Wednesday, 11 December 2019

11th December 2019 - Fugues and Frivolita

Thought for the day :"I need the name of the sticky stuff from inside a tree.. ASAP"

As we go into the last day of electioneering - tomorrow will be a grateful relief as the votes start coming in and no-one is allowed to do any more electioneering ...

Boris Johnson Fugue

there is also one for Trump...


In other news we are back to the Gas Board again in New Road... Only been a year !! and a bit!!


Links go back to previous posts - one of which is here

Decided to do a few new photos for the Frivolita Song...

Bad Norderby

The Wou Long and Klabauternamm

Cards

In the Darkness

Skelmir Leder

And so it is another week so we needed some new cover pictures...


In the Pink 
And so - we load the trailer today with the gas bottles and burners so we can mull the wine tomorrow night for the Choir's Christmas Mulled Wine and Mince Pie evening at the Parish Church - which will not allow us to take the gas burners in to heat the mulled wine - oh and apparently they have no toilets either !!

Ho hum !!

Cheers !



Tuesday, 10 December 2019

10th December 2019 - Wonderful Days and Voting

Thought for the day :"Albert Einstein was a genius – his brother Frank was a monster"

(And I know the monster was not called that - it was the scientist - this is humour !!)

We are coming to Christmas and I enjoyed this heartwarming article that relates to one of the iconic films of the season ....


For all the fans of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and Jimmy Stewart. Just months after winning his 1941 Academy Award for best actor in “The Philadelphia Story,” Jimmy Stewart, one of the best-known actors of the day, left Hollywood and joined the US Army. He was the first big-name movie star to enlist in World War II.
An accomplished private pilot, the 33-year-old Hollywood icon became a US Army Air Force aviator, earning his 2nd Lieutenant commission in early 1942. With his celebrity status and huge popularity with the American public, he was assigned to starring in recruiting films, attending rallies, and training younger pilots.
Stewart, however, wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to fly combat missions in Europe, not spend time in a stateside training command. By 1944, frustrated and feeling the war was passing him by, he asked his commanding officer to transfer him to a unit deploying to Europe. His request was reluctantly granted.
Stewart, now a Captain, was sent to England, where he spent the next 18 months flying B-24 Liberator bombers over Germany. Throughout his time overseas, the US Army Air Corps' top brass had tried to keep the popular movie star from flying over enemy territory. But Stewart would hear nothing of it.
Determined to lead by example, he bucked the system, assigning himself to every combat mission he could. By the end of the war he was one of the most respected and decorated pilots in his unit.
But his wartime service came at a high personal price.
In the final months of WWII he was grounded for being “flak happy,” today called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
When he returned to the US in August 1945, Stewart was a changed man. He had lost so much weight that he looked sickly. He rarely slept, and when he did he had nightmares of planes exploding and men falling through the air screaming (in one mission alone his unit had lost 13 planes and 130 men, most of whom he knew personally).
He was depressed, couldn’t focus, and refused to talk to anyone about his war experiences. His acting career was all but over.
As one of Stewart's biographers put it, "Every decision he made [during the war] was going to preserve life or cost lives. He took back to Hollywood all the stress that he had built up.”
In 1946 he got his break. He took the role of George Bailey, the suicidal father in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The rest is history.
Actors and crew of the set realized that in many of the disturbing scenes of George Bailey unraveling in front of his family, Stewart wasn’t acting. His PTSD was being captured on filmed for potentially millions to see.
But despite Stewart's inner turmoil, making the movie was therapeutic for the combat veteran. He would go on to become one of the most accomplished and loved actors in American history.
When asked in 1941 why he wanted to leave his acting career to fly combat missions over Nazi Germany, he said, "This country's conscience is bigger than all the studios in Hollywood put together, and the time will come when we'll have to fight.”
This holiday season, as many of us watch the classic Christmas film, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” it’s also a fitting time to remember the sacrifices of Jimmy Stewart and all the men who gave up so much to serve their country during wartime. We will always remember you!

Postscript:
While fighting in Europe, Stewart's Oscar statue was proudly displayed in his father’s Pennsylvania hardware store. Throughout his life, the beloved actor always said his father, a World War I veteran, was the person who had made the biggest impact on him.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985 and died in 1997 at the age of 89.

-- Ned Forney, Writer, Saluting America's Veterans
And on the subject of heroes.....
Back to Politics...
Only a few days to go - thank goodness...

A comment made the other day by a political commentator seems so right - Normally we look to see which party or leader we refer and agree with - this time around it is a case of to whom do you least disagree!!!! And that seems to be about right. In my Llanelli Consituency, we have a Labour lead - we always have. Agree or disagree with the national policies or the Party themes, there is littel doubt that Nia Griffiths will get into power - probably with a large majority - the level of dissatisfaction here will be shown by the level of majority she has....

With my father in law who now does not really understand the politics, thinks Brexit is an institution, and cannot gauge the concept that it is a procedure, only knows that he does not want Boris ans the leader, and had to have explained to him that his local vote will not make his man the new Prime MInister. But down in Waiting for God land on the South Coast the current ember has a 25,000 majority which was nibblers at a few years ago by the Lib Dens - who disappeared entirely at the last election. He wishes to struggle out ot the Pols on Thursday - but does not want to vote Conservative - I think he has been Labour all his days, but maybe not, but he cannot really understand the polling structure any more.

In both our cases - we are really disenfranchised by the system - whether we vote or not the result is a foregone conclusion. I know that there are those who state that you must use your democratic right regardless of the faults of the system, and in my case I have used my postal vote - but the system does not inspire confidence in democratic traditions and principles.

And so my choice? Labour will win. The Tories and the Lib Dems do not even live in the county!! The Green do - but I really cannot agree with their policies locally. Labour are promising to pay the women their pensions which could mean up to £20,000 in repayment to Susie - who lost out on 4 years of her pension by raising the age limit. (Oh and in other news - France apparently are having riots on the streets because they want to raise the French National limit to 62!!)

And so - the only one that has a policy that will personally affect is the one that I do not need to vote for as they will get in anyway !!!

But I have a democratic right to vote and would hate to have it taken away so I am old school and put my cross on the sheet the only way that it makes sense. But I still feel dirty !!!

Cheers !!!




Monday, 9 December 2019

9th December 2019 - French views of English and a little Shakespeare and Masonry

Thought for the day :"Take care on the roads.. Many people are drinking to excess and allowing their partners to drive.."

Some Masonic thoughts....
Food for thought - here are a few interesting quotes from Shakespeare. Did he borrow from Masonry? Or did the early authors of our ritual borrow from him?
“We steal by line and level”
(The Tempest);
“I will find where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed within the centre”
(Hamlet);
“Read not my blemishes in the world's report:
I have not kept my square; but that to come
Shall all be done by the rule.”
(Anthony and Cleopatra);
“What, my old worshipful old master?”
(Taming of the Shrew);
“Thou wast installed in that high degree”
(Henry IV Part I);
“You have made good work, You and your apron-men.”
(Coriolanus)
And finally - I'm sure I've heard this many times in my Masonic career (!) - “He is not his craft's master, he doth not do it right.”
(Henry IV Part II)

On the subject of Language
After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud, and we’ll be honest with you, we struggled with parts of it.
Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!
You’ve been reading “The Chaos” by Gerard Nolst Trenité, written nearly 100 years ago in 1922, designed to demonstrate the irregularity of English spelling and pronunciation.

Still on the South Coast - back home later 

Cheers!!

Another thought ..

"I saw a fire hydrant with H20 inside and K9P outside"

Sunday, 8 December 2019

8th December 2019 - Barton Again

Thought for the day :"C4 is just angry Playdoh"

Sunday and we are down in Barton on Sea again - last trip before Christmas.



Seems my family are not voting Conservative this year.



Cheers !

Saturday, 7 December 2019

7th December 2019 - Consecrations Health and Christmas Stuff

Thought for the day :"A propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane keeping the pilot cool – just watch him sweat when it stops!"

I have had a long day today - early start at 5am and off to Beaminster in Dorset for  a consecration of a Court of the Order of Athelstan. Luckily - with friends so a car of four traveling down and I was not driving.

Good time had by all ....

But it must be said that the average age is quite high - I woudl have to claim to be one of the younger members there !!!  and on that subject... 


Saw a long post on Prostrate today - thought I would share it ..

