"I want, I want, I want ... but that's crazy"

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wax and buns

So, the wax figures of our favourite boys were unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in London today.

Sugarscape captured exclusive video of the reveal

Here's more on that.

Um, what did he need that tape measure for? How lifelike and fully accurate are they?

The official poster for "This is Us" was debuted today. Are you ready for it?

BAM! There ya go!

My lovely little Harry stopped by the bakery today where he used to work before he got all famous and stuff.

Harry at the bakery.

Harry at the bakery now and then.
Aw, let me just squeeze his wittle cheeks ... or his buns.

Oh, and let's not forget that today marks 1000 days since the boys were put together as a group!

Ok, this was brief, but busy, no?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Savan songster

In honor of my daughter getting a follow on Twitter from the one and only official and VERIFIED Savan Kotecha today, I thought I'd devote today's post to him.

That "follows you" is, of course, for her, not me.

Considering he's followed by 463,101 people, and he only follows 25,196 himself, that's a pretty big WIN for her.

We all got to meet Savan on X Factor when he treated us with this little number about our favourite boys.

But if you want some real pearls of wisdom, you can check out his YouTube channel here 

Savan wrote not only One Direction's first smash hit, "What Makes You Beautiful," but he's also the songwriter for a whole slew of our other favourite 1D tunes, like "Live While We're Young" and one of my personal faves, "I Wish."

In fact, Savan is credited with writing on all of these One Direction songs:
"Live While We're Young"
"What Makes You Beautiful"
"Na Na Na"
"I Wish"
"Up All Night"
"Save You Tonight"
"Kiss You"
"One Thing"
"I Want"
"Heart Attack"
"Last First Kiss"
"Back For You"
"Nobody Compares"
"Still The One"
"Change My Mind"

(Oh, he also wrote one of my fave Maroon 5 songs, "One More Night," which is completely addictive.)

He's won six BMI awards and two Billboard music awards.

Savan has helped the boys from the very beginning, working as their vocal coach on the X Factor.

Check him out working with our sweet little Irish snowflake, Niall Horan. :)

And now, I'd like to wish a happy anniversary to
Liam Payne and Dani Peazer - our Payzer - who marked two years together April 14, and Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards - Zerrie - who today, April 17, have been together for one year.

And tomorrow, April 18, is an extra special day for the boys because it marks their millediem! Their 1,000th dieversary! OK. I just made those words up. But what it means is this - Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan have been together and making us love them more and more every day for 1,000 days!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

They've gone bananas!

Oh, my little curly imp likes to advocate healthy snacking by setting a good example.

(credit in pic)
Yes, that's Harry Styles yet again munching a banana while on stage. Word has it, when the boys popped up through the stage for their opening in Nottingham tonight, Harry was crouching and eating a banana. "Five seconds, Mr. Styles!" "Oh, ok, I can finish it then."

"Nice banana!" Oh, stop it!

Harry decided the people of Sheffield also needed a lesson in healthy eating, as he snacked on a banana there too - while performing "Live While We're Young." He clearly was not advocating table manners at the same time, as he attempted to sing with his mouth full. Then he signaled an apology so he could try to chew and swallow a little faster.

And yet, I forgive him.

Based on the other stories that came out of Sheffield, well, I'd say "healthy consumption" was further from his mind....

But anyway, in other news today, One Direction guitarist Dan Richards and musical director and keyboardist Jon Shone decided to team up with opening band 5 Seconds of Summer to redecorate drummer Josh Devine's car.

(via Dan's twitter @GuitarmanDan)

Fortunately, they did it with post-it notes, so it was just some harmless fun. I love the lashes on the headlights. :) And for those of you who were interested getting Josh Levine's license plate number, well, there ya go.

And here's the gratuitous pic of the day. Enjoy! :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Off-topic: I'm gonna rant for a minute here

There's tragedy in the world every day. There's death in the world every day. Some people have made it their mission today to very sactimoniously point that out.

While many are looking at the horror of the bombings in Boston, they are noting that it's all the more evil because of the total innocence of the venue. Indeed, this race is iconic. It symbolizes health and strength and self-sacrifice and endurance and determination and will and hard work - and it was attacked. There are runners who trained for months and years to get their bodies into condition to run 26 miles - 26 MILES - who reached the finish line to have their LEGS BLOWN OFF!

