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  1. Old Music Thread

    This song was already 35 years old when Janis performed it nearly 50 years ago, so I assume it counts as 'old music' Still a classic and a great arrangement.
  2. Green Man Festival 2017

    First time at Green Man for us too but we'll be back. What a magnificently put together festival. Ticked every box. Brilliantly organised, great mix of acts and activities and I caught the Oh Sees who were stunning. Talk about hard working.
  3. Word Association Game

    DAFT Glastonbury stalwarts But having just got back from a superb Green Man Festival I think I've found an event that tops Glasto, in terms of location, general setting, (the backdrop of the Brecon Beacons is magnificent), organisation and variety. Run by people who really know what they are doing.
  4. Word Association Game

    CRAZY One of life's originals. Arthur Brown, still touring at 75. Dismissed by some as a one hit wonder, yet Arthur can also be credited as a significant influence on many other performers. This vid doesn't really get going till 5 mins in.
  5. Word Association Game

    Horses come in many colours including bay and CHESTNUT Gene Clark was a founder member of the Byrds and wrote many of their early hits. Allegedly he left the band after a falling out because he was picking up extra income from his song writing royalties. Here's a re-union with Roger McGuinn doing Chestnut Mare. Liked the feelgood of Dock of the Bay Oneeye.
  6. Word Association Game

    You get water in a RIVER This is possibly my favourite version of this Springsteen classic. Great arrangement - love the piano.
  7. Things that annoy you ?

    On the thread subject of things that annoy you, I got home tonight in time for the Audi mechanic to arrive to fix my non-winding-down electric driver's door window. He spent half an hour stripping the door down, got the replacement part out of the box, and then discovered he'd been sent the wrong part. Hopefully he'll be able to re-order the right bit tomorrow but he goes away on a fortnight's holiday on Saturday so whether he'll be able to fix it before he goes is uncertain. Any other non-functioning window I can cope with. But I smoke in my car with the driver's window down and I can't while it's not functioning.
  8. Things that annoy you ?

    On the thread subject of things that annoy you, I got home tonight in time for the Audi mechanic to arrive to fix my non-winding-down electric driver's door window. He spent half an hour stripping the door down, got the replacement part out of the box, and then discovered he'd been sent the wrong part. Hopefully he'll be able to re-order the right bit tomorrow but he goes away on a fortnight's holiday on Saturday so whether he'll be able to fix it before he goes is uncertain. Any other non-functioning window I can cope with. But I smoke in my car with the driver's window down and I can't while it's not functioning.
  9. Green Man Festival 2017

    I may be wearing my Grumpyhack T Shirt but it's a bit faded and worse for wear now (a bit like its owner). However should you be stewarding the caravan and campervan field I'll be arriving on Thursday afternoon in a silver Audi Estate towing a big twin axle Dethleffs camper caravan. I'll have a big flagpole with a scarecrow windsock. If you spot it at any time during the festival do call in for a bevvy or two.
  10. Green Man Festival 2017

    it's lovely to make people feel welcome and help them start their fest off with a smile. When I've stewarded at festivals I've found that the people you help at then entrance will sometimes remember you later and even offer to buy you a drink in the bar. I certainly remember the welcome I get at festivals. It can set the mood for the weekend.
  11. General News Discussion

    I sat through a staff development meeting about a year ago when two of the twenty attendees spoke Welsh. So a translator was hired and we were all issued with headsets. 18 of the 20 spoke in English and the two spoke in Welsh. The problem is that I am deaf and wear hearing aids. So every time the two Welsh speakers contributed I had to take out my hearing aids to put in the simultaneous translation headsets. In the end I gave up and just passed on listening to the contributions from the Welsh speakers. When the meeting was over I went up to them and we happily chatted in English. I explained my difficulty and they filled me in on what I'd missed. Reasonable adjustments for one person can cause difficulties for others.
  12. General News Discussion

    I grew up in Bristol and we wore daps at school. I think pumps was a term more commonly used in the north of England. My point is that in different parts of the country different words are used for the same thing, so a medic needs to be able to understand the words commonly used in the area where they are working when talking to patients. Obviously between medics - such as doctor to chemist - they need to understand standard medical terminology..
  13. General News Discussion

    Wooooo, language and nationalism certainly spark people off. Forgetting the Welsh issue and looking at things from a broader perspective, I would first of all want any health professional to be good at their job. I've had three lots of neuro surgery and my greatest concern was that in the operating theatre the surgeon knew his or her job. However in the operating theatre when I'm under anaesthetic I'm not party to the conversation. At the GP or discussion level then it's important that there is clear communication between doctor and patient and that can often be a language issue, especially when discussing some parts of the body. In different regions of England, or in different social or linguistic groups, words used can vary. Consider for example, the many different words that may be used for penis. If a patient goes to a doctor with problems 'down below' the doctor has to understand whether the patient has problems with their feet or another part of their body. I seem to recall courses being run for GPs arriving to work in the north of England to make them aware of commonly used local phrases or idioms that might not be used in the south. Another example might be the range of words used for sports footwear - pumps, daps, plimsolls or trainers. There's probably a Welsh word too.
  14. General News Discussion

    Stepping into this discussion may be a bit like treading on eggshells. I was born in England but have lived for the last 40 years in mainly English-speaking South Wales. I have never learnt Welsh as I have never had the need or the enthusiasm. I speak French tolerably well and that language gets fairly regular outings on holidays in France. But I do understand the desire to keep Welsh alive and recognise that will benefit from Welsh being used as much as possible in everyday life. Part of the problem has been some poor teaching of Welsh in schools. Both of my daughters went to English language schools in Wales and hated Welsh lessons and dropped the subject as soon as they could - though they chose to continue to learn French, which they enjoyed. When I taught in adult and community ed there was something called 'embedding' (sometimes described as 'teaching by stealth') when you had to build into your teaching a few things in addition to the core subject without making a big deal of it. So I was expected to embed a bit of Welsh and also ESDGC (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship) and Literacy and Numeracy. I'm afraid my Welsh embedding didn't get much beyond greeting the class with Bore da though I was pretty good on ESDGC and the Literacy and Numeracy.
  15. Word Association Game

    CANNONS 1812 Overture with cannons Though the standout version for me has to be Bill Bailey with bicycle horns. It's all good but the 1812 starts at about 6 mins in.
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