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Jun. 26th, 2017 05:32 am
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Two weeks of roses and playparks, museums and public art, wide open avenues, petunias and rolling hills. Two weeks of Tom and he has failed to notice that I am fundamentally unlikable. He, of course, is perfectly delightful.

We spent one week in Almaty and one week in Astana, with a day in Bishkek and a train journey across Kazakhstan. It was every bit as wonderful as I could have imagined, and we had an amazing time. The people are so lovely and the cities so beautiful.
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I've woken to happy news this morning, or at least, much happier than I'd have imagined when I went to bed last night, I hope it pleases you too.

Today's prompt is 'a song you remember from your childhood'. I remember watching this video on Top of the Pops and it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. I loved Carlisle's voice, and how happy she looked, and she herself is so very beautiful.

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle:
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Today is polling day in the UK - this is my reminder to you to vote. If you're not sure where your polling station is, you can check here and if you're in a place with Uber Access, they're offering a free ride to the polling station for wheelchair users. Not the first time they've done get out the vote - they offer free transport to women during Saudi elections.

Anyway, on with the song. I noticed that most of my songs are things I've been listening to for about 20 years, so I'm choosing something a bit newer. I heard this singer at Ramblin'Man 2 years ago, just by chance on my way past the blues tent, and was hooked. She's young and from Birmingham.

Going Home by Joanne Shaw Taylor
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I love Sarah McLachlan's voice, and her songs are so full of emotion. This is 'a song that breaks your heart'.

Good Enough by Sarah McLachlan.
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Today's prompt is 'a song that makes you want to fall in love'. I don't remember ever having that feeling. I never even looked for a relationship until a couple of years ago, and I certainly wasn't looking for the serious relationships I found.

So I thought about posting a song about what the happy bits of falling in love feel like; something like Like A Prayer maybe.

Then I expanded my thoughts to nonromantic love and I realised that, while I'm lucky enough to have people who feel like this about me and I feel like this about them, from both my family of birth and family of choice, if I didn't, I would want that.

I'll Stand By You by the Pretenders.
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A song by an artist no longer living. Gregg Allman died on the 27th May. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Desdemona by the Allman brothers.
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Also, I have stopped panicking about Kazakhstan and relaxed into excitement instead, and furthermore I think that Tom and I have answered the important question of what duet to sing at karaoke, and it's Especially For You.
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I don't really believe in things everyone should do - we're all different and all have different needs and tastes. So I'm going with a song with a message.

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus are part choir, part community outreach, part activist, and they've been such ever since their founding in 1978. Their first public performance was at the memorial for Harvey Milk (where they sang Herr Gott, du bist unsre Zuflucht by Mendelssohn).
Their motto is 'I sing for two' as they lost so many members to AIDS. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

So the message they give today (or rather, on the night of an important equal marriage victory):

I'm Still Standing, by the SFGMC
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This one isn't a song, but it's the only one that isn't. It's the piece we had for the entrance at our wedding, and it's the piece that goes through my mind when I need encouragement to put one foot in front of another.

Brahms Hungarian Dance no5, played by Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest.

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This one has to actually be one I like! I have liked all the others (exception of Things Can Only Get Better) but that's not a given. Not only like, the cue uses the word 'favourite'.

Well, 19 years ago, I was sitting in a room with some friends who were trying to persuade [personal profile] ceb that she wanted to go to a Blue Öyster Cult gig, and playing the most persuasive songs. They started with this, and I was hooked. I'd never heard anything like it before and desperately wanted to hear more.

I give you Joan Crawford by Blue Öyster Cult.

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Because the last song and this are completely different, because I have to double up one more time in order to fit all the songs in before I go away, and because I forgot to whine about how I didn't get enough sleep last night - woke up in the middle of the night (at the same time as Judith did, she came in for a cuddle briefly) and had to go outside for a bit before I eventually managed to get back to sleep.

