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“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

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Quote of the day …

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

 

Vince Lombardi

 

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” – Robert Tew

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Quote of the day …

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.”

 

Robert Tew

 

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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Nice Poem From Bernard In France

Bernard posted this lovely poem in my comments today. I thought it worth sharing :

Bonjour Ami

 

J’ai un cœur, tout tendre qui bat
Un petit cœur qui pourtant est grand comme ça
Il y a toujours une place pour une personne

 

Mon petit cœur est peux-t être fragile
Il m’a dis un jour
Que tu as réussi à trouver le mot de passe pour venir sur mon blog

 

Que ce code n’était pas très compliqué
Il est fait d’amour et d’amitié , de tendresse et de douceur
Ce n’est pas parce que on ne se voit pas ,que cela n’existe pas

Mon petit cœur te souhaite une bonne journée en ce Vendredi
Un bon week-end

Prends soin de toi, Bisous Bernard

 

Author – https://bernard25.wordpress.com/about/

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Translation into English (Google translate):

Hello friend

 

I have a tender, beating heart
A little heart that is however big like that
There is always room for one person

My little heart can be fragile
He told me one day
That you managed to find the password to come to my blog

 

That this code was not very complicated
It is made of love and friendship, tenderness and sweetness
Just because you don’t see yourself doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist

 

My little heart wishes you a good day on this Friday
A good week-end

 

Take care of yourself, Kisses Bernard

Thanks Bernard, hope you are safe.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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Joe Rogan Experience #1451 – Dr. Peter Hotez

YouTube thinks I should be watching a lot of Joe Rogan – so who am I to argue.

This one just out, Dr.Peter Hotez who speaks about Coronavirus. It’s a long watch, but worth the “effort”.

Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics.

Source – Youtube, PowerfulJRE Channel

Hope you and loved ones are safe, and stays that way.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” – Carl Rogers

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Quote of the day …

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”

 

Carl Rogers

 

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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Bread Recipes

Thanks for all your comments in support, I know there’s good people out there, which is one of the reasons I keep on blogging, when I can. I’m somewhat refreshed by taking a break and baking my bread, and also thinking things over – my conclusion (regarding stupid people in my comments) in short :

– Ideological possession, can cause good people to do bad/malevolent/stupid things (thanks Jordan B Peterson for explaining that, you are a true hero of our times).


ANYWAY, moving on to the topic at hand – The Modern Theologian, one of my favourite bloggers, was kind enough to share his bread recipe in my comments, so here it is –

Bread (Well pizza dough really) Recipe – Modern Theologian Style

This is for 4 pizzas (the last 2 ingredients don’t change as they are used to brush the dough before baking):

120 g whole-wheat flour
480 g all-purpose flour
22 g instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp oil
2 cups milk

1 large egg
1 tbsp milk

Place flour in bowl.
Add yeast, sugar, salt, and oil.
Mix in 3/4 of the milk, mix, add remaining milk as needed to form dough.
Knead dough and let stand covered in warm place.
Divide dough into 4 pieces and roll into balls.
Flatten into round bread 10 in diameter, 3/4 in at edges and half as much in the center.
Let rest for 5 minutes.
Flatten the inside again, make several punctures with a fork in the center area, all the way through the dough.
Mix egg and milk, brush on roll.

Bake at 400F (200C) for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Author – https://themoderntheologian.wordpress.com/about

 

My recipe, I use as a guide, came with my bread making machine (sure I posted about bread making before, but doesn’t hurt to do it again)

Bread – Don Charisma Style – “Easy French Bread”

2 lb loaf (approx 1Kg)

260ml Water

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1.5 tsp Salt

2 tbsp Sugar

500g White Bread Flour

1.5 tsp Dried Yeast (Instant, like “Saf”, I use the red one – keep in freezer for long life)

Basically I chuck everything in the bread making machine, being careful to keep the salt and the yeast separate (I think yeast and salt don’t get along). Press go on breadmaker.

