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Come Away With Me to the States and Beating Cancer

Hello out there in isolation sphere, how are you holding up? I hope you and yours are well and safe.

It is nearly 1 AM where I live when this post goes up and later in the morning I am going to have my first chemotherapy session. Hopefully, I am sleeping right now, but you never know. Right now (I write his post a week earlier) I am starting to get nervous.

Chemotherapy has rather nasty side effects even though it has come a long way from when my mother had to deal with. The oncology nurse advised me not to have a too close look at them beforehand, as I might not get many. I felt though I needed to be a little prepared because I will have to call the hospital in certain circumstances. So I read up on them, also to know what I can do to make things easier for me.

Most information I found didn’t help much though because it wasn’t written for COVID-19 shielding times. Never mind. In the end I decided to get as much blogging done as I can, be as resed as I can and meditate the life out of me 😉

I will soon know if it worked 🙂

gif source: Giphy ~ a beige creature looking like hamtser with a green leave on it’s head says: If you are reading this, I hope something good happens to you today”

So, for now, let’s come away on our musical journey around the world. Today we travel to the United States of Amerika and to a band called “The Cactus Blossoms.” While I have never heard of them, Twin Peaks fans might know more. The band appeared in one episode of the 2018 season, according to the Rolling Stone. Page Burkum and Jack Torrey are brothers despite different names. According to All Music, Jack adopted a stage name when he started as a musician aged 19.

Every source I read (I admit they weren’t many) compared them to the Everly Brothers as they seem to play a similar country-music-influenced rock style. I have no clue about 50’s or 60’s American rock music (besides Elvis, of course, but that’s another story) so I can’t comment. They were on a European tour in 2017 (please read more about one of their concerts on Pete Viney’s blog), and that’s about what my tired brain could manage to convey to you.

Please forgive me and find some links about The Cactus Blossoms after the video. And as always: Follow the link underneath any video to their YouTube location if they don’t play here on the blog.

video credit: Cactus Blossoms via YouTube

Find out more about the Cactus Blossoms on their page

All Music wrote about them here.

And the Rolling Stone mentioned them too here

Yes, I know we can’t travel in person at the moment but we can online. To come away with me to the States with these two videos:

video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

video credit: Danny McGee via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday April 26th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Ireland. Find out about interesting musicians from Ireland on the EXTRA.ie 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.
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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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Come Away With Me to Japan and Beating Cancer (20.4.2020)

Hello, all you good people of the blogosphere. How is your day going? I hope you have a wonderful Monday despite everything and that the new week brings only good things to your door.

Last Wednesday, we learned the next steps of my cancer journey. I told you a little about my experiences on Saturday. Next week Monday I am going to start chemotherapy which in COVID-19 times means I am going to have to shield. That means I basically need to stay away from everybody including my family. We’ve spent the last couple of days figuring out how to do this but are not sure yet. I keep you updated.

From what I gather, the first cycle of chemo (I have to go through six, each lasting three weeks) is going to be the hardest. Of course, I am apprehensive but am working on a mindset of taking things one day at a time. Currently, I am feeling fine just dealing with the pain of healing muscles. It’s uncomfortable, but working with painkillers, laying down, and doing a little housework makes it bearable.

I am, of course, wondering how I manage the blogging. My goal is to use it as a journal of my journey as well as a distraction to get through chemo. But everybody is different, and I don’t know yet with how many side-effects I have to deal with. Please stay tuned to find out more.

In recent posts, I gave shoutouts to those who lost someone to the virus as well as keyworkers. I have moved these to the sidebar of my blog as I feel I need to be a little frugal with my writing just in case. Today I wish to say thank you to all of you, my family, and friends for all your kind words, encouragement and support. You rock! I could not do it without you.

gif credit: Giphy ~ a white animated dog sits while a huge grey rock falls down. It points to it and white writing appears on top saying: you rock.

But enough of the words. Let’s go travelling.

