Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Tuesday 23/09/08

Can I have a housemate in Sydney now please? 

Ideally I would like somebody English, straight and uptight, because this is the demographic I get on best with. 

I want them to be English so that they also have that fish-out-of-water feeling and they seem lost and don’t know where anything is and we can spend nights in together watching BBC repeats on iPlayer feeling nostalgic about the motherland, well, their motherland and my adopted country that I desperately cling on to. 

I want them to be straight so that we become friends and they can gently take the piss / mock me for my sexual preferences, not in an aggressive way of course, but in an endearing “ah, London Preppy is a gay” way, which is a dynamic I’m used to and actually enjoy, as pioneered by Mean, Matty, et al.  Also if they’re straight they can have a girlfriend and we can have a threesome, so that I check out what that’s like. 

I want them to be uptight, because so am I and I don’t want to live with a party animal or somebody who is “chilled out”, “laid back” or “relaxed”.  I.e. I don’t want to be the only one lining up the remote controls on the coffee table. 

If you know anyone with those specifications moving to Sydney at the same time, please let me know.  At this point, I’m happy with two out of three criteria. 

Anyway, then it’s Sunday night and Scott is over at mine and a new episode of Poirot is on, so I make him watch it, but then Scott falls asleep near the end, at the climax, when Poirot is doing his little speech and tells us who the killer was. 

And that’s when I wake Scott up and ask who on earth falls asleep at the end of the episode, when the emotions are high and the action is gripping and we get the answers to all the questions that were formed over the last two hours.  And Scott replies that most people who watch this programme probably fall asleep by the end of it, because they’re all quite old and prone to nap. 

Which leads us to the following questions:

a) Does anyone watch Poirot? 

And if yes: 

b) How old are you? 

Finally, on Monday after work I go to the gym where I do legs and abs, chat to Superman, and see a poster on the wall advertising a gym social event for next month.  This social event is held in one of the aerobics rooms in the gym, includes drinks, chat and a disco and – are you ready?  I know I’m not – a charity auction where you can bid for members of the staff and have them… 

…as your Slave for a Day.  Yes, the poster actually says Slave for a Day.  Slave.  For.  A. Day.  Pale Personal Trainer.  Slave.  Pale.  Day.  A.  Trainer.  Personal.  Slave.  Slave.  Day.  Pale.  Trainer.

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And finally some loose ends:

a) Take part in the Aussielicious competition here if you want

b) This is a new blog that I discovered (through Matt at DBF) and I like.  It’s called Small Step on the Other Side

c) Einai kanenas Ellinas pou to diavazei afto kai menei Ellada kai tha paei sti Madonna to Savvato?  Eimai apla periergos.  Tha eimai ki ego ekei

46 comments:

Gav Dublin said...

Interesting:

Love Poirot: Im 34 years old.
I line up everything, including my collection of shoes. I will only get into my own bed from the right hand side.

I suppose you could call me an anal gay, or is that a tautology, innit.

Anonymous said...

I have always loved Poirot, and also Miss Marple (but not the new one). I am in my thirties now, but have always watched it. Whats not to like, great writing and acting with good production qualities. Beats the X factor or Big Brother..... Ade x

Cockbag LLC said...

How bout uptight, clean, gay American? I would move to Sydney in a heartbeat if I wasn't working on my Ph.D..

James said...

Age 24 - never miss a Poirot. But I prefer Murder She Wrote. Bad luck follows those two around though.

phoenix said...

Stop speaking in tongues! *tries exorcism*

I should stop visiting this blog, I walked past someone whom I thought was you! Unless that was you walking off Tottenham court road about two weeks ago on a weekday evening (no I can't be more specific than that, my memory is like a sieve).

fleetmonkey said...

I watch Poirot - and am 32 - Scott was probably just resting the little grey cells.

Quigley Cox said...

I watch Poirot (and sometimes dress like him!) and I'm 33. Fall asleep? How could one?

Grace said...

I thought you weren't able to watch iPlayer from a different country....

Oooppps... hope I haven't ruined anything with that....

eeek :-S

Eddie said...

I started watching Skins on BBC America and it is way better than Gossip Girl. Does that count for anything?

Chris H said...

I watch Poirot, I'm 26, live in London, gym 3 times a week with a hot boyfriend and share your passion for Agatha Christie type dramas. You can't beat David Suchet working zee little grey cells n'est pas?! This weeks episode wasn't one of the greatest, but still bloody good nonetheless!

I hope this has helped toward your survey of the London Preppy/Poirot viewing public.

C x

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to inform you of this, but I understand you can't access BBC iplayer abroad (at least I don't think you're meant to be able to).

Gazzoir said...

I've been lurking for a while and I am sorry but LP, you can't watch the BBC iPlayer outside the UK.

James said...

iPlayer is restricted to UK IP addresses, so you'll have to find a proxy server in the UK or else watch the ABC's iView.

kim said...

a) Does anyone watch Poirot?

oh god yes

I was going to proclaim my undying love for you yesterday after you simply mentioned him in passing, though got scared, but now you ask, i'll go through with it.

age: 27

shawn said...

I have no idea what Poirot is, but I love that Torchwood you Brits produce. James Marsters and John Barrowman locking lips; how can you go wrong?

Luke_Sydney said...

LP,
Firstly which two out three is acceptable - for me it would have to be straight and uptight.
Yes, I watch Poirot - it is on cable every weekday afternoon at 1730 - UKTV. I am glued to the TV from the 50 min mark and seeing as you asked I 29.

Teya said...

hey sorry for the late response. i havent had internet for days. yea i filmed it at the IAMX gig. it was my first time seeing him live and he completely blew me away!!!! glad you enjoyed the vid :)

Trybaby said...

Are you saying you would tolerate a straight English Slob monster?

bregalad said...

Yes, I watch Poirot sometimes, though I much prefer to read Christie instead. And I am two years younger than you.

The charity auction sounds awesome. Will you be around for it or would you have left?

Dave said...

haha LP, although everyday your blog is incredible, this has to be one of the best in a while

i think pale personal trainer as a slave for a day might bring you more joy then Sydney altogether...think about it

London Preppy said...

gav: Same side here please

ade: These things are true. Maybe it's just too good for the like of Scott. Ha

cock: Yes, that would also be cool. Let me know if you want to drop your studies

james: I used to watch that all the time too

phoenix: Hmm...maybe it was me you know

O'Leary said...

Poirot (and his perfectly waxed moustaches) rock, providing just the right blend of glamour, intrigue and campness to end the perfect weekend. In fact, there is something quintessentially preppyish about the invariably pale skinned, beautifully coiffed people from a distant and somehow innocent time, lethargically lolling and lounging around, with their immaculately refined accents and even more immaculate cigarette holders, only every now and then betraying glimpses of the malice and passions that lie beneath... Sunday's episode was particularly apt, portraying the pale skinned trainer (I mean gardener) flirty and inattainable, and the apparently unscrupulously lethal A-Girl, concealing her wiles, beneath the her winsome non-chalant pout.. and London Preppy? Well there is really only one corresponding character, don't you think?

London Preppy said...

fleet: He just doesn't get it innit

quigley: Scott will fall alseep through anything

grace: DAMN. You're right of course

eddie: I haven't seen Skins. But we'll count it, why not

chris: Did you see the one with the Irish bloke a couple of weeks back? My favourite in the series so far

London Preppy said...

anon / gazz / james / others making points about iplayer: I knew something would go wrong with my plan. This also makes me 2 weeks in Athens more torturous

kim: Yes, I went all out with Poirot today. Undying love reciprocated

shawn: Thanks for calling me a Brit, I love you

dickophile said...

"…as your Slave for a Day. Yes, the poster actually says Slave for a Day. Slave. For. A. Day. Pale Personal Trainer. Slave. Pale. Day. A. Trainer. Personal. Slave. Slave. Day. Pale. Trainer."

haha. genius! you're gonna go crazy aren't you? you're gonna kidnap him and smuggle him into sydney huh?

