Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Why I'm Furious With Anne Robinson

Don't usually do semi-political stuff but I've had it with women like Anne Robinson. As usual, I took pen to paper - 

Monday, October 23, 2017

The First Kid-Free holiday

Wow - almost a month since I've blogged. What on earth have I been doing? 

Well, still blinkin' unpacking the house, for a start. Half a dozen cardboard boxes still in the garage, making me wonder why we brought them over in the first place. It's all the memorabilia - you know, the photo albums that no one looks at. My mother has the right idea, she puts hers all on shelves and every time there's a family reunion, out they come and everyone has a right old laff. It would help if I had any shelves, but that's part of the problem, we have nowhere to put them 

I'm also doing untold amounts of laundry for some reason. I'm down two kids and yet the washer is on every day. Probably because it's a very small washer and I have very big people, plus a school uniform for the first time. Perhaps foolishly, I didn't buy five sets of everything so we never get to the end of the week without something having to be washed. Quick question on that - does every British washing machine take almost two hours per cycle? Seriously, I have one mini, 20 minute cycle and then everything else takes at least an hour, and that's when I go for the "saver" option. I have a few cycles that are over two hours! I mean who has clothes that need to be washed for two hours? 

But - me and the Ball & Chain did manage to have our first ever kid-free holiday since 1992. Unbelievable. While most of my friends and a few relatives (I'm looking at you Trish, otherwise known as Mum's Gone To....) are empty-nesters and therefore swanning around the globe, we're still tied to the old school schedule. We were supposed to go on a mini-break last year but I opted for the delights of back surgery instead. As you do. This year, Man-Child Mark 2 had a half term trip to Portugal (sparking cries from the older two that they "only went to Indiana"), so I thought "Why not?" After much dithering over the huge array of possibilities (Seville, Lisbon, Prague, Vienna, Rome), we plumped for Krakow and off we went.

I tell you, going on holiday with the Ball & Chain is no, well, holiday. We walked for miles! But what a fabulous city. Highly recommended. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep -Oh, How I've Missed You

One of the great things about being back in the land where I grew up is being able to sing along to the radio. Having birthed kids in the 90s and early 00s, I missed out on a lot of music, unless you count "Under the Sea" and the Thomas the Tank Engine theme song. Didn't matter which side of the Pond I was on, the new stuff passed me by.

There were a few old songs in the States that I knew, obviously. They're into the Stones and Bowie like the rest of us, although the same few songs tend to be played ad nauseam, and quickly get ruined for you. Their "oldies" though, were often songs I'd never heard before. First time I heard Jimmy Buffet my husband sang the entire song along with everyone else in the bar and I'd never even heard of the guy. (I'll warn you now, this is a great song and will have you singing it all day!) There are also some 70s and 80s rock songs that I didn't know, and that was a time when I reckoned I was on top of everything musical. 867 5309 was HUGE in the USA in 1983, when I was listening to anything and everything and I don't think I heard it till I moved there.

But now, back in the old UK, I'm having a blast from the past. Not sure the family are digging it quite so much though. Last week, Ken on Radio 2 was doing one of his quizzes and my goodness, I had some explaining to do about the songs.

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, by Middle of the Road - The conversation was along the lines of "Yes, they're singing "Oooo-wee, chirpy chirpy cheep cheep." And "Yes, as a matter of fact it did get to Number One."  (And, no that's not Anna from Abba.) 

Granddad - Also in 1971, we had Clive Dunn singing this lovely song. Yes, everyone bought it for their favourite grandpa, which is why it was the enormous success it was, but Top of the Pops? Really? (I didn't bother telling them about the 1980 smash hit "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" by St. Winnifred's School Choir.)

And then we sampled Shaddap You Face, which certainly had them shutting up, especially as I appeared to know all the words and had the accent down too. It was Number One for three long weeks and kept Ultravox's "Vienna" off the top spot. I was slightly relieved to hear it stayed at Number One in Australia for eight weeks, so we're not the only saddoes. (Would this ditty even be considered politically correct nowadays I wonder.) 

Have I missed any? It seems like every other day I'm being forced to defend ridiculous songs. Oh yes, what was the one with the big duck-like puppet? 

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