Roarprawn returns


Busted Blonde is back on duty at Roarprawn.

It will be good to have her back in the blogosphere.

Skye Boat Song – John Longmuir


The story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s  escape to Skye in a rowing boat, aided by Flora MacDonald and disguised as her maid is accepted as true but when did it happen?

The Skye Boat Song was introduced on National Radio last night with mention of yesterday as the anniversary of that mad dash across the sea. However, searches by Google and Bing give June 28 and July 10 as the date.

Whichever it is, it’s a good excuse to listen to a lovely song, sung here by Edinburgh-born tenor John Longmuir.

Top 10 summer songs


What are your summer songs?

The question was put to me at langauge school in Spain  where they have a song which becomes the summer song each year.

I struggled to answer, probably because those songs about summer which become popular are written for the northern hemisphere when it’s winter here.  They are the ones which featured in the top 10 from an on-line poll which sought the sunniest hits of all time:

1. ‘Summer In The City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  2. ‘California Girls’ – Beach Boys
  3. ‘School’s Out’ – Alice Cooper
  4. ‘Heat Wave’ – Martha & The Vandellas
  5. ‘Under The Boardwalk’ – The Drifters
  6. ‘Light My Fire’ – The Doors
  7. ‘Dancing In The Street’ – Martha & The Vandellas
  8. ‘Borderline’ – Madonna
  9. ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ – Sly & The Family Stone
  10.'(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ – Rolling Stones

None of those speak of New Zealand summers, mixed in with Christmas and New Year, to me.

Maybe it’s a reflection on the huge gaps in my knowledge of New Zealand music but I couldn’t even think of one which I associated with summer in particular.

But surely someone has written of long hot days at the beach, lake or river, barbeques, tramping, hay making and the other sounds, scents, scenes and sensations of a southern hemisphere summer. If not here, there must be some from over the Tasman.

Jetstar or jetstop? – updated


It hasn’t been a good start for Jetstar.

Irate would-be passengers who weren’t on flights.

Irate passengers who got on flights which took off late.

Then there was the flight the Prime Minister had booked.

I was at a meeting of National Party electorate and regional chairs in Wellington yesterday and John Key had been going to pop in on his way back from opening the Queenstown Winter Festival.

But he was travelling Jetstar.

I’m not sure what happened with the flight but it resulted in him not being able to make it to the meeting.

UPDATE: The Herald reports fog was part of the problem.

My Music maestro Steve Race has died


The radio played a big role in my childhood in the 60s, when television was new and not in many homes.

We listened to a lot of British programmes, among which was My Music,  with quiz master Steve Race and panelists Denis Nordon, Frank Muir, John AMis and Ian Wallace.

Race, who featured in all the more than 520 programmes which were broadcast, died on Tuesday.

The Telegraph’s obituary is here.


June 28 in history


On June 28:

1869 Emma Goldman US anarchist and feminist was born.

1967 the world’s first electronic ATM was installed – in Enfield, England.

1984 Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau won the Albert Einstein Peace Prize.

Pierre Trudeau

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