Monday, June 19, 2006

O Waly Waly

I play in a string ensemble once a month as well as regular orchestra, and we played a suite of folk songs arranged by John Rutter this afternoon. One was called "O Waly Waly" about which there was a heated debate about what the title meant. Noone knew. So like the sad geek I am I looked it up on Wikipedia as soon as I got home. Apparently "O Waly Waly" means "The water is wide" and it's quite a well used folk song which has also had a lot of "pop" recordings. I listened to the Beers family link from Wiki and it turns out that I know the folk song! at uni, our Methsoc were friends with a cuple who livd near by who used to invite us all round for food and folk singing (okay, it sounds geeky, but actually it was great - learning old songs in parts and harmony) and this was one of my favourites! How strange.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Queuing in the the post office today. Man races in to the back of the queue with his wife/girlfriend shouting "you just don't do that to your friends." And then shut up.

Do what?!!!!!!!???????

Thursday, June 15, 2006

TA DA!!!!

Originally uploaded by Leighbob.


I haven't blogged for ages! feeling a bit bad now, but we had a really great weekend in Derbyshire with our friends and I then had three bits of crappy news to come home to on the Monday! so didn't feel like blogging for a while.

You may have seen from L's blog that we've started doing the "brain training." I was too tired to do it last night, but it's pretty fun and you do see improvement in some of the exercises (calculations are not always so much fun though and just show how poorly I know my 7 times tables...and that I still keep falling into the Yx0 = Y trap of old... at the beginning of maths lessons in the third year at middle school [the delightful Mr Riches] he used to pick two people from the class at random and two sets of tables using his special 12-sided dice (!) - one person to recite one table forwards and the other to recite it backwards. Oh the fun the day when Cheryl had a complete mental block about her nought times table - got sorted by about 6 times nought...).

I see that L has referred to some possible shenanigans over the brain age test - he got a score of 21 yesterday by choosing the 3 tests he did! Though to be fair, some of it isn't his fault - for some reason the machine will not recognise him saying "blue," leading to the word being repeated several times at varying pitches!!

But the big news is that I finally finished my goddaughter's birthday present today! Her birthday was at the end of April but I've been doing a mammoth cross stitch that needed sewing and everything so I only finished today (piccie tomorrow!). It's a banner thing so I also had to go and buy dowel today for the top and the bottom - thank goodness for little country town shops! Went into the DIY shop in Watton today, and they cut my dowel into the right sizes and only charged me for the bit I wanted to buy - hurrah! Quite amusing though - the shop-owner's wife and daughter decided they'd try and saw it for me - standing in the back doorway of the shop, massive saw, no table, no safety equipment, and a lot of jiggling going on as they sawed..... Only in Norfolk.