Wordless Wednesday: All in Blue for WAAD













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Blog Gems- Air Your Archives #13 : Parenting


Jen over at the King and Eye has challenged us with a parenting Blog Gems this week. We've to link to an archived post on our blogs about parenting.... being a mum or a dad.

Well, I'll see your Parenting and raise you with a post about my Wiiboy's perspective on what he thinks being a mum is all about....


I posted that a year ago, it was the start of what was to become a series of the funny things he says!

The monkey!


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This Is Me Meme

The lovely Blue Sky has tagged me with what I must say is a lovely meme.... This Is Me. Through your child's eyes, that is!

This meme was created by Tara at Sticky Fingers and here are the rules:
  • Ask your child to draw a picture of you. It doesn't matter how old they are.
  • Post the picture on your blog. Go on.... be brave!
  • Call it the 'This Is Me Meme' .
  • Pop over to Tara's post to add it to her linky.
  • Then tag some others.
As easy and fun as this may seem we all know how interesting our children's perception of us may turn out to be! In  my case I already know how my child sees me and I've posted the results before here on my blog! This is the post where I talked about his visual spatial skills and his propensity for truth telling. This is the caricature he drew of me then.....



..... and afterwards he told me that I was very easy to draw because I have lots of wrinkles and grooves!

So this is it...... This Is Me- According To WiiBoy. And if you think I'm gonna risk further humiliation by asking him to do another up to date picture then you're sorely mistaken.

Ah go on....

Uh uh........ no way.

Ah go on, go on.....ask  him.

Sooo not gonna happen.

Ahh go on...you will.

Stoppit!

Go on...... give us a good laugh.

Oh...... alright then. Sigh....


Oh Lord. If the previous caricature one is a Wanted Poster then this is The Escaped Convict one. Complete with bags under the eyes..... well under one eye. That's what I get for staying out late last night.

Sigh.

And now, to exact my revenge pass on this lovely meme the following may consider themselves tagged!

Lora at My Beautiful Son Griffin & Autism

Alysia at Try Defying Gravity

Lisbeth at  Four Sea Stars

Enjoy!

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Homecoming Gig in the Old Town

After much planning and ahead-of-the-posse bought tickets, that I was not allowed to mind given my record in that department, myself and two of my Rock Chick Blogger Pals headed off  last Saturday night to see the much awaited and lauded Stars of The Commitments perform in the Dublin leg of their reunion tour at the O2 Arena.

We were like big children on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to come. Seriously.

It has been 20 years since The Commitments movie, based on the novel by Roddy Doyle (which was set and filmed in Dublin) was released. Roddy Doyle is from Dublin's Northside, from a working class estate that is very close to the area I was brought up in. His writing is hilarious and the comments  he attributes to his characters are real and not at all fabricated.  Exaggerated perhaps, but not fabricated! Believe me.

My journey into the O2 was by Dart, with the soundtrack blaring on my iTouch, naturally!  One cannot travel in this manner to see The Commitments Band and not remember the scene filmed on the Dart.

THE RHYTHM OF SOUL
IS LIKE THE RHYTHM OF RIDING...

We sat through and enjoyed the support Band - The Fallen Drakes, a Dublin band who had won  the competition to support The Commitments at the Dublin show. They were fantastic and are very much a band to watch out for. While they were playing and as the time for the big event of the night  got closer, the crowd got bigger and the excitement levels soared.

It was palpable and burst it's banks as soon as The Commitments (The band and the girls) made their understated, yet dramatic, walk on stage and stood lined up in front us, basking in the huge welcoming cheers from the equally huge audience. Oh, wow.


I sensed a most definite feeling that they were home. A circle was completing.

I actually had tears in my eyes!

Shortly after they were joined by Robert Arkins singing lead vocals, he who played Jimmy Rabbitte in the movie. I really enjoyed his performance.

THE IRISH ARE THE BLACKS OF EUROPE
AND DUBLINERS ARE THE BLACKS OF IRELAND
AND THE NORTHSIDE DUBLINERS ARE THE BLACKS OF DUBLIN
SO SAY IT ONCE, SAY IT LOUD:

I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD....

As that last movie quote appeared on the large screens I felt another circle completing.... the 20 year economic one. Oh how things come full circle.

The girls, Angeline Ball and Bronagh Gallagher were on stage for most of the three-and-a-half hour gig and were absolutely fabulous. They were missing one of their trio though, the equally fabulous Maria Doyle-Kennedy
 
THEY'LL BE EATIN' CHIPS OUT OF OUR KNICKERS...

 I have to admit though, I had initial reservations about there only being two girls performing, but those reservations were immediately discarded.



Angeline was as stunning as ever and put in a fabulous performance, as I expected. I must say though, Maria Doyle-Kennedy's absence allowed another female star to shine. Bronagh Gallagher was fantastic and looked terrific too. She has a lot of heart that girl..... and soul.

WOULD YOU HAVE ANY ROCK SALMON?
NO, SORRY... WE ONLY HAVE SOUL.....


I'd say there were quite a few guys hungry for chips in the O2 Arena last Saturday night!

 In time the not-so-mini tornado that is Andrew Strong burst on to the O2 stage! Oh my, that guy has some amazing energy and one heck of a voice (see the final video clip for proof!) At the tender age of 17 he played the part of the exceedingly annoying Deco who received some...ahem....advice in the movie......

......YOU EVER CALL ME A FUCKIN' EEJIT AGAIN,
YOU'LL GO HOME WITH THE DRUMSTICKS SHOVED UP YOUR HOLE...
THE ONE YOU DON'T SING OUT OF...

