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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Best Funky Friday Ever!

Funky Friday reaches fifty, it's incredible but true. It's like having a super cool 50-year old uncle staying with you every last Friday of the month. This dude is so knowledgeable, he teaches you neat stuff about animals, ufos, gangsters and Parisian karaoke bars. This cool cat has his own theme tune whenever he enters the house. He wears fitted shirts, tight jeans, and slip-on shoes - what a charmer! But best of all, he doesn't look a day over 35 - just like Funky Friday!

So let's toast to Funky Friday, uncles and funkles. And let's hear about your favourite Funky Friday experience (and uncle, if you want).

As for me, the best Funky Friday ever... hasn't been written yet. As for my favourite uncle... I only had one and he smelled of cheese.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering: Who is this guy on the photo? At first sight I thought it was Bob Dylan in his heyday...
You know - 'The times they are a Changin'' and all that stuff we were listening to when thinking we were cool and subvervsive...

Well, this might is a cool uncle - but it's better he turns up only once a month. He is marvellous for having fun once in a while, but I wouldn't like him to be around all time. I guess he would eventually get on my nerves - a sponger, talking juvenile bullshit all the time and occupying the bathroom...

July 30, 2010 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Hannah Benedict said...

Oh my God! That's my uncle in the photo!

July 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think that this is Bob Dylan, but Serge Gainsbourg, a great French singer, actor and song writer. In France he was (and always is) also famous for his crazy lifestyle, at the end of his life he played with his image, calling himself Gainsbarre in opposition to Gainsbourg and as parallel to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It is a best symbol of 70’s.
For me more music in language lessons facilitates learning of new words and idioms, even in a crazy Funky Friday's text adaptations. As a child I asked one of my friend to translate me the text of my favorite American pop star and I was very disappointed: it was all about love, hate, I love you, you love me, I miss you, you miss me....I think you know, what I mean, 90% of pop song texts includes these expressions. Even if this star is no more my favorite one, I aware that I owe my English basic vocabulary to her. So, I vote for music!

July 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is definitely not Bob Dylan - is was joking - but the image resembles the image of his in the 60's. Since I'm not French, you may forgive me that I'm not familiar with images of Serge Gainsbourg (Who is this guy anyway? What a pitiful oversight!)

Speaking of English lyrics in pop music: I guess it would have been not a bad idea to listen to Bob Dylan albums - you might have got a moral hangover after a while - but I can assure you: Only few songs of Mr. Dylan dealt with 'love this and love that'.
They are mostly profound poems and his poetry is a planet to explore - as I was told. But why not then read Arthur Rimbaud instead? He was French, too and we know him both - and perhaps his poetry has also been translated into English.

July 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it mean , we shall all soon speak a so good english as Jane B.
... who absolutely has the gift of speaking so nicely foreign langages ;-) ??? M
PS. Hoping you understand my gymglish .

July 30, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even want to speak English like Bob Dylan does ;-)

July 31, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous William Blake said...

There is one installment of the Funky Fridays series I recall with pleasure. When I listened to it I was in a sentimental, festive mood and it was like chalk and cheese: When Horatio was instructed to sing the Christmas sing-along „The twelve days of Christmas“, I'd never heard this song before (yes, it's unbelievable, but it's the truth) – and I was enthralled instantly. The Muppets once sang it with John Denver – that's one of the most interesting renditions I've heard so far... (barring