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1,200 Year Old Manuscript Found in Irish Bog

I was at that bog yesterday. Or at least it felt that way given how much water and mud covered the field during our Saturday morning game. The sprinklers must have been going all night, because it really did feel like standing in the middle of a marsh. This also made it a struggle to avoid slipping in the muck, while damp clods of turf went flying whenever a group of players gathered in front of goal - a fairly common occurence during a game of football. I recorded one assist and also had a run where I skipped past three defenders. There may be hope for me yet.

A challenge that always accompanies buying new music is making room in my collection for the pieces once they arrive home. To make matters worse there never seems to be just one album waiting to be filed; my buying habits are rarely so spartan. Most of my morning was spent making room for six albums of diverse styles - everything from traditional music of Vietnam to Spanish rumba and Tajik hip hop. Naturally after getting things neatly ordered by type of music or artists within a genre I then went and bought another release this evening. Oh well; that one's staying out for now.

Continuing with my laundry woes from weeks past the color trolls inhabiting our laundry room have added blue to their previously-displayed repertoire of pink and green. One of my socks looks like it was hit by a paintball of the offending color despite its inclusion in a load of unquestionably white clothing. What next - a replica of the Lithuanian flag in miniature? I'm almost scared to think of what might get thrown my way next.

And some Norse humour for you, hailing from the strip Pearls Before Swine:
pearls before swine

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mala_idea
Jul. 31st, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
Tajik hip hop and Spanish rumba! What a great mix. I saw you were listening to Ojos de Brujo some days ago; what albums did you get?
samedi
Jul. 31st, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Rough Guide to Salsa Dance, Ojos de Brujo Bari, Jurassic 5 Feedback, Talib Kweli The Beautiful Disaster, Rough Guide to Central Asia, Phong Nguyen Ensemble Songs of the Banyan: Folk Music of Vietnam, and Pharrell In My Mind later in the evening.

I'm going to guess that you also have fairly varied musical tastes?
mala_idea
Jul. 31st, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
in the summertime you got music you got music on your mind
I don't know any of those (except the Ojos de Brujo). I love some of the titles! There are pretty decent music stores in Barcelona, I'll look around to see if I can find any of them.

I do have fairly varied musical tastes, yes! Sometimes, though, I have the impression that liking so many different things must mean that I have no defined taste at all.

If you liked Ojos de Brujo, you might enjoy "Martirio" too. She is a more classical flamenco singer, with a bit of a torn voice. I like her a lot. You should be able to find her songs "Volver" and "Veinte años" online -but let me know if you can't, and I'll send you a selection!

You seem to know a lot about Korea -what is Korean music like? Can you recommend anything in specific?
samedi
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
in the summertime, when the weather is fine
There's really only one music store here, but at least they carry a combination of new and used music so it's possible to find some less common titles.

I'll check for Martirio and see what I can find; thank you for the recommendation! I have a few older Andulusian compositions on record ... which makes it a little harder to take them with me when I move.

Most of what I've come across for Korean music is pop or hip-hop, with ballads and euro-dance also making up a fair share of the market. Rock and metal are smaller scenes, but I'm not sure how many people listen to either style. I uploaded a few tracks for you, but I'll refrain from describing them so you can hear them for yourself.

Clazziquai Project "You Never Know"
Lee Sang Eun "둥글게"
PSY "생"
Yuna Kim "Naneun Whanghan Sarangeul Sangsanghanda"
Epik High "Fly"

You'll have to let me know what you think.
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samedi
Jul. 31st, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
I've probably only seen a dozen editions of the strip; I didn't even know it was published in newspapers.
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samedi
Aug. 6th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I guess I didn't. Well, it's hard for me to relate to your entries these days, so I usually find myself skipping over most of them ... sorry.
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