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    Colin I know that as the tune to the Grand Old Duke of York, not the Kookaburra song (unless your school had a very strange version of it!).


      thank you, Amirsh! I wonder if I'll ever learn enough Welsh to understand it?!

      Thank you, sleep_twitch - I look forward to your "Low German" song!

      And thank you, TopNotch - it's odd that we learned that song (which I looked up after posting about it) as it seems really an Australian song - I still know the words now, we sang it in our primary school (7-11 years-old) choir I think. Our music teacher wasn't Australian, but perhaps she had some connection.

      Pretty much the only German I know came in a similar way. We leaned the Christmas carol Silent Night in German as Stille Nacht when we were in infants school (4 - 7-years-old). As I recall it it was somehow connected to school assemblies about the twinning of Dresden (terribly bombed by the Allies in WWII) and Coventry (terribly bombed by the Axis in WWII) as a means of reconciliation. I can still recite the words in German, but really they are just sounds to me.

      The lyrics of Mi Welais Jac y Do are mad!:

      I saw a Jackdaw
      sitting on the roof;
      a white hat on his head and two wooden legs

      I saw a butterfly
      going to sell beans.
      She sold the row but lost the money

      An old little monkey from Llŷn
      who went to take his photo;
      he looked in surprise and laughed like this:

      A dandy old cockerel
      who went to the coal shed.
      He saw a big dog and shouted like a giant

      A small pig came to the town
      to search for a pound of tea.
      He saw a small mule rolling in a sack

      The Llyn, is the peninsula that sticks out from the north-west coast of Wales, it is one of my favourite places, and it is certainly on my list of things to do "when this is all over...". It's among the Welshest places in Wales too, which usually means a high density of first-language Welsh speakers. This is the view from the beach at Criccieth, the resort at the thick end of the peninsula, looking towards Harlech and the mountains of South Snowdonia.

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      What a funny thing memory is.


        As well as revelling in nostalgia, I did do some Darebeeing yesterday!

        DD with EC: 40 leg raises. A tough one!

        Punches: 100 jab/cross, 100 combo.

        Push ups for the Pushers: 10 (10/56).

        Epic 5: Push ups and shoulder taps.

        Ninja 2 minutes of kicks.

        I did the Epic 5 in 1-minute sets through the day, but I was pleased to manage to complete a them all as 30 seconds of pushing up - done slowly and with good form - with no breaks. I didn't count everything exactly, but I think I did around 60 - 70 push ups in those sets.

        I didn't meditate. I just forgot, and I've been annoyed with myself for forgetting since I remembered that I forgot this morning!

        I did better with taking breaks from my screen and with being productive with my work.

        I've been shopping this morning. I used to enjoy shopping but this was horrible. It's not panicky, but its eery and a bit on edge. Some people obviously being very careful about the 2-metre distancing, others obviously not being very bothered, which makes a somewhat uneasy co-existence! Nonetheless, it is done, and I'm hopeful that we won't need to shop again for two to three weeks, apart from maybe milk. There are few restrictions now on what you can buy and most things are pretty plentiful (no chillies!). We are fine. I feel a bit guilty about it to be honest - privileged!

        I tend to have a good day and then a bad day. I wonder if others find the same? A good day seems to demand a bad one, while a bad one pushes me to do the right things more forcefully. Yesterday, I did quite a few of the right things, but I didn't sleep well and have been a bit narcy since waking up.

        I'm concerned that one of my clients is unreachable at the moment. They are my main source of income. Of course, I hope they are OK, but normally they are easy to reach and have their smart phone with them at all times. I have a feeling I am not going to get paid, which is fine, but I need to know so that I can make some alternative plans.

        I'm sure it'll be sorted out and I'm sure my bad moods will pass.

        Take care lovely bees. Don't mind my rambling, there's no need to reply, or to take it too seriously - I'm very lucky!*

        I wish you all good, safe days: solidarity and love to all.

        *And I have my asterisk!


          Seven Songs in Seven Days: Day 2.

          Thank You Girl by The Beatles:

          My parents didn't really approve of modern pop music when we were growing up, but they did own two Beatles albums (one of which my mother had bought when she was a student teacher so she could understand what all the girls she was teaching were getting so excited about). I got obsessively (perhaps that is not the right word - all fan-ish behaviour is sort of obsessive by its nature) into the group and they are still my favourite band, with whom I have a deep and quite complicated relationship (I own hardly any Beatles solo records, for example, I think I'm scared it will ruin the magic). My parents owned A Hard Day's Night and Help (my dad bought that one), and I think the first record I bought was a reissue of Twist and Shout with Back in the USSR, I remember buying it in Weston Super Mare, a seaside resort near my Grandmother's home. But the record I remember really treasuring was an EP (you'll have to look up what that meant in vinyl terms, youngsters!) with Thank You Girl on it:


            Thanks. for the song. I had a great uncle who past away a few months ago. He was at a Beatles show in Liverpool when he was there. In a small place, before they were well known... Before they went to Germany for sure. He made sure every kid in the family would love them. Mind you, it's not really that hard.
            I hope your clients will turn out okay.


