He came to Boston in 1990 and they had a big concert on the esplanade for him (but we didn't go). Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, and others were there.... I think we thought about going, but didn't.
Then in 1994, he got elected as President of South Africa... so I had a few clipping in my journal. Here are two political cartoons from that time in 1994:
Tonight we're attending a Christmas party with people from the stables where we keep Meggie. It's at Mabie House.
We had Adam for half a day today. Put the Christmas tree up with him.
We're celebrating Adam's third birthday today over at Andy and Jenny's house today. Can't believe he's three already. Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana...
He's getting some Fireman Sam stuff from us.
Been dealing with a problem up near Aberdeen which had me driving up Thursday, working late that night, and then Friday and also Saturday because it still isn't totally resolved. I'm home today but need to go back up on Monday and keep at it. Not the best few days I've ever had. But did end up making progress at least, just wish it was done.
This one is for grand-daughter Ayla who's nearly 7 months old now. It's Brahm's Lullaby sung by a World War II-era Frank Sinatra...
Another for my list of favourite songs... "Surf City" by Jan and Dean
A Brian Wilson song that Jan and Dean scored a number one hit with before the Beach Boys even achieved a number one... it's a great song with a great feel to it. Not much else to say except "two girls for every boy" always sounded pretty good to me.
Next song for my HoF list... "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells
It's the first country music #1 hit sung by a solo woman artist, giving a woman's perspective, in that male-dominated genre. Early feminist anthem, I think, that paved the way for other women country singers.
It uses a speeded up version of the same tune as Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life" but is a response to that tune in which he sings about his gal who left him for a life in the roadhouses... saying he didn't know God made honky tonk angels.
In Kitty Wells' rebuttal, she says it's men who more often are the cause of women's moral failings:
"It wasn't God who made Honky Tonk angels
As you said in the words of your song
Too many times married men think they're still single
That has caused many a good girl to go wrong"
We took the IKEA cabinet up to be used at the stables, as we no longer want it in the bedroom which just got a load of new cabinets put in. The bedroom has turned out very nice. Seems like a hotel room now. Much less cluttered-looking...
We had a short ride with Meggie today but it was a little icy in the shady bits so we turned back when it seemed too dangerous. Our wheelbarrow up at the horse has a flat tire. Not a great day...
Sorted books into bookshelves back at home. Catching up on X Factor now.
Spoke too soon in my last entry saying I didn't need to go anywhere this week. Went to Inverness today.
The other day, I was curious to see if there was footage of Tommy Cooper, the British comedian, dying onstage... and was surprised and a bit traumatised to see it on YouTube.... he had a heart attack and went down on the floor live on TV in 1984... with people laughing because they all thought it was part of his act. The camera lingered for an uncomfortable amount of time until the band started playing and they cut to a commercial. Pretty disturbing footage... and I've been thinking about it and affected by it for the past few days. Weird.