RR Forgotten Follow-Ups

 

I wasn’t very happy with the sub-ed. changes made to my recent RR column (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/15/readers-recommend-playlist-the-forgotten-follow-ups)  I did get a nice email from Matthew apologising for some of it, and explaining the rest. (We’ve completely hooked him now, haven’t we?)

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So I figured the simplest thing to do would be to post what I wrote here. Unsurprisingly, I think it’s sharper; less flabby because it doesn’t waste time laying everything out on a plate, which Matt believes he has to do for the benefit of new or casual readers. I also particularly wanted to re-instate my third paragraph. So here it is …

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EVERLASTING ORCHIDS.

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This flower is an orchid, there’s a commonly held view that growing orchids is difficult and best left to horticultural OCD’s.  Not true, all they need is a cool well lighted window sill,  occasional dilute food and regular water[weekly]

I bought this plant at Costco about 3-4 years ago, it looked just like that when I bought it, actually it is 3 plants in one pot consequently it cost a bit more than singles, I paid $18.

Supermarkets and suchlike have started selling potted orchids at their checkout lines – impulse buys, and it’s become a big business over here. I suspect that it may be similar in UK. What amazes me about this orchid is how easily and constantly it flowers. For example, it put out several flower spikes in about March this year and it looked like this by April. It flowered continually until about two weeks ago, five months!   I pruned off the dead spikes and this week there are five new flower spikes and three of them already have several buds; I guarantee that by the end of this month they will all be in full bloom and they will also last through Christmas.

I believe this variety is called Kaliedoscope, it comes in a variety of colors plus the supermarkets are selling a range of different varieties, I have about 5-6.

So if you like to have flowers in the house look out for these, you can’t beat ’em for longevity and easy maintenance.
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THE DUDE.

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Let me just make a comment on today’s headline, “Jeff Bridges Lists California Compound for $29.5 Million.”‘ First off that compound was in Montecito, possibly/probably the most exclusive, most expensive location for serious ‘old’ money’ in Southern Califorornia. If you made your money before  the ’29 crash you invested in Montecito. The Kennedy’s had their honeymoon in Montecito.  The place is nothing but mansions and palaces all the way from the Pacific to to the mountain top.

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Rebellion 2016 – Sunday

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I may have crashed out sprawled fully dressed on my bed last night (again) but it’s an early start – breakfast at 8.15am! This is because one of our party, a man who has been to every single Rebellion/Wasted/HITS since 1996, is leaving a day early. He wants to watch popular East Midlands football team Leicester City play at Wembley. Unthinkable. He’s on a tight schedule and we’ve never seen anyone eat a bowl of cornflakes with such an air of urgency bordering on panic. It’s hilarious, although you probably had to be there.

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Rebellion 2016 – Saturday

DSCN2858 The official sign to Rebellion!

There’s an important priority today  – buying a volcano.  Mrs wyngatecarpenter was away  recently and wyngate jnr was convinced on no basis whatsoever  that she was going to bring back a toy volcano. He got a jigsaw instead. The shop assistant in Toyland is very helpful (so helpful she gets a plug) but they only have a volcano chemistry toy that might be a bit too explosive. I get him a plastic octopus instead. My mate points out that I could buy a t-shirt by one of the bands, Spunk Volcano & The Explosions. Another band Wonk Unit have t-shirts featuring a dinosaur, but also the slogan “Dinosaurs Are Wankers”. Maybe not.

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Rebellion 2016 – Friday

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“Let me hear you say Oi!”

Last week I met an acquaintance  who actually played onstage at Rebellion a few years ago. I mentioned that it was imminent again. He  suddenly looked weary at the  thought. “That’s a long weekend”. It is but I’m still here even if it’s 5am and I’ve fallen asleep face down on the bed fully dressed. It doesn’t matter – this B & B is basic but breakfast is on until 10am. Very civilised.

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