Doggy style

I attended a lovely party over the weekend for a very dear elderly friend.  I have met her on many occasions over the last may years as we meet when walking our dogs. The girl that hosted the party pulled out all of the stops.  Gazebo, bunting, fairy lights, cakes galore and the most magnificent fire pit.  I later found out that she was an event organizer which was no surprise considering the general party standard.

Turning up in my duds was not such a good idea.  For some reason I expected maybe two or three people and not a party fit to be a ticketed only event. Several dogs were also in attendance in honor of the birthday lady’s love of dogs.

We heard yelping and discovered that two dogs were entwined following a frisky interlude. They appeared to be unable to become unstuck.  It was quite frightening to witness as I had never seen it before. Most of us were unsure as to what to do as you could see that they were uncomfortable.  We left well enough alone which eventually worked.   We all laughed about it once they did become unstuck.  I mentioned that the same thing had happened me the night before which got a laugh.

This video describes the event as I could not understand why they were back-to-back.  It looked very painful.

https://youtu.be/m8WFxmGxatA

 

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

The Prodigy

The Prodigy ‘Breathe’.

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This is my favourite Prodigy song.   From the eponymous ‘Fat of the Land’ album.   A number of the songs from this album were used in the movie ‘Hackers’ with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Lee Miller.  ‘Music for the jilted generation’ was its predecessor and saw them gain global acclaim and recognition.

I had the very great pleasure of seeing The Prodigy play at Electric Picnic a number of years ago.  Their music is visceral for me. I relate to their raw energy and anti-establishment stance.

Apparently, they refused  to appear on Top of The Pops as it was too commercial which was a very brave move when they were starting out.  I never realised that their style is known as electronic punk. ‘Godfathers of rave’ was a term used to describe them which to me is a perfect description.

The track ‘Smack my bitch up’ was banned around the world as people believed it glorified male to female violence.  The song actually refers to a guy injecting his girlfriend with heroine.  As ‘smack ‘ is the slang for heroin. The following clip is an orchestral version of Voodoo People.

The Prodigy Orchestra Voodoo People

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In the following clip Keith Flint and Richard Russell discuss their perspective on the lawless rave years.

The rave years with Keith Flint and Richard Russell

https://youtu.be/waAkAlbmu-k

I wonder if they will ever replace Keith ?  It would be a very challenging task as he was so talented and unique. Here is hoping.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

Halloween

The witching hour shall be upon us soon with children dancing door to door requesting treats.   Many of the houses where I live are decorated to the highest level.  Pumpkins are popping up outside every doorway. There is one particular house that I have to stop by and enjoy for at least ten minutes whilst walking Buzz and Finn.

Besides the 20-foot inflatable ghost, the front room is like a Halloween shopfront on Grafton Street.   The entire area is decorated with Halloween paraphernalia.   But my favorite feature is the non-stop video playing in the top bedroom window.   It features skeletons ballroom dancing and then playing instruments in a band.  There are witches and cauldrons and dinosaurs and werewolves.

Buzz and Finn just stand by my feet waiting patiently until I have had my nightly Halloween fix.   The only downside are the fireworks and the bangers.   Like many dogs Finn cowers with fright when he hears them and has begun to try to hide under cars.   Or when at home he will go under the table. Unfortunately, they started about two weeks ago and I can only hope that they will not carry on for another few weeks following Halloween.

When I was younger, I enjoyed watching scary movies. Particularly Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis. Then I watched The Exorcist and as it scared the living daylights out of me, I have never been able to watch them again.

Now, where did I put my popcorn? I may give Scary Movie a try.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

Feile Classical

A dear friend got last minute tickets for the Feile Classical in the 3Arena last night.  It was fab.   I had gone to the reunion in 2018 having never been to the famous festival throughout the 90’s. I was working in London and Saudi Arabia at the time. The Cranberries and INXS were some of the headliners in the early days. The 2018 reunion had the RTE Orchestra as did the concert at the 3Arena.