Three people are confirmed dead. More than 50 are seriously or critically injured. Nearly 100 more were injured as well.

Yet when the world sends its support and tries to offer words of comfort, some arrogant ASS points out that there were deaths yesterday. Where were your sympathies when soldiers died? Where was your heartache at dead civilians - innocent people - in attacks in the Middle East? Where were you were when this or that other tragic thing happened? This is what they ask.

You know what? There are tragedies every day. Some hit harder than others. Some hit farther than others. The impact is felt stronger in some people and in some places more than others. No one can expose themselves to every evil in the world and immerse themselves in empathy for every situation. No one could survive that. Some situations just hit you in the gut. And some situations just hit a lot of people in the gut. Some of them are very, very sad. Some of them are very, very angry. You know what? There's nothing wrong with that, so get off your sanctimonious, superior, holier-than-thou high horse and shut the hell up. Let people feel what they feel.

Friday, April 12, 2013

This is Us

It's not a Backstreet Boys album, an album by The Necessary (later to become House of Fools), a song by LL Cool J or a duet by Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler. For Directioners, "This is Us" is the much-anticipated One Direction 3D movie coming out this summer. Did you know there was so much else that was "This is Us"? It kinda makes me wish they'd gone with "1D3D" as the title instead. Still, I don't think there will be much confusion as the release date gets closer.

Sony and Columbia pictures have released a few movie stills to whet our appetites, but I think I can speak for all of us when I say, "We want more!!"

You can follow the latest updates on the official movie site here.

And in case you haven't seen it yet, here's the teaser trailer. So, this is them, then. :)

And have a look at how the Newcastle "trial" went for Harry, Liam, Niall and Louis went!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Footie fun with four fine fellas!

Some of us would LOVE to spend a day playing around at a real premier league football (that's soccer for the Americans) training ground. Of course, my first choice would be Manchester United's Carrington, but, ya know, "when in Rome" ... or in this case, Newcastle. 

What better way to get a football club to let you play around their training pitch all day than to say, "Hi, we're 4/5 of One Direction! And we've got these big 3D cameras following us around, so you'll get massive publicity from our film and probably lots of merchandise sales!"? I don't know if that's the approach they used, but it worked.

So the boys brought along the cameras -

via @1Dliveupdates on Twitter
Louis got well into the action (he's known to be a damn fine footballer)

via @Navigating1D on Twitter
Liam looked mighty fine even just hanging out post play, here with Josh Devine, their drummer, and Andy Samuels, Liam's longtime friend and former flatmate. (You can see Louis back there too.)

Uncredited repost via Twitter

There was a very poignant moment too, when Louis reportedly saw and hugged his real dad, Troy Austin.

Uncredited repost via Twitter

Troy Austin gave an interview to the Sunday Mirror in March, stating that he would like to reunite with his son, who was raised by Louis' mother, Johanna, and his stepfather, whose name he took.

Louis' reaction to that interview was less than pleased, to say the least. 

Oh and here's a gratuitous shirtless Harry Styles pic - only it's NOT gratuitous, because it's from today and therefore perfectly relevant! So there. :P

Uncredited via Twitter (but whoever snapped it can have my first born.
That's a good deal, because he's a cute, smart and funny 22-year-old. My
first-born, that is. Yes, my first-born is older than my curly beloved.
Stop judging me!)

Zayn missed out on the filming to hang out with Perrie, and the boys performed their third and final show in Newcastle. Harry reportedly learned his lesson from Liam's little prank  a few days ago in London and wore a belt this time!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Who is Larry Stylinson?

Anyone who's been exposed to the 1D fandom for more than 2.6 seconds has encountered the name "Larry Stylinson." I mentioned the ship names of the confirmed couples in One Direction in an earlier post - Louis and Eleanor are "Elounor," Liam and Danielle are "Payzer," and Zayn and Perrie are "Zerrie," but many fans believe there's an unconfirmed and not-so-secret couple in the group - "Larry Stylinson." That's Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles.

Some Directioners like to ship all the boys in every possible configuration (Ziam, Narry, Ziall, etc.) but the biggest and most popular,  and simultaneously most hated and most controversial ship in the group is Larry.

Loads of evidence has been given for the relationship by its supporters - corresponding tattoos, secret hand signals, etc. Frequently the boys even seem to confirm it themselves.

