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Day two is: a song you like with a number in the title, and it turns out that I have quite a few number songs in my collection but not that many I actively like. I mean, I don't usually keep songs I hate around, but looking through the number ones I'm mostly feeling neutral, they're ok, they're lesser songs by artists I like, that sort of thing.

So I settled on Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega. This was a hit the summer I was doing a science summer school in Israel, and falling in love with p53 and molecular biology research. And the summer one of my best friends became a father, about ten years earlier than most of the rest of my peers. This song was the first music that my friend's baby son unmistakably recognized and seemed to enjoy. We used to joke that he liked it because he recognized his mother's name in the list of women, but I don't know if that's actually plausible, I was already bowled over to learn that a very young baby could express distinct musical preferences. (Baby is now at university, because there are actual adults half my age, which is why lots of my music choices won't be exactly up-to-date.)

I had a quiet, relaxing bank holiday weekend with lots of time with my people. Saturday [personal profile] jack and I went on a jaunt to Ely, which with the new train station is less than half an hour from our front door and only cost £3 return. Well, actually it cost more than that because what we did in Ely was spend lots of money on artisanal stuff, fancy fancy sandwiches at Peacocks tearoom by the river, and amazing cheese from a deli in the market square that doesn't appear to have an internet presence.

Then [personal profile] cjwatson joined us for dinner, and it was too hot to cook so I made a couple of salads and we ate the cheeeeese. We managed to get a whole cheeseboard of East Anglian produce, a sour-sweet cheddar type from Norfolk, a ewe's milk brie, an almost overpowering semi-hard blue, and something made from goat's milk with about the texture of parmesan, and almost the caramelly flavour of Scandinavian brown cheese.

Sunday had a bit of tackling the worst excesses of wildlife that's well on the way to taking over our garden, and a few hands of bridge with quad, something we always mean to do but rarely find time for. And playing in the local playground with the littles, and [personal profile] jack made dinner for me and [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait. And Monday [personal profile] jack and I did a few more chores and generally enjoyed the extra day of not being pushed for time.

This week, even though it only has four days, is going to be fairly intense, with Shavuot (Pentecost) as well as our major exams.

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Date: 2017-05-30 12:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait
The cricket song! I can never decide whether I like it or not. I rather like the Bob the Builder version, though.

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Date: 2017-05-30 12:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait
The song came to my attention in the first place because it was the theme tune to the Radio 4 cricket commentary that year - I thought that was why it got popular at all. I'm not sure whether it's still the R4 cricket theme tune, but that's my association.

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Date: 2017-05-30 01:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait
Ah, Wikipedia says it was the Channel 4 theme tune from 1999 to 2005, but we mostly listened on the radio so I'm guessing it was the radio theme tune at the same time?


Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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