This is a folk song which I played on the euph when I was wee, only to learn that my great-grandfather had sung it to my Grandma when she was little, so she really loved it, and I've sung it to my own children a ton as well. It was written by Irish poet Thomas 'Anacreon' Moore for his wife after she had smallpox and was refusing to let anyone see her as she felt too ugly; apparently it worked, and she recovered her confidence.

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, sung by Joni James

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This is a song I heard as a teen, and I instantly knew this was exactly the sort of parent I don't want to be. Lots of Clawfinger songs are about being the sort of person I do want to be, but for some reason, I find this song the most encouraging.

Clawfinger - Do What I Say
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I noticed earlier that chamomile needs to be sown by the end of May, and that it is May. So the children and I have just done that, covered the bare section of garden in lawn chamomile. That also ended the dithering of lateral thyme or chamomile - sure, thyme might be slightly better, but either is better than nothing, and in any case I was probably going to decide chamomile anyway.

We also planted some purslane seeds, will have to see how that goes.

My pepper plants are tiny, but living, and everything else is thriving. I've a tiny fig and a diminutive almond, three growing currants and a blueberry, a happy looking fuchsia (before its sibling was stolen, this was a miserable fuchsia), a rosemary, a handful of raspberries and strawberries, one potato and a lot of Jerusalem artichokes. Two clumps of rather downtrodden clives. Also, on the other side of the path, a Mirabelle with rather fewer aphids than before I put a lot of mail-order ladybirds.

In other news, I have new glasses which always makes life easier.

Watching: some kind of Lego superhero thing, because we're excited about the Lego Batman movie which we'll watch later.
Reading: Death's end by Cixin Liu which suffers somewhat from being the first thing I've read since Ninefox Gambit but is otherwise rather lovely
Eating: a lot of veg and hummous, in a tomato sauce with soft cheese stirred in at the end, served on spaghetti with garlic bread and salad, and a fruit salad made by chopping all the most attractive fruit in the shop, adding chocolate covered raisins and chopped dried apricots and leaving to soak with vanilla sugar and apple juice, and then serving with creme fraiche mixed with more vanilla sugar.
Playing: lots of lovely bridge!
Making: working on a sleeveless dress in bronze and black stretch velvet.
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A song from the year I was born.
I was born in 1978, when Kate Bush was coming home to Heathcliff, and Debbie Harry was fed up of being put on hold. It was the year of Saturday Night Fever and Grease - the week I was born, You're The One That I Want was number 1.

It was also the year that Hawkwind were renamed Hawklords. I love the McGonagallesque beauty of this song, with lines such as 'he took out his fist and scientifically socked her/look out you'd better duck here comes the flying doctor'

Flying Doctor, by Hawklords.
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Colin and I have been known to sing All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera

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Good morning, have some cheese. Blest Pair of Sirens by Parry.


May. 29th, 2017 08:11 am
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In two weeks, I'm going to Kazakhstan, a trip I've had in mind for about three years. I remember looking at expo sites and thinking, not Milan, the children are not so interested in food as I am, I'll go to Astana in 2017, because they'll love a power focus, and I'll take [personal profile] fivemack because he's probably going anyway, he'll enjoy travelling with us and he speaks Russian. I think I even mentioned this idea to him at the time, but he doesn't remember. Then Tom and I started dating, and I figured we'd have split up by then but we'd probably be amicable because mostly my experience is that we run our course and then decide we're done as a couple but can remain friends, and I figured my idea was still a good one. And here we are, three years later, getting ready to leave, most definitely still together, and super excited.

So I panicked and was all 'we should go away for the weekend' because honestly a three day lead time is more my style, but we did not because everyone around me is less inclined to panic than I am, so here I am waiting for the groceries like any other Monday. I'll do that some other time. And Judith has already decided she wants to go to Patagonia in 2020 ("can we go the next time Tom goes on holiday to see an eclipse?") so maybe I just have to get used to the idea that Tom does more forward planning than I do.
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This is the first single I ever bought, a cover of a song which was a hit for Roberta Flack in 1973. Flack won two Grammys for it; best female pop vocals and record of the year.

Killing Me Softly With His Song by the Fugees.


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