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Missed it!

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

I can’t believe I missed this!! (Just don’t look Pat)

I think this is a bit unfair, Lucy Spraggan has had her video taken off iTunes as it threatened to knock Little Max winner from last years ‘X factor’ from the number one slot. The rule change came after her song ‘Last Night’ rocketed to number two. Did you see her, she reminds me a little of Victoria Wood.
Here are a couple of her funny pieces

I think I will have to keep my eye out for a tour.


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Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.


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Let me out

There is only one success-to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Well that was fun, Saturday (7th) it was off to the MAC to see The Destroyers in the open air, (and no it didn’t rain on us). The Destroyers are a group I have wanted to see for sometime and I wasn’t disappointed (even the evacuation after a fire alarm was set off didn’t spoil it). I really don’t know where these people get all their energy from, (whatever it is I would like some please). They play, sing and jump around and can get an audience going a treat. At one point two of them blew into their own trumpets but did the finger work on each others, now that takes some doing. True showman, look out for them and get a ticket, it’s a night you won’t forget in a long time.

They are at

Summer breeze festival

Tramlines festival

Edmonton festival and Ealing global festival

Cambridge festival


Bern Switzerland

Purbeck festival

Moseley Folk festival.

But if you can’t make it there’s a lot of their stuff on youtube, slap it on and have a dance around the kitchen, you will feel ‘ALIVE’


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We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.

-Blaise Pascal

I am sitting here listening to Goodnight Lenin and The Destroyers and pondering on something I heard on the news this morning, (which is not easy as I tend to burst into song with Goodnight Lenin and have a dance around to the Destroyers). There’s a call for all new homes to be fitted with not only smoke alarms but with sprinklers as well. A good thing too, some might think, but it’s just another thing that will have to be serviced every year at a cost. What happen to personal reasonability to check that appliances are in good condition, that things are turned off or disconnected, nothing left burning before going out or to bed. This is yet another thing that people will begin to rely on to look after another part of their life, another erosion on common sense. What happens if the unit malfunctions and soaks everything, I can’t imagine the insurance companies paying out too many times for that, or arguing that the unit was not maintain. I sometimes think what would happen if all mod-cons suddenly stop working how many of us would be able to cope, (only those of a certain age I bet).


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Perhaps the distant part of the sky always seems clearest so that we may always strive to reach it.





We used to sing this at school, way back in the 60s

When They Built The Ship Titanic

Oh the built the ship Titanic to sail the ocean blue, and they thought they had a ship that the water wouldn’t go through, but the Lord’s Almighty Hand said that ship would never land. It was sad when the great ship went down…

It was sad, SO SAD! It was sad, SO VERY SAD!
It was sad when the great ship went down to the bottom of the (husbands and wives,and little children lost their lives!) It was sad when the great ship went down

Well they were not far from shore, say a thousand miles or more, and the rich refused to associate with the poor, so they sent them down below and they were the first to go. It was sad when the great ship went down.


Well they sent the lifeboats out on the dark and stormy sea, and the band struck up with Near my God to thee, Oh the heroes saved the weak as the ship began to leak. It was sad when the great ship went down.


Well the cook he came on deck when he heard them holler HECK! For he thought it was the food that put um in the mood, when he saw them jumpin’ oar, he knew they’d eat no more. It was sad when the great ship went down.


Well the captain came on deck with a tear in his eye, as the last boats left he waved them all goodbye, and he knew he made a slip, so he went down with the ship. It was sad when the great ship went down.


Well they built another ship, and they called her MARY JANE! From the bow to the stern she was painted just the same, then they christiened her with beer and she sank right off the pier. It was sad when the great ship went down.


Well the moral we obtain from this story of WOE AND PAIN! is that if you’re rich there’s no need to be vain, cuz in the Good Lord’s Eyes you’re the same as other guys. It was sad when the great ship went down.


Oh it was sad when the great ship went down!!!


