Skip to main content

Touched and Travelling Alone - LBC Post

Last week, I didn't do my usual LBC (Loose Blogging Consortium) post.  That day I blogged for a competition to win an iPad. It was supposed to be a post to make me persuade my husband to shave more, sponsored by a razor blade company.  However, as I'm not greatly into making my husband shave,  I guess my efforts went to waste.

Another reason why I chose to blog other than my usual LBC post was really because I couldn't get any inspiration from the post title either.  "Touched".  I looked at it again and again.  Positively (or rather negatively) zero inspiration.

I got my inspiration over the Christmas however. That's why I'm blogging on the double this week - two topics, 'Touched' and 'Travelling Alone'.

One of Ireland's favourite Christmas songs is "The Fairytale of New York" by the irreverent Pogues.  Sung by Shane McGowan and the Pogues, accompanied by Kirsty MacColl, it's actually about  a fight between an Irish immigrant couple in New York who have fallen on hard times.  Drunken fights and broken dreams are part of the Irish nightmare and I don't know why, but this song struck a chord with many, myself included and has been the cause of many a tear shed around Christmas.  I visited a couple of blog by Irish expats over the Christmas, and sure enough, there it was, the 'Fairytale' with its usual dose of nostalgia.  Curious, I followed a couple of links and got the shock of my life.


I was taken aback to learn that Kirsty MacColl, who sang the female role in the duet, died tragically in 2000.  She was only 43 and her death was an accident.  In fact she died saving her son's life, if the report I read is true.  I felt so sad.  I never knew, as I was busy with my babies in those days and not taking notice of  international news.

She was a lovely singer and I always liked listening to her.  Her songs were always unusual and thought provoking.  I don't think she ever became as famous as she should have been, but I'm sure she'll never be forgotten.  Especially at Christmas when there are Irish people listening to the song she made famous along with Shane McGowan.

As for travelling alone - well I was twenty six when I first travelled alone to India to see the man I would eventually marry.  I was scared.  I knew no one in India and I hadn't heard from him in months.  But somehow it all worked out.  I wouldn't, however,  recommend going away without internet contact and all that to anyone.  We just didn't have that sort of thing back then.  Anyway, the son of an old friend of mine from Ireland is travelling through north India and Nepal at the moment. He's never out of touch with his family thank to Facebook and the internet.  Times have changed.


This is my weekly post for my blogging group, the Loose Blogging Consortium. We post weekly (usually simultaneously) on a given topic and visit each other to see the different takes we have on the same topic.  We are, in alphabetical order, AnuDeliriousRummuserGrannymarMaxi, Magpie, Maria SFocdwriterPadmumPaul, The Old FossilShackman and Will. If you have time, please visit my friends too.  The topic 'touched'  was given by Will Knott.  The topic 'travelling alone' was given by Paul.

Comments

  1. The Fairytale of New York is one of my favourite Christmas songs.

    It was so sad that Kirsty was killed the way she was and you are right, she died saving one of her sons. She had such a wonderful talent.

    I hate travelling alone and think you were very brave to go so far when you were so young x

    ReplyDelete
  2. The travellers of today have it easy with cellphones, internet connections, GPS and maps, sure they have no idea of what REAL travel is about. You and I did it without any of these aids and lived to tell the tale. glad it all worked out for you.

    Will you have the opportunity to meet the young man now travelling through north India and Nepal? I do hope so.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yes, you took the ultimate trip alone. Yours was permanent! I can only imagine how nervous you must have been!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Clever idea to combine two posts in one and very nicely executed. My compliments.

    I think that the charm of traveling the old way is lost. I would like to do that kind of traveling again, without all these modern gizmos and connectivity.

    My late mother would always caution me not to board or alight from a running train. The first time that I flew, I preempted her and promised not to board or alight from a flying plane.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It was such a tragic accident. It's also one of my favourite Christmas songs.

    What an amazing journey you had!

    ReplyDelete
  6. @Teresa Ashby: Lovely to see you here Teresa. I am glad you read this, I needed to share this story with someone who appreciated Kirsty....

    ReplyDelete
  7. @Grannymar - yes, it's very different nowadays.

    I hope that young lad gets in touch if he needs to, I told his family to give him my contact details and tell him to feel free to drop in.

    ReplyDelete
  8. @Delirious - yes I was nervous, yet nothing could change my mind.

    ReplyDelete
  9. @Rummuser - Thanks for the compliment. I don't know, I think it's great to have so much connectivity nowadays. Somewhat safer too.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Annalisa, great to see you over here. Strange how I missed that piece of news all those years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I had the good fortune to see Kirsty and the Pogues play - though not together. Good nights.

    ReplyDelete
  12. You traveled alone to India! At any time in life, you're braver than me.

    Blessings ~ Maxi

    ReplyDelete
  13. @Blackwatertown: I saw many great acts in my time, unfortunately neither the Pogues nor Kirsty. I envy you.

    ReplyDelete
  14. @Maxi - I think that you are a very brave person.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for visiting me. Please let me know you were here

Popular posts from this blog

Global Peace - Is It Possible? LBC Post

I can't believe it's Friday already and time for another LBC post.  The Loose Blogger's Consortium (LBC) is a blogging group consisting of about half a dozen of us who blog together every Friday on the same topic.  We are indebted to Ramana (aka blogger Rummuser) for this week's topic.  Instead of just giving a straightforward topic like anyone else would, he posed a question instead.  Is global peace possible? he asked.  I decided to answer his question in a Tweet sized sentence.



Is global peace possible?  Of course it is. If everyone gets in harmony with each other.   But will it happen?  How on earth would I know?


As we say in Ireland (well, as they used to say when I lived there two decades ago), that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Thanks to All-Free-Download for the photo.  Thanks to Lettercount for their character counting facilities.  And thanks to my LBC group for being there every Friday in blogging solidarity.

April Fool (LBC Post)

One morning, when I went to school in 1977, or was it 1978, when I was a first or second year student in the Irish secondary school system (which is 7th or 8th Class in India) I noticed something very odd indeed. It was a notice pinned to the notice board. It read as follows:

THE INTER HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST

'The Inter' or the Intermediate Certificate Examination as it was known then, now the Junior Certificate Examination, was a pretty crucial examination. It's called the 'Class Ten Board Examination' in India and the High School Certificate elsewhere.

I knew something was wrong, but couldn't quite figure it out. The notice sparked a minor frenzy. When the date was revealed to be April the 1st, everything made sense.

It's strange how the 1st April can take some people by surprise.

I haven't noticed anything unusual this year. Except that today, I have a rather horrible toothache. But I'll have to go get it sorted.

April Fool jokes are…

Good Intentions

I had great intentions for this week.  I'd write a thousand words every day, review six books, get my Loose Bloggers Consortium (LBC) post up well in advance.  And did I?  No, no, no.  I wrote about two hundred words per day and have been trying to read and review two books and still not finished reading.  My target of 19,000 words until today by now is around 15,000 on my 100kWords in 100 Days Challenge.  It seems I'm just not cutting the mustard.

I have the intentions.  I just don't seem to have the mojo to carry out the things I want to do. So many intentions, not enough time.  I've not been sleeping well lately.  Probably very tired.

So - my intention now is to try to get more sleep.  Then carry out the original intentions.That' what I intend to do.  As of now.  Meanwhile, my post is up one day late.

I had to go out to the bank this morning to get some pending work finished.  I clicked the above picture en route.  It seems that after a three week winter, we're…