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Dear all I am so sorry but I have just had to empty my in box because as much as I love to receive and read all your posts I am just feeling unwell, I tried to read and comment today but it just was not possible. You see it’s not only me who is unwell, hubby has a relentless cough and sore throat and has not had a proper sleep for over a month. …. Neither of us has slept properly since Ruby’s cancer was discovered and then operated on at the beginning of December. Then last week she collapsed and could not even stand for 24hrs that was due to Vestibular Disease.

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Add to that my eye trouble, and the same symptoms as hubby (but not as bad) and you can see why I have run out of steam

I hope normal , or as near to normal that I ever get will be resumed soon ….I am off to bed now 💜

Love to you all.

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 16th, 2022.

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Today is January 16th, so this is the 16th prompt for Just Jot it January 2022, and it’s brought to us by Lauren. Thanks, Lauren! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 16th, 2022, is “ridiculous.” Use the word “ridiculous” any way you’d like. Have fun!

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It’s ridiculous but today I just can’t concentrate, nothing is coming into my brain for this prompt and it’s such a good prompt.

Well hubby and I have stinking colds, sore throats and coughs, plus I have chest and stomach and back ache too. I feel it would be ridiculous to keep going as it has taken me three hours to write this ridiculous post. So I am giving up now and having a rest , I hope to be back tomorrow. We have both taken LFTs and we are negative thank goodness. 💜💜💜

Song Lyric Sunday. Arm yourself!

Jim Adams

It’s Sunday again and time for our prompt from Jim Adams for Song Lyric Sunday January 16, 2022 – Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon.

First up Zombie…. featuring the lyrics bombs and Guns. The Cranberries are a brilliant group .

Zombie” is a protest song by Irish alternative rock band the Cranberries, written by the band’s lead singer Dolores O’Riordan in memory of Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry, who were killed in the 1993 Warrington bombings. It was released on 19 September 1994 as the lead single from their second studio album, No Need to Argue, two weeks ahead of the album’s release. Music critics have long recognised “Zombie” as “a masterpiece of alternative rock”.

“Zombie” reached No. 1 on the charts of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Iceland, as well as on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was voted by Australian radio Triple J listeners as No. 1 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1994 chart. It won the Best Song Award at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards.

In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped-down version on the band’s Something Else album. In April 2020, it became the first song by an Irish band to surpass one billion views on YouTube. As of May 2021, Zombie has been streamed over 670 million times on Spotify and as of December 2021, has sold 778,942 copies in the United Kingdom.

During the Troubles, more than 3,500 people died and tens of thousands were injured in more than 30 years of the complex and often brutal conflict.The IRA, which was devoted both to removing British forces from Northern Ireland and to unifying Ireland, killed almost 2,000 people during this time. During this time, over 10,000 bomb attacks were perpetrated in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, in an armed conflict fought between the Provisional IRA, the Ulster loyalist paramilitaries, and the British security forces.

The song was written in response to the death of Johnathan Ball, 3, and Tim Parry, 12, who had been killed in the IRA bombing in Warrington, northwest England, when two devices hidden in litter bins were detonated. Ball died at the scene of the bombing as a result of his shrapnel-inflicted injuries and, five days later, Parry lost his life as a result of head injuries. 56 others were injured, some seriously. Parry died in his father’s arms in Liverpool‘s Walton hospital. The two boys had gone shopping to buy Mother’s Day cards on one of the town’s busiest shopping streets.

“There were a lot of bombs going off in London and I remember this one time a child was killed when a bomb was put in a rubbish bin – that’s why there’s that line in the song, ‘A child is slowly taken’. We were on a tour bus and I was near the location where it happened, so it really struck me hard – I was quite young, but I remember being devastated about the innocent children being pulled into that kind of thing. So I suppose that’s why I was saying, ‘It’s not me’ – that even though I’m Irish it wasn’t me, I didn’t do it. Because being Irish, it was quite hard, especially in the UK when there was so much tension.”— Dolores O’Riordan in 2017, on writing “Zombie”.

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence, caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?But you see, it’s not me
It’s not my family
In your head, in your head, they are fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head they are cryingIn your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie, ohDo, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, doAnother mother’s breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistakenIt’s the same old theme
Since nineteen-sixteen
In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are dyingIn your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, ay, oh, ya yaSource: LyricFindSongwriters: Dolores Mary O’RiordanZombie lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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Love like a bomb from the Brilliant Oasis!

