Sunday, 9 December 2012

Memories Are Made Of THis - Dean Martin

THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN POSTED SOME DAYS AGO
BUT I FORGOT!! 
Some excellent reactions received to the No Fixed Abode posts, along with a number of 'Well Wishers', one in particular suggesting that I may be 'eccentric' - a complement indeed! This put me in mind of the Groundhogs classic from the Thank Christ for the Bomb album:-
My chest is a 36, my overcoat is for a 42.
My trousers end 6 inches from the ground, 3 inches from my shoe,
Tied up with a piece of string and held together with fish-bone glue.
Call me an Eccentric Man, I don't believe I am.
My bed is a park bench and my sheet and blankets are newspaper pages.
The people think I'm crazy, but I know I'm wiser than all the sages,
'cos I have money they think that I'm a fool for doing what I do, but I know it's right.
Call me an Eccentric Man, I don't believe I am.
If ever I want to I can have the comfort of my country home.
But until that time I'm quite content to have walls made of gravestones,
a carpet of moss, a ceiling of sky and a brown rat for a watch-dog.
Call me an Eccentric Man, I don't believe I am.
Tony (TS) McPhee
 A few more people I'll likely miss while I'm away, but look forward to seeing again on my return! 
JIM and LIZ the day before they became Mr and Mrs MEDIC, now these 2 I miss even when I'm at home!
Portland Bird Observatory stalwarts EILEEN WHITE, SANDRA LAMBERT and BERYL CLAFTON, sorry I missed you on departure.
Another lunch at The Swan - MICHAEL, CATH, LESLEY and Yours Truly.
SHARRON and TIMMY MALCOLM.
Friends from as far back as I can remember in Weymouth, DAVE and HEATHER COOMBES with JACKIE and ALAN MORRIS,
while from those heady days when we were 'spear-fishermen' CAROLINE and BOBBY MILVERTON
Probably the most knowledgeable family on wildlife that I know, the HIGGINSON-TRANTOR's, daughter Katie, Jill and Dave (aka The Fungal Punk).
It's going to be one of those nights now SHANE WARNE and IAN JENKINS have turned up, The Mutual Appreciation Society!
Italian with the DAMPNEY's,
beer and G and T with the EDWARDS'
and a Tot of Rum with my longest serving shipmate MICHAEL (Huck) HUTLEY.
Meanwhile in Viljandi, Estonia ILLE picking berries in the forest at her farm.
Back in the capital Tallin HELIS with partner and Elle's son HERKKO make a start on the Jamison's.
KELVIN the Fisherman, always provider of the very best and fresh sea-food.
ADRIAN and TRACY BAKER, Paramedic, Nurse, marathon and triathlon competitors and great friends.
Also at the Portland Bird Observatory Deborah Tessier, Simon Earwicker,
Simon and Ron (Chunky) King,
Chris Cook
along with Richard Crossley and Charlie Moores.
Blues Guitarist Tim Broad,
John (Ginge) and Val Prince (another fine lunch),
dinner with Ille at 'Slight'
and both of us at Bowie and Sheila's.
With a couple of my 'Muso' Mates Hilary and Jason,
Mister Music himself 'Jumping Jimmy Thunder'.
The 'Stockley Clan'
and 'Clan Leader' SOOTY - Thanks for the Gibson mate!
3 'Good Boys' grandsons FREDERICK, BENJAMIN and ALEXANDER
and 2 very naughty girls braking daddy's shower LISA (Mummy) and JULIE at yet another party.
It isn't everyday you're given a gift of a 1990 Ch√Ęteau d'Yquem
Thank You Lorraine.
The lovely VIVIEN TWINE,
Paul and Tess Lifton
Me with 'The Winger' ready for more celebrations.
and those 2 beautiful Oriental Orchids Wei Ge (China) and Syenny Lee (Taiwan) and  both now back at Collage in Italy.
Wherever I May Roam - Metallica
 (And the road becomes my bride)
And the road becomes my bride
I am stripped of all but pride
So in her I do confide
And she keeps me satisfied
Gives me all I need
And with dust in throat I crave
Only knowledge will I save
To the game you stay as slave

Rover, Wanderer,
Nomad, Vagabond
Call me what you will!