Monday, 28 February 2011

Sunday, 27 February 2011


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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Axis of Awesome - How to Write a Love Song

I saw "The Axis of Awesome" for the first time recently on Jason Manford's TV show. They performed "How to write a love song" and I really couldn't stop laughing and relating to so much of what they were singing. I certainly think they are very funny and this song is such a true parody of a lot of music out there.

I hope you don't think I have included these sorts of "cliche love songs" in my blog ha-ha. I do believe this is the reason why people say they don't like love songs, because they think they are all the same and are all "Totally generic love songs".

I have to say, this is quite topical for me, as we have recently had Valentine's day. Plus as you know, I have posted quite a bit about romantic music, love quotes and have posted three of my own romantic poems.

If there is a UK tour at some point, I'll certainly get tickets. In the meantime I am certainly looking up other comedy songs of theirs.

Overall they clearly have musical and comedy song writing talent. I am sure The Axis of Awesome can only write the songs they do through having a lot of music knowledge.

I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I have.


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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Monday, 21 February 2011

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Saturday, 19 February 2011


Alcatraz  © It's all about ambivalence

Stone walls do not a prison make
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free;
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.

~Richard Lovelace


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Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Leo Blanchette.

Freedom is a concept close to everybody’s heart; therefore it is no wonder, that so many people have written songs about it.

Here is a compiled list of my personal favourites. They are listed because I believe they give a strong message and get a positive statement across. Do take your time and look these up and have a listen. What do you think? Are your favourite songs about freedom listed? Or can you think of any more that you like?

  1. Stevie Wonder – Free
  2. The Cinematic Orchestra – Talking about Freedom
  3. Fontella Bass – Talking About Freedom
  4. Arethra Franklin – Think Freedom
  5. Bob Marley – Get up, stand up
  6. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
  7. Boy George – Pentonville Blues
  8. George Michael – Freedom
  9. Jimi Hendrix – Freedom
  10. The Soup Dragons – I’m Free
  11. Paul McCartney – Freedom
  12. David Bowie – Changes
  13. Bob Dylan – Blowing in the wind
  14. Run Kid Run -  Freedom
  15. K’naan – Give me freedom, give me fire
  16. Queen – I want to break free
  17. Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom
  18. Erasure – Freedom
  19. Jurassic 5 – Freedom
  20. Akon – Freedom
  21. Lighthouse Family - I wish I know how it would feel to be free

Saturday, 12 February 2011


Common Snowdrop (Galanthus)
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Recently I read that the UK cold winter, had delayed the snowdrops and that some have struggled to bloom. Nonetheless, for the past week or so, we have had warmer weather. Once again, our dainty little flowers are peeping in a cheeky way, to greet you, as you arrive or leave the house.

Our small collection of snowdrops, are a pleasing sight; a surprise when they return year after year at the front of our house. We may not be having spring-like weather just yet, but they are supposed to mark the start of spring. As they are the first flowers of the year to bloom, I believe, the arrival of snowdrops, signifies new beginnings and optimism for the forthcoming months.  After all, Christmas is over and done with, and we have all settled into 2011.

According to Snowdrops herald the arrival of the Celtic goddess, thus helping to reduce stress. She is considered to be the Goddess of Healing, fertility in nature, crops, livestock and protector as a mid-wife welcoming all new arrivals. I can see why, because you would have to be very hard-hearted not to stop and feel some connection to nature, when you see these flowers.  I love nature and the outdoors, but over the winter, those experiences are often lacking. These little flowers make me feel more connected with nature again.

I certainly believe in any ancient wisdom, or biblical references, that connect people and nature, or describe a spiritual experience, being at one with nature. Although we live in the middle of a large town, with cars or pedestrians rushing by, our snowdrops give a little bit of calm as you set off on your journey.  I may not have experienced true nature this morning, when taking my Snowdrops photo. All I had to do, was take a couple of steps out of the front door. Yet I had a little oasis, away from any Saturday morning comings and goings. 

The bulbs must have been planted 10 years ago, because the snowdrops were a surprise the first winter, we lived in our house. As you might expect, a lot of the garden was overgrown, with few nice plants or flowers.  Therefore it is nice to see that at least one thing, lives on, that the previous house-owner liked.

I am not alone, in feeling the optimism and hope, when spotting the iconic snowdrops. It’s no wonder the bulbs have become a cash crop and a visitor attraction.

