A Hundred Memories and Songs

Hello my friends, how are you? I hope this Saturday is treating you well and if not that you find all the support you need. And maybe a little happiness in unexpected places.

If you read my post yesterday, you know that the black dog has come knocking at my door. Please, don’t worry I am absolutely fine and will let you know more about how I deal with these situations on Monday’s “Come Away with Me” Post.

Still I was rather surprised that I feel motivated to write something for Linda’s wonderful Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt:

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more than a hundred.” Write your post inspired by something you have more than a hundred of in your home right now. Enjoy!

That’s what she challenged us with. And a challenge it is because I doubt we have hundreds of anything in our house. Since 1987 I have moved on average every 2 or 3 years and you cut down on stuff very fast if you do that. Saying that: I still had lots of boxes with stuff at a friends house in Germany which she sorted out recently and she sent me several with books and other things she thought I still might want. I had said to her that she could have whatever she wanted but I do not know if there was anything they could use. I so very much hope there was.

The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world has moved a lot in his life too. I think he might have hundreds of tools in his man cave outside in the yard but I hardly ever venture into that so I can’t tell. Besides he tells me that he had a lot more but when he and the mother of his children split he had to give up a lot. But that’s another story and not mine to tell.

One thing I have hundreds of though currently is minutes in the day to fill. And that mix of boxes full of stuff, researching videos for “Come Away with Me” and lots of time at hand seem to have started a landslide of memories. There have been hard times in my childhood but overall I was incredibly lucky.

Lucky to grow up in a village where you had friends to catch you when times were rough, family close by whom you always could rely on and a freedom to roam the village and areas around that today’s children probably won’t ever experience.

video credit: StuttgartXL via YouTube that’s a meteorite grater by the way

And also growing up in a family who loved reading and music. Last night the neighbour had one of his very loud evenings. I woke up and had to put on the tv to drown the garble of his tv. Friday night is music night on BBC4 and I love to watch these documentaries. Last night was all about Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac.

Now I am not old enough to remember the Peter Green days of Fleetwood Mac. May he rest in peace. I didn’t realise that they started as a blues band. I was a teen in the ’80s and remember their “Come Back” with “Tango in the Night” and “Little Lies”. On German radio they then played many songs from their previous albums too.

video credit: Fleetwood Mac via YouTube

Music, however, was all around me all of my life. My parents liked an ecclectic mix of music. I grew up listening to records of Bach, Santana, German singer song writers, Haydn, the Beatles, Joan Baez & Cliff Richard. My mum always had the radio and listened to a channel the Germans called a “Housewives channel”. It was SRW3 which was probably similar to BBC Radio2. That’s where I was introduced to ABBA, musicals like Evita, Juliane Werding and the Carpenters.

video credit: Juliane Werding via YouTube, video source: Schlagermusikgirl40 lyrics translation at Lyricstranslate

Weekends were for family. On Saturdays and Sundays, we had a “big” breakfast altogether. Often my grandparents were there too. My father often got the Samovar out which his Turkish co-workers had brought him from Turkey. That contraption is more connected with Russia but middle-eastern countries use it too.

Video credit: Words of the World via YouTube

Yes, I know we Germans are supposed to be coffee drinkers but in our house only my grandfather had coffee all the time. Breakfast was teatime for us. And it was awesome to have this contraption on the table and experience a little exotic tea ceremony. We had boiled eggs, white bread (we usually ate rye bread), all sorts of jams, sausage and fruit and veg on the table. And we had music on. That was when we mainly listened to some sort of classical music or Santana. What a mix!

