Freshly Played #15: Songs From The Movies

Today I thought I would share with you two songs from the movies which have not only made an impression on me cerebrally, but always puts a smile (smirk) on my face.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, from Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life was written by Eric Idle and sung by him in the film while strung up on a cross, just prior to the closing credits.

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So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish is featured in the opening titles of the film sung by Hilary Summers, Kemi Ominiyi and The R’SVP Voices, to a Joby Talbot soundtrack. A reprise version is also available on the movie soundtrack with vocals by Neil Hannon.

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In truth, I like these songs so much because they provide irreverent commentary on man’s feeble belief systems. So come on now, give a whistle.

Blame it on kindle

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My sister has just reminded me that I haven’t posted anything on the blog for a while.

It’s not because I haven’t got anything to write about; it’s just that I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently on my new chic toy – the kindle…

Well, that’s not entirely the whole truth – Facebook and Season’s One and Two of True Blood have also been the main culprits keeping me away from blogging. Oh yes, nearly forgot about the new Photoshop software that I’ve been trying to feel my way around. But it’s mainly the reading.

With absorbing titles like those below, can you blame me?

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams [I’ll start reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as soon as I’m done with H2G2]
  • The Choice of Hercules by A C Grayling

I hope to be back soon sustained by and armed with some awesome new knowledge.

Reading is about to become a lot more pleasurable

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I finally joined the world of the chic and got the Amazon Kindle earlier this week.

And yes, it’s a little beauty. I’ve already spurned the paper versions of three books that I’m currently reading, by purchasing the e-Book versions for my new Kindle. They’re lying on the table right beside me as I write [type] this, looking rather rejected with their paper bookmarks sticking out like drooling cardboard tongues.

And naturally I got a little carried-away and bought a stack [can I still call it that?] of books – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Choice of Hercules by A C Grayling, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and the Believing Brain by Michael Shermer (Audiobook version), among the one’s I haven’t read yet.

But one of the books I bought among that lot mentioned above, that’s intriguing me the most at the moment is The Good Book: A Secular Bible by A C Grayling. It’s styled along the lines of the  King James version of the Bible, but presents meanings, morals and values from a secular or non-religious viewpoint.

…All who read this book, therefore, if they read with care, may come to be more than they were before. This is not praise of the work itself, but of its attentive readers, for the worth to be found in it will come from their minds. If there is anyone who learns nothing from this book, that will not be attributable to faults in it, but to that reader’s excellence. If readers judge candidly, none among them can be harmed or offended by what it asks them to consider. Yet all who come hungry to these granaries of the harvest made by their fellows and forebears, will find nourishment here…

If that excerpt from the introduction is anything to go by, I think I’m going to be wrapped up in this book for a little while…