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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And ME!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
And ME!


Happy birthday John Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations John you should have told us earlier

We could have organised a virtual party with virtual champagne and caviar

Many happy returns
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Congratulations John you should have told us earlier

We could have organised a virtual party with virtual champagne and caviar

Many happy returns


and I would have baked John a cake!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I'm not one for birthdays, had too many! Razz

But let me tell you what happened last night.

It's Pantomime time! Mrs W's little niece was performing as a page boy in Cinderella at Coventry Belgrade Theatre, about 8 page boys been at since before Xmas, dancing and singing their bit on stage, so a big family night at the theatre was arranged, about 25 of us at last night's performance to see our star performer.

Pantomimes are great fun, and Cinderella is such a laugh with a comedian playing the part of Buttons, and two blokes always dress up as the two Ugly Sisters. The costumes were fabulous.

The script is always different though, and the Coventry production had parts for boyfriends for the Ugly Sisters..... and 'volunteers' are 'selected' from the audience. It was a stitch up, yes myself and mate Sean were the boyfriends, every so often the Ugly Sisters would call on us, up we went to get more costume added, and suffer a SNOG from the ugly sister, who wore A LOT OF LIPSTICK!

What a hoot! And we did our best to ad lib gestures and 'dance' when necessary, to entertain over 800 in the audience. We didn't get drenched in water or shaving foam but the lipstick died my hair! Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy birthday John!

Are you a redhead now?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Punk rocker with pink highlights! Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds as if you had great fun John.... Very Happy

Bit late but hope you've had a very......

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very Happy Birthday to Neil Diamond

70 years young today and still turning out some great music Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A very Happy Birthday to Neil Diamond

70 years young today and still turning out some great music Very Happy



I'd like to second that
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh it's hard to believe he is that age. Still a wonderful singer/songwriter.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry but I can't stand Neil Diamond. He only wrote one good song, Cracklin' Rose, and that was over 40 years ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's one of his best ones I agree.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Monkees' A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You was good as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think his best was one of his lesser known tracks

'Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon'

Can't remember which artists covered it but absolutely superb track Very Happy

I also think 'Kentucky Woman' is underated
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cliff Richard did and I've heard a German version, not sure if it was Cliff or someone else as it was a very long time ago!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd forgotten that Helen but now I come to think of it I recall the Cliff version was played on SOTS about 12 months ago

The artists I'm thinking of I believe were American and I think it was their only hit record but I can't for the life of me remember their name

I've heard it on the Jeremy Vine Show
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, I think I know the one you mean! It's going to bug me now!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had to Google it! Think the version you are thinking of is by Urge Overkill and I vaguely remember it on JV.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap also did it, I remember that one as well.

Forget the German version, I'm mixing it up with Cliff singing Ein Girl Wie Du which is the same tune as She Wear's My Ring. Not sure why I confused them...............! Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Helen, it was the Urge Overkill version I was thinking of but I do now remember Gary Puckett doing it in the late 60s

Anyway whoever performs it I think it's one of Neil's best songs which is not played enough on radio
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this one ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvXCYqd8AAs

Saw a very enjoyable documentary about him a while back on BBC4

When he was at Glastonbury he looked as if he was having the best time ever!.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Many Happy Returns today to Alicia Keyes who is 30 today

I not really a fan of her style of music but there are a couple of decent tracks of hers I do enjoy if I'm in the mood
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's Many Happy Returns today to Alicia Keyes who is 30 today

I not really a fan of her style of music but there are a couple of decent tracks of hers I do enjoy if I'm in the mood


I like Falling and I did like the Empire State of Mind the first 200 times I heard it, there are some drab euro club sounding tracks I don't like but in general I'm the sam as you Rudd, pretty lady too, only 30 been around for ages. Not that she looks older than 30 just seems she's been around for a bit
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I did like the Empire State of Mind

I loved this version of that with Brigit Kelly that was on Later with Jools....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qk_fAi5PuY

Etta James is 73 today ....best know perhaps for this exquisite song ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVI254QGSQ4


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:21 pm    Post subject: Today's Famous Birthdays Reply with quote

Re:Etta James. I read in the Sunday Express that she'd been diagnosed with diabetes AND dementia recently.

