Well, I’ve just got home after having a catch-up with a friend in Newtown, and as I was walking down the hill (thinking about what to write tonight!) there were bats everywhere! Everywhere! I don’t know if that’s normal for Sydney at this time of year or whether there’s some special bat convention going on, but it was quite a sight; dusk falling and bats flying around in droves.
Anyway, how are you all? Thanks so much for all your responses to my last post – it was really great to hear from you. I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more, and I’ll get back to you properly next time.
I think this one’s going to be a bit of a ramble – Rachel’s post got me thinking about music from my youth (most of which I’m quite embarrassed to admit to – think cheesy songs from the 80s!) and Uni days (Oasis, Blur, Pulp – not quite as big as the Beatles but you may have heard of them nonetheless!) and all my favourite one-hit-wonders. I actually have a long-running argument with Chris about a group that he insists are a one-hit wonder – remember A-Ha? Anyone? Now, here in Oz they had one massive hit (which was, of course, “Take On Me”), whereas in the UK they released several albums. So to me, they’re not a one-hit wonder at all! To be honest, I think Chris just wants to wind me up...
So here’s a mini one-hit wonder quiz for you (possibly more for my fellow-rogues as these really were one-hit-wonders!).
The years 1995/1996 produced some classics. Can you remember who sang:
• Return of the Mack
• Wake up Boo
You may be wondering why I’ve selected these three out of all the possibilities out there. The first two are for my two flatmates from Uni - it’s funny how you can associate a song with a time in your life, or a person. Whenever I hear these songs (not often, it’s true!) I go straight back to our flat in Leeds (a Northern Town!) and see them jumping around getting ready to go out. I won’t tell you their names as there’s a chance they might be reading this and I really don’t think they’d want anyone to know!
As for the last one, I mention it because I had a bit of a revelation last week. I’m on a campaign to read all those classic books that most people read at high school and for some reason (different syllabus, perhaps?) I didn’t. Funnily enough, mine all seem to be American and I’m quite ashamed to have left it this long to read them. Anyway, I finally read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. And there’s a character in it called Boo Radley. And as soon as I read it, I remembered the song “Wake up Boo” by (you guessed it!) The Boo Radleys! Light dawned! I knew where they’d got their name from! It was amazing! So there you go. And if you’re wondering what else is on my “must-read” list, I’ve also just finished One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (and watched the movie – can’t believe I haven’t seen it until now!). So next on the list is The Catcher In the Rye, and then I’ll have to see where else my education is lacking – ideas, anyone? I’m always open to suggestions!
And a final note; as I’ve been writing this, I’ve had a little voice in my head going “That’s not proper music!” Thanks, Dad! And the scary thing is, I’ve started saying that myself now – must be getting old.
I’ll leave you with that cheery thought – the blanket over my knees is slipping and I really need to put my slippers on ...
(Answers: Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison: Spaceman – Babylon Zoo: Wake up Boo – The Boo Radleys)
Oh, I almost forgot: Christmas tree!! We had a lot of fun putting it up, although I couldn’t get any decent photos because the boys wouldn’t sit still. They were very funny: Owen kept singing “Happy birthday, Christmas tree” and Daniel was running around going “Balls! Lights! Tree!” Anyway, after they’d calmed down I managed to bribe them with some cherries and snuck a picture – here it is.
dusk (n) the time just before night falls, when it’s starting to get dark
(in) droves (n. pl) a large group of animals moving from one place to another
ramble (vb/n) to talk or write in an unclear way, often for a long time
cheesy (adj) not in very good style or quality
one-hit wonder (n) a performer who has one successful recording but then no others
massive (adj) huge, enormous
to wind sb up (phr vb – informal) to annoy someone
to sneak (snuck – past s / pp; also “sneaked”) (vb) to go somewhere secretly, or to do something secretly
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