I am not sure how much my parents were a fan of the “Grand Prix De Eurovision”.

video credit: Mr Eurovision via YouTube

You don’t remember what that is? Well, today it is known as “The Eurovision Song contest” but I do not like that at all. I loved it when it was that French-sounding music contest and musicians had to sing in their native tongue. Now that was exciting. I suspect it more a thing of my mother than my father’s but from the age of 7, that and New Years Eve was the only time when I was allowed to stay up really late. Of course, I remember Nicole und “Ein bisschen Frieden”. Who in the 80’s doesn’t? Love it or hate it but it firmly belongs to those memories.

video source: DiscoBar80 via YouTube lyrics translation at Lyricstranslate

Now wasn’t she lovely to do it in so many languages? It’s not on that video, unfortunately. And how we need that song today!

Later on, I met a friend every Monday evening to watch a music program that was called “Formel Eins” which means Formula 1. Why it’s “symbol” was a pink Isetta I have no idea. Probably because it was a Bavarian program LOL.

video source: sigizmund sigizmundovitch via YouTube

It was basically a charts program similar to Top of the Pops. We loved it. We had tea. We translated the English lyrics and learned English in the process. Those were the days my friend.

Yes, I would love to share some more memories with you and another 97 or so videos but alas it’s dinner time in our house soon and I want to do some cooking as long as I can. My abilities aren’t always that good so I can help the husband. He’s back at work, you know. I hope you forgive me. Both that trip down memory lane and neglecting your musical education so badly.

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything.

This post takes part in Linda’s wonderful “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”. Please find incredibly insightful, funny and creative posts on the comments at this prompt post.

Please stay a little longer and find my photography on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Re-post: Teaser Tuesday ~ The Long Earth ~ Baxter & Pratchett

book cover The Long Earth Pratchett Baxter

Image source Goodreads

August 2020

I didn’t realise that it is such a long time ago when I started reading this series. It still excites me, and I finished all the available books last year.

June 2015

I know, I know I already did a Teaser with Stephen Baxter’s and Terry Pratchett’s “The Long Earth” but is’s just such a great book so please bear with me and read another one 🙂

For a moment, the three of them stood at the entrance of this house of bones. Joshua felt utterly dismayed at the sight, yet somehow it seemed an appropriate culmination of this lethally disappointing place.

Stephen Baxter & Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth, page 273, Hardback, published by TransworldBooks

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Vaduz Castle in Lichtenstein

Come Away With Me 🙋‍♀️ … Wordless? 🙄

Hello 🙋‍♀️ dear fellow virtual travellers, how is your concentration span? I hope it’s much better than mine.

Am sitting here on the sofa for several hours trying to get a grip on the 6th smallest country in the world but all I can get is “biggest producer of dentures in the world!” 🤯 Really?

I am taking you to a cute and peculiar country today. It is the only area left officially belonging to the roman empire and was forgotten by its royal house for a couple of years. Yes, it’s true or so say some YouTube videos. 😎

Where do I lead you? To Lichtenstein, and as my brain says “nada” I offer you a playlist of YouTube videos about this curious country I visited once many many moons ago. But hey I can’t remember anything besides it was so warm in Malbun we could sit outside at my birthday at the end of October smack bang in the middle of the Alps 🌄. No wonder the scientists warned us of climate change. But that’s another story.

So please enjoy these Lichtenstein video’s I managed to curate for your enjoyment:

Music-wise I am even more confused. They sing those Lichtensteinians 🎶. In Choirs. Lots of them. And they seem to like heavy metal. Not sure if the choirs sing heavy metal too or if the heavy metal bands are in choirs. Life undoubtedly has become complicated dear readers.

With the last of my sanity, I managed to bring you a couple of bands & singers from Lichtenstein in this playlist. But I want to warmly suggest to you a fellow blogger who resides in Lichtenstein (as far as I know…🤔). Her name is Erika Kind, and she has created 11 beautiful love songs that you can hear here on her blog. Please enjoy.

And as for beating cancer? My body does its upmost to fight whatever chemo is throwing at me currently. That’s why this post is a little smaller while not fully wordless. 😜

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 31st, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture into Hungary. Please find musicians from Hungary on CatchBudapest page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Re-post: Poem on Friday ~ Horror

August 2020
I can’t believe that I wrote this poem 5 years ago, and abuse is still a topic that needs addressing 😦 .
June 2015
No Grimm on TV today. Well, I’ll keep away to get some writing done.