I am rather intrigued about going to Japan. We probably know about more traditional Japanese music or the good old Japanese Pop, but what about electronic music? Now that is not my natural area of music. I do like a couple of dancefloor songs but don’t usually like listening to it.

Industrial JP though fascinates me. They are a music label which dedicates itself to shine a light on small family businesses in Japan who produce things which are called Machikoba. Industrial JP captures the sounds of the Machikoba workshops and transforms them into dance music. Their mission is to show these businesses in a positive light. According to the Japanese Times, Machikobas have a hard time because small scale production is more expensive. However, they seem to have a place in the heart of Japanese people as it reminds them of better times.

So they have quite some media attention with many documentaries and tv productions showing their hard work and excellent production. It seemed just natural for Industrial JP to bring another point of view into the equation.

Industrial JP was founded in 2016 and have 12 productions since. Their work does not only include music but also videos which show the sources of the sounds used. But I don’t want to keep you any longer from a different music experience. Please listen to “Sugiurum” which was made at Ashigara Film. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: Industrial JP via YouTube

Please read about Industrial JP in the Japanese Times.

And find out more about Industrial JP on their page.

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 27th April, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit The United States. I know, I know my original idea was not to travel to places which music we know well but hey. We can’t travel now in person. We might as well go everywhere 🙂 . Find out about interesting (maybe still upcoming) musicians from the United States here on the GoodDeedSeats 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.
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And just so we can travel a little in our imagination here some videos about Japan. Have fun. If they don’t play here on the blog, follow the links underneath to their YouTube location.

Video credit: Allan Su via YouTube
video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube
video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

And now to something different 🙂

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So 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.

No more videos for today but if you like to find out about symptoms of breast cancer have a look at the earlier “Come Away With Me Challenge” posts.

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me & Beating Cancer Edition (6.4.2020)

Hello out there in isolationsphere, how are you doing? I very much hope you and yours are well and safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily, especially if you are a keyworker. You rock no matter where you work.

gif source: giphy animated boy coming through a front door pointing forward. White writing saying: you rock

It looks like I am not going back to any sort of work for quite some time. I had a call from the hospital on Friday (they do as few face to face appointments as possible for apparent reasons), letting me know that I am going to have both chemo- and radiotherapy. That catapults me into the vulnerable group of people who need to be shielded, which means once I start Chemo, I mustn’t be in contact with anyone shutting myself off even from my family.

That’s not really possible in our house because we only have one bathroom and I am not willing to sleep in another room than the best husband. We are not sure yet what it means for him but because of his operation he doesn’t feel he can care for me and work. Sigh. So another challenge awaits us. I’ll get another call soon from the oncologist then we’ll know more about the necessary protection measures and when it all starts.

But on the good side, the doctor said that the goal is full healing. That’s what we keep in mind 🙂

video credit: BBC Travelshow via YouTube

So today I whisk you away to Mongolia. I have to admit I was rather overwhelmed by the huge musical tradition this country has. And it doesn’t seem to be shy to bring it into the modern world. I am not bothering you with much more information today because I just wouldn’t know where o start. Just enjoy The HU with “Wolf Totem” one of the more modern music groups. The english subtitles are shown on the video. If it doesn’t play here on the blog follow the link underneath.

video credit: The HU via YouTube

The HU homepage

The HU on Wikipedia

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit China. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for China.

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.
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So what have I been up to in the last couple of days? Not much to be honest. Taking the dressings off on Friday brought a whole new level of experience to me. I had so hoped any pain connected with my left arm would be because of the dressings. Bless my naivety!!!!

Of course, my body does what it’s supposed to do. Meaning healing the wounds, and without the support of the dressings, it all felt rather sore. No fever or seeping of unpleasant stuff though so my GP advised to keep it clean and dry and basically leave it alone. That’s what I did keeping to a routine of reading, watching TV and the occasional walk in the garden.

video credit: Paloma Faith via YouTube

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

Linda over at “Life in Progress” has started the “What day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes: “

Why I’m writing this post:

Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.

