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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 16

It’s the 30th April and I should be on the last letter of the alphabet, but here I am still on Day 16! So I guess I’ve failed the challenge, but I shall continue nevertheless, so for Day 16, we’re on the letter P.

After yesterday’s Royal Wedding, I could have gone for Pagentry, but not being a fan of the Royal Family, and all they stand for, I’ll give that a miss. But one thing that I did enjoy was the singing of Jerusalem during the service, which reminded me of The Last Night of the Proms.

The Last Night of the Proms is my only real exposure to classical music and, although not a royalist, I am patriotic and enjoy the Last Night every year. My favourite section being Land of Hope and Glory or, to give it it’s proper title, Pomp and Circumstance March No.1.

So for Day 16, its P for Pomp and Circumstance



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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 15

We’re now on to the 15th letter of the alphabet, the letter O. Well I’m going to have O is for One.

One what I hear you say, One Bird At A Time is my response.

One Bird At A Time is the title of one of my favourite blogs. It’s a blog maintained by the mother of three girls and is a daily record of her family life. Having a fifteen year old daughter myself, I find it the posts quite interesting, and in some cases quite informative.

Being a bit old fashioned with regard to manners and politeness, this blog provides me with reassurance that good old fashioned parenting values are alive and kicking.

It also provides me with a great example of how interesting blogging can be, check One Bird At A Time out, it’s well worth a visit

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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 14

So we’re on to the 14th letter of the alphabet, and its N for New Music

Well, as you probably know by now, I’m a big music fan and one of the things I most enjoy is discovering new music and new artists. My most recent discovery has been a guy called Keith Mullins. I saw him and his band this last Saturday supporting the Saw Doctors,and was simply blown away by his music.

Straight after his performance we bought his cd, The Great Atlantic, and I’ve not stopped listening to it since, it’s a superb album, check it out….

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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 13

Well we’re now on April 24th and it’s been a few days since my last post, partly due to work commitments until yesterday, then yesterday I was down in London, with Thomas for a gig. We went to see one of my favourite groups, The Saw Doctors

Whilst talking about gigs, this has given me the idea for the 13th letter of the challenge.

M is for Myrockdatediary
This is a blog I started earlier this year to document all my many gig and festival experiences. I’ve been going to gigs since I was a teenager and still enjoy them as much now as I did then.

As I approach my half century, I’m often asked “Aren’t you getting a bit old for all this?” or words to that effect. My answer is always the same, I’ll stop when I no longer get those moments that send shivers down your spine, be it from the music, the crowd, the stage show or the atmosphere at the gig.

When that happens, I’ll stop, but it hasn’t happened yet!

So, myrockdatediary is my way of keeping track of all those great memories, take a look at the site and if you’ve got any special memories of gigs you’ve been to, I’ll be more than happy to have you post on the site as a guest.

At the moment, I’m also doing a 30 day song challenge on the site, which is proving to be quite interesting as well!

Needless to say, I’m behind schedule on that as well!

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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 12

After a two day posting last night, I’m still behind on the challenge. We’re now on Day 12, which is the letter L.

As I’m from the county of lincolnshire, I could have had L is for Lincolnshire
As I work at Lincoln, I could have had L is for Lincoln
As I work at Lincoln University, I could have had L is for Lincoln University
As my one of my favourite buildings is Lincoln Cathedral, I could have had L is for Lincoln Cathedral

But instead, I ve gone for L is for Lincoln Yellowbelly!

What is a Yellowbelly?, I hear you say
For years, anyone born and bred in Lincolnshire has been known as a Yellowbelly.

But why Yellowbelly? I hear you say
Well there are a number of explanations….

The most popular explanation is that the officers of the Royal North Lincolnshire Militia would wear bright yellow waistcoats on the battlefield. The plus point, being that their men could easily spot them, the negative being that it made them rather obvious targets!

Another explanation is that apparently there is a breed of newt common to the Lincolnshire Fens that has a bright yellow underside.

A further explanation is that the mail coach that ran from Lincoln to London had a yellow undercarriage. The story goes that on its arrival in London, the locals would shout “Here comes the Lincolnshire Yellowbelly“.

Yet another explanation comes from the farming community. The traditional sheep of the county is the Lincoln Longwool, with,surprisingly enough, fleece that was long. These sheep would often graze in fields of mustard, and as their shaggy coat dragged along the ground, it would pick up pollen from the mustard flowers, and give them,surprise, surprise, a yellowbelly!

The most gruesome explanation is that in the Lincolnshire Fens there was a disease similar to malaria that caused severe stomach cramps. To try and cure this ailment, farmworkers would rub opium on to the stomach, this caused the skin to turn yellow, giving them, you’ve guessed it, a yellowbelly!

There you have it, a few explanations of the origins of the term yellowbelly.

So L is for Lincolnshire Yellowbelly


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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 11

Now we’re cooking, second post tonight! I suppose technically this is cheating, but it’s not as if we’re being marked (or are we?)

