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5 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I got my Christmas tree up and decorated a couple of days ago. Nobody much will see it, but looking at the lights is cheerful to me. I store it put together minus decor, and covered.

The bad part was I carried it up from basement storage by myself. It caused me to be breathless, mainly because my heart pounded and skipped beats. That doesn’t bode well for my stress test in the morning when I have to walk an ever-increasing slant on a treadmill, as they periodically increase the speed. I wore a holster monitor for a week a month ago, which showed irregularities. But that’s nothing new, I had a cardiac ablation 19 years ago for the same reason, only much more severe.

It’s been nice knowing y’all. Covering my bases, here. :D

Betty

 

You no doubt know this already, but those treadmill tests give a lot of false positives. My doctor recommended that I have one a number of years ago. I was overweight at the time, and I set off all the bells and whistles. Consequently, they made me radioactive and did a scan. Turned out everything was 100% OK after all. Best of luck.

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5 hours ago, Bryan said:

 


One advantage of the lockdown is that we are not visiting food stores, either having stuff delivered or doing pick online and collect, so we are spared that evil pre Xmas musak.

It’s not xmas until they play ‘Fairytale of New York’ on the radio...

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43 minutes ago, Thyrsis said:

It’s not xmas until they play ‘Fairytale of New York’ on the radio...

 

It’s not xmas until they complain about the lyrics to ‘Fairytale of New York’ on the radio...

 

Sigh...🤐

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3 minutes ago, Marianne said:

I've never heard "Fairytale of New York" ... and I've lived in NY my entire life. I'll have to find it on Spotify. 

 

18 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

It’s not xmas until they complain about the lyrics to ‘Fairytale of New York’ on the radio...

 

Sigh...🤐

 

BBC Radio 1 will not play the original version of Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl this Christmas, because its audience may be offended by some of the lyrics.

The station said young listeners were particularly sensitive to derogatory terms for gender and sexuality.

It will instead play an edited version with different lyrics sung by MacColl.

But the 1987 original will still be played on Radio 2, while 6 Music DJs can choose between the two versions.”

 

Give me the original version every time!! 

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4 minutes ago, Marianne said:

I've never heard "Fairytale of New York" ... and I've lived in NY my entire life. I'll have to find it on Spotify. 

 

Be warned...it’s not your usual fairy tale! 😎

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2 minutes ago, Thyrsis said:

 

 

BBC Radio 1 will not play the original version of Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl this Christmas, because its audience may be offended by some of the lyrics.

The station said young listeners were particularly sensitive to derogatory terms for gender and sexuality.

It will instead play an edited version with different lyrics sung by MacColl.

But the 1987 original will still be played on Radio 2, while 6 Music DJs can choose between the two versions.”

 

Give me the original version every time!! 

 

I found the original lyrics online and listened to about a quarter of it ...but did not opt for a 30-day free trial of apple music to hear the rest. I definitely have never heard it before. They may be in NY but it's clearly not a NY song. They talk like Brits (and I don't mean the non-PC stuff) just the entire cadence, not to mention "Happy Christmas your arse." Two expressions no American would ever use in just that sentence. 

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14 minutes ago, Marianne said:

 

I found the original lyrics online and listened to about a quarter of it ...but did not opt for a 30-day free trial of apple music to hear the rest. I definitely have never heard it before. They may be in NY but it's clearly not a NY song. They talk like Brits (and I don't mean the non-PC stuff) just the entire cadence, not to mention "Happy Christmas your arse." Two expressions no American would ever use in just that sentence. 

 

Kirsty MacColl was British, she was the daughter of singer Ewan MacColl. Shane MacGowan is English Irish and is known as the singer in The Pogues. He co wrote the song.

The wikipedia page about the song is interesting reading.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairytale_of_New_York

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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:
1 hour ago, Marianne said:

I've never heard "Fairytale of New York" ... and I've lived in NY my entire life. I'll have to find it on Spotify. 

 

I've lived on earth my entire life and I've never heard it either.

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1 hour ago, Marianne said:

 

I found the original lyrics online and listened to about a quarter of it ...but did not opt for a 30-day free trial of apple music to hear the rest. I definitely have never heard it before. They may be in NY but it's clearly not a NY song. They talk like Brits (and I don't mean the non-PC stuff) just the entire cadence, not to mention "Happy Christmas your arse." Two expressions no American would ever use in just that sentence. 

 

A bit more background. I was never a fan of the Pogues I should say nor anything punk-related. 
 

The word Pogue is an anglicisation of the Irish word “póg” which means kiss. However, that is only half the story. They were originally called Póg mo Thón (Pogue Mahone) which is a well known and well used Irish expression meaning  “kiss my arse”. 
 