 Thankfully he just played himself in the O2 and was absolutely amazing!




It was evident from them all how emotional they felt playing at this particular venue. Everyone in the audience felt it too. It was special.
I honestly felt throughout the whole show that I was at something really, really special. An event that would go down in history as the night to remember.

Who will ever forget when Glen Hansard brought soul back to Dublin when he sang his amazing semi-a capella version of fellow Dubliner, Phil Lynot's  Old Town. A truly memorable performance that had everyone covered in goosebumps.




DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN THE STARS OF THE COMMITMENTS PLAYED THE O2 IN 2011?
YEAH, I WAS THERE..... AND I STILL HAVE MY TICKET....

That's an adapted quote from the gig NOT the movie!

After these amazing performances the show finally came to an end.

Obviously we couldn't let them go without clamouring for an encore. And when the stomping of feet and the rousing choruses of MORE, MORE didn't quite elicit their immediate return, we reverted to the more predictable, successful and very Irish chant of..... Ole, Ole, Ole Ole.... This  prompted a quick thinking lighting guy, to revert to the Irish tricolour ligting plan from earlier in the show.  Or perhaps we really were that predictable!  The much sought after encore promptly followed to rapturous applause! One could almost imagine the roof coming down!

Although I know they must have rehearsed this, their encore had the very endearing and genuine quality of being  something unrehearsed. It was amazing, special and made our hearts sing.

If  their initial walk-on had tears in my eyes then their final ensemble bow had me bawling!


It was seriously something else to see all of them lined up like that. Together. At last. The circle completed.

And then, just as they were leaving the stage...... when we thought it was all over..... out the corner of our eyes we could see Glen hanging back and talking in earnest to Bronagh.

They came centre of the now empty stage and treated us to a brief,  impromptu, a capella version of Destination Anywhere. Just a verse and a chorus but what a treat.

What a show!

A heart warming and soul-raising performance to lift any of us from the mire we find ourselves in. The whole nation would benefit from a night out like this.


As a nation we may currently feel, in true Commitments style that we're.....THE BLACKS OF EUROPE

However there's only one way to deal with that.... SO SAY IT ONCE, SAY IT LOUD:     I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD....

It is good for us to remember that although our nation may not have any ROCK SALMON we most definitely.... HAVE SOUL.

Believe all this Dear Nation and before long we'll once more have Europe... nay,  the whole world....

...EATIN' CHIPS OUT OF OUR KNICKERS




Just keep singing and smiling....








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Lost Dog Days

This coming June it will be two years since our dog Scamp went missing and I can honestly say that there's rarely a day goes by that I don't think of him. Every time I walk to the beach, or around the park I think of him. We searched high and low for him at the time, for days on end, and to this day people still ask if we ever found him.



                                  (Male, 5yo now, Tricoloured Beagle mix, micro-chipped)
                                       
WiiBoy thinks of him and misses him too.

We walked down the lane today and met a few dogs as we got closer to the beach. We also met a man walking both his dogs who always asks us about Scamp.

Suddenly we were surrounded by four dogs and WiiBoy very quietly bent down and petted one of them whilst I chatted to said man. He thought one of the dogs was ours! I told him no, we didn't get a replacement for Scamp but that we'd got a budgie instead! So much easier to take care off, that's for sure!

Then we continued on our way and walked wordlessly along the beach. Scamp loved the freedom of running along the beach.....



Although, he didn't like the water much.... especially the taste of it!


Not a word was spoken for five silent minutes. I could almost hear the thoughts going through WiiBoy's head as he pondered the loss of his dog.

Right enough, when he did finally speak he sadly told me that he missed Scamp.

We were definitely having a lost dog day. Both of us.

He was such a cute dog who loved his comforts.




Then of course he asked if we could get another dog.

Although we'd love our Scamp back we're not real dog lovers. Minding a dog simply took up too much of my time and in two years I will more than likely  have to return to the paid workforce.

I must say WiiBoy did put some good arguments forward as we enjoyed our lovely walk along  the calm, if slightly misty, beach.

He's older now and would walk the dog every day, he assures me. True... but he'd need to be surgically removed from his beloved XBox first!

He also suggested that if I return to work I should work nights, or get a minder to mind him at our house after school instead of at her house!

Clever kid!

It's not going to happen though.

Besides I have this uncanny, unsubstantiated and totally inexplicable feeling that somehow our Scampy will come back to us. Somehow.

He always went missing on us, that's undoubtedly  a genetic trait of his breed, so he most likely goes missing on his new owners too. Plus he's micro-chipped. I do hope that microchip is still readable though. All it will take is for him to go missing again and for a vet to scan him.

So even though he was the bane of my life at times and a complete Hound From Hell, despite aforementioned cuteness, I live in hope that we'll find him again.

With that in mind I did something today that I haven't done in a long time...... I searched the lostdogs.ie website. Imagine my surprise, or more precisely imagine my heart hammering wildly in my chest, when I saw this picture....



A very close likeness but it's not him.

Scamp has a white line between his eyes. He also has a chunk missing from his left ear from when he was lured wandered into an itinerants camp and set upon in a dog fight. Poor thing.

He also strikes... ahem... an interesting pose when sunbathing......



Scamp could be anywhere at this stage. He could be close to home or slightly further afield in the South Dublin/North Wicklow region. He could  be anywhere else in the country or even in the UK.

Have you seen a dog like Scamp near where you live?

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