.
They think by following me around, those paparazzi stalkers,
means they’ve pieced together my whole life through their lens,
of money-making, story-breaking, warped humanity.
But it’s all a show. They’re just to oblivious and desperate,
to see what’s in front of their face. Ironic really,
I’m the one playing them, yet, I’m the ditzy idiot?
Watch out for it, it’s going to be a spectacle,
they’ll question my sanity, let them, that’s nothing,
out of the usual. I refuse to fade away, I’d rather burn out.
They’ll think I’m fabulous, or they’ll think I’m attention-seeking.
Either way, I’ll have my kingdom back.
You can’t keep a queen down.
Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire
Proof that Liverpool is the best city, I’ve got the next few weekends sorted for you.
Starting in 2008 as part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations, Brazilica is a parade that celebrates Brazilian music and culture as well as the magic of carnival. The parade sucks in around 30,000 visitors each year; this is probably due to the intoxicating atmosphere. There’s so much going on between drumming bands, samba dancers, colourful costumes and intricate floats. The parade begins on Abercromby Street and will wind down through the city and end in Williamson Square. The event will also host live Brazilian/Afro Latin music on a stage at the waterfront. It’s not to be missed! The event is free. http://brazilicafestival.co.uk
Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)
@ Sefton Park, 21-22nd July
As always this is one of Liverpool’s biggest events of the year and you should be there. The two day festival showcases music from many countries and cultures to celebrate the vibrant history and diversity of our city. This year LIMF has named their theme ‘Co-Exist and Connection’ which seems like an excellent idea to explore this year given the current world political climate. It’s also a great way for Liverpool to celebrate it’s ten year anniversary of Capital of Culture. Artists include Basement Jaxx (DJ set), DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jax Jones. Tickets start at £5 and under 11s go for free. http://www.limfestival.com
Pride is always guaranteed to be an excellent weekend. As it’s still quite a new event in Liverpool, the event continues to blossom an get bigger and better each year. Ran by an entirely volunteer-led charity Pride aims to combat homophobia and transphobia in Liverpool and across the world. Their website states their core values to be FREE, INCLUSIVE, VISIBLE. So whether you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community of just an enthusiatic ally, this weekend is not to be missed. Whether you want to be in the colourful parade through our streets or celebrate from the side of the road it’s up to you. The march will start at Liverpool Central Library and twist though the city to end on Tithebarn Street where a main stage will be set up full of excellent performers including, Atomic Kitten and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. This year Pride will also be hosting events on the Sunday that are more casual, family-friendly. Sunday is about learning, experiencing and making a difference. This event is free. https://liverpoolpride.co.uk
There’s just something magical about the summer, don’t you think?
T-shirt Weather – Circa Waves
Okay kids, after not finishing a single book in May we’re back on the wagon! I managed to finish four books in June and I liked them all, what a revelation! Let’s go:
The Power – Naomi Alderman
I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about this book for a while. Whilst I didn’t love some parts of the book, (for example, the whole ‘mother eve’ thing was just a little to cultish for me. I found the uprising was sometimes focused more on religion than the actual women. But maybe that’s just the atheist in me.) I did enjoy the book as a whole. It was refreshing. And what’s sad is that it seemed radical. The way a world would react to women becoming powerful when we current sit so happily in a patriarchal world. What’s the difference? If you wanna feel powerful, give it a read.
Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig
I loved the formatting of this memoir; it appears somewhat jumbled or disjointed, and maybe that’s the point. Because depression and mental health are not linear or even rational. However, I think each section fits together like a jigsaw and I love that. This book could be just what you need to cling on. So whether you suffer with depression or just want to understand more I’d say definitely read this. It may save your life. Or it might educate you.
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
Having watched this movie years ago, I was excited to pick this book up last year. It didn’t disappoint. It’s easy reading as it’s a middle grade book but the actual themes are pretty hard hitting. Amongst all the gang violence and crime, I think the core idea of this book is that we’re all kind of the same. Yeah, some of us have it better than others and some have it far worse. But on a molecular level we’re all just humans. And we just want to find the best version of ourselves.
Plain Girl – Arthur Miller
Not going to lie, I picked this book up on June 29th because I wanted desperately to keep to my reading goal of the year and that meant finishing another book before the end of June. This book has been on my shelf for a few years now and is very thin. I ended up finishing it on July 1st but we’re counting it! And man, am I glad I picked it up. It’s about communism; what it means to feel beauty; art; finding yourself against the background of world turmoil. I loved it.
Boogie Nights – Heatwave