Crowd favorites Frank and Walters kicked off the evening, followed by Women In Harmony, The Pale, Emotional Fish ( Jerry looking like the coolest man on the planet which he is in my eyes), Something happens. Hothouse Flowers and The Four of Us.  It was truly an awesome evening.

It brought back such lovely memories of the reunion most especially our accommodation.   That year myself and a friend had been to Electric Picnic and treated ourselves to a yurt for the first time.   It was worth the spend as there was lots of room to stand up, extra bedding and being in The Pink Moon camping site had many other perks. The showers were fab complete with hairstyling tents next door. And the restaurant and bar were also a lovely addition.

For the Feile 2018 reunion we went to the other extreme and booked a ‘Kartent ‘. It is essentially a cardboard dog kennel like structure which has been proven to stand up to extreme weather as indicated in this YouTube video.

https://youtu.be/tJz6nup6VTk

It was very comfortable as the cardboard structure was as complete as a cardboard box with the cardboard underneath. Perhaps it was a little tight but for the price we paid it was great.   Being 100% recyclable, it is possibly one of the most innovative eco ideas. They are also a wonderful solution for the homeless.  I shall be booking one the next time I am at a festival.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

Elephants napping

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Watching this clip brings me such peace. I love elephants.  But I could never eat a whole one. I had never imagined that elephants sleep together in a group like this. Or maybe they don’t?  It could just be a one off massive slumber party?

They must have been a bit peeved by the aircraft flying above them making this video whilst they were trying to send up some elephant z’s.

I wonder what they dream of?  Giant muddy lakes and no seasons so that there can be food in abundance.  They must never get lost as ‘an elephant never forgets’.  Is it possible for them to be mortified  if they forget considering the high standards that they place on their memory?  Research claim that they remember places for food and water as well as friends and enemies.

WPA-Woeful pun alert- ‘Tusk tusk’ I hear you mutter as you sigh at my mindless meanderings.  Some may even suggest that this blog be truncated ( really sorry about that one. It’s bad.  Even by my standards) but for ivory ( every)  protestation about my unsolicited use of woeful puns I shall persist regardless.

I am now off to dream about elephants wandering through the Serengeti seeking out giant muddy ponds and juicy delicious trees.

Here is a cute video for your perusal. The first baby elephant looks like he is attempting parkour on the tree trunk.

https://youtu.be/SNggmeilXDQ

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

Buzz Postman and two seals

Yesterday I  received a lovely surprise. The postman came.  I knew this because Buzz and Finn became feral upon his arrival. Normally the letter is chewed by the time I get to it.   I believe their act is known in canine terms as ‘positive action’.   In that they bark at the intrusion of a postman’s hand through my front door in the hope that he will go away.  And guess what?  He does go away.

If I ever decide to open the front door and invite the postman in Buzz and Finn wouldn’t know what to do.   Anyhoo, I went to the door and to my surprise there was nothing there.  Later on I went into my bedroom and found a lovely letter on my bed.  Buzz or Finn must have delivered it.

Later in the day I went swimming . Just before we got in two guys who had completed their swim were standing on the rocks and noticed two seals in the sea.   We had never seen seals in the bay before.   When we got in, we were hoping that they might swim up to us but unfortunately, they did not.   Later when we got out another friend had been standing with the two guys and overheard them saying -I wouldn’t like to have my black wetsuit on and have my back to a seal. When we heard this,  we creased up as we imagined the visual.  Maybe they will return. Here is hoping.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

One year daily blogging DONE

Yay. I have completed one year of daily blogging.   It has been a great exercise and thoroughly enjoyable . From here on I have decided to blog weekly to keep the discipline of writing as well as the enjoyment that I derive from it.

It has also served as a journal on more than one occasion. I know that I can look back on them over the years and smile as I recall what I was thinking about at that stage in my life or what was I doing.

