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Bob Marley

Today's addition to the recording artist list... DRAHoF...  is Bob Marley

Well, I once worked with a young Jamaican guy who reliably told me that Bob Marley's body is up in the hills of Jamaica stuffed and posed with a guitar...  as in embalmed and on display...  like taxidermy.

This very reliable Jamaican guy wouldn't have lied to me, so I believed him and I have spread the story to others, who in turn have believed me.

I now have come to the conclusion that it is not true...  but still don't understand why I was told this by this very reliable Jamaican.  One of the mysteries of my life.


Another for the Song Hall of Fame...  "Lithium" by Nirvana

It's that soft loud soft thing.

Here's a karaoke version...

The Supremes

Another addition to the list (DRAHoF) of my favourite recording artists.....  it's.....  the Supremes
'60's music...  always loved it, and the Supremes were major players.  Wikipedia says they were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts...  They had 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100....  most of them being Holland–Dozier–Holland songs...  They made a total of 17 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show...  having cross-cultural success effectively paving the way for the mainstream success of contemporaneous label mates such as the Temptations, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5.

Visitors leaving

Our Canadian visitors are leaving back down to London on the train today, then on an airplane back to Canada tomorrow.  It's been nice showing them around a little, etc.  We had a few other local relatives over last night... cousins of Linda and Carine...  Elaine, Angie and Chris.  So a bit of visiting and coffee and biscuits last night.  I also did a quick run down to Caerlaverock Castle to see it from the carpark....  nice scenic little drive.

Of course, this was all after work yesterday.  Linda did other things with them during the day... out to lunch at Tarff I think.  Andy, Jenny and kids came over as well to say bye.

Work is slow as it's summer and learners are not in, classes are not taught.  Just preparing for next semester.  Trying to keep busy.

Ringo Starr

OK....  Now I'm adding Ringo Starr to my list of favourite recording artists, DRAHoF.
Well, the Beatles were my favourite band growing up.  They probably still are.  Definitely ranked above everyone else, so I guess that makes them still my favourite... and probably always will be.
Anyway, back in the old days of vinyl records, I would always be buying Beatles records (in the late '70's, early '80's, this was)...  and would also buy up most of the solo Beatles records as well...  including Ringo's solo LPs.  I had Beaucoups of Blues, Sentimental Journey, Ringo, Goodnight Vienna, Ringo's Rotogravure, Blast From Your Past, and others I can't recall...
Let's face it, he's my least favourite Beatle in the group or solo ....  and now he's the last one to be on my favourite recording artist list....  but, he's on the list ahead of 99.99% of everyone else on earth.

Canadian visitors

John, Carine, Aidan and Amy are in Dumfries visiting from Canada.  Yesterday we went to Threave Castle and to Sweetheart Abbey.  Amy is staying at the house with us.  She rode on Meggie yesterday evening.

We also all went over to Andy and Jenny's.  Their house is nearly done, and they've moved back in now.  It looks really nice all with new carpets and newly painted walls.


Today, I want to add the 93rd recording artist into my Hall of Fame list.....   and it's Aerosmith.

I like some of their music, don't know most of their music as it's not really my type of thing, but there are a few good reasons to induct them into my personal HoF.

One reason is that in the '80's some time my mother sat next to Steve Tyler on an airplane.  She had no idea who he was but as he looked a bit different than your average person, with longer hair or whatever, she asked him if he was a musician or something.  So they spoke a bit... and he ended up giving her his autograph to give to me.... it said "To Darrin, 'Dream On', Steve Tyler".

So anyway, Aerosmith is from the Boston area which is where I grew up so there's that connection as well.  Their song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was used at our wedding...  which is a song that Linda really likes...  The Run-DMC connection is also a plus for me...

As far as their actual music, tho, I think I only ever owned the Pump album, which I liked well enough, but that's it really.

From Wikipedia:

Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records in the United States alone.
With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American band and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American band.
The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.  In 2013, the band's principal songwriters, Tyler and Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Smart TV

Got talked into buying a new TV after work yesterday...  49 inch LG ultra HD smart LED television set.  Linda wanted it so she could get Netflix.  So, I guess our old CRT television we have in the kids playroom is going to be squeezed out of the house.  Our current TV in the living room will end up in its place.

Personally, I can do without TV.