MEN MUST READ
Gentlemen,
I am here to speak with you on Prostate. The topic is misleading. Is prostate strictly for men? Yes, ONLY men have prostate and ONLY men over 40 years but the healthcare enlightenment is for everyone. There is no woman who does not know a man 40 years and above, father, uncle, brother, son, friend, neighbour, colleague...
Essentially what I will be doing today is health promotion. Responsible health promotion must provide three things:
1. Information
2. Reassurance
3. A plan of action.
Let me start with a background on prostate health.
Everyone has a pair of kidneys. The job of the kidney is to remove waste. It is the LAWMA (waste management company) of your body. Everyday your blood passes through the kidney several times to be filtered. As the blood is filtered, urine is formed and stored in a temporary storage tank called the urinary bladder.
If there were to be no urinary bladder, as a man walks on the road, urine will be dropping.
Now think of the plumbing work in your house. Think of the urinary bladder as the overhead storage tank. From the storage tank, a good plumber will run pipes to other parts of the house, including the kitchen. God in His wisdom ran pipes from our urinary bladder to the tip of the penis. The pipe is called the urethra. Just below the bladder and surrounding the urethra is a little organ called the prostate gland.
The prostate gland is the size of a walnut and weighs about 20grams. Its job is to make the seminal fluid which is stored in the seminal vesicle. During sexual intercourse, seminal fluid comes down the urethra and mixes with the sperms produced in the testicles to form the semen. So semen technically is not sperm. It is sperm + seminal fluid. The seminal fluid lubricates the sperm.
After age 40, for reasons that may be hormonal, the prostate gland begins to enlarge. From 20 grams it may grow to almost 100 grams. As it enlarges, it squeezes the urethra and the man begins to notice changes in the way he urinates.
If you have a son under 10, if he has a little mischief like we all did at that age, when he comes out to urinate, he can target the ceiling and the jet will hit target. Call his father to do same, wahala dey. His urine stream is weak, cannot travel a long distance and sometimes may come straight down on his legs. So he may need to stand in awkward position to urinate.
Not many men will be worried their urine stream cannot hit the ceiling. Toilets are on the floor and not on the ceiling. But other symptoms begin to show.
TERMINAL DRIPPLING:
The man begins to notice that after urinating and repacking, urine still drops on his pants. This is the reason why after an older man urinates, he has to ring bell. A younger man simply delivers to the last drop and walks away. Just see an older man coming from the bathroom. Sometimes he may clutch the newspaper closely to hide the urine stains, particularly on plain colored trousers.
HESISTANCY
At this point you wait longer for the urine flow to start. There are 2 valves that must open for you to urinate – the internal and external sphincters. Both open but because of obstructions in the urethra, you wait longer for the flow to start.
INCOMPLETE EMPTYING
You have this feeling immediately after urinating that there is still something left.
As all these things happen, the bladder begins to work harder to compensate for the obstruction in the urethra. The frequency of urination goes up. Urgency sets in. Sometimes you have to practically run into the toilet. Nocturia also becomes common. You wake up more than 2 times at night to urinate. Your wife begins to complain.
Men being men may not talk to anyone even at this point. Then the more serious complications start.
Stored urine gets infected and there may be burning sensation when urinating.
Stored urine forms crystals. Crystals come together to form stone either in the bladder or in the kidney. Stones may block the urethra.
Chronic urinary retention sets in. The bladder stores more and more urine. The size of the bladder is 40 - 60cl. A bottle of coke is 50cl. As the bladder stores more urine it can enlarge up to 300cl. An overfilled bladder may leak and this leads to wetting / urinary incontinence. Also the volume may put pressure on the kidney and may lead to kidney damage.
What may likely bring the man to hospital is acute urinary retention. He wakes up one day and he is not able to pass urine.
Everything I have described above is associated with prostate enlargement, technically called benign prostate hyperplasia.
There are other diseases of the prostate like:
1. Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate
2. Prostate cancer – cancer of the prostate.
This discussion is on prostate enlargement.
I have bad news and good news.
The bad news is that everyman will have prostate enlargement if he lives long enough.
The good news is that there are life style changes that can help the man after 40 to maintain optimum prostate health.
NUTRITION
Look at what you eat. 33% of all cancers, according to the US National Cancer Institute is related to what we eat.
Red meat everyday triples your chances of prostate disease. Milk everyday doubles your risk. Not taking fruits / vegetables daily quadruples your risk.
Tomatoes are very good for men. If that is the only thing your wife can present in the evening, eat it with joy. It has loads of lycopene. Lycopene is the most potent natural antioxidant.
Foods that are rich in zinc are also good for men. We recommend pumpkin seeds (ugbogulu).
Zinc is about the most essential element for male sexuality and fertility.
Men need more zinc than women. Every time a man ejaculates he loses 15mg of zinc. Zinc is also important for alcohol metabolism. Your liver needs zinc to metabolize alcohol.
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
As men begin to have urinary symptoms associated with prostate enlargement, it is important they look at alcohol consumption. More fluid in means more fluid out.
Drink less. Drink slowly.
EXERCISE
Exercise helps build the muscle tone. Every man should exercise. Men over 40 should avoid high impact exercise like jogging. It puts pressure on the knees. Cycling is bad news for the prostate. We recommend brisk walking.
SITTING
When we sit, two-third of our weight rests on the pelvic bones. Men who sit longer are more prone to prostate symptoms. Do not sit for long hours. Walk around as often as you can. Sit on comfortable chairs. We recommend a divided saddle chair if you must sit long hours.
DRESSING
Men should avoid tight underwear. It impacts circulation around the groin and heats it up a bit. While the physiological temperature is 37 degrees, the groin has an optimal temperature of about 33 degrees. Pant is a no - no for men. Wear boxers. Wear breathable clothing.
SMOKING
Avoid smoking. It affects blood vessels and impact circulation around the groin.
SEX
Regular sex is good for the prostate.
Celibates are more pronenn to prostate illness. While celibacy is a moral decision, it is not a biological adaptation. Your prostate gland is designed to empty its contents regularly.
__________
Thought: when someone shared something of value with you and benefit from it. You have a moral obligation to share it with others because someone in your friends list might be saved.
Forwarded as received💪
The subject is very important Please post the message on the largest number of your acquaintances:
"Pieces of lemon in a glass of hot water can save you for the rest of your life," says Professor Chen Horin, chief executive of the Beijing Military Hospital.
Even if you are busy, you should look at this message and pass it on to others!
Hot lemons can kill cancer cells!
Cut the lemon into three pieces and place it in a cup, then pour hot water, it will become (alkaline water), drink it every day will certainly benefit everyone ..
Hot lemons can once again release an anti-cancer drug.
Hot lemon juice has an effect on cancerous tumors and
has shown treatment for all types of cancer.
Treatment with this extract will only destroy the malignant cells and will not affect healthy cells.
Second: The acids and mono-carboxylic acid in lemon juice can regulate hypertension and protect narrow arteries, adjust blood circulation and reduce blood clotting.

