Showing posts from July, 2014

Cathedrals Churches and Choirs

When I was a youngster I loved going to Church, my local Church was called St Christopher and played a pivotal part in the community where I lived. It was known as the Church of the Children, for very good reason too, There were so many activities for children toparticipate in, from Brownies, Girl Guide, Life Boys, Boys Brigade, Youth club and my very favourite pastime was singing in the Church Choir.
 The main Church Building. The chancel leading up to the altar with the Choir Stalls either side
It was a bright and airy Churchwhich was very welcoming particularly for Children.. There used to be an annual Summer garden party with a Rose Queen, picked by the Children of the Sunday   School. The Rose Queen and her entourage would sit on a flat back truck and lead the procession through the local streets. All the Children of The Sunday School would dress up and parade behind The Rose Queen. I was a lady in waiting one year much to my dismay, as I was a bit of a tomboy and preferred climbi…

B for Banking and Beatles

I started my working days at Lloyds Bank Executor and Trustee Company in the magnificent India Buildings Liverpool.
This is the entrance to India Buildings. I felt so proud and fortunate to work in such splendid surroundings. Running through the centre of the building was Holt's Arcade which housed several small businesses.Holts Arcade. Wonderful architectural details, just look at that ceiling! These were truly exciting days for me, My first job and own bank account, complete with a cheque book  bearing my name.  Now that I was working I was expected to pay my way in the household. I remember asking my mother should I pay in cash or would she like a cheque....much to snorts of derision from my slightly older brother, commenting that she should take the cash as my cheque would probably bounce..... There was always a little sibling banter between us!Working for Lloyds Bank gave me many opportunities in life such as going to a city college on day release and taking specialised exam…

A for Aubergines Altinkum and Anatolia.

Trubes Aubergines Altinkum and Anatolia I just love Aubergines, cooked in any shape or form. My first taste of the delectable 'Egg Plant' was during our first holiday in Turkey many years ago. This was the start of a great love affair with one of my  favourite countries in Eastern Europe/Asia Minor.Pictured below is my version of  Imam Byildi, a dish of baked Aubergines, stuffed with minced lamb,  garlic,  tomatoes, onions, basil and a splodge of red wine, seasoned to taste with a soft cheese on top to finish. If you haven't tried this before there are lots of recipes on-line  for your perusal. Some of the recipes are meatless but adding meat makes it more filling.
 My take on Imam Byildi, all ready to pop under the grill to melt the cheese.On reflection, I put extra cheese on this after I'd taken the picture, but it is personal preference, I use feta cheese or mozzarella.Folklore.One folk story behind this dish was that, when the Imam's wife prepared it for him,  …

Z for Zazu and Zane

Zazu  is a zany character from the wonderful production  of The Lion King by Disney Presentations.
There is an animated film version and a stage production, last Saturday we had a lovely family afternoon in the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

We had really good seating in the lower circle, I had to go in my wheelchair which was great as there are special little bays to accommodate wheelchairs, with specially designated seating, so Ian and I were seated amidst part of our  family, daughter  Ingrid and husband Mike with their children and our grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Christian  Zane. Christian has the second name of  Zane after his paternal great grandfather Chris Zane Christianson who lost his life in WW2, aged 22, serving as a flight sergeant in The Royal Canadian Air Force  His family are Ranchers in Edmonton , Alberta Canada. Back to the character of ZAZU  in the  wonderful Lion King  production.........
This how he appeared in the animated version.

This is Zazu  in the  production  we s…

Yogi and Yogi

There are two Yogis'  that came to mind whilst I was pondering a subject to write about that included the letter Y  for  abcWednesday.The first is The Maharishi YOGI,  a highly regarded seer who developed the art of Transcendental  Meditation.
 He came to the fore in the 'sixties',  influencing many artistes including, The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India. With the Beatles. This was quite a turning point in the career of one of The Beatles, George Harrison. He was already quite an accomplished  musician and highly influenced by The Maharishi's mystic teaching, went on to learn the Sitar and wrote some of his best works ever (in my opinion), including,  My Sweet Lord Something (in the way she moves) then there was the mystical and moving, Within you without you. Here Comes The Sun  My Sweet Lord. Who can forget Eric Clapton's version of George's stirring, 'While my Guitar Gently Weeps''Eric's son Connor tragically died …