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New translation, the Magna Carta

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happy family life in the carribean: sound sampler of recording by Trini Lopez

[to Calypso rhythm and tune]

Shame and scandal in the family
Peter Tosh

woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.
woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.

In Trinidad there was a family
With much confusion as you will see.
There was a mama and a papa and a boy who was grown
Who wanted to be married, have wife of his own.
He found the young girl, who suiting him nice,
He went to his papa to ask his advice.
The Papa said "Son, I have to say no,
That girl is your sister, but your Mama don't know."

woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.
woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.

A week went by and the summer came down
And soon the best cook in the island he found.
He went to his Papa to name the day.
The Papa shook his head and to him he did say,
"You can't marry that girl I have to say no,
That girl is your sister, but your Mama don't know."

woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.
woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.

The years went by, the boy wished he was dead.
He found seventeen girls and still wasn't wet.
He went to his Papa, his Papa said: "No,
those girls are all your sisters, but your Mama don't know."

woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.
woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.

He went to his Mama and cover his head,
We told his Mama what his Papa has said.
His Mama she laughed, and said "Go man go,
Your Daddy ain't your Daddy, but your Daddy don't know."

woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.
woe is me, shame in scandal in the family.

And a slightly different version:

Refrain:
Woe is me. Shame and scandal in the family!
Woe, it worries me. Shame and scandal in the family!

Vers 1:
In Trinidad there was a family
with much confusion as you will see.
There was a Mama and a Papa and a boy who was grown,
he wanted to marry a wife by his own.
He met a young girl, who suited him nice.
He went to his Papa to ask his advice.
His Papa said: Son, I have to say no,
that girl is your sister, but your Mama don't know!

Refrain:
Hey - worries is me. Shame and scandal in the family, hey!
Woe, it worries me. Shame and scandal in the family!

Vers 2:
A week went by, the summer came down,
soon another girl on the island he found.
He went to his Papa to name the day.
His Papa shook his head and this time he did say:
You can't marry this girl, have to say no,
that girl is your aunty, but your granny don't know! Hey!

Refrain:
Woe, it worries me. Shame and scandal in the family, hey!
Woe, it worries me. Shame and scandal in the family!

Vers 3:
Now he went to his Mama, covered his head,
and told his Mama what his Papa had said.
His Mama, she laughed, she said: Go, son, go!
Your Daddy ain't your Daddy, but your Daddy don't know!

Refrain:
Woe, it worries me. Shame and scandal in the family, hey!
Woe, it worries me. Shame and scandal in the family!

You know it, woe, it worries me-e? Shame and scandal in the family!
Repeat the last sentence and fade away

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it’s ‘racist’ to have blacks on stamps (but mickey mouse is ok)

Memin Pinguin stamps from Mexico

“In Mexico City, hundreds flocked to post offices to try and get their own copies of the stamps.

“President Vicente Fox Mr Fox urged Americans to read the Memin Pinguin comics. Many took exception to comments by White House spokesman Scott McClellan that the stamps "have no place in today's world".

“ "We are not racists. We are not offending anyone. He is a very sweet character," shopper Teresa Montalvo said.

“ "People's colour is all the same to us, we are all brothers." ”

disney stamps from US Postal Service, 2003

And these (from US Postal Service, 2003) are not ‘racist’?
What goes through these people’s heads?

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crazy frog

update 2: ding-ding

An automagically initiating video of our favourite joyous rider.

If you only know the audio track, this video gives reason to the ding-dings.

crazy frog import cd with video clip by Axel F: Crazy Frog - import audio/video clip (4 June 2005), Mach 1 (label )

from £4.20 [amazon.co.uk] /
$11.99 [amazon.com]

related material
another ring tone - or comical ali is alive and well in the philippines

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update

help that crazy frog be a far-flying bouncing bomb..... or “launch him into high orbit, then watch him crumple on landing”, depending on your interpretation of this small but pleasantly tricky game.

Note: highest score currently reported: 92.

I am deeeelighted to announce that I have just spent $4 of the hard-earned on my copy of that wonderful cd [based on the Beverley Hill Cops tune]. I have only played the disk about 6 times in the last 24 hours. The yaks appreciate its happy aerobic beat.

Must go play it again. I can hardly wait for the album!

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I think it’s hilarious while all the uptight prune faces hate it. I must have one of these, just the thing for board room meetings as well.

Go to jamster, then click on a crazy frog speaker symbol to listen to the aural wonder.

"A track based on a cell-phone ringtone famed for its ability to infuriate listeners topped Britain's singles charts on Sunday, beating the new track from the band Coldplay to the No. 1 spot.

"Crazy Frog Axel F," inspired by a ringtone based on the sound of a man imitating revving mo-peds, was the highest-selling single in the list compiled by The Official UK Charts Company. The chart takes into account sales of CD singles and downloads." [Quoted from signonsandiego.com]

Crazy Frog Crazy Frog by Axel F [Single] Audio CD (May 23, 2005)

3.99 [amazon.co.uk] / $7.99 [amazon.com]

 

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minders for the first and the fourth age

“ApriAlpha and ApriAttenda, are autonomous assistants designed to keep elderly people company or young children occupied [...].”

[abelard.org emphasis.]

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watch a differential gear in action

A nifty moving differential gear animation which demonstrates how moving vehicles corner without tyres skidding.

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donald trump wades swinging into twin towers debate

“It is the worst pile of crap architecture I've ever seen in my life.”

“ To Donald Trump, the proposals for the replacement for the World Trade Center look like a junkyard. His solution? Rebuild the twin towers, more or less.

“Standing in the lobby of his Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, the developer turned TV star Wednesday presented a model of his own envisioned towers, reflecting the original shape of the skyscrapers that fell Sept. 11, 2001.”

related material
twin towers replacement planned as world tallest

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socialism illustrated

Satellite photo of North and South Korea, by night:

satellite photo of Korea. Image credit: fas.org

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the periodic table of elements is only a theory
[full-size image at link]

annoted periodic table.

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https://www.abelard.org/news/fun2005_3.php#elements_160505

to solve global warming, register for international jump day

The point is to drive the planet into a new and safer orbit.

[Link from bradenblog.]

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bush in lighter mood

Bush the stand-up, from 2002 (about 20 minutes into the video).
Laura Bush makes a take over bid this year, interrupting Bush and doing the regular stand-up in his place.
Laura’s turn occurs at about 1 hour 15 mins in.

Video link thanx to the auroran sunset.

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job seekers

An amazing number of them are have dogs.

Minimum Requirements for Selection:

  • High school graduate or have a G.E.D.
  • Must live in (or relocate to) the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and have reliable means of transportation.
  • Must be able to attend all rehearsals.
  • Must be 18 years old by Preliminaries

Job spec.:

  • Perform at sold out Cowboys games in Texas Stadium
  • Travel to exotic locations on Annual Calendar Shoot
  • Entertain US military troops throughout the world on USO Tours
  • Appear on national television special while participating in Auditions airing this fall on CMT
  • Lend time and talent at community service events
  • Share your knowledge and experience with kids at CAMP DCC
  • Bring smiles to residents of nursing homes and hospitals
  • Perform at professional hockey, baseball and basketball games
  • Receive extensive training in dance and vocal techniques
  • MAKE LIFETIME FRIENDS!

and you can see the TV show that influenced me growing up”.

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