August 2014 was a month in which various things happened in ‘the world at large’. But how did these things impact perpetual wall inspector Sia? Let’s find out shall we.
(These lengthy answers were communicated via the medium of email, just as an 'FYI').
In August, Sia’s incredible, globe-straddling single 'Chandelier' sold its millionth copy in America.
Did you assume the song’s amazingness would be matched by chart success in the way it has been?
Elsewhere in August, Police officers in California pursued a tortoise in a low-speed chase after it escaped.
Would you, like the average tortoise, like to live for 150 years though?
Passengers on a flight from Brussels to Stockholm weren’t allowed to collect their luggage because the bags had been infested with maggots after someone packed mouldy food.
But why do you think Sweden produces so many amazing popstars and songwriters?
I don't know why. I've never contemplated much on it. I'm too busy thinking about me. Me Me ME!
Also in August, Police raided a village pub in Herefordshire — which is in the UK — searching for a stolen Holy Grail relic only to find it was actually a salad bowl.
Do you think salad is just a bit of a waste of everyone’s time though?
Not according to the Real Housewives. Oh. So yes.
In dodgy research news, Scientists ranked the songs that make people feel most powerful, with 50 Cent’s birthday anthem ‘In Da Club’ finishing in the Top Three.
What song gives you strength?
In more science news, inventors created sweat-powered batteries that could be used to power heart monitors, digital watches and eventually smartphones.
When was the last time you worked up a proper sweat?
Dance party Monday, my house, every Monday at 10:30am. One invitee. Sia Furler.
You won’t believe this, but the long-held idea that Christopher Columbus and the Europeans brought tuberculosis to the Americas was thrown into doubt in August, with scientists now blaming seals.
What’s your favourite Seal song though?
For reals whose isn't ‘Kiss From A Rose’? Kissed by a rose? Kiss from the rose? Fuck. The kiss rose song.
Also in August, fans of Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven protested against the introduction of wi-fi at their home ground.
Do you think people are too distracted by the internet these days?
Yes. But I have no judgement around it. I am mad guilty of it.
The 2014 Summer Youth Olympics started in the Chinese city of Nanjing in August.
What were you good at in your school sports day?
Three legged race.
And finally, a man was rescued from the River Thames in London after he’d fallen asleep on a bridge and then fallen in.
When was the last time you woke up somewhere you shouldn’t be?
Story of my early twenties. And mid twenties. And late twenties. And early thirties. Fuck. Sobriety feels so good.
Thank you Sia for that fascinating insight into your thoughts on the month of August 2014. We hope you had a satisfactory year and wish you all the very best for 2015.