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Snow On Chair On Grass In Boat

It's been really cold here on the mountain, with snow some days, and sometimes the snow stays on the ground, and also on the debris, bric-a-brac, cast-offs, leftover stuff - which looks so nice when topped with snow!

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Daydreaming While Washing Up

My new boat ...

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07/06/2011 | Bob Drury
The ukulele is actually a Scandinavian instrument invented in the year one and later introduced to the Hawaiian islanders by the Vikings. The calendrical term BC is actually a corruption of BU, which meant "before uke".
07/16/2011 | Jean-Guy
Saw your blogsite when visiting Lady Bug's. Missed your dulcet tones off Mexico this year. Much cooler season this time. We are home for the summer but we are experiencing a wet one (very rare) this year so far while the rest of Canada is sweltering.
Cheers, mate
SV Gosling
From Me To Uke

The answer I sent to Colin was that the cheap ukuleles, AUD$25-$30, were not worth buying and for around AUD$75 you can get a good one. This one I bought 6 or 7 years ago for $180 - It's a Bruko (with umlaut over the u) tenor uke, made in W. Germany.

This one resides in an old violin case. people always think I'm carrying a machine gun.

Have a look at the uke web site

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New Ukulele Web Site

I am putting on my ukulele player's hat, and the teacher hat too - announcing my new web site for uke players. It's called Joe Blake The Uke Man and it hangs out here:

Going Commando - Learning to play the uke by ear

Please give it the once over, if you have a moment, I think you will find it fun.

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06/27/2011 | Colin and Jackie
the uke site looks very interesting joe I'ld like to give the uke a try but whats a good uke to buy. Should I splash out a lot of cash or have you got any recommendations on the cheaper end.
My Little Grass Shack

If you have a moment - go on YouTube and try this song:

Little Grass Shack, by Kaleo Naea

And this one is a 103 yr-old man called Bill Tapia, singing the same song

Little Grass Shack, Bill Tapia

Now you have listened to the song -

- what were the old Hawaiians saying?

"Ko-mo mai no-ka-u-a i-ka-ha-le we-la-ka-hao!"

Need a little help in pronouncing Hawaian? This story may help you to at least remember, if not understand, what they were saying on the beach at Ho-nau-nau.

Perry Como, a lot of years back, was as well-known as Frank Sinatra as a "crooner" - a singer of romantic songs with lush string orchestra backing. Although this story has been vigorously denied by his family, I do believe it.

Following a long hard day at the recording studio and looking forward to a glass of Kahlua and coke, Perry arrives home. Como's distraught Papuan bride greets her husband at the front door with bad news - they have run out of Kahlua, and also!! their car, a silver-grey metallic-finish Lexus SC430 has been stolen by two strange men who arrived on a Harley-Davidson while he was gone! In excited Pidgin English she burst out with:

"Como my! No Ka'ua! He car Harley We lack car - How?"

Let's have a closer look at what she was trying to say.
"Como my!1 No Ka'ua!2 He car3 Harley! We lack car - How?4"

What she really meant:
1. "Como my!" In other words, "Como, my husband!"
2. "No Ka'uah!" "There is no Kahlua". She cannot pronounce the "L" in
3. "He (his) car (was a) Harley!" Never having seen a motorcycle in her
village until she was 23, she calls all motor vehicles "car".
4. "How?" - In other words, "How will we travel - now our car is gone?" -
forgetting they left the Porsche Boxster in the garage!

Many years later, in Hawaii, Como related the tale of his former wife, and the famous words found their way into a song, which the Hawaiians sang as:

"Ko-mo mai no-ka-u-a i-ka-ha-le we-la-ka-hao"

Well, now you know, and thanks for staying with me on this. It all started because I joined a ukulele group! Do you play the uke? You should!


Here is a link to another blog, of some dear friends of ours, and another ukulele player:

Chris and Rani, of Ladybug

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06/11/2011 | Bob Drury
The uke - secret of eternal youth.
08/04/2011 | Philip Cohen
Oh my god..I'm laughing so hard, there are tears running down my face! Funny! I had to stop eating my breakfast of roof-borne insects. Miss you guys, so let's keep in touch, Philip.
A Roof Over One's Head

Fifteen men shelter from the burning, harsh, cruel, savage and relentless sun ... Nature in Gumbaziland is quite indifferent to the struggling human species.

Every night, lowering the roof - eating roof-borne insects and huddling in the centre, they endure the freezing temperatures of the Gakuzi Desert.

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