Sunshine Blogger Awards XXIV – XXV

Once again I’ve been very fortunate to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by two wonderful bloggers. Firstly, Wild at Heart who over at Wild Scared Crazy she shares her doubts and helps you get over your fears so that we can navigate through this uncertain and mysterious world together.

Then, Darell who writes equally eloquently on his blog about matters dear to his heart.

If you don’t already follow this wonderful twosome, please head on over, check out their blogs and give them some encouragement.

Spread a little sunshine!

My Nominees

Despite the difficulties we’re all currently facing, have you managed to spread some sunshine? If you have, please conside yourself nominated and keep up the good work!

Wild at Heart’s Questions

1. If you could get a paid three day break from hustle and bustle of life, where would you spend your vacation?

Of course, life isn’t quite the usual hustle and bustle. Still, a three-day spa break on my own at the InterAlpen Hotel in the Austrian Tirol would be very welcome.

2. What “old person” things do I do?

I never, ever do any “old person” things, okay?

3. Whom do you miss right now?

No one really.

4. What’s one thing you love about yourself?

My energy and positivity – okay, I know that’s two but………

5. What country are you from?

I was born in UK but I left it (thank goodness) over 15 years ago and now live in France.

6. Do you believe in karma?

Absolutely! What goes around, comes around.

7. If you were a drink, what would you be?

A glass of Dom Pérignon

8. If you could go back into any period of time, what would it be?

Women have a tough enough time at present, I wouldn’t want to go back in time at all.

9. Which moment would you remove from your life if you could?

There aren’t any moments I’d remove, I don’t have any regrets.

10. Who’s your favourite singer?

I don’t really have a favourite. I like lots of singers past and present. But if I have to pick one, why not Lenny Kravitz?

11. What do you love to talk about?

Anything and everything, particularly sport.

Darell’s Questions

1. What are you thankful for right now and why?

For obvious reasons, I’m so glad I’m living in France and staying safe and sound.

2. Who inspires you?

Life’s inspiration enough.

3. Where is your favourite vacation spot?

The Basque Country

4. When did you first realise your love for blogging?

I enjoy blogging, I don’t love it.

5. Why does Black Lives Matter?

Pervasive and systemic racism has held back under-represented minorities, especially Black people. We should all be consciously committed to helping correct this inequality.

6. How many pets do you have?

None, unless you count my beloved husband?

7. What new skills have you acquired during lockdown?

I have discovered a couple of green fingers, improved my Spanish and cooked a trillion of new dishes.

8. Where does your inspiration to blog come from?

My wonderful, everyday life

9. Who is most important to you in your life right now and why?

The same people who are always important to me – my beloved husband, family and friends.

10. Why should bloggers follow your blog?

No one *should* follow my blog unless they find it of interest or amusing.

11. When will racism end?

I sincerely hope that it’s in my lifetime, so we need to get a move on!

Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blogging sites.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate upto 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
  4. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog post.
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Song Lyric Sunday #5

This is Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, a man after my own heart as he posts the themes well in advance giving us all time to choose an appropriate response. This week’s prompt is Clear/Dark/Light and, after thinking about a suitable song from my own collection, my suggestion is the 2015 remastered version of David Bowie‘s track Quicksand from his 1971 album Hunky Dory.

Written by well-known English singer-songwriter the late, great David Bowie and released on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. This ballad features multi-tracked acoustic guitars and a string arrangement by the late Mick Ronson. Like much of Bowie’s work at this time, it was influenced by Buddhism, occultism and Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of the Superman. It refers to the magical society Golden Dawn and name-checks one of its most famous members, Aleister Crowley, as well as Heinrich Himmler, Winston Churchill and Juan Pujol (codename: Garbo).

I was fortunate to see Bowie in concert numerous times and when we lived in Chiswick in the mid-eighties our next-door neighbour was Bowie’s lighting engineer. We used to meet loads of interesting people from the world of music at their parties, including the above-mentioned Mick Ronson.

Lyrics: Quicksand

I’m closer to the Golden Dawn
Immersed in Crowley’s uniform
Of imagery
I’m living in a silent film
Portraying Himmler’s sacred realm
Of dream reality
I’m frightened by the total goal
Drawing to the ragged hole
And I ain’t got the power anymore
No, I ain’t got the power anymore

I’m the twisted name on Garbo’s eyes
Living proof of Churchill’s lies, I’m destiny
I’m torn between the light and dark
Where others see their targets, divine symmetry
Should I kiss the viper’s fang?
Or herald loud the death of Man
I’m sinking in the quicksand of my thought
And I ain’t got the power anymore

Don’t believe in yourself, don’t deceive with belief
Knowledge comes with death’s release
Aah-aah, aah-aah, aah-aah, aah-aah

I’m not a prophet or a stone-age man
Just a mortal with the potential of a superman
I’m living on
I’m tethered to the logic of Homo Sapien
Can’t take my eyes from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith
If I don’t explain what you ought to know
You can tell me all about it on the next Bardo
I’m sinking in the quicksand of my thought
And I ain’t got the power anymore

Don’t believe in yourself, don’t deceive with belief
Knowledge comes with death’s release
Aah-aah, aah-aah, aah-aah, aah-aah

Don’t believe in yourself, don’t deceive with belief
Knowledge comes with death’s release
Aah-aah, aah-aah, aah-aah, aah-aah

Songwriters: David Bowie
Quicksand lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.