Monday, 13 February 2017

While you were away



We have returned (reluctantly) from our seven days of (mainly) sunshine, enjoying the delights of Benalmadena by day and the flesh-pots of Torremolinos by night. But what did we miss?

Snow, damp and cold, mainly, by the looks of it...

The news doesn't seem to have been any different to when we left - Trump is still an arsehole, all the political parties in the UK appear to be in-fighting, the Middle East is still a hell-hole, and "celebrities" continue to wallow in the back-slapping mêlée of the awards ceremony season. Among other non-fake news: Britain's most reviled rip-off merchant supermarket giant Tesco announced a merger with Booker cash'n'carry (so they will continue to peddle even more bulk-buy shit upon the masses); that over-hyped "talent sponge" GaGa drew the smallest audience in four years for the American SuperBowl with her interval show; we gayers received some unlikely support from a group of "leading retired bishops", who criticised the church's intolerance of homosexuality; Mein Kampf the Daily Mail was exposed as an "unreliable news source" (surprise, surprise) by Wikipedia; and - far more relevant than the "courgette crisis" - there is a threat to Britain's fish'n'chips thanks to a strike by Icelandic fishermen.

We missed celebrating the 90th birthday of the magnificent Leontyne Price, "national treasure" Denis Norden's 95th and the centenaries of the peerless Zsa Zsa Gabor and of the romantic novelist Sydney Sheldon. We waved a fond farewell to the fab (out-gay) actor Alec McCowen, to comedy writer Alan Simpson (who with Ray Galton was responsible for some of Britain's best-loved comedies such as Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe & Son and the Frankie Howerd Show), and of course the headline-grabber Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, socialite, "It-Girl", model and friend of Prince Charles.

We may be back in the cold and damp, but the daffs, snowdrops and cyclamen are all heralding the fact that Spring is just around the corner. And, as is traditional, we have brought back a little sunshine-and-tackiness-combo from our trip. Here, on this Tacky Music Monday, is the remarkable Dolores Vargas and Se va a Covadonga!


Sigh.

6 comments:

  1. So sad about Tara. She had so much energy.
    Welcome home!! You have brought some sunshine back, it has been flipping freezing, so you have saved some pennies on the central heating!
    Sx

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    1. It was like a fridge in the flat when we got back, there was water all over the bathroom floor from a leaking mixer tap, and another apparent leak from upstairs in the kitchen which we'll have to let their landlord know about - so as you can imagine we were even more overjoyed to be back.

      However, the weather today is sunny and we have been sat in the garden (checking the fox damage), so it's not all bad!

      Jx

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  2. I can't see the neighbour's front door for the hills of snow.

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    1. Well, that's put paid to spying on their goings-on, then... Jx

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  3. Thanks for the news update. Didn't hear about Tara P-T's passing. Sad.
    Hope you had a wonderful trip.

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    1. She received endless coverage in the British media, but I suppose she was somewhat less famous in the US of A.

      We did have a wonderful trip - although the tan is starting to fade already :-(

      Jx

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