Thursday, February 23, 2006

Hand me a great big spoon

By the time lunchtime came around today my blood sugar levels were probably registering negative numbers so I scooted down to the canteen to pig out on bangers and mash. And baked beans, but I hate those so... well never mind the lunch menu. I sat down with some of my colleagues at a table and started munching. The topic of conversation was music and we had great fun reminiscing about the popular bands from the 80's. Everyone remember Erasure?
From laughing at remembered images of men in fish-net stockings we moved on to concerts.

"Did anyone see..?" and "Were you at..?"

Well, no I wasn't.
I grew up in South Africa, which wasn't exactly the most popular destination for musicians in the 80's.
Stole this from - photographer unknown
Except Bryan Adams. I saw him twice. Thanks Bryan!]

Now, perhaps it was because I was still feeling a little grumpy from being so hungry, Stole this from www.queenzone.comor perhaps it was in retaliation for someone saying something bad about Queen, but I decided to drop my 2 cents' worth into the conversation by saying that the most disappointing concert I have seen was
U2 in Croke Park last year.

This little epiphany was greeted by a stunned silence.
Remember: this is Ireland - U2 are gods here. Croke Park is their home turf.
In truth, I thoroughly enjoyed the concert last year, although I said then and I still maintain I like to go to concerts for the music - if I wanted to hear about politics, I would go to a political rally. I am only too aware that Africa is in trouble... I didn't pay good money to be told that by a singer with an inflated ego, however good his intentions are. I mean, he really believes he is single-handedly going to solve all of Africa's problems.
And then, I'm sure, he plans to sing about it.

OK so I may have exaggerated this a little at lunch today, but I do so enjoy stirring the pot a bit. It's fun leaving people speechless :-)

PS Thanks Kyknoord for pointing out my nomination to me. And thank you, all my loyal subjects - I mean, readers - for voting for me in the SA BlogAwards. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :-)


beadinggalinMS said...

Terri-What are bangers and mash??

I voted for you but I don't know if I did it right. :(

Me luv me some Bryan Adams!! So jealous right now you seen him twice. :)
I wore out every cassatte I had of his, now I got the cds.

Terri said...

Beads 'Bangers' are pork sausages and 'mash' is mashed potatoes. Very popular here & in England.
Ooh, I could make u so jealous - I was only about a meter away from grabbing Bryan on that very sexy ass of his at the one concert, woohoo!

beadinggalinMS said...

Yummie pork sausages and mashed potatoes!!

Okay that is it I am soooo jealous now!! :)

kyknoord said...

If Bono could perhaps arrange to send us a big generator - or perhaps even a really long extension lead - he'd solve at least one of Africa's problems.

Spookie the Warrior said...

I like U2. And I like that Bono uses his "position" to help Africa. But I have to agree with you, politics and rock concerts dont mix well. Sinead O Conner did something like that too once. but i think it was more Ireland related and rebel like than a good cause. And bangers and mash is one of our favourites at home here too. My boys love it. And I dont like baked beans either - yuk!

anne said...

Bono has an inflated ego, that's a given.
But he is one sexy inflated ego, no? (I'm a Simple Minds girl anyway.)

Terri said...

Beads Yeah, but I don't have a treehouse OR a water-gun.

Kyknoord Temporarily maybe, but you just know one would be broken and the other stolen within days.

Just Me Don't get me wrong - I think he's actually doing a great job of at the very least drawing attention to the issues. Mostly... well, mostly I was just trying to p*ss off the Irish, lol!

Anne Agreed. Simple Minds... plural minds? You? {{ahem}}

Word Verif: "flarcx" ... I like this new word. I couldn't get the flarcxing thing to work!

beadinggalinMS said...

OOOh You got me there Terri LOL :)

Lori said...

The bangers sound very good. I like Queen, *Another one bites the dust* is one of my favorite songs. PS: did your mom like the squirrel picture?

jason evans said...

The eighties were such a pure time for music. I miss the eighties!

Jeff said...

I'll take the bangers and mash and The Beatles.

Okay, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is a classic! :)

-Ann said...

The first time I came to Dublin was in 1994. I'd booked a private room in a youth hostel, which the hostel had inexplicably given to some Italian guy. I was distraught as I couldn't imagine spending a night in a 32-bed dorm room. I set out to find a room in a B&B in the Gardiner Street area, only to be told again and again that they were all sold out because of....the Bryan Adams concert.

Huh? I was amazed. I thought everyone had stopped listening to him 10 years before, but okay. Who knew Bryan Adams was huge in Ireland? I certainly didn't.

Terri said...

Beads :-)

Lori She loved it, thanks!

Jason {{nostalgic sigh}} Don't we all?

Jeff Couldn't agree more. And ol' Freddie sure was one of a kind.

Anne I know - he seems to visit here regularly. Your story sounds like our arrival here - read 'U2' instead of 'Bryan Adams' and that's exactly what happened to us!

Tenacious T said...

Haha - I loved Bryan Adams!
And totally agree about not needing politics shoved down your throat when you have paid to be entertained.

Terri said...

Tenacious T Welcome! And... "loved"? I still love him! Timeless good ol' rock music, what more could a gal ask for?

LiVEwiRe said...

I worked at an animal marine park (Sea World) for years, and in one of the shows, they used Erasure's music. It would pulse through the park durking working hours and during off hours when they practiced... now that was always sure to keep me smiling! I still get excited when I hear anything by them! Oh, and as far as the voting... you were on my voting list on day one! =)

Terri said...

LiVEwIRe Makes you wanna jump through hoops, does it? LOL! Thx for the support btw :-)