Top tip – thanks UnionHomestead.com for reminding me that other people might not have thought of this – take the stirrer/paddle out after dough is mixed to stop your loaf having a hole in it. There is a trade off here, because the stirrer does a “punchdown” during rise phase … but you can actually do that yourself, just open the lid of the bread maker and poke the loaf gently with your finger, it’ll drop a little on it’s own.

Another top tip – I generally don’t measure the water, and put it in bit by bit. The consistency of dough is important, it shouldn’t be too dry or too wet. It should be “elastic”. It shouldn’t be too “sticky”. If you don’t have enough water it won’t mix properly. Practice makes perfect.

Another top tip – be careful about adding things like chilli, garlic, spices etc – be careful, some don’t play well with the yeast. If you want to put them in, then put them in after dough had been formed.

Another top tip – caraway seeds are fucking awesome in bread, add after dough has been formed.

Last top tip – don’t just blindly follow recipes, experiment – try raw cane sugar and white sugar for mixing/rising dough, for example. Then caraway seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds etc after dough has been mixed. You might just come up with something even better than the original recipe, you don’t know unless you try.

Very last top tip – there are flours with differing amounts of gluten, and ground to different fineness. Hard/Strong/Bread flour is for bread and contains a lot of gluten, needed to rise bread with yeast. For pizza dough, Italians have I think it’s called 000 flour (very fine) for pizza base dough. Then there are flours with lower gluten content that are used for pastry and cakes, normally called like “all purpose” or “self-raising”. And, then there’s flours made from different grains and pulses, for instance “gram flour” that’s used in Indian cooking, is made from Chickpeas or rye flour made from rye grain.

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For me it’s more about learning how the ingredients interact with each other, than following recipes. But we all have to start somewhere, and recipe a good place to start.

Today I actually used 750g of flour, and then added some Australian wholemeal flour (both were past use by date, but seems I’m OK so far). I added some of my secret sourdough culture, and have revived the culture, after maybe a year or more sitting in fridge. Generally I don’t just rise with sourdough culture (it takes too long, maybe like 8 hours), so I use both instant yeast and sourdough culture (yeast), for a compromise between taste and speed.

If you’re a breadophile (like an audiophile, but with bread), then probably wait for the bread to rise with sourdough culture/yeast, the flavour can be out of this world.

Anyway – I cut three balls of dough off once mixed. Two went in clingfilm and into the freezer for later-pizza, the the third I’ve eaten already, as a pizza, (using the frybread in frying pan, and then grill to melt the cheese method). It was delicious 🙂

The remainder baked in the breadmaker, and looks perfect. Top tip – don’t try cutting freshly baked loaf, I leave it to cool, on a rack with a tea towel over it. That gives it a chance to firm up, and is then easier to cut.

Once that’s done, I sharpen my sharp large knife (non-serrated), and slice into slices. Put in a ziplock bag, and into freezer. I can then have a couple of slices of bread per day toasted, and bread will last years in freezer.

However, I will concede – there’s nothing like freshly baked bread with melted butter, so that happens too sometimes.

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Go bake some bread and stop reading my blog !

Hope you and loved ones are safe, and stays that way.

(PS, if you have a recipe you’re very proud of and want me to reblog for you, leave me a link in my comments or just put the recipe in my comments and let me know who (and link if possible) to cite as the author.)

Cheers

Don Charisma

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“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Quote of the day …

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

 

Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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Baking Bread And A Break From Sitting At This Computer

I don’t know why exactly, but I do really love blogging, and even more so creating things. I think art is mean’t to be shared (otherwise what’s the point in doing it ?), and a blog allows that combination of creation and sharing.

I’ve been doing my best to try and warn people about the Coronavirus pandemic as it transpired. And, I don’t make any money from blogging. Today, I feel like I’ve been sitting at my computer for weeks now, and fed up with dealing with stupid people I have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

And, no I probably don’t mean you, I do mostly get many lovely commenters, who are supportive and positive, good well meaning people. No, it’s a tiny minority who are complete assholes. “Haters gonna hate” I think is the collective wisdom on this. And “The biggest fool is the fool that argues with a fool” or there or there about.

A fellow blogger once advised me – “just put them in the spam folder, and you’ll never hear from them again”. Not sure that’s very ethical solution, or recommended, just passing on what he told me.