This week’s prompt

This week’s prompt challenged us to look at our Grimm Reapers of happiness, innocence or whatever was/is important to us. It also challenged us to find symbols or fairy tale characters to express what happened. You can find the full prompt here.

My poem

I needed a few days to think about my prompt and let an idea germinate. It’s not fully prepared yet, but I will have a go anyway.

Horror

“Don’t’ go astray.”
Says the wolf to the cub
“Remember what grandpa told?
There is little red riding hood outside
Hiding in bush and wood.
She’ll tempt you and tease you
And in the end
You fall in the well oh so deep
So don’t go astray.”
Says the wolf to the cub
“Or she’ll be on her way.”
So the cub grows up
And has never gone
The way his mother told.
But he’s fearful and tearful
Of everything red
And secretly waits for the day.
The day arrives and red riding hood
comes hopping along on her way.
The wolf grabs her hood and howls like a dog
And never lets go of her there.
“What is it with you?” asks little red hood
“Why are you so grim to me?”
“You tortured my kind” he answered grim
And put his claws on her.
“It wasn’t me you stupid gid.
The kiddies did that to your folks.
So leave me alone and go on your way
And never return around here!”
The wolf he growled and the claw cut deep.
He wasn’t to listen to her
Because she was the temptress, and he was right
and no one would change his mind.
A few days later the hunter came
To the forest oh so deep.
And what he found was a little red hood
And nothing left to see.
Because little girls do not tempt grown men
It is them who brainwash little girls
To believe wolfs are good and they are allowed
To do whatever they please.

Suggestions on how to take part

You can still challenge yourself with this prompt and find a mention of your blog and post next Tuesday on this blog.

  • Read “The Day Jobbers Essential Poetry Prompt” here on “The Bee Writes…” on Wednesdays
  • Write your poem as close or far from the prompt as you feel comfortable
  • Post it on your blog or here in the comment section or both
  • You have time for that until the next Tuesday
  • Use “The Day Jobbers Essential Poetry Prompt” picture if you want to
  • Go and read another “Day Jobbers Essential Poetry Prompt” Poem from the comments
  • Most of all have lots of fun
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Re-Post: Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ Erich Fried

August 2020

There have been many exciting blog events on WordPress over the years. Some are still going. Some had to go. This one I really miss:

June 2015

Sometimes it is quite disturbing to be bi-lingual ;-). Today I was looking for a quote from one of  my favourite poets: Erich Fried. I went on Goodreads, which usually has a vast collection of quotes and I chose one which I really like:

“Eigenartig
wie das Wort eigenartig
es fast als fremdartig hinstellt
eine eigene Art zu haben.”
Erich Fried

Well, you probably realised it directly: it is in German. I didn’t. Must still be my mother tongue then :-).

Ok, some words about Erich Fried just in case you don’t know him. He was an Austrian poet who lived most of his life in the UK. He is in English speaking countries mainly known for his marvellous love poems, e.g. my favourite “Es ist was es ist/It is what it is“. In German-speaking countries, he is more known for his political poetry and especially for his peace work.

This is quite ironic as his last name “Fried” is a short form for the German word for peace: “Frieden”. “Fried” would have been used for “peace” in the dialect I grew up with.

His translations of Shakespeare are just beautiful. I can appreciate this even more now that I live in Great Britain. And yes: He became even more important for me when I realised that he chose the same country to settle in than me even though due to much darker reasons.

But back to his quote, which is a little difficult to translate because the whole thing is a wordplay that does not really work in English.

“Odd

how the word odd

makes it look nearly strange

to have your own way”

this is how you would translate it the right way, but if you translate it literally it sounds like this:

“ownway

how the word ownway

makes it look nearly strangeway

to have your own way.”

