With A Hip Hop

Expecting everyone to be jumping this week along to Jim’s theme. As soon as I saw the choices for this week, I thought “with a hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop and you don’t stop”.

So I’m going to do you a little favour. This first video has a snatch of the track I have picked today – the famous “Rapper’s Delight”. But at the bottom of this post I have put a longer version from The Sugarhill Gang. I think there is an even longer version on their album.

Now, what you hear is not a test, I’m rapping to the beat
And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet
You see I am Wonder Mike and I’d like to say “hello”
To the black, to the white, the red and the brown, the purple and yellow
But first, I gotta bang bang the boogie to the boogie
Say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie
Let’s rock, you don’t stop
Rock the rhythm that’ll make your body rock
Well so far you’ve heard my voice, but I brought two friends along
And next on the mic is my man Hank; come on, Hank, sing that song:

Check it out, I’m the C-A-S-A-N, the O-V-A and the rest is F-L-Y
You see, I go by the code of the Doctor of the Mix
And these reasons I’ll tell you why
You see I’m 6’1” and I’m tons of fun and I dress to a tee
You see I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali and I dress so viciously
I got bodyguards, I got two big cars, that definitely ain’t the whack
I got a Lincoln continental and a sunroof Cadillac
So after school, I take a dip in the pool, which is really off the wall
I got a color TV so I can see the Knicks play basketball
Hear me talking ’bout checkbooks, credit cards, more money
Than a sucker could ever spend
But I wouldn’t give a sucker or a bum from the Rucker
Not a dime ’til I made it again

Everybody go: Hotel, motel, whatcha gonna do today (say what?)
Cause I’ma get a fly girl, gonna get some spank and drive off in a def OJ
Everybody go: Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn
You see, if your girl starts acting up, then you take her friend

Uh Master Gee, am I mellow?
It’s on you, so what you gonna do?

Well it’s on, and on, and on, on and on
The beat don’t stop until the break of dawn
I said M-A-S, a T-E-R, a G with a double E
I said I go by the unforgettable name
Of the man they call the Master Gee
Well, my name is known all over the world
By all the foxy ladies and the pretty girls
I’m going down in history
As the baddest rapper there ever could be
Now I’m feeling the highs and you’re feeling the lows
The beat starts getting into your toes
You start popping your fingers and stomping your feet
And moving your body while you’re sitting in your seat
And then jam you start doing the freak
I said damn, right outta your seat
Then you throw your hands high in the air
You’re rocking to the rhythm, shake your derriere
You’re rocking to the beat without a care
With the sure-shot emcees for the affair
Now, I’m not as tall as the rest of the gang
But I rap to the beat just the same
I got a little face and a pair of brown eyes
All I’m here to do ladies is hypnotize
Singing on and on and on, on and on
The beat don’t stop until the break of dawn
Singing on and on and on, on and on
Like a hot ready to pop the pop the pop dibbie dibbie
Pop the pop, pop, you don’t dare stop
Come alive y’all gimme what you got

I guess by now you can take a hunch
And find that I am the baby of the bunch
But that’s okay, I still keep in stride
Cause all I’m here to do is just wiggle your behind
Singing on and on and on, on and on
The beat don’t stop until the break of dawn
Singing on and on and on, on and on
Rock rock y’all get on the floor

[I’m gonna freak ya here I’m gonna freak you there
I’m gonna move you outta this atmosphere

Cause I’m one of a kind and I’ll shock your mind
I’ll put t-t-tickets in your behind
I said 1-2-3-4, come on, girls, get on the floor
A-come alive, y’all gimme what ya got
Cause I’m guaranteed to make you rock
I said 1-2-3-4, tell me Wonder Mike what are you waiting for?

I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie
To the hip hip hop and you don’t stop
The rock it to the bang bang boogie
Say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat

Skiddlee beebop a we rock a scoobie doo
And guess what, America: we love you
Cause ya rock and ya roll with so much soul
You could rock ’til you’re a hundred and one years old
I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast
But we like hot butter on a breakfast toast
Rock it up, uh, baby bubba
Baby bubba to the boogie the bang bang the boogie
To the beat beat, it’s so unique
Come on, everybody, and dance to the beat

Have you ever went over a friend’s house to eat
And the food just ain’t no good?
I mean the macaroni’s soggy, the peas are mushed
And the chicken tastes like wood
So you try to play it off like you think you can
By saying that you’re full
And then your friend says “momma, he’s just being polite
He ain’t finished, uh-uh, that’s bull”
So your heart starts pumping and you think of a lie
And you say that you already ate
And your friend says “man there’s plenty of food”
So you pile some more on your plate
While the stinky food’s steaming your mind starts to dreaming
Of the moment that it’s time to leave
And then you look at your plate and your chicken’s slowly rotting
Into something that looks like cheese
Oh so you say that’s it I got to leave this place
I don’t care what these people think
I’m just sitting here making myself nauseous
With this ugly food that stinks
So you bust out the door while its still closed
Still sick from the food you ate
And then you run to the store for quick relief
From a bottle of kaopectate
And then you call your friend two weeks later
To see how he has been
And he says “I understand about the food
Baby but bubba, we’re still friends”

With a hip hop the hippie the hippie
To the hip hip hop and you don’t stop
The rock it to the bang bang boogie
Say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat…

Saturday Snaps

This week, I’ve picked a couple of photos to cheer up Pinkette. I was looking through my photo files and thought I would use these as a dedication.

