Sunday, December 31, 2006


Holiday defragmentation ... :-) Read this !

Holiday is meant to rest or at least to do something different. To refresh.
So I was permitted 2 weeks off duty. But my dear (remaining) assistent ordered me to still go to work for just one day, jan 2.

Just like your HD needs from time to time some maintaning, my brains need too.
Visitors who know who I am understand the reason behind this chosen picture : it has also a little bit to do about my work... :-)
Visitors who don't maybe have the wrong impression , I like that ... :-)

Blogging is a kind of addiction. I should stay far from it now to also refresh my mind about this.

Regular visitors have noticed I changed a lot about the looks of my BLog.
I really know nothing about HTML but by try/retry I manage to change it the way I want it.
On the left of the BLog better look for the links.
At first I placed over there (the links to) the original pictures. The BLog became unreadable but also very slow....
Now I understand how to manage the size of pictures over there instead of re-uploading the old post-pictures in a smaller way (and re-organizing the original post to keep the good lay-out)....
Today it took me a long time to change the background color. I didn't like the just plain white. Learned again something : to 'play' with the hexadecimal figures (green/blue/red), the effect to the readability and (most important) where to place it in the template... OK, not efficiant the way I'm doing.
Did change a lot more of the original Blogger template I did choose in the beginning. It's so much more fun than just posting albums.
Of course younger guys (with knowledge of HTML) will smile...... The main purpose is to keep my brains working (I admit doing it in at this moment an inefficient way). Ah, maybe in the near future I will read some books asbout this and will smile too the way I behaved today.

Off the record. I had my first 'computer' around 1980. Remember my friends and I burned the chips ourselves to get different 'kernals', to change the letters of the printer and so on.
Got a new job, got 'Symphony' (Spreadsheet/Database/Wordprocessor, nowadays called a 'suite' but at that time something completely new) to install on my new PC. Never had a real PC. But cracked it within a day ! Never forget the looks of the 'professional' administrator. How could a guy like me, with a completely different background, achieve this ?

Computering was and still is a nice hobby if you find a personal touch.
And that is NOT only DOWNLOADING !!

Anyway, I will go on changing the looks, it keeps this old man from the street...
And I sincerely hope, you my dear reader of this, will start your own BLog. Give your thoughts in the open. It is so much fun. And maybe I will add to my 'links' (as I myselve got some help first of may and now reached about 5000 visitors a month) ; shouldn't that be nice ??

Saturday, December 30, 2006


Saddam Hussein has been executed

About 20 hours ago I recieved info he would be hanged quite soon.
Just read it has been done only a minor 15 minutes ago.

I will not say a lot about this.
Prepared this posting already a week ago.

Watched the UN invasion, lead by the US, in Iraq on CNN. Will not argue about the given reasons to do so.

Remember the last days of Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu.
Remember before that the fall of the German 'wall' and the tears I had in my eyes. I knew what was ahead of us but more important to the people 'behind the iron curtain'.
Aren't all those eastern Europeans glad/happier at this very moment, despite still economical problems ? They are free and can take their (and their children's) future in their own hands !

I deeply hope the Iraqi's will not enlarge their (religious) hate to each other but I hope the leaders on both sides will use their common sense to co-operate !
If so they are real 'leaders'. If not something will happen like in former Yugoslovakia (a country I wasn't involved or didn't knew at all).
A lot of pain, a lot losses of lives. And nowadays ? People try to live on together and succeed in this. So who benafits/advantage ? No one. Leaders are dead or wanted. People lost relatives/friends. And now they try to live a normal live.

The man on the street doesn't give really a damn if you are black/white or Christian/Moslim or European/Asian or educated/not or so.
Let me tell you, I know by long expirience (job but also 'my behavings' in the 70's) the so called 'others' aren't bad.

Whether or not you/anyone (in particular in that region) agree with this execution it is a great chance to establish peace in Iraq but, more important, in the whole middle east (always try to look at things in a more 'broader' way ...).
I did say quite a lot about this ........
What do you say ?

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Bob Dylan's first recording ?

Harry Belafonte has always been to me the Calypso singer.
I do have his very nice Carnegie Hall concerts (with the great Odetta !) as well as some others.

In 1962 he made an album called Midnight special. Recording info : Webster Hall, New York City, New York, February 2, 1962.
Interesting about it is that on the title track Bob Dylan is playing mondharmonica.
It seems Belafonte and Dylan didn't quite get along well so after this song their co-operation was over.
In the same year Carolyn Hester issued a selftitled album wich was recorded a few month's earlier (1961 sept). On this one mister Bob Zimmerman plays on several tracks harp !
I have that album but I have to say it nicely, it's not my kind of 'my music'.
So this was Dylan's first professional recording but you can hardly recognize him.

On Midnight special however we can hear him as we all 'know' him !
I have here the almost complete session of this song (20 tracks). So Bob Dylan lovers have to get it !
Is there anyone who dare comment to it ?

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Top 10, top 100, top 1000 and so on !!!

The end of the year. Time to reflect the last year.
Christmas is the moment to think about our 'moral' things.

But when Christmas is gone we quickly go on to the more 'normal' things. Aren't we simple people ?

In entertainment/music that's always the top 10 music numbers of the year.
In my country there's since over 5 years even a top2000 of all times !!!
People can vote (cost some dime's ...) and air playing started second Christmas day.
The list is every year almost the same as is expected and will be everywhere around our (little ....) globe ....

On a local radio music forum I meet people who are searching for ages for the real 'gems'. Mostly I wonder if it is a 'real gem' but ala, let it be ...
A few years ago there was a spontaneous idea to make an alternative top 25 or so.
There are simple rules.

Send in your personal top 10 of all times, but your choice may not be on that Top2000 list.
So the obvious Queen, Deep Purple, Beatles, Rolling Stones are left out.