As a child, I was taken to a lot of large public gardens in England. Then in my adult life, I preferred more open spaces in the hills or coast. Yet I am inspired to visit somewhere with a lot of snowdrops on show. Perhaps it would be a pleasing sight to see a bigger collection of snowdrops, which would also mark our first outing of the year, away from our town.
There are quite a few gardens in England, with a good display of Snowdrops. Some of which, must only be an hour or so, from where we live. Why not make a new tradition at the end of January or start of February?

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Best Love Quotes

Ever wondered what to write on a Valentines Day card? Look no further because I have gathered together some of the most inspirational love quotes.

“Even logical positivists are capable of love”
~ A.J. Ayer

“Eternity is love with the production of time”
~ William Blake

“Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, 
but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair”
~ William Blake

"Take away love, and our earth is a tomb"
~ Robert Browning

“The falling out of lovers is the renewing of love”
~ Robert Burton

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge”
~ Thomas Carlyle

“Love is wiser than ambition”
~ Barry Cornwall

“To love abundantly is to live abundantly, 
and to love forever is to live forever”
~ Henry Drummond

"Life has taught us that love 
does not consist in gazing at each other, 
but in looking outward together in the same direction"
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Love knows no mean or measure”
~ Phineas Fletcher

“Love’s sooner felt than seen”
~ Phineas Fletcher

“Love is a game that two can play and both win”
~Eva Gabor

“Love is a circle that doth restless move, 
in the same sweet eternity of love”
~ Robert Herrick

“If I know what love is, it is because of you"
~ Herman Hesse

 “Love and a red rose can’t be hid”
~ Thomas Holcroft

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey”
~ Victor Hugo

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, 
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly"
~ Sam Keen

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths 
of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives”
~ C. S. Lewis

“In true love the smallest distance is too great, 
and the greatest distance can be bridged"
~ Hans Nouwens

“Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love. 
I'd stepped in it a few times”
~ Rita Rudner

“The course of true love never did run smooth”
~ William Shakespeare

“O! How this spring of love resembleth 
the uncertain glory of an April day. 
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun. 
And by a cloud takes all away”
~ William Shakespeare

“And all for love and nothing for reward”
~ Edmund Spencer

“A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love”
~ Stendhal

“Love is love forevermore”
~ Tennyson

"Love is friendship set on fire"
~ Jeremy Taylor

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, 
while loving someone deeply gives you courage”
~ Lao Tzu

“I love you not because of who you are, 
but because of who I am when I am with you"
~ Unknown

“His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love”
~ William Wordsworth

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. (1981)
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (2004)
A Dictionary of Quotations

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


  1. You belong to me - Dean Martin
  2. Close to You -The Carpenters
  3. Old Devil Called Love - Alison Moyet
  4. Lovestruck - Duffy
  5. I do - Jewel
  6. Hero - Enrique Iglasias
  7. Here with me - Dido
  8. Hello - Lionel Richie
  9. Only you - Alison Moyet
  10. Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
  11. Miracle of love - Eurythmics
  12. Is it love? - Nadia Ali
  13. Nine billion bicycles - Katy Melua
  14. Runaway - The Corrs
  15. What’s Love Got To Do With it - Tina Turner
  16. Take my breath away- Berlin
  17. Is this love? - Alison Moyet
  18. Eternal Flame - Bangles
  19. Three Times A Lady - The Commodores
  20. Broken Wings - Mr Mister
If you are making a playlist, I hope you can find plenty of music you like, either from this list, or from my initial lists at:

Friday, 4 February 2011


People have been blogging for over 10 years. Perhaps at some point, every other person has thought of doing a blog. Some will have continued, others given up on, perhapas because people are busy with everyday life.

I have read so many blog posts, where somebody has apologised for not posting for a while. It's a shame people feel guilty about that, after all it's not their job; it's supposed to be for themselves, or a hobby. That means that you do it in your own time, as often or as little as you feel like it. When you create your blog, you do not sign a contract, or stipulate in advance how often you will do a blog post!

Perhaps the frequency of blog posts depends on the nature of your blog, your topics and your inspiration. I personally don't see the point in blogging random blather, just to ensure you have posted recently.

