Saturday, 16 February 2019

Hasta la vista, amigos

This is a bit of a tradition, but... the time you read this, sweeties, we shall (hopefully) be in the air, well on our way to the delights of the Costa del Sol - which leaves only one song to play.

It is (as ever it will be) - Righeira!

Not that we like to think about it, of course, but "normal" service may be resumed in a week's time.

Friday, 15 February 2019

A nanananananana

Inadvertently, I've done it again...

As any fule kno, this here blog has been awash with "meme-ys" of late - this darn "#adecadeago" theme that Miss Scarlet has passed around the blogosphere like a rash - and today is no exception.

Out of the ether, I thought this choon would be a suitable one for the end of my last week in the office till March(!) [we fly to Spain tomorrow] - and lo and behold, ten years ago on this very blog I did exactly the same. What a cheerful happenstance!

Thank Disco España It's Friday! Sunshine, here we come!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Amor, amor, amor

It's Tapas, apparently, not a token of - ahem - love.

Ho hum. "St Hallmark's Day" is upon us - a day that sees hordes of bedraggled yoof buying equally bedraggled bunches of red flowers and clogging the supermarket queues, the only day in the calendar that such horrors as rose-scented chocolates are ever a "thing", and when sales of made-in-China fluffy toys with sickly "love" slogans go up.

I have always hated it, needless to say [see here and here for previous rants].

However, I have found an (hilariously) appropriate song to add to our countdown to Spain, which complements the mood perfectly...

I hope you have a tear in your eye after that one [from laughing, most likely!].

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

La fantasia musical de gran espectáculo

Darlings! While doing some - ahem - research for suitable music to add to our countdown to Saturday's trip to Spain, I came across this, and thought it would be churlish of me not to share...

It's exactly the sort of thing we get up to when we're on holiday.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

That's when good neighbours become good friends

You know you're getting old when... discover that every teen girl's (and gay boy's) lust object back in the mid-90s, Aussie soap Neighbours pin-up and prime chicken Billy Kennedy aka Jesse Spencer is 40 years old!

He's apparently still a "soap star", albeit in a fireman-based drama series in the USA today. And yes, he's still hot...

Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12th February 1979)

Monday, 11 February 2019

Oyeme mi cuate vamos a bailar

This "Lunes" is not Tacky

Groan. As is typical for the UK our weekend was all cruddy, rainy, gloomy weather, and today and for the rest of the week it's gloriously spring-like with not a cloud in the sky. And all we can do is look at it through the tinted windows of the office (if comrades haven't closed the blinds, of course) and stifle in the stuffiness of the office. Dammit.

This is, however, nothing to be too upset about - we at Dolores Delargo Towers are in full "countdown mode" to our annual pilgrimage to Spain this weekend! So, on this Tacky Music Monday, how about...

...a totally bizarre dance routine to accompany a cheesy version of Jailhouse Rock - in Spanish?!


Have a good week, dear reader.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

You taunt me with memories

Here's a good one - how to combine birthday celebrations for a revered Diva with a sort-of-ongoing "meme" (#adecadeago - see here, here, here and here)...

It is the 82nd birthday today of the divine Roberta Flack [she shares the celebrations with that "national treasure", classic-era Blue Peter host Peter Purves (who blows out 80 candles!), with Leontyne Price (92) and with Robert Wagner (89); today would also have been the 109th of Joyce Grenfell].

Needless to say, ten years ago I also did a blog post to mark the occasion [there having been a long-standing "mystery" over her date of birth, at the time I had it as being her 70th...], and I did similar a month later for the birthday of Aretha.

It is from the latter rather than the former blog, however, that I have chosen to lift this classic "supergroup" performance [out of which line-up Miss Flack is sadly the only surviving member] - it's long overdue another airing, methinks...

Utter perfection.

Flack Facts:
  • In her early career Miss Flack accompanied opera singers at the piano, but was "discovered" a few years later in the early 1970s as a performer at a jazz cabaret club.
  • Her big break came when Clint Eastwood chose the song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for the soundtrack of his directing debut Play Misty For Me and it became the biggest hit of 1972.
  • She was once the neighbour of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when they all lived in The Dakota apartment building in New York.
  • She was the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year on consecutive occasions – in 1973 for The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and the following year for Killing Me Softly (With His Song).
  • Her Roberta Flack School of Music in the Bronx provides free music education to underprivileged students.
Many happy returns, Roberta Cleopatra Flack (born 10th February 1937)