Don’t Believe the Truth is the sixth studio album by English rock band Oasis. It was released on 30 May 2005 by Big Brother Recordings. It reached number one in the UK Albums Chart with first week sales of 237,865, and is the 32nd fastest selling album ever in the UK. The album entered the US charts at number 12, with 65,000 copies sold in the first week, the highest any Oasis album had reached there since 1997’s Be Here Now, although its chart stay was brief. Don’t Believe the Truth went triple platinum in the UK in the first week of 2006 (900,000+ sales), and in the US has sold more than 200,000 copies.

As with the previous album, Don’t Believe The Truth had significant writing contributions from members other than chief songwriter Noel Gallagher, and the album is the first where all duties were divided between the band members. On some of the tracks regular bass player Andy Bell handled guitar, while Gem Archer and Noel Gallagher contributed bass to other songs. Don’t Believe the Truth is the first Oasis record to feature the drumming of Zak Starkey, an auxiliary member of Oasis, who performed and toured with them following the departure of longtime drummer Alan White, and appeared on the DVD praising all members’ contributions. The album received positive reviews from critics, and many cited it as Oasis’s best album in a decade.

Liam Gallagher also had a larger impact on the album through his developing songwriting. Noel has said that the album is his favourite of Oasis’ last four, because all members contributed to it. This, he claims, has given it a different feel from a typically Noel-written Oasis album.

The band embarked on a massive worldwide tour that started off at the London Astoria for their Don’t Believe the Truth Tour, visiting 26 countries and playing to 3.2 million people at a total of 113 concerts. This resulted in the making of Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, a film later released on DVD. To date, the album has sold more than six million copies worldwide.

Love like a bomb is track 4 and written by Liam Gallagher and Gem Archer.

I’m seeing
A whole ‘nother world in my mind
Girl I’m feelin’
And breathing in love all the timeYou turn me on
Yer love’s like a bomb
Yer blowing my mindYou turn me on,
Yer love’s like a bomb
Yer blowing my mindAm I reaching
The world that I want deep inside?
Girl I mean it
And you hold the key to the shrine’Cause you turn me on
Yer love’s like a bomb
Yer blowing my mind’Cause you turn me on
Yer love’s like a bomb
Yer blowing my mindNah Nah Nah
Nah Nah NahI’m seeing
A whole ‘nother world in my mind
Girl I’m feelin’
That we’ve been in love all the time’Cause you turn me on
Yer love’s like a bomb
Yer blowing my mind’Cause you turn me on
Yer love’s like a bomb
Yer blowing my mindYeah I’m seeingSource: MusixmatchSongwriters: Liam Gallagher / Colin ArcherLove Like a Bomb lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Ltd., Kobalt Music Services Ltd Kms.

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Weapon of Choice” is a song by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim from his third studio album, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. It features American funk musician Bootsy Collins. It was released as a double A-side single with “Star 69” on 23 April 2001, as well as a standalone single release, and a 2010 re-release with remixes. The single peaked at No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video, directed by Spike Jonze, features actor Christopher Walken dancing around a deserted hotel lobby. It won multiple awards at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards and won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

You could blow with this
You could blow with that
You could blow with this
You could blow with that
You could blow with this
You could blow with that
You could blow with this
You could blow with that….repeated and repeated !

Source: MusixmatchSongwriters: Andres Titus / Sylvester Stewart / Bootsy Collins / William Mclean / Quentin Leo CookWeapon of Choice – Spike Jonze Video Edit lyrics © Polygram Music Publishing Ltd. Gb, Peep Bo Music, Mijac Music, Mashamug Music, Dizzy Heights Music Publishing, Ltd., Polygram Int. Publishing, Inc.

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Cuts Like a Knife is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Released on 18 January 1983 by A&M Records, the album was a huge commercial success in the United States and Canada, whereas in the UK and other countries, it sold poorly. After the release of Adams’ fourth album Reckless in late 1984, the album would chart on the British album chart and would later be certified Silver by the BPI. It was recorded at Little Mountain SoundVancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Three singles were released worldwide from the album: “Straight from the Heart“, “Cuts Like a Knife” and “This Time“; the three were responsible for launching Adams into mainstream popularity. A further two singles were released in specific territories.