Well, maybe that does not make it any more transparent, but maybe it makes you laugh a little. The point is though that writers are often seen as strange because they do their own thing and have their own way in how to shape their lives. This quote reminded me that even though it might look odd or strange to other people my way of living and of creating my life is necessary to be able to create art.

I hope this motivates you a little more to do things your way and maybe it also  motivates you to play a little with words and create some “ownways” and “strangeways” 🙂

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This post takes part in Colleen’s motivational “Writer’s Quote Wednesday“. Please head over and find some more inspiration!

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Re-Post: Teaser Tuesday: The Authors Guide To Working With Book Bloggers

August 2020

I am not quite sure how uncertain authors are today about working with book bloggers. Blogs are certainly much more “a thing” than they were in 2015. So maybe this quote isn’t that up to date anymore. However, Barb Drozdowitch is a brilliant social media advisor, and it’s worth checking out her page and books. That is why I re-publish this post. You find the link later on:

June 2015

Today’s Teaser Tuesday goes a little non-fictional. But as most of us here are bloggers or book authors and blogs, that review books, become more and more important, I found this book a great idea.

About the author

Barb Drozdowitch is a Social Media and WordPress consultant and has written 6 books in her “Building Blocks to Author Success” series. I am reading her newest “The Author’s Guide to Working With Book Bloggers” for BookTourTips and found it a very helpful book.
Looks to me like authors have a lot harder nowadays to be discovered as there are so many more books out there. So even though publishing itself has become much easier for authors, the promotion work has become much harder.
Any guide that can help you find out what to do and how to get readers is a good thing in my eyes.
Find out more about Barb on her page: Helping One Author At A Time.

My Teaser

And here is my teaser:
A common complaint I hear from authors is that the questions are stupid or a waste of time. My response is that the authors need to take what their given and form it into something they want to represent them and their books.
Barb Drozdowich, “The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers”, BookTrope Editions, Chapter 9 “The Interview”

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Mountains close to Rhone Glacier

Come Away With Me to Switzerland & Beating Cancer

Hello out there dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if you need support that you get all you need.

Please sit down, grab a mug of your favourite hot beverage if you live in the South of this beautiful planet and a chilled glass of your favourite cold beverage if you live in the North. Remember you rock!

Am back to a happier self so we concentrate on today’s country

I am happy to report that I am back to a happier self even though this might change shortly. Later today I’ll have my fifth FEC-T chemo and am curious how it will go this time. The dosage will be less, and my body should have adjusted well by now, so I hope I will be fine.

That is why today I will keep this part short and tell you a little more about Switzerland. It is one of my favourite countries and I am lucky enough to have visited often as my uncle lives there. So please come away with me to Switzerland 🙂

Description for visually impaired readers: Landscape in Switzerland: meadow in foreground. Hills in middle covered with little forests. Mountains and sky with a little white cloud in background

Please come away with me to Switzerland

Some of the first memories I have of Switzerland are my uncle, his the wife and an ancient Swiss farmhouse in a village, not even the border police knew about. Yes, I am old enough to remember border controls between Switzerland and Germany. That village is relatively close to the Lichtenstein border and was surrounded by beautiful wildflower meadows on which mainly cows grazed.

Mountains close to Rhone Glacier

I think my uncle had fulfilled a dream of his to have a small hold. There were vines growing in front of the living and dining room windows. He raised bunnies, chicken and later when my cousin was older guinea pigs.

Not sure the villagers approved of half of the farm being rented out to a foreigner. Even though he was married to a fiery swiss lady, he was German after all. He is now Swiss. But that’s another story.

Thankfully they didn’t let me feel it, but I can imagine it might have been different for my cousin who was there all the time. I need to ask.

I remember huge mountains- mountains which even in summer had white snowy tops.

