You’re Not Alone

Amongst other things, I’m a bit of a music geek with eclectic tastes. We all have songs we know very well – “You’re Not Alone” by Olive is one of those I must have heard dozens of times on the radio and in pubs and clubs in 1997 when the remixed version exploded. Those opening clipped synth chords are instantly recognisable.

Sometimes you’ll hear a cover version of a song that changes how you listen and feel about the song totally. This cover, by Astræa is one of them:


I love songs with lyrics that I can appreciate and identify with. The sentiments are at the same time intimate and universal. First, who hasn’t had to deal with being at a distance from someone they love? Second, isn’t it wonderful to know that someone has got your back and is waiting for you to come back, literally or metaphorically?

Singers who can enunciate each word and phrase with clarity are also a big plus for me; there’s nothing more annoying than having to listen to a song multiple times just to make out the lyrics (REM, Bob Dylan, I’m talking to you here). This beautiful rendition ticks all the right boxes. 

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How to Punch a Nazi

In these troubled times, it may become necessary to defend yourself against the worst elements of extremism. My thanks go out to Master Ken, who has provided us with an instructional video on How To Punch A Nazi via the magic of YouTube.

Warning: The video depicts scenes of violence, the use of dangerous martial arts techniques, tiki torches, parody and subtle political commentary that may not be suitable for the faint of heart.

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Bach and Bobby McFerrin

There must be more than a few music geeks reading this. I’ve got pretty eclectic musical tastes, so I am delighted to share this video of Bobby McFerrin (probably best known for the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) singing Bach’s Prelude in C major. The amount of precision and vocal control required to do this well is incredible. 

I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, chocolate, or The Flying Spaghetti Monster. May this video continue that weekend a little bit longer. 

While you’re digesting all that chocolate, tell me what singer and song and combination has surprised you in a good way recently? 🙂 

Complicated Board Games

This is for all the board game geeks. Some games are simple to learn and simple to play, like Ludo. Some are simple to learn but difficult to master, like Go. Some are difficult to learn and difficult to master, where the Rise and Decline of the Third Reich comes to mind (I’ve never met anyone who learnt ALL of the rules to it). Anyone remember Magic Realm? I’ve never known or heard of a gaming group that has the patience and stamina to work through all six or seven stages of gameplay required to learn all of the intricacies of it.

How about a game where it is difficult, if nigh on impossible, to work out who plays first?

 

 

With gaming friends like these, who needs enemies..?