Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Blonde of the Year - Mercedes Benz commercial

I always joked about women : we men are so much smarter/superiour .....
People who know me better (at least over a fifteen hundred) understand I don't mean a (bad) thing with my teasing remarks. Same goes for religion, colour, politics and so on ! But they had to 'undergo' my talkings, couldn't reply. Ha ha.
Got today a postcard about this. 'We'll miss ya and your jokes, was no fear but even fun to come'.

In a week I will have no job anymore. Job is a wrong word. I always considered my occupation more a paid hobby.
No job, no money. So I have to find other earnings. The internet & commercials ?
Please click this commercial : I need the money !!!!! :-)

Beauty is nothing without brains .....

EDIT 2007_aug_01
At this very moment 40 people watched this from my Blog. You still have the chance to 35 seconds 'proof of what we man know for such a long time'...

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Loving memory to my father Nic 1915_06_21

My daddy was a small man but a great man. A simple man but a great man.
He was a hard worker. He didn't needed much : everything for his family (our mother and their three children).

He was a positive man and a 'singing' guy. While he worked he was singing. Always the 'classics'. He had a nice voice and was invited to join a Russian Kozak choir in the sixties. I remember how much he regretted the fact he had to reject that invitation purely to personal circomstances.

This picture (on the left is my mom) is taken 'today' in 1981 when my dad celibrated his 66th birthday at my place.
On that occasion I gave him a 10LP box containing all the, at the time, available Caruso songs. He was so thrilled with it although I don't think he will have played them a lot (he couldn't handle a turntable).
I never forget the smile on his face : things money can't buy !

When he died in 1989 I only asked two things. This LP box and his handcherchief with his initials.
I still have to digitalize the LP box.
I always carry his (and since two years also my mother's) handcherchief with me.
On this Youtube video you can hear Enrico Caruso sing Vesti la giubba, probably his most well known rendition of this aria from Leoncavallo's opera 'I Pagliacci'.
By the way, isn't it great people make this kind of simple 'historical' video's ?
Look at Wikipedia to read all about Caruso.

My father also liked Mario Lanza. During the last Christmas days I posted his Christmas album.
Again Wikipedia is the place to be to read Mario Lanza's biography. And of course All Music Guide also gives great information.
On this Youtube video you'll see and hear Mario Lanza - Santa Lucia. Great !

RCA issued a few months ago on their label RCA Red Seal 707409 a great 46 track remastered double cd called Essential Mario. I have this and it's a great set ! Recommended to everyone who likes Mario Lanza.
On behalf of my father's birthday I placed a link in the comment to just a few songs not taken from this 2CD (to 'recent' to post).
Examples : Torna A Surriento, La donna e mobile (superb !), Aida, Funiculi Funicula, O Sole Mio, Santa Lucia, Tarentella & Vesti la giubba.
Although these songs are not remastered as on that RCA issue and my bitrate is only 128Kbits I hope some of you will like them. They will not be disappointed.

Funny, when my father died there was no (public) internet. When Google 'indexes' this posting he's also part of 'the new age'....

EDIT in the evening.
My mom and dad know what I am 'doing' at the moment.
Like I always notice, when the problems are the biggest, the help is the nearest. So again today I got a very re-assuring phonecall concerning my future.
Thank you my guardian angels : I treasure those handcherchiefs !


Sunday, June 17, 2007


Orwell's neighborhood covered in spy-cameras

I wrote about George Orwell on 2007_jan_21 on behalf of his birthday.
I just read an article how true his novel 1984 has become !

Big Brother is watching George Orwell
The cameras crowd George Orwell's former London home

Dozens of private and public spy-cameras surveil the streets, walls and windows of the area around George Orwell's apartment. Britain, the nation that "sleepwalked into a surveillance society," has created the landscape that Orwell envisioned, a world where every step is recorded from every angle. Is there any among us whose movements aren't suspicious under the wrong circumstances?

On the wall outside his former residence (flat number 27B) where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.
Orwell's view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights.
The flat's rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.
In a lane, just off the square, close to Orwell's favourite pub, the Compton Arms, a camera at the rear of a car dealership records every person entering or leaving the pub.
Within a 200-yard radius of the flat, there are another 28 CCTV cameras, together with hundreds of private, remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise visitors to homes, shops and offices.

Go to ThisIsLondon to read the complete article !

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


On this day 1929 : Anne Frank

May we never forget the things that happened all over the world 1939-1945.
May we learn from that dark period.
Look at Wikipedia to read about Anne Frank.
May we live in peace/harmony/respect together.
And we can do that ! Why not ? We can !

