Saturday, March 31, 2007
David, you don't have to walk 500 miles to hear a British accent - here it is.....
[and before the Aginoths jump all over me, it's a cloak, not a cape - slip of the tongue]
To those who know me - is that really what I sound like?? [wrinkles nose] - bobkat says yes, it is my serious voice.........
Update: My handmade bread is now proving in the airing cupboard....hope it works......
woo hoo!! The bread worked! (If a little overdone, but that's the oven)....who needs breadmakers!?! :-)
Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
"Craig and Charlie Reid never expected a hit single. They certainly never thought they'd see the same song climb the pop charts twice. But the Proclaimers, a Scottish rock band fronted by a pair of spectacled, nerdy-looking brothers, has based its fame on the success of a single song.
Many people don't even know the name. But start singing the words to "I'm Gonna Be" and a lot of folks will smile and join in the refrain: "Oh, I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more, Just to be the man who walked 1,000 miles to fall down at your door."
Sound familiar? The irreverent love song, appropriately subtitled "500 Miles," hit the charts after the release of their 1988 album, Sunshine on Leith. Then, after a successful world tour, the furor died down and the Proclaimers disappeared from view. They shot back into the limelights in 1993, not because of a new recording, but because their five-year-old hit rocketed back onto the charts after appearing in the movie Benny and Joon."
This version was released this year for Comic Relief with comedians Peter Kaye and Matt Lucas. The Brits reading this should recognise most of the audience!
I love this song, and am one of those people in the article quoted above, who sing along after the first line.....
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
This week is yet another example of a question that has so many answers. We'd like to thank Mar over at Maremagnum for submitting this topic.
Give an example of a meal that makes you happy.
There's only one answer to this - my regular girly pizza nights with Bob-Kat.
We go to Pizza Hut and I always have my favourite...garlic bread with cheese, vegetarian supreme on pan and chocolate cake to follow........
Most important thing about this meal isn't the food though, it's the time spent with my best girl-friend, my soul-sister, Bob-Kat.
Utenzi made me smile when he said on one of my earlier posts "I was looking at your sidebar and found to my surprise that Bob-Kat used to be your boss. I'd somehow not noticed that before."
Bob-Kat was indeed my line manager in my previous job, and is responsible for giving me the confidence in my own abilities to apply for promotion and therein enabled me to get to where I am now.
She's having a hard time at the moment, so it'd be nice if people would take a little trip over to her blog and say hi.
When we go for our nights out, we have such fun. Real Life gets put on the backburner and we spend the evening putting the world to rights and laughing - oh we laugh so much, it's very good for us.
So, that's the meal that makes me happy..........dinner with Bob-Kat.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
This week I am inspired by a surprise delivery today. Today is Mother's Day in the UK and definitely not my favourite day. I was woken from a midday nap by MB who said 'you got flowers!'.
Aren't they pretty?
These are from Sleepypete (who can be found in my blogroll) who sends me flowers every year. He is not my biological son, in fact he is only 11 years younger than me, but he knows how difficult this time is and remembers me along with his proper mum.
And my message back to Pete is; Thank you, 'son', I love you and whatever happens - I'll be there for you........
I love this video, with the guys from Friends being silly and fun......music should be fun!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
As it's Mother's Day in the UK tomorrow, this is my choice for a suitable 'Mum' film.
'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans'
The magical Richard Dreyfuss puts in a stunning performance as Glenn Holland, a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he strives to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success.
Mr Holland's love of music also defines his feelings for his profoundly deaf son as the boy grows to manhood.
This film is an emotional minefield. Pack plenty of hankies, and don't watch it with people who you don't want to see you cry - because you WILL cry.
This film is incredible, and builds steadily to a breath-taking climax. Be prepared.
LMD screamed the place down when she realised I was to be her primary carer for the day. Poor old mum having to go out listening to her baby scream.....
Of course the screaming only lasted about five minutes - but it was enough to make Mrs A feel awful.
We watched a little TV while the girls got used to me being here. Then we did some colouring and had story time - they enjoyed the story of the magic porridge pot.
We had play outside (a BIG thankyou to the man who invented garden trampolines!) These girls will bounce for hours....
Some dolly play (a delightfully instinctive 'girl' thing) with their 'babies' and prams - well, it lasted until LMB wanted LMD's dolly buggy and threw a major screamer. She was horrified when I walked away......but she'll learn :-)
Lunch went down well - no child in my experience has ever turned down Alphabetti Sketti :-)
It's turned cold outside, so we are indoors with the radio on. The girls playing and fighting in the toy room. OK, playfighting turned into fighting, so they are now in the front room with me playing with the box of trains.