Everyone gets the songs on a cd-r. Every year the songs added three years ago are left out, so the choice is always refreshing itself.

Now we can listen and have to vote (simple rules again like a particular artist 2 times at the most and maximum 3 votes on your own contribution).
This way we learn more about the fav songs/artists of the other members of the forum.
Every year our top list is a fantastic surprising list !

I must be one of the older guy's over there so I always add (more) 'recent' songs to it hoping they (the youngsters, although they consider themselves already quite old... :-) ) will know (at least the artist). Hope they will like my older song choice.
My real preference on the other hand is before, let's say, 1962 but I have to take their knowledge in memory.

If you look at this recent picture of Emmylou Harris and you're a guy you surely must fall in love with her (as I am). Isn't she still looking good ? Wish I am that good looking ... :-) But her music is what counts so she has to be on my list !

So here's my personal 2006 top10 I did send in !

46-Smith, Arthur ah Cracker Jacks - Guitar boogie _instrumental
59-Dion - I can't go on Rosalie
63-Clay, Cassius - Stand by me (single)
68-Foxx, Inez & Charlie - Medley Vaya con Dios_Fellows in Vietnam
70-Chapman, Michael - Polar bear fandango _instrumental
71-Delaney & Bonnie & friends (Eric Clapton) - Never ending song of love
71-Kottke, Leo - Jesu, Joy of Man's desiring _instrumental
73-Garfunkel, Art - I shall sing
76-Cooder, Ry - He'll have to go
87-Harris, Emmylou & Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt - To know him is to love him

When you already visited my BLog you found already some offered here. If not please search (again ?) !!

I suggest the 'newbies' to look in the comment for a Rapidshare link and info.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


Christmas greatest tits

I hope I will not offend some (female ...) readers of my BLog but sometimes I get mail and have to laugh. Hope you will smile too with this sexy picture.

Monday, December 25, 2006


Christmas without snow

It's Christmas, but a Christmas without snow.
It does cost a little but when it's getting dark this gives a nice view in the country side. :-)


It's Christmas time !!

I wish everyone a merry Christmas.

My special personal Christmas wishes go to my dear children Machil and Irene who are the most important persons in my life !!

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Ki Ho`alu Christmas !

The last Christmas album is dedicated to my son and daughter.
Maybe not their kind of music (Armin van Buuren or Byoncé ....) but they have to know this.

Great guitar playing (sometimes reminds me of Leo Kottke, so you know what to expect) and only a few vocal songs like Reverend Dennis Kamakahi's 'Christmas Memories'.

While chestnuts seldom roast on an open fire in the Islands, and Christmas is only white atop Mauna Kea, this holiday collection will warm hearts and so I wish you, people here an there and everywhere on this tiny little globe, a Hawaiian-style 'Mele Kalikimaka' (Merry Christmas) !!

Ukrainian - Veseloho Vam Rizdva i Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku!
Umbundu - Natale, Natale, Oyo O Natale & Eteke Lio Bowano, Illimo Ciwa
Urdu - Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Uvean - Italo fa ide tau fou nei eseke
Uyghur - YanghI yiling ahlqIs bolgey!
Valencian - Bon Nadal i millor any nou
Vespi - Rastvoidenke i Udenke Vodenke
Vietnamese - Chuc Mung Giang Sinh - Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Votian - Yvaa rashtagoa! & Yvaa uutta vootta!
Waray-Waray - Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig!
Warlpiri - Miri Kirijimiji & Nyuntunpa Ngurrju nyayirni yapa
Welsh - Nadolig LLawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Yup'ik/Central - Alussistuaqegcikici
Yupik/Siberian - Quyanalghii Kuusma & Quyangalleq Nutaghamun Aymiqulleq
Xhosa - Siniqwenelela Ikrisimesi EmnandI Nonyaka Omtsha Ozele Iintsikelelo Namathamsanqa
Yiddish - Gute Vaynakhtn un a Gut Nay Yor
Yoruba - E ku odun, e hu iye' dun!
Zarma - Barka da Issa hay-yan hann & Barka da djiri barey-yan
Zaza - Newroz'a tu Piroz be
Zia - Kerisimasi wosewa
Zime - El ma ka bar vra aso vei Lu & El ma ka kim na mireu
Zulu - Sinifesela Ukhisimusi Omuhle Nonyaka Omusha Onempumelelo

Saturday, December 23, 2006


Doo wop Christmas

I wanted to write today about to me some special 'Popcorn songs' but V-Rocket was way ahead of me. He must be younger compared to me and that's why he's faster ... :-)
Anyway I strongly suggest you to visit his site !

But simple change of plans brings me to a doo wop classical. In the music bible you get all the info about this.
How wonderful is 'White Christmas' sung by Bill Pinkney & Clyde McPhatter. Mud's (or is it another group ?) 'Lonely this Xmas' isn't ment for me but 'Just a Lonely Christmas' by the Moonglows is. What to say about the Falcons and their 'Can This Be Christmas' ? All great songs.

Hope you agree as you can check in the comments.

