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August 17th, 2010
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Catching up
I don't get much time to post during school holidays, so just a few things I want to record as diary entries, sort of...

(1) I've been gradually buying up older material by Green Day, and I got Nimrod last week. It has a number of tracks which are very well known from their stage shows, including Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). On Saturday I finally got a chance to listen to some of it, in the car coming home from dropping the oldest at his library volunteering. I started listening to Time of Your Life and just burst into tears, which surprised me slightly. I can only think it was because that's always the last song at a concert, so when Billie strikes up those distinctive first few notes you know your time's up. The stage version is basically a celebration of a fantastic concert, but the original album version, I discover, has strings and a generally more poignant arrangement. I played it through about five times on my way home.

(2) The whole family went to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard yesterday. I was looking forward to it anyway, because I've been on the Victory before and enjoyed it, but I was interested to discover how completely comfortable I felt on board. I have a slight tendency to claustrophobia - I prefer not to go in lifts on my own, and I could never go pot-holing for example, but I had no problem whatsoever in going down into the lower decks of the ship and down to the hold. They had a tape playing down there, of the sounds you would hear - the water swooshing and rushing, the rudder creaking, etc - and I just stood there for ages, leaning on a warm wooden beam and listening. I was vaguely aware that it was quite warm down there, but I was quite happy. By contrast, the moment we got back into the car at the end of the day (car park under a building, so no sun to make it hot) I immediately felt ... something. Just an awareness of my surroundings amounting to a slight, I don't know, itchiness or something. Strange.

As a by the way, and not the reason we went, two of my ancestors had links to Portsmouth - one of my ggg-grandfathers on my father's side was a Royal Marine in the Portsmouth Division in the early 1850's, and one of my gg-grandfathers on my mother's side was a Blacksmith at the Dockyard itself on the early 1860's. I'm guessing he went there for a couple of years as part of the move towards iron working in shipbuilding. (Portsmouth Dockyard built the world's first iron-hulled warship, HMS Warrior).





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From:candesgirl
Date:August 17th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
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A boy I worked with about 12 years ago wrote me a letter when he left the job, part of it was the words to that song, it still makes me think of him. I like the Nimrod album, but personally am more of a fan of Dookie and Longview is a favorite song of mine. I was 21 when it came out and it was popular at clubs and it still reminds me of that time in my life.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:August 21st, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Holiday from American Idiot is probably my single favourite track of theirs - one of my favourite tracks full stop in fact, and that's my Green Day era, the modern stuff, although there are definitely oldies that I like a lot too.

For me, Green Day are definitely a love of my more mature years, shall we say, as I didn't discover them until the end of 2008! My clubbing days were pretty much over when I went away to University (1975), so my youth was set to Slade, Sweet, T.Rex etc. Probably a large part of why Life on Mars hit me so hard right in the heart and soul.
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From:gritsinmisery
Date:August 17th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
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We went down to Portsmouth a couple of times when we lived in Surrey -- still have a photo of Elder-Son perched on a cannon. Thought I'd never get warm after we toured the Mary Rose...
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:August 21st, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
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I remember you said before you'd lived in Surrey - whereabouts, and when? I lived in Worcester Park near Kingston for a couple of years in about 1980/1.

Yeah, I remember the Mary Rose in the hall with all the mist being sprayed all over her, but I went there on a day when it was boiling hot. We were drinking water and cans all day and never once needed the toilet - strange the things you remember! The new hall is being built around her at the moment and I definitely want to go back once they've got everything organised. They're going to have the ship herself on one side and the artefacts laid out opposite, matching where they belong in the ship.

Edited at 2010-08-21 12:10 (UTC)
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From:gritsinmisery
Date:August 21st, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
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One block outside the M25, halfway between the M3 and the A3, in New Haw. (Cobs Way, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey if you're of a mind to GoogleMap it.) The MoD used to have a studies group in West Byfleet at some old manor house (they've since removed to Farnborough and been reorganized) that Hubs worked with as part of an exchange program between the MoD and the think-tank in Los Angeles that he worked for in the 90s.

You have to remember that the last time I saw the Mary Rose was 1993...
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