I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

And I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is her post from Friday.

video credit: Steven Murphy via YouTube

I read that phrase:” If you look for the helpers, then you know there is hope” before and I think that is more important than ever. You might not believe in the Christian God, but I believe that counts for all of us! Have you come across any helpers who gave you hope?

Ok peeps, it’s a new week and you might get bored being cooped up at home so here some more links to (mostly) free online courses I have researched a couple of years ago:

Class Central: Class Central is a search engine for moocs. If you are not sure about which MOOC to take at which provider or which university Class Central is the place to go as you can read reviews and review courses if you sign up.

Cosmo Learning: Cosmo Learning says about itself: “Created with the goal to provide a free online school, CosmoLearning (CL) is a non-profit educational website committed to improving the quality of homeschooling, teaching and student excellence.” You can find anything to learn from science to languages with videos offered for free. Users are encouraged to donate to those who created the courses to keep the idea of moocs and open learning for all alive.

Coursera: Coursera offers a vast array of high-quality University courses. You can explore lectures and non-graded material for free. For 49$ per month, you can access all courses and get certificates too.

Digital Garage Google: If you are looking to learn digital skills and how to use many of Google’s tools and get the most out of them, you are right at Digital Garage. You are led through a set of courses, earn badges, and after an assessment, you can get a certificate from Google. Easy to understand and useful not only if you are a Google user.

edX: edX is maybe the most famous provider of free learning opportunities. Founded in 2012 by Havard University and MIT, it is both non-profit and open-source. Universities and colleges still govern edX. If offers courses from top universities some of which are credit eligible. They also offer professional certificates to bring your career further.

Futurelearn: Futurelearn is probably the British equivalent to edX. You can work for some degrees and also get professional certificates to further your career. Learning itself is for free. However, you pay for the degrees and certificates.

I mostly learn with Future Learn (my profile). They are userfriendly and have such a vast array. It’s total fun o learn with them.

image of stary night sky and shadows of trees and quote by M L King

And one last thing 🙂

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So 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.

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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Come Away with Me to Kazakstan & Beating Cancer

Hello everybody, how are you? I very much hope you and yours are well. And if not know, that my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

This post will be a little shorter as I need a bit of a break. I have been writing longer posts last week to keep all our spirits up but my arm and breast is suffering for it so I am giving it some well deserved rest. I hope you enjoy the music and a little info about the artist anyway. Thanks for your understanding.

Our travel around the world has lead us to Kazakstan and the artist I have chosen is Rapper Jah Khalib who was born in Almaty in the 1990s. The little research I could do showed me that he was on tour in Canada so maybe some of my readers know him already. I have never heard of him but I like the song “Leila” very much.

So here with no further ado the video. There are English subtitles in the video.

Please follow the link underneath the video to it’s YouTube location if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: Jah Khalib via YouTube

To find out more about Khazakhstan please visit this video from the BBC Travel Show

video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Latvia. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for Mongolia.

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.
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So 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.

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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Come Away with Me to Belarus & Beating Cancer

Hello everybody, I hope you are well. Please stay safe and adher to your governments advice on COVID-19 pandemic.

I know we are in difficult times and I feel that our virtual travels can be a healthy distraction. So let’s head to Belarus and to a band called Iowa. I could not find out much but it looks like the band cares about the environment.

Image of green hills with quote by Mother Theresa
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Google Translate explains the text underneath today’s video like this:

This video is an environmental manifesto, the result of Katie IOWA’s thoughts on one of her most important topics – relationships with the world around her.

“The song“ Lighthouses ”literally fell on us in the midst of the struggle for Lake Baikal. My subscriber asked me to sign a petition to close the Baikal plant, which inspired me to write a song about people I believe in! About people who highlight problems, make decisions, take responsibility and do everything to fix the problem here and now! ”, Katya recalls.

