OK, fine, they think its all over, well it pretty much is now, lol. No, I’m not talking about the current government, though that might yet prove to be apt. But being strictly politically neutral on UK matters…well…? No, seriously, I mean my little break in the sun.
Of course, the sixty four million dollar question is, has the break in the sun done my back any good? Well, I’ve been taking less pills than usual, so I guess thats a good sign, but how long the effects will really last when I get back to the UK, who knows? I certainly havent missed not hearing all about the chaos at home over Brexit, and other stuff, for sure.
Yesterday, I headed to Vila Real De Santo Antonio as planned, and had a look around. In a sense, its more my sort of town than Faro would be, more peaceful, laid back, and dare I say it, old fashioned? Sadly I didnt get to Spain, as I reached the ferry terminal after town, and lunch, to see it pulling out for Ayamonte, across the river, in a different country, and given the next one wasnt for another hour in the off season, I didnt wait. That would have put me on the 2.30 ferry across, so earliest back at 4.00, and then needing to get back to Monte Gordo, all would have got a bit late for me. Maybe another time, maybe not, who knows?
Today, as I have done most days (gentle exercise, which is good) I took my stroll down along the front, and down part of the boardwalk, over the beach. I did some shopping, a little bit more than I’d planned, but nothing too dramatic. Oh, I got one of those coats, seems they had a zip up version as well for same price, so deal done! So I guess at some point soon I’ll need to go into work looking like a 30’s film star, lol. No, its silly really, I dont need a winter coat, but… Yes, I found the PIN for my credit card, but then found they only took cash, no cards, aargh!
I must admit, if, as I hope, I can retire somewhere with all year round warmth, then Monte Gordo has done a pretty good publicity job this week. I know its off season, but its quieter than the more popular end of the Algarve, its pleasantly warm, even in mid November (70 today), and cost of living is definitely lower than the UK too. But whether I will be in a position to make it happen, who knows? Will it even be possible once we’ve left the EU to move out here easily? Rolls eyes… Who me, a remain vote, well, you might think that, but I couldnt possibly say! 😛
Last amusing note, before I close for this holiday. There is a spa at the hotel I’m staying at. I did notice on their website that the spa does those body wrap things, and I’ve always fancied that. Go into my cocoon as the ugly caterpillar, come out the beautiful butterfly, yeah, I wish! So today, with budget sorted, I went to see how much it was. Yes, as I expected, way above what I had left, 80 Euros, for admittedly 80 minutes of pure pampering heaven. So, a fair price, but… To be honest, it was pretty much all above my budget, but I guess a 4 star hotel with spa (I’d say closer to 3, but anyway…), thats probably going to be the case. The thing was, they had a special offer for a hot stone massage, at 49 Euros. for 50 minutes of pampering, which I could just about scrape together. But anyway, being practical, I checked on Google, and it said not advised for people with Osteoporosis issues, so I ended up passing. Probably would have been fine, but better safe than sorry with boring old me!
It was funny tonight at dinner, I got asked why I was drinking Coke, when everybody else was drinking wine, so I explained about the painkillers, and all that. Again I wonder if thats just me being extra cautious, as I know people taking those pills, and drinking booze, and being fine, but…I am being boring, lol!
Tonights video is a song that might have passed most people by, especially as its now 33 years old! The late, great, Kirsty MacColl for your delight
Oh, and as a test to see who actually reads these things, given its Transgender Awareness Week. Yes, somethings been annoying me this week, and I’ve decided he’s got to go! Its fair to say, dont get excited, its not going to happen before retirement, as I’d need way too much time off work otherwise, to get it done before then. Yes, been looking at clingy dresses again, lol, and the desire to wear them, and the current impracticality of doing so. Latex would be fun, but at 66, I dont think so! Of course, the back could have a major relapse over the winter, I need to retire on disability grounds, but until then…?
Might give me a clue as to who ‘likes’ the blog without reading it, lol. 😉
Though no, the US National Anthem isnt the video tonight, but it gets involved!
Firstly, it would be remiss of me not to mention that today is the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, though as I’ve covered it here in the past, I will pass on doing so again. So lets focus on something else, very much in the news, relating to the US at present. No, I dont mean the election, either!
Apart from major events, and international matches, we never play the national anthem before sporting events, here in the UK. Therefore, in 1987, at a college football match (yes, American football type), when they asked us all to stand for the National anthem, my partner and I casually looked at each other, but did so. At the time, I knew the words, though not well, but we survived. At worst, we sang fairly quietly, just in case, but opened our mouths in all the right places. We then did it again, at an NHL match in Hartford, but we were more prepared this time. By this century, I’d caught on that this happened before every sporting event, and therefore when it happened at an Ice Hockey game in Seattle (WHL), I was ready for it! By then, I knew every word off by heart, and if anyone could tell me from a dutiful American, I’m disappointed!
Since then, I’ve sung it more than a few times, to say the least. In truth, I prefer it to our National Anthem, but enough said on that.
But in the last few weeks, standing to attention for the US Anthem, has come to the attention of many, because of people not doing so, at NFL matches. Fine, I can see some that think African Americans arent always treated fairly by the authorities, and I’d agree, they’re right. Well, as much as a Brit can tell, anyway. But fine, my view that whatever, disrespecting your national anthem, and flag, is wrong. I can see their case in a way, but…I’m not overwhelmingly a fan of policing over there, lets just leave it at that.
