Monday, December 12, 2005

A Family Feud

Last night, I clashed swords with my father. Don't worry, it wasn't over anything serious and nobody was permanently injured.

What pray tell was this storm in a teacup all about? It centred around me challenging my father's affection for Dame Shirley Bassey. He was watching the Royal Variety Performance and saying how much he was looking forward to seeing his favourite singer (she has held a plavce in his heart since he was young himself); meanwhile I was suggesting that I preferred Katherine Jenkins... yeah I'm sure some of my reasons are a bit shallow (she is easier on the eye), but her singing voice has a hypnotic effect on me and makes my stomach turn to jelly.
Honestly, what is it with me and my Father and the Welsh?

My mother was on my side, so dad had to justify himself by sulkily declaring "Us pensioners have to stick together!" He then pondered whether or not Dame Shirley got a winter fuels allowance. I don't think she has need for it as he probably has at least one home in a warmer climate.

So who are you with... me or my dad?

You can read more about Katherine Jenkins here, or Dame Shirley - here. Or Watch videos of them both below.

Still on a musical theme... and I have done my bit for local band Nizlopi, in their attempt to bag the Christmas No.1 slot. I've just purchased JCB from HMV. If you were a child in the 80's, I promise you that song will strike at least a few personal chords. It is full of charm... and being acoustically driven it comes as a much needed antidote to a lot of the manufactured nonsense out there... especially the infectiously addictive money spinning Crazy Frog (which is basically just a brainwashing scam to harvest kids pocket money).

My next blog should return to "normal service", as I give you my verdict on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe... which I will be watching tonight at Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse.

Until then



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