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Music on Sunday, Scottish Music

As you read this, I'm on a plane to Edinburgh for a few days with my sis. :) It's been a while since I've been there so while preparing for my trip I came across a nice playlist earlier this week and made this blog. Enjoy!

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Quotes and Pics 175, Scottish proverbs

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Art on Friday, Edinburgh

Drill Parade, Edinburgh Castle, 1886-Robert Sanderson
Next week I'm going back to where I left my heart; Scotland. My sis and I are going away on a Citytrip to Edinburgh. My blogs are scheduled to appear in time and I'm ready to go; just have time for some lovely paintings of Edinburgh in the old days. See you when I get back!

Old Edinburgh Close-William Smeall
Edinburgh Greeting Card - Thomas Brabazon Aylmer
Edinburgh Castle in 1760 - Alexander Nasmyth  

detiail from a painting of 1825 of Edinburgh from Calton Hill-Alexander Nasmyth
 Edinburgh Castle from the Southwest-Patrick Nasmyth
A View of Edinburgh from the West-Alexander Nasmyth
Edinburgh from the Castle-David Roberts
St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh-Louis H. Grimshaw
 The Royal Mile-Louis H. Grimshaw


Long have I thought about writing a blog about this subject but I feel like I have too. I can't keep quiet any longer. I am ashamed. Deadly ashamed no less. I feel so ashamed to be Dutch at this point in life. I feel ashamed to live in a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer and where the government is turning it's back on poor helpless people who are fleeing from their homes because of violence, because ISIS, because they just can't take it anymore. Meanwhile the rich are filling their pockets even more, bank managers, big business men, politicians you name it, and the people of my country are screaming bloody murder. The illegal immigrants must go, they're at fault of course they're to blame!

Our government has made some decision for failed or undocumented asylum seekers.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right Liberals said offering continued support would attract more migrants. Their Labour coalition partner backed a policy of &q…

Music on Sunday, songs used in commercials

Ever since an add about insurances aired on our tv I'm singing along with the song. Looking it up that same song was in commercials all over the world!

So today it's all about songs in commercials.

In 1986, this was featured in commercials for Michelob beer as part of their "The night belongs to Michelob" campaign. It was a case of an advertising agency and/or client looking at the title and chorus of the song without regard for the lyrics, which reek of pain and desperation. Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks explained that using the song in the commercial was a big break for the band, since it helped it become a hit. Banks said that if it wasn't in the commercial, it probably would have remained an album track like their song "Domino."

Microsoft paid $10 million to use this for their Windows '95 advertising campaign. Although it became common practice in years to come, this was one of the first times a hit song was used in a major marke…

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Art on Friday ; Audrey Kawasaki and Krista Huot

Audrey Kawasaki

I absolutely adore the works of both Audrey Kawasaki and Krista Huot. It's just so lovely and gorgeous.

Audrey's is often painted on a wooden panel.
Krista paints a lot of folkore and fairy tales.

Here some of both of their work;

Yuuwaku Allure-Audrey Kawasaki
It's So Empty Here-Audrey Kawasaki
Carry on-Audrey Kawasaki
She Entwinded-Audrey Kawasaki
And finally one of my personal favourites; Saying Goodbye-Audrey Kawasaki
Krista Huot
Maiden with a blue bird-Krista Huot
The Blood Countess-Krista Huot
Polluted Naia-Krista Huot
 Red Ridinghood-Krista Huot
temptresses-Krista Huot
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Yesterday my youngest son told me he wants to change from learning to be a cook to something else. He's in his second year and finds the hours tough and thinks he's no good at it. He went to his coach in school and asked her for an occupational test to try and find what it is he would be good at. That is the second son with doubts about the education he's chosen.

As a mother you worry, of course you do it's in our job description. But on the other hand; with all the kids these days switching schooling/education... What if they just have to choose too early in life what to do for the rest of their life? I sure didn't know what to do when I was their age! (then again; I always said I would be a mum and that was it... and there are days I even doubt if I'm doing a good job at that!) To be honest; I only now know from age 40 what I want(ed) to do in life. Be a writer and/or a geriatrics psychologist.

When I got a divorce and had to start to work again after being …

Music on Sunday; songs inspired by books

It's not that easy finding different themes about Music to blog about every Sunday. I might have blogged about it before. But Songfacts is as ever very helpful. Songs that were inspired by books this time;

In Douglas Adams' comic sci-fi book and TV series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is revealed as "the answer to life the universe and everything." Q magazine July 2008 asked Chris Martin if this song is Hitch Hiker's Guide related. The Coldplay frontman replied "It is and it isn't. 42 is my favorite number. 42 is just perfect. We've got two John Lennon songs, this and Violet Hill."

Jon Anderson got the idea for this song after reading the book The Singer: A Classic Retelling of Cosmic Conflict by Calvin Miller. The book tells the story of God through the eyes of a troubadour.

Sting produced the Brand New Day album with Kipper, a film composer he met while working on the title song for the 1998 film The Mighty, star…

Quotes and Pics 173, Classic Children's books quotes

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Art on Friday, Modigliani

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani(12 July 1884 – 24 January 1920) was a Italian painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France. He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterized by elongation of faces and figures, that were not received well during his lifetime, but later found acceptance. Modigliani spent his youth in Italy, where he studied the art of antiquity and the Renaissance, until he moved to Paris in 1906. There he came into contact with prominent artists such as Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuşi.
Modigliani's oeuvre includes mainly paintings and drawings. From 1909 to 1914, however, he devoted himself mainly to sculpture. His main subject was portraits and full figures of humans, both in the images and in the sculptures. During his life, Amedeo Modigliani had little success, but after his death he achieved greater popularity and his works of art achieved high prices. He died at age 35 in Paris of tubercular meningitis.

Madame Georges van Muyde…