Here is a video that gives you a grande overview of Switzerland:

video credit: Jeff Amadour via YouTube

Most of the people were friendly but spoke a funny accent I didn’t always understand. Then there was the chocolate, of course. And huge soft white rolls. And the outlandish food my uncle cooked. He had trained as a chef I think both in Italy and France. Not that I appreciated it then. But now I do because it taught me to be open to new tastes. It’s a different journey when you go about it with your taste buds.

I had a friend in that village. She was a farmers girl, and she taught me to milk cows. No, I never mastered that art but being in the cowshed seems to make my hay fever bother me less. We lost contact when we got older. So did I with my uncle.

Traditional House in Zurich

Until I was in my 20’s and my grandparents house-sitted a friends apartment in Zuerich. Such a beautiful city. What I did not know then was the fact that Switzerland had a bit of a drug problem. And a poverty problem too. We connect it with the rich and famous living at lake Zurich. But the farmers high up in the mountains who preserve the wildlife and mountains are often so poor they can’t feed their children. My uncle often went and supported one family he knew.

Again I lost contact for a while after I left my then-husband. And then WhatsApp was invented. It’s nice to say hello every morning even though we are a thousand miles apart. When I left Germany, I decided between Switzerland and the UK. After Brexit, I wished I’d moved to Switzerland. They are willing to pay for the privilege to partly belong to one of the biggest trading blocs in the world. But we do not go down that road today.

showing the farmhouse we stayed at in Switzerland

Five years ago, we went to Switzerland again. We stayed at a B&B on a farm close to Zurich and saw my uncle again. Even though he did not feel well, he took us on a round tour in the mountains. We saw two glaciers, a dam that created electricity via water power, lots of cows and goats and saw how much climate change is a reality long before Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg.

Stein Glacier
My uncle said a couple of years ago this would have been ice but melted away recently (status 2015)

We enjoyed delicious food both in restaurants and at his. To me, Switzerland is a little piece of heaven even though they have their own set of social and ecological problems. We all have.

Do you know that Switzerland has four official languages? German, Italian, French and Raetoromanisch or Romansh in English. The last one is an ancient language that is only spoken in the South-Eastern part of the country. They do preserve their traditions those Swiss probably because they have a rather eventful history.

Here you can find out more:

video credit: Suibhne via YouTube

Ever heard of “stoner rock”? I haven’t either, but apparently, Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin fall into that category. I like both so I thought I check out the Swiss band Monkey3. I wasn’t disappointed, so I thought I share it with you.

Video source: Napalm Records via YouTube

Monkey3’s page

The current Swiss music charts seems to be more into hip hop and German hip hop at that. I created a little playlist so you can check it out:

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 24th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move to neighbouring Lichtenstein. Please find musicians from Lichtenstein here on the Last.FM page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No you do not need to have cancer. Everyone is invited no matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Image of rocks and sea with quote by John Muir

Poem on Friday ~ Let the door do the talking

August 2020
I am using this month to work through my old posts. Some of them I post with the date they were initially posted. Some I re-publish for this month because they were fun, exciting or simply are still up-to-date. This poem was just plain fun. Feel free to use the prompt even though it is from 2015.
June 2020

Invited to let the door do the talking

Yes, I invited you to get “intimate” with your bathroom door. Well, not what you think of course!
I had a good look at our bathroom door a few days ago and realised how wonky it is. As we live in an old cottage a lot of parts are a little wonky which made me wonder how much this bathroom door might have seen in its life.

What would the bathroom door say?

What would it tell you if it could speak? Has it always been a bathroom door? Has there always been a bathroom? Who knows. Of course, I could ask our landlord and landlady who live beside us but that would be a little cheating, wouldn’t it?

Experimental Poetry

Since a few months, I like to get more experimental with my poetry even though I am not too big a fan of poetry that doesn’t really make sense. But hey! Life is short, and time for creativity even shorter. Let’s get rocking and connect the bathroom door with “Language is a Virus”.
For more enlightenment have a look here.