Do not tell anyone, but imagine reality as it is. Share your ideas and find like-minded people. The IOWA Lighthouses video presented what the world of endless unreasonable consumption might turn out to be in the near future.
Director Vladimir Besedin, who previously worked on the video “Beats the Beat,” suggested making a video where the characters from the world they invented fall into the real world. Blindfold as a symbol of pink glasses through which a child and adults look at the world. And what happens if this bandage is removed.
To recreate the atmosphere of the global apocalypse, scenery of the ecological disaster was built in the pavilion of the Lenfilm film studio.
For three days, IOWA participants, along with decorator Xenia Target, collected plastic bottles and cans from friends and acquaintances, and when this was not enough, they bought another 80 kilograms of garbage. All the waste after shooting the clip was again sorted and handed over for recycling. But this video is just the beginning of a long journey.
IOWA has already joined the Greenpeace initiative to ban the use of disposable plastic at the legislative level.

If anyone knows more about them feel free to let us know 🙂

Please follow the link underneath to videos if it doesn’t play here on the blog

video credit: Iowa via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Khazakhstan. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for Khazakhstan.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ComeAwayWithMe2020/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.
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Belarus is a country in the East of Europe bordered by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and the Ukraine. It is a landlocked country and used to be part of the Sovjet Union. It was, in fact, a founding country of the Sovjet Union. Before that it has been conquered by several countries over several centuries.

It’s capital is Minsk and its leader Lukashenko is known for his totalitarian leadership. Belarus is considered the last dictatorship in Europe and also the last country in Europe that has the death penalty. The official language is Belarusian Russian and recognized minority languages are Polish Ukrainian & Yiddish. That really surprised me. I wasn’t aware that Yiddish is accepted as language anywhere. We live and learn, don’t we? And the last facts about Belarus that I offer you is their population: 83.7% Belarusians[1],8.3% Russians, 3.1% Poles, 1.7% Ukrainians & 3.2% Other.

So to introduce you a little more to the country two more videos 🙂

Video credit: Eurodestination via YouTube

video credit: Cool Vision via YouTube

And now for something different 😉

My update on my cancer journey is a short one. As my operation was scheduled for last Friday, I scheduled my posts for a week ahead so I have time to recover. Last week I mentioned that I only have to stay if complications happen so I am happy to recover at home. But I’ll let you know more as soon as I can write again.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So 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.

No more videos for today but if you like to find out about symptoms of breast cancer have a look at the earlier “Come Away With Me Challenge” posts.

Come away with me

Sometimes we need to escape

cuckoos are calling

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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Come Away With Me To Estonia & Beating Cancer

Hello dear readers, how are you rocking and rolling this week? I hope it is to a joyful tune and if not then feel good vibes coming your way. You can do it! No matter what you are facing!

The Bee with a owl cushion

I decided to make the “Come Away With Me” Musical Challenge my project to beat cancer. I love to travel, and while I can’t at the moment because of my situation and our decision to instead going on holiday to paying a mortgage, our last one was in 2015.

So I go traveling virtually. I love to watch travel programs, read travel blogs, and now to visit every country on this lovely planet and find an exciting musician. You can find out which country I have planned to visit over the next couple of years here on the “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” page.

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Well, I hope beating cancer won’t need several years. At the end of this week, I will have managed the first stage. I am going to have an operation to have my lymph nodes and two affected areas from my breast removed. Thank goodness, I am not losing my breast. It is rather astonishing to me how much I was relieved to hear that. I never had a particularly good relationship with my body but would hate to lose any part of it.

My mother’s cancer also started on the left breast so maybe I subconsciously connect this measurement with a worse outcome. Who knows. I don’t want to fret over it because the only way for me is to beat it! (Yes, that ancient Michael Jackson song comes into my head a lot recently 😉 )

As long as no complications happen, I’ll be out the same day and can recover at home with the help of the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and a district nurse. That suits me very well. The breast care nurse assured me that my operation would only be postponed if the whole hospital is shut down because of coronavirus, and it doesn’t look like its come that close yet.

However, that virus is rather resourceful when it comes to infecting people so who knows. But I have to admit I am not bothered. What comes, comes, and I will roll with it.