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So today, as I have all the ingredients, I’m baking some bread, which I haven’t done for a while. Not quite sure what kind of bread it will be, I have a selection of flours, and a sourdough culture living in my fridge.

Sometimes I use my breadmaking machine just to make dough, and then cut up into balls, wrap in clingfilm and freeze (like the photo above). Then with pizza sauce and mozzarella, I can make my own pizzas, as and when I want.

As I don’t have an oven, I cook the pizza base, like the “Fry bread” which I watched native Americans make. Basically I roll the Pizza base out into a round shape, leave in the the frying pan (with lid) to rise. Then nuke it on highest setting the hob will do, the steam generated by the lid being on helps to cook the pizza base. You have to be careful, because the time difference between “cooked” and “burnt” is literally around 30 seconds. So timing is everything with that one. Oh, and it does need turning once the bottom is cooked, to cook the top for a short time.

Other times I can let the machine complete it’s cycle and bake a loaf. I pause the cycle after it’s mixed, so I can remove the stirrer from the dough, so loaf doesn’t have a hole in it where the stirrer was, when baked.

Anyway, hope you are safe and it stays that way for you and your loved ones.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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Mon Homme (“My Man”) – Mistinguett (1938)

Thanks again to Seax for another suggestion – an opportunity to hear and appreciate some music I’d never heard before.

Some more experimenting with video editing and special effects. Well within the limits of the Windows 10 Video Editor. It just about does the job, but is a little flaky on my somewhat cheap laptop.

Mon Homme (“My Man”) by Mistinguett … From 1938. I believe there are many cuts of this track, this one I found most pleasing to my ears.

It’s in French, so sorry for everybody who doesn’t understand the lyrics – like I said before about the song which had been culturally appropriated by identity politicians – just enjoy the art, and stop taking yourself so seriously.

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BitChute Link – https://www.bitchute.com/video/UwBgBgAujPM0/

“Mon Homme” (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ.n‿ɔm]) is a popular song also known by its English translation, “My Man”. The song was originally composed by Maurice Yvain with French lyrics by Jacques-Charles (Jacques Mardochée Charles) and Albert Willemetz.

Mon Homme was copyrighted in France by Maurice Yvain, Albert Willemetz and Jacques-Charles (Jacques Mardochée Charles) in 1920 and was introduced to Parisian audiences in the revue “Paris qui Jazz” at the Casino de Paris. The song was performed by revue star Mistinguett and her stage partner American dancer Harry Pilcer.

Source – Wikipedia

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Cheers

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“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

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Quote of the day …

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

 

Jimmy Johnson

 

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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My Girl – The Temptations

Yesterday, I posted Otis Redding’s version of “My Girl” … Today, I’m posting The Temptations’ version from 1964.

Hope you like 🙂

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“My Girl” is a soul music song recorded by the Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) record label. Written and produced by the Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations’ first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. Robinson’s inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. The song was included on the Temptations 1965 album The Temptations Sing Smokey. In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.

Source – Wikipedia

 

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Is This The End Of Social Justice? (Daisy Cousens)

Daisy popped up in my feed some time ago. She regularly speaks as an expert on mainstream TV, is a free speech advocate, and identity politics opponent. She’s one of the few dissident female voices I’ve found on YouTube – I follow her, not out of feminism or solidarity with women, but simply because she speaks common sense – it’s competence that counts to me, not what genitalia, race, religion etc.

To avoid the mental gymnastics in order to avoid a complete meltdown – I wouldn’t recommend her channel or this video for those who are on the socialist/communist side of the spectrum (don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

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Don Charisma

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“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” – Helena Rubinstein

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Quote of the day …

“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.”

 

Helena Rubinstein

 

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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Don Charisma Added To Bitchute

A Canadian friend of mine wasn’t able to watch a video I made on YouTube, I think because of their location. The copyright owner of the music had already taken any money earned (which I don’t care about), but Geo-limiting who can watch is a bit “pisch” as Scots would say, ie “bollocks” as British would say.