Tagalog - Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon
Tahitian - Ia ora i te Noere e ia ora na i te matahiti 'api
Tagakaulu - Madyaw Pagsalog sa Pagka-otaw ni Jesus & Aw mauntong na bago Umay!
Tala Andig - Maayad ha pasko daw bag-ong tuig
Tamazight - Asseggwas Ameggaz
Tarifit - Asuggas Asa'di
Tamil - Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Tanaina - Natukda Nuuphaa
Tayal - Pqaquasta ta. Pquasta hentang na Jesu
Telugu - Christmas Shubhakaankshalu & Nootana Samvatchara Subhakanshalu
Thai - Suksan Wan Christmas lae Sawadee Pee Mai
Tlingit - Xristos Khuwdziti kax sh kaxtoolxetl
Tok Pisin - Meri Krismas & Hepi Nu Yia
Tokelau - Ke whakamanuia te Kirihimahi & Tauhaga Fou fiafia
Tonga - Kristo abe anduwe muciindo ca Christmas
Tongan - Kilisimasi Fiefia & Ta'u fo'ou monu ia
Toraja - Salama' Natal & Selama' taun baru
Trukese - Neekirissimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Tshiluba - Diledibua dilenga dia Mfumu - Tshidimu tshipia - tshipia th silenga
Tswana - Keresemose o monate le masego a ngwaga o montsha
Tubetube - Yayaliyaya Yesu sikabi kaiwena
Tumbuka - Kristu wabe namwe munyengo ya Christmas
Turkish - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Tutchone/Northern - Ut'ohudinch'i Hulin Dzenu & Eyum nan ek'an nenatth'at danji te yesohuthin ch'e hadaatle sh'o


Friday, December 22, 2006


Jo Stafford dedicated to my mom

When my mon died over a year ago I didn't needed anything from her legacy. Only her handkerchief and now I 'carry' them both with me. So there isn't a day I'm not remembered to them.

She was too old to understand something like the internet.
She was a very precise woman (she also had to : we had a small bussiness). Never made any debts.
She organized the whole houskeeping as well as their bussiness.
Had a rough time (as had my father) during World war II. Life isn't easy when you're young and suppressed. I always think about this when I see all the violence in the world coming to us on TV. How can those children become 'normal' adults when they grow up with so much hate to other people ?
I owe my mother a lot.
What is she thinking about my BLogging ? Is she laughing upstairs ??

The first song I remember she liked very much was Jo Stafford's 'Thank you for calling'. It was played so many times at home.

Sadly I don't have her Christmas album (Jo Stafford - Joyful Season _1964). If someone has please, PLEASE, post it in the comments.
On the left is a sleeve I found on the internet.

But I do have a very nice album Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae - The old rugged Cross from 1962 (see above). I've seen a CD (picture on the right) of that name but that is not my LP. It seems mine is a re-issue of their 1955 album 'Whispering hope' but I can't find any info about that nor any sleeves.
As a remembrance to my mom here's that gospel LP which fits so nicely in this time of the year.
Great songs like 'Whispering hope', 'It is no secret' and 'Rock of ages'.
Don't bother the crackles when you listen to it after you found the info in the comment.

Salar - YangI yilingiz gotlI bulsIn!
Sambal - Maligayang Pasko at Masayang Ba-yon Taon!
Sámi - Buorit Juovllat ja Buorre Oddajahki
Saamia - Muwule Omwaka Enjaya
Samoan - Ia manuia le Kilisimasi ma le tausaga fou
Sango -Gloire na Nzapa na ndouzou aho kouè, Na siriri na ndo sessé na popo ti ajo so amou nguia na Lo.
Santali - Raska nawa Serma
Saramaccan - Nuan wan suti jai o!
Sardinian - Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Scots Gaelic - Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ur!
Secoya -Sihuanu'u Ejaerepa aide'ose'ere & Sihuana'u huaje ametecahue
Semandang - Selemat gawai Natal
Seneca - a:o'-e:sad yos-ha:-se:'
Serbian - Sretan Bozic. Vesela Nova Godine
Sicilian - Bon Natali e Prosperu Annu Novu !
Sinhala - Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slavey - Teyatie Gonezu
Soga - Mwisuka Sekukulu
Songe - Kutandika kua Yesu kuibuwa! & Kipua kipia kibuwa!
Sorani - Newroz le to Piroz be
Sorbian - Wjesole hody a strowe Nowe leto.
Somali - ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican.
Sotho/North - Mahlatsi a Matswalo a Morena le Ngwaga o Moswa
Sotho/South - Litakalerso Tse Monate Tsa Kere Semese Le Mahlohonolo a Selemo Se Secha
Slovakian - Vesele Vianoce a stastny novy rok
Slovene - Vesele bozicne praznike in srecno novo leto
Sorbian - Wjesole hody a strowe Nowe leto
Spanish - Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Sranan - Wan switi kresneti nanga wan bun nyun yari!
Subanen - Piak Pasko Pu Piag Bago Tawn
Sudanese - Wilujeng Natal Sareng Warsa Enggal
Suena - Kerisimasi kokopai
Surigaonon - Malipayon na pasko sanan bag-on tuig!
Swahili - ºKrismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpyaº
Swedish - God Jul och Gott Nytt År


Thursday, December 21, 2006


Mario Lanza dedicated to my dad

Christmas time. Time to reflect the last year.
Did we achieve the things we wished for at the beginning ? Did we get a better job with more money ? Did we buy that new car ? That new house ?

I'm just happy with the handkerchief which belonged to my father, who died some 15 years ago, and I which always carry with me.
He was a simple man who was just plain happy with his family for which he worked so hard all his life. Christmas was always special to him. The whole family together joined around the Christmas tree. All happy faces. The stable with just born Jesus Christ. Going to church in the middle of the night. Old Christmas songs. Cold outside. Throwing snowballs.

He liked singers like Caruso, Al Jolson and Mario Lanza.
As a tribute to my dad I'll play today Mario Lanza - Christmas with Mario Lanza 1950_1958.
Nice crooner songs like 'Deck the Halls', 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and ' The Lord's Prayer'.
This album went straight on to #1 in the American album list on 22 december 1951, so exactly 55 years ago ! Can you image, time flies.

See the comments to know what I mean.