Anyway, we’re now on to K. This was quite an easy choice, as quite recently I was totally hooked on a tv series shown on BBC 4. The series ran for ten weeks, with two one hour long episodes per week.

It was a made in Denmark, and subsequently was screened with sub-titles. I’m not usually a fan of foreign films and tv programmes for that very reason – I don’t like sub-titles. However, I watched the first episode on the strength of a preview in the paper, and was engrossed from the start.

Each hour of the series covers a day in the investigation of the murder of a 19 year old girl. But it doesn’t just deal with the investigation directly, it deals with how the murder and investigation affects those involved. It’s a slow burner of a plot and very atmospheric.

I was a big fan of The Wire, which I considered to be the best TV series ever made, and I would rank The Killing as a very close second.

So K is for The Killing


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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 10

Now I’m really slacking, it’s April 17th, and even allowing for sundays, I should be on Day 14, not lacking behind on Day 10.

So Day 10, that means we’re on J. If I’d been really clever or devious or both, I could have combined I and J with Inside Journeys, but that would have been cheating.

I was stuck for ideas, then thought about the various artists I like beginning with J, such as:
J is for John Mellancamp – I like him, but I’ve never seen him live
J is for Jason Downs – Not sure if anyone’s heard of him
J is for Jack Savoretti – As above, plus there’s along story connected with him, so I’ll save that

No, there could only be one J and that is:

J is for Jackson Browne

I was quite late getting into Jackson Browne, not really having heard much of his stuff until the mid 90s, but since then I’ve been a huge fan of his music. I’ve always wanted to see him live and at last year’s Glastonbury Festival I got to see him twice. Once, on the Saturday, when he performed on the Pyramid Stage, in front of about 50,000 people and then on Sunday, in the Acoustic Tent, in front of about 200. It was quite an intimate setting, and there was quite alot of interaction with the audience.

He played quite a few requests from the audience, including Take it Easy, shown here:

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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 09

No post yesterday, it’s now 14th April and I’m only on Day 09 of the A – Z Blogging Challenge. Why no post yesterday – I fell asleep!

I spent most of yesterday on one of those dreaded “team building” exercises with the rest of the University Finance Department. The morning was spent discussing feedback, how to give it and how to receive it. Having been self employed for nearly 20 years, I’m having a bit of trouble buying into the “touchy feely” side of work in a large institution. But I managed to bite my tongue and play the game!

In the afternoon we went to Go-Ape. I’ve copied the extract below from their website to give you an idea of what’s involved:

About the experience
It’s not in the dictionary, but if it was, Go Ape would be described as a ‘tree-top adventure’.

We take one lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blend with a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire) and wind-in-your-face zip wires; finished off with a liberal dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan.

We kit people out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, give them a 30 minute safety briefing and training and let them loose into the forest canopy, free to swing through the trees. Of course, instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests (not in monkey suits unfortunately!)

The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all (no pun intended), it’s just great fun.

It’s the tree-top adventure that everyone is talking about!

Not being a fan of heights, I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I managed to complete the course, so I was well chuffed at that, the only injury sustained being a small blister on my finger!

Anyway back to the Blogging Challenge, as it’s Day 09, we’re now on the letter I.

There could only be one I and that is Inside Journeys, the blog of my buddy Marcia, who has been a consistent commenter on my blog and an inspiration to me as I continue my blogging experience. So I is for Inside Journeys!

Thanks Marcia!


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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 08

So we’re on to H on the A – Z Blogging Challenge, and there could only one choice for H bearing in mind the musical Thomas is taking place in.

It’s the Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society’s performance of Hot Mikado. If you’ve got a minute or two to spare, take a look at their blog, the G.A.O.S has been going strong now for 100 years.

As you’ve probably gathered, it’s based on Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado.

I’m taking Devon to see it on Saturday, so I’ll let you know what it’s like when I post on Sunday, but for now
H is for Hot Mikado


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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 07

If it’s the 11th, it must be Day 09 of the A – Z Blogging Challenge, but as I’m lagging behind this is my Day 07. We’re on the letter G, now for this I’m spoilt for choice. I could have had:

G for Genesis – my favourite band of all time

G for Glastonbury – the music festival to end all festivals! Only two a bit more months to go

G for Gainsborough – my home town in good old Lincolnshire

But instead of all these, having just ventured out my patio doors and surveyed my vast estate and the mess it’s in, I’ve decided that G is for Garden! A garden in dire need of attention, but amidst all the carnage there are still bits of it to admire, such as my Cherry Blossom Tree (not being a gardener I’ve no idea whether that’s it’s proper name!).

As the days progress, I’ll be posting a few more shots of my garden, in a before and after type of way, but I thought we’d start on a high!

Meanwhile, the performers in the house have both got shows on this week. Devon and some of her classmates are showcasing their Mamma Mia & Grease extracts they did for their Dance exam at school, while Thomas is performing in Hot Mikado for the Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society. His first show is tomorrow evening, with performances every night for the rest of the week.

Me, I’m playing the role of proud parent!


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