Drivin’ home this evening
I coulda sworn we had it all worked out
You had this boy believin’
Way beyond the shadow of a doubt, yeahWell I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new, yeah
Well who is he baby, who is he
And tell me what he means to you, oh yeahI took it all for granted
But how was I to know
That you’d be letting goNow it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
Yeah, it cuts like a knife
Oh, but it feels so rightThere’s times I’ve been mistaken
There’s times I thought I’d been misunderstood, ooo yeah
So wait a minute darlin’
Can’t you see we did the best we could, ooo we couldWouldn’t be the first time
That things have gone astray
Now you’ve thrown it all awayNow it cuts like a knife
Yeah but it feels so right
Oh it cuts like a knife
Yeah but it feels so right
Oh it’s cut like a knife
But it feels so right, baby
Oh it cuts like a knife, yeahI took it all for granted
But how was I to know
That you’d be letting goNow it cuts like a knife
Yeah but it feels so right, mmm
Now it cuts like a knife
Yeah, but it feels so rightYeah
Oh it cuts like a knife
Oh oh
But it feels so right, baby
Oh yeah
It cuts like a knife
Now give it to me now
Oh yeah, come on boys, awh
Cuts like a knife, yeah yeah yeah
Na, it cuts like a knife now
It feels so right, yeah yeah
It feels so right, baby
Na na yeah, it feels so right
And it cuts like a knifeSource: LyricFindSongwriters: Bryan Adams / James Douglas VallanceCuts Like A Knife lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management.

Happy Sunday Everyone 💜🙌🙌🙌

The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2022 Daily Prompt – Jan. 15th.

jusjojan© LindaGHill

Welcome to the Daily 2022 Just Jot it January Prompt and the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt for SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th! .

For those of you joining SoCS for the first time, it’s a little different than the other prompts in that it’s not always a whole or single word. If you’re joining in from JusJoJan, don’t want to write stream of consciousness style, no worries. It’s up to you! If you do want to try it, please check out the rules on LindaGHill’s page .It’s fun! Here’s your Saturday prompt:

Badge by Shelley Krupa.
jusjojan© LindaGHill

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “a rainy day.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “a rainy day.” Enjoy!

A rainy day in London.

A rainy day keeping an eye on the weather.
Two friends spending a day together
In their home city.
They came by train
They have umbrellas incase of rain.

image
© willowdot21

Heavy grey laden clouds hang above
The roofs opposite, threatening.
White swans glide a pair for life
Light fades rain threatening
Where can we shelter
Lights from cafes
Glisten in
Dappled
Thames.

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 14th, 2022. Freckled.

jusjojan© LindaGHill

Our host LindaGHill is here again with the Daily Prompt! Today is January 14th, so this is the 14th prompt for Just Jot it January 2022, and it’s brought to us by Maggie. Thank you, Maggie! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 14th, 2022, is “freckled.” Use the word “freckled” any way you’d like. Have fun!

Freckled skin is beautiful, as beautiful as skin that is freckleless. Some people like to comment on appearance, especially children. My eldest son has red hair hair, blue eyes and freckles. When he was little he did stand out and people made assumptions about him. Now he is a grown man his hair and freckled skin have tamed down a little. He has to be very careful in the sun because his skin is so pale. Lots of factor 50.

He has travelled the world and has taken him bike with him on many occasions. When he and his friend travelled Vietnam and Cambodia my son caused some constanation in some of the out of the way, off of the beaten track villages with his pale skin and red hair.

Now for a change of subject a traffic light poem.

Photo by Matheus Bertelli on Pexels.com

RED is my hair green are my eyes
LIGHT are my thoughts like butterflies.
GREEN the feelingd you have for me.
LIGHT weight the side of me that you see.
AMBER freckled skin creased by my smile
LIGHT my day, stop ribbing me for a while.

Photo by Tomaz Barcellos on Pexels.com

Thank you Linda and Maggie 💕

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 13th,

jusjojan© LindaGHill

Linda is back with the Daily Prompt for January 13th, the 13th prompt for Just Jot it January 2022. This one is brought to us by John Holton. Thanks, John! Please be sure to visit his blog to read his post and say hello. And follow him while you’re there, if you’re not already.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 13th, 2022, is “protocol.” Use the word “protocol” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

© willowdot21

Protocol…well, John has picked us an interesting word. Basically protocols are rules / schedules that have to be adhered to. They can relate to Government, Royalty, Medicine, Law, and I.T.
It can also relate to the military , schools or any type of work.


Prestigious makers of rules
Royally cover their backs
Openly laying down the law
To keep us plebes in place
Over us to laud it, making us
Compliant and subservient
On matters of the
Law,Government,Royalty,Medicine, Military?

Thank you John and Linda.

