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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Charlie O. » 31 May 2020, 00:09

I learnt that Amanda Lear, '70s model (that's her walking with a panther on the cover of For Your Pleasure) turned disco singer, was the inspiration for the Stones song "Miss Amanda Jones" (on Between The Buttons).
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Postby Flower » 06 Jun 2020, 14:34

I've recently become aware that an alarming number of people don't know the proper use of the police/fire emergency number. :o

https://www.911.gov/using911appropriately.html
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Postby C » 08 Jun 2020, 19:03

What 'doobie' meant and how the Brothers got their name




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Postby Diamond Dog » 08 Jun 2020, 20:04

I learnt just now that it's highly likely one of my postmen - who I've known personally for the best part of 40 years- has dementia. He's been signed off for two weeks whilst tests are done but.... the signs have been there for some time. I'm pretty much wiped out by the news, to be fair.
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Postby Sam Stone » 09 Jun 2020, 09:41

C wrote:What 'doobie' meant and how the Brothers got their name




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Bloody hell, C, you have lead a sheltered life.

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Postby Sam Stone » 09 Jun 2020, 09:46

The Penny Lane the Beatles sang about was actually named after James Penny, an 18th Century owner/trader of African slaves

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Postby harvey k-tel » 09 Jun 2020, 12:24

A person who studies flags is called a "Vexillologist".
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Flower » 09 Jun 2020, 12:29

Sam Stone wrote:The Penny Lane the Beatles sang about was actually named after James Penny, an 18th Century owner/trader of African slaves


Before you boycott the Beatles.

While the song is called "Penny Lane" and is a road in Liverpool, the song is really a reference to the Penny Lane Bus Station (now gone) next to "The shelter in the middle of the roundabout" (now the Sgt. Peppers bistro).
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Postby Charlie O. » 09 Jun 2020, 12:53

Flower wrote:
Sam Stone wrote:The Penny Lane the Beatles sang about was actually named after James Penny, an 18th Century owner/trader of African slaves


Before you boycott the Beatles.

While the song is called "Penny Lane" and is a road in Liverpool, the song is really a reference to the Penny Lane Bus Station (now gone) next to "The shelter in the middle of the roundabout" (now the Sgt. Peppers bistro).

I understood that it was a whole neighborhood (in any event, if it's about a bus station, why are they singing about the banker and the barber and the fireman?).

In any event, wouldn't they all be named after the same Penny? Boycott The Beatles!!
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Postby Flower » 09 Jun 2020, 13:05

From Wikipedia ..

Penny Lane is a road in the south Liverpool suburb of Mossley Hill. The name also applies to the area surrounding its junction with Smithdown Road and Allerton Road, and to the roundabout at Smithdown Place that was the location for a major bus terminus, originally an important tram junction of Liverpool Corporation Tramways.The roundabout was a common stopping place for John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison during their years as schoolchildren and students. Bus journeys via Penny Lane and the area itself subsequently became familiar elements in the early years of the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership. In 2009, McCartney reflected:

"Penny Lane" was kind of nostalgic, but it was really [about] a place that John and I knew ... I'd get a bus to his house and I'd have to change at Penny Lane, or the same with him to me, so we often hung out at that terminus, like a roundabout. It was a place that we both knew, and so we both knew the things that turned up in the story.

Lennon's original lyrics for "In My Life" had included a reference to Penny Lane.[10] Soon after the Beatles recorded "In My Life" in October 1965, McCartney mentioned to an interviewer that he wanted to write a song about Penny Lane. A year later, he was spurred to write the song once presented with Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever". McCartney also cited Dylan Thomas's nostalgic poem "Fern Hill" as an inspiration for "Penny Lane".Lennon co-wrote the lyrics with McCartney. He recalled in a 1970 interview: "The bank was there, and that was where the trams sheds were and people waiting and the inspector stood there, the fire engines were down there. It was reliving childhood."


Btw ~ I'd rather boycott boycotting ... :)
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Postby C » 10 Jun 2020, 23:14

Sam Stone wrote:
C wrote:What 'doobie' meant and how the Brothers got their name




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Bloody hell, C, you have lead a sheltered life.


:lol:

I can't ever recall anybody from where I came from calling a joint a doobie

Nay, I can't






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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Flower » 11 Jun 2020, 00:10

That Sneelock is six foot three inches ... or not but he's happy ..
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Postby Sam Stone » 11 Jun 2020, 10:23

C wrote:
Sam Stone wrote:
C wrote:What 'doobie' meant and how the Brothers got their name




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Bloody hell, C, you have lead a sheltered life.


:lol:

I can't ever recall anybody from where I came from calling a joint a doobie

Nay, I can't






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Yes, doobie was always a bit of a wanky American high-school name, but then with the possible exception of the sublime Black Water and Takiing It to the Streets, the Doobies' mindless chugathon boogie numbers were always a bit wanky and American high school themselves.

That said, with the entry level drug of choice around our way being nasal passage-shredding sulphate, if I'd asked any of my contemporaries if they'd "care for a toke on my doob" when I was growing up, I'd have had my head stoved in.

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Postby C » 12 Jun 2020, 13:43

Sam Stone wrote:That said, with the entry level drug of choice around our way being nasal passage-shredding sulphate, if I'd asked any of my contemporaries if they'd "care for a toke on my doob" when I was growing up, I'd have had my head stoved in.


:lol:






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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Sam Stone » 13 Jun 2020, 09:05

In 1880, a minutes work would buy you, on average, four minutes of artificial light.

By 1950 it was up to seven hours.

By 2000 the figure was 17 times higher.

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Postby Sam Stone » 13 Jun 2020, 09:09

Not one of Europe’s 100 most valuable companies was formed in the past 40 years, a period that coincided with the EU embracing "a stultifying hostility"* to innovations ranging from GMO crops to bagless vacuum cleaners.




*Words in quotation marks belong to Matt Ridley the author of the book from whence I stole the figure and not mine

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 13 Jun 2020, 22:56

I’ve finally caved in to seitan. It’s really nice!
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Rayge » 16 Jun 2020, 13:42

harvey k-tel wrote:A person who studies flags is called a "Vexillologist".


I learned that Harv has never watched The Big Bang Theory...
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Sam Stone » 16 Jun 2020, 16:43

Rayge wrote:
harvey k-tel wrote:A person who studies flags is called a "Vexillologist".


I learned that Harv has never watched The Big Bang Theory...


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Postby Six String » 16 Jun 2020, 18:34

California had a $5B surplus in the budget before Covid-19. It now has a $54B deficit because of it. Yesterday they had to balance the budget. I haven't read about the cuts yet but it can't be good.
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