Occitan - Polit nadal e bona annada
Ojibwe (Chippewa) - Niibaa' anami'egiizhigad & Aabita Biboon
Oneida - Wanto'wan amp; Hoyan
Oriya - Sukhamaya christmass ebang khusibhara naba barsa
Orokaiva - Keremisi javotoho
Oromo - baga wagaa hara isinin gaye
Palauan - Ungil Kurismas
Pompangan - Malugud Pascu at saca Masayang Bayung Banua!
Pangasinan - Maabig ya pasko & Maliket ya balon taon
Papiamento - Bon Pasco i Feliz Aña Nobo
Pashto - De Christmas akhtar de bakhtawar au newai kal de mubarak sha.
Pennsylvania German - En frehlicher Grischtdaag unen hallich Nei Yaahr!
Pohnpeian - Peren en Krismas & Peren en Parakapw
Polish - Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku.
Portuguese - Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi - Nave sal di mubaraka
Pashto - Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Q'anjob'al - chi woche swatx'ilal hak'ul yet yalji Komami'
Quechua - Sumaj kausay kachun Navidad ch'sisipi & Mosoi Watapi sumaj kausay kachun
Quiche' - Dioa kkje' awuk'
Rapa-Nui - Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi & Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rarotongan - Kia akakakaia te Atua i runga i te rangi Teitei,e ei au to to teianei ao, e kia aroaia mai te tangata nei.
Rengma - Anu keghi Christmas nu amapi kethighi wa salam pi nthu chupenle
Rheto-Romance - Bella Festas daz Nadal ed in Ventiravel Onn Nov
Romani - Bachtalo krecunu Thaj Bachtalo Nevo Bers
Romanian - Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!
Rongmei - Mei kathui nata neila mei Khrisrmas akhatni gai mei tingkum kathan tu-na arew we
Roviana - Mami tataru Kirisimasi koa gamu doduru meke qetu qetu vuaheni vaqura ia
Russian - Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom


Wednesday, December 20, 2006


A Christmas carol ? No, a Star carol.

'Tennessee' Ernie Ford, the man so well know by hit songs like 'Sixteen Tons' and 'Shotgun Boogie' recorded also some gospel and even a Christmas album.

Here's his 1958 LP Star Carol. It contains the obvious 'crooner' songs from that era like 'Joy to the World' and 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'.

It's maybe difficult to find this LP at Amazon or E-Bay, I really don't know. But it's quite simple to find it on my BLog.
I wonder how many think they will like this 'classical' Christmas LP, so for those : a very happy listening !

Ladin - Bon Nadel y Bon Ann Nuef
Lakota - Wanikiya tonpi wowiyuskin & Omaka teca oiyokipi
Lamnsó - Kisheri ke Kisimen & Vijung ve kiya kefiyki
Lango - Afoyo Chamo Mwake & Apoyo Mwaka Manyeni
Latin - Pax hominibus bonae voluntatis
Latvian - Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!+
Lausitzian - Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lebanese - Milad Saeed wa Sanaa Mubarakah
Lithuanian - Linksmu Kaledu ir laimingu Nauju metu
Livonian - Jovi talshpivdi un Vondzist uto aigasto
Lower Tanana - Bet'oxdilt'ayi bedena' ch'exulanhde dranh ninoxudedhet
Lozi - Kilisimasi ya nyakalalo & Silimo se sinca sa tabo
Luganda - Amazalibwa Agesanyu & N'Omwaka Omujaa Ogwemirembe
Luhya - Isuguku Indahi & Nu Muhiga Musha
Luo - Sikuku Mar Higa Kod Mor & Mar Kiga Manyien
Luritja - Wai! Nyuntu Larya?
Luxembourgeois - Schéi Krëschtdeeg an e Schéint Néi Joer
Macedonian - Srekan Bozik I Nova Godina
Madura - Pada salamet sabhala bengko areja
Makassar - Salama' Natal & Selamat Tahun baru
Malagasy - Arahaba tratry ny Krismasy
Mambwe - Kristu aye namwe umu nsikunkulu ino iya Mwezi
Malayan - Selamat Hari Natal
Malayalam - Christumas Mangalangalangal & Puthuvalsara Aashamsakal
Maltese - Nixtieqlek Milied Tajjeb u Sena Tajba
Mandarin - Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Mandobo - Mepiya Pagasaulog sa pagka-otawni Jesus aw maontong kaling Omay!
Mangyan - Mayad paq Pasko kag
Mansaka - Madyaw na Pasko aw malipayong Bag-ong Tuig kamayo, mga lumon
Manx - Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori - Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritimeti e te Mataiti Ou
Marathi - Shub Naya Varsh
Margi - Use aga Kirismassi
Marshallese - Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin & Jeramman ilo iio in ekaal
Mataco-Mataguayo - Lesilatyaj ihi Dios ta i ppule ye, Letamsek ihi wichi ta Dios ikojejthi ta i honat e
Maya/Yucateco - Utzul mank'inal
Medlpa - Enim Mutuiyo!
Meithei - Krismas Hlomum & Kumthar Lawmum
Mingrelian - k'irses mugoxuamant & axal ts'anas mugoxuamant
Mongolian - Zul saryn bolon shine ony mend devshuulye
Monégasque - Festusu Natale e Bona ana noeva
Moro - Nidli pred naborete nano
Moru - Medu amiri ovuru Yesu opi amaro
Muyu - Lip Ki amun aa Natal Kowe
Naasioi - Tampara Kirisimaasi
Naskapi - miywaaitaakun mikusaanor & kiyaa maamiyupiyaakw minuwaach pipuun
Ndjem - Mbeya mbeya Ebiel & Mbeya mbeya mbu
Ndogo - Esimano olyaKalunga gwokombandambanda! & Nombili kombanda yevi maantu e ya hokwa!
Ndonga - Okrismesa iwa & Omude Mupe wa Punikwa
Nepali - krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva & Naya Barsa Ko harkik Shuvakamana
Newari - Nhu Da Ya Vintuna
Nii - Nim Ono
Niuean - Monuina a Aho Kilisimasi mo e Tau Foou
Norweigan/Nynorsk - Eg ynskjer hermed Dykk alle ein God Jul og Godt Nyttår
Norweigan/Bokmål - God Jul og Godt Nyttår
Notu/Ewage - Keremisi dave be
Nyanja - Kristu akhale ndi inu munyengo ino ya Christmas
Nyankore Mukhulukhe Omwaka



Pauline : many, many thanks !