For some pretty compelling evidence (mixed in with some pretty anecdotal and questionable evidence as well) see this rather lengthy video.

Is Larry real? I won't be the one to say, but they'd certainly be a gorgeous couple, wouldn't they?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Battle of the Boybanders: Louis vs. Tom

In a verbal scrap worthy of the WWE, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction and Tom Parker of longtime nemesis The Wanted battled it out on Twitter tonight, much to the entertainment of fans lucky enough to catch the action.

It all started when Tom called out Louis for apparently mentioning his band during a 1D gig. Tom said Louis secretly wanted to be Wanted, and Louis essentially replied that he wasn't remotely interested.

After Louis' dig at The Wanted's "bad boy" image, Tom posted some pics of them partying. Louis wasn't impressed.

Louis proceeded to post a link to an article from 2011 in which Tom lamented his own failed audition on X Factor.

After a couple more rounds during which Tom insulted Louis' talent and Louis called Tom "the biggest twat on twitter," Liam Payne got in on the action, pointing out that 1D's drummer even has more Twitter followers than Tom has.

Liam then threw in a critique of Tom's singing voice. Louis got even more personal.

Tom replied to Liam with a condescending "aww bless!" to which Liam replied that Tom was "shit."

(I'll even forgive Liam the grammatical error there.)

Eleanor Calder, Louis' girlfriend, stepped in first by retweeting a fan who said it was sad Tom had to put "TheWanted" in his twitter username because no one knows who he is. Eleanor then took the time to remind Tom's girlfriend, Kelsey Hardwick, of a recent fashion faux pas.

You can see Kelsey responded with class.

(Danielle Peazer, Liam's girlfriend, merely slipped in an "oh dear.")

Tom's bandmate Jay McGuinness had his say, which he couldn't confine to Twitter's 140-character limit.

(Click the pic above if you can't see the full image.)

When Louis pointed out the press was probably watching, Tom took a swing below the belt, questioning Louis' sexuality.

Louis took several minutes to respond, noting that Tom should probably stop paying attention to the Larry shippers on Twitter. (Larry's other half stayed completely out of it, so I can't even throw in a gratuitous Harry pic here.)

(Well, maybe a little one.)

After complimenting Jay on his writing skills (on TwitLonger, anyway), Louis decided to wrap up the battle by thanking the fans for their support.

Following the match analysis, Directioners declared The Sassmasta from Doncasta the clear winner. :)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The girlfriends

Three of the One Direction boys are currently in confirmed relationships. Louis, Liam and Zayn all have girlfriends. (Harry and I are keeping it quiet for now. ;) Oops! Did I say that?) Niall has a lot of female friends, and he's been linked with every one of them, along with most female celebs of a suitable age, but every rumour there has been debunked in about 4.3 seconds.

So let's meet the girls we do know about, shall we?

Eleanor Jane Calder
Dating: Louis Tomlinson since around Sept. 2011
Ship name: Elounor

Eleanor was born July 16, 1992, and is and only child. She currently is a student at the University of Manchester where she studies politics and sociology. Louis says he finds it a massive turn-on when she's talking politics. :) Because of school, she is reportedly living in Manchester and in London. She has worked as a store model for Hollister, and she has a Cairn Terrier named Pepper. She is a big fan of Starbucks. (Me too, El!) Her official Twitter account is @EleanorJCalder

This relationship gets a bit of criticism from the fandom, but I think she's an undeniable beauty, don't you?

Danielle Claire Peazer
Dating: Liam Payne
Ship name: Payzer

Dani was born June 10, 1988, and is a professional dancer and part-time model. She has an older sister named Sarah. Danielle lives in London, and her official website is www.daniellepeazer.com . Dani and Liam met in 2010 when Liam was a contestant on the X Factor (UK edition) and Danielle was a background dancer. We're told that Liam expressed interest in her, and Harry decided to call him out on it. Cheeky bugger. ;) Liam and Dani started dating a while later and split up for a while in September 2012, but they got back together in fairly short order and have been pretty much inseparable ever since. Most of the fandom seems to support this relationship, as Liam seems very, very happy - and that's all we want for our boys, isn't it?
The couple recently adopted an adorable pup named Loki. Liam's either: A) a massive fan of Batman, or B) Batman himself, depending on your source. (I'm wearing a Batman T-shirt right now, too, Loki.)