A video I tried to share of Italian doctor and nurse describing the heatbreaking situation in Italy, was taken down, I think by YouTube, because it didn’t fit the political narrative of the moderators. These kinds of messages whilst distressing, should be allowed. As far as I know it wasn’t “fake news”, I have seen other meltdowns of medical staff, working long shifts, with their lives in constant danger (Medical staff worldwide are under immense pressure) – this is real life, and IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST that the public know the truth. Not censored by the “wrong think”/”wrong speak” police.

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So, I’ve opened a BitChute account, which don’t do this kind of stuff (as far as I know). Kinda like YouTube used to be like for those of us that can remember 10 years back.

I don’t have any videos on my BitChute channel yet, as new channels have to go through some kind of approval system, before I (or you) can upload. It’s said to take 24-72 hours.

The primary purpose of opening the channel on BitChute is free speech. I believe people should be able to say what they want to say. Censoring for partisanship reasons, ie basically totalitarianism – is essentially the highway to hell – some seem to have forgotten lessons we learn’t under totalitarianism despot rule, in the present and not that distant past – Russia, Cambodia, China etc, and currently Venezuela. The death toll is said to be in the 100s of millions, people were murdered and some starved to death. If you need a reminder watch “The Killing Fields” or read George Orwell’s “1984”, and other works. Somewhat ironically, from what I understand Orwell was a leftist.

So, anyway, enough of my ramblings, I’m at :

https://www.bitchute.com/channel/doncharisma/

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And I’ve added the link to my small print below, and it will be there going forward.

Provided I do get approved, I’ll do my best to upload videos to both YouTube and BitChute and share both links.

Hope you and loved ones are safe, and stays that way during these awful times.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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My Girl – Otis Redding

This time I decided to do my own video. Originally a Temptations song – Maybe I’ll post their version later.

I made the video myself – One of my first attempts at video editing, using the built in software in Windows 10 “Video Editor” – it’s OK, but I did have some issues (don’t use too many effects on one clip). Often other videos aren’t that well made – So I thought I’d try my hand at making my own. You can be the judge of whether I made a good job or not !

I like the idea of using the creative tools that are to hand for free, rather than forking out cash that I don’t have. And simple is good these days.

RIP Otis Redding.

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Enjoy !

Cheers

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Candyman – Christina Aguilera

I recently posted Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Andrews Sisters – seems that that song was one of Christina’s inspirations when writing this song. Wikipedia lists Candyman as Pop – Jazz – Swing.

For me I like the upbeat sound, and the modern’ish take on vintage music. The lyrics are a bit trashy, but that only adds to the appeal IMO (sorry puritanists and snowflakes).

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“Candyman” is a song recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera for the second disc of her fifth studio album, Back to Basics (2006). She co-wrote the song with its producer Linda Perry. “Candyman” was planned to be released as the second single from Back to Basics; however, RCA Records decided to release “Hurt” instead. Subsequently, the track was released in February 2007 as the third single from the album.

Christina Aguilera co-wrote “Candyman” with its producer Linda Perry. Jim McMillen played the trombone, while Ray Herrmann and Glen Berger performed the saxophone, and Chris Tedesco played the trumpet. Perry also played the piano, mellotron, bass, and served as the musical director. Nathan Wetherington played the drums. According to Aguilera and Perry, the song was a tribute to The Andrews Sisters’ 1941 song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”

Source – Wikipedia

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Cheers

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“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler

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Quote of the day …

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

 

Francesca Reigler

 

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Cheers

Don Charisma

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Respect – Aretha Franklin / Otis Redding

Another double musical whammy, straight from the Don Charisma playlist. Otis wrote the song, and later became a much bigger hit for Aretha.

Let me know in the comments which one you like best.

Aretha

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Otis

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“Respect” is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for soul singer Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He won’t care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he brings money home. However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect”. Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…”.

Source – Wikipedia

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“Every day may not be good… but there’s something good in every day.” – Alice Morse Earle

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Quote of the day …

“Every day may not be good… but there’s something good in every day.”

 

Alice Morse Earle

 

Hope you like it.