The Wikipedia link above explains the context and meaning. It is very real life stuff, very powerful, not at all your typical Christmas mush. 

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Thanks, Vincent. Worth hearing.

 

I feel about The Pogues as I feel about Parisians. Their charm is questionable, but I like them anyway. Dirty OldTown and The Band Played Waltzing M are magic.

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Fairytale of New York is the only Christmas song I can listen to... and can listen to it any time. And it always brings a tear to the eye. A whole story in a three-minute song.

 

Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan are 'in character' - and drunk! - which accounts for the feisty exchanges.

 

Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God
It's our last...

 

Well, that sums up my feelings about Christmas! Ho ho ho...

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1 hour ago, Cecile Marion said:

You learn something new every day! I’d never heard the song before either. Now I’ll have it as an “ear worm” for the next several hours! 😀

It’s definitely an ear worm. Usually affects people from mid November through to the new year!! 

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2 hours ago, John Morrison said:

Fairytale of New York is the only Christmas song I can listen to... and can listen to it any time. And it always brings a tear to the eye. A whole story in a three-minute song.

 

 

Interesting facts:

The chorus of the song includes the line "The boys of the NYPD choir still singing 'Galway Bay'". In reality, the NYPD does not have a choir. So the Pipes and Drums of the NYPD's Emerald Society  are featured in the video for the song. They did not know "Galway Bay" and so sang a song that all of them knew the words to – the "Mickey Mouse March", the theme tune for The Mickey Mouse Club television series.The footage was then slowed down and shown in brief sections to disguise the fact the Pipes and Drums were singing a different song. 

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8 hours ago, John Morrison said:

Fairytale of New York is the only Christmas song I can listen to... and can listen to it any time. And it always brings a tear to the eye. A whole story in a three-minute song.

 

 

 

What do you have against 'Jingle Bells'?

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5 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Have any of you got a magic wand? I'd like to borrow it so I can get rid of this broken arm situation. A nice big slice of apple pie would help too.  

Before you know it, it will be healed. The soreness should gradually ease up so that you can carefully use your fingers to help with laces and buttons.
I’d be happy to bake you an old-fashioned cinnamony apple pie if you were here. My daughter, who’s been on a low-carb, low sugar diet for years, breaks her diet for my apple pie. In fact, if there were only one piece, she’d probably slit your throat for it. 😁

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9 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

The soreness should gradually ease up so that you can carefully use your fingers to help with laces and buttons.

 

If you need help with a zip, Edo, you're on your own...

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14 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

You no doubt know this already, but those treadmill tests give a lot of false positives. My doctor recommended that I have one a number of years ago. I was overweight at the time, and I set off all the bells and whistles. Consequently, they made me radioactive and did a scan. Turned out everything was 100% OK after all. Best of luck.

I had the chemical test because I didn’t think I could do the treadmill, because of my back issues.

Never again. It felt like was having a heart attack. 3 medical people getting quite excited as I writhed in chest, arm and back pain, gasping for oxygen I couldn’t seem to find.

It was several minutes of agony before it began to ease from a crushing pain level of 10+ to a 5 on the scale.
I looked at them and said, “never again.”
I’ve always been tough. Gone through childbirth without a whimper. Had kidney stones and food poisoning. Took chemotherapy for months, horrible. Silent tears slipped down my cheeks one time in those months.
This was on a new level. It must have been what a fatal heart attack feels like.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I had the chemical test because I didn’t think I could do the treadmill, because of my back issues.

Never again. It felt like was having a heart attack. 3 medical people getting quite excited as I writhed in chest, arm and back pain, gasping for oxygen I couldn’t seem to find.

It was several minutes of agony before it began to ease from a crushing pain level of 10+ to a 5 on the scale.
I looked at them and said, “never again.”
I’ve always been tough. Gone through childbirth without a whimper. Had kidney stones and food poisoning. Took chemotherapy for months, horrible. Silent tears slipped down my cheeks one time in those months.
This was on a new level. It must have been what a fatal heart attack feels like.

 

 

 


Betty, so sorry to read this and know how bad the test was for you.  After all that agony, did the test reveal any beneficial information? I hope you are feeling much better now!

 

Michael 

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Thank you, Michael.

I don’t have the results, yet, but considering how badly I reacted, I don’t expect them to be good. Unless I was over medicated for the test, and it wasn’t me, but them.

Funny thing. I feel fine but don’t feel fine. Then I realize I’m traumatized, and that’s what's wrong. I felt like I was dying. It’s hard to shake that off. It was like I had a massive heart attack without the final lights out.
 

I’ll get over it. I always bounce back. Tomorrow is another day. Besides, I’m looking at my Christmas tree all lit up and that’s cheerful. It’s the earliest I’ve ever put one up.

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