Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #19 Operator

KK just published our Friday prompt on the music blog we share, Songshine Sounds. She finishes up with an excellent question, I already have a piece of flash in mind so I’ll have to see if I can’t write something down in thew next few hours.

I can’t let this one go without saying a word about the song. I’ve never heard of this guy before, I don’t think he ever made it over here, so the track is totally new to me. I loved it – right up my street. But what about that ‘tache? Still, I suppose in 1972 we all had them (except I was four)!

Songshine Sounds

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Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.


Philadelphia-born folk and rock singer-songwriter, Jim Croce, produced five studio albums and numerous singles during his brief, seven year career. Today’s track was inspired by his time in the military, watching men line up to use the telephone booth, hoping to speak to their loved ones, hoping those Dear John break-up letters weren’t true.


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Scary Things (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday 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 makes 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.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


This time last year must have been a Wednesday, because here is a Fandango’s Provocative Question that I answered, about what terrifies me. Sorry, you’ll have to follow the link to find out!

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Fandango’s Provocative Question (15 January 2020)

In this week’s Provocative Question, Fabdango asks: What’s something you consider to be terrifying that you have come to accept as a fact of life? Actually, the question came originally from Melanie at https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/, from this week’s Share Your World post. I must admit that I prefer to share my world at my own pace, … Continue reading “Fandango’s Provocative Question (15 January 2020)”

Job Opportunities (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday 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 makes 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.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


Back three years today. I was coming up for two years since the stroke and was starting to think about work again. The first step to any job hunt was just getting my cv together so that if anything did crop up, I could react.

I have a definite preference for working locally, but in two years of looking, nothing ever came up. At the same time, I have developed this parallel existence, where I originally embarked on home-based projects to make sure my skills were sharp again. That was four projects ago…

Just before Lockdown happened, I’d resigned myself to looking further afield. The cities of Southampton and Bournemouth are not too far away, and I see jobs come up there, though not really at the level I once was. And then Lockdown – I haven’t looked for anything in the last twelve months, really, although I am still working on my home-based stuff.

Job Opportunities

Happy New Year to everybody. One of my goals for 2018 is to get back into employment. I have lots of experience in IT, designing and developing multi-user systems, mainly for financial houses and mainly in central London. There’s no reason why I couldn’t do the same kind of job, or something similar, once again. … Continue reading “Job Opportunities”

Tart (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday 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 makes 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.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


This one made me laugh. This is my daughter, aged almost two. And that is orange tart!

Tart!

This is my first post since the New Year, so I’d like to start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year. I hope, if you did anything, that you had a good time. I had a quiet time last night. I don’t go much past 9pm these days, I managed until about 10pm last night … Continue reading “Tart!”

Huh?

Sorry, no flashback Friday post again this week, so I’m a bit of a fraud but please, head on over to Fandango’s blog for other people’s flashbacks. What is the world coming to?

My post this week is related to Fandango’s, however. I wasn’t going to say anything, but since he raised the subject of shampoo…

Above is my current shampoo. Smells lovely! If they sell it where you are, you should try some.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the bottle proudly boasts 3-in-1. Not only will it shampoo my head, but it will condition it, and cleanse my body too. I feel as if christmas has come early!

I have just one question. What’s the difference?

One part of it cleans my hair. Another part of it conditions my hair. Yet another cleans my body. So how are all three different?

Okay, I’m not totally stupid. I’ve been using conditioner for years, and I know that’s different to shampoo. One, well, shampoos and the other conditions. So let’s take that off the table.

But what is the difference between hair wash and body wash? A healthy dose of marketing?

Bare (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday 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 makes 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.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


It’s funny that Fandango’s Flashback post is on the subject of being dry, because looking through my own posts, I couldn’t find anything remotely sharable from this day in history.

But to save you going away empty-handed, I did post this short piece of classical music, by Malcolm Arnold, a year and a day ago. He was heavily into writing film scores (he wrote the score for the Oscar-winning Bridge on the River Kwai), and you can hear this in the music – it’s very reminiscent of a British movie of the Fifties or Sixties. I studied music as a schoolboy and this is one that stuck with me ever since.

Funny, That (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday 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 makes 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.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


I had a quick look today and here is a post where I talk briefly about how our NHS sometimes falls short. In fact, on the group of us at this meeting, we all felt it had fallen short in some way or another.

Funny, that

I was having some coffee with my stroke buddies today. Someone started talking about one of the standard stroke tests. “That’s funny”, pipes up someone else, “I never had that test.” It’s funny, because we all had different stroke experiences, but a common theme was that we all felt let-down in some way due to … Continue reading “Funny, that”

I’d like to say that things have improved, but funnily enough, I have a poem written in my draft folder where I talk about some things that have happened since the start of lockdown, just 7-8 months ago. The poem felt a bit forced, so it seems an appropriate thing to mention them here instead.

  1. Another nurse at my wife’s surgery felt unwell. She was convinced it was “just” man-flu, any other time, she’d have felt shit for a few days, grumbled a bit, but still gone into work. But at the moment, what are you going to do?

So she self-isolates. Following guidelines, she requests a test, but is met with stiff opposition. Half a day later, exhausting several avenues before she finally was granted her test, she then had to wait 10 days for the result (the actual test had a one-day turnaround). All the while, self-isolating. 500 patients – people with chronic illnesses – all had their appointments cancelled.

  1. Just before the start of all of this, my eighty-year-old auntie was in hospital. She was unceremoniously discharged, to make space for COVID patients. “Try these tablets and see how you get on.” Make room for one sick person by getting rid of another sick person.
  1. One of my charity clients has persistent dizzy spells. In June, one such spell sent her crashing down the stairs. Ambulance, hospital, where a doctor came along, patted her on the head, and sent her home.

I can kind-of understand that there might be nothing they can do for her, so they send her home. But, patting someone on the head?

Angry Face (Fandango’s Flashback Friday)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Flashback Friday 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 makes 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.

Oh, and thank you to Jennifer at Paperkutzs for allowing me to use her image.


Come on, who agrees with me? This guy looks really pissed? From last year

A road sign which appeared really angry.

Angry Face

Ha ha ha, I am just going through my morning notifications and I see that one of the blogs I follow has responded to a challenge of Things With Faces. It reminded me of a motor sign I once saw (and photographed) over in the Netherlands. Is it just me?