Cover songs

Cover versions. For some people covers are anathema, but I like them. That said, it depends what song is chosen. For example, two songs I like which are covers are

Paradise City – Slash with Fergie & Cypress Hill (original by Guns N Roses)

Working Class Hero – Green Day (original by John Lennon)

I like both of these and I also like the original songs.
The flipside of this are two songs where I really don’t like the cover version and prefer the original:

Cecilia – Suggs (original by Simon & Garfunkel)

Baby Come Back – UB40 & Pato Banton (original by the Equals)

All of the originals are on YouTube. Just goes to show that songs are in the ear of the beholder!

Sunday viewing

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At Your Service is a popular programme on RTE 1 here in Ireland. The presenters of the show, John Brennan and his older brother Francis (both pictured, John (dark hair) and Francis (silver hair)), own a five-star hotel in Kerry called the Park Hotel Kenmare. They give “business makeovers” to guesthouses, small hotels and B&Bs around Ireland. Their advice covers everything from catering to staff to menus to interior design. John Brennan is responsible for marketing opportunities and financial issues. Francis takes care of the main inspection and not even the smallest detail escapes his watchful eye. The brothers’ hands-on approach with practical and often witty advice has contributed to the success of the show, now in its seventh series. Their work ethic is to be admired – Francis doesn’t take a day off, not even Christmas. Francis is very chatty and often says “I could live with anybody but nobody could live with me!” Also on the show, he can always at some point be heard saying to the business owner “C’mere ‘til I tell ya…..(insert piece of advice here)”. It’s great viewing for a Sunday evening when there’s nothing else on!

Mindfulness

“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
This quote is taken from The Little Book of Mindfulness by Tiddy Rowan.

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As part of my goals for 2015 I have started to explore mindfulness in greater depth. At the heart of mindfulness is the breath and the ability to concentrate on the breath for a minute. This allows us to slow down and gain a perspective on situations. To be fully present; to concentrate on the here and now. Research has shown that practising mindfulness helps with chronic pain, grief and depression as well as helping people deal with more mundane worries. I have started to practice this daily and it helps me to deal with the day and whatever lies ahead, including my pain issues.

Fascinated by owls

I can’t exactly remember when my fascination with owls started but I just love them. I have two particular favourites: the snowy owl and the tawny owl. This may have had something to do with the Harry Potter series and the fact that owls of all kinds feature in the books. An owl’s face fascinates me; they look cute yet puzzled and intelligent at the same time. Sadly there are no owls flying around in my garden, though I have collected various owl items: earrings, necklaces, t-shirts and the occasional toy!

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In this photo, there is an owl-shaped container (white), owl soft toy and two small owl paperclips (orange and green). I have another soft owl but I can’t seem to locate her at the moment. Oh the joys of living in a large house with so many rooms…..:)

New Year goals 2015

A new year and a fresh start. A cliché I know but sometimes clichés work when you want them. I generally hate making resolutions because I feel they’re meaningless; however I find I have made resolutions, I just call them a different name, such as goals or priorities.
With this in mind, my priorities/goals for 2015 are:
To finish my college degree and make myself employable.
To read more books.
To stay as healthy as I can.
To continue my spiritual growth.
These are the things I consider most important, along with one final goal: to protect myself emotionally. I think I will find this one the most challenging but I will do as much as possible to achieve it.