mistletoe: (Stewie omg)
Here! I took a picture of myself this morning that turned out clearer than my calendar pics. I am putting it under a cut to spare the squeamish. I resemble something from the Black Death or 1665, The Plague year. Anyway, believe it or not, it is not very painful, just itchy. I had 10 hours sleep yesterday which may account for my ability to go to Tesco today and talk to people I knew that I met there. I disguised the lump with my Thinsulate hat well pulled down. Couldn't see a thing. I also ate lunch when I got home! Small steps.

Here it is:

You have been warned. Approach with caution )

And for [livejournal.com profile] huronia a reminder of her own medical condition.

Good players on this - Bix Beiderbeck, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Bud Freeman and Gene Krupa with Hoagy Carmichael in charge.

mistletoe: (IceKing)
Ah my favourite bit of January: the ISU European skating championships from Bern.



The Ice Dancers were up first, my favourites the Ice Dancing. A change in the rules meant they have two phases instead of the three compulsory, original and free. They now do a short dance and then the free. The British couple Sinead and John Kerr are in their final season and did the best short programme I've seen from them.


The dance had to include the Golden Waltz. They always choose good music and this time they aced it with Etta James' At Last and Shut up and let me go by the Ting tings. Great. John always has trouble with the twizzles, but this time he was spot on. They are 3rd going into the free and I hope they get a medal. I've put up At Last before when Sky used it for the return of Bones, but not the Ting tings so here it is.



You can see that on the ice I hope. I'm watching the pairs short at the moment and it is outstanding quality. The rink by the way is open and everyone has been issued with Army blankets in the audience to keep warm.

Great night out last night with friends for Sue's birthday. I just had the home made chicken liver pate and scampi to eat and a G & T for a treat. Didn't manage to eat everything because there was a huge amount of pate and the scampi came with salad and chips and vegetables. Finished with latte and tiffin. Omnomnom. Lou had the loin of venison in forest fruits sauce of which I had a taste and it was superb. The venison was so tender. Sue had Moroccan lamb stew with couscous and Pat had chicken fajitas. Pretty eclectic restaurant as you can tell. Sue liked the trinket box and the apple clock that should have been for Christmas so that was all right.

Bones tonight and Mel has been squeeing all week so I hope it pans out. I need optimism!

Just to finish, the last Pairs couple from the Czech Republic danced to this.


mistletoe: (IceKing)
Ah my favourite bit of January: the ISU European skating championships from Bern.



The Ice Dancers were up first, my favourites the Ice Dancing. A change in the rules meant they have two phases instead of the three compulsory, original and free. They now do a short dance and then the free. The British couple Sinead and John Kerr are in their final season and did the best short programme I've seen from them.


The dance had to include the Golden Waltz. They always choose good music and this time they aced it with Etta James' At Last and Shut up and let me go by the Ting tings. Great. John always has trouble with the twizzles, but this time he was spot on. They are 3rd going into the free and I hope they get a medal. I've put up At Last before when Sky used it for the return of Bones, but not the Ting tings so here it is.



You can see that on the ice I hope. I'm watching the pairs short at the moment and it is outstanding quality. The rink by the way is open and everyone has been issued with Army blankets in the audience to keep warm.

Great night out last night with friends for Sue's birthday. I just had the home made chicken liver pate and scampi to eat and a G & T for a treat. Didn't manage to eat everything because there was a huge amount of pate and the scampi came with salad and chips and vegetables. Finished with latte and tiffin. Omnomnom. Lou had the loin of venison in forest fruits sauce of which I had a taste and it was superb. The venison was so tender. Sue had Moroccan lamb stew with couscous and Pat had chicken fajitas. Pretty eclectic restaurant as you can tell. Sue liked the trinket box and the apple clock that should have been for Christmas so that was all right.

Bones tonight and Mel has been squeeing all week so I hope it pans out. I need optimism!