In other news Trump decided to leave the NATO summit early ..


But don't get me wrong - I am not pointing fingers at Trump all the time
Sometime he can be very polite and generous



And finally - with the Christmas Spirit required.... I saw this card which deals with modern poverty well... 






Friday, 6 December 2019

6th December 2019 - Advance Christmas Thoughts

Thought for the day :"If a Werewolf doesn’t know he turns into a Werewolf during the full moon, Does that make him an Unawerewolf?"


Car going for a service and MOT today  - the Cashquai - it is three years old and sadly well above its agreed mileage..   Ho Hum ....  Also sadly they do not have a courtesy car for us - will have to get the Bothy out...

As it turns out they did have a car for us - with £1,000 excess on the insurance and have to refill with fuel - decided that it would be worthwhile if we were without a car for a week but it is as easy to give the Bothy a run - I will need to get her out tomorrow mornign in any case to get to Gorseinon for a trip to Beaminster for a Consecration in Order of Athelstan  


In other news ... on the subject of warfare...

and this is the sort of Christmas Card of which I approve...





And a word from Batman


Cheers !




Thursday, 5 December 2019

5th December 2019 - YouTube Infringements & Pachelbel

Thought for the day :"The other day I got into a fight – but I rolled 20’s so it was okay"


So I am in conversation with Michelle Shocked - or at least her company, thought it is still signed Michelle

Apparently back in the day when I was supporting local music in the Acoustic Circus, a local singer called  Patricia McPalin sang a Michelle Shocked Song at an open mike set up ...  I videoed and marked it up as a Cover and clearly marked who had written the song - I took the trouble to chase it up and find out who it was ....

