But I’m Not SUPPOSE To Like It

It took me some time to get into music. I think I was as old as 14 or 15 before I discovered what was to be the ruination of my school days. The first single/45 I bought was (and I still have and I still like) was in December 1972-a re-released copy of “Nights In White Satin”-The Moody Blues. Don’t think I liked much of any of their other stuff. My brother who is a year younger than me was my source of education. The first single HE got was “Whiskey in the Jar” –Thin Lizzy. The first album/lp he got was “Aladdin Sane”-David Bowie. I can’t remember the first album I got-think it may have been 10cc’s first one. They were a pretty good band, but primarily a singles band. I decided to do some home work and check out the old stuff that I missed, and became drawn to Buddy Holly for some reason. In 1979 I got a boxed set called “the complete buddy holly.” This was absolutely everything that he recorded-even stuff in his apartment. My local record shop miss-priced it and I got it for (wait for it) almost 1/3 of the price it should have been. I spent a whole day listening to it – I don’t think I ever played it again. last year I gave it to the man who runs a very good second hand record shop in Derry (N.I.).

Now being a typical teenage boy there were some groups/singers I was not suppose to like. The teenybop stuff, the stuff that all the girls seemed to like mainly because the singers were “lovely.” I even pretended to like stuff I did not like or sometimes even heard. When I got older I realized that some of that stuff was actually quite good. It was not until he died, and a work colleague (1979 now) made me realize just how good Marc Bolan was . So here is my Top 10 of songs I like by artists that I am not suppose to like. You have to be a certain age (or even nationality) to get some of them. In no real order-here they are, guilty pleasures I suppose.


  1. “Crazy Horses”-The Osmond Brothers
  2. “Back For Good”-Take That
  3. “Stop”-The Spice Girls
  4. “Rocky Mountain High”-John Denver (this song actually cheers me up when I am feeling low)
  5. “Escape (the pina colada song) –Rupert Holmes
  6. “Never Be The Same Again”-Melanie C
  7. “I Want To Be Your Underwear”-Bryan Adams
  8. “Rock On “-David Essex
  9. “Angels”-Robbie Williams
  10. “Young Guns (Go For It)-Wham


So reader(s) what is the one song YOU really like that you are not suppose to like?

A couple of years ago I saw a great group called Beggars Velvet and they did a good cover of the pina colado song-I think I was only person in the crowd who knew who Rupert Holmes was .I also think it was then that i realized i liked this song.

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Wish I Could Be Here…or There

I don’t know folks are things REALLY ever as they seem in the movies or TV shows? I watch some shows and there seems to be some idealistic place with colourful friendly characters that I would love to move to. I have seen/and still watch stuff like:- “Northern Exposure,” “Local Hero,” “Hamish Macbeth,” and think that I would love to pack my bag (yes bag-I don’t need much) and retreat to one of these wonderful little places where I will be welcomed with open arms and hugs that are as good as Carolyn’s . Take it from me folks Carolyn gives REALLY good hugs.SOOO good you don’t want to let go.And it is a let down when she lets go-cos there is no way that I want to let go first!!Yeah my idea of heaven would have to be a hug from Carolyn.
Even in the soaps new characters just walk into the local grotty pub and before closing time they are bosom buddies with practically everybody.
Yeah,my dream location is a small village with no wi-fi ANYWHERE, No television. You have to make an eight mile trip for any internet connection. A radio station like KBHR in Northern Exposure. I would love to do a show like Chris in the Morning. I could call it Gerdy Rambles On. I would also need a Maggie character too, someone I would call by her surname and she too would call me by my surname and we would have the whole love hate relationship and people would be wondering about the whole are they/aren’t they-will they/won’t they thing.
Back to “local hero” I like the idea of the weekly Ceilidh for the trad music and characters at it.
Of course today in the real world it doesn’t quite work like that. I would be treated with some suspicion and it would take a while before I would be accepted by the community-pity.
But knowing MY luck the place that I land in would be like Sumerisle , or even like “the village” in “The Prisoner” or even Royston Vassey (can anybody remember that show without going into a search engine-I remembered the show but had to search on the village name).
So is that too much to ask for? A hugger like Carolyn, a sparring partner like O’Connell, KBHR,no wi-fi and friendly colourful people, weekly Ceilidh, OH! And the phone box like in “Local Hero” and Jenny Seagrove in the wet suit too… and a hugger like Carolyn (I know, I know !! but boys do I miss her hugs). Cue the music from “Local Hero” and picture of the village with the phone in the phone box ringing…


thoughts on veganism and something

Hi folks

I was watching a TED talk (why do they have that name?) which was basically a big push to go vegan. Now I must admit I have given up red meat –but I still really like fish/sea food and the odd bit of chicken or turkey. AND cheeses and some dairy products. Some bits of the TED talk were quire harrowing. I think this is a link to the talk-kept until the end of this. She does make some pretty good points. But we are pretty high up oin the food chain, and some of them wildlife films I have seen have shown various animals killing other animals for THEIR food, and it is not quite humane (if you know what I mean, or something). AND how do we know that an apple does not scream in pain when we pluck it from a tree and munch on it.

It got me thinking, and some of you know I have a pretty warped mind-you could have guessed that from that last statement. Now here’s what I was thinking. What if we had a world leader who decreed that we all had to become vegans and this applied to humanity for time ever after. What then would  become of cows? What need would we have for them? Would they be roaming wild in the hills and when they died what would happen to their bodies? Same with pigs? I can easily manage without the red meat, but I would really miss the fish. But I suppose if I was introduce to some really good vegan meals I would go that way. But I don’t like cauliflower –needs to be drowned in cheese sauce for it to work for me. I hope I get some comments here.

On the other hand I had a great run on my bicycle  (aka the gerdymobile) on Sunday. No idea how many miles and I don’t care (think it was around 40 odd). At the start I was taken to an old graveyard where I aim to get back to with my good camera as it was very picturesque  (picture here taken with my little compact) We had a slight detour –due to an odd reason (my buddy realised he left his water bottle at a pit stop we had a good few miles back, and the water bottle came with his bike and had the bikes name on it-boardman). On the way out we had a pretty steep hill climb and we had just descended the downside of it, so, yep, we had to do the climb again-and this time into a head wind. And near the end we had to contend with heavy traffic gushing past us. We stopped for a bite to eat near the end too. Normally cyclists get a sugar boost –a mars bar and a sugary drink (or a coffee if lucky)-but not him, he was searching the little shop’s shelfs for various breads,cheese spreads,colesaws , hams (I made him get chicken). A culinary experience it was. Much that I enjoyed the ride I was glad to see the cars and get home for a good hot shower.

Like I said comments please on my ponder and suggestions for a new diet-or is the fish and milk enough? and as always too lazy to spell check and read over this.