On the right, you will have read my ideas for forthcoming blog posts. Over time this may change, but I will blog when I am inspired to. I am not going to blog about every minutiae of my life, or blog every time I go somewhere, or have a problem. Not only do I value my privacy, but I am blogging as escapism.

In that respect, I am inspired to post this because I agree with the "Blogging without obligation" cause. 

I take this opportunity in advance, not to apologise for occasions when I have not blogged for a while. I really don't think that blogging should turn into a burden, where you think "that's another thing I have to fit in today or later in the week". That would defeat the object, wouldn’t it?

If I spend too much time blogging, perhaps the novelty will wear off, and before I know it, I'll become busy with other things and not bother. That would be a shame if you start off with such enthusiasm and it fizzles out.

Certainly if something is a hobby, it shouldn't become a stress or a chore. You may have a vague target at the back of your mind, but perhaps that should be approximate. In case your circumstances change, or your inspiration changes, that approximate target should change.

I feel encouraged by my gradually growing following. People seem to like these romantic poems and some people have said they can relate to them. A while ago, somebody said that one of my earlier posts was thought provoking. That's the aim of the game, to write something thought-provoking, something inspiring or something that people may relate to, or find funny. That may be no mean feat in itself, without carving in stone, the frequency of a blogging obligation.

Perhaps some people’s anxiety about blogging frequency stems from the number of followers. Perhaps people will think that people will un-follow if they don’t blog for a bit, or that they will not attract new people. Let’s face it, we all know how it is and that there will be times, when we blog and times when we cannot. Granted I’m sure it does defeat the object if you blog and you think nobody is reading it though.

Another thing is that perhaps we are all spending increasing amounts of times online. There is the checking of your e-mails, forums, Twitter and or Facebook. Checking your blog replies and posting new blog posts, is of course another thing to keep an eye on. As is the time you take to read other people’s blogs and posting replies to their topics. It can also be time consuming promoting your blog and perhaps it is possible to spend as much time promoting it, as you do actually writing it!

It pays not too get too involved on the Internet, too intense, or too personal and give away too much about yourself. Time and time again, I have heard bad stories about Facebook, bullying, accusations, some of which serious and un-founded. The last thing I want is for blogging to turn into a problem in itself in that way. Perhaps the more time you spend online, you increase the chance of saying something that somebody would take the wrong way, or yourself taking something badly.

As far as developing the blog and blogging frequency, perhaps we should all see how it goes. Life is busy or stressful enough. No doubt any blog will take on a life of its own and develop over time. No doubt there is a learning curve when it comes to blogging and how things progress must also feel right for you. Rest assured that changes in my blogging frequency will be for a reason e.g. I’m ill, I’m busy, changes in inspiration, or spending too much time online.

Thursday, 3 February 2011


Is it lust or is it love?

Is it lust or is it love?
The instant connection,
As our bodies embrace
The relaxing yet tingling passion.

I know there has been a lot of flirtation.
We have not known each-other long,
Just fun times together, never an obsession.
Who knows, our love may grow strong.

I know we have to keep things simple,
Yet sometimes, our time has been blissful.
We will see how it goes;
I know it is too soon to be in love.
At least there are no rows.

Let’s not make the stakes too high,
Until the weekend, this is goodbye.
People said you are a charmer.
You may be a little bit romantic,
Who knows if you’ll become,
My knight in shining armour.
Looking forwards, all futuristic.

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011



If you could count the stars in the night sky,
It would be like my love, I cannot deny.
My love for you, is in my heart and in my head,
When I am awake and when I am in bed.

Our love has always been a natural progression,
Our love will continue with the same momentum.
My love for you has a comforting certainty,
Simply like the ticking of a clock.
Your love moves in never-ending circles,
Always and forever moving clockwise.

Our long-lasting love is simply destiny.
I know that we have love, which will always last.
Our love is much more than just company,
Yet loneliness is a thing of the past.
Our love means we are never at a loose end.
You are my lover and my best friend

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Our love is walking along the same path,
Being able to make each-other laugh
Our love is lending a compassionate ear,
Showing that we care whatever we fear.

Our love grows, whatever we face,
We know when to hug, and when to embrace.
Our love is about always sharing our life,
We share our joy and share our grief.

Our love is about teamwork and dedication,
Keeping an open mind and discarding disbelief.
This makes us a good husband, and a good wife.
Our love will last the duration.

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