Isn't it flaming typical that the talented people have all this misfortune and yet the Victoria Beckhams of this world carry on in their own nothing way?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Becky: that indeed is exquisite. And Duffy chose it on Tracks Of My Years on Ken Bruce's show yersterday!

Etta James also did the original of Chicken Shack's 1969 hit I'd Rather Go Blind.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Alicia Key's Empire State Of Mind, one of the best songs from last year.

I also loved the Newport Newport version that did the rounds on youtube until it was removed for copyright reasons!
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becky sharp wrote:
Etta James is 73 today ....best know perhaps for this exquisite song ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVI254QGSQ4


Knew the name but not heard anything by her, great sound. Love it
Did you see the Rosetta THarpe doc on BBC4 last week?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the other ones birthday today
Andrew Ridgley from Wham! 48
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Knew the name but not heard anything by her, great sound. Love it
Did you see the Rosetta THarpe doc on BBC4 last week?

Yes ...she sure could pluck that guitar.....I love the BBC 4 Friday night music programmes!

Glad you liked the Etta song.. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed when playing it this morning that Beyonce' had done a cover of that Etta song I do quite like Ms Knowles, and her voice so will give it a listen later
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Today's Famous Birthdays Reply with quote

Phil Collins turned 60 yesterday - and I bet that footage of David Armand dancing to You Can't Hurry Love on 'Fast & Loose' was an additional present!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I woke up this morning to find I had made it to the grand old age of 56

Quite a nice day so far, my elder son made me breakfast before he left for college , kippers as a special treat and so far I've had three cards and a batch of M&S vouchers not to mention two large dead mice from the cats

I don't want to spoil my appetite though as I'm going to a carvery later on with family and friends but my proper present happens next weekend when we're going down to Cardiff Millennium Stadium to watch the Rugby League Magic weekend which they do every year with four matches on the Saturday and three on Sunday

Can I be cheeky and ask whether anyone can bake me a virtual cake because although I'm alright at cooking I'm absolutely rubbish at baking Smile
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Happy Birthday, Rudds, 56 huh. My mum-in-law would say- still just a baby but you are old enough to be my dad, well, almost. Iím not at all certain that as your nemesis I should bake you a virtual cake but since itís your birthday, and Iím a nice-ish person most of the time, Iím prepared to put aside your undeservedness just for today.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Birthday Ruddles, you share it with my Dad and my friend Jackie who now lives in Texas.

Have a great day, and I can't compete with Rachel's cake!

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ruddlescat wrote:
Well I woke up this morning to find I had made it to the grand old age of 56

Quite a nice day so far, my elder son made me breakfast before he left for college , kippers as a special treat and so far I've had three cards and a batch of M&S vouchers not to mention two large dead mice from the cats

I don't want to spoil my appetite though as I'm going to a carvery later on with family and friends but my proper present happens next weekend when we're going down to Cardiff Millennium Stadium to watch the Rugby League Magic weekend which they do every year with four matches on the Saturday and three on Sunday

Can I be cheeky and ask whether anyone can bake me a virtual cake because although I'm alright at cooking I'm absolutely rubbish at baking Smile


Happy birthday Rudds
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to you all for the good wishes and I love the cake Rachel

You don't have to see me as your arch nemesis because there are quite a few things I do agree with you about and it's probably just that we both have strong opinions which don't always coincide particularly when it comes to one Mr Evans

As my screen name suggests I'm quite a pussy cat really but occasionally I do get my claws out when provoked Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy birthday Ruddles! Hope you have a lovely evening. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many happy returns, Ruddlescat.

Hope the carvery is good, and washed down with a bevvy or two.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a bit more than two Ron but I'm still here to tell the tale and I've got my usual Saturday night pub gig later on

Anyway thanks for your good wishes and to everyone else who posted yesterday
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