London Preppy said...

luke: Those are actually the two most essential ones. I'm very pleased to here they show P there too

teya: Thanks again. (teya is the person who posted the original IAMX clip I put on the blog yesterday)

bregalad: I'll be around. Not that I'm going!

dave: That much is true. Or I could use my slave day for the day when I'm flying out and take him with me. Then he'll be trapped

Αβεσσαλώμ said...

Kanonika 8a eprepe na rwtas poios gay Ellinas de 8a paei sti sunaulia tis Madonna.Opws katalavaineis 8a eimaste sxedon oloi ekei,oi perissoteroi ek twn opoiwn sto pitch A

London Preppy said...

o'leary: I would KILL to have such an accent. Kill I tell you. Which one was London Preppy? Not Poirot surely? Ha ha

dick: A little crazy, yes!

Agapite Avessalom, poly kala, tha sas do olous ekei tote

thebewlaybrother said...

There's a way of getting around the block on using iPlayer in non-UK countries which involves monkeying around with your browser (if you're using Firefox).

I recall Stephen Fry even writing a column about it in The Observer not so long ago.

Re: your prospective flat-mate. How's an uptight, straight guy gonna react if and when you bring a shag home?

skountouflis said...

c)Egv tha paw to savvato sth sunaulia kai tha eimai pitch A fusikotata!!! :) Twra vevaia me toso kosmo ante na vrethoume :) just joking! na peraseis teleia!

London Preppy said...

brother: I will certainly have to investigate that. As for your question: "with an open / scared mind"

skountoufli: Katalava. To Savvato tha eina kati san Athens Pride

Dermot said...

Oh Londonpreppy Londonpreppy

How can I get in contact with you?

London Preppy said...

dermot: london.preppy@gmail.com

Ben said...

Poirot is wank. My boyfriend has the complete box set and is 27, so it obviously has some appeal to non-seniles though. The stories are fine I think, but Suchet's ridiculously aloof and humourless portrayal has always put me off. He should stick to newsreading. Ustinov makes the character so much more, well, characterful.

Columbo, on the other hand...

Oldyeller said...

As far as I know Poirot is not shown regularly in the states, but if it were I would watch & I'm 92.

As far as the slave thing, I wonder if any guys (even out gays) would actually bid on the male personal trainers? If you skip this event, you would be missing your golden opportunity of "capturing" PPT and enslaving him in your basement (not that you have a basement), if only for a day.

Ade said...

You MUST (especially as you are leaving Blighty) have afternoon tea at Claridges. I swear to god you will think you are in Poirot (except no one dies, usually).

Gav Dublin said...

Would someone kindly inform Ben that David Suchet is the BROTHER of the newsreader, John Suchet, not the same person.

London Preppy said...

Maybe he's such a good actor that he plays both roles successfully?

Gav Dublin said...

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps, but NO.

a.s. said...

apo tin Virginia Woolf & ti Sylvia plath, anafores se mainstream seires, se pop & alternative mousikes protaseis,comments gia steroids, & twra epithumia gia straight roommate sto Sydney...... r u out of your mind?
to sympan tou londonpreppy xwraei tosa polla?
to Savvato tha eimai ekei opou prepei na eimai. filia.

London Preppy said...

a.s. To sxolio m'ekane na xamogelaso! If only gia na epiveveosei ti sxizofrenia aftou to blog :-)

Elpizo na'nai kala to Savvato

Aaron said...

Dude. really surreal seeing you mention my blog on yours. thanks for the compliment! haha it was definitely a shock. My reaction was something along the lines of "Holy shit London Preppy knows I exist."

Ben said...

Oh dear Gav, my humour is clearly lost on you. I'll put the word 'joke' in brackets next to such comments in the future.

Impressed Guy said...

Ennoeitai oti tha eimaste OLOI sth synavlia ths Madonna kai sygekrimena sto Pitch A. Elpizw na se petyxw! Filia!!!

Chris Rouse said...

Love Poirot, 22, Sydney, Aus.
Every Friday 8:30 is Poirot night.

Matt said...

What does DBF stand for? LOL! I'm so curious, since those letters aren't even close to T and B...I would love to know what words were in your head!!