Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge (26 June 2020)

NewEpicAuthor says that the links to his MM Music posts can go any way we want, and it is just as well. I listened to the MM Music Challenge this week and got to the lyrics. All those “Ah”s and, frankly, it sounded like we were at the dentist!

The Barron Knights were/are? a UK band, who specialised in spoofing serious pop tunes. At the back end of the Seventies, they had some commercial success – the clip I am presenting today was from Top of the Pops, the UK’s main chart show at the time.

In fact, one of my very few claims to fame was that I used to be friends with the daughter of one of the band members. When I came across her a few years ago on Facebook, meeting me had obviously made such a big impression, she had no clue who I was.

Anyway, I think this was their biggest chart hit (but we’re not talking Madonna here, as you’re about to see). Jim’s song today reminded me of that dentist in Birmingham!

Addendum

The three songs that they spoof, by the way, the first in by Boney M, which I’m sure we’ll all know; the second is The Smurf Song, from around that time. I think it was Dutch in origin so travelled internationally, even to get to the UK; the third was a spoof on a song about the Manchester artist L. S. Lowry, who’d only recently died. The original song is a wonderful tune and reached #1 here. It wouldn’t surprise me if it never travelled, if nobody has ever heard of Lowry, but I shall include the link to the proper version below.

And, if you don’t know Money M, they were a brilliant German band from the disco era.

Maturity (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


I have never before written a post on this date, so you’ll have to settle for one close by. This is from last year.

Obviously, something must have come up on the news, and I passed comment on it. The headline argument was framed around sexuality, but actually the question was about – I shan’t say the age of consent – but perhaps, the age of appropriateness. This issue itself is long gone, but I’d still be interested to hear any views.

Mister Bump

Part of me chuckles whenever some kind of sexuality-based issue comes up. LGBT, Pride etc. I mean, I have a broad notion that a couple should be able to behave as they wish, as long as it is consensual, but beyond that, it raises an eyebrow that it is such a big deal for people.

Actually, I should not be surprised because with any non-hetero situation, there has been an associated fight for equal rights, and equal rights is important.

There’s an issue currently with some schools in Birmingham. I have no school-age children so, as you might imagine, it’s not a topic I follow closely, so I might have this wrong. A group of schools up there are teaching kids about relationships. The teaching includes gay and bi relationships, and I’m not sure if all the schools involved are primary schools (4-11 years), but certainly some of them are…

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