Today was a sad day.

First off all it's my birthday and when you're on the wrong side of life expectancy .... :-)

Secondly it was the last day Pauline was at the office. Remember when I hired her at our former employer. That lasted only 5 years : because of a reorganisation we had to leave. Started a bussiness of my own and (of course ...) Henny, Anja and Pauline came along.
After 20 years of loyal service Pauline left us today.
Tonight we had a farewell dinner and when she wants to know the time she will think of us ...
Pauline, it was a pleasure to have had you 'on board'. Thank you sooooo much !!

And 'my girls' : thank you again for that great music book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Christmas is officially CANCELLED

As I wrote I went abroad for a few days. All things went well so came back one day earlier than expected.

On the night trip back there was a sudden shock with the plane. No info by the pilot. When landed my friend 'Crackpot' made this digital picture.

So sadly I have to inform you all : due to unforeseen circumstances
Christmas is officially CANCELLED !


Wish I was still a 'teen' with Paul & Paula

Just a few days and it is holiday time again for the youngsters. No schooldays. Staying late in bed. Parents making preparations for Christmas.

Remember the great 'Hey Paula hey Paul' which was a number-one pop hit by West Texans Ray Hildebrand (Joshua, TX) and Jill Jackson (Camry, TX).
'Hey Paula' sold nearly two-million copies early in 1963.

In the same year they made the Christmas album Holiday for teens.
You know where to find info about it :-)

Faroese - Gledhilig jól og eydnurikt nýggjár!
Fali - Use d'h Krismass
Farsi - Sal-e no mubarak
Fijian - Me Nomuni na marau ni siga ni sucu dei na yabaki vou
Finnish - Hyvää Joulua or Hauskaa Joulua - 0nnellista uutta vuotta
Flemish - Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French - Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
Frisian - Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Friulian - Bon Nadâl e Bon An Gnûf
Fulfulde - Jabbama be salla Kirismati
Gaddang - Mangamgam Bawa a dawun sikua diaw amin
Galician - Bon Nadal e Bo Ani Novo
Gari - !Soalokia God i gotu vasau, mi lao ke ba na rago vanigira ara dou i matana!
Gciriku - Mfiyawidi yaKrisimisa & Marago ghaMwaka waUpe
Georgian - Gilotsavt Krist'es Shobas & Gilosavt akhal ts'els
German - Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!
Gikuyu - Gia na Thigukuu njega Na MwakaM weru wi Gikeno
Gitskan - Hisgusgitxwsim Ha'niisgats Christ gankl Ama Sii K'uuhl!
Golin - Yesu kule nongwa kaun umaribe ongwa ena mone di mile wai wen milo
Greek - Kala Christougenna Ki'eftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos
Greenlandic - Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit
Guahibo - Pexania Navidadmatacabi piginia pexaniapejanawai paxainaename
Guambiano - Navidadwan Tabig tugagunrrigay & Sru pilawan kasrag utunrrigay
Guarani - Avyaitete ahi ko Tupa ray arape qyrai Yy Kapyryin rira
Guarayu - Imboeteipri tasecoi Tupa i vave! & Ivve ava Tupa rembiaisu toyuvirecoi turpi oyeaisusa pipe!
Gujarati - Natal ni shub kaamnao & Saal Mubarak
Gwere - Osusuku Omusa & Masuke Omwaka
Gwich'in - Drin tsal zhit shoh ohlii & Drin Choo zhit zhoh ohlii
Han - Drin tsul zhit sho ahlay & Drin Cho zhit sho ahlay
Hausa - Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Haya - Waihuka na Noeli & Waihhuka n 'Omwaka
Hebrew - Mo'adim Lesimkha. Shanah Tova
Heiban - Ati kalo gathje uwa gigih
Herero- Okresmesa ombwa Ombura ombe ombwa
Hiligaynon - Malipayon nga paskua & Malipayon Nga Bag-ong tuig
Hindi - Shubh Naya Baras
Holo - Seng-tan khoai-lok!
Hmong - Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tahiab
Hungarian - Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket és Boldog újévet!
Hungduan - Maphon au nitungawan. Apo Dios Kituwen baron di toon
Iban - Selamat Ari Krismas enggau Taun Baru
Ibanag - nga Pascua
Icelandic - Gleðileg Jól og Farsaelt Komandi ár!
Igbo - Ekelere m gi maka Keresimesi na ubochi izizi afo ozo
Ikiribati - Te Mauri, Te Raoi ao Te Tabomoa nakoimi nte Kirimati ao te Ririki ae Bou
Ilocano - Naimbag a Pascua ken Naragsac nga Baro nga Tawen!
Imbongu - Gotenga malo Jisasi Karaist
Indonesian - Selamat Hari Natal & Selamat Tahun Baru
Inupiaq - Annaurri Aniruq & Paglaun Ukiutchiaq
Inupiatun - Quvianaq Agaayuniqpak
Iraqi - Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish - Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Iroquois - Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson homungradon nagwutut & Ojenyunyat osrasay
Italian - Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Japanese - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Javanese - Sugeng Natal lan warsa enggal
Jèrriais - Bouan Noué et Bouanne Année
Kabyle - Assegwas ameggaz
Kadazan - Kotobian Tadau Do Krimas om Toun Vagu
Kahua - Na vagevageha surireua na Kirisimasi ma na harisi naoru
Kala Lagaw Ya - Ngi ngayka Koei trimal Kaz
Kambaata - eman haaro wegga illisholce
Kamba - Ithiwa na Kisimsi Kiseo & Na Mwaka Mweu Museo
Kannada - Hosa Varushada Subhasayagalu
Karelian - Rastawanke Sinun, Uvven Vuvenke Sinun
Kaqchiquel - Dios tik'ujie' avik'in
Kashmiri - Christmas Id Mubarak
Kawalib - Amirnar Krismas Gi
Khasi - Krismas basuk & Snem thymmai basuk
Kinyarwanda - Umunsi Mwiza
Kirundi - Noeli Nziza & Umwaka Mwiza
Kom - Isangle Krismen & Isangle beng i fue
Konkoni - Khushal borit Natalam
Korafe - Keremisi ewewa
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Kosraean - Tok Tapeng & Engan ya sasu
Koyukon - Denaahto' Hoolaank Dedzaanh Sodeelts'eeyh
Krio - Appi Krismes en Appi Niu Yaa
Kuanua - A Bona Lukara na Kinakava
Kurdish - Seva piroz sahibe u sersala te piroz be
Kwangali - Kerekemisa zongwa & Erago moMumvho gomupe
Kyrghyz - JangI jIlIngIz guttuu bolsun!