But when I tried to load up the Frivolita video I found that the channel was blocked and notification that I had a "Strike" against the account for Copyright infringement.

This caused me some consternation as there appears to be no appeal unless you have not got copyright material at all. I acknowledged that it was a cover and normally that means that more adverts go onto the video and it is marked as someone having a claim but it does not affect the channel - but this one is a take down which means that a strike goes against the account - and three strikes mean that the whole site is closed. 


I contacted the email address apparently responsible for the take down request and got an interesting response and not what I expected from a company or person who had decided to enforce a copyright take-down...

May I apologise for any damage caused through an unintended infringement of Copyright in posting a local artist in Open Mic Session doing a cover of your song.

I mistakenly thought that “covers” in this fashion when properly attributed were acceptable and that YouTube would recompense writers and original artists by adding advertisements, as none of my videos are Monetised by myself, not qualifying for my own original material

The Song – Fog Town which is listed on the 1986 Texas Campfire Tapes – was part of my non-profit promotion of local artists, and in a series of similar covers.
I shall ensure that none of your material is used in this fashion again.

While I accept that the “Strike” which Youtube have given me will be removed in Three Months I would be very grateful if you would consider retracting the complaint – the video has been removed and I have deleted the original. Please accept that this was not done with any intention to defraud or undermine any financial return to yourselves. The removal would certainly assist as I have a large number of personal video works which could be at risk of deletion.
I understand that a retraction will remove the “STRIKE” that now appears against my channel – having spent this evening studying the Youtube Guidelines.

Apologies once again

Yours sincerely
Iain Sewell
[Vollsanger - here all week]

and in response

Hello Iain
Thank you for your explanation of the circumstances. We admit we were also naive about how YouTube uses covers on their platform.
We have always encouraged fans to sing Michelle Shocked's songs, and are dismayed by YouTube's violation of trust that naturally exists between a songwriter and her fans.
Can you send a link to request removal of the strike? Please be aware, YouTube usually demands a retraction of our claim. We can't state that there was not an infringement - there was - but we will gladly state that we wish the strike to be removed from your account.
W hope this helps.

Regrets,
Campfire Girl Publishing
on behalf of Michelle Shocked


Well, this did not sound like someone who had sent the first take-down so I did my research and sent the relevant addresses - as it seemed unfair to ask them to do the research - so I did it..

Thank you for your speedy response
I shall do some research to find out how to sort this and get back to you
From the information I have been given it states that you have taken legal action for the take down so there may be a confusion

The video clearly stated that it was a cover and attributed the song..

“More songs from the Greenfield Inn, Llanelli in the Sunday sessions - Acoustic Circus "open mike". Patricia G McParlin sings Michelle Shocked "Fog Town" “

I feel that the correct action is to have a copyright claim – so that it is monetised to the author – but not affecting the video itself …  But thank you for your supporting action.

I shall do some research

For editing purposes – the video location was


regards
iain

Iain Sewell
[Vollsanger - here all week]


And we get a reply - quickly again ..

Hi
The problem isn't concerning whether your video clearly states it was a cover. That is not where the infringement takes place.
The problem is that YouTube doesn't have a license to distribute copyright protected content. They behave like a publisher while deploying an army of lobbyists to Washington to stifle reform of outdated legislation called DMCA Sec 512, which grants them a safe harbor from liability for copyright infringement. With their monopsony abuse of money-as-speech, they then pass the liability along to their content generating users,  while forcing creators to negotiate a minefield of endless whack a mole.
I'm sorry we've both been shoved in the maw of their surveillance/tracking/datamining/copyright infringing criminal racketeering.

Regrets,
Michelle



This again seems quite favourable except they do not seem to have addressed the main request - to put in a retractment...


Thank you for the explanation and your continuing response.
Based upon the links I sent however, they claim that the “Strike” has originated by a request from your email address and earlier you offered to ask for a retraction.
It seems that a retraction must be from the same email address.

The link for retraction request is here :
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6005900
This covers all the information needed for removal and retraction
Retraction option is on the right side and leads to this link
my records show that the video in question is located at
https://youtu.be/ZtWZiiPQ6qE
If you are able to attempt this I would be most grateful as it will allow me to retain control of the site and not risk a sudden withdrawal of 13 years work as an amateur singer song-writer and supporter of local music .
(I am not monetised at all as by the youtube rules I only have 545 followers and do not qualify and make no gains out of the site – only for the support of local talent)

For ease of reference I attach screen grabs of the relevant information


Thank you  

We shall see what happens next ....


