Sam Ryder at Silverstone!

Sam Ryder performed the national anthem at this weekend’s Formula 1 race at Silverstone, having enjoyed a monumental rise to fame over the last few months.

Got to love him ! I do.

K.L.Caley’s : #WRITEPHOTO – Restoration.

Restoration – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a large home with pay windows and pillared doorways but it’s all fallen into a dilapidated state.

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Well after a few days sorting out some naughty monks and hapless nuns, Morgana arrived back in the present and was met by a contrite Merlin who had rather dumped the last job on her! This week finds them back in the here and now and after a fun weekend at Glastonbury they are contemplating buying an old house ….. But why?

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Monday afternoon Merlin and Morgarna arrived back after having had a ball at Glastonbury… Morgarna was admittedly a tad more worse for wear than Merlin but he always held back a tad!
They were just approaching the building where their lab and flat is when Merlin took a slight detour and parked outside a large house with bay windows and pillared doorways but sadly in a dilapidated state..
Morgarna who had been snoozing looked up and said…”Why are we here Merls this place always looks so depressing”

Restoration – Image by KL Caley.

“Yes Hun it does ” Merlin replied “but it’s go so much potential, it’s so large and the rooms are so unusual there is loads of land with it and at the moment it’s going for a song” shifting in his seat he smiled at Morgarna and then continued ” the lab and flat are fine but a tad cramped and this ‘Pile’ could be just perfect. We’d do the inside up and make everything safe and sound I think it could be an absolute boon”

Morgarna was awake now and taking an interest, lighting a cigarette she opened the car door and stepped out. “Can we have a look round” she asked… “Yup I have got the keys as it goes” Merlin smiled. ” Who needs keys?” called Morgarna as she walked through the nearest window . Merlin tutted as he fiddled with the keys opening the front door, before he entered he scanned the street to make sure no one had seen Morgarna’s vanishing trick.


Morgarna was immediately taken with the space, the number of rooms, the cellar, the attic , looking at the boarded windows she could see it would be a beautifully light place
“So much potential” she shouted to Merlin , who immediately agreed . “It will be perfect for Morgause when she is well enough to visit ” Morgarna continued. Hearing footsteps behind her she turned to great Merlin but it was not Merlin.
It was a woman, definitely Edwardian, Morgarna thought. The woman was deathly pale but she still had a light in her eyes. She smiled at Morgarna and introduced herself, “Hello Morgarna I have heard all about you from Merlin, I am Lady Esther Cavenah”
“Well hello Esther, can I call you Esther? “, Esther nodded. Morgarna continued, “How long have you been trapped here and are you alone?” Esther drew in breath and said ” there are four of us and we have been here for two hundred years. We have been fine while the house was occupied and even empty but now it’s up for sale and we fear whoever might buy our home, especially if they intend to demolish it.”
“Well we have no intentions of demolishing this place” said Merlin as he joined the ladies in the hall. Morgarna and Esther turned to look at him, “Will you and your housemates be staying or would you like to leave, I mean either way it’s fine with us” Merlin ended on a smile which annoyed Morgarna. “Will you stop saying we , you’ve not consulted me on anything at all as per bloody usual” Morgarna lit another cigarette and then turned to Esther and added “As it stands even though I had no idea about this “project” of Merlin’s I am in full agreement to you and the others doing your own thing.”
Esther smiled at them both and said, “Well as it stands none of us seem able to leave we were hoping you’d let us stay until we can sort out what ever it is that is holding us here. We’d be very grateful”
Morgarna asked Esther if they could leave the house at all, “I can’t but Gail can go in the garden and Tom and James can go anywhere they like in the area. But none of us seem to be able cross. Often we see the door and it’s open but however hard we try we cannot cross.”
“Ah! That’s very odd isn’t it but I am sure we can help, has Merlin told you we are time travelling immortals” Morgarna asked, Esther nodded.
Just then a young woman came up the stairs. “Hi I’m Gail, you must be Morgarna and Merlin, it’s really fab to meet Immortals” she said winking a heavily black lined eye looking more like *Twiggy than Twiggy, in her green mini dress and white knee length P.V.C. boots and heavy make up.
“You’ve just missed Tom and James they have gone out , I don’t know why they bother they can’t do much while they are out there” Gail said pouting.
“Well” said Morgarna “can you guys eat and drink? ” Esther and Gail nodded, and Esther added while we are in here we can”
“Right” said Morgarna “fetch us a couple of bottles of wine Merls I spotted some nice ones in the cellar. Do either of you smoke ladies? “
Merlin fetched the wine and broke his no magic rule and conjured up some glasses and Morgarna ordered in a Chinese using her mobile. The four of them sat in the old kitchen discussed their next moves.

