Mad as the Mist and Snow- March 2015

Mad as the Mist and Snow..

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An Appointment with Mr Yeats 

Mad as the Mist and Snow is an exciting song conjuring up excitement and delirium like Mad March winds whipping up Spring. W.B. Yeats poetry interpreted by Mike Scott, evolves into great music, great songs. What more could you want in life.? This track makes me want to run and dive into the Atlantic or something.! I Saw The Waterboys recently at The Roundhouse in Camden, they didn’t play any songs from this Album as they were promoting a new album more bluesy influenced. Mike Scott has a very distinctive voice and you could actually hear the lyrics which I have to say isn’t something that I have come across in a long while.

As I have been getting about a bit recently, I also saw The Unthanks at The Roundhouse a few weeks back an interesting set up a folks influenced group from Newcastle. Fantastic vocals, great singers and musicians. Unthank is an actual surname. Strangly enough, in my job someone called me up with that surname, not so long after me discovering this group. (spooky)

Speaking of Newcastle my home town. The Ramonas  played t at The Think Tank Newcastle an All female band, devoted to The Ramones! The singer looking strangely like Joey Ramone! Another night out on the town for me! I know, I bet your wondering what’s happening to all the walking!

Previously in a recent visit to my home town, I saw a  Ramones cover band  they all wore black wigs and were pretty good. But I have to say I saw The real Ramones in Queens New York, a free gig back in the early 80’s it was an open air event and they were on the same bill as Meatloaf! The Ramones were all about the energy and are great to listen to for a pick me up.

Just writing about what sometimes occurs when I don’t go on walks.!

As Spring is in the air I have been actively pursuing my calendar and booking off annual leave  and have some walks lined up.  Things are taking shape and it looks like my walking activites will pick up more in the Spring. I guess I don’t love the winter that much. It’s ok if you live in a city where it’s easy to get out into the hills, or coast such as Edinburgh or Newcastle. London it is still 50 miles to get out to the coast. I’m currently staying at South Shields a five minute walk from the beach. On Friday evening  I walked along the beach with my old flat mate and dog.  The light was fantastic ( I came out without camera and phone) but it was fantastic to see ships and just a bit of space.

My most recent walk with the group


Starts: Coulsdon South Railway Station
Moderate paced walk through woodland and then Happy Valley to Coulsdon Common for pub/picnic lunch at the Fox pub. Then over farmland via Chaldon village and over Farthing Down to the Rail Station.

 Photography and walking with a group

I had to stop to take a shot of this. I only had my newly acquired I phone and I can’t say that is going to take place of my proper camera but it’s handy enough.

Thing is when your trudging along in a large group.(last walk was 31) it can be slow. whereas I started off at the front of the group I ended up at the back as I stopped to capture images. This pony seems to have been given a whole truck load of bread thrown at it..!

The picture looks  very green. I know it’s a wooded area but that is not a quality photo. Rethink- and then rethink again. Am I going to get a digital camera ? Carry on with my 35mm films , Probably all of the above/? Come the resurrection all such matters will be dealt with.!

Pony with a wide selection of bread

Pony with a wide selection of bread


Until next time.

I will love you and leave you..x

Happy Easter

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