My Poem

Creak

Creak
Squeak
Usually.
A knock sometimes.
Never a kreen or a piaaak.
Creak
I creak usually
When you open me
When you close me
I creak
Yes creaking I do
And
I will never
Tell you my secrets
Of hidden tears
Or laughter
I creak
Yes creaking I do
And
I will never
Tell you my secrets
Of beauty
And disgust
I creak
Yes creaking I do
And
I will never
Give away
Your secrets

Either.

My poem after “Language is a Virus”

This poem looks a little different when I was working with it on “Language is a Virus” and it’s “Visual Poetry” gadget: Unfortunately, I lost this image
There is still time to take part in “The Day Jobbers Essential Poetry Prompt”.
image of mountain in clouds and quote by Confucius about travel

Come Away With Me to France & Beating Cancer

Welcome to another week full of opportunities. Currently, I have to remind myself that there are opportunities in all situations. I believe it is a question of attitude, even though my behaviour seems to suggest something different.

I struggled with the last chemotherapy

Unfortunately, I struggled quite a bit after the last chemotherapy. I am now in the second part of the FEC-T chemotherapy. The chemical that is given to me now is Docetaxel. My doctors decided to give me a higher dose on the first of those chemotherapies. Apparently, this is what they do because it provides a better chance of fighting cancer cells. Or so they explained to me.

But good grief did that knock me out after a couple of days. The first few days, I was absolutely fine and hoped: “Wow if that’s how the rest goes, I am happy.” At first, I experienced the usual exhaustion but was so glad that my unladylike bowel problems had receded. All seemed well until I developed thrush in my mouth. YUK! Then the soles of my feet started to burn. Then I got nosebleeds.

I tried to stay positive despite the chemo trouble

We went to the hospital every week so that my doctor started to call me a regular. It’s an excellent department I admit but hey: There is a vicious virus on the loose! I can do without visits to the hospital, especially as my blood tests showed that my immune system was underperforming.

Never mind, as much as I could I stayed positive and kept going, but I just couldn’t get myself into keeping the blogging up. Or more to produce newer content. Yes, yes, I know I do not need to blog. It’s my hobby, but I had planned to be 4 weeks ahead with my posts. And I love blogging. And why the heck can’t I just keep my habits going?

It bothers me.

However, I have started to suspect that maybe it’s time for me to learn to relax a little. It’s August after all, and some people have holidays. I could let go of some things for a little. I have also started to suspect that my inner critic has taken over (again!). Never a good adviser that one.

Are you coming away with me to France?

I am still in the process of figuring what’s going on. And no, I do not accept cancer as an answer. That would give the bugger power over my life, and that’s not gonna happen!!!!

Well, next week is the next chemotherapy, but until then we’ll come away to France. Are you coming with me?

I assume we know a lot about France, so a little different introduction

Ah, France! The country of legends. Romantic cities and castles, glorious food & wine and proud people who love to speak their language and nothing else. Oh, and I forgot the coffee. I love cafe au lait.

I think we all know a lot about France. It’s a famous place, after all. So I chose two videos which show a not so touristy France or places we know anyway. Please enjoy them as an intro into the country.

video credit: Peaceful Travelers via YouTube

video credit: Happy Hoppe via YouTube

I’ve been lucky enough to have been to France a couple of times

I was lucky enough to grow up in the South of Germany, where France is comparatively close. Germany in the 70’s ad 80’s when I grew up was very much into teaching its children that other countries are friends. To encourage that we had school exchanges with France, the UK and other countries. I had the luck to visit Alsace with one school and Paris with another. My step-mum used to be a French teacher which meant I had another visit to Paris with her, my father and a friend. I also travelled through France many times on my way to and from Germany/UK.

I have to admit though that I never felt as passionate about France than about the UK. Up until the Brexit referendum I had hardly any negative experiences in Great Britain being German. The British were always polite to me and encouraged my language learning. The British are very good with that in my experience.