Just to finish, the last Pairs couple from the Czech Republic danced to this.


mistletoe: (Homers brain)


That's a bummer! Mid Nablopomo and I have run out of oomph. Well I do have things to say about Seeley Booth in season 3 but that will take thought and I am not in thinky mode today. I have viewed the first 6 episodes and there is more than I thought to dig out. High schools. There have been quite a few episodes over the years with High school settings and we actually get more about Booth in school than we do about Brennan so that is something unusual. Of course, it's all sports and girls, so that explains it. Anyway, don't want to pre-empt myself. Just a taster.

Today, I have made lunch and watched some football sporadically. I suppose I could watch the American football play offs rather than Cristiano Ronaldo tumbling about the turf in Madrid. I'm just not invested in American football like I used to be. The coverage annoys me. It is so stop start with a pause after every play. I'm used to free flowing stuff. Still, it's better than the sycophantic commentator who will be on the Real Madrid game. He gets so excited I want to plant my fist on his nose.

Have a Geoffrey Chaucer Tale.


It's all true.
mistletoe: (Homers brain)


That's a bummer! Mid Nablopomo and I have run out of oomph. Well I do have things to say about Seeley Booth in season 3 but that will take thought and I am not in thinky mode today. I have viewed the first 6 episodes and there is more than I thought to dig out. High schools. There have been quite a few episodes over the years with High school settings and we actually get more about Booth in school than we do about Brennan so that is something unusual. Of course, it's all sports and girls, so that explains it. Anyway, don't want to pre-empt myself. Just a taster.

Today, I have made lunch and watched some football sporadically. I suppose I could watch the American football play offs rather than Cristiano Ronaldo tumbling about the turf in Madrid. I'm just not invested in American football like I used to be. The coverage annoys me. It is so stop start with a pause after every play. I'm used to free flowing stuff. Still, it's better than the sycophantic commentator who will be on the Real Madrid game. He gets so excited I want to plant my fist on his nose.

Have a Geoffrey Chaucer Tale.


It's all true.

Who knows

Jan. 17th, 2011 04:20 pm
mistletoe: (BB look)
Sandy Denny today.





I watched Shadowlands this morning. It was good, understated, British fare and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not a great fan of Attenborough films, but he reined himself in. Anyway, I thought this song matched the mood. Hopkins and Hardwick seem so effortless on screen. He's a good Watson is Hardwick and Hopkins is good in everything. I also thought Debra Winger made a good fist of Joy. The Oxford Dons were suitably dotty and shut off from the real world. Later, I shall be having a Season 3 of Bones evening.

The parental phone saga continues. I am going down tomorrow to see if I can sort it out. The helpline advice consisted of unplugging the base for half an hour and taking the batteries out. I could have said that!  I can see it going back to the shop in the afternoon!

The second bud on the Amaryllis is out and looking good. The heating is on and the sun is setting. It has been quite a bright day for a change. Coffee now.

Who knows

Jan. 17th, 2011 04:20 pm
mistletoe: (BB look)
Sandy Denny today.





I watched Shadowlands this morning. It was good, understated, British fare and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not a great fan of Attenborough films, but he reined himself in. Anyway, I thought this song matched the mood. Hopkins and Hardwick seem so effortless on screen. He's a good Watson is Hardwick and Hopkins is good in everything. I also thought Debra Winger made a good fist of Joy. The Oxford Dons were suitably dotty and shut off from the real world. Later, I shall be having a Season 3 of Bones evening.

The parental phone saga continues. I am going down tomorrow to see if I can sort it out. The helpline advice consisted of unplugging the base for half an hour and taking the batteries out. I could have said that!  I can see it going back to the shop in the afternoon!

The second bud on the Amaryllis is out and looking good. The heating is on and the sun is setting. It has been quite a bright day for a change. Coffee now.

mistletoe: (Default)
I am in laid back mode.



