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Happy Birthday Rabbie!

January 24, 2010 3 comments

It’s the birthday of Robert Burns! Or at least it is going to be very, very soon! Apparently his birth date is debatable but am willing to not get too pedantic about that point. Point is, his poetry and fascinating life is definitely worth remembering and celebrating.

I think what I love most about Burns and his poetry is that he was inspired by such ordinary things. You feel like you get to know him a little bit through reading his poems. He wrote about work, surroundings, family and probably most of all and most famously about love. He is well known for being “casual” when it came to love and that comes across in some of his work. Sometimes I think people forget that he loved dearly though. He loved and he lost. “Ae fond kiss” is heart breaking and it shows a totally different side to him. He was real.

I cannot choose a favourite poem. It changes constantly. But since I mentioned it before, here is a video of Karen Matheson and Paul Brady performing “Ae fond kiss”. I love, love, love Karen Matheson’s voice. Teamed with Burns action = perfecto!

Oh and on a more ridiculous note (to stop me getting teary over the beautiful song) I found these rather wonderful shoes on Weird? Very much so. Definitely considering them as a wardrobe essential though. Maybe taking it too far. Hum.

Anyway…Happy Birthday Rabbie! (251 years, I think! Eep!)


January 12, 2010 2 comments

Ah. I have given in. I just ordered Twilight by Stephenie Meyer from Amazon for not very many pounds. I kind of missed the whole hype around it. I was aware of it but I did not know what it was all about. Still don’t. I suppose I shall find out soon.


January 5, 2010 3 comments

This made me laugh. I also think my head just did this.

I am sitting filling in application form after application form for placements. It’s tricky. Life would be simpler if they just let you send in a CV. Instead, they all create their own different forms. Some are very bizarre. I think I mentioned the dinner party question before (one form asks you to list your dream dinner party). I have STILL not filled that one in. I will get onto it tomorrow.

In sadder news, my bassoon is currently injured and is undergoing treatment with a hairdryer. I really wish that was a lie. But it’s not. It shall recover soon I’m hoping.
In the meantime, I can play my new game…

Now that definitely is a lie.


January 4, 2010 Leave a comment

i have one.
it is mini.

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drever, mccusker, woomble…

January 2, 2010 1 comment

…and a mini bit of heidi talbot.

I have loved this song for a long time. I love this trio. I stumbled across it today though and thought I would put it here. It is so, so beautiful.

“When we steal what we can, with the courage to be free,
And I’ve found where I belong among the poorest company.”

Hello 2010!

January 2, 2010 1 comment

Happy New Year!

New Year always seems quite over-rated in many, many ways. I’m not really into making resolutions as I think they are often a little bit vaguely specific. Does that make sense? I think it might be better to be specifically vague. Point is, I can’t operate them. I prefer to just look back on the year that has been cause it’s always good to learn from the good and the bad and new year would appear to be a good opportunity to take a wee snapshot even if learning is forever ongoing. Wow Gandhi is forvever on the mind. Not intentional, but…

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ”

School is still challenging and it continually gets harder and I feel like I am forever losing concentration. I’m over halfway through now and there is a goal at the end of it that is becoming clearer and I can see now that it may just all be worth it eventually even if it feels like a pain a lot of the time.
Israel changed, and is still changing, my life.
Friends are wonderful. New and old. Old and young. I learnt to ask for help. I learnt to ask questions.
Failure is hard but maybe 2010 will have a shiny driving license in it.
I love music; meeting people who encourage you to play it and to play it well. I love to listen.
Responsibility for things you love is hard work. But definitely worth it.
Learning to take responsibility and not avoid it because it seems too hard, impossible. Being more confident.

It seems really easy to want to dive into the new year with all these grand ideas about you can do things differently but it takes time to learn. It takes time to grow. The future is exciting but I’m glad I don’t have to do it all at once and I can just be me.

“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln