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Drawing a blank on most of 2000. It was the year I turned vegetarian, I know that much. I started working at an old people's home - those two things aren't related. As far as I know you don't have to vow never to eat a resident before you're allowed in the door - which on the face of it seemed a perfect job. Basically I was supposed to pick people up if they fell out of bed. This meant sitting in a room on my own all night, never having to speak to anybody. Unless they fell out of bed, obviously. Or wandered the corridors stark naked, which happened far more often that you might imagine. Life in a residential home is dull, and you have to make your own entertainment. Poor sods.

As I say, on the face of it an ideal job. It was deadly dull though, and the pay was rubbish. I was also running the office during the day (sleep?! Who needs sleep?!) Old peoples' homes have to operate on the lowest possible budget, because there's no money in old folk. If they can fill two jobs with one person therefore, they will. It used to make me smile sometimes though. Every so often they'd get some local musician in, to play old songs, and make the residents go misty-eyed with recollection. What are they going to do when that's us?! I have visions of young musicians coming in to play Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter to a row of gently nodding oldies.

Elsewhere, this was the year that Almost Famous came out at the cinema, which I know that I loved, but I haven't seen it since, and I don't remember a great deal about it. Kid writes about band for music magazine. There was nearly a plane crash. And lots of rather good music. Also it was the year of The Road To El Dorado, although I didn't see that until some time afterwards. Terrific film. If you haven't seen it, do so. (That's an order). Music-wise I'm totally drawing a blank though. I used to have the radio on in my little night watch room, but clearly not a lot registered! About the only thing I can say for sure is that this was the year Channel 5 showed the last few episodes of Sunset Beach, a mad-as-a-squirrel soap that had won a cult audience amongst those of us with nothing better to do at ten o'clock in the morning. It was replaced by Days Of Our Lives, which proved to be even more mad. America does soap operas so much better than Britain does. In British soaps, people just yell at each other about who they're having affairs with. In American soaps there's evil identical twins, microchips in brains, and demonic possessions.

A late single from last year's amazing Supernatural album, this is Santana with Mana on Corazon Espinado:

Um. Well, it was the year that Ian Dury died. I liked Ian Dury. So did the entire music industry, apparently. He got a jolly good send off. Here he is in 1979, with one of my favourites of his - Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3:

This was also the year that Kirsty MacColl died. Here's There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis, from 1981:

And, given the time of year, we might as well have this one too - from 1987, her famous duet with the Pogues, on Fairytale Of New York:

It was also the year that good old Walter Matthau died. I was very fond of him, but he wasn't known for singing, so I'll just have to leave it at that!


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Dec. 17th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yay for turning vegetarian! That actually sounds like my ideal sort of job, though. My great grandfather was in a nursing home for years and I got oddly used to and comfortable with the atmosphere there since it was close and we visited often. I love hearing about the past from this sweet old lady who as in her '90s and had been a teacher in a one room school.

Haha, my grandmother always jokes about when kids today are her age they'll be in their wheelchairs waxing nostalgic to Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. *chokes*

The Road To El Dorado is fabulous. <3
Dec. 18th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
You're not a Justin Bieber fan?! :p

You're lucky to have known a great-grandparent. I wish I'd known mine, but they all died too long ago. Well, I'm told I met one, but she died some time in '76, and didn't speak any English anyway, so I don't imagine we had a particularly meaningful relationship!
Dec. 18th, 2015 07:36 am (UTC)
Where did your family come from if your great grandparent didn't speak English?
Dec. 18th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
She was Italian. She spoke about four languages, but apparently when she got old she forgot her English. Probably the one she'd used least in her younger days. My grandmother was the same! She was tri-lingual (Italian, Egyptian and English), but at the end of her life she'd keep talking in Italian, and confusing the nurses!
Dec. 18th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Haha, not in the least. I wish Canada would take him back.:P

He was a lovely person. Very ill with heart trouble but his mind was sharp to the end and he'd tell me fairytale stories and read to me.

What language did she speak? :) My great grandfather spoke English well but only spoke to me in German (he moved from Germany at 19) because he wanted me to understand it, and I spoke it quite well at about five or so. There was no one to practice it with after he passed away so I lost most of the language but every now and then something comes back to me and I can understand something in a movie.
Dec. 18th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
She was Italian. She spoke four languages, apparently. I am always in awe of people who manage to master more than one!
Dec. 18th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
Cool! Oh, me, too. It's amazing.
Dec. 18th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
I saw a bit of 'Sunset Beach' I think it had one of the characters chained in the basement and his evil twin roaming around. 'Emmerdale' likes blowing things up and Cameron pretended to be Jaws in the flooded basement. He did!
Ian Dury I recognise him! I'm having trouble with recognising the 'new' bands.
Dec. 18th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC)
Excellent! That was Ben chained up, with his evil brother Derek being dastardly. I loved that plot.

And yes, "Emmerdale" has had its moments. I did watch it a lot for a while. Loved Kim and Chris. Actually, Chris was chained up in a basement for a while too. It's clearly a soap staple. His village is definitely more interesting than mine! But I'm not good with soaps. I tend to leave when my favourite characters do.
Dec. 19th, 2015 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, by his secret (half) brother. He looked nothing like Chris. I think Zoe blasted him with a rifle! The Tates were the best. 'Emmerdale' has never been the same since. They need to get rid of the current lot, they only have two plots. All brothers are locked into a war with each other, actually very few people can get along with each other in 'Emmerdale'. Even when they like each other they end up stabbing them. 'Casualty' has less hospital scenes. I'd stay in your village!
Dec. 19th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Zoe shot him with his own pistol. I loved that storyline. It was nuts, but the acting was terrific. Chris and Liam shut away in that cellar for months was like an acting masterclass at times. I was so cross with Zoe!
Dec. 20th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
The dialogue was great back then too. I'd go back over to 'Enders if it didn't have Shane Richtea and Danny Dyer, argh!
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