August 2007... 10 years ago

Ten years ago in August 2007....  Let's turn back the dial on the LJ time machine and see what was happening...  some excerpts...

Aug 1: "We're living in a construction zone lately.  The conservatory is halfway built.  Lots of drilling and hammering happening....   None by me...  we have people doing it for us.  I'm too busy doing nothing."
"Still awaiting a job offer from somewhere."

"Linda got a grazing muzzle for Meggie the wonder horse.  It allows her to go out and graze with her horse friends but prevents over-eating.  We've been going back and forth to that horse daily because it's been spending time in the stable due to laminitis."

Aug 2:  "I got a letter today from the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate.  It says "... I am pleased to say that the application has been successful and you will shortly receive a letter inviting you to attend a citizenship ceremony..."

Aug 3:  We got a new baby guinea pig, called Blondie.

Jenny and Andy are now in the flat. They got 2 new kittens, Magic and Tony.

Aug 6:  "Still no job... but saving a lot on petrol !"

Aug 7:  It hasn't been a great summer. Too many times up and back to the horse. Haven't really had a holiday, except to Blackpool for a weekend. Have wanted to do more day trips... like down to Cumbria to the Lakes... but haven't. The weather's been mostly crap. It's been a bit tough for Linda with the worries about the horse's health (laminitis) and all the construction going on at the house... too much disruption. Linda's mother has also been having legal disputes with a neighbor. It's definitely been an over-stressful summer for Linda, and thus for me. With both of us having the summer off, you'd think it would've been nice, but infortunately it hasn't really..."

"The summer is just not going right.  Rose, our black guinea pig was found dead in the hutch yesterday of unknown causes... probably just old."

"Another day, another rejection letter. Frustrating."

"Looking for work is hard work."

Aug 15:  "We did a longer walk than usual today up into Mabie Forest... me, Tess the dog, Meggie the Wonder Horse and Linda (riding).  Usually we're only on a lower track because to get to the upper track takes tremendous effort due to the steep incline to get up there.  But today we went for it.  It's quite nice once you're up there, and the views are great...  it's just the getting up there that's the problem."

"We entertained Linda's aunt and uncle from Canada (Hamilton, ON) yesterday.  Went out to have lunch and then chatted at the house and at Jenny's place.  We all went out to Loch Rutton to see where Jenny's going to teach primary school.  It was the first time I'd seen it.  There are only about 18 or so kids and two teachers in the entire school as it's a bit out in the sticks.  Nice view of the loch from the school..."

"Tomorrow, we're bringing the aunt and uncle down to Hadrian's Wall and to Carlisle."

"At the farm where we keep Meggie, there's been an injured and sickly calf.  Sadly, despite lots of effort to make it better, it died today.  Needless to say, Linda was very shaken up by it.  She had often been over "talking" to the wee thing when we've been up doing the horse stuff."

"It seems we've had so many deaths lately... a guinea pig recently, my big goldfish, a gerbil a while back, and now this calf at Joy's farm...  I wanted to mention something good.  Today I found a baby snail in the fish tank.  That's the first time that's happened in the years that I've had this tank going, believe it or not.  Never had any baby fish or snails pop up, but today... there it is.   We'll probably have dozens in a few weeks, which would be fine by me.  Births are better than deaths."

Aug 17:  "Yesterday, we went down to Hadrian's Wall with Linda's Canadian Aunt and Uncle, along with Andy and Jenny.  We visited the wall at Walltown Crags in Northumberland but didn't climb up the hill because some people weren't really wearing appropriate Hadrian's Wall-going footwear (Linda and Jenny) and because there were some cows in the way scaring the Canadians anyway.  But we went to the nearby Roman Army Museum and looked around in there.  They had a really good aerial photography and historical computer-animation film in there called "Eagle's Eye"...  I was quite impressed and would recommend going to this museum if only to see that film..."

"We went into Carlisle afterwards, perused a Waterstone's book store, had some coffee, then drove back on up to Dumfries and on down the other side of the Nith to New Abbey to visit Sweetheart Abbey."
Aug. 18:  "I'm painting the walls in our new (unfinished) conservatory today.  I thought the builders would be doing it but it turns out not.  Oh well, so I did it.  Painting's not bad when you can blast music without the wife complaining."