              Thank you, Amirsh - I'm jealous of your great uncle now! I like Liverpool and Liverpudlians (generally), and it's all because of The Beatles (and a bit of politics), There's a big Welsh community in Liverpool, and my grandparents met there. Another ancestor worked on the boats from Liverpool to north Wales.

              Again, I forgot my accountability!

              Healthy Internet: 8/14 (Tw 14/14)
              Move: 14/14
              Meditate 12/14 (0)

              Ups and downs and on we go!


                I'm a bit too young for The Beatles (I know many songs, though), but not too young not to know what an EP is! Sadly, a sentence like "the b-side is great, I streamed it on Spotify" makes zero sense.


                  Thank you, Sleep Twitch! A four-track, seven-inch, 45 revolutions per minute piece of plastic.... streamed!

                  This is the one. I wonder why I liked it so much, it's a very vivid memory: what awful suits!

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                    re: shopping. Scott is doing all of our shopping and I hate when he has to go out. He's really good about using hand sanitizer in the car and washing up when he gets home. I haven't been to a store in over a month.


                      Originally posted by sleep_twitch View Post
                      a sentence like "the b-side is great, I streamed it on Spotify" makes zero sense.


                        Colin TopNotch we sang the Kookaburra song as children in Canada too--although I always thought the lyrcis were "Kookaburra sits in the old oak tree." (We don't have gum trees in Canada. Of course, we don't have kookaburras either. I don't know why the name of the tree got Canadianized but the name of the bird survived. Probably because "kookaburra" sounds cool and exotic to a Canadian child, but "gum" is just something you chew and blow bubbles with and hope the teacher doesn't catch you doing it because it's forbidden in schools.)


                          Thank you, Rainbow D - the long, international journey of the kookaburra song!

                          Good on, Scott, Dawn! You guys are doing great in these trying times and I hope you have a good day today.

                          DBee for me...

                          Push ups for pushers: 10 (20/56)

                          Ninja: 2 minutes grip exercise, swapped in a day early because otherwise I would have duplicated...

                          DD with EC: Alt arm/leg extensions

                          Punches: 300!

                          Epic5: Squats and calf rises.

                          All good fun!


                            Seven Songs in Seven Days, Day 3:

                            The defining sound of my teenage and university years would be the Stourbridge Sound bands (basically, the Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself, and Ned's Atomic Dustbin, plus maybe the Sandkings). They were the first modern bands that I really got into, and the Wonder Stuff was my first gig. I even choose the university I went to largely because it was close to where they were from - how silly! I still like them now - though I don't really click with the attitude of their early stuff any more - and I've seen them in the past couple of years, still trolling around the tour circuit.

                            I could pick almost any song, but I think this is the first Wonder Stuff song I heard on the radio:


                              I've never heard about any of those bands, but I do like the song you shared - thank you!


                                Thank you, Twitchy, that's kind!

                                The Wonder Stuff are very much more of the same, though they introduced acoustic instruments more in later albums, they were quite big in the UK and had a certain amount of success in the USA too. Pop Will Eat Itself had a dance/hip hop/industrial element, they're quite influential, and Trent Reznor was a big fan of theirs. And Ned's Atomic Dustbin were slightly grungier and more punk/metal. Like most of my taste, it's all quite pop though.

                                You're most likely to have had an encounter with one of these bands these days via Clint Mansell, one of the lead singers of PWEI, who is now a very successful film composer, most famous for Lux Aeterna (Requiem for a Dream) (which you might quite like with your taste in symphonic metal - it is very Epic, and was used in a Lord of the Rings trailer that became famous). Clint is also - if his social media is a good reflection of his personality - an admirable person, though he does support Wolverhampton Wanderers, shame.

                                My favourite Poppies song (another nickname for them, they had a very developed aesthetic and subcultural fandom) is the anti-fascist anthemn, Ich Bein Ein Auslander.

                                The Poppies were a difficult band to pin down and as a result they were never understood by the UK music press (which was an odd and quite factional thing when I was younger): they were extremely irreverent, apparently unserious, and hedonistic but also very musically innovative and did some very fine political music. Plus they came from an unfashionable area in "the provinces" that is routinely sneered at. You might well like some of their more industrial stuff.

                                I like to go on about music! Thank you for the opportunity to!