> Hi all. I'm celebrating with my friends literally everyday! Kinda tired from it. But in a two hours I have to go to, because I was invited to another party. > > Here some photos I made yesterday quoted1
Here the celebrations are well and truly over, done and dusted, finito as they say. We all went back to work on the 2nd. The decorations are removed almost everywhere, etc. And they are back to banging on relentlessly about sordid Brexit — like — everywhere.
Everyone loves British Cinema and telly dramas, etc. Of course I watched Bily Elliot, several times. There were also musicals and even a ballet adaptation after that film. It is a fantastic film — in the 80s Northern England during the horrible coal mine strikes (Thatcher times) in a working class family stricken by poverty — a little boy worked his way up to achieve his dream of becoming a famous ballet dancer. It is unreal. But they say it is a true story apparently. Very inspirational.
>> I don't really miss winter that much anymore, but always get a bit nostalgic about it round about this time of the year quoted2
>Since you are a bit nostalgic about snowy winter I just made this pic for you. It is a park near my home) quoted1
It is a lovely pic, We do see snow, as we go on ski resorts sometimes, maybe will go this Feb half term or Easter, but it isn't the same. Also my oldest son in December went for a school trip to the Alps to ski. But it isn't the same as having winter around you all the time — you know what I mean. And also — on the Continent the temperatures during winters are cold, but the climate is drier, so it doesn't feel all that bad if one is dressed properly . Here +10C during the winter feels like yours -10 C - I bet, as because of humidity and cold winds, etc. — the cold goes right through to one's bones. Another bad thing about the British climate is everyone here at one point gets arthritis. My mother in law has had it for 30 years. I don't have it and I hope I won't either, it is such a horrible disease, but a lot of people get it here. I was thinking maybe that is why here in England everyone drinks their tea or coffee with milk all their lives — to try and strengthen their bones mainly. Those who come here from the Continent drink their coffee and tea black (no milk) — mostly.
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> Actually I have a little crisis now, because I cannot find any new sound at all. quoted1
Have you heard of Birdy (British)? She is quite good — out of the new-ish rock stuff. It is light rock, folk rock mostly. You probably have heard her track — Wings - it featured in Game of Thrones, Vampire Diaries, — was released in 2013 and went global
She is quite popular here now and her tracks are reaching no ones in the charts in the US and Europe Her newest album is Beautiful lies. She is quite good really, like a female version of Coldplay really.
This is what the critics say about her - compared to Adele
Reviewing "Beautiful Lies" and comparing Birdy to Adele, some musical cricits stated that "van den Bogaerde shows herself to be more energetic and versatile than her omnipresent peer, the potential is there one day for her to snatch away the crown...it's clear there's a vitality in van den Bogaerde's artistry that Adele, who nevertheless is divinely gifted, lacks in her recent work...Heaven's the limit."
About Birdy - biography - she has a rich cultural and musical background:
Birdy was born on 15 May 1996, in Lymington, UK ] Her father is Rupert Oliver Benjamin van den Bogaerde, a writer (author of Daybreak Into Darkness under the name Rupert Bogarde); her mother is Sophie Patricia (née Roper-Curzon), a concert pianist. Birdy learned to play the piano at the age of seven, and began writing her own music at the age of eight. Her parents were married in 1995 and have two other children: Jake, born in 1997, and Caitlin in 1999. She also has two elder half-brothers, Moses and Sam, from her father's first marriage.
Birdy studied at Priestlands School and Brockenhurst College, a sixth form college in the New Forest, as of 2013. Her maternal grandfather is Captain John Christopher Ingram Roper-Curzon, the 20th Baron Teynham and a member of the Peerage of the United Kingdom, and she grew up on the family estate near Lymington, Hampshire. Her great-uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde. She has English, Belgian (Flemish), Dutch and Scottish ancestry. ]
Birdy's second given name, Lucilla, was the name of her father's stepmother.
Birdy's stage name comes from the nickname her parents gave her as a baby, because she opened her mouth like a little bird when being fed
P, S, You know what I find — as a trend of many decades in England — the richer and more noble the background of the singers — take Birdy or Pink Floyd, Coldplay, etc. (artists from upper class backgrounds) — the more sophisticated their music. I think it is to do with the language as well. In private schools here they teach kids to talk differently, have different values, etc. If you take pop genre and all that — most are from working class families and although talented — their number one goal is the money and being commercial, the artistry is second. If it happens, it happens (like Freddy and the Queen for instance - Freddy was a very common guy) — his stuff turned out very commercial but still sophisticated enough: if it doesn't it doesn't (like Robbie Williams or Cheryl Cole or Spice Girls) — popular tracks and very sellable around the world, but lack some sophistication (more commercial but attract your average listener, rather than a more tasteful one).
My youngest two are going private now - starting a private school soon (the oldest has been in a private school for a while now), and it is not actually a bad thing after all. In my daughter's school -I am talking her normal comprehensive state school she is in at the moment- although a very good one, not her ballet or drama (these are separate out of hours schools) — most children speak very well, but not the same as they do in any private school. And her language has always differed, because in a ballet school and drama they teach them to speak primarily the same as in a private school; and in her ballet school she is surrounded by such kids and parents. Part of the bullying problem she started encountering in a comprehensive last year was not even the fact that she was chosen all the time to do this or that role, but also the speech — she started standing out too much — cause in her comprehensive there are quite a few working class kids as well (not just the middle), and here in England the classes (working, middle, upper) — they all hate each other with venom, it has remained a very class society — here in England it is like nothing ever changes. Such is life I guess.
With all your English «knowledge» and all that — the truth is you don't know our culture, even if you watched Billy Elliot and listened to Adele. Do you get it? You have to live in the country to know the culture. I lived in yours, you never lived in mine, so you can never assume any ordering tone with me, mate.. Do you see what I am saying at all? Your attempts to have a go are doomed. Sorry. But I do like talking to you from time to time, so you can hang around if you wish. If you don't, then it is cool as well. Noone is bothered.