Here is my day so far.
Got up.
Ate Danish pastry.
Noticed one of the Amaryllis had flowered.
Put meat in oven.
Watched Queen live in Milton Keynes on Sky Anytime.


Took pic of Amaryllis.
Changed batteries in camera.
Uploaded pic.


Answered some comments.
Checked meat.

In the midst of all this I tried to help mother with new phone. It's true that you get too old for new technology. Or it may be duff equipment. Anyway. Every time my mam uses the phone it cuts out on her mid-call. 5 minutes and it's gone. I'm baffled. Any thoughts? It's a cordless BT thing they got. It may be them. My dad has broken the telly on numerous occasions because he just overuses the remote channel hopping, changing the setting so the subtitles are on, then off, using the mute button all the time.. The poor telly can't keep up. Every time a man comes to fix it there is nothing wrong.

Off to make Yorkshire puddings now!
mistletoe: (Default)
I am in laid back mode.



Here is my day so far.
Got up.
Ate Danish pastry.
Noticed one of the Amaryllis had flowered.
Put meat in oven.
Watched Queen live in Milton Keynes on Sky Anytime.


Took pic of Amaryllis.
Changed batteries in camera.
Uploaded pic.


Answered some comments.
Checked meat.

In the midst of all this I tried to help mother with new phone. It's true that you get too old for new technology. Or it may be duff equipment. Anyway. Every time my mam uses the phone it cuts out on her mid-call. 5 minutes and it's gone. I'm baffled. Any thoughts? It's a cordless BT thing they got. It may be them. My dad has broken the telly on numerous occasions because he just overuses the remote channel hopping, changing the setting so the subtitles are on, then off, using the mute button all the time.. The poor telly can't keep up. Every time a man comes to fix it there is nothing wrong.

Off to make Yorkshire puddings now!
mistletoe: (Hi friends)
I didn't do a video on Sunday as it is a new year so I have changed my ways ;P. So here's one on a Wednesday instead!



I see Gerry Rafferty died, which is sad as it got me thinking about the 70s, when I was at school, then university, then work. What a packed decade that was! Sunderland won the FA Cup for one thing; I went to live in Cardiff, then Hull, then Whitby, then here, although that happened in the early 80s actually. I was working here in the 70s though, so it still counts.

I liked this song, and apparently, I still do.


There we are friends of the online variety. Doesn't matter that I've never met you, this song still stands.

Bonus icons as I'm in vintage mood.

                 
mistletoe: (Hi friends)
I didn't do a video on Sunday as it is a new year so I have changed my ways ;P. So here's one on a Wednesday instead!



I see Gerry Rafferty died, which is sad as it got me thinking about the 70s, when I was at school, then university, then work. What a packed decade that was! Sunderland won the FA Cup for one thing; I went to live in Cardiff, then Hull, then Whitby, then here, although that happened in the early 80s actually. I was working here in the 70s though, so it still counts.

I liked this song, and apparently, I still do.


There we are friends of the online variety. Doesn't matter that I've never met you, this song still stands.

Bonus icons as I'm in vintage mood.

                 
mistletoe: (SoldierBooth)
Watched the Remembrance Sunday Parade. I love the music every year. A special remembrance for Daryn Roy, a local lad who was killed in Afghanistan this year.

Two excerpts: Dido's Lament and Flowers of the Forest
 


 

A change from my usual Sunday videos.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
 

mistletoe: (SoldierBooth)
Watched the Remembrance Sunday Parade. I love the music every year. A special remembrance for Daryn Roy, a local lad who was killed in Afghanistan this year.

Two excerpts: Dido's Lament and Flowers of the Forest
 


 

A change from my usual Sunday videos.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
 

mistletoe: (SoldierBooth)
I had my two minutes silence this morning at 11a.m. The BBC showed Big Ben and the various markings of the hour around the country including a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. I think I'd like to visit there.

