Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Flaky


They're forecasting heavy snowfall across the UK tonight and early tomorrow and wouldn't you just know it but I'm off to Nottingham on the train again first thing so I suppose I should prepare myself for a 'travel disruption' sketch....*sigh* Perhaps I should take a Thermos of soup or something suitably Bonnington-esque.

This lovely Aretha song from the 'Young Gifted And Black' LP always does it for me at this time of year - I think I dropped it to Mondo when we were talking about lost Aretha gems in April but never posted it here, so enfin...

I shall meanwhile have to computerise more stuff from my old vinyl versh of Billie Holiday's Songs For Distingue Lovers because I reckon it'll be sweet music for my final lonely, broken five nighter in Zurich next week, and it's looking like snow there too (though, strangely, their transport system will not cease entirely to function. Ho hum).

Aretha Franklin - 'The First Snow In Kokomo' (1972)

22 comments:

  1. Obviously their transport system will function because it won't be the wrong type of snow.

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  2. Lovey track - I'm starting my tinsel tunes next week. Don't the cosy local BBC radio stations love a bit of snow - our one BBC Essex, literally fires up the ol 'snowline' as soon as the first flake falls, we get barely an inch which turns to slush half hour later - but it's reported like a large scale disaster.

    I've got some Canadian mates who have to dig daily from their door to the car, they were amazed at the way our infrasture collapses over a slight frosting

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  3. We've had about 3" snow here for 2days and i've got to fly down to the east Midlands today for completely irrelevant meeting. What's the bet i get stranded there thursday, as severe weather warning for Ecosse.
    Drew

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  4. I have to make my way to Birmingham for a course tomorrow and even that little train journey could be fouled up. Typically the first hint of a 'snowday' at school and I'm on a course. Although there have only been two snowdays since I started here 8 years ago and both times I didn't find out until I'd arrived.

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  5. Word verification 'grimest'.

    My own posting of Aretha singing the title track from that album led to my first takedown by the way. So maybe this post will disappear in a puff of smoke too...

    Oh and strangely, that picture of Kate Bush on your last posting is starting to look like Rowan Atkinson to my eyes. Do you think I need a good nights sleep?

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  6. I should coco. Grab this while it lasts then peops.

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  7. I quickly read 'enfin' and thought it said 'elfin'. Madam Aretha looks a reet petite Peter Pan in that photo.

    My daughter came home with a letter today saying school is closed tomorrow 'due to a poor weather forecast'. I mean, the blonde bird on Channel 4 with the shapely isobars is doing her best.

    Bah. Lazy workshy teachers. Not any of you loverly lot .. of course.

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  8. Aretha is rather less 'elfin' these days, bless her, but I felt it kinder to avoid those pics...

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  9. Mmmm ... more Fear Marrow than Mia Farrow.

    Yeah, I know it's poor but me brain's all frozen like.

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  10. No snow in Notts, no delays. I stand corrected. Hope you guys in Scotchland are all OK.

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  11. Fine down in this part of the world too. Went christmas shopping in Woking today and saw Paul Weller in Toys R Us.

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  12. Had to dig the car out this morning. Worst its been for 3 or 4 years in these parts don't ya know. Met the Cresta Bear at the Library. He's looking well.

    Anyway, Mick what was Weller buying? Punctured footballs, ragged dolls and rusting bicycles?

    Am off to see From The Jam again on Sat at the Leeds Academy. (Don't knock 'em til you've tried 'em). It's Buckler's 53rd birthday and 30 years since All Mod Cons was released... just in case you forgot how old we are.

    Too cold up the shed so have brought a nip of Bristol Cream indoors. Cheers my lovelies.

    Word Verif - Pungly (which is just a great Call My Bluff type word).

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  13. Dick,
    He wasn't carrying anything at the time but I was at the games section looking for Twister. Have to say he looked very well, like a slightly craggier version of his 'Long Hot Summer' era self. He's also smaller than I imagined. And hey, I would love to see From The Jam. I would only have a problem with them if they bill themselves as The Jam.

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  14. Home, not stranded in the midlands and feck all snow, don't know what these weather folk get paid for. Up here in the frozen north we were promised a good 20 cm but nothing.
    You will need to have a humdinger of a tune for tommorrow Davy, some thing to warm up all the frozen people from yorkshire north.

    DVD - closing schools on the soothsaying abilities of some bint on Channel 4, never in my day, if the heating broke down you went home at lunch time for an extra jumper.
    Drew

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  15. awww you silly boys! snow shy indeedy! here in chi-town we're happy to only have a few inches so far, waiting for the 2 or 3 feet of the January storms!

    And I quite like the zaftig Aretha, more of her to love, ya know ;)

    Here's an oldie but goodie for ya, Davy, darlin' ... a rare tune from What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves: 1967-1977 which is a wonderful box set I bought myself to celebrate a big milestone last year, so enjoy it luv xoxox

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  16. Oooh, ta Tarty darl. That'll get my Friday off in a funky fashion and no mistake.

    'Happy to have a few inches' eh? That's the girl.

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