So, we are travelling to Estonia today. I do not know much about those little Baltic countries. Estonia sits at the Eastern end of the Baltic sea nestled between Latvia and Russia. From what I can see on its homepage “Visit Estonia” it’s cities and towns look rather mediaeval, and the Estonians are into fashion, food and music. Sounds a lovely country to visit as far as I am concerned 🙂 .

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I think the Hairy Bikers went to Estonia on their Baltic Tour in their “Northern Exposure” series. I seem to remember a lot of foraging and modern cuisine going on but maybe I am mistaken. Enough though of geography and food. Let’s have a look at Estonia’s musicians.

For today’s post, I had a look at the Music Estonia page, and it’s a database of musicians. There seems a lot of Jazz and electronic music going on, but I chose a folk musician. There is nothing like a good accordion tune. I have to admit I used to hate the accordion and found it quite funny that a friend of mine learned it in school. Not that my recorder learning was much better LOL.

However, I have learned in the last couple of years that you can make rather experimental music with oldfashioned instruments and Tuulikki Bartoski’s tune “Tempest in a Teacup” fully captured me:

Video Credit: Tuulikki Bartosik via YouTube

How on earth do you come up with a title like that? You know how much I love my cup or mug of tea, and there has been enough tempest in my life to fill a thousand teacups ;-). This title is brilliant in my books 🙂 .

So who is Tuulikki Bartosik? Arusa Qureshi from The List wrote about her music: Bartosik blends the traditional with the experimental, with small phrases and her occasional wordless vocal accompaniment providing unexpected surges of emotion. The character and feeling that she injects into her compositions and arrangements allows for a renewed appreciation of the accordion as a contemporary instrument.

Tuulikki grew up in the South of the country in which two ethnic minorities reside. They are the Seto and Voro people with a distinct language and culture. Voro is captured on Wikitongues online library of endangered languages. Unfortunately, I could not find out more about either group.

They are native peoples of Estonia, and I assume that their culture is closely linked to the Sami people of Northern Scandinavia. But your guess is as good as mine, and unfortunately, I don’t have any time to research that further.

Tuulikki Bartosik has several music projects and is working with musicians from all over the world. She has two albums out but collaborated with several musicians, for example, with Hanna James, fellow accordionist and clog dancer. Doesn’t feel like I could find out much about Tuulikki Bartosik but maybe she’ll find more success in our countries and then we’ll hear more.

Are you intrigued by my musical journey around the world? Then feel free to take part. And here are the suggestions on how to do so:

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Belarus. Find out about interesting musicians on the BelarusGuide page about music.

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.
  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.
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And now for something different 😉

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So 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.

And just to make sure you recognise the symptoms of breast cancer here a video that tells you all about it.

video credit: Oncology Central/MacMillan via YouTube

So, despite everything have a wonderful week, my dear friends, and don’t forget: You rock!

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Happy Music Monday to you all!

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Come Away With Me to Sweden & Beating Cancer

Hello out there dear readers, how are you? I very much hope you are well but if not, rest assured that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Last week I decided to make this “Come Away With Me” Musical Challenge my project to beat cancer. I love to travel and while I can’t at the moment because of my situation and our decision rather pay a mortgage than to have holidays our last one was in 2015.

So I go traveling virtually. I love to watch travel programs, read travel blogs, and now to visit every country on this lovely planet and find an exciting musician. You can find out which country I have planned to visit over the next couple of years here on the “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” page.

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Today we are travelling to Sweden, a country I have visited twice. It is beautiful and full of wonderful people. Of course, when it comes to music, we first think of ABBA, Ace of Base and Roxette. And while I love all three of them, I was looking for this challenge for something utterly different. Looks like the Scandinavians are quite a lot into metal music. I found a lot of those bands for last weeks post on Norway but also for Sweden.