Here is a video of reconstructed trenches, Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world; Ieper Town Hall which is the World War I museum and well worth a visit; a ceremony at the Menin Gate which features all the names of the lost (no known graves). The buglers are from Ieper (Ypres) Fire Brigade who perform the Last Post every night and it is a very moving event.










mistletoe: (SoldierBooth)
I had my two minutes silence this morning at 11a.m. The BBC showed Big Ben and the various markings of the hour around the country including a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. I think I'd like to visit there.

Here is a video of reconstructed trenches, Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world; Ieper Town Hall which is the World War I museum and well worth a visit; a ceremony at the Menin Gate which features all the names of the lost (no known graves). The buglers are from Ieper (Ypres) Fire Brigade who perform the Last Post every night and it is a very moving event.










1938

Jul. 25th, 2010 10:23 pm
mistletoe: (Is pretty)
And while we're on with it, here is my favourite arrangement of a tune of all time. It is perfect, from the way Artie puts his clarinet in there, the sax solo with cymbal, to the way the band just lets go in the middle, I love it.


Artie Shaw Begin the Beguine.





3 minutes 14 seconds of genius.

1938

Jul. 25th, 2010 10:23 pm
mistletoe: (Is pretty)
And while we're on with it, here is my favourite arrangement of a tune of all time. It is perfect, from the way Artie puts his clarinet in there, the sax solo with cymbal, to the way the band just lets go in the middle, I love it.


Artie Shaw Begin the Beguine.





3 minutes 14 seconds of genius.
mistletoe: (cheers)
It's gone to extra time so I am watching the golf. Meanwhile it's Sunday which means video time. Not much up from the Gala as yet but here are a couple. First a band outside the County doing one of their party pieces. Sorry the sound is a bit thin.


And secondly a Scottish Colliery Band leading the banner through home streets before setting off for Durham. This is the Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band from Fife but they are in Thornley. The tune is not complete.



The other two banners are Thornley Primary School and the Scottish NUM. The Primary School banners actually started in my home town where a former miner friend of ours helped the children of Westlea to design their own banner and other schools in County Durham have done their own. Sadly, he is not well enough now to attend the Gala, but he has given something to the community that will outlive him.

This is the 126th Durham Miners Gala and though the mines have long gone it is a rallying point for all sorts of Unions to express their solidarity. I was standing next to a couple from Wigan most of the morning and there were banners and bands there from Fife to Brighton. Stick that in your Public Sector pipe Mr Cameron.
mistletoe: (cheers)
It's gone to extra time so I am watching the golf. Meanwhile it's Sunday which means video time. Not much up from the Gala as yet but here are a couple. First a band outside the County doing one of their party pieces. Sorry the sound is a bit thin.


And secondly a Scottish Colliery Band leading the banner through home streets before setting off for Durham. This is the Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band from Fife but they are in Thornley. The tune is not complete.



The other two banners are Thornley Primary School and the Scottish NUM. The Primary School banners actually started in my home town where a former miner friend of ours helped the children of Westlea to design their own banner and other schools in County Durham have done their own. Sadly, he is not well enough now to attend the Gala, but he has given something to the community that will outlive him.

This is the 126th Durham Miners Gala and though the mines have long gone it is a rallying point for all sorts of Unions to express their solidarity. I was standing next to a couple from Wigan most of the morning and there were banners and bands there from Fife to Brighton. Stick that in your Public Sector pipe Mr Cameron.

Sundaaaaay

May. 30th, 2010 10:32 pm
mistletoe: (Hot blooded)
Here we are Sunday night and I feel in need of some uplift. So a video of a song I like seems in order.

No reason, just it jollied me up.


I am now going to get back to Season 4 of
Bones
with a look at how Brennan progressed in
Conman in the Meth Lab
. I know we all know it well, but there are things to say which make her appear in a more positive light than I have previously thought.

I see the Flyers lost the first game of the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks 6 - 5. Sounds exciting.




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