Monday, May 30, 2016

Music Hall Monday

What will River put up for this Musical Monday? You can check here.

I am cross because what I really want to share with you does not seem to be on the internet. There was a new show on tv, one that had me leave my computer chair and give the television my full intention. I have always liked stories and learning about the Raj and this show, Indians Summers is a fairly typical tv show, giving a picture of Indian hill station Simla where the government, officials and VIPs moved up to the cooler hills during the hottest summer months. Simla has always looked so beautiful to me.

The brilliant Julie Walters is so well cast in the show as socialite Cynthia Coffin.  Here is a clip I did find. You may have to listen to it a couple of times, 0:29.


Naturally they begged her to sing and she belted out a song I don't ever remember hearing. Now Walters does not seem to be on You Tube singing and really, no one compares to how good she was, that is at singing in a music hall manner. This version is rather sweeter and I am sure Emma Odell is a very good singer. It is curious that I don't ever remember hearing the song. I understand it was used the tv show The Monocled Mutineer and because of its ice cream cart reference, it has been used by ice cream vans, which makes a change from Greensleeves. Anyway, here you go with Oh, Oh, Antonio. 3:24


29 comments:

  1. The smaller portion has now been to Simla twice. And loved it.
    And yes, to being fascinated by tales of the Raj. Fascinated and sometimes appalled.

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    1. I have wandered all around the central part of India and loved it, but Simla awaits the next trip. Ditto fascinated and appalled.

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    2. EC, I understand the being appalled, but on the whole, while the British did exploit India and in instances treated the locals badly, it was not so different to British society at the time with much poverty at 'home'. I really don't know that I could cope with India now. A local Melbourne female blogger of a similar age to myself visited recently with her daughter, and they managed well enough. It is the heat that would do me in, although not so hot in Simla.

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    3. Hels, I think you would suit Simla ever so well, and it would suit you too.

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  2. I've been watching Indian Summers, the english are very odd people thats all I can say.
    ,Merle..................

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    1. Merle, quite so, but the British in India really were a breed apart. It was not really quite as glossy as painted on tv.

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  3. I am reserving my opinion about Indian Summers until the end. I read the episodes synposes on Wikipedia after episode 1 and it all seemed a bit strange and over the place .. And I suppose the whole colonialism thing just outrages me, although I am not sure why it should since it is just part of history and we can't undo history. There are 10 episodes, so get comfortable on the lounge.

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    1. I agree Carol. I think we will see the two series, five were planned but the remaining were cancelled due to poor ratings. It is maybe some consolation, but the British were generally better colonialists than the European equivalents.

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  4. Missed Indian Summer. Have been watching 'Outlander' on Netflix and Youtube.

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    1. Margaret, I have heard of Outlander and it sounds impressive, but there are only so many hours in the day. I have just managed to clear the recorder of all but movies, today knocking off something recorded in August last year.

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  5. Gosh that was funny, Oh oh Antonio :D
    I haven't seen Indian Summer, haven't even heard of it, I'm currently watching "The Librarians". Magic and Sci-Fi.

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    1. River, it is a catchy tune and the lyrics are amusing. I enjoyed The Librarians when it was shown on tv.

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  6. I'm enjoying Indian Summer Andrew, season two I'd starting soon on Video. As for Outlander..faaaaabulous! I read the whole series of Diana Gabaldon's books. The cast is perfect, oh la, you have to watch Andrew, one of the two main characters, Jamie.. talk about a hot Scot!

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    1. Grace, you have nearly convinced me about Outlanders. I will consult R who knows more about tv than I do. Ok, I just goggled. He is alright with a nice body, but as you know I am not that superficial.

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  7. Blimey I hate preemptive text. Should read IS starting on ... sorry it refuses to let me type fox and tel together :)

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  8. The Indians themselves were appalling. The British put a stop to many of their brutal customs e.g. suttee, where a wife was expected to jump onto her husbands funeral pyre and get burned with him. The British also left them some fine buildings which they allowed to run down. They're just lucky the French didn't colonise them.
    The Raj lives on, years ago while staying at the Salvation Army's Red Shield in Calcutta a little hippy miss suggested we play bridge.

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    1. RH, we at times use the phrase when there is a fire, it went up quicker than a Hindu widow. Yes, India has a long way to go before the poorest will benefit very much.

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  9. What facial expressions:) She has a beautiful voice.

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    1. She does indeed, Sandra.

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  10. Well currently I don't have anymore Netflix and get nothing on the TV really with antenna, outside of for a few minutes before the reception vanishes. I watch what is free on the internet sometimes. Maybe I can find this show free somewhere. The rich and powerful seem to live on a different planet, as far as I'm concerned. I can't relate whatsoever, but like to watch them struggle to fill their time with all that money to roll in.

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    1. Strayer, I believe it will be or was broadcast on PBS. Is that not free? The raj in India is quite fascinating and more class ridden than society back in Britain. Many were only civil servants and not particularly rich.

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    2. Anonymous3:02 pm

      Sorry to dampen your viewing pleasure, but the series was filmed in Penang, not Simla, because it looked too modern. Hands up all those who remember The Jewel in the Crown and how great that was. - Ian

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    3. I knew that Ian, but my brain did not connect with my fingers when I wrote that. I re-watched Jewel a couple of years ago and I still enjoyed it for the second time round, although it was a little dated, which is a strange things to say about an historical drama. It was an example of how much production values have improved since it was made, and I would quite happily see it remade.

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  11. I like that bit about the hindu widow, very much wish I'd coined it myself. I know a bloke whose father was in the Australian army and got sent to Malaysia for a few years. Servants were assigned to the family, which unfortunately gave the bloke's mother a superior attitude for the remainder of their lives in Box Hill. This happened with the Raj too, most could never have afforded servants in Britain.

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    1. RH, years ago R worked in the city mail exchange and one of his Indian co-workers was incensed that the government would not allow them to bring their servants to Australia.

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  12. They should do a show about the Happy Valley set in Kenya. Outrageous goings on, and then some!
    Google Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Errol.

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    1. RH, I will google him but Happy Valley has been partly covered by tv and movies.

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  13. It has? Well golly me, I thought I was onto something.
    You can tell I never watch TV. Or go to movies. I hear that some of the shit on the ABC now has hit bottom, and channel ten is running watered down porn. Good. Keeps the mugs quiet.

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    1. RH, are you not being a little disingenuous? Surely you know of the movie White Mischief?

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