Buzz and Finn have featured heavily. So much so that I shall write a book where they are featured.  Their antics and shenanigans keep me entertained. I hope that I have entertained you throughout the year. And made you smile. That was and still is my ultimate objective. Any day without a giggle or a smile is not a great day in my book.  I have loved featuring all of the comedy videos from TikTok and YouTube. They are all my favs. Whenever I need cheering up, I know that I can go back and look at them. Thank you for reading my blog.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

Billy Porter Oliver Star Entrance

Billy Porter Oliver Star Entrance

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I just adore this guy.  Not only for his fashion sense but his sense of humour, singing and his obvious acting chops.  He was enough of a sensation in 2013 playing Lola in Kinky Boots that he won a Tony award.

The fact that he started off playing Fagan in high school only adds to his magnificence in my eyes.  I saw Oliver in the West End in 2000 and was blown away by the production.  Ever since then I have measured every musical against it and they have all failed to live up to the standard of Oliver.  So much so that I have decided to stop going to musicals to prevent being disappointed. Even The Lion King 4 years ago in the Bord Gais theatre in Dublin was a woeful disappointment for me.

I have decided to stick to plays and I cannot wait until I can go to The Gate Theatre in Dublin to watch a play.  The two best plays that I have seen over the last many years are ‘Quiet’ which I saw in The Gate theatre and ‘The Risen People’ which I saw in the Abbey.  I am being greedy when I say that I cannot wait to see a  band in a venue or got to a music festival. Bring it on.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

Tall dark and handsome

This is my kind of evening date.  A tall dark and handsome accomplice to curl up with on the sofa and watch TV.  No arguing over which TV show to watch or who has finished off the pringles. The drool might become a problem, and the hair shedding, Oh, and the doggy farts but apart from that it is such an amazing experience.

No one to complain about me wondering whether the plot twists are too complicated.   Unfortunately, I went for the short, dark and handsome and just to be greedy the small, blonde and handsome.  Call it a canine menage a trois if you will.  This way I get to cuddle them on my lap as opposed to breaking my knees like the giant gorgeous super dog in the picture.   Buzz and Finn provide all the entertainment I require on a daily basis.

Their playful antics are a joy to behold. The barking. Not so much.  Buzz loves his growling. A s I live in a ground floor apartment if somebody walks past my window that Buzz does not like the look of, they get growled at. If they are wearing the wrong colour socks. They get growled at. If they are walking their dog they get barked at.

My latest gadget to stop the barking is ‘Pet Gentle’. A sonar gizmo that emits a silent high frequency signal that stops them barking.  Unfortunately, Finn hates it and hides beneath the table whilst Buzz is still figuring out if he can withstand the sound and still get his barking in.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele

Marilyn Monroe Part 2 ( 2 of 2)

She met her third husband Pulitzer prize winning playwright Arthur Miller on a movie set in 1951.  Their attraction was short lived as he later wrote in his diary-which Marilyn found- that he was both disappointed by her  and embarrassed.  Her mental health had always been friable and she attempted suicide at least once in her life.

Miller said  of their relationship that she was a super sensitive instrument to be around and that it was exciting until she began to self-destruct.  He then wrote the play The Misfits where she played the lead role but this character was clearly based on her own personality. Marilyn found this to be disconcerting.  A month after filing for divorce from Miller she signed herself into a psychiatric hospital for insomnia and much needed rest.

She died in 1962.  Her death was deemed suicide from an overdose of barbiturates.  She was almost 36 when she died.  Miller never attended her funeral. DiMaggio had roses delivered to her crypt three times a week for the next 20 years following her death. The conspiracy theories abound as to whether the mafia or the Kennedys had anything to do with it.

Marilyn was 33 when she starred in  Some Like it Hot.   Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis co-starred.  To me this movie is pure perfection.  From the story line to the plot twists to the comedy.  Never mind the hilarious cross dressing.   In my drinking days our line was ‘Some like a shot’ before we would order a round. We would then begin to recite some of the lines from the train scene while we were waiting for the barman to complete our order.  So much fun.  So many shots.

All the best

Stay Fab

Adele