*Twiggy : Dame Lesley Lawson DBE (née Hornby; born 19 September 1949) is an English model, actress, and singer, widely known by the nickname Twiggy. She was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenaged model during the swinging ’60s in London. More information here.

This is part of K.L.Caley’s #writephoto

Song Lyric Sunday: One Hit Wonder.

Jim Adams

How on earth is it Sunday again, it’s time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday this week our prompt is One Hit Wonders where an artist or a group had a song that reached the top without any follow-up success suggested by Amy aka E.M.

Oh I forgot to say Jim Adams is taking a vacation to visit family in North Carolina over the next two weeks and he has asked Fandango to host Song Lyric Sunday challenge in his absence. So everyone over to Fandango’s!

1991, my youngest was eight, the middle sixteen and the eldest eighteen and he’d already left home and was making his way in the world! I was working part-time and hubby was working long hours and was away more than he was at home. I was working in school for children with emotional needs and behaviour problems. It was a Doctor Barnardo’s Home and a term time boarding school. Every day I entered a different world as I went through those gates…a lot of angst and pain and grief. It really made me appreciate my boys and family. The song I have picked is I am the one and only . By Cheney Hawkers, all the children at this Barnardo’s loved it and we all used to sing it when it came on the radio. I can see them dancing round the kitchen, or hallways or standing on a classroom desk playing air guitar!! In fact I remember one end of term dancing down the school drive with a group of pupils ! I am not so sure my lads liked it as much though but I did and this my choice and my memory. Sadly Cheney only had the one and only number one

The One and Only” is the debut single by British singer and actor Chesney Hawkes. Written by Nik Kershaw, the single was released by Chrysalis Records in February 1991. Produced by Kershaw and Alan Shacklock, and recorded and mixed by Gareth Cousins, the song was featured in the 1991 film Buddy’s Song which starred Hawkes as the eponymous Buddy and Roger Daltrey as his father. The film performed moderately well at the UK box office, but the song was a hit in that country’s music charts, spending five weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart in March and April 1991. Kershaw’s influence can also be heard throughout the track not only in guitar style, but in the backing vocals on the intro and choruses, with Hawkes singing the verses..

Hawkes was born in Windsor, Berkshire. He was named after the singer and comedian Chesney Allen. His father is the singer Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes, bassist of the 1960s band The Tremeloes. His mother is former actress/game-show hostess Carol Dilworth, who appeared in an episode of the 1960s version of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) called “For The Girl Who Has Everything”, as well as the 1969 horror film The Haunted House of Horror. Keely Hawkes, his sister, was the lead singer of 1990s band Transister, and is currently a songwriter based in Los Angeles. He attended Charters School in Sunningdale. Jodie Hawkes, his brother, played drums in Chesney’s band and is currently in The Tremeloes.


I am the one and only, oh yeah

Call me, call me by my name or call me by number
You put me through it
I’ll still be doing it the way I do it
And yet, you try to make me forget
Who I really am, don’t tell me I know best
I’m not the same as all the rest

I am the one and only
Nobody I’d rather be
I am the one and only
You can’t take that away from me

I’ve been a player in the crowd scene
A flicker on the big screen
My soul embraces one more in a million faces
High hopes and aspirations, and years above my station
Maybe but all this time I’ve tried to walk with dignity and pride

I am the one and only
Nobody I’d rather be
I am the one and only
You can’t take that away from me

I can’t wear this uniform without some compromises
Because you’ll find out that we come
In different shapes and sizes
No one can be myself like I can
For this job I’m the best man
And while this may be true
You are the one and only you

I am the one and only
Nobody I’d rather be
I am the one and only
You can’t take that away from me

I am the one and only
Nobody I’d rather be
I am the one and only
You can’t take that away from me

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Nik Kershaw

The One and Only lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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