Monday, December 18, 2006


Periodic table of the elements part 4 (dedicated)

I dedicate this last one to mrs Machteld M who (also) had some special interest in chemistry in the sixties.

Tom's studio recording again but this time 'karaoked' by Christy and Emily (they try to 'sing' .... uploaded by Christy herself 2006_nov_08).
Here's what they write themselves about this :
Elements by Tom Lehrer.
Attempted Mimicry by Emily [left] and Christy [right]
Notice that it was just attempted. This was not successful. But it was funny.
Sorry that we can't sing.
Oh, and Emily kind of just mumbles/hums through the part that she doesn't know or can't sing fast enough and Christy just sits there and stares at the lyrics.

Christy and Emily, I hope you pass your examination !!!
One of the best of this serie I think. More webcams should be used to do this. Sadly I don't have one.

I had really fun presenting you this little serie. It took me back to the early sixties again when life was less complicated compared to today.


Sunday, December 17, 2006


Quitting this BLog ?

I have lived all my life for others.
A simple quote.
Went to the kindergarden. Worked since I was 14. Earned my own money to study.
Graduated university without a debt.
Wanted a job to see something of the world and with small/no responsability.
Got a job with great responsability.
Born as a penny but became a dime. But am I a dime ?
Worked for my wife and children. If I could have a meal was enough.
Started this BLog for personal use april 2306. Wanted to learn about this new thing.
Use a visitor counter since july 2006.
Have today over 40.000 visitors. Man, am I proud ! Wasn't my intention but never thought I could reach that number.
Always thought our (your !!) children were not 'deep thinking'. I mean superficial.
So have done this BLog almost 8 months.
As I said for personal use. My personal diary which you can read.
In my header I write discussing.
I write. Almost no response.

Posted 2 weeks ago the Paris Sisters. Just saw 75 downloads but only one 1 rsponse.
Are you elderly the same as the youngsters ? Take, take, take and give a damn to the rest. Selfish.

So I am more and more thinking about quitting my BLog at the end of this year.
Just my two cents.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


Periodic table of the elements part 3

Do we have 'chemistry' together ?? :-)

This is a very nice cartoon flash animation.

But of course a real human being can do a better job !
So here's for ya Alfredo doing all the 112 elements (known at the time Tom Lehrer wrote this song) 'a capella'.

Just a question. Do you like this ?


Friday, December 15, 2006


Paul Anka - Songs I wish I'd written

If I had only one song written which Paul Anka has written I would be rich and could retire.... :-)
But even Paul had some personal fav's in the early sixties, songs he wished he'd written.

I can't compose, I can't sing but he could ! So he made this album. Very nice ones. I personally like Save the last dance very much.

If you also want to know what Paul's fav's were in those days you have to go through the whole procedure of downloading and Unrar. To do that you need the info in the comments.

Note : all these are in glorious stereo but taken from old vinyl (as usual) !!!!!! Still worth to get this 128KBits 35MB file.


Thursday, December 14, 2006


Periodic table of the elements part 2

I found some more on Youtube which are worth to watch. So here we go again with this Tom Lehrer song !
BTW each clip is only 90 seconds so there's NO excuse NOT to watch !

A version with nice informative pic's.

This is a version with other nice pic's.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Requiem to Georgia Gibbs

Just now I learned Georgia Gibbs (Born Fredda Gibson) died last saturday in New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center because of leukemia.

She will be most remembered for outselling Etta James (with a cover of "The Wallflower" renamed "Dance with Me Henry") and LaVern Baker (on "Tweedle Dee").

Here (In the comments you can get the neccesary info) I present some other (early and lesser known) songs by her : Gibbs, Georgia - Red hot_Ballin' the jack 1951 (recording Date 1949_1952).

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Periodic table of the elements part 1

On 15 sep 2006 I posted the song The elements by Tom Lehrer in a flash animation by US Dallas man Mike Stanfill. Look at Tom Lehrer

I found some more on Youtube which are worth to listen/look to.
So here we go !

This is (partially) Tom's live version.
I must have been quite crazy (or maybe still am) in the sixties because I knew this table of elements (with all the positive/negative info) also out of head... :-)

This is Tom Lehrer's studio recording.

There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
And gold, protactinium and indium and gallium (inhale)
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium

There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,
And strontium, and silicon, silver, and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium

and so on as you all will remember the periodic table so well ..... plus the end :

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Hah-vard.
And there may be many others but they haven't been dis-cah-verd.


Monday, December 11, 2006


Some Christmas songs part 1 to UTL

Today I talked on the phone to one my bussiness suppliers. The director asked me for some Christmas songs to listen to by the employees (on the left you can see some). To be true I offered the songs and I had to use a lot of persuation ...
Over the last years I already gave her (yes, she, she ... a woman ... but a great one !) quite a few songs.