Fine, I’m just glad we dont have this sort of situation over here to be honest, though there have been a few incidents over the years, though more relating to disrespecting opponents anthems, than our own. But yes, maybe its a generation thing, but I think thats wrong too! Mind, tonight, I had the misfortune to hear someone murdering ‘God Bless America’ in Miami, at the baseball, which was hard to respect lol! The singer, not the song!
Right, video time. I’m assuming from the mention of Madison, and A Trains, that this song is about life in New York? Regardless, enjoy, on the anniversary of 9/11
Yes, I’ve got an ‘interesting’ week at work next week, standard hours, but spread over 4 days, instead of 5! Yes, the extra day off might be nice, assuming I’m not too exhausted to enjoy it of course! It has happened once before, but at least then I was asked in advance if I didnt mind doing it, this time I only discovered it when I got my shifts for the week! Ah well…
To be honest, given that I pay a ‘small fortune’ for my Metro card, the more days I can use it, the better, so in that sense…agreed, I may well go out on Thursday if I can get straight on other domestic issues, but even so…11 hour shifts back to back on Friday and Saturday are going to be killers! Got another tomorrow as well, so dont expect to hear from me lol!
Right, rant over, enjoy the video
Did anyone work out what the anniversary was? Either way, you find out now.
11 years ago today, Kirsty McColl was killed in a diving accident in Mexico, aged just 41. I’m not going to comment on the politics of the incident, there is so much mystery and rumour shrouded about it, thats its safer not to comment here.
Pop music is a strange thing, to put it mildly, talentless acts with masses of hype (yes, think X-Factor) can have successful careers, while really good singers without said hype never get the popular following they so deserve. And yes, Kirsty was one of the latter.
Ironically for such a talented writer, 3 of the records she will be most remembered for were not from her hands. ‘A New England’ was a Billy Bragg song, though he did rewrite slightly for Kirsty, for obvious reasons. ‘Days’ was a Ray Davies (Kinks) song, and the one you get to enjoy later here was of course a Pogues song. She did have hits of her own, ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chipshop’ and ‘Walking Down Madison’ being 2 of the most obvious to talk about. Her own first record, ‘They Don’t Know’ was actually a massive hit for Tracey Ullman, who had more hype going for her than Kirsty did at the time. And not the only song that Tracey was wise enough to record of hers either.
But generally, much of her great music just seemed to fall under the popular radar, for whatever reason, but I loved it. Why, possibly because of her concern for others in a worse position than herself, and possibly because she had a wonderfully cynical look on life so often.
And yes, I just wanted to mark this day with little piece. As I say, I’m offering the most obvious piece of Kirsty, especially at this time of year, but just type the name into You Tube, and enjoy more if you have the time.
And yes, finding out that you’re transexual was definitely a very gradual thing for me, even if in hindsight, its very clear that my early reading material was definitely more for the girl side of me, it has to be said.
Even when I read books like the Famous Five (yes, I used to own all original 21 stories) I felt more affinity to Anne than either of the boys, so maybe that should have told me something? The big love though was pony stories, principally Ruby Ferguson (Jill series) and Monica Edwards (Romney Marsh & Rye area based, principally based around Tamsin Gray and Rissa Birnie) which should have been an even bigger clue lol! And yes, again, I related to the female characters in these stories too.
Musically, equally guilty, I grew up singing the lines of Judith Durham, Karen Carpenter, Agnetha Faltskog, Sally Carr and others, not the songs sung by guys. And alright, I swooned over Donny Osmond too, I dont know to what degree that worried my mother, but I’ll certainly never know now! Donny is definitely safe now anyway, lol!
The one I cant honestly answer, is when I first dressed up as a woman. Technically it was a primary school play, but I mean more in a personal sense than that. I may well have dressed in ‘Mummy’s clothes’ as a child, but I just dont remember it, strangely enough. I think it was probably about 30, I used some of my partners clothes while she was out, and it felt great, though I had no idea why. Nothing sexual, just relaxing in female clothes sort of felt right. But yes, it was over 10 years later, with the internet appearing in my life, that I found out why I had felt so wrong all my life.
From there its blossomed to where I am today, living as a woman full time, and it feels great. Of course I have regrets over the wasted life as a man, but hopefully that will be put right in the next life at least.
Right, I guess everyone is expecting one of those forementioned singers to be the video, with some applicable song. Well actually I briefly considered Jackie Lee, and White Horses, but decided to educate a few instead. Well hopefully some have heard of her already, but…
Just under 11 years ago, a great, and much underrated musical talent was taken from us after a diving incident in Mexico. She did have a number of hits, but much of her music seemed to go under the radar for some strange reason. Her name, Kirsty MacColl. If you havent heard her sing, go hunt her down on You Tube and elsewhere, though you could try my offering first.
This was not her first single, fame of sorts had already came with one previous big hit. And yes, you guessed it, this was not a hit chartwise! But the more fun, and yes, starting element here is someone who went on to find wider fame as a Young One. Yes, the first known sighting (to me at least) of Ade, or Adrian Edmondson. Hope you enjoy