Day 330 – Quota cover

Step forward Emily Linge, the 12 or 13 year old singer who apparently wowed audiences on a UK TV singing competition last year.

Lovely mature voice, if a little over-produced, and the song a little too slow for my liking, but it’s a-ha so it’s still good. And she’s 12 or 13, so it’s actually pretty impressive.

Here’s the original, shared on this blog just several (or more) years ago.

I’m knackered. Can’t keep up this unpacking, sorting out, mending pace.
Might take a break tomorrow.

Day 279 – Braai Grid

How about this, then?

(mince pie for scale)

This was a Christmas gift from my wife: several kilos of 5mm steel to put in my Weber and cook things on. This will be especially useful in the near future, as our new place doesn’t have a built-in braai (yet). And no, it’s not something that the band offer as official merch on their site, so I’m guessing that it’s probably unique.

It’s led to me wondering if they ever released any appropriate songs for this sort of thing, and of course, yes they did:

Braaiing In The Rain
I’ve Been Losing (Barbeq)You
Braai Wolf
Hunting Braai And Low

And of course, their huge hit with instructions on how to use this hefty item:

Steak On Me

I’m so very sorry.

Day 277 – Top Nine

Here are my 2020 “Top Nine” photographs on Instagram.

I think that they’re decided by likes and attention, rather than any sort of consideration of actual composition, lighting and/or skill.

Maybe they’re relying on the people doing the likes and giving the attention to makes the judgement on the composition, the lighting and/or the skill.

Morten dominating there, clearly. Also some pre-lockdown cricket, a tree-climbing beagle and a quick and dirty ISS shot. And don’t let’s omit the shipwreck in the sun.

Some decent memories there.
Seems like there were some moments worth remembering after all.

Day 235 – Surprise Analogue

I was in a local supermarket this morning, carefully picking my way between the cold meat section, the bread roll table and the coughing shoppers (wait, what?), when I heard a familiar voice over the shop’s rather tinny music system.

Why yes, it was Morten Harket.

And he’d brought along his two friends as well.

But while you might imagine that a South African supermarket playing a-ha would obviously opt for one of the Big Two (Take On MeĀ or The Sun Always Shines On TV), this particular establishment went for the somewhat lesser-known Analogue (All I Want).

I’m sorry, you don’t recall that song from the Norwegians’ back catalogue?
But how, given that I shared it on this very blog back in August 2012?
Have you not been reading carefully?

Actually, I’m surprised that you don’t remember it from its original release back in 2006. After all, it reached the heady heights of Number 10 in the UK Hit Parade, Number 33 in Germany and a superb Number 91 in Romania.

I wonder how many records you have to sell to get to Number 91 in Romania?
A hundred?
Fourteen?
Six?

I was never actually a huge fan of the Analogue album, if I’m honest. But hearing the title track faintly in the background while paying for my groceries did brighten my Monday morning up just a little bit.