To bring back this "random thoughts" thread (the closest to a 'general discussion') and reincorporate it into a general discussion that lives under the shadow of ABBA,
There is NOW a proper forum for film preservation (NitrateVille might be the closest, but is otherwise just dated and unappealing, excuse my bluntness) - complete with the copyright notice of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (U.S). Well why film preservation, when ABBA: The Movie are clearly preserved - some fans just have another extension of passion, no different from being a fan of Doctor Who (coincidentally, the victim of BBC's tape wiping and the catalyst for preservation of television tapes)
Who says forums are 'dead' when they provide a refuge for one who seeks for a breadth of knowledge on a subject so niche?
I used to read a lot, fiction and non-fiction. Now I'm a lazy dipper and skimmer when it comes to books. Too much of my time is spent watching YouTube videos - even if a lot of it is related to a main interest of mine: music, instructional, and solely for enjoyment.
But in this instant fix, multimedia world, I like the idea of sitting down with 'a good book', savoring the language, style and meaning, turning the pages, engaging my intellect and imagination in the special way that a book can provide. And I wonder if reading a book by a knowledgeable person might still be the best way of acquiring solid, rounded, information and knowledge.
These random thoughts have occurred to me this afternoon
I've bought several autobiographies over the last few months and they're still languishing on my bedside table. YouTube has a lot to answer for, great though it is. I excuse myself because as well as some dross, I watch interesting, factual documentaries. A friend of mine, a good friend, actually dismissed "books" the other day and said, "No one reads/buys books anymore". I was actually furious with him and said not to be such a philistine. So many people are unable to even have a normal conversation with a friend without staring at their phone or being distracted in other ways. The friend watches utter garbage on YouTube and has the temerity to sniff at people who read. Another so-called friend had a go at me for not responding quickly enough to his texts. The look on my face must've been enough because he quickly muttered something about how of course I wasn't attached to my phone. Too damn right. The entitlement! I wouldn't mind but his texts are usually mindless drivel hardly requiring a prompt response.
Separated at birth...lol...seriously your either a grumpy old man or far to intelligent... and its not a rant just an observation !!
I love books, always have one on the go, totally lost without them... I dread to think how many books I've read over the years.. 1000's Id have my own library by now as I'm a snob ..lol... dont like second hand read books so always buy new and once finished i give to my public library or donate...
Miriam Margolyes autobiography next... should be a scream...
Also as much as I don't like using my phone top much, alas we would be lost without all this technology, but feel highly rude using while in company.. we can survive a few minutes without looking !
You make me feel alightly guilty and envious, Graham! But a desire to get back to the book reading habit led to my random thoughts post yesterday. I like that you give your read books to your library. I don't want to be cluttered with books as I was before; and I've hardly ever wanted to reread a book. So maybe a Kindle, or equivalent, is an option for a would-be minimalist like me for those rare 'keepers'.
I just love the imagination a book gives, which sometimes gets lost when converted to film.... Autobiographies are naturally different as you " know " the person.... I to have rarely re-read a book , less than 5 !
I've kept about 50 books, to be honest They are mainly Stephen King , and not all good.. so the complete collection will go to a library at some point probably on next house move..Also a few Biographies..
I did try a Kindle, but the " feel " of a book won out... it was at the time when it looked like books were on the way out to Kindle or the like.. and look what happened the Book survived....
I'd be lying if I said that this random thought hasn't been triggered with the news of Björn's new relationship with a woman 30 years younger than him. Of course, it's not as if she's in her 20s - she is in her 40s. But more generally - and definitely not about Björn - what is it with old rich men taking up with much younger women, sometimes massively younger - young enough to be their grand-daughter, even. Such men never seem to be attracted to someone their own age, do they? A lot of the time, no doubt, it boils down, to sexual lust on one side and the desire for money on the other. Dean Martin joked of his old pal, Frank Sinatra, when Sinatra was in a relationship with Mia Farrow: "I've got whiskey older than her!"
And let’s not forget Björn’s own lyrics in Man In The Middle (“he’s 50 and the girl’s only 17”). OK, so that’s 33 years not 30, and 77/47 doesn’t sound as bad as 50/17 but even so, she’s younger than Björn’s eldest daughter.
I guess it’s one of the trappings of being very rich. He can do it, and so he has. Plus he may even make it to 95 (again as Man In The Middle suggests). I know his wife was having cancer treatment at one point - hopefully that had cleared by the time he left her (and as has been stated, the marriage was over before he met her).
I remember Joan Collins's response to Terry Wogan when he asked her about having a much younger boyfriend: "if he dies, he dies." Perfect.
Odd that we get so hung up on age gaps in relationships - especially when the younger partner in this case is an independently successful middle-aged woman. If they're happy, what more could anyone wish for?
Leaving a marriage in your 70s is brave. I hope Lena is doing well too.
I was cleaning out a cupboard this morning and stumbled upon a bootleg cassette called Abba - The Archives that I had completely forgotten about. It has the usual bootleg songs like JLT, Every Good Man and others....but it also has an awful song called Music Machine. I think it is (very) dummy lyrics to what became Rubber Ball Man, a song I've never warmed to either. Does anyone know anything about Music Machine?
The BABA one may be a parody but its not the Music Machine song I have on bootleg. The crap lyrics are about making lots of money from music and being very rich - interrupted by lots of studio chatter in Swedish and laughter.
Hometime - I owe you an apology. Sorry. I finally found a cassette player and the song is indeed the parody you mentioned and sent the link for. In my defence I hadn't played it since the 80s so had remembered it totally incorrectly. The good news is that I know now that it is not a crap Abba bootleg song - so thanks for your assistance 😊