Just from last weeks.

A soccer hooligan came to me. Always involved with the police. He knows I like 'the other soccer club'. I called him dirty hooligan. He named me dirty old bold headed man. We laughed. We know how to deal with each other.

A political left wing guy visited me. Organizes political demonstrations. Little discussion as always (for over 20 years). We never agree and make jokes of each other's 'point of view'. He left saying 'see ya next time'.

Had an appointment with a deep religious Muslim family. In the past we talked a lot about (their and my) religion. We know how to treat each other : with respect. Mother (understandably) wears a burka. No problem taking it off for me, a Catholic guy. Made a new appointment, gave without thinking the paper to the guy (he was simply the nearest to me). A little wink with her fingers : she had to have it !
I smiled and made remark 'you're really the boss'. 'Yes', she replied, 'he has to listen to me' ! We all laughed again.

Despite our differences we all can/should live together in harmony ! Quite easy !

Sunday, June 03, 2007



As happened last month, due to personal circumstances I will almost certainly not post anything this month. Maybe just a few I already 'prepared'.
Don't take it bad. I started arranging 'my big holiday' in 2006_january and I truely hope I'm now in the end of that process ....:-)

EDIT 2007_09_18
Added here a very nice banner See you next month !
The script was offered by www.compteur.cc
Removed it today because I believe it hided a link to pop-ups and that's not what I want !!!

Saturday, June 02, 2007


Bottomless Popcorn tonight : Besame mucho

For tonight's Popcorn playlist go to LASER radio or the Bottomless Popcorn playlist.
Great songs again like the instrumental The Cliff Davis Sextet - Kenessa or Mark Alamo - Only an image of you (...although I have a lot of pictures of other girls...I also want a picture of you...).
Sam Cooke's - Cupid is a well known song. It always 'strikes' me when I hear that arrow go .... :-)
I only know Billy Brown as a Rock'a'billy/rock'n'roll artist. I wonder how Crazy heart will sound.

So take a look at the playlist. My personal 'rate' is just a small 75%.... What's yours ??

Saturday at exactly 20 hours local_CET time Theo Dumoulin starts again. You can be live present if you JOIN us (click there on the 'listen' button) !
This way you get the internet stream directly in your Winamp or Mediaplayer.
You can also go to the LASER stream page and their stream.

Theo gives, amongst a lot of other fine songs, airplay to Flamingos ft Tommie Hunt - Besame mucho.
On CD UNIVERSE you can buy at the small price of just $6.45 Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You which contains this great song.
This time I decided to make a compilation of this particular song. Is it covered a hundred times, a thousand times ? More ??? Maybe mr Mellowness will tell us (he can, but will he be so kind .. ?).

All further info about Besame mucho can be obtained at Wikipedia or below.

Besame Mucho - Song Lyrics, Chart History, & Information
Music & Spanish lyrics written by Consuelo Velasquez in 1941, English lyric by Sunny Skylar
Velasquez was born Torres Ortiz Consuelo Velázquez in Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico 8/29/16, and died in Mexico City on 1/22/05
According to Velasquez, the song was inspired by an aria from an opera by Enrique Granados a Spanish composer and pianist of classical music

The first major recording of the song was by The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, with vocals by Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
The Dorsey version hit #1 on the charts in 1944, sharing the top spot for a while with "Pistol Packin Mama" by Al Dexter
Besame Mucho was one of the first songs in the repertoire of the fledgling Beatles, and they performed it at their unsuccessful audition for Decca Records on New Year's Day in 1962
One of the most popular songs of the 20th century, Besame Mucho has been translated into over twenty languages, and has been recorded by literally hundreds of artists
Some of the major artists who have recorded the song are: Danny Aiello, Josephine Baker, Andrea Bocelli, Dave Brubeck, Vikki Carr, José Carreras, Charo, The Coasters, Nat King Cole, Xavier Cugat, Sammy Davis Jr, Plácido Domingo, The Flamingos, Connie Francis, Stan Getz, Chris Isaak, Harry James, Ben E. King, Spike Jones, Frankie Laine, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Trini Lopez, Dean Martin, Carmen McRae, Les Paul, The Platters, Elvis Presley, Tito Puente, Linda Ronstadt, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, and the 101 Strings Orchestra
A great song for use as a first dance at weddings

Interested ? You don't have to kiss me much (...), a small winkle is enough in the comment... :-)


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