Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Laughter is the Best Medicine

John Sullivan died last month, he was only 64, well writing that's put a song in my head! Anyway, he wrote one of my all time favourite shows, Only Fools and Horses.

There was a short tribute show on yesterday which I watched and subsequently learnt that he also wrote many other shows I watched and loved over the years, most notably for me Just Good Friends and Citizen Smith.

Additionally he wrote for comedy shows such as The Two Ronnies, another family favourite.

I have many of the Only Fools episodes on DVD. In addition to being a huge fan of the show and all of the characters I am a massive David Jason fan...and I do mean David Jason and not just Del Boy although I feel much affection for his character in Only Fools.

So I thought I would treat myself and look up a few classic clips on You Tube for some of the episodes I don't have copies of yet, and share them here, in tribute to a comedy genius. Enjoy!

There are loads more clips on the wonderful You Tube if you fancy some more, I am going to finish with the opening theme music, which contains that great line, 'Why Do Only Fools and Horses Work?'.

John Sullivan wrote and sang both the opening and closing theme music to Only Fools which was something I only found out a couple of years ago. I had always assumed it was Nicholas Lyndhurst singing and still think it sounds exactly like him!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pearls of Wisdom

I have just finished a really good book, but for the past three years I have really stepped up my reading and have read so many good stories.

I also watch a lot of films but what has struck me recently is although I think I've seen some really good films they never touch me in the same way books do. Its not just the way that books can convey so much extra detail and supporting information, or that they allow your own imagination to put faces to the characters, perceiving them in your own unique way: its that they so very often impart pearls of wisdom, ideas or thoughts, phrases and sayings, that really hit you hard and make a posative difference to how you see the world and your life.

There have been very few films that have had that affect on me, but many, many books.

At the beginning of last year I read Dan Browns latest book 'The Lost Symbol' which introduced me to Noetic Science. I took so much away from that book, and know I need to read it again as there were so many amazing ideas in it I could not take it all in, but the lasting thought I have had from the book is that human thought is powerful and as a form of energy effects the world we live in. It is therefore our responsability to think posatively at all times, it would be irresponsable to know this and deliberately put negative thoughts out there, if in some way our very thoughts impact on us all. 

Anyway, here's a little gem from the book I just finished about 30 minutes ago, Memoirs of a Master Forger - William Heaney.

...the prophet said 'Keep your heart light at every moment, because when the heart is downcast the soul becomes blind'.

As a final note, I like to include images in all posts and went looking for one appropriate to the subject matter of this one; then I remembered this photo. I took this shot from the Hill Fort at sunset last year and I love looking at it. The sky was so golden that evening and it reminds me of a peaceful day when I sat and watched the sun go down from somewhere special to me, somewhere where I feel connected.


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