Photo of the Day – Buntings

Yesterday  in Great Britain  it was all about weddings, street parties. There was  healing  of old hurt, meeting new neighbours and ridiculously Britishly eccentric hats (Princess Eugenie won by a length) –

it's a hat jim, but not as we know it!

though there were a couple of women in the Abbey who looked like someone had just attached a cereal bowl to their head and a ‘lorra lorra buntings’ – as Cilla Black would say. It was an unexpectedly moving day, and  this is my picture of the day. I took this photo at my Mum’s  little street party. The star of the party was the buntings.

Once they were up the street completely changed and I think I  have to start making my own buntings as they turn any place into a place of celebration. Thumbs up for buntings! oh and in case you were thinking it was all about birds there is also a  picture of a reed bunting.Buntings for the Royal Wedding

SONG OF THE DAY  White Flag -Dido

Well there is a tenuous link. Flags! Again an unexpected song choice, as I think Dido sounds like she is being strangled when

she sings anything above a whisper, but uses  a falsetto at the top other voice that is just a bit unique as her voice keeps flipping. This song is very haunting if you like a bit of maudling popppy pop. Stunned that the video has had 9 million hits on youtube. I am one person removed from Dido as she was a close friend of one of my friends. This song is a real haunter. “There will be no white flag upon my door..I’m in love..I always will”

Weddings on 29th April 2011……

Today is the big day for many many couples all over the world (some pictured here) and their big day will be shadowed by an even bigger day in the streets of London. I have chosen to watch from a distance and give a chance for all those people who only come to London for the Theatres and the Big Events (as long as they don’t stray out of the ‘safe tourist zones’) to breathe my air and wave a flag for me for a day. I hear the rain is coming, but I wrote this early, so by now, whatever storms and disasterous or joyousness may already have taken place. I am watching a bit on the box and have already shed a tear at the idea of ordinary people camping out for 3 days to be involved in the day…ahhhh. Truth is, we are watching the wedding and all blubbing.

in the abbey

kate and dad

In case you missed it..ha ha ha  were asleep under a rock…top Grandson of the Queen is getting wed to ghasp! a commoner! No pictures necessary, well ok maybe a couple from the tv. I liked the merchandise they were selling in The Guardian this week, one included a t-shirt with the words ‘commoner’ and another was a cup that said ‘my other cup says ban the monarchy ‘ and the date of the wedding. They have been doing lots of funny non-wedding things, I particularly like the imaginary prenups below. non serious…I wish them the best of luck.

I, William Arthur Philip Louis Wales (hereafter known as The Man Born to be King), do undertake that in the event he gets bored with Catherine Elizabeth Middleton (hereafter known as The Commoner) or if The Commoner so much as looks at another man, turns out like his Mum and gets all moody and pukey, then all bets are off. In the event of any of the above, The Commoner shall get absolutely nothing except for a hideous pile near Sunningdale if his Granny is feeling generous.

Signed Will-i-am

I, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton (hereafter known as The Commoner), do undertake that if William Arthur Philip Louis Wales (hereafter known as The Man Born to be King) turns out to be a bit of a bastard and is shagging someone else, she will turn a blind eye. The Commoner does also undertake she will smile vacantly if the paparazzi photograph The Man Born to be King falling out of a bar with a couple of blondes and that if she in any way fails to shape up to the expectations of The Man Born to be King she will be returned to penury whence she came.

Signed Kate

good luck to them all!


It would have been tardy, and just plain dull to have the song of the day as ‘Going to the Chapel’, and will duly send an ‘unimaginative blogger’ sticker to anyone who does this( joKe)


Nat King Cole -such an engaging man you cant help but lean into the screen to get more of his magnificence! But most of all baby….let there be love…for us all!

Monday 25th Was a Good Day for Visitors

I looked at me dashboard and there it was in black and white….four times more visitors on Monday than any other day for a while…strange, but true. I was making cyber tea and baking galactic cakes all day!…and then I pondered…….and  wondered for a while.

What and how this had occured?..was it my beautiful photo of one lonely cyclist, or the wonderful rendition of  Sister Rosetta Tharpe -Down By The Riverside? And then I sussed it!  It was a Monday and like me, many of the Bishopsgate Singers were perhaps itching for a sing ( mmm I am not sure if you can itch for a sing…it just does not sound quite right, )  and had a look at the blog to check they had not missed the first day of term. Well maybe, but the 25th was a Bank Holiday….ah time on our hands!  Thats what did it… maybe.

Bishopsgate Singers Singing for the Red Cross in Freezing Conditions!!

Anyway new term starts on Monday 9th of May, which is a  very late start, due to all these Monday bank holidays, but we are getting together on the 6th to raise some money for the Red Cross in the City of London somewhere…watch this space. Hope we can remember all the songs from last term…I may have to do a bit of homework myself!