Dani's official Twitter account is @DaniellePeazer if you'd like to follow her yourself.

They're absolutely gorgeous together, aren't they?

Perrie Louise Edwards
Dating: Zayn Malik
Ship name: Zerrie

Perrie was born July 10, 1993, in South Shields. She auditioned for X Factor as a solo artist but was put in a group called Faux Pas. Perhaps it was a mistake? Anyway, she is now a member of the girl group Little Mix, formerly known as Rhythmix, with Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall. Her group is making a pretty big splash in the music world as well at the moment, and we're eagerly awaiting a U.S. tour. Perrie is quite well-known for borrowing Zayn's clothes, as well. Perrie is pretty well-loved among the 1D fandom as being adorable, yet strong and sassy - a pretty good match for our Zayn. And even his mother has said she'd make the "perfect daughter-in-law." Now that's an endorsement! Perrie's official Twitter is @PerrieEdwards

Perrie and Zayn have adopted their own crazy frickin' adorable pup who's called Hatchi.

They have quite a lot of fun together!

Now for a bit of randomness.
Here's a gif of El and Dani.

This is a video featuring "Harry's smoothest move" from Japanese TV a few months ago (along with other funny moments, but the smooth move is at the very beginning).

And here's a picture of Harry getting pantsed at tonight's concert at the O2.

You didn't really expect me to leave Harry Styles out of a post, did you?

Friday, April 5, 2013

I still have a job

Despite the fact that I've turned into a 17-year-old fangirl (or let's say 19. Yeah. I wanna be legal, at least.), I'm still a grown woman with a crappy job, and that means I still have to work Friday evenings. So today's post is early and a collection of some highlights I picked up on Twitter this morning.

I know it's been said before, but Harry really looks like a young Mick Jagger here, doesn't he? But 40 years from now, he'll still be hot - and I'll probably be dead. 

But unlike Mick, Harry's getting all BUFF. Cue me making that sound Homer Simpson makes when he's thinking about donuts.

Holy crap!

I take no responsibility for my actions/thoughts when he looks like this. Seriously.

Btw, I've been posting quite a few videos, so if you're short on time, try this one.

Or this one (I'm not the only one who thinks Niall looks, somehow, especially fiiiinnnne in his prison togs, am I?)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Where's Zayn?

The world stopped turning momentarily today, and it had nothing to do with North Korea. No, Zayn Malik turned up late for a One Direction concert at London's O2 Arena. All kinds of rumours were flying. Was he kidnapped? Was he leaving the band? Was he killed in a horrible auto accident? (Traffic apparently really sucked today in London). No, he stopped for Starbucks. And then he got stuck in traffic. Niall Horan and Harry Styles (my still-beloved-slightly-less-curly one) also, separately, got stuck in traffic, but they made it on time. I guess they didn't want Starbucks. Or they left earlier. Liam plans ahead. And Louis, well, I assume he just got lucky.

...... Wait. I mean in getting to the O2. Not, like, "got lucky." ......

This was something like their 837th concert at the O2 so far this tour, so it's not as if everyone within driving distance of London (aka, the entire island) hasn't seen the boys yet. But they were filming for their 3D movie (coming this summer, "This is Us"), so ya know, it was kind of bad timing for Zayn to be late. It may now be immortalized for Directioners for all time - and they (ok ... "we") will now watch it approximately a million times - each.

Once he got there, though, I hear he hit his highest note EVER

Well, it's certainly not the first time we will have heard the question, "Where's Zayn?" We've been familiar with that one since the beginning.

It pops up on Twitter a lot as well. I suspect he lurks and giggles at all the Directioners going insane. Or, should I say "inZayn".... ;)

Oh, and here's an unrelated pic of what I want to wake up to in the morning. :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Vas happening!

I completely forgot that I was going to add in a bit of current news and rumours in yesterday's post, but hey, we've got big news today, so let's start there —


Niall Horan posted a before and after picture to his official Twitter account at @NiallOfficial around noon my time (Eastern Daylight Time) today. I was sitting in the parking lot of the sheriff's office, having picked up some papers for work, when I pulled out my Blackberry, opened my Twitter and squee'd - in full view of jail inmates watching out their windows. Yep, I squee'd.

