Category Archives: Music

Turkey – The Strip

Sometimes unexpected Magic happens.

Taking a vacation with no expectations, other than reading a book by the pool, has lead me down a surreal rabbit-hole of fun.

This sleepy little seaside town of Oludeniz has a street that comes alive at night time, when it’s called The Strip.

Last night, our organised excursion was to visit some bars and clubs, so come ten o’clock, 18 of us hit The Strip.

Starting at Oh Yes cocktail bar, via Reef Bar, we all ended up in Bitter’s Cocktail Karaoke Bar.

Turns out I can’t sing, but I can dance.¬† ūüėą

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

You’d think a man would know…

’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all¬† ~¬† Alfred Lord Tennyson

There seems to be a problem with a relationship I’m having with a woman who is very important to me.

In the end it has come down to those two perennial issues; money and sex.

But, this relationship was always about just how much money I was prepared to spend ~ and just how little I was prepared to accept in return.¬† Now it’s about a $25,000 car…..

You’d think a mature man such as I would have seen this from the start ~ truth be told I did, but perhaps I just wasn’t prepared to accept the painful reality it.

You Think A Man Would Know

Perhaps things will turn out well after all.

~

jack collier

jackcollier@talktalk.net

 

or maybe Marmaduke and I will hit the road again

Never Give In, Never Give Up

To be good at what you do, you first have to do.

For a few years I’ve been feeling unwanted by the life I live, unloved by the world I live in, and disliked by all the Goddesses that there ever were.¬† And then I realised that there were more choices open to me than being a miserable, celibate, unwashed recluse, drinking myself to death in a dirty garret.¬† All I had to do was turn up for Life.

Life is filled with opportunities, we need to make the most of them.  ~  Scott Geller

The more choices we have, the richer our life can become.

I have some good choices, and one of those is to be happy.

This song makes me think of doing cool things with someone I feel very happy about today.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

America is mostly empty

The clearest way into your own mind is through Wilderness

Once one gets away from the big cities, the USA is mostly wilderness.

On my recent road trip, sometimes the only thing in the wilderness was the road, a broken down fence, and a distant power line.

Sometimes there’s a road sign. ¬†Zzyzx is actually in San Bernadino County, California, and you get there by the 4.5 mile long unpaved Zzyzx Road. ¬†We didn’t go there, because there’s bugger-all there. ¬†However, Zzyzx does feature in music and films, (movies).

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures taken by the girl riding shotgun with a Lumix

Forgotten Modern History

In December seventy years ago the French decided they would stay in Indochina.  This set off a chain of misery which did not end when the Americans were defeated by Vietnamese communists in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. French occupation of Vietnam ended with their defeat at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.  The Vietnamese Cambodian war then went on until 1991.

Billy Joel ~ We Didn’t Start The Fire

Please listen responsibly.

Perhaps we should all learn a little more forgotten history.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Black Velvet

After Black Friday ~ Black Velvet.

Black velvet is one of Life’s most sensual pleasures.

If they were starting their careers today, Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet.  ~  Brad Holland

95-041016230113There’s a drink called Black Velvet, made from half Champagne and half Guinness. ¬†Poured properly the two liquids stay separate in the glass ~ until one begins to quaff that is. ¬†(Quaffing is like drinking except you get drunker and spill more.) ¬†Allegedly first made by the bartender at Brooks’s in London in 1861, this cocktail is almost guaranteed to make any lady quite amatory. ¬†There’s something quite sorcerous about Black Velvet. ¬†To complete the evening get her a Black Velvet choker.

A very nice Canadian whisky is also called Black Velvet.  Trust me, this is as smooth and dark as its name suggests.  One of the nicer things about some Canadians is that they can spell whisky.

Black Velvet is also a very cool song, first recorded by Alannah Myles ~ and subsequently sung by anyone and everyone who thinks they have a voice.  And sadly, anyone who has been drinking black velvet in a karaoke bar.

I’m not certain I can recommend the rock magazine Black Velvet, but at least there’s an on-line digital issue.

All women look good wearing black velvet. ¬†In fact, does the classic LBD look any better than when it’s a black velvet Little Black Dress? ¬†Is there anything sexier than Christian Louboutin Black Velvet evening shoes?

I know there are 1001 other products, stores, bars, cosmetics, girls… trading under the name Black Velvet. ¬†Some of these are better found for yourself. ¬†Some of these are better left alone.

If a guy wants to be a very cool guy, then he needs to sharpen up his urban survival skills and learn stuff like this.

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cranstonjack collier

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Don’t Worry Be Happy

Every motivational writer says that true happiness is a state of mind.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed.

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute to the full, with joy, grace, and consideration for others.  Happiness is loving and being loved.

happy

So, don’t worry, just be happy.

Please listen responsibly.

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

poetry and the modern man

Back when Fred Flintsone was a boy I had to learn poetry in school. ¬†Back then I didn’t appreciate poetry at all. ¬†Teaching poetry to a bunch of hard, canny, North of England boys must have been a frustrating task. ¬†We all thoughts that poets were effete, pretentious, and of doubtful sexuality. ¬†Most of all, we thought they were ‘southerners’.

What I didn’t realise back then is the depth of thought and feeling that a good poet puts into every single word and stanza.

Adventure, history, love, lust, myths and legends, tragedy, unrequited love, war… all of these and more are to be found in poetry. ¬†And, even a short poem evokes feelings that the longest novel cannot even begin to touch.

Thiepval

Today is November the 11th.  In 1918, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month the guns fell silent.

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is forever England.

The Soldier  ~  Rupert Brooke

Poetry is also about love. ¬†If you want to melt the heart of a woman try poetry. ¬†If her heart is unmoved, then move on, because she just isn’t worth the effort.

‘Tis better to have loved and lost,

Than never to have loved at all.

Tennyson

And just to prove that a great line never dies;

Please listen responsibly.

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flagjack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

they are extremes

So, what about politics? ¬†There’s nothing useful for this Englishman to say about the US Presidential election. ¬†Less than useful is I thought British politics was bad until I took an interest in the political goings on in the world’s most powerful nation.

Right now, politics in the United States of America seems just a bit… extreme.

Here’s a song for whoever wins.

Please Listen Responsibly.

Whoever does get into the White House, I hope my American friends will continue to survive and thrive in Freedonia.

~

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

on the beach

P1030480If I could, I would spend all of my time on the beach. ¬†My local beach, or in Australia, California, Miami, Texas, or ¬†the Windies… ¬†just so long as there is the sea and the sky. ¬†Lighthouses, a cool villa, and a gorgeous woman would be good too. ¬†I would settle for a hut to sleep in. ¬†To be honest, I can do without the guy playing the guitar.¬†

Chris Rea ~ On The Beach

please listen responsibly

On The Beach is also the title of a novel by Nevil Shute, which was turned into a chilling movie starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner.   (I think Ava Gardner has such a look of a dirty vamp about her.)

please watch responsibly

If your girl talks about the 2000 ¬†Armand Assante movie, it’s cool if you not only know about the earlier film, but also the book.

As for my beach. ¬†It’s lonely, cold, and grey down by the sea today.

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P1040574Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

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