Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Thinking young and growing older is no sin

Our very own "Lady Mary"

A rather special timeslip moment today - we're skipping way back to the year 1966..

Born in that year were a wide variety of British cultural icons: "Swinging London"; the first cross-channel hovercraft; the Severn Bridge; Alfie (the film and Cilla Black's hit song); "Bet Lynch" (in Coronation Street); Camberwick Green; Action Man toys; the Cybermen (in Dr Who); the Ford Cortina Mark II; Doctor Zhivago; Centre Point; "Alf Garnett" (in Till Death Us Do Part); the prototype Harrier Jump Jet; The Frost Report (which launched the careers of The Two Ronnies and John Cleese); Cathy Come Home; Longleat Safari Park; It’s a Knockout; the Barclaycard; Superdrug; David Hockney's The Splash; "Twiggy" (née Lesley Hornby)...

...and my sister Hils!

Fifty years?! My heavens, where do they go..?

Sharing, as she does, her birthday celebrations today with (among others) the late, great Terry Wogan (1938), Tony Bennett (1926), Martin Sheen (1940), Dolores del Rio (1905) and P. D. James (1920), I and Tony - and all our loyal "gang" of friends - celebrated the lady's fabulousness at her party on Saturday, but I am certain the celebrations will go on and on (not least at our annual picnic in a few weekends' time)!

So, what about some music to mark the occasion?

In the charts on this very day in 1966, at Number 1 was Chris Farlowe's soulful cover of the Stones' Out of Time, and the rest of the chart looked like this:
A pretty cool list, I must admit! However, at the #10 slot was a song that is - especially on a milestone day like this - a poignant one (it has been known to make me cry on occasions; let's see if it does the same for Hils).

It's the sublime Miss Dusty Springfield and Going Back...

I think I'm goin' back
To the things
I learned so well
In my youth

I think I'm returning to
Those days
When I was young enough
To know the truth

Now there are no games
To only pass the time
No more colouring books
No Christmas bells to chime

But thinking young
And growing older
Is no sin
And I can play
The game of life to win

I can recall the time
When I wasn't ashamed
To reach out to a friend
And now I think I've got
A lot more than
A skipping rope to lend

Now there's more to do
Than watch my sailboat glide
And every day can be
My magic carpet ride
And I can play hide and seek with my fears
And live my days instead of counting my years

Let everyone debate the true reality,
I'd rather see the world the way it used to be
A little bit of freedom, all we're left
So catch me if you can
I'm goin' back.

Cheers, Hils! Have a fabulous day.


  1. Awesome! Happy birthday Hils xxxx

    1. Merci beaucoup, cheri! I expect she's living it up in Prague as we speak... Jx

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    1. She's casting the runes as we speak... Jx

  3. Thank you for putting together such a lovely tribute to my favourite girl, and a lovely choice of accompanying song too. We had a very relaxing time in Prague and I hope that your trip to Amsterdam hit the spot for you and Madame Arcarti too, Cheers,

    1. Glad you had a lovely time in Prague - our trip to Amsterdam was somewhat (ahem) less than relaxing, as you might imagine... See you soon!


  4. Hi sweetie. We’re back in one piece from Prague, fortified with copious amounts of cake and egg nog :-).
    Thank you so much for the great pics and for the lovely song too. Where did all the time go indeed!! I think I shall be taking dear old Oscar’s advice… “Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.”
    Hope you and the boys are having a ball (or several of them) in Amsterdam. See you to celebrate your birthday when you get back.
    Love and hugs, Hils xoxo

    1. Ah, yes, as Lucille Ball famously said: "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."

      Glad you had a fab birthday - and, of course, the partying doesn't stop here! Jx

  5. You both have never looked lovelier xxx

    1. I think you'll find we probably have - but we certainly do try and "live our days instead of counting our years"! Jx


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