29 Dec 2005, Comments Off on Fun Holiday stuff

Fun Holiday stuff

Author: Helen

Remember how in the olden days, the family would gather round the upright piano and sing along together? Well, we do that, kinda-sorta (will blog on that at a later date.) But these days, with few families owning a piano, your poor overworked PC can take its place. Yes! My eight-year-old has introduced me to a wealth of fun, often with lyrics included, so we’ve been clustered round the Mac singing along. A few favourites:

The Numa Numa song – which is Dragostei din Tea by the Romanian band O-Zone. This one has Eurovision Song Contest written all over it, and that’s not the only good thing about it – it also features the wonderfully un-Idol-ish Gary Brolsma. The linked article is nearly a year old but the flash video is still #1 on the Albino Blacksheep site. We love you, Gary!
gbrolsma.jpg
This song will stick in your memory cells like Blu-tack to a shoe. You’ll be singing it in the car, in the shower, at Kerry Packer’s funeral. I even found the lyrics, which are sadly far from easy, as they’re in Romanian.

Ma-ia hii, Ma-ia-huu…

Bananaphone!

Please, someone, I need a ukulele and some quick ukulele lessons! If you’re of a certain age you’ll be thinking of Captain Matchbox and the Whoopee band. And we love the badgers.

I’ve got this feeling, it’s so appealing, for us to get together and sing. sing!

If this is all getting a bit lowbrow for you or you would like to kick back with something a bit more relaxing, modern jazzy or classical, try this music composition generator, Wolfram Tones (via Boynton).

You could also read 16 across, also via Boynton, or The Enchanted Toasting Fork, by Gummo Trotsky and CattyRox .

If you’d rather get out and do something appropriate to the hot weather, here is the best swimming hole I’ve ever found. Only accessible to readers from Melbourne and surrounds, of course. In posting this, I’m assuming that no one who reads the CIB would be the kind of person who leaves plastic bags of Woodstock or Bundy and Coke cans behind. (Quick mini-rant: why, for god’s sake, do the kind of people who do that bother to seek out a pristine and secluded bush place anyway? It doesn’t make sense. And for those who leave plastic bags containing disposable nappies in their wake, would you mind just staying away from these places, full stop?…) OK.

Directions under the fold, after the Numa Numa lyrics.

O-Zone/Haiducii – Dragostea din tei

Am
Ma-ia-hii
C
Ma-ia-huu
G
Ma-ia-hoo
F
Ma-ia-haa

F C G Am
Alo, Salut, sunt eu, un haiduc,
F C G Am
Si te rog, iubirea mea, primeste fericirea.
F C G Am
Alo, alo, sunt eu Picasso,
F C
Ti-am dat beep, si sunt voinic,
G Am
Dar sa stii nu-ti cer nimic.

Refrain:
Am C
Vrei sa pleci dar nu ma, nu ma iei,
G F
Nu ma, nu ma iei, nu ma, nu ma, nu ma iei.
Am C
Chipul tau si dragostea din tei,
G Am
Mi-amintesc de ochii tai.

F C G Am
Te sun, sa-ti spun, ce simt acum,
F C G Am
Alo, iubirea mea, sunt eu, fericirea.
F C G Am
Alo, alo, sunt iarasi eu, Picasso,
F C
Ti-am dat beep, si sunt voinic,
G Am
Dar sa stii nu-ti cer nimic.

Refrain

Am
Ma-ia-hii
C
Ma-ia-huu
G
Ma-ia-hoo
F
Ma-ia-haa

Refrain

posted by Martins on July 27, 2004 06:02 PM
From here

How to get to Graham Dam (Lerdederg Gorge, Victoria)

Drive to Bacchus Marsh, through it and out the other side where there is a sign directing you to the Lerdederg Gorge.
You will end up at the Lerdederg Gorge picnic ground car park. There is a swimming hole there, but that’s not the one I mean.
Cross the river next to the weir at the picnic ground- it becomes a chain of ponds in summer, so this usually just involves a walk across rocks. On the other side, you will find a walking track. Turn right and after a short distance the track will lead you to another crossing, so again you are on the picnic ground side of the river.
This track will lead you for about … Hmmm, 2 km? I’ve never bothered to really look for the distance, but it’s very easy and dead flat. The track is wide and shaded by gum trees. You can take children – only if they’re good swimmers – and older people. You won’t need fabulous walking boots. Surf sandals will do the job, although watch out for snakes.
If you see this guy, remember, he’s harmless (I think!)
Eventually, the track comes out at the river bed, so you have to continue walking up the river bed itself. This is only for 100 metres or so (again, I’m relying on my memory, which is that of a goldfish, so just think very short and easy.)
In a minute or two you’ll see a red rocky bluff on a bend in the river with a deep water hole. That’s Graham Dam.

Of course, being a Victorian river in the western district, the Lerdederg river changes constantly. In drought conditions, the waterhole may not be as awesome as usual. If it’s raining heavily or conditions are stormy, don’t even go there.

Comments (0)

  • R.H. says:

    The Dancing Dog Cafe runs ukelele lessons, but I realise you’re probably joking.
    I liked Tiny Tim, I thought he was very funny, but no one else seemed to like him.
    I was at an old bloke’s place when we heard on the news that Tiny Tim had died. I asked the bloke what he thought of Tiny Tim’s ‘Tip-toe through the Tulips’ (because it’s a very old song), and I was a bit surprised at his reaction. “Shithouse!” That’s what he yelled, and gave me a real dirty look.

  • catty says:

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for the info – it comes up looking fine on my computer, however, so I’m not sure what you mean. I think the last episode of the ETF I put in Word first – but on my screen everything is formatted fine. Why would there be a difference on yours? Mysterious and mysteriouser. I know nothing about the process of all this (obviously:)
    Catherine

  • wbb says:

    Hey I love that Numa Numa song. But seriously. Thanks. I might have to get all retro and have it play when someone loads my site! It’s too good to keep.

    miaa haa miaa huu !!

  • wbb says:

    Christ – it’s world famous – why am i allus last to know anything?

  • R.H. says:

    Where’s Miss Balcony? Anyone know?

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