These are from Regent’s Park in the centre of London. They have a rose garden which is always packed in the summer.

For Sarah

You touched so many hearts – from those who wear diamond tiaras to those who cannot afford the bus fare home. You have come to represent a great cry that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. A battle cry is being raised as the shock of how you were treated sinks in.

We have groaned and have wept over what happened to you. It makes us angry to the core that a girl so joyous was taken from us, but you will never be forgotten.

Sarah Everard – you will live in our hearts and your will be the flame that burns within as all of us women and men unite and say we are not going to tolerate wickedness.

You will live again.

❤ ❤ ❤

Thursday Verse

This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus

1 TIMOTHY 2:3-5

I found these verses very interesting on many levels – in fact there is a lot packed in to this passage of scripture.

My first thought was that God wants all sorts of people to be saved. Elsewhere the scriptures assure us that God is not partial to race or background – He searches people’s hearts looking for honesty, humility and a hunger for goodness.

But my eyes also focused in on the expression “an accurate knowledge of truth”. We see with our own eyes today how both professional media companies and social media can take truthful information and misconstrue them. This even takes place within legal courts of justice. Does it happen in religion? God had it recorded in the scriptures numerous times that religious figures claiming to represent him would deviate from the truth of His Word. So yes – we can be sure that even in churches claiming to be Christian there is often a lack of accurate knowledge of truth.

Almost as if giving a prime example of this, the apostle Paul continues explaining that there is one God and that between God and mankind there is a mediator – Jesus Christ. I am not a religious teacher, but I suspect that if you visited several different churches, they would give you their understanding of that verse. Which has an accurate knowledge of truth? Which fits into the pattern of truth throughout the scriptures? Which are truly doing God’s Will?

This should not be intimidating. Remember God wants people to come to an accurate knowledge of truth and the link to how this could be linked to salvation is compelling. Praying for his direction and earnestly looking into His Word will help us – for God wants us and all sorts of other people to be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.

Wednesday Writer – Jess

I am absolutely loving the chance to feature other bloggers who I have been following on WordPress. Today I am interviewing one of my favourite bloggers, Jess – favourite because I love her poems.

HEY JESS – WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRINK WHILE WE ARE CONDUCTING THIS INTERVIEW WITH YOU?

Hello! Thank you for having me today! I’ve been a bit anxious lately, so I’ll take a cup of chamomile tea, please.

COULD YOU TELL US YOUR BLOGGING NAME AND THE NAME OF YOUR SITE PLEASE.

My blogging name is Jess, and the name of my site is Chaos of Life.

WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING?

I started my blog in April of 2020.

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

I had always liked writing, but I was starting to feel a bit claustrophobic with notebooks filled with poems and stories that I would never show anyone, even more so with the pandemic. So, blogging for me started as a sort of creative outlet, so that I could vent some of my feelings through poems that reflected my thoughts.

I think, though, that the initial purpose of blogging changed gradually, so now I continue blogging in hopes that my poems can make someone’s day better, while still trying to stay true to myself.

WHICH IS THE MOST POPULAR POST ON YOUR SITE?

The most popular post on my site is a poem titled “love letter“, which is basically a poem describing why I write and what I hope to achieve through my poems.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?
I think the best thing about blogging is getting a comment that tells you that you made their day better. You get a rush of endorphins and that euphoric feeling follows you through the entire day. It’s great, honestly! 🙂

IF I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU FLOWERS AS A THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME INTERVIEW, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

I love crocus flowers because they’re the most vibrant shade of purple (my favorite color), and they are a fall flower (I love autumn).

Jess – here in the UK we have crocus flowers in the spring – in fact they are one of the very first flowers to appear in spring and a sign that winter is over. I love seeing them too.

DO YOU HAVE A SONG? ONE THAT FITS YOU AS A PERSON OR YOUR LIFE?

I particularly like Fix You by Coldplay.

I’m the type of person who (so I have been told) can kind of intimidate people when they first meet me, since I’m quiet and seem pretty intense. But, once you get to know me, I’m someone who worries and stresses a lot about my actions and about other events going on in my life, and constantly reflects on myself and problems in society. Fix You, I think, perfectly encapsulates how I try to live my life by, acknowledging that you can’t have light without shadows – happiness without sadness – and that the best thing I can do is be there for myself or for others during those dark times.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING IN LIFE?

