Song Lyric Sunday: Game – ‘Ace of Spades’

  Helen’s theme of ‘Game’ for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday was apparently inspired by her enjoyment of the World Cup, on which you can glean my views here. I’m pleased she’s liking it. I am too, at least until Tuesday evening (England v Colombia). There was a tradition that the England football squad would…

One-Liner Wednesday: Priorities

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death….I can assure them it is much more serious than that”  – Bill Shankly – – – – – – Well, it is the World Cup, in case you hadn’t noticed. And it’s not soccer. It’s football. One-Liner Wednesday 27 June 2018

Song Lyric Sunday: Dream – ‘Sugar Magnolia’

“She’s got everything delightful, she’s got everything I need” Here’s a joyous Grateful Dead second-set closer to light up your sunny Sunday and match with Helen’s theme for this week of ‘dream’. The coda, ‘Sunshine Daydream’, was often performed separately from the main body of the song. I would also point out that ‘Sugar Magnolia’…

Song Lyric Sunday: Seconds/Minutes/Hours – ‘The Minute You’re Gone’

This week, Helen has specified ‘seconds/minutes/hours’ as her theme for Song Lyric Sunday. I found this rather more challenging than the broader concept of ‘time’, particularly when I discovered that my first choice, ‘In The Midnight Hour’, had already been snapped up by that man of impeccable taste, newepicauthor. However, this is a worthy substitute,…

One-Liner Wednesday: Be Careful What You Wish For

“Now is not the time to be making new enemies”  – David Hume – – – – – – – David Hume was one of the leading figures of the Scottish enlightenment, probably best known for his empiricist philosophy. His system of thought precluded any possibility of there actually being a Deity such as portrayed…

One-Liner Wednesday: Finitude

“Don’t take life so serious son. It ain’t no how permanent”  – – – – – – Another precious little nugget picked up from my perusal of last week’s Times Literary Supplement. It chimes very well with my own mantra of ‘carpe diem’. Apparently, this is a quote from a character called Porky Pine (described…

Song Lyric Sunday: Smile -‘Lyin’ Eyes’

“And your smile is a thin disguise” This week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is ‘Smile’. We’re definitely spoiled for choice with this one. In fact, a whole playlist of ‘smiley’ songs came to mind straight away: lots of uplifting songs from the fifties and even earlier, Cockney Rebel, even Barry Manilow (‘I Can’t Smile…

One-Liner Wednesday: Headless

“Sorry I’m late, but I’ve got 13 chickens” Our Monday afternoon French class is quite a source of quotable quotes and this week provided yet another. A new (well, old, to be honest) lady breezed in about quarter of an hour after the start time, introducing herself with the above announcement. Follow that (I didn’t).…

Song Lyric Sunday: Let Go – ‘Don’t Let Go’

This week, Helen’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is ‘Let Go’. So, just to be awkward, here’s a song entitled ‘Don’t Let Go’. It’s the first song that came to my mind when I saw the prompt, which is entirely due to the fact that it was a long-time staple of the Jerry Garcia Band.…

One-Liner Wednesday: A Cure For Man ‘Flu

“He very seldom used painkillers, preferring a steady flow of alcohol and the consciousness of his own heroism.” Edward St Aubyn – ‘Never Mind’  – – – – – – – There’s been a lot of publicity in the British media lately for a new TV series featuring that nice Benedict Cumberbatch in an adaptation…