Cheers

Don Charisma

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Tramp – Otis Redding And Carla Thomas

Otis and Carla duet, fun, lighthearted sweet soul music.

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Otis Redding recorded “Tramp” as a duet with Carla Thomas for Stax Records. The song was first included on the joint album by Redding and Thomas, King & Queen (1967). Described as “playful” by Dahl, it was released as a single only months after Fulson’s. Credited to “Otis and Carla”, the duo’s version outsold Fulson’s original and peaked at number two on Billboard’s R&B and number 26 on the Hot 100 charts.

Source – Wikipedia

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“Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive.” – Matt Cameron

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Quote of the day …

“Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive.”

 

Matt Cameron

 

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Cheers

Don Charisma

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(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Otis’ probably definitive and best known record. RIP Otis Redding, this was his last record.

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“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. The song was released on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Redding started writing the lyrics to the song in August 1967, while sitting on a rented houseboat in Sausalito, California. He completed the song with the help of Cropper, who was a Stax producer and the guitarist for Booker T. & the M.G.’s. The song features whistling and sounds of waves crashing on a shore.

Source – Wikipedia

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Litany Against Fear – Frank Herbert

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Always liked this quote …

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

 

Frank Herbert

 

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“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

Came across this quote today – it’s a quote for all “wrong thinkers”, “wrong speakers” and free speech/1st amendment champions worldwide … dunno if Mr Orwell will save us from the thought police though, even though he did warn us …

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“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

– George Orwell

 

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I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

One of the best Aretha Franklin tracks ever made, another favourite of mine … 144 million views on YouTube, so I guess it’s quite popular with others too !

The second version is the “official” one (I think) … I couldn’t tell any difference in the audio between the two, and the first one, has some great photos of Aretha. So, I included both for you, you decide which one you want to listen to.

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“I Say a Little Prayer” also returned to the Pop & R&B Top Ten in the fall of 1968 via a recording by Aretha Franklin taken from her 1968 album Aretha Now. Franklin and background vocalists The Sweet Inspirations were singing the song for fun while rehearsing the songs intended for the album when the viability of their recording “I Say a Little Prayer” became apparent, significantly re-invented from the format of the Dionne Warwick original via the prominence of Clayton Ivey’s piano work. Similar to the history of Warwick’s double-sided hit, the Aretha Franklin version was intended for the B-side of the July 1968 single release “The House That Jack Built” but began to accrue its own airplay that August. In October 1968 “I Say a Little Prayer” reached number ten on the Hot 100 and number three on the R&B singles chart. The same month the single was certified Gold by the RIAA. “Prayer” became Franklin’s ninth and last consecutive Hot 100 top 10 hit on the Atlantic label. Franklin’s “Prayer” has a special significance in her UK career, as with its September 1968 No. 4 peak it became Franklin’s biggest UK hit; subsequently Franklin has surpassed that track’s UK peak only with her No. 1 collaboration with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.

Source – Wikipedia

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“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Quote of the day …

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

 

Marcus Aurelius

 

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Thank You British Airways (And Some Things I Think They Should Change)

Just a short blog, saying a massive thanks to “Ursula” at British Airways, for allowing me to change my flight dates, waiving normal change fees, “bending” the rules for me. I think there will only be a small fare change fee, if any. Very polite and helpful on the phone today, and she want the extra mile for me – I’m grateful.

This is the second time (recently) I’ve had helpful customer service from British Airways and they’ve bent over backwards to help me. The other time was during the crew strike last year, and they were able to get me an alternative flight with Qatar airways, and very helpful on the phone.

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99% of the time BA have treated me exceptionally well, over the years, and I’m happy to fly with them. I was even once, many many years ago, upgraded (for free) from club to first, by a very kind woman at JFK New York. It’s the first time I’d been in first, and will probably be the last, as no way I can afford to fly first or even club these days.