Throwback Thursday #21 & JusJoJan – Sense of Style

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. Maggie and Lauren’s brainchild. This week Maggie has chosen the promt she wants us to explore how we developed our personal sense of style.

I was the last of a large family and so all my clothes until I was at least ten were all hand me downs! My next sister Frankie was and is an amazing needlewoman, start to make me clothes about then. School was less of a problem because there were very strict rules about uniform. Juniors wore blue summer dresses , white socks and brown sandels. Winter, white blouse, gymslip brown knee length socks and brown lace up shoes. Senior school we wore white blouse, school tie and in winter a jumper. All skirts had to be on the knee and the nuns often measured them and woe betide anyone who’s skirt came up short!

photo from Facebook page of my old school.

The above photo shows the uniforms worn in our school. I don’t have any photos of me at school so I am not in this one.

Oh! I have found one of my first communion…we all had to dress in whit wear a viel and white shoes. I am the second from the left in the front row with my hand to my mouth giggling ☺️… probably got told off for that .

First communion not really fashion but it was what we had to wear!

image from here not me but very much my style.

Back in the day, when I was a teen
Pyscodelia was the scene
Mini dresses in patterns bold
In black and white not green or gold.
It made no difference if skies were grey
Black and white coloured my day.
Not for me those paisley prints
Nor huge glasses with outrageous tints.
No I was a Twiggy girl
Black white my patterns swirl.
So before my memories fade to grey
I’ll witter on about back in the day.

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I started work at 15yrs and trained to be a window dresser, in the boutiques I started in I had discount on anything I bought and I loved my Middie coats that were Maxi on me ( luckily both in fashion) hotpants, long and short dresses flares and straight trousers you name it I tried it! My beautiful and clever sister Frances made my wedding dress! As I stepped out of the wedding car Dad stepped on my train and the zip was pulled…. Frankie needle and cotton always to hand sewed me up before we went into the church 🙂

When I was married first with young children I wore trousers and tops and as often as possible no shoes!

infamous train © willowdot21.
1950’s I am the baby © willowdot21.

I have had long hair, short spiky hair, medium, straight, curly, all colours even two colours! Nowadays I settle for red hair out of a bottle I have to admit! Nice nails and comfortable clothes.

© willowdot21.

Have a lovely day everyone. 💜

One-Liner Wednesday & JusJoJan the 12th, 2022 – Clutter.

jusjojan© LindaGHill

“Today Heaven opened a trap door and threw out all their clutter, it landed on me! “

quote from me!

This is part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday

Just Jot it January Daily Prompt : 11th January. Cosmopolitan.

jusjojan© LindaGHill

It’s the Daily Prompt! Today is January 11th, so this is the 11th prompt for Just Jot it January 2022, and it’s brought to us by Willow. Thanks, Willow! Please be sure to visit her blog to read her post and say hello. And follow her while you’re there, if you’re not already.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 11th, 2022, is “cosmopolitan.” Use the word “cosmopolitan” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Thank you Linda for choosing my prompt..

typically I am fashionably late!

Please excuse the lyrics of this song it was written in a much less politically correct era. The sentiments are good though and perfect for the prompt. Cosmopolitan, is a word for a coming together of all cultures, every city in the world apart from a few in war torn areas are now Cosmopolitan. It is also a cocktail.

A cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice. Wikipedia.

It is also a magazin popular in the UK and US. Wikipedia

The city planners met and discussed the future :

We want it big , colourful and a blend of every culture.

Yes we must be inclusive of all cultures, creeds and colours.

Indeed we must cater for ever taste, a restaurant of every type, shops selling all ethnic clothes .

Of course we need to make sure everyone is included, a melting pot!

Right truly Cosmopolitan!

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That was the plan….but planners seldom get it right ! So what happened to the planners……did their noses begin to rust?

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 256, Colleen’s Specific Form: haiku

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY!

This week’s form is: Haiku.

I have decided to write three Haiku, using the three forms I know, 5/7/5, 3/5/3 and 3/2/3.

I suffer from Raynaud’s disease it was undiganosed as a child so winter is full of cold memories. I also took the music of Tori Amos as an inspiration.

I missed last week’s due to my eyes but it’s not going away over night so I am pushing forward in to this new year happy to be in such great company.

in early winter
the earth stands frozen in time
hibernation’s key.

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Memories
Of winter that’s past
Dreaming time

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Winter
Solid earth
Waiting.

Photo © Sue Vincent

part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

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