In other news...   Pachelbel on Diesel Trains c/o Prague Railways

Sort of needed that 

And with that - I say have a good day 
I intend to got to Scarlet Cord and Secret Monitor - 

Cheers !


Wednesday, 4 December 2019

4th December 2019 - Seems there is an election going on

Thought for the day :"Beaten at Scrabble again - Words fail me."


and a bit of Boris...


and a bit more
and general election stuff


and with those few words
Cheers !



Tuesday, 3 December 2019

3rd December 2019 - Launch of Frivolita Song

Thought for the day: "What do you call a magician who has lost his magic?" "Ian".


and so it begins...

Frivolita

Karten Geshichten

Mythodea 2019 ... And Vollsanger traveled across the World .. He searched, but found only two Frivolita Cards, until the last day when he played in the Bad Norderby Bath-house and Bar. As he sat playing, a beautiful girl sat by him, pressed her hand on his thigh and left an Ace under his palm... She whispered "Write a Song for her, Bard" She ran away - a blaze of yellow and red, into the Tross...
So this is my Karten Geshichten - My story of the Cards... Sung in a Song...
"Shh... Frivolita"



And so the confusion is cleared up.. I thought at the beginning that I had been approached by Frivolita herself and that she gave me a special card - but this thought was damned when I posted a picture of a guy in crutches by the Bad Norderby just before the meeting - and a girl called Melanie answered that it was her.... Well - it now seems that Frivolita's real name is Melanie - and in fact goes under the pseudo-name of Melanie Phantagraphie...

So the story gets re-written again - and Frivolita did come to Bad Norderby - and did give Vollsanger a Card ... so dreams can come true....






Cheers !!



Monday, 2 December 2019

2nd December 2019 - Blood and Frivolita Cards

Thought for the day :"My wife wants an infinity pool .. It never ends does it !!"


MIxed feelings today regarding Welsh Blood Service. I am quite gladdened by the fact that they have organised so well that they can have an appointment system which would appear to fill the places available at a\ Blood-Giving session. However as an O Neg blood type - the universal donor, I am badgered with messages asking me to ensure that I will attend the sessions ...  and so it goes into my dairy, but I am unlikely to do an on-line appointment as I am not sure what my availability will be on the day. You cannot book on the day - even for the afternoon session, as they download the appointments the day before..  but they advertise as an appointment and Walk - in Session, so I duly walk across town in the Cold, which is probably good for me as I get a good warmth up - which must mean a calorie or two has been gently burned, and present myself. Now - I do not expect to jump the queue at all and have brought a book with the anticipation that I shall have to wait a while to be "slipped in".

I even have brought my Blood Donor Card which I have found during the search for the Eye - Lashes - which I can now inform you was successful...  Susie found them behind my work table among the rubbish - where I have searched and looked and tidies at least three times but that is another story.. Found the paying in Books as well!!  but also my Blood Card.  

However, I am informed that there is no way that they can squeeze anyone in and they are not taking "walk-ins". 

So I have mixed feelings that they have organised so well that they are turning donors away and then pulling on the guilt strings if you have not given - especially in the run up to Christmas ...

Oh well - rant over ... (It was only a small rant)  

Got to the Bank and that was as important - especially as I was 10p out in the calculation, and the teller looks at me and tells me "Bring it in next time .. You are here enough that we trust you". That was unexpected !!  I actually found a 50p piece in my jacket but it was nice to know that rather than change the paying in slip, they decided to trust me for next time ...

In other news... Election fever continues..

had to chuckle - 
And in the Studio...





Sound version 1 finished - I think  - starting on the video now ..

Cheers 


Sunday, 1 December 2019

1st December 2019 - 25 Days to go - Hi Hum ...

Thought for the day :"Did we ever find out what the Knights in White sat in?"




It is December - Whamageddon starts - but I have decided not to play this year ...
What do you reckon I get through without being Whamm'd - just 'cos I do not want to play...


Ideas for Christmas...

In other news - I found this little note about our numbering system - have not taken the trouble to check it out yet - but will some time. In the meantime it is an interesting speculation


So - back into the studio - Frivolita


Cheers !
A touch of subtlety today ...