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To business that we love we rise betime, And go to’t with delight. Shakespeare – Anthony and Cleopatra

Wednesday number 1 and I went into Birmingham to see B.O.C ‘s production of Life is a dream And it was a fantastic night out, no stage the actors are all around you, so you have to keep your wits about you, either that or get run over by a big bed! King Basil is told that his baby son Segismund would bring disaster to the country. The king tells his people that the prince died at birth and hides the child in a tower. When Segismund reaches adulthood, the King wishes to reveal his son, restoring the Prince as rightful heir to the throne. The King brings Segismund to court and tells him that he is the prince. This makes Segismund violent and he rages, killing a servant, attempting to rape a woman, and injuring the King’s advisor.
Horrified and certain of the truthfulness of the prophecy, the King has Segismund returned to his tower prison. Upon waking he believes the previous day’s events had been a dream.
The people have discovered Segismund plight and break him out of prison but he cannot be sure whether this new development is, reality or still just a dream.
Segismund raises an army of the people and defeats the king, but Segismund cannot take his father’s life. Moved at this gesture, the King proclaims Segismund heir to his throne. I dare say it will appear on youtube at some point and if it does I will put a link in.

Now I am waiting for this it’s the first time all six parts have ever been performed together.

I have made this cushion for the outside bench, and been in the garden making sure we eat this year


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“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. Douglas Adams

What a difference a week makes. Last weekend was cold and wet, we even had sleet, (I am so glad I didn’t put my winter clothes away), so there was no chance of getting out. I could have done with it too given I had been in all week destroying the living room, which is not going to plan, (does it ever)? I had intended to sand the filling down on Monday, but when hubby took the wall lights out on Saturday half the wall came with them so it ment I had to plaster in layers which threw my timing for the week out. *TUT* So all I have done this week is plaster/sand/paint the ceiling and paintwork and varnished the doors. (Well that’s not all I have done, there’s all the housework etc as well).
I have been listening to The Destroyers new album Hole in the Universe, I love the Destroyers, I really want to see them live. I dare anyone to have a listen to any of their stuff and not want to get up and have a dance about.

We have watched Burn After Reading another Coen film, need I say more.

I wish I could change the message on the answer phone, I would change it from ‘Sorry we cannot take your call at this time’ to ‘Bug off if I had wanted to talk to you I would have called you!’


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Please print out and carry with you in case you forget what to do.


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit . In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door where they’re serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It’s rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas !
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies – Apple , Pumpkin, Mincemeat . Have a slice of each. Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day ?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”


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Variation Law   –  If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

Three Parrots slide down the chutes.

(Just watch and wait)

So yesterday I decided a day of baking was needed. I made several tons of mince pies and mince puffs with my home made mincemeat, not all for us; I am going to plate some on pretty plates for a pre-Christmas treat for dad and mother-in-law. I also made a batch of Christmas Florentines some of which I am going to box for dad and mother-in-law. Then I poached some of the pears from the garden and popped them in the freezer, yum pear crumble.

All you Doctor Who fans out there here’s some news on the Christmas special Other specials I would like to see are Outnumbered and Downton Abbey It’s been a long time comeing but this year Ab fab is back too.


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“Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.”
– Sara Coleridge

Just finished watching all the episodes of skins on TV on demand, I loved it, but I want to know if Sid finds Cassie, was Freddie’s body found, did Cook kill John foster, ooh it’s not fair to leave us hanging. Fades has come to an end another one I enjoyed, and there’s a new series of Misfits to get into, but we have to wait until next year for a new series of Being Human

I have spent a couple of hours sorting out old emails, (yes that’s right, some as far back as 07), they have all gone now and I made a promise to myself that once read they will now be deleted. I did however copy and save some here and I shall post them over the next month, there now that’s something to look forwards too isn’t?

Here’s the first.

8 words with two meanings

1. THINGY (thing-ee) n.

Female……Any part under a car’s hood.

Male……….The strap fastener on a woman’s bra.

2. VULNERABLE (vul-ne-ra-bel) adj.

Female……Fully opening up one’s self emotionally to another.

Male……….Playing football without a cup.

3. COMMUNICATION (ko-myoo-ni-kay-shun) n.

Female……The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one’s partner.

Male……….Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing or other kind of trip with the boys.

4. COMMITMENT (ko-mit-ment) n.

Female……A desire to get married and raise a family.

Male……….Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.

5. ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tayn-ment) n.

Female……A good movie, concert, play or book.

Male……….Anything that can be done while drinking beer.

6. FLATULENCE (flach-u-lents) n.

Female……An embarrassing by-product of indigestion.

Male……….A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.

7. MAKING LOVE (may-king luv) n.

Female……The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.

Male……….Call it whatever you want just as long as we do it.

8. REMOTE CONTROL (ri-moht kon-trohl) n.

Female……A device for changing from one TV channel to another.

Male……….A device for scanning through all 375 channels every 5 minutes.


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