Sunday, February 19, 2017

I know nothing

When you have been with your partner for 38 years, you would think there wasn't too much you didn't know about them.

We were watching the English tv show Vera last night. The show is set in and around Newcastle in the north of England, where R comes from. The scene was set in a pub.

R: I worked in that hotel. It was at the base of the High Level Bridge.

Me: Fascinating dearest. You've worked in so many places, it is a wonder you can remember.

R: Yes, my brother in law to be and me both worked there as we were saving to go to Butlins (a holiday camp of the most ghastly variety, but this is with hindsight) and of course that was where I met Cat Stevens. The hotel has changed........

Me: Stop! Now! What did you just say?

R: About meeting Cat Stevens?

Me: Yes, you've never told me that before?

R: Thought I had. Cat Stevens was Irish (I didn't know that) The pub was owned by an Irishman and he was a friend of Cat and he came to visit him once at the hotel and we were introduced.

Me: How come you have never told me this?

R: I thought I had. He was only semi famous then.

I used to find Cat Stevens so sexy before he became a weird religious Moslem nutter who agreed with murder of those critical of the prophet Mohammed. I am quite perplexed as to why I did not know R had met Cat Stevens.

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  1. Andrew you never know the another person ... As European said you musyt eat a bowl of salt with your partner to know him better

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    1. Gosia, that is a funny saying.

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  2. Yes yes, everything you said. except about Butlins. for non-rich people to manage a change of scenery and fun for kids they were a good thing.
    One cannot 'know' everything about a partner, even after the 23 years I was married I can make a list of stuff my spouse was unaware of.
    I love R's 'Brush with fame' and yes Cat Stevens was hot. Bruce Springsteen used to look the same as that. Going muslim was OK when Cassius Clay did it, and before 1970s ayotollah khomeini came along with sharia and rooned everything.
    My close friend in a tiny tiny town tells me a guy there has been roadie for Tom Jones across the USA. funny world.

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    1. Yep Annie. Butlins was a different time and people really did enjoy it, in the days before £20 air fares to the Costa del Sol. What would a roadie do for Tom Jones? Pick up women's underwear? I must look at old photos of Springsteen. Ex Sis in Law and Tradie Brother saw him perform a couple of weeks ago.

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    2. I can tell you there are some things P doesn't know about moi.. and vice versa I'm sure, a leetle mystoir is intriguing 😋😋

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  3. I am not sure about the Irish bit. Cat's father was a Greek-speaking, Greek-Orthodox man called Stavros Georgiou who married and raised his children in London. It's not that I didn't like his music after his conversion to Islam - I just remember his earlier songs much better.

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    1. That reminds me of a true story. I was talking to an American (Elliot Cass) who has lived in Australia all his married life. He and Ellen Naomi Cohen were in the same year at school and were close friends, but she didn't like her own name. She asked his permission to change her name to something like his and emerged as Mama Cass Elliot!

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    2. Hels, yes Cat's background was in the back of my head, hence my query. What could be better than being Mama Cass (Elliot).

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  4. I recall listen to Cat Steven songs.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, he did have a number of hits. He was good.

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  5. R wasn't quick enough, he should have turned around and announced "You never listen to me" and you'd have been ashamed (yeah, not likely). Thinking back to your wild youth, you'd have been too busy with the undressing not the listening.

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    1. Jah Teh, I do have vague memories of what you said in your last sentence.

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  6. That is amazing!
    I've only been with my partner for 36 years, and he hasn't met Cat Stevens - I just checked. He's not English though. He did meet Chips Rafferty once on a Watsons Bay bus during his nasho days. Chips said, "Got the time, Soldier?" Partner thinks just to make him feel good, which it did.

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    1. Rozzie, my father did Nasho too. There is a medal to be claimed. Got the time, Soldier sounds like a pick up line to me. I can only remember the older Chips.

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    2. My first husband trained a group of Nashos and one of them was the singer Normie Rowe. Hubby taught him and the others how to strip and reassemble their weapons.

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  7. I used to love Cat Stevens too, before the religious whack change, sorry to say it that way. Morning Has Broken, I still remember his singing of that one. R should have told you! LOL. Now my PC has frozen just as I try to hit "publish" and I've hit it many times, so maybe so deletion may be necessary later.

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    1. Strayer, it worked ok. Aside from Lady D'Arbanville my fave was Cats in the Cradle.

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  8. I've been married twice and know next to nothing about either man. Both of them didn't speak much about their past or their families.
    Cat Stevens in that picture reminds me of Dev Patel in the film Lion.

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    1. River, will I guess that you did not either?

      Re Dev, it is all about the hair. I really like Dev's look too. Fen's b/f has the same sort of hair.

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    2. Correct, I am not a talker, spent my childhood being shushed.

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    3. I too am not a great talker, unless I have had a drink. I would have thought at least one of your husbands would have talked after he had a drink. I think my problem was being first born and Mother never shut up. Sister is an excellent speaker........of bulldust, but she does it well.

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    4. The mad mop of hair! That he does <3

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    5. Fen, I don't understand the minus 3.

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  9. I don't care if I now everything about Mr. G, it's 48 years that we are married, and what was before is of no interest. We have such a long past together !

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    1. Gattina, yes, 48 years is a very long time.

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  10. Yep, Stevens was a looker in his youth. Unfortunately he has lost his attractiveness on a number of fronts.

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    1. Victor, so nicely put in an understated manner.

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  11. I can tell you there are some things P doesn't know about moi.. and vice versa I'm sure, a leetle mystoir is intriguing 😋😋

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    1. Grace, indeed a little mystery is good.

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  12. I, too, went of Cat Stevens when he became a weird religious nutter!

    I recorded "Vera"...but haven't gotten around to watching the latest episode as yet. I don't mind the show...bit slow in places...too many places...and her voice grates on me a bit....but I still watch it!!

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    1. Steven Georgiou aka Cat Stevens...aka Yusuf Whatsisname - born on 21 July 1948 in the Marylebone area of London, was the youngest child of a Greek Cypriot father, Stavros Georgiou (1900–1978), and a Swedish mother, Ingrid Wickman. He had an older sister, Anita (b. 1937), and a brother, David Gordon. The family lived above the Moulin Rouge, a restaurant that his parents operated on the north end of Shaftesbury Avenue which was a short walk from Piccadilly Circus in the Soho theatre district of London. All family members worked in the restaurant. His parents divorced when he was about eight years old, but they continued to maintain the family restaurant and live above it.

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    2. Thanks Lee, I thought for a moment the family live above THE Moulin Rouge. Interesting racial combination.

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