Aug 21:  "Today's my mother's birthday.  She's in Massachusetts at the moment.  I sent her a little e-card and an email"

"Wow...  I am so, so busy for an unemployed person.   And now all of a sudden I have an interview tomorrow at 11am.  Need to prepare a bit and pray to the employment gods that I'm the best they'll find."

Aug 22:  "Tomorrow I become an official Brit.  The ceremony will be held in the Municipal Chambers in Dumfries at noon.  Here's what i need to say:

"I, (name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her Heirs and Successors, according to law."
"I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms.  I will uphold its democratic values.  I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen."

Aug 25:  "I'm in a Starbucks at South Gyle shopping mall on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Linda has an appointment in Fairmilehead this morning. We come up to these appointments every couple of weeks. I get two hours alone until she's done... so I thought I'd do a little entry right now on my PDA."

"We came home from Edinburgh yesterday with three more baby guinea pigs... Hermione, Luna and Ginny. They're meeting our other two guinea pigs out on the back lawn this morning."

Aug 26: Linda accidentally let one of the guinea pigs escape in the back yard early this evening. It went into the prickly bushes. Oh how we laughed.... not. We finally got it after about 45 minutes or so of scratched arms, on hands and knees, with prodding sticks."


Another weekend has come and gone...

Did a bit of cleaning Saturday with the new thing Linda bought... a steam cleaner thing.  It shoots steam, kind of like an iron, and you can direct this steam using a wide range of attachments...  So, my job was to clean my bathroom and to help clean other things as well.  And to hoover the rugs, which is always my job.

Then on Sunday we had babysitting duties while Jenny and Andy were busy moving things back into their house, which is still in a state of renovation...  They've got a new kitchen and a couple new rooms that were converted from the garage and lounge.  It's getting close to the finish line, tho.  So, on Sunday, we played with the kids and we also brought them over to Andy's parents to play with them.  Andy's father is not well, with a bad illness, which has affected his walking and his mind.  So, anyway, we went over there and it was nice to play Uno with him and with the kids.

No Particular Place to Go

To be added to my song list....  "No Particular Place to Go" by Chuck Berry

FINALLY, a second song by Chuck Berry, who is very under-represented on this song list.  As it turns out, this 1964 song is almost exactly like Berry's "School Days" music-wise...  but with different lyrics, of course.  I guess you're allowed to reuse your own songs.

A nice driving song...  about driving along in an automobile.... which is what he was doing that time we went to see him in Glasgow and he didn't show up at the concert until everyone had left.

Grandkid Update

The pix below are from yesterday when they all went to see Meggie the horse.

As you can see, Adam can ride by himself now. He's six now. Very much into football (soccer) and collects trading cards. He reads, spells, counts... all that good stuff. Can even count in French.

Ayla wouldn't go on the horse, but she likes to play with toy horses, my little pony, etc etc. She's talking a lot more than she used to. She wasn't as advanced in her speech as Adam, but is coming on better now. She's four, and will still be in nursery school when it starts up again. Reading and spelling are still ahead of her.

Amelie is about 7 months old. She's surprising everyone with her mobility. Just about crawling now, which is early. Won't be long before she's on the horse as well. She smiles a lot... With her in the picture is their mum, Jenny.

Walk Don't Run

For the list...  "Walk Don't Run" by the Ventures

Good surf music.


For the Song HoF....  "Rasputin" by Boney M

Linda and I will usually watch a documentary about Rasputin when given the chance. We tend to watch things about royalty, history, crime, that sort of thing... on TV. The show would be even better if set to Boney M's song...

Here's a little video of the song with scenes from a film... Alan Rickman (Snape in Harry Potter) plays Rasputin:


Here's a quick update on recent goings on...  nothing earth-shattering.  We had Adam and Ayla-sitting duties this weekend when we all went up to Glasgow yesterday.  Jenny, Andy and Amelie went to IKEA to buy some furniture while Linda, me, Adam and Ayla went to Braehead to do some ten pin bowling and lunch and general playing around... and other money wasting activities.  We had fun.  Went to Primark and bought a few things as well.  A bit of ice cream was had too.

Anyway, Jenny and Andy's house is in the middle of a major upgrade.  They've converted their garage into a new lounge (living room), turned half their existing living room into a new room for Ayla, are getting an all new kitchen put in, etc etc.  They are busy painting lately, and I even helped paint the other day.

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