A Jr is home from his friend's house bravely sporting a plaster on one finger [grin], so I treated them all to a DVD of his choice......apparently his friends were throwing lego (shock horror). It was so amazing, I could hear him and his friend from half way up the street! :-)
I confess to a little bit of clearing up, putting the dishwasher on etc etc.......[hangs head in shame]
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
When I was a young teen I went to Summer School. It was a Quaker Summer School run at the country's oldest and most famous Quaker boarding school, Friends School Saffron Walden.
I loved my time there so much that I actually asked my mum if I could go to proper school there. The answer was no, surprisingly!
Like Quaker Camp, previously mentioned on this blog, Summer School was a fantastic chance to holiday with people the same age and with the same interests. I even had a boyfriend, Andreas, and I had girlfriends to chatter and giggle with.
At the end of the fortnight, there was a disco and every year a Disco King and Queen were crowned.
I had always loved dancing. As a child I had dressed up and danced for my parents, and as a teen I had studied all the latest moves from Pan's People to make sure I was the coolest Disco Queen. At regular school discos I was far too nervous to dance in front of my peers, but I did love dancing.
I won! Not only did I win, but the school heart throb was crowned King. So I got to dance with the hottest boy in Summer School...to this......
Just for one night - I was a Queen.....a Dancing Queen.....
ps - awwwwwww - wasn't Benny just the CUTEST???
Saturday, March 10, 2007
This week is my chance to simper over the current (in my opinion) Queen of cinema.......Drew. She's done....well.....everything.....
Josie Geller is a struggling young copywriter who goes back to school undercover to do a story. Her school memories are horrific, her nickname was Josie Grossie - but with age and experience, she finds she is now popular.......especially with teacher!
This is the one film absolutely guaranteed to make me cry at the beginning.....and again at the end. Those electric five minutes being ticked off on the baseball field clock, with Josie waiting with her hands twisting......will he, won't he.....? ah, time to fish out a tissue.
This film has the added attraction of the divine Michael Vartan, the sublime David Arquette and the adorable Leelee Sobieski.
Break out the beer and popcorn, send out hubby and call the girls over......
Thursday, March 08, 2007
29 have been accused of spouse abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
9 have been accused of writing bad cheques
17 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
3 have done time for assault
71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
84 have been arrested for drink driving in the last year
Which organisation is this?
It's the 635 members of the House of Commons, the same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.
God help us all.......
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Songs and music, possibly more than anything else, sculpt the people we grow to be. I grew up in an almost wholly classical music environment until my dad gave me a radio and a set of headphones when I was about 13 so I could listen to music in my room. He was also the first person to give me a 'pop' album - to my mother's horror - and persuaded my mother to let me have a record player in my bedroom.
This resulted in my taste veering all the way across the spectrum from Chopin to AC/DC, with stops at Cliff Richard (that first album), Elvis and Abba.
When I visit my mother and dad now, it is still a wholly classical environment. Without my own room and stuff I find I am straining at the invisible leash by the end of the day. When I am there I stay in a local B&B and every evening I stroll back along the beach. I plug in my CD player and crank the volume waaaaay up...........
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Saturday Night at the Movies is my opportunity to chat about my favourite films. Fun, serious, noisy, violent, good or terrible - my tastes are most eclectic.
This is a film from this man.......
Yep, of course you all recognise Adam Sandler, one of the most prolific young film-makers today. I love most of his films; Wedding Singer, Waterboy, The Longest Yard, Spanglish and today's spotlighted film.
I love this film, because it is genuinely funny albeit terribly juvenile! I liked the Wedding Singer with the magical pairing of Sandler and Barrymore, but this film just has the edge. Admittedly, a rein should be put on Rob Schneider, but he is funny - if outrageous. Add to Sandler's natural off-beat humour the beautiful and incredibly funny Drew Barrymore (I adore this woman!!) and this was a winner of a film.
Love means never having to say, "Who the hell are you?" Marine biologist Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) finds the perfect woman, Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) and falls head over heels for her. But when he sees her the following day, she hasn’t a clue as to who he is. Lucy suffers from a rare brain disorder that wipes her memory clean every night. Now, with the help of his friend Ula (Rob Schneider), he has to concoct new and increasingly clever ways to meet her and get her to fall for him every single day. 50 First Dates reunites the successful team of Sandler and Barrymore from The Wedding Singer. (DVD description)
The secret to this film? The one scene that reduces me to floods of tears and gales of laughter simultaneously - have you ever laughed and cried at the same time? You eventually run out of oxygen and it hurts!! But it's a good hurt, a real good hurt. This is the music this painful (literally!) scene is set to. I love this - it's the original video of the song. Put it on, turn up the volume and let rip!!
I notice from some bloghopping that Mommy Ba is back online after a bit of a hard time.
And woohoo!! The Wonderful Wendy Wings, our very own Emmy reporter, is back with her Casting Call, so go on over and have a virtual cookie and say hi.
Go on - the cookies are delicious!!