As a relatively frequent flyer (in economy) – My only (critical) suggestions for BA are :

  1. Be a little more lenient on slightly overweight bags – most of us don’t have professionally calibrated scales at home, and do our best to follow the rules (like weighing bags at home as best we can). Occasionally we may be a kilo or two overweight. In the scheme of things this shouldn’t cause the flight a problem, as other passengers after often underweight. It’s pretty off to have a fare paying passenger on their hands and knees at check-in desk repacking suitcases, and having to throw things away – that should be an absolute last resort.
  2. Do something about the rude, and unhelpful staff at check-in at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, and this relates to 1. above. I hasten to add that most of the check-in staff in Bangkok have usually been very polite and helpful, but there are definitely some bad eggs.
  3. Get rid of the ghastly check-in machines at terminal 5 (London Heathrow), and put some real people back on check-in desks. It’s quite the disappointment to arrive at the airport, and not speak to a real human being, I do feel robbed of something valuable. Aside from after having a million things to organise, to then have to work out how to put a luggage label on a bag, and work out an unfamiliar computer system – especially for older people. Automating and mechanising things isn’t always progress, especially for those check-in ladies and gents who will have lost their jobs.

I make these criticisms with a positive intent, as I think it would improve BA’s service, to a higher standard – these small things make the difference between loyal customers, and customers who eventually will fly with someone else.

Sincerely I wish BA the very best of luck financially, over the coming weeks and months, as this will be a very challenging time for them because of the pandemic. Qatar airways have a 25% shareholding in BA, so might be they may be able to help.

Thank you once again BA, and Ursula who works for BA customer services.

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Bei Mir Bistu Shein (“To Me You’re Beautiful”) – The Andrews Sisters / The Hot Sardines

Another “Double Whammy” from Don Charisma – old and new versions, 1937 Andrews Sisters, and 2014 The Hot Sardines. The Andrews Sisters’ version was their first number one hit. I believe the original title is Yiddish, and there has also been German titled versions (see Wikipedia quote below).

In English it means – “To Me You’re Beautiful”

I’m not quite sure what the genre is called, roughly I’d say “Swing”, in both cases, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Categorising music isn’t my strong suit.

Thanks again to Seax for the suggestion.

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1937 – Andrews Sisters – “Bei Mir Bistu Shein”

2014 – The Hot Sardines – “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen”

“Bei Mir Bistu Shein” (Yiddish: בײַ מיר ביסטו שיין‎, [ˌbaj ˈmir ˌbistu ˈʃejn], “To Me You’re Beautiful”) is a popular Yiddish song written by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a 1932 Yiddish language comedy musical, I Would If I Could (in Yiddish, Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, “You could live, but they don’t let you”), which closed after one season (at the Parkway Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City). The score for the song transcribed the Yiddish title as “Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn”. The original Yiddish version of the song (in C minor) is a dialogue between two lovers. Five years after its 1932 composition, the song became a worldwide hit when recorded under a Germanized title as “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” by The Andrews Sisters in November 1937.

Source – Wikipedia

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“¿Quién será?” … Sway – Dean Martin / Mucho Mambo (Sway) – Shaft

Old and new … I was introduced to this tune, by “Shaft” in some sweaty dance club in the wee hours of the morning, after likely consuming too much alcohol. Might have been trying to attract girls, badly – should probably stick with what I’m good at, like someone once told me.

I’ve since discovered the Dean Martin version from 1954, which in some ways I like more.

The 1999 version is an upbeat clubby trashy EDM tune. The 1954 version is soothing and, more easy listening.

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1954 – Dean Martin Version

1999 – Shaft Version

“¿Quién será?” is a bolero-mambo written by Mexican composer Luis Demetrio, who sold the rights to fellow songwriter Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. Beltrán recorded the song for the first time with his orchestra in 1953. Pedro Infante, for whom the song was written, recorded it in 1954.

 

Norman Gimbel took the song, removed the somewhat melancholy Spanish lyrics about a man wondering if he shall ever love again, and wrote brand-new English lyrics about a man praising his dancing partner’s ability to affect his heart with how she “sways” when they dance. This new song, titled “Sway”, has become a standard in both the pop and jazz repertoire. The first version to achieve considerable success in the United States was recorded by singer Dean Martin with the Dick Stabile orchestra in 1954.

 

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“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.” – Albert Schweitzer

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Quote of the day …

“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.”

 

Albert Schweitzer

 

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