General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

13 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  September 23, 2018

    Another blast from the past. I was always fascinated with the tight, precise rhythm guitar sound – I’ve never heard that particular clang effect on any other song.


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    The Honeycombs were an English beat/pop group, founded in 1963 in North London, best known for their chart-topping 1964 hit, the million selling “Have I the Right?” The band was also notable for having Honey Lantree on drums, one of the few female drummers in bands at that time.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 23, 2018

      I think that I have that on one of those old compilations that turn up in opshops. It’s a great song indeed,

      I wonder how much of the stuff that’s popular music now will sound good in 2068 ? Of course, there was a lot of dross in all eras.

      • Gezza

         /  September 23, 2018

        There are so many songs from the 60’s and early 70’s that send shivers down my spine because of the musical arrangements. I think they’re brilliantly musically composed. But their lyrics make people wince today because they seem so trite and old worldly patriarchal – without knowing it. I still love them for their sound.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 23, 2018

          Who’s Next.

          Need I say more ?

          I think that you are being a little harsh on the lyrics; some are like that, some not. Delilah’s lyrics don’t look much when one reads them, but Tom Jones puts so much passion and pain into them that the result is surprisingly raw and untrite.

          Some of the really ‘popular’ songs are a bit gawdelpus, like Little Things Mean a Lot and Honey (see the tree, how big it’s grown) and the 50s/early 60s horrors like The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane and Where Will the Baby’s Dimple Be….

          Was it the BeeGees who had that awful dirge ‘Tooooooo Young to Be Marreeeeeed’?

          My mother hated that song with a great passion, also the one about the blind orphan.

          What about ‘Please, Mr Conductor, Don’t Put Me Off the Train.’ and ” The Little Drummer Boy’ ?

          • Gezza

             /  September 23, 2018

            Was it the BeeGees who had that awful dirge ‘Tooooooo Young to Be Marreeeeeed’?
            No that was the Hollies. I hated the lyrics but loved the lead break.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 23, 2018

              The BeeGees didn’t SOUND right, somehow.

              I can’t remember the lead break.

              I must go and do some housework, after spending the morning packing various things for the opshop, what a teejus thing to do.

  2. Gezza

     /  September 23, 2018

    Not such a nice day today. Grey skies and the southerly early morning has turned to a norwester now – back to the standard September weather for North Welly.

    I went down to feed Eli at about 9.15am, warm gear on. He took about 15 minutes to come up through the rapids after I threw a couple of meat chunks in and some bloody water. But he was onto the meat chunks straight away, and quite quick to catch the scent or taste of the meat on the stick over my side and circle over so he could cruise up tracking it.

    I fed him the first chunk in a deep spot, by hanging over the bank and stretching down, so the meat chunk was about mid-water. He cruised under it, so I tapped him gently with it & backed up and got it straight away.

    Then I walked 2 metres around to the feed spot at the Eel Spot and fed him 9 more small chunks off the stick there. He’s possibly worked out the routine now. He was as gentle as Ella taking the meat round there. He’s got a cute little face. Does frequent little kissy things with his mouth, tasting the water I guess.

    • Gezza

       /  September 23, 2018

      PS: As a reward for my success as an eel trainer I rewarded myself with a jet plane, a jelly worm, an eskimo and a milk bottle when I came back up.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 23, 2018

        My brother always takes back vast quantities of jet planes when he’s in NZ.

        I like milk bottles (not cheap, sickly ones) and acid drops (ditto) and was pleased to see Minties yesterday. Why don’t they have those ads now ? I had some acid drops a few weeks ago, and they were the real thing, very tart and unsweet. Lovely.

        Have you ever had the Mentos choccy peppermints ?

        Eli might be making kissy faces at you to say thank you.

        • Gezza

           /  September 23, 2018

          I just went out for a squiz over the fence and spotted Big Ella poking out of one of her hidey spots over the far side. She circled out over to the Eel Spot and by the time I clambered down with 9 dog roll chunks me eel feeding stick she was already tucked up under the overhang in deep water. She’s had her feed now too.She gave a good firm bite on the stick for one of them. I could feel her teeth gripping it, before she quickly let go. She’s dropped back down deep under the bank now.

          I looked up carp last night. There are several types in NZ, all imports. You’re probably talking about the Koi Carp – infesting the lakes and waterways from Waikato to Nortland? They contribute to poor water quality and are a serious pest her & in Australia. Look like overgrown goldfish?

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 23, 2018

            Yes, those are the ones. Bloody things. There aren’t so many at the moment, which may or may not mean anything….once, for some reason, a vast number of them died in a local stream and (faints at memory)

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 23, 2018

              As they can be and are eaten, why aren’t they commercially fished and sold here and abroad ? It makes no sense to waste them and let them be pests when they could be earning money while being eradicated.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 23, 2018

    Is there anything more annoying that some telemarketer ringing up at 5.45 on Sunday evening ? I am on the Do Not Call register, but occasionally some company ignores this. It has stopped almost all of these pests, though.

    A meerkitten on the news….isn’t he sweet ? I want one.