And because I'm a nice guy, as you all must know by now, I'm preparing tonight some extra special Christmas songs for her and her company (which is, by the way, the largest of it's kind in Utrecht).
The next two weeks they can listen to all kind of different X-mas songs (of course while they are working !!!!).

In the comments you too can see some examples. Of course there's Spike Jones ah City Slickers, David Seville ah Chipmunks, Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg and Allan Sherman.

This company is situated quite close to my city's 'dark area' so I am thinking also about Tom Waits - Christmas card from a hooker in Minneanapolis' which I didn't included here. :-)
If you find it somewhere else, gittit ! If not, give a comment and I'll post it here later on. Worth to listen to.

I remember the good old days and how cute that director looked (that part of my brains still works quite well).
I got from a friend this little cartoon how she seems to look nowadays.

Helma, I hope you don't mind ... and you all at UTL will still like the music ! :-)
Have a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Acholi - Mot ki Yomcwing Botwo Me Mwaka Manyen
Adhola - Wafayo Chamo Mbaga & Bothi Oro Manyeni
Aeka- Keremisi jai be
Afrikaans - Geseende Kerfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Ahtna - C'ehwggelnen Dzaenh
Aklanon - Malipayon nga Paskwa ag Mahigugmaon nga Bag-ong Dag-on
Albanian - Gëzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!
Aleut - Kamgan Ukudigaa
Alsatian - E gueti Wïnâchte & E glecklichs Nej Johr!
Alur - Wafoyo Kado Oro & Wafoyo Tundo Oro manyeni
Alutiiq - Spraasnikam & Amlertut Kiaget!
Amharic - Melkam Yelidet Beaal
Angami - U kenei Christmas mu teicie kes a-u sie teicie kesa-u sie niepete keluo shuzaie we
Apache (Western) - Gozhqq Keshmish
Arabic - I'D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida
Aragonese - Nabidà! & Goyosa Añada benién.
Aramaic - Edo bri'cho o rish d'shato brich'to!
Aranés - Bon Nadau!
Arawak - Aba satho niw jari da'wisida bon
Armenian - Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Soorp Janunt
Aromanian - Crãciunu hãriosu shi unu anu nãu, bunu!
Araucanian - Wi tripantu in che
Asturian - Bones Navidaes & Gayoleru anu nuevu!
Assamese - Rongaali Bihur xubhessaa lobo
Ata - Maroyan na Pasko woy kaopia-an ng Bag-ong Tuig kaniyo't langon mga sulod
Aukan - Wi e winsi i wan bun nyun yali
Aymara - Sooma Nawira-ra
Azeri - Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bafut - Mboni Chrismen & Mboni Alooyefee
Bahasa/Malaysia - Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru
Bamoun - Poket Kristmet & Poket lum mfe
Banen - Enganda ye hiono mes & Hion Hios Hes
Bandang - Mbung Mbung Krismie & Mbung Mbung Ngouh Suiie
Basque - Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bassa - Ngand Nwi Lam & Mwi Lam
Batak Karo - Mejuah-juah Ketuahen Natal
Bemba - Kristu abe nenu muli ino nshiku nkulu ya Mwezi
Belorussian - Winshuyu sa Svyatkami i z Novym godam!
Bengali - Shuvo Baro Din - Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bhojpuri - Naya Sal Mubarak Ho
Bicolano - Maugmang Capascuhan asin Masaganang Ba-gong Taon!
Bislama - Mi wisim yufala eerywan one gutfala Krismas & mo wan hapi New Year long
Blaan - Pye duh di kaut Kristo klu munt ug Felemi Fali!
Blackfoot - I'Taamomohkatoyiiksistsikomi
Bohemian/Czech - Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a Stastny novy rok
Brahui - Arkas caik xuda are
Breton - Nedeleg laouen na bloav ezh mat
Bulgarian - Chestita Koleda i Shtastliva Nova Godina
Bulu - Duma e bo'o
Bura - e be Zambe e Usa ma ka Kirisimassu
Catalan - Bon Nadal i feliç any nou!
Cantonese - Seng Dan Fai Lok, Sang Nian Fai Lok
Carib - Sirito kypoton ra'a
Carrier - Zoo dungwel & Soocho nohdzi doghel
Carolinian - Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee
Cebuano - Malipayong Pasko ug Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig!
Chamorro - Filis Pasgua & Filis Anu Nuebo
Chaha Bogem h n mh m & Boxem as nana-h m
Chamba - Wi na ge nyare Su dome Kirismass
Cherokee - Danistayohihv & Aliheli'sdi Itse Udetiyvsadisv
Cheyenne - Hoesenestotse & Aa'e Emona'e
Chichewa - Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha Kristmasi
Chiga - Mwebare khuhika - Ha Noel
Choctaw - Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Cornish - Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsican - Bon Natale e Bon capu d' annu
Cree - Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Creek - Afvcke Nettvcakorakko
Creole/Seychelles - Bonn e Erez Ane
Croatian - Sretan Bozic
Dagbani - Ni ti Burunya Chou & Mi ti yuun
Damara/Nama - Khiza
Danish - Glædelig Jul og godt nytår
Dibabawon - Marayaw na Pasko aw Bag-ong Tui g kaniyo tibo na mga soon
Dinka - Miet puou yan dhiedh Banyda tene Yin
Dine/Navajo - Ya'at'eeh Keshmish
Divehi - Ufaaveri aa ahareh
Dschang - Chrismi a lekah Nguo Suieh
Duri - Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
Dutch - Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Egyptian - Colo sana wintom tiebeen
English - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Eritrean - Rehus-Beal-Ledeat
Esperanto - Gajan Kristnaskon & Bonan Novjaron
Estonian - Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi ja Head uut aastat
Éwé - Blunya na wo
Ewondo - Mbemde abog abyali nti! Mbembe Mbu!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Everyone has his/hers memories.
My little brother (little ... he's 55 now) liked to play the drums.
Every weekend he had to rebuild his drum set. Wouldn't it be nice if this was done automatically ?

