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Reflections from a fellow Cure-loving Dad at School drop off

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Don’t you love it when you find a similarly minded person? Someone you share common interests with?

This morning at school drop-off, I enjoyed a good laugh and reflection with a fellow dad at the school.

He shares my interest in music. We are both “young at heart”. Our wives would probably call it “immature”!

In his younger years, my  fellow father friend was heavily “into” different music scenes – including the music of The Cure.

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My fellow Cure-loving school dad friend (I’ll not reveal his identity) told me how he really related to a recent post I wrote about how I still loved listening to the music of The Cure.

We spoke about Robert Smith and the evolution of the image of The Cure.

My friend  shared how when he was at school, he had the “more conservative” haircut of “early Robert Smith”.

video the cure a forest

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Why Spock rocks

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Mt spocks music from outer space

Why Spock rocks

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As a kid, I loved Star Trek (the TV show)  and especially Mr Spock.

He seemed so “cool” – in a smart. logical way.

I also liked the way he seemed impervious to insults,

When you’re a kid the skill of ignoring insults really helps.

Later in life, I loved when as a TV reporter I’d be assigned to do Star Trek stories at sci-fi conventions.

I’d usually end up buying stacks of Star Trek stuff.


My favourite purchase was the Star Trek mug where the characters in the transporter room disappeared when you added hot liquid. I still have it – but usually save it for special occasions!

Warning: I love Spock – but I have lots of terrible recordings of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner trying to get groovy and sing songs of the time.

(A link to a clip at the end…

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Why calculator spelling is so cool! Episode IV – A New Hope

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It’s amazing how “silly, little  things” get reaction on the internet. I write about all sorts of “important” and serious things – but one topic that has got lots of positive reaction from around the world is a “silly” post about calculator spelling –  a random, spontaneous post that’s turned into a series of posts on the topic!

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It seems lots of people have fond memories of calculator spelling – and I was amazed to find out that it is a world-wide phenomenon! Posts about this at the end:

For me, one of the best things about re-discovering calculator spelling is “using the Force” of calculator spelling to help my 8-year-old son Orlando master some of the spelling basics – especially vowel combinations like OI. I’ve also been using the Force of Star Wars to make spelling more interesting 🙂

My son learns better with his hands and so the fun…

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Why you should enjoy the indulgence of listening to early Cure albums – in bed!

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video the cure a forest

On a recent beach holiday, my wife and I would tag team with our two young kids. I’d take the kids to the beach in the morning. She would take the kids in the afternoon while I would:

1. try to get some writing work done

2. clean up around the unit we were all staying in.

I had the rare gift of time – and I loved it.


I decided one day to enjoy a real indulgence. Instead of having my favourite music on in the background while I did chores – I decided to listen to two of my favourite albums by The Cure – uninterrupted  – and in bed!

Please let me explain.

When I was a teenager I fell ill with glandular fever and I had to stay in bed. I’d read and often listen to my favourite albums at the time including The Cure’s Seventeen…

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Jim Morrison and post-it note poetry: 3 of 3

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Another technique Jim Morrison often used in his poetic lyrics and lyrical poetry is unusual contrast.  You can use this too and capture memorable and unusual word combinations on post-it notes. Filling Post-it notes is so easy and intimidating and you can ‘build’ a poem or lyric

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For example: In Soul Kitchen – the unusual combination of something modern and something old or ancient.

Neon – neon is ‘modern’.

Grove – has connotations of something old. I know there are still groves in the modern world, but to me, the connotation is that groves are away in time and physical space from neon.

Hence, the contrasting combination works well – stumblin’ in the neon groves!

Soul Kitchen is full of great word combinations:

gentle stove

numb surprise

Another good example is in Summer’s Almost Gone:

At night, we swim the laughin’ sea

When I first heard the lyrics, the…

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Were you a fan-dau of Spandau Ballet?

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Were you a fan-dau of Spandau Ballet? I saw a hilarious earler episode of Modern Family last night.

Claire arranges a special anniversary for present – a visit from one of the former members of Spandau Ballet – fictional of course! Claire thought “True” was “their” (Claire and Phil’s) song.

In the episode spoke about  Spandau fans called fan-daus and it got me thinking how I was a fan-dau of the Spandau!

Come on admit it – were you a fan-dau?  It’s safe to admit it now with the passing of time.

I remember being so impressed when I first saw the video of “To Cut a Long Story” – especially the bass solo and Tony Hadley’s  big voice and sustained note at the end…..I lost my miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind!

The latter Spandau (Parade album) was an era of  leather jackets with massive shoulder pads and I was so proud of…

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Were you a Sony Walkman fan? Listening to surf music down by the waves!

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Are there certain pieces of technology that make you swoon or bring back great memories for you?

For me the old 80s Sony Walkman brings back so many warm and wonderful memories!

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This post was inspired by a recent visit to see a fantastic collection of album covers.

Seans art

While I appreciated looking at the album art – I realised that I was more into the mobility of cassettes and the exciting new technology of the Sony Walkman! So compact!!!

At the time, I was really into listening to surf music AT THE BEACH.

I was never a good surfer – but I was much better playing surf guitar! 🙂


I remember the joy of listening to cassettes of surf music and watching the breaking waves – the bright sparking, splashy cymbal sounds “sounding like” the early-morning sun reflecting on the waves

AND that famous surf music sound (the fast ,energetic…

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Have you seen these new re-workings of the old Ca Plane Pour Moi?

Great song. Of course you get extra ‘cool points’ for knowing the singer was actually Belgian! 🙂 This inspired my ‘original’ song: Pretentious Moi……moi…moi

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Wow – this post was inspired as I was bouncing up and down (pogo-style) on a trampoline when I took my kids to the launch of a new trampoline centre.


I had a go too and  in my head I was imagining bouncing to songs by The Ramones AND the old Ca Plane Pour Moi.

I remember loving the old video of the song and I went on Youtube to watch it again.

As well as finding the old Plastic Bertrand version – I found all sorts of interesting more recent versions. Some are pretty racy!

Another video  was over-layed vision of the old Movie Faster Pussycat Kill Kill (I think).

Funny watching the old B&W groovy dancing to this tune.

Anyway, enjoy!

Please add your reactions in the comments section below.

First the Plastic Bertrand version:

and the groovy  dancing clip one:

and this rather racy one I…

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Do you remember “calculator spelling” – making upside-down words from numbers?

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I hadn’t done this silly juvenile thing for years – but I was trying to help my 8-year-old son Orlando settle into  his new school. To take his mind off his shyness I showed him something that was “cool” when I was a kid – calculator spelling.

You should have seen the big smile beam across his face! I showed him 0.7734.

0.7734 – on calculator displays looks like HELLO.


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Then of course there were all the silly  and juvenile schoolboy type words like 8008 and 58008 and 55378008!

 As I said – this hadn’t crossed my mind in ages – calculator spelling that is  – not 58008!


Trying to be a “Cool Dad” – Here’s  how uncool dad looked back in the 70s when long hair and calculator spelling were popular. I loved those days of the old schoolyard!

Orlando loves hearing stories about the “olden days”!


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