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Sunshine, flowers and terror

It's been a fab day today. I got the lawn mowed, and did some pond tidying up. Also planted some stuff that will hopefully be tasty eventually. Then I retired to the iPlayer, and watched some programmes about Top Of The Pops in 1977 and 1978, and terrified myself by remembering all of it. I was two in 1977, for goodness sakes! Why do I remember every twist and turn of the UK's pop music scene back then, including still being able to sing along with most of the songs?! If I could remember a few useful things as well, I wouldn't mind so much. Blimey, things were scary back then though. Wall to wall Boney M! Also Brotherhood Of Man, in pink nylon, singing a spectacularly cheesy song called Angelo, in which two young lovers commit suicide. Sung complete with synchronised "waving goodbye" dance moves. I don't think it was meant to be funny.

Boney M, though. Forty years on, I still haven't quite figured out what that was all about. Ra-Ra-Rasputin indeed. I went to YouTube, with the intention of posting an illustrative video on the horrors of the likes of Rivers Of Babylon or Brown Girl in The Ring. I wound up getting distracted by the "Recommended for you" thingy at the side of the page though, and hit on this, so you got lucky:

It's the song Style, from the 1964 film Robin And The 7 Hoods, performed by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The film isn't perfect, but it's good fun, and this song always makes me smile.

And here, have some bottled spring:

The first is tulips, the second is my mother's Magnolia stellata. I bought it for her several years ago, as she's magnolia mad, and doesn't have space for a tree. It was tiny, and this year it flowered for the first time. Also, my first ducks of the year!

Now that I've spoken of sunshine and flowers, it'll hail tomorrow. Ah well.


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Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:05 am (UTC)
Oh - thanks for not posting a Boney M song ... *lol*

That magnolia is gorgeous ... don't think I've ever seen one like this.
Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:29 am (UTC)
It is nice, isn't it. The flowers are really big. It's a bush rather than a tree, and still small at the moment. Should look really good in a few years.
Apr. 3rd, 2017 10:35 am (UTC)
LOL, at Boney M and the rest. (I like Rasputin; I suppose it's one of those things that's both catchy and educational when you're young and have just been forced to watch Nicholas & Alexandra, although that doesn't explain everything else about it and them.)

Lovely pics! :-)
Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I would call "Rasputin" all that educational. :D The lyrics are hilarious though!
Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
If you're fairly young and ignorant of Russian history, they're a starting point!!
Apr. 3rd, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
True. And I do love the idea of young kids learning about Russian history that way.

Ra-Ra-Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Ra-Ra-Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine
It was a shame how they carried on

Apr. 3rd, 2017 12:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe it won't hail. *crosses fingers for more sunshine*

Flowers and ducks. Perfect! ♥

I had to go watch Brotherhood Of Man singing Angelo. They were surprisingly cheerful and upbeat for suicide.

I like the Style video. What fun! Have you seen The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T? The villainous Dr. Terwiliker gets dressed singing Doe-Me-Doe Duds.

Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's grand! No, I haven't seen that one, although it has been recommended to me once or twice. And that's the villain? I can see myself rooting for him over the hero. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2017 12:37 pm (UTC)
Ra-ra-Rasputin [...] he makes kitchen deliveries;p Not much sillier than the real words!

The magnolia is lovely and different to the common one. Good luck with your planted stuff bearing fruit/edible thingies for you to eat:) This year I hope for ... raspberries!

Edited at 2017-04-03 03:39 pm (UTC)
Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:43 pm (UTC)
I have raspberries anyway. *smug* This was purple Brussels sprouts.
Apr. 4th, 2017 11:16 am (UTC)
Posh! I leave the sprouts to the farmers around here.
Apr. 4th, 2017 12:38 pm (UTC)
I'm posh! Cool. :)

My sister gave me this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Funky-Veg-Plant-Theatre-Extraordinary/dp/B0060Y60YU/

Hopefully it will turn out alright!
Apr. 5th, 2017 12:22 pm (UTC)
Purple carrots to match the sprouts! I guess it depends on what play you're doing;p

Can I have your sister?

Apr. 5th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ordinarily you'd be very welcome to her!

I've tried growing purple carrots before, so far without success. I've had a bunch of multicoloured carrot seeds the last two years, and just got yellow ones (they're a wonderful, sunny colour, incidentally, and I recommend them). I don't know if the purple ones are harder to grow, or if I just didn't get any in the mix. I suppose I shall find out this year (to inevitable howls of fury from my highly conservative father). If you do hear a loud and echoing roar sometime this summer, it'll probably be him when he sees the purple runner beans...
Apr. 6th, 2017 11:56 am (UTC)
Lol, I'll keep my ears covered in case!

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