Saturday, 21 November 2015

Birthday plans, a surprise parcel, and a singalong with The Seekers

Hello from a chilly North Lincolnshire. By 'eck it's been cold here today, brass monkey weather by all accounts. Time to wrap up. I had a quick trip to town this morning, I've been meaning to buy a ticket for a show at the Baths Hall in May, and after checking their web site again and seeing how fast they are selling, I thought I'd better make a purchase sharpish. I could have done it over the phone with a credit card, but that would have cost me an extra £2, so I decided to go there and hand the cash over the counter. 
I parked at Sainsbury's opposite because the plan was to combine the journey with stocking up on cat litter, that one bag I bought at Aldi isn't going to last long. The Baths Hall was closed, chuffin heck. A sign on the door said tickets are for sale at The Plowright Theatre. Back to the car park and into Sainsbury's. Not having much luck, clumping cat litter at £1.55, out of stock. That's another chuffin heck. I got in the car and drove to the Plowright, not far, and bought my ticket, not many left on the front row, my favourite seats. Then I drove to Tesco and picked up eight bags of cat litter and a bottle of wine, a nice treat for me. 
The show I'm going to see is Men of Steel - A Massed Male Voice Choir with Lesley Garrett. The blurb says, 25 years ago the Scunthorpe Male Voice Choir pulled together male voice choirs from all the major steel making areas of Northern England to sing in a 200 men massed concert. And now they are doing it again next year, sounds pretty fantastic, I shall enjoy that. The date is five days after my birthday, so I have decided I am going to celebrate over the whole five days and find something to do every day. Whooohooo, that should be fun. 
This afternoon a parcel arrived for me, a surprise, I wasn't expecting anything. Inside it was a mixed box of crafting supplies, wool, fabric, etc, and also a gift for Rocky. Here he is in his new lead with matching collar, and doesn't he look a cool dude with his bandana round his neck. Thank you so much to the mysterious sender of this gift. There was a note but I'm not sure which kind reader sent it. A lovely thought. 
I've had a lovely afternoon. I collected the free newpapers from my friend, Rocky came with me. I've been scoffing veggie stew, and slurping the chardonnay, I've even gone a bit bonkers and put the central heating on. YAY, it still works after not being turned on since February. Some crafting has been done, and a long conversation with my best friend on the phone. Yoootooob has provided me with entertainment, Judith Durham and the Seekers have been revisited. Hasn't she got a beautiful voice. She is now 72, and the most recent video I can find was from last year, the quality isn't so good so here is one from 2010. Their music is just as good now as it was 50 years ago. Hope you enjoy it.



Thank you for popping in. Catch you soon. Toodle pip

22 comments:

  1. That was such a wonderful video! I sat and sang along - What an amazing voice she has! Thanks so much for making me feel 15 years old again for a few minutes!

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  2. Wonderful video. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. She was seriously ill not so long ago. We had tickets for their show in Manchester which was postponed for quite a long time whilst she recovered. As we live in Manchester we were able to attend the re-scheduled concert. We are too young to remember them the first time round but we are big fans. The show was wonderful and her voice as beautiful as ever despite her illness and her age.

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    1. Thank you for that update. She had a brain haemorrhage, there is an interview with her in the hospital after her treatment. She said then that it hadn't affected her voice. She sings like an angel, such a wonderful gift.

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    2. Amazing and so tuneful!

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  4. Incidentally it's been freezing here too and snowed overnight!

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  5. Just recently saw The Seekers in Aussie Tv, they still have a strong following.

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  6. Thanks for posting that clip of Judith Durham, she is still fabulous after all these years and yes I did sing along as I always did. Judith and me we are of the same vintage :)

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  7. and soon all that will be left of the steel workers will be the choirs!! I understand that Scunthorpe is going along with Redcar. So sad for all those families who are affected by the closings. So pleased you are having a few little treats.

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    1. Hi Brenda. I'm not sure if the whole of Scunthorpe is closing, I haven't heard that. The plate mill is and that will bring redundancies in other departments. My friend works in the engineering department and he hasn't mentioned losing his job, yet. I wouldn't be surprised if it did go the same way as Redcar.

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  8. Lovely clip! Thank-you! I was brought up in West Africa in 60's and 70's and our only Western music was supplied by my parents record collection - The Seekers was amongst that collection and I think I knew every word to every song - and I surprise myself when they come on the radio as I still do!!! Embarrass my kids in the car by singing along at the top of my voice! Happy days! Love 'em!

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  9. A few little treats - you've got the money

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    1. Too right I have. Only through careful budgeting of my pension I can afford treats. Life would be pretty dull without them.

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  10. Thank you for that! It brought me right back to my teen years. Always loved them!

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  11. How lovely to see Rocky, he looks very dapper in his new outift!

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  12. Absolutely brilliant video, I was singing along and knew all the words. You can't beat 60s music.
    xx

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  13. Oh, what a blast from the past! I enjoyed listening to the Seekers. Still so fresh, and lovely as ever. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Was listening to that voice and bawling. I am very aware that DH and I are in our autumn years and hope to always have him to hold my hand. Love your blog. Lots of common sense and sassiness!
    Best wishes from Best Bun

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  15. I enjoyed TheSeekersvideo -- haven't listened to them in ages! The ad beforehand took the cake though. An ad for the Squatty Potty featuring a unicorn! LOL

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  16. Hi.Rocky is looking mighty fine in his new gear.How nice to get such a thoughtful gift in the mail,Ilona.I really enjoyed the music video.Her voice is still so very beautiful.Concert tickets...wine...life is good!Glad all's well.D.

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  17. Wow! Where did the past 50 years go? I just turned 65 and remember the British invasion of music to the States as if it happened yesterday. After tragically losing our young President the incoming British trends and music was the shot in the arm that we needed. A heap of thanks to your country for helping us heal. 50 years and I have done it all. College, marriage, long career, raising kids, caregiving and retirement. I have done it all and haven't stopped yet. I have embarked on the education field as my second (and part time!) career and finding it loads of fun. Doing yard duty is how I am participating in the walk challenge.
    Bev from northern Calif. USA.

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