I can’t say I particularly know where I am going in life, except the fact that I know I am currently facing a crossroads (if you read my blog, then you know that I am still in school). I really hope that where I end up is a place where I feel proud of myself.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOG TO TELL THE WORLD?

I want the world to know that there is always someone there for you, even if it feels like you are alone in the middle of nowhere.

I want readers to know that there is both dark and light in society, and we must acknowledge both in order to grow.

I want everyone to know that you can be anything, as long as you try, and that you can succeed at anything, as long as you believe.

Thank you so much for interviewing me! I wholeheartedly enjoyed answering each question!

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Jess, it was so great to be able to feature you as today’s Wednesday Writer. Your posts are always beautiful and intriguing. I wish you great success with all your work and any exams you have ahead of you. The message you left us with at the end is truly inspiring. I am sure you have an amazing future ahead!

Manic Monday

I know that the Pandemic has been stressful, but we have seen some strange behaviour at times from customers. One of the daily challenges we have in Pharmacy is customers who come to collect their prescriptions or buy a box of Solpadine Max when the Pharmacist is absent on their lunch break.

Legally, we are not allowed to do certain tasks while the Pharmacist is not there to supervise our activities. We are not permitted to give out prescription medications or to sell Pharmacy only medications.

Our Pharmacists usually work for twelve hour shifts. They are allowed an hour’s lunch break. Most just go for a quick walk to the nearby supermarket, buy a sandwich or a microwave meal and then come back to the Pharmacy and eat their lunch in a corner.. Usually they are only absent for ten minutes. But while the have gone, we cannot give out prescription medications.

Some customers accept that and return later on. Others throw an absolute wobbly and start ranting about how ridiculous it is. One of the challenges in Pharmacy is that some customers don’t seem to accept that a Pharmacist who works twelves hours is allowed a break to stretch their legs and buy some lunch.

She Can Bring Him Such Misery

So I am hoping that the music choices this week are not going too drag us all down as we soldier on through this National Lockdown. I have picked a song that mentions misery, but in some ways it is a feel good song – it is about love for a woman.

This is a track that belongs on every romance compilation – Percy Sledge singing “When A Man Loves A Woman”.

Credits: Calvin Houston Lewis and Andrew James Wright

When a man loves a woman,
Can’t keep his mind on nothin’ else,
He’d change the world for the good thing he’s found.
If she is bad, he can’t see it,
She can do no wrong,
Turn his back on his best friend if he put her down.
When a man loves a woman,
He’ll spend his very last dime
Tryin’ to hold on to what he needs.
He’d give up all his comforts
And sleep out in the rain,
If she said that’s the way
It ought to be.
Well, this man loves you, woman.
I gave you everything I have,
Tryin’ to hold on to your heartless love.
Baby, please don’t treat me bad.
When a man loves a woman,
Down deep in his soul,
She can bring him such misery.
If she is playin’ him for a fool,
He’s the last one to know.
Lovin’ eyes can never see.
When a man loves a woman
He can do her no wrong,
He can never want
Some other girl.
Yes,When a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels,
‘Cause baby, baby, you’re my world
When a man loves a woman….

Saturday Snaps

So last week it was Malaysia, and this week it is Manchester. It feels like a hundred years ago since we were last there, but we used to go there two or three times a year.

I have some relatives in Manchester who we would stay with, and we would hang out, sometimes at The Trafford Centre (a but like Westfield, but with Roman/Greek style statues making it look like a temple) or we would head into the city .

It felt like my second home and we had amazing times up there. This photograph is looking out towards the Manchester Printworks (right in the centre) which has bars, restaurants and a multi-storey cinema. To the right is the Arndale Centre – another indoor shopping mall. To the left is another kind of galleria with lots of shops and restaurants.

You cannot see in the photo obviously, but I was standing outside Selfridges. A couple of times we were in this square because they had put up huge screens – major football contests and other events nobody would want to miss.

There was always a buzz around Manchester and I miss it. It is one of the first places we will be heading to once the Pandemic is over so we can see our family up there, and head into town for mad night out.

Royal Drama

So I am going to avoid saying anything that looks as if I am taking sides – because every one I talk to this week seems to want to know which side I am on. I don’t believe that is right – we are talking about a family.

But I am going to say this, I saw the statement on Tuesday from Buckingham Palace and genuinely I admired it. There seemed to be a sincere expression of sorrow over the suffering of members of the family and a reaffirmation of family ties.

That is what I expect from royalty. That was dignified, diplomatic and demure. I am not a royalist, but I have an admiration for the Queen in some ways. I am not anti-royal but I don’t think there should be any kind of elite classes.

And then there is Piers Morgan who seems to have stolen the spotlight, which in some ways is helpful. I don’t hate Piers, I don’t hate anyone. But I will say this – freedom of speech – freedom to express your opinion – is a responsibility – and to put it very mildly, I don’t think he was being responsible.

Now, as far as I am concerned, the matter needs to be closed, the media need to draw a line – let the family resolve matters amongst themselves.