We also have confirmed (I think) new chest tattoos on Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson.

Here's part of Zayn's anyway

Louis also got "The Rogue" tattooed on his ankles. (The one on his chest reportedly says, "Dream Big" but I haven't seen that one yet.

Harry Styles, my curly little beloved, got a haircut.

And Liam Payne must have been really angered by something because he told off the paparazzi big time on his Twitter.

Rumour has it, Danielle (that's Danielle Peazer, Liam's girlfriend) was knocked over by some paps trying to get at Liam. Yep, that would do it.

Aaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnndddd, after watching the number go up and down for about three hours, I personally watched Harry's Twitter break 12 million followers tonight! (It was very exciting. :) )

Edit: Duh! I forgot I HAD seen a bit of the new Louis chest tattoo on Eleanor Calder's Instagram (she's his beautiful girlfriend, btw.) See here

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How did all this start?

It makes sense to start at the beginning, right? The boys who would go on to become the phenomenon known as One Direction got their start as five individual cutie-pies auditioning solo for the X-Factor UK in 2010 - and I was right there with them. Well, I was delayed by a couple of days. I'm a confirmed, declared and confessed Anglophile, so I watch online quite a few of those shows from across the pond.

I won't claim to recall exactly how I felt during those first auditions, but I watched them. It helps that I've seen them again a few times since then. :)

Here's Harry Styles - aka The Curly One

And Niall Horan - aka The Irish One

This is Liam Payne - aka The Sensible One

And it's Zayn Malik - aka The Bradford Bad Boi

Finally, Louis Tomlinson - aka The Sassmaster from Doncaster

They've changed so much since then. Still adorable though. They've gotten a lot better too. :)

I'll admit that by the time the end of the season rolled around, my attention had mostly wandered and my One Direction updates were mostly from those grumpy, cynical and jaded malcontents I follow on Twitter ;) (I love those malcontents, btw.) Most of them were like, "Someone shut these damn kids up." "Are they still on?" And quite a few called them Wand Erection. I don't think that was meant to be a compliment.

But lurking in my home were two things - a teenage daughter who is nearly as much an Anglophile as her mother, and a preteen daughter who adores yet despises her older sister. This means that the boys were coming into my home.

My older daughter kept a lid on her obsession for quite a while, but she finally let it out when she gave me a Christmas list that read merely, "Anything One Direction." That's what she got, too. Her room is a shrine. As for the younger, she's now got a pretty good start.

And me? Well, every time we got in the car, Gin would say, "Here. Play this CD." And it snowballed from there.

Monday, April 1, 2013

I'm not kidding!

The boys of One Direction (l-r) Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, 
Liam Payne, Louis Tomilinson and Harry Styles appear
at the 2013 NRJ Music Awards. (photo)

A couple of days ago, a friend approached me with the idea of converting my pretty-much-defunct blog into a One Direction blog. She said that the fandom needed a 1D blog written from an adult perspective. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. I mean, why not? I have undeniably turned into a Directioner, and with the help of my 14-year-old 1D-obsessed daughter, Gin, I keep up with the current news better than even the people of the age group who are *supposed* to like these guys.

So, I've decided to give it a shot. I thought about what kind of direction the blog should take (NO PUN), and I think it will have to be observational and opinion sort of things - in other words, the same sort of tone my posts have always taken but this time with a FOCUS. Isn't that exciting?  (If I drive away my two remaining loyal readers, sorry about that.)

This blog will get a little fangirly (consider yourself warned), share a little news and some pictures (I will link and credit the stuff like mad, and if anyone owns rights or wants something taken down that belongs to them, YOU GOT IT! I don't want to make waves.) You'll mainly be getting my perspective on things that are out there, because I don't exactly have an "in" to the exclusives (or do I? Well, we'll see about that.) Expect to see a LOT of the stuff I'm sent on Twitter. 

I'll also give you my take on the latest spinning around in the rumour mill. After all, that's what everyone's talking about, isn't it?

Before I go, let me reiterate the title of this post - I'm not kidding. This is not a joke. If you don't believe me, wait until tomorrow (or when I get around to writing. I certainly can't promise daily, but I'll work on it.)

In the meantime, enjoy this video of the boys after winning the Brit Award in 2012. :)