So my singers get practice cd’s usually halfway through the term. This is the one I was working on today today! yippee. An arrangment of ‘Aint no Sunshine’ just to balance out all those happy sunny songs we have been hearing lately,. So all the voices on the demo below are mine. freshly sung this afternoon and it is ‘take one’, by the time it is sung by a real group of singers it may change  dramatically…and I might wake up tomorrow and change it all! 

best to listen to at least 2 minutes as it does develop etc blah blah!

‘aint no sunshine

and then the original version

Photo Challenge of The Week – OnE

So yesterday I lied, and once again flouting convention I am going to do my fourth study of the title of this week’s photo challenge ‘ONE’.

There is a song I used to sing when I spent more time dancing barefoot in marquees with lots of hippies ( me? Hippy…never…….much too earthly). The words were “and there’s only one sky to fly in”. This picture I took of the South East Coast of England reminded me  that we are all living under the same sun and the same sky. We all stare at the same moon and sleep under the same stars. Our moods are shared by the pull of  the same tides and planets. Wow …can you tell I have had a few days off?

Yes a few days of having some wind in my feathers and sun on my face has left me feeling more ‘at one’ with the world. I do my best to stay with  that ‘oneness’ in the hustle bustle of the world. It has been said how easy it is to be all enlightened and at one with the universe when sitting cross legged on the top of a mountain or on a beach in Thailand, but try it in the queue at an underground IKEA when the thing you wanted the most has no price tag on it, or someone pushes in the line at the bus stop, or the man next to you on the tube looks like he might kill you if you even look at him. The challenge is to take the feeling you might get sitting next to the shore line back to the world. ‘Be in the world but not of it’, is a phrase told to me that stuck. There is no real point in ‘dropping out’, because  surely our reason for being is what we can give to our community, whether it is washing other people’s socks, marking their english homework, mending their cars, making them laugh, teaching them songs,  or giving them something to read.


Alison Krauss  -Down to the River to Pray

Lovely bit of choral singing in this, as well as Alison’s angelic tones…you will have heard it in “oh Brother Where Art THou” if you are into the Coen Brothers films.

Photo Challenge of The Week – ONe

I know you are supposed to do the photo challenge of the week once but I have decided to do it 3 times that’s the kind of gal I am. No respect for conventions.
Also I have taken about 1000 photos this week so I have a lot to share. This bench really took my fancy, and I put a small picture of a pair few days ago. I love the ornate & timelessness of it, and also the sad fact that it is chained to its post, as well as bolted, so obviously something worth stealing. The idea of being solitary and always looking out to sea – if the seat was alive it would feel so lucky to have such a wonderful ever changing view of nature, but perhaps there would be a mountain of pain inside due to the imprisonment of being locked and left in one place. No chance of going on a boat ride or to the amusement arcades. So the seat is a full time watcher, supporter, not a doer or instigator. There.

SONG OF THE DAY –Well it would have to be a song about chains as I have already done Otis Reading ‘sitting on the dock of the bay’ as one of my songs of the day, and Robots in Disguise’Chains’ has already been done…..mmmmmmm ok got it!

Eurythmics-(love you like a ) Ball and Chain

I have a complete love hate thing going with Annie Lennox as we were travelling along the same musical path roughly the same time ( she is a few years ahead of me)  except she got there first so everyone used to say I reminded them vocally of her. At one time after I had worked with a particularly sickening heavy metal band and decided to give up rock n’ roll I got a job washing up ( I suppose 20 was a bit young to retire) in a Cafe in Camden Town called Georges Cafe where loads of pop musicians came in, like Dave and Annie, Bananarama, Madness, Funboy Three for Georges mum’s pies. Once Dave Stewart came into the kitchen and played George a demo of a new track he and Annie were working on and let me listen to it too. I was so shy …that could have been a great moment for piping up ‘I sing ….can I come and sing with you!’ but I kept quiet, listened to the track for a few seconds and handed back the headphones.

Annie only lives up the road and I always thought we could have a lot to chat about as we spent so many years living so close together and doing musical stuff that was often similar. Also I suppose one of the things you sacrifice being a huge name is that you must find it difficult to make real new friends who are not also in the same world as you. bla bla

Photo Challenge of The Week – ONE

Taken earlier this week near the south east coast of England. The title of the challenge signified by the sole figure – a solitary, but happy person on a bicycle cycling towards civilisation from a path that came from the edge of the North Sea. Had a little chat with them as they passed by.


Sister Rosetta Tharpe -Down By The Riverside

what a woman! what spirit!

Photo Challenge of The Week – One

I was walking down a road – the sun was setting in front of me. There was a bank of dandelion heads in the field that were almost translucent as the sun was so low. This is the best picture – one solitary dandelion head. Though the field was a bit dishy too!

 SONG OF THE DAY Youssou N’dour  & Neneh Cherry -7 seconds

LOVE THE UNISON VOICES IN THE CHORUS great video, haunting …….