Thirsk Yarnbombers Poppies for the Fallen

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The Thirsk Yarnbombers have organised the knitting of poppies to decorate their church for Armistice and Remembrance. They put the knitting pattern online and received enough to make a river of over 40,000 poppies: Click Here to see

Music Monday: Volare!

For my Music Monday click on the links for two versions of the popular song Volare!

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Simon and Ted (the Song-a-minute-man)

Domenico Modugno should have won the Eurovision song contest for Italy in 1958 with the first ever rendition of this song that has become a cult classic. That year it was won by France with the unmemorable “Dors, mon amour”. Italy stopped taking part in the Eurovision song contest.

Volare! chorus i Italian and English:

Volare, oh oh…                        Flying, oh oh…

Cantare, ohohoho…               Singing, ohohoho…

Nel blu degli occhi tuoi blu   In the blue of your blue eyes

Felice di stare quaggiù            Happy to be down here

There have been too many cover versions of Volare! to mention, but my favourite has to be by Dean Martin. A more recent cover is by the Song-a-Minute-Man Ted McDermott with his carpool karaoke version with his son Simon. 80 year-old Ted, who used to be a Butlins red-coat in England, suffers with dementia. He remembers all the words to so many songs which keeps him in company with others, and their carpool posts on YouTube have gone viral. Now Ted has a contract with Abby Road to record his voice. This is not his song of his playlist – but I love it – it really makes me happy.

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Poem from found print 8: One Across

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One across: precise, profitable 

From a team of experts

who can inform you

changes can make

a multitude

of affects

and embraces your future as well;

You can get it throughout the country

 

The solution?

(10,3,5)

Tremendous and right time

in every new territory

aid increased production

 

Call in Superintendent today

They can tell you where these are stored

Never a cross word these lads…

Hope you got that one across

 

Industrial Development Department,

Strand London WC2

 

 

Poem reworked from an ad in the Sphere Sept 1963

August 2016 © Southampton Old Lady

 

Police and Thieves – Junior Murvin

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Carnival crowd make room for two police women as they dance

My Music Monday choice this week is: Police and Thieves , which is my favourite reggae song of all time. First recorded on Island Records by Jamaican falsetto singer Junior Murvin in 1976. Every rebel must have bought the single and Murvin did many re-releases and there have been many cover versions in Jamaica, USA and Britain.

1976 saw one of the hottest recorded temperatures in the UK and that same year this song became an anthem in the UK after London’s Notting Hill Carnival erupted into a riot between blacks and police.

This led to an independent enquiry lasting many years that eventually meant a recruiting drive for more blacks and other ethnic minorities as well as gays and lesbians joining the Metropolitan Police Force, especially in roles where decisions were made.

A big effort was made to keep the carnival peaceful in the years to follow and nearly every press photo showed white police and scantily-clad black women dancing together in bump and grinds. Notting Hill quickly became a trendy place to live and as white upper-middle classes moved in. House prices escalated, forcing many black families who had lived in the area since the 50s out.

In 2015 with police on high alert for terrorists, the Carnival saw around 100 arrests, mainly for agitators and people with drugs or weapons.

No-one knows what the atmosphere will be like this year. Brexit has brought about a number of racist groups in clashes with anti-fascist ones and people are worried about terrorists and that the happy days collaboration between police and crowds is long over. It is still a big pull for tourists to Britain, but like most things here – so much may depend on the weather.

Time Out Guide to Notting Hill Carnival August 2016

Flashmob 1: The Artful Tax Dodgers

I love flash-mobs and the British, with their love of theatre put the drama into them.

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Click here:  “You gotta pick a pocket or 2 Dave” by the Artful Tax Dodgers

Yesterday an impromptu musical group protested about the British Government allowing tax-havens and tax-loopholes for the richest in society while pressing hard on the common person to wring every penny of tax out of them. The flash mob took place outside the gates of a building where Prime Minister David Cameron drove past on his way to a meeting on taxes.

"Gotta Pick a Pocket or 2, Dave" - by The Artful Tax Dodgers - courtesy RT
“Gotta Pick a Pocket or 2, Dave” – by The Artful Tax Dodgers – courtesy RT

7 Deadly Sins

7 Deadly Sins Intro: Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Guttony, Lust
7 Deadly Sins Intro: Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Guttony, Lust

Took a while to get these photos of number 7s together but here they are:

Pride
Pride

 

Envy
Envy

 

Wrath
Wrath

 

Sloth
Sloth

 

Greed
Greed

 

Gluttony
Gluttony

 

Lust
Lust

New Banksy Street Art In Knightsbridge

I’ve been meaning to write about various street artists, starting with Banksy for some time now. But last night he came up with this one. So without further ado go to the very excellent London Calling site and read all about it

London Calling Blog

Well it’s been a while, but yesterday saw the arrival in London of Street Artist Banksy’s latest stencil work, and it has unsurprisingly caused quite the stir. The work which appeared at some point on Saturday night was placed up in Knightsbridge, somewhere you really don’t see any forms of Street Art, directly opposite the French Embassy. The work was created and placed in such a location to criticize and draw attention to the measures the French authorities are taking to deal with refugees in ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, namely the use of deploying CS gas as a form of crowd control on the thousands of refugees currently residing there.

The work features the iconic image of Cosette from Victor Hugo’s historical novel Les Miserables, an image that despite many upgrades has continued to be the iconic symbol of the Les Miserables story through its many incarnations, most notably…

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Christmas Tardis

 

Here are the telephone boxes in Southampton normally...
Here are the telephone boxes in Southampton normally…
Then on Christmas Day strange words appeared on the outside like the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Then on Christmas Day strange words appeared on the outside like the Ghost of Christmas Past.
It became the K6 Gallery
It became the K6 Gallery
A statement on creativity
A statement on creativity
It knew that I would normally reverse the charges...
It knew that I would normally reverse the charges…
and would read the graffiti scratched by coins...
and would read the graffiti scratched by coins…
Then when I went inside the telephone box... A Tardis: A Christmas Grotto with Father Christmas and two visitors who had come in to use the telephone.
Then when I went inside the telephone box… A Tardis: A Christmas Grotto with Father Christmas and two visitors who had come in to use the telephone.
I chilled out with Father Christmas for a while. He told me there was no need to make any calls. I had been a good girl and he knew what I wanted. Merry Christmas
I chilled out with Father Christmas for a while. He told me there was no need to make any calls. I had been a good girl and he knew what I wanted.

Telephone boxes are icons of the establishment
Telephone boxes are icons of the establishment

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