Franksy

Where Are You?

It would’ve been my old man’s 83rd birthday today. At 9am*** precisely he’d have rung either me, or one of my two siblings, and in his engaging Leeds accent thanked us for his presents – Ordinarily a decent bottle of red and a CD. After relaying his gratitude he’d hang up, going on to make…

Guess Who Sighs His Lullabies

In his 1965 refrain Summer Wind, Frank Sinatra sang of a seemingly season long breeze which blew in from the sea – Presumably, the Pacific Ocean on the US’s west coast. These gentle gusts a welcome cooling accompaniment to beach walks with his sweetheart. As you’d expect from Francis Albert, it’s a lament delivered with…

A Trilby & Smoke Rings

The falling leaves Drift by the window The autumn leaves Of red and gold……… Those inaugural words of Frank Sinatra’s lament Autumn Leaves resonate around my neurological corridors this morning. Despite it’s melancholic undertones, it’s a welcome guest; although it could have brought cake, the tight get! I’m unsure why the first verse of a underplayed…

Snail on a Whale

Today’s a day of executive decisions. To start with, I need to put some thought into the look and feel of my website writesaidfred.org , as  I currently can’t settle for a theme of which I’m 100% content. I’m after a theme that renders bother pictures and the opening paragraph of each blog on the homepage….

Rainbow’s, I’m Inclined to Pursue

“Call me irresponsible. Call me unreliable. Throw in undependable too…..” Words penned by Jimmy Van Heusen in the 1962 song Call Me Irresponsible, which seem to perfectly sum up the plumber I’ve enlisted to undertake work in my en suite. He was late last week when he came to price up the job and his…

Moonlight In Vermont

In the Suessdorf/Blackburn song ‘Moonlight in Vermont’, the writers paint a picture of the New England state as a hypnotising, romantic, snow covered location with Alpine forest lined highways and mountainous ski trails. The song is considered an unofficial state song of Vermont and is frequently played as the first dance song at Vermont wedding…

Francis Albert’s 100th Anniversary

I’m a bit late to the party with this, but I didn’t want to let the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth pass without a tribute to ‘Old Blue Eyes’. Last Saturday (12th December) would have seen the late Hoboken born singer/actor become a centurion. That’s 100 years old by the way, not a low…

What’s A Delaware Boy?

Yesterday, Karen excitedly advised me that she’d received an email, from Ticketmaster, advising tickets for singer Adele’s 2016 tour go on sale next week. I haven’t seen her so giddy since I told her last week I’d read her hometown of Birtley, in County Durham, had been nominated in the ‘Town Baths With Best Chlorine…