I like France despite difficult experiences

France, however, is a different kettle of fish. So proud of their language. Once I ordered stamps in France, but the gentleman behind the counter pretended not to understand me. I asked my step-mum afterwards what I had said to get such a reaction, but she said I ordered stamps. He should have understood me. I also experienced people in France, treating me differently when I speak English and come across as a Brit. Well, maybe not now after Brexit. I haven’t been to France since. Unfortunately, these experiences have shaped my feelings towards the country.

No, don’t get me wrong. I like France. It’s a beautiful country, and I am sure most French don’t have these old WW2 hang-ups anymore. But I just could never connect as much with France than I did with the UK. But maybe that will change now that my feelings towards the UK are so much more complicated than they used to be.

Enough said. Now music.

I am going to make a little change to the music part of “Come Away With Me”. For all the countries that I have “visited” with this blog so far, I found it quite hard to “just” chose one artist to represent the country. There are so many out there. So from now on, I will showcase one artist but also offer a playlist with different artists so you can explore a little more.

video credit: Zaz via YouTube

Today’s artist is Isabelle Geffroy known by her nickname Zaz. She is an incredibly versatile artist, and if you saw the film “Hugo” you know one of her songs: “Cœur Volant”. She seems to be more famous on the continent and Canada than here in the UK. So please discover an incredible artist.

Zaz homepage

Zaz on French Music Blog

I searched on YouTube for “Top Ten France” and found a couple of songs that I liked very much. Not sure if they are in the charts currently or if it’s a YouTube top ten but what struck me was the humour many of these videos showed. Please enjoy.

Bee’s playlist: Come Away with me to France ~ video credits belong to the artists not me

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 17th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move to neighbouring Switzerland. Please find Swiss rock musicians here on the Ultimate.Guitar.Page .

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
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  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
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Book Review: The Many Lives Of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

August 2020

I published this review first in June 2015. You can now buy the whole series.

book cover ruby iyer book series
cover taken from Goodreads
Publisher: Amazon White Glove
Publishing date: 13th November 2014
Edition: Kindle E-Book
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Formats: Paperback, Kindle E-Book
Source: BookTourTips in return for an honest review
Bee’s 3 out of 6

About the story:

Ruby Iyer, a young woman with a troubled past, gets thrown off a train platform. When waking up, she realizes she has survived an electric surge of a thousand volts which has tattooed a lightning tree on her back. That is not the only “gift” though: She has gained enormous strength and her so far hidden anger erupts more easily. 

This leads her on a journey through her home city of Bombay, which is in danger of being destroyed by the teenage army of Dr Braganza to save her best friend. Will Vikram Roy and her be successful?

About the author:

BookTourTips says about Laxmi Hariharan: “A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist with “The Independent” and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others. London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

Honey Bees in the book:

“The Many Lives Of Ruby Iyer” is an action-packed story that does not get boring. You are lead through the city of Bombay experiencing its heat and claustrophobic masses of people. An exciting tale evolves before you about the end of Bombay but maybe also about the end of the world. 

Ruby’s mother’s words pop up many times to remind her where she comes from and makes the reader want to find out what happened before. And you hope she will find her place in the city that she never felt belonging to

Stinging Bees in the book:

I had a hard time to get into “The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer”. You get thrown into Bombay and Ruby’s life with hints of her past, but I could not figure out precisely what lead her to be the person she is. For me, there seemed to be too many jumps from one situation to the other without a logic development in herself.

I also had trouble with the language used. It seemed to me very American and not in sync with Bombay. But I do not know an awful lot about Bombay besides it being a significant city for filmmaking and software development. It might be that a more Americanised English is used as many might have studied in the United States. Besides, it is a YA novel, and this sort of language might appeal to a younger audience.

And the mead of it all?

“The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer” is an action-packed, fast-paced story that never lets you get bored. If you like YA novels you like this one but if you prefer books that show you more of the psychological development of a character this one is probably not for you.

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Please find out more about Laxmi Hariharan and her books here:
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