Choo choo

I have just turned the tv on in preparation for my favourite show on tv, the quiz show EggHeads.

It is one of these get-rich-quick programmes where you start off with something worth a cent, you “discover” it, then you auction it for $1 million. Utter rubbish.

They just had an old train set on, and for the very first time I heard the term M & B – mint and boxed. And then they went into a spiel about how most toys are worthless, because they have been been played with, and the valuable ones are those that have never even been opened.

And I’m just sitting here thinking how sad that is, to have a toy that’s never been played with.

TickTock Tuesday #38 (30 June 2020)

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.


I mentioned last week how this series of posts will shortly be coming to an end. I plan just a few more after this.

I did want to take the opportunity to recap a couple of artists, though. One thing I have learned during this series is to be very careful how I use the word “favourite”, but both reggae music and the band Aswad are right up there. When I feel the music, I feel like I’ve come home.

So I thought I’d present one of Aswad’s today, hot on the heels of my Song Lyric Sunday post, which was also by Aswad. This one has always been one of my favourites (that word again!), since forever, even among Aswad’s other tracks. I’m less comfortable nowadays with terms in the lyrics like little woman, but I suppose that was the parlance of the time – this is one of their earlier tracks, from 1983, and is real, old-school roots reggae.

Of course, none of this music ever charted, but I love it.

Quiz Time (3)

Fancy exercising your brain again? I know, it is Sunday…

This is the third batch of questions I released for my Age UK newsletter. Again, there are one or two questions that I wouldn’t expect anybody to know if they’re not in the UK, but see how you do. Just for fun, answers below.

Questions

1.

What is the capital of Libya?

2.

We probably all know that Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain, but what year?

3.

How many times can you take a cookie from a jar of 20 cookies?

4.

How much does a first-class stamp cost?

5.

Tallin is the capital of?

6.

In 5 years, the combined age of a man and his son will be 80. Given that the age difference between them is 30 years, how old is the son?

7.

We might all be locked down, but in what year did Elvis sing about being locked up, with Jailhouse Rock?

8.

What is the name for a group of rhinos?

9.

Who was Prime Minister when the NHS was formed?

10.

Just now, at the start of lockdown, when the Premier League was suspended, how many points were Liverpool leading it by?

Answers

1.

Tripoli

2.

13th July, 1955

3.

Only once. After that, it is a jar of nineteen cookies, and so on. [Thanks Farida for asking a very similar question.]

4.

76p

5.

Estonia

6.

In 5 years, the father will be 55 and the son 25, making a combined age of 80..
So, right now, the son is 20. [Thanks, again, F.]

7.

1957

8.

A crash!

9.

Clement Atlee, in 1948

[Incidentally, when you talk about Trump winning with a minority vote, the same thing happened here all those years ago. Clem was kicked out in the 1951 General Election, despite winning the most votes.]

10.

25, having played 29 games. They had 82 points, while their closest rival, Manchester City, had 57 points, having played 1 game fewer.

[Liverpool duly went on to win the title when the Premier League resumed last week. The triumph was accompanied by mass celebrations out on the streets of Liverpool. Watch out for the spike coming your way soon!]

How’d you do? Easy Peasy, huh? Don’t worry, the next batch were harder!