Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Play Deep Chalk
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Previous winners can be viewed at Eurovision Winners (videos slow to load.....but you know it's worth it!)
And the wikipedia entry is.......................................................here
Personally, I don't think the UK has ever matched the heights reached by Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson with "Sing little birdie, sing" in 1959.....we were robbed, only scraped second place!
Free interactive tourist guides to more than 200 destinations worldwide available here You can use them online or download the lot to use on your desktop (big download, broadband recommended).....you can even create your own with the downloaded version (maybe we could do one for Haltwhistle or Whitley Bay!) to embed on a blog or webpage. Newcastle already has (a limited) one. Try Amsterdam or Berlin to see a more fully-developed guide
There's a website, but not a lot of detail yet. Despite that, tickets have already been booked for the Saturday night concert at Tynemouth Priory, any family members wishing to join the party on the grass call John or Mo for more details. Anyone else....this has always proved to be a good night out, weather permitting of course!
Take the Cello Challenge, kindly provided by the Berliner Philharmoniker.....with scant regard for anyone with musical sensibilities sharing a living space with someone with none at all....or cats for that matter, mine sniffed disdainfully, shook his tail in disgust and left the building.
"Use your mouse and keep your cursor in time with the cellist`s bow, playing Saint-Saëns' The Swan and learn a bit about bowspeed and direction in the process. It’s not as easy as it looks ... if you do it wrong, you’ll hear it ..." and boy oh boy, do you hear it!
Monday, April 28, 2008
"An examination of the power of mass media to create panic. In Radio Lab's very first live hour, we take a deep dive into one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history - Orson Welles' 1938 radio play about Martians invading New Jersey. And we ask: Why did it fool people then? And why has it continued to fool people since? From Santiago, Chile to Buffalo, New York to a particularly disastrous evening in Quito, Ecuador. "
......from WNYC Radio, listen online or download
LATER....definitely worth a click!
ALSO....From the Internet Archive, Studio One: The Night America Trembled (1957)
"The War of the Worlds broadcast is re-told in dramatic fashion. It is interesting to note that Orson Welles name is pretty much left out of this re-telling. Still, a fascinating look into the effects that night had on the average American citizen. Also, look for a very young Warren Beatty playing cards."
Sunday, April 27, 2008
"It was at the gray of the evening twilight, about half a century ago, that a stripling held his way towards the castle of Bellister, with the view of entering into service there. Having crossed the Tyne at Haltwhistle, he found the darkness increasing fast ; and although the distance he had to travel was not great, yet in those days, bad companions were more common than welcome on the unfrequented roads after nightfall. Leaving the Ferry, he passed a thicket of willow bushes, and then his route lay along a broken road, which he had been directed to follow, as that which would conduct him to the castle."....
Read the rest of the story here
And there's a more up-to-date version here (also the source of the moody picture)
Fast forward to the early years of the 20th Century when Granda could have been no more than a teenager. He and some friends decided that they would do a bit of ghost hunting and lie in wait for the Grey Man. They took fright at what was probably just a piece of paper blowing in the wind and hot-footed it across the bridge back into Haltwhistle, terrified out of their wits. When they got there they met with one of their original number who'd got there before them....and Sammy Teasedale was soaking wet. Apparently he'd been so scared he'd not bothered with the bridge and had 'gone streyt ower the watter'
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Saturday 26th April, 10:30, BBC Radio 4
"In the 1970s, Birmingham attempted to reinvent itself as a city of the future - and recruited Telly Savalas to voice the narrative. A world of multi-storey car parks, concrete shopping centres and motorways...In 'Telly Savalas and the Quota Quickies', Laurie Taylor recalls a series of 1970s B-Movies, created by the late Harold Baim, in which Hollywood star Telly Savalas waxes lyrical about the charms of certain British cities not generally recognised as tourist attractions."
"Listen Again" available, but I don't know how long for!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Play it here
Monday, April 21, 2008
PS....There's lots more 'tracks to scare the children with' salted away on cds....next time it could be 'Tubby the Tuba' or 'Itsy bitsy, tweeny weeny, yellow polkadot bikini' that comes to haunt your dreams!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Muffin the Mule Part 1
Muffin the Mule Part 2
Watch with Mother
On Monday it was Picture Book....
Tuesday, Andy Pandy
Wednesday, Bill and Ben
Thursday, Rag, Tag and Bobtail
....and Friday, The Woodentops
Some background here
.....jut don't get me started on Pinky and Perky, Sooty and Sweep and Crackerjack!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
You can listen to yet another version online at "Streaming Audio Entertainment"
"The name of this Northumbrian town in the heart of Hadrians Wall Country would seem straigtforward enough and not surprisingly is often interpreted as a railway station halt where locomotives blew their whistles. In the nineteenth century Haltwhistle was certainly the site of a Victorian railway station but the name is not in any way connected with this and is first recorded in the thirteenth century as Hautwisel. There are two parts to the name the first, haut, is Old French and means high ground. The second element is Twisel or Twisla and is a word of medieval origin meaning a fork in a road or river. In the case of Haultwhistle the twisla is a fork in the river where the River South Tyne is joined by the Haltwhistle Burn. Haltwhistle is situated on high ground located in the fork formed by the conjunction of the two watercourses. Other twisels in the north include Twizel near Berwick, Twizle near Morpeth and Twizell between Chester le Street and Stanley."
Check out the post for 11th April....all about dandelions but more particularly Dandelion and Burdock, which I remember being delivered every week by "The Pop Man" when I was small.....ah, halcyon days!
That's right, the whole shebang scanned and digitised for your viewing pleasure.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Listen and watch to some vintage Flanders and Swann....just because you should when you get the chance!
Finding this tonight on YouTube had me searching for the "The Complete Flanders and Swann" 3 CD Boxed Set that I bought years ago.....mission successful and currently listening to "At the drop of a Hat" (recorded, according to the notes, at the final performance at the Fortune Theatre London on my 8th birthday)
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
UPDATE....I received the higher res version of the above in an email this morning after ordering it yesterday, it printed out well at almost A4 size.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
"Pleasure-Tower Half Mile High
Towering almost half a mile above the ground, dwarfing such gigantic structures as the Empire State Building and the Eiffel tower, a huge concrete tower 2300 feet high, surmounted with a beacon and built with a spiral ramp for autos to climb up its sides, stuns the imagination with its vastness. It is the design of the French engineer, M. Freyssinet, intended for the 1937 Paris Exhibition. He estimates the cost at less than half the Eiffel Tower, or in the neighborhood of $2,500,000. It will be called the “Phare du Monde,” or Lighthouse of the World- The project appears far removed from the visionary and a new all-time “high” in buildings seems in a fair way to being achieved."
Hmmm...so let's get this straight, you drive up to the top, turn round, then drive back down again? Wow...they certainly knew how to live!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I can see problems....let's say you live on the 13th floor and Mr Arbuthnot in the appartment next door decides he wants to face North while he paints a series of watercolours, meanwhile you, being a keen gardener and having a seed tray of prizewinning leek seedlings on your windowsill, favour the South..........
"Food company Aunt Bessie's claims it is breathing new life into the fortunes of the ice cream van by replacing the 99 Flake with an all-weather alternative." Now, replace that ice cream cone with a crispy Yorkshire pudding look-alike and their "Mash Van" fleet might just make a killing!