Sunday, January 21, 2007

Robbie's new video - She's Madonna

Robbie's new video might be a tad bizarre for some people -- what with Robbie cross-dressing and referring to himself in the third person. If you ask me, I think it's a cool video, loaded with cheekiness. Check out She's Madonna with guest appearances by Bai Ling, Alexis Arquette and a bunch of queens.

There's more to this video than a cross-dressing Robbie. Read more below, from UK's gossip mag Mirror:

Eva Simpson & Caroline Hedley

Robbie Williams is either a very brave or a very foolish man.

The singer is risking the wrath of Madonna's husband Guy Ritchie by raking over the past on a track on his controversial new album.

Both dated leggy TV presenter Tania Strecker - Ritchie before he met Madonna and the Robster after the film director ditched her.

Now Robbie has plundered his own relationship with Tania for material on his experimental album Rudebox74, to be released later this year - but then he seems to have gone further.

Music industry insiders tell us the track She's Madonna is based on an alleged conversation Guy had with Tania when he left her.

According to her version of events, the man behind hit movies Lock, Stock and Snatch ended their romance with the words: "Look, you know I really love you, but she's Madonna."

Our man behind the mixing desk reveals: "It seems Robbie always had this conversation in the back of his mind for a song.

"Probably without realising the subject matter behind the song, Madge gave She's Madonna the thumbs-up when Robbie personally played it to her at her London home earlier this summer.

"No doubt he'll be keeping his fingers crossed that she'll agree to appear in the video when it's a single early next year." The track - a duet with Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys - is already being described as a pop masterpiece.

When unlucky-in-love Robbie, 32, dated Tania back in 2000 it looked as if he'd finally found someone he wanted to settle down with. But he ended the romance after four months because of the stress that it was causing him.

When Ritchie dated the 6ft blonde earlier she described him as the "love of her life" and was devastated when he ditched her for the Queen of Pop.

She said at the time: "Guy knew the best of me and the worst of me, and we still ended up becoming lovers. And then, it didn't work out.

"I always knew I wasn't as important to Guy as his career. He is great, but he needs a very strong woman to get through to him. But it's not so much he's Madonna's match as she's his."

A source adds: "Guy's not going to be happy that all this is being dredged up again. Although everyone concerned has moved on, it's a bit out of order that Robbie has used it as the basis for one of his songs. Surely he has enough stuff to write about."

Robbie's electro-pop album, due for release at the end of September, is his most experimental to date. Rudebox had its first official airplay today, although Radio 1's Scott Mills broke the embargo and played it on Friday.

The track - being released on September 4 - has been given the thumbs-up by fans who have heard it.

As with a lot of Robbie's material, it has references to sex and drugs. But somehow we doubt if Mr Ritchie will be dashing out to buy a copy.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

I should probably start packing soon...

It's been ages since my last post - I'm so bad at this, so bad at getting time to do things for myself. I feel like these days, the only thing that I actually DO for myself is spend 2 hours watching a movie that I actually want to watch (rarity these days) and sleeping. Loooove my beauty sleep.

One more week till I'm officially unemployed again -- leaving Fleishman on Friday, Jan. 26 coz my student visa expires and I can't get work visa until October -- which really really sucks. This means that even though everybody loves me at Fleishman, I can't stay. So my options? Asia. Not like it's a bad thing -- I just watched a travel show on Shanghai and it feels like a really exciting place to be. I'm definitely not romanticizing the city -- I know it's dirty, I know it's polluted and I know it's crawling with people EVERYWHERE. I realize that the older I get, the more agoraphobic I am -- which is strange, considering that most people think that I'm a total extrovert. But Shanghai is on the brink of growth, it's like an 11-year-old gearing to turn 12 -- what's different is that unlike Malaysia, where there's so much potential, isn't going anywhere. In typical "tidak apa" attitude, growth is slow and people wait. I hate waiting. I'm definitely not a waiter. Weird coz I've always felt that I missed a part of my life because I never waited tables for a living. Anyway, back to what I was saying...

The other option is Singapore. Good ol' dependable Singapore. Where East meets West, where meritocracy trumps democracy. And again, these are all initial impressions - I've never worked in Singapore nor Shanghai and the last time I was in Singapore was when I was 12. FH in Singapore is known as the Steady Eddy of Asia, where things are run the way they should. Amazing place to learn, and it's so close to good food back home!

Here's the question -- do I take the safe bet, be content or should I close my eyes and take the leap? It's difficult because I feel like I've been given an opportunity that I shouldn't turn down and my instincts aren't telling me which one's better. Sigh.

On the other front, had my first Irish Car Bomb at Rouge the other night -- pretty yummy stuff -- Stout, Baileys and whiskey, mmm. Unfortunately, was throwing up a couple hours after. My suspicion is that it was the Liquid Cocaine that Hans ordered earlier, not the Car Bomb. Grossest shot I've ever had. Ugh. Jager is grooooooss. On the bright side, I wasn't the only puker. And definitely not most disastrous. Need to get photos from Annie. :)

Okay y'all -- I'm officially back in Penang on February 17. Mark you calendars and CALL ME. I need to eat my ais kacang, char koay teow, won ton mee, hokkien mee (no chilli, no taugeh, add lor!), chee cheung fun (no chilli, not opened) -- HUNGRY! Hate having a stomach flu, can't eat nuts. All I've had for the past 2 days -- apple cider, saltines, porridge. I want food!

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