I hope my little brother Paulus MM will like this and smile when he sees this.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Paris Sisters

The Paris Sisters bridged the gap separating the traditional vocal pop of the post-World War II era from the equally generation-defining girl group sound that emerged in the wake of rock & roll. By the 1961 release of their Phil Spector-produced breakthrough "I Love How You Love Me," the siblings were already longtime veterans of the music business. Albeth (the oldest), Sherrell (the middle child), and Priscilla Paris (the baby) were born and raised in San Francisco. Their mother, Faye, was the quintessential stage parent, a former opera singer who continued her career vicariously through her children.

When they finally resurfaced on Lester Sill's fledgling Gregmark label in 1961, the impresario insisted on a top-to-bottom overhaul of their approach, tapping up-and-coming producer Phil Spector to shepherd the transformation.
Spector relegated Albeth and Sherrell to the background, and while he turned the spotlight on Priscilla, he insisted she dial back her powerful voice to a dusky whisper.
While the Paris Sisters' Gregmark debut, "Be My Boy," earned little notice, the follow-up, "I Love How You Love Me," cracked the US Top Five, galvanized by Priscilla's intimate lead turn and Spector's atypically restrained production.

Best of the Paris Sisters is from this era. I included 'Dream lover' and a slower version of 'I love how you love me' as well.

Look in the comments.

Friday, December 08, 2006


El Pickup

On my humble BLog I write about the 'oldies music'. By this I don't mean the seventies or eighties. A lot will say the eighties are oldies but not to me.

I made this BLog just for personal fun. It keeps this 'younger elderly' off the street ..
I must be crazy but there are more people like that. Take for instance Rubén Loaisa from Spain. Must be a crazy guy living in Madrid, should move to Barcelona where the better soccer is played ... :-)

The guy must spend a lot of time behind his grammophone and PC to make such very nice compilations.
He just ended a 3 hours Frankie Lymon compilation.

Besides this topic Rubén has made some other fine ones.

If you like my BLog you certainly will also like his. So pay him a visit at Elpickup and enjoy his writings.
I've added his link on the left for your future convieniance.

Thursday, December 07, 2006



Info about this in 1985 issued CD can be found at
All Music Guide

So without further comments (but still look in the comment ...) :
Chordettes - Best of 1955_1961

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Telstar Ted is now Santa Ted

Telstar Ted is now Santa Ted for only ONE month ! He will delete his postings on 2007_01_01 but I doubt it (read : I hope). Anyway Ed will be back Eastern (I hope so !!) or something like that.

So everyone hurry up and pay him a visit by clicking Telstar Ted

Monday, December 04, 2006


Shocking Blue_Mariska Veres - Venus

I remember a vacation with my soccer friends in Spain early 70's. How we enjoyed girls, drugs and r'n'roll in Lloret del Mar.
In the discotheques great songs like CCR - Proud Mary were played but also Shocking Blue's Venus, written by Robbie van Leeuwen (gitarist on the left) and sung by that good looking Mariska Veres. When you look at this YouTube clip you'll understand why all the guys were in love with her. She was sooo cute.
But in life we don't keep our youth and Mariska sadly died last saturday of cancer.
Here's my memorie of her.

Hope you will remember her.

Saturday, December 02, 2006


As usual tonight is Popcorn evening !

This saturday it's again mister 'mellow Popcorn' Theo Dumoulin with his show on Laser Radio.

My personal guess is this time the show is called Prisoner of love because prison is a man gets in when he falls in love .... :-)
On the other hand I have a little (anti female) joke.
What's wrong when a woman comes out of the kitchen into the living room ?
Answer : the chain is too short ... :-)
Sorry ladies.
Seriously, of course Theo called it this time after track 16-Emilhenco - Prisonnier de l'amour, a song I've never heard (of).
Or am I right after all ?

So this will be a surprise to me as is of course Theo's whole show.

Take a look at the playlist Prisoner of love. Nice songs like
03-Breedlove, Jimmy - I say hello
13-Day, Bobby - King's highway
17-Clark, Petula - Plaza de toros (The lonely bull)
23-Cleftones - Some kinda blue
35-Nicodemus & Mudies All Stars - Old veteran

A lot of those original old vinyl records are very rare and by so very expensive.
Lot of dj's (in those good old days) did put a sticker over the record to try to prevent them from stealing. So from time to time Theo discovers one about which no info can be found anymore.
Such songs seems to be
18-Unknown Artist - A very happy man eternally
20-Unknown Artist - Please Mr River keep on moving
I hope one of you old/new listeners have an answer.
So JOIN (just click this to attend live !) us at 20 hrs local time (when the Popcorn counter on the left goes to zero !) to have again some wonderful oldies to listen to.
If you know these songs please post your suggestion/answer in the comments.

When Theo's show stops at 22 hours local time stay tuned because Gudo Leuven has also some great tunes to listen to. You will not regret that !!

Track 16 on the playlist is miss Toni Fisher. Wasn't she the first one who made a so called 'phase' record ? Theo will tell all about that I assume.

Here I present you, amongst some others, three versions of her 59'er The big hurt. A rough cut demo, the original 45 master single and a re-issue with overdubbed echo ; all in true stereo.
Her 365 Disappointments (year 1963) is worth to listen to. But my favorite is West of the wall (with a very interesting story 'behind' it...).

Comments, comments, comments....
I placed one myself. Why don't you do it also if you look over there ?

EDIT Sunday.
Again the chat room proved it's quality !
While playing the song 18-Unknown Artist - A very happy man eternally the answer was given by Raoul, Werner and 'Cardiac Jos^' : 'Cords - To be loved' ! These guy's must have good brains (and know how to use them ..).


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