Days grow short

Maybe this will be another thing I share every year, just so beautiful!!

Such a beautiful song, such a wonderful and seasonal lyric by  Dennis Britt,  Jaime Hanna and  Alan Miller:

Leaves fall in the cool October air
Days grow short and I can’t remember, where I saw you last
Turned against the summer light
Walking off on that final August night, I was there on my knees all alone
In a world where nothing ever stays the same
I am left with only things I cannot change
You’ve gone away
And left me things I cannot change

Smoke will rise and the fire always burns
Sands will drift and tides will turn and I can’t wrestle with the sea
Rearrange the sky or fight against the wind
Anymore than I can bring you back to me
In a world where nothing ever stays the same
I am left with only things I cannot change
You’ve gone away
And left me things I cannot change
So far away and left me things I cannot change

Left me things I cannot change
Left me things I cannot change

Dr Kildair and pogo sticks

The great thing about crosswords and quizzes is that they trigger all sorts of quests to find unknown answers, and sometimes to find what the answers actually mean. For example I didn’t know that  the longest inland river in China is the River Tarim, nor did I even know there was a constellation the Square and Rule, otherwise known as Norma. I didn’t know the person who named ‘ecology’, ‘ecology’ was a German scientist called Ernst Haecke and I certainly never gave the inventor of the pogo stick a thought – he was George B. Hansburg who patented it in 1957, which was sixty-six years after a man in Wichita,  another George, George H. Herrington had patented a sort of spring device attached to feet with which you could leap in the air, balancing with a pole. It was also thirty years after a patent had been issued in Germany (I don’t understand how a thing could be patented twice – I thought that was the point of a patent?) to Herr Max Pohlig and Herr Ernst Gottschall who had created a device they called a “spring end hopping stilt”. Pohlig and Gottschall are supposed to have created  the name of the ‘hopping stilt’ Po-Go…

Back to crosswords and puzzles… I didn’t know that Richard Chamberlain sang Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’…

Side saddle

Gosh, it seems I’m being constantly reminded of music from my childhood at the moment… today it is the ivory-tinkling Russ Conway, the man with seven and a half fingers and two thumbs, the man who had two number 1 singles, Roulette and Side-Saddle both written by Russ himself.

I didn’t realise Russ Conway was born in Bristol, and I didn’t realise that his real name was something else – though I am not surprised; it seemed the thing to change names to something which seemed more American and more glamorous… I became a little sidetracked by British ‘pop’ stars who changed their names

  • Russ Conway was born Trevor Herbert Stanford
  • Frankie Vaughan was born Frank Ableson
  • Mark Wynter was born Terence Sidney Lewis
  • Tommy Steele was born Thomas Hicks
  • cliff Richard was born Harry Webb
  • Eden Kane was born Richard Sarstedt
  • Vince Taylor was born Brian Maurice Holden
  • Adam Faith was born Terence Nelhams-Wright

Back to Russ Conway; he was born in 1925 and seems to have had a troubled early life and spent three years in Borstal, before joining the Merchant Navy. He served in the war, and it was during this time that he lost part of his finger in an accident. he had learned to play the piano while he was in Borstal, and after leaving the navy, eventually he found fame and probably fortune as a honky-tonk pianist, playing his own music as well as that written by others.

So here is Russ…