Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Cold War returns... cause and effect
- an ex Russian KGB spy, turned UK citizen, is murdered in London by unknown agents.
- the deadly poison turns out to be a lethal dose of Polonium 210 irradiation.
- despite Govt. information to the contrary, it is actually relatively easy to obtain sources of Polonium 210. Fact.
- Mr. Blair awaits outcome of police investigation into "suspicious death".
- the wheels of political balance and UK sovereignty grind slowly over the grist of NIMBY'ism about foreign agents possibly killing UK citizens in our own backyard.
- Mr Blair may call Mr Putin to "request" an explanation.
- Mr Putin takes umbrage at Mr Blair's request.
A new Cold War develops...... as Mr Putin orders the gas supply pipes to UK (via Europe) to be turned off. ???
All highly theoretical, of course... ...but it could happen!
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Saturday, November 25, 2006
Good News and Bad News.
The Good news:
If you are a Male African golden web orb spider - you have two penises.
The Bad news:
Both penises drop off during sex!
Who knew that?
More to the point, what were they doing spying on these tiny mating spiders - which can take up to 14 hours!
All this peeping activity on a tiny male spider 5-6mm. long. The female of the species is 10 - 20 times larger!
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Monday, November 20, 2006
"So, what music do you like?"
Truth is, if it's Classical music, I like listening to piano or 'cello pieces, like Baroque music for example.
But, for modern stuff, I like H.Metal, Rock, Blues, high energy bands, Indie stuff, etc.
I do like songs with guitar and piano/keyboard, especially with lyrics that tell a story or paint a mood.
I really listen to lyrics. So, if the music moves me and the lyrics capture a mood, then I like it.
I keep hearing this plaintive track recently which is playing a lot on several radio stations.
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"; but not like Judy Garland. More Eva Cassidy, but less pure.
A man sings it..... mellow, plaintive, almost raw voicing....
And, here's the strange thing; it's accompanied by a ukelele!
Not the most obvious pairing. But for this track, it really works.
But who is it? No idea. Can't find it in iTunes search.
Google not immediately helpful, but after a few amended searches.
Got it. The singer is called - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
The back story to this singer is almost a repeat of the Eva Cassidy story.
An Hawaiian guy. He released this record back in 1993 called "Facing Future".
Sadly, he died in 1997 at the early age of 38 yrs.
You can read more about his life here on Wikipedia
So, I listen again to this compelling rendition.
Strange, but this week, I really like this version of - Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Makes me go to my own guitar and noodle a few chords.
Seems to work in G. D. Em. and C. but barred up the keyboard at 5th. fret.
And I wonder - why the sudden airtime for Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - who died nearly 9 years ago?
But, what a great track.
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