It’s not that I am a metal fan as such, but I have times when I need something more aggressive when it comes to music. I think it is my way of letting go of aggression and rage, and I have to admit underneath all my bravado when it comes to my diagnosis; there is also a rage. I have for a long time expected that cancer will catch up with me one way or the other, but now that it is here, I am angry. It is unlogical anger, but I assume this is a phase like the grieving phases. I will get over it. But to help it along, I like to listen to bands like Metallica.

The band I have chosen for our visit to Sweden is called Meshuggah, which is a play of the Yiddish word for “crazy.” Last FM says about “Meshuggah” that they started with a rather straightforward Thrash Metall sound but refined their style over the years: ” As the group grew older, they further refined the technicality of their musicianship and songwriting. This led to a harsher sound, utilizing strong seven-string guitar (and later eight-string guitar) rhythms, manic sounding vocals, and a combination of jazz fusion elements as well.”

I chose one of the songs of their latest album from 2016 called “Violent Sleep of Reason.” It felt like this is an excellent image for today’s world. Reason seems to be asleep, but it is a fitful and violent sleep. Who knows when we will wake up.

This song challenges music tastes that like a more melodic song. But it expresses so much of the often violent changes happening in today’s world. At least that is what I think :-). If you want to learn more about Meshuggah head over to the LastFM wiki here. And if you want to learn more about life in Sweden, check out these bloggers posts: Life in the Land of Ice and Snow & Exploring Sweden. For facts and stories check out the official Sweden Site.

Video Credit: Meshuggah via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Estonia and you can find some of today’s and yesterday’s Estonian musicians here on the Music Estonia Database page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ComeAwayWithMe2020/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.
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And now for something different 😉

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So 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.

And just to make sure you recognise the symptoms of breast cancer here a video that tells you all about it.

Video Credit: HowCast via YouTube

That’s it for today my dear readers. I hope you are going to have a wonderful day 🙂

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#MusicMonday ~ Travel The World and Back in Time ~ Lithuania ~ Hirsch Glick

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are well and if not rest assured my thoughts and prayers go out to you. And this is not just a phrase. I do pray for all my fellow bloggers and blog readers every day. I do not need to know you or what you are struggling with. My blessings come your way anyway. 

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, and it is 75 years since the concentration camp Auschwitz -Birkenau was liberated. 1945 marks a year that brought the worst that my people did to an end. And it frightens me that Nazi ideology is spreading again in new guises. 

This is why I do a little jump on the world map for this weeks Music Monday to Lithuania. I also do a jump in time back to a young poet and songwriter called Hirsch Glick. Hirsch Glick is known for creating the song “Sog Nischt Keynmol”. It is the official anthem for the Lithuanian partisans fighting Hitler and his henchmen in the forest of their beautiful country. 

Hirsch Glick

Hirsch Glick grew up in Vilna and had to start working early because of his families poverty. Despite this or maybe because of this he started writing poetry aged 13. Later he met other poets and co-founded the “Young Forest” poetry circle which wrote Hebrew and Yiddish poetry. Later he became a member of the Lithuanian resistance, was imprisoned and was killed in combat with Nazi forces in 1944. Please head over to “Music and the Holocaust” to find out more about his life: “Hirsch Glick on Music and the Holocaust

Until today I had never heard of Hirsch Glick even though his songs were part of my teenage years. My cousin was a fan of a German folk group called “Zupfgeigenhansel” who recorded Yiddish songs in the late 1970s or ’80s. She played them to me, and I loved them because of their sadness but also their hidden hope. So I got the record and listened to it for many years. 

Today I share with you the two songs Hirsch Glick was most famous for to give credit to the courage Lithuanian resistance fighters showed. May they never be forgotten. And may we learn to live in peace with each other no matter the race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities we have. 

Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg

This is the first song I want to share with you and “Music and the Holocaust wrote about it:

‘Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg’ (Never say that you are walking the final road), also known as ‘The Partisans’ Song’, is perhaps the best-known of the Yiddish songs created during the Holocaust. It was written by the young Vilna poet Hirsh Glik, and based on a pre-existing melody by the Soviet-Jewish composer Dimitri Pokrass. Inspired by the news of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the song was adopted as the official anthem of the Vilna partisans shortly after it was composed in 1943, and spread with remarkable rapidity to other ghettos and camps. The song is powerful and defiantly optimistic, acknowledging Jewish suffering in the past and present, and urging the Jewish people to continue fighting for their survival. It is one of the most frequently performed songs at Holocaust commemoration ceremonies.” You can find the English translation of the lyrics here

Please follow the link underneath if the video does not play here on the blog.

Video credit: Jewish Remembrance via YouTube

‘Shtil di nakht iz oysgeshternt’

This is the second song and this is what “Music and the Holocaust” wrote about it:

The beautiful song ‘Shtil di nakht iz oysgeshternt’ (The silent night is filled with stars) was written by the young Vilna poet Hirsh Glik, who also wrote the enduringly popular ‘Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg’ (Never say that you are walking the final road). Glik was an active member of the underground resistance in the ghetto, and wrote this song to commemorate the partisans’ first successful act of sabotage. His lyrics focus on the heroic actions of the female partisan Vitke Kempner.

Unfortunately, I could not find any translation for the lyrics. 

Please follow the link underneath if the video does not play here on the blog.

video credit: Universal Music Group via YouTube

Love & Rage my friends, Love & Rage!!!!!!

#MusicMonday ~ Travel the World ~ Iceland ~ Sykur

Hello, out there are you ready for another week? Do you want to start with some music? Ok then… let’s go to Iceland. Of course, some Icelandic musicians are known all over the world. Most famously Bjork. But Iceland seems to have a wonderfully dynamic musical scene. I discovered Kaleo in 2018 and am absolutely taken by their music.

But when I looked for a new to me band from Iceland for this post I found this page “Iceland Music“. I was absolutely gobsmacked at how many interesting and very creative bands there are. I chose Sykur for today’s post. Even though my aim was to find more music in the mother tongues of the countries we are visiting with Music Monday this year I went for an English singing band because their sound is just incredible.

I could not find much information about them online but it seems they are a band which is on the scene for many years with great performances on stage and dance inviting electronic music. So let’s not get bogged down by information but just enjoy their music. If the video doesn’t play here on the blog follow the link underneath to it’s YouTube location.

video credit: Sykur on YouTube

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Happy Monday to you all!!!!!

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#MusicMonday ~ Travel around the World ~ Greenland ~ Nive and the Deer People

Hello out there, are you ready for another country and it’s music? I have to admit I am cheating a little today. Greenland is part of Denmark but has a lot of independence. It’s come on my radar lately because of climate change but I also used to read some books from Greenland.

It was quite interesting to read up on its music which according to Wikipedia has two strands: Inuit and Danish but also some American influences. Inuit music is based around singing and drumming often connected with celebrations. Wikipedia writes about the European influences:

“European music

With the arrival of Danes, new instruments and forms of European-derived music became popular like the fiddle, accordion and Christian hymns, while Moravian missionaries introduced violins, brass instruments and a tradition of purely instrumental music. The most influential Moravian importation, however, was the polyphonic choir, which has produced popular modern vocal groups like Mik.[5] Kalattuut (dansemik) is a long-stanting form of Inuit polka, which produced popular songs and virtuosos like accordion player Louis Andreasen.[3] There is also a modern style called vaigat, which is similar to country music.[2]

I never thought that there is such a big musical scene in Greenland. The older I get the more I realise that the quote:” I know I know nothing” is of great wisdom. That is dawning on me the older I get.

So which musician or band have I chosen for today’s Music Monday? I could not escape the magic that Nive Nielsen spreads with her band “Deer People”, her voice and her acting talent. She starred in “The Terror” and “The New World” neither of which I know. But I listened to this song and was just magical. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: Nive and the Deer People via Glitterhouse on YouTube

Unfortunately, I could not find any lyrics nor translation… I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

Music Monday is a meme created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek where you pick a song you like and share it on a Monday. Please head over and find more brilliant music posts!

Happy Music Monday to you all!