Saturday, 4 April 2020


We Brits have the perfect answer to how we deal with this bally virus-thingy!

What do we do...?


[Thanks, Crog, for this one]

Friday, 3 April 2020

If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing

Oh, dear, Another one.

The loss of the lovely Cristina, darling of early 80s New York's artistic post-punk, post-Studio 54 scene; collaborator with August Darnell (of Kid Creole and the Coconuts and Machine fame), Don Was, Jean Paul Goude, Robert Palmer and even John Cale is a great one - for it has brought fond memories flooding back from when I first encountered the lady; with her sardonic and slightly twisted cover of this Peggy Lee classic:

However, this is also the end of another week working in our living-room during lockdown - and I have greater cause for a celebration that even that fact, for as of 4.30 today I will be officially on leave (albeit in similar environs) until after Easter!


Thus, we need to lift our spirits and pretend we have a party to plan. And what better way than with another of the lady's faboo numbers - here with admirable support from (an uncredited) Kevin Kline - and Thank Disco It's Friday!!

RIP, Miss Cristina Monet Zilkha (née Monet-Palaci, 2nd January 1959 – 1st April 2020)

Thursday, 2 April 2020

"I heard that!"

Glorious tulips in the extensive gardens here at Dolores Delargo Towers

Sharing a birthday with another mismatched ensemble of notable names such as Marvin Gaye, Serge Gainsbourg, Émile Zola, Camille Paglia, Linford Christie (who is - gulp - 60 years old; as was the gorgeous Michael Praed yesterday!), Ken Tynan, Emmylou Harris, Casanova, Sir Alec Guinness, Paul Gambaccini, Buddy Ebsen, Sue Townsend, Hans Christian Andersen, Michael Fassbender and Keren Woodward of Bananarama, our eternal house favourite Dame Penelope Keith blows out 80 candles on her cake today!

In these troubled times, we need as much uplift as we can possibly get, so let's wallow in just a few clips from the great lady's classic comedy moments - as the indomitable Margo Leadbetter...

Many happy returns, Dame Penelope Anne Constance Keith, DBE, DL (née Hatfield; born 2nd April 1940).

We love you.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Your quarantine theme song

A bizarre "meme-y" thing has apparently taken off out there in the interwebs, and as it's quite fun, I thought I'd share. Just enter your twelfth birthday into the Official Charts Company archive, and what ever is Number 1 in the charts on that date is allegedly your "quarantine theme song"! [The Yanks presumably should use the Billboard Chart search engine?]

Being greedy, I thought - why stop at one song when you could have two, and both in the company of the lovely and talented Pan's People?

At #2, last week's #1, an enduring novelty song classic:

...and the chart-topper:

August 1975 was indeed another world.

So, dear reader - WHAT'S YOURS?

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

I can't wait for the musical

Disney has announced that they are delaying a film about a loveable ill pangolin who is saved by his trusty friend, a market-dwelling bat.

Piper’s Poorly Pango was already in production when the studio cancelled the sentimental movie about the unlikely duo’s quest to find a cure for a mystery illness, which takes them across all of Hubei province.

Director Tom Logan said: “It’s gutting to have to pull the plug. Pango the pangolin and Piper the horseshoe bat would have roamed China, interacting with all kinds of other creatures, to find a cure.

“The illness was really a metaphor for fear, so the movie had an important message to children about how if you share your fears by hugging as many people as possible, they’ll go away. Which is apparently ‘irresponsible’ now.

“The climax of the movie, a thrilling chase through Wuhan’s wet market, would have had audiences on the edge of their seats. Such a shame it’ll never be seen.”

Disney’s head of marketing Carolyn Ryan, commented: “Pangolins are incredibly cute. We’ve got warehouses full of cuddly pangolins, pangolin bedsheets, pangolin backpacks.

“Now people are only going to want to buy them to beat them while screaming furiously. Which works for us.”
The Daily Mash

Of course.

[The "real" story.]

Monday, 30 March 2020

Of de tijd stil heeft gestaan

It's the start of another turgid week in lockdown, but we just have to grit our teeth and just get on with it, I suppose.

The sad news that one of our fave Dutch artists the lovely Liesbeth List joined the great oom-pah band in the sky last week provides us with a chance, however, for a triple-bill of jollity on this Tacky Music Monday, as we recall her typically up-beat music...

...first up, with an early hit from way back in 1969:

Next, a remarkable bit of weirdness; a duet with frequent collaborator Ramses Shaffy from the lady's own television show - about which I said back in 2013 when I first came across it:
The accompanying footage features (for some baffling reason) Mr Shaffy in what can only be described as a gold sequinned strongman costume, trapped in a topaz globe, while Miss List reclines nonchalantly and appears to sing a completely different song. No drugs involved there, then.

And, finally, the song that first brought Miss List to our attention her at Dolores Delargo Towers, when we purchased a vinyl compilation album of Dutch hits from 1974. We love this, and sing it whenever we are in, heading to, or even thinking about, Amsterdam [which is a lot; but less-than-likely to happen this year - sob, sob]:

That's brightened me up!

RIP Liesbeth List (born Elisabeth Dorathea List, 12th December 1941 – 25th March 2020)

Sunday, 29 March 2020

An important public message from Maria Von Trapp

I couldn't resist posting this:


[Thanks to my sister for alerting me to this one!]