Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

The British legendary street artist Banksy just finished his new project. This time it is a nine room hotel called “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Palestine – very close from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists. “The Walled Off Hotel” includes several murals and installation by Banksy […]

via Banksy Opened His Own Hotel — STREET ART RAT

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Audrey Hall – One Dance Won’t Do

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This was one of may favourite Lovers’ Rock Reggae hits of the 80s. Honey-voiced Audrey Hall first came to my attention when she performed with legendary Jimmy Cliff on “Give the People What They Want”.

She went it alone with “One Dance Won’t Do” which she recorded in reply to Bere Hammond’s “What One Dance Can Do”

Following another song “Smile” that didn’t get very far, she dropped out of our lives. Never knew what happened to her – that voice was golden treasure.

Listening back now I can hear the popular whip-lashes that were also popular in New Romantic records of the time – giving it that real 80s feel. Here is she is in 1985 on Top Of The Pops.

The Pogues – Fairytale of New York

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Promotional photo used in 1987 – Guns? How times change!

My Music Monday this week is a song that many might be sick of hearing by now. I cannot believe that it was 30 years ago that I first watched the Pogues perform The Fairytale of New York  on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops. It featured a duet with Shane Macgowan and Kirsty Maccoll and was unlike any other Christmas song I had heard. The song, in the style of an Irish ballad, became so much part of every Christmas that followed –  I remember how shocked everyone was when Kirsty died in a boating accident in December 2000 – it turned from a happy dancing song to a very sad song (which it is really if you take in what they are singing about.)

 

Fake News: Row over Santa Lies on Mumsnet

"Is this the real Father Christmas?"
“Is this the real Father Christmas?”

It seems that we all grow up with Fake News.  What seems to be important when we find out our parents have lied is:

“Am I still loved? – Has the world Changed? – Will I still get gifts?”

A row over lies to children has erupted this week on Mumsnet

Mumsnet lies about Santa
Mumsnet lies about Santa

 

 

Protoje: Who Knows?

For my Music Monday this week its this wonderful reggae track from Protoje: Who knows

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Simply because it is a great record that my daughter and I were singing to, whilst stuck in traffic. I have been singing it all week: “Who knows, who knows, who knows, who knows? I just go where the Trade Wind blows…”

 

Mozart’s Requiem

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Mozart’s birth house stands over a shopping mall © Southampton Old Lady

I love Mozart to the point that I went with my husband to Salzburg last year to visit his birth house and family house. Everything in Salzburg evolves around Mozart.

Last night, we went to listen to over 150 people performing Mozart’s Requiem at Southampton’s Guildhall – by the Southampton Philharmonic Choir. It is wonderful to listen to such events like this in my city and to be able to support live music.

My husband tells me he would like part of Mozart’s Requiem played at his  funeral – Dies Irae. Most people like the Lacrimosa but my favourite parts are Rex, but mainly Confutatis

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Everything in Salzburg revolves around Mozart

Unfortunately I have no video or images of the Southampton Philharmonic Choir but you can click on this excellent YouTube link.

There is so much written about Mozart and his Requiem that if you are interested you can do an online search. I wish to commend the 1984 American period drama film Amadeus directed by Miloš Forman, adapted by Peter Shaefer from his stage play of the same name, for reviving peoples interest in Mozart.

One Day I’ll Fly Away & John Lewis spoofs

John Lewis ad 2016
John Lewis ad 2016

This year’s John Lewis ad Buster The Boxer features Randy Crawford’s  One Day I’ll Fly Away, which has been given an electronica twist by Vaults. You can view this HERE

Parady by Joe.uk featuring the US Presidential election 2016
Parody by Joe.co.uk featuring the US Presidential election 2016

In Britain everyone looks forward to the best television Christmas commercial. They are usually big-budget, clever, funny and sad, appealing to the whole family, and quite a topic of conversation. In the last 5 years the most popular title has gone to John Lewis department store, with the exception of Sainsbury’s supermarket’s moving WW2 themed ad in 2014.  As well as being stunningly visual, they often feature remixes of popular tunes that can get to the top of the charts.

Many have ‘sent-up’ this year’s commercial already with spoof remakes – one features House of Pain‘s Jump Up, Jump Up, Jump Around in the second half of the Dirty Fox Parody

But as the commercial came out the day after the USA Presidential election, the best spoof of the John Lewis 2016 Christmas ad has got to be this one by Joe.co.uk, featuring, Trump, Clinton and The Obamas! – Click HERE