Top Ten Indelicates Songs

The Indelicates are a piano and guitar-led pop/rock group from Sussex in England. Formed by Julia and Simon Indelicate in 2005, the band now also includes Alastair Clayton, Nick Kos and Emma Lewis.

At the time of publishing, the band has released five albums as well as several singles, EPs and books. In 2008 they toured Germany and Austria and were the subject of a ten-part documentary series entitled Chopz on Tour. Continue reading

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Top Ten Horrible Histories Songs

Horrible Histories is a popular British television series based on the best-selling book series by Terry Dreary. The show was produced for CBBC by Lion Television with Citrus Television and ran from 2009 to 2013 with an additional ‘reincarnation’ in 2015. Here in Australia, reruns are constantly being shown and the show is very popular in my home (and not just with the kids!).

The show is ‘hosted’ by a black rat puppet by the name of Rattus Rattus and stars  Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, alongside a large supporting cast headed by Sarah Hadland, Lawry Lewin and Dominique Moore.

Each episode lasts for half an hour and covers different time periods with interesting titles such as ‘Gorgeous Georgians’ or ‘Vile Victorians’. The show consists of  Live-action sketches—which often parody other UK media or celebrities—and music videos, intercut with animations and quizzes, with Rattus Rattus explaining the facts behind each segment.

Horrible Histories was a critical and ratings success, winning numerous domestic and international awards (including being the first children’s show to win best sketch at the Comedy Awards) and has been named among the greatest British children’s television series of all time — with good reason, in my opinion. The show is entertaining for all ages, including adults, with the added benefit of being educational. Some of the most popular sketches and songs from the show have attracted more than half a million hits each on YouTube.

Frankly, I have learned more from this show than I ever did in History class. Continue reading

Top Ten Monty Python Songs

One of the most iconic symbols of my childhood is Monty Python, which is ironic given that most of their stuff was released either before I was born or when I was far too young to either understand or remember. Continue reading

Top Ten Voltaire Songs

VoltaireI have quite eclectic taste when it comes to music. There is no one genre that would stand out above the others in my taste. However, I do tend to prefer artists who have their own unique sound – the kind you can immediately identify as soon as you hear them sing. Sandi Thom, Frente and The Indelicates are all in my top ten. One of my favourite artists, though, is Aurelio Voltaire. I love almost all of his music. In fact, I found it incredibly difficult to narrow my list down to just ten songs! If you haven’t head Voltaire sing before, you are in for a treat. Continue reading

After Ever After

Wollongong

annie storm beachEverybody woke bright and early today, anxiously checking the weather. Sunny, no clouds, definitely no rain. Relief! Quickly shovel breakfast down our gullets, then it’s into the shower, one by one, quick wash and out, dried and dressed. We’d better take along some cossies and towels just in case we go swimming. And bring an apple in case you get hungry in the car!

Ready too soon. Damn! I hate waiting when I’m dressed and raring to go! Oh well, Facebook will distract me and a bit of Voltaire to lighten the mood.

Ten o’clock and Dad arrives in a rented van. Everybody ready? All used the loo? OK, everybody pile into the van.

What kind of music would you like to hear, Dad?

Anything from the sixties or seventies would be great.

How about Dr. Hook?

Sounds good…

Driving, chatting, singing along – ooh, what’s that? A roadside vendor. Time to stop and buy some cherries and strawberries. Yum!

More driving, more chatting, more singing – Cat Stevens!

Here we are guys – just have to find a park. Ok, here we go, let’s have a look at the cannons. Check out those seagulls, showing off trying to con a bite out of the tourists. How about we walk down to the beach?

Right-o, we’ll sit here. Go on up there and change, then you can go for a swim.

Chatting, filming, enjoying the sun – yes, that is an awesome rock sweetie. Why don’t you leave it here to dry then you can put it in your bag?

Look at all that seaweed. Great sand teddy Annie. Are you having fun Storm? Yasmine, too far, come back, please!

That smoke is getting close. We’d better get inside – don’t want Annie’s asthma flaring up. Go on up and get dried and dressed.

Where’s Annie? Comb your hair Storm. What’s wrong Yasmine? I’m sure your belt is somewhere. Here, use this instead. Oh, you’ve found it – good.

Alright everyone? Ok, let’s go get some grub. What’s that Yasmine? I don’t know if you can have it. Ask Grandad – he’s paying. Wow – look at the size of those meals! No way I can eat all that! Looks like you’ll have plenty of leftover salad for lunch tomorrow Butterfly.

Everyone done? OK. Time to go.

Oh dear. Don’t worry mate, we’ll get you cleaned up. Guess you shouldn’t have pigged out on lunch, eh? Why don’t you sit next to a window the rest of the way home?

More driving, chatting, MJ in the background. Finally home.

Everyone said goodbye to Grandad? Thanks for taking us out Dad. I’ve had a wonderful time. We’ll have to organise a get together with Sophie as well.

Damn, I’m burnt. Ooh, it hurts! Where’s the Aloe Vera gel?

Anybody hungry for dinner? A small burger pack each then?

Resting, munching, watching Fruits Basket – time for quiet play now, guys!

Ok Kids, off to bed. I know, but you’ve had a big day. You can play again tomorrow. Goodnight, sleep tight, Love you, see you in the morning.

Aah. Peace at last!

The Ages of Music by Nurture

This photograph features a vinyl record, a CD, a cassette and an i-pod, representing the technological progression of our experience of music.

Breakfast Symphony

Life is a symphony of snap, crackle, and pop. When you’re young, it’s cereal. When you’re older it’s your joints.

— Herbert V Prochnow & Herbert V Prochnow Jr. in Jokes, Quotes & One Liners Volume 2

Walter Cruttenden in ‘Lost Star of Myth and Time’

Egypt: Esneh

Egypt: Esneh (Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum)

“The ruins that have been uncovered thus far from Egypt, India, the Middle East, and the Americas indicate that many of the comforts of modern society – complex systems of law and government, cities, roads, canals, huge maritime and agricultural industries, medicines, vast amounts of art including sculpture, painting, music and deep philosophical and spiritual thought – appear to have been in place.”

~ Walter Cruttenden in ‘Lost Star of Myth and Time’

Vida Winter in ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ by Diane Setherfield

“Our lives are so important to us that we tend to think the story of them begins with our birth. First there was nothing, then I was born…yet that is not so. Human lives are not pieces of string that can be separated out from a knot of others and laid out straight. Families are webs. Impossible to touch one part of it without setting the rest vibrating. Impossible to understand one part without having a sense of the whole.”

—Vida Winter in ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ by Diane Setherfield