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500 miles

Today I woke up with this song in my head.  I will share the lyrics also and in my mind I’ll replace man with “woman”!   Anyhow, how appropriate I find the sentiments of this song for me today.  This song, for me is a symbol of integrity in sticking to your friends and being loyal to them, helping others to your utmost, which is what I think that I do.

Yes I would walk 500 miles to help a friend!  Here is a cover version that I like !

I’m Gonna Be by the Proclaimers

When I wake up, well I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next you
When I go out, yeah I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you
If I get drunk, well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you
And if I waver , yeah I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s wavering next to you
But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
When I’m working, yes I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s working hard for you
And when the money, comes in for the work I do
I’ll pass almost every penny on to you
When I come home (when I come home) well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you
And if I grow-old (when I grow-old) well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s growing old with you
But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
When I’m lonely, well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s lonely without you
And when I’m dreaming, well I know I’m gonna dream
I’m gonna dream about the time when I’m with you
When I go out (when I go out) well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you
And when I come home (when I come home) yes I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who comes back home with you
I’m gonna be the man who’s coming home with you
But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
And I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
Songwriters: Charles S. Reid / Craig M. Reid


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Do you Hear what I hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear

Carrie Underwood

Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb
Do you see what I see
A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite
Said the little lamb to the Shepard boy
Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky Shepard boy
Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song
High above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea
Said the Shepard boy to the mighty king
Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king
Do you know what I know
A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

 

Songwriters: Noel Regney / Gloria Shayne

I love this song, do you?


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Hello, is anyone there?

albert china telephone

A long long time ago …. I had one of these beautiful Royal Albert china telephones!   Well it was just for show, it didn’t work.  After a while it got broken by my cat.  Our Shandy cat loved to sun himself on the window-sill in my study.  One day he hopped off the window sill onto my low book-shelf on which my phone sat —  kitty accidentally knocked the telephone off the book shelf onto the carpet and it broke.

Never mind.  But lately I got to remembering when we had a real dial telephone at my childhood home and even a telephone stand and chair which you sat on …. and if you had lots of numbers toward 9 or the zero at the end of the dial to use …. you would have to wait on tenterhooks when you were in a hurry waiting for the rotary dial to slowly ever so slowly wind its way back a circuit, so you could put your finger in the 9 or the 8 or whatever!

Tonight I saw someone on a television auction programme selling a retro rotary dial telephone and it got me thinking what would it have been like to have been there at the time of the switchboard exchanges —  telephoning the Operator and asking to be put through to someone.

The telephone exchange is a telecommunication system which revolutionized the use of the telephone. When Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson invented the telephone, the utilization of this device was limited. By 1876, the longest call made was a distance of only two miles.  The use of the telephone was then limited to business purposes.

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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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Dumfries House & Murano Chandeliers

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Click   HERE   for wonderful photos of Dumfries House including the Pink Dining room with its Murano glass chandelier !

The YouTube video below shows the complete documentary on the restoration of Dumfries House.

Designed by the brothers John Robert and James Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House, set in 2000 acres in Ayrshire, is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.   It was built in 1759 for Earl William Crichton-Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and Knight of the Order of the Thistle (in 1752) .  The substantial estates were inherited by the Earl’s nephew, Patrick Macdouall-Crichton.

The estate passed onto the 7th Marquess of Bute but in 2007 there was no money to maintain the up-keep of the grounds and of the beautiful stately house, and it was put up for sale.  The house contains some of the most important collections by master furniture-maker Thomas Chippendale.  Due to its significance and the risk of the furniture collection being distributed and auctioned,  in 2007 the estate and its entire contents was purchased for £45m by a consortium headed by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, including a £20m loan from the Prince’s charitable trust.

The vision of HRH is to restore Dumfries House to its former glory and to preserve British workmanship and architecture, as a part of Scottish heritage, for present and future generations.  Regeneration has by no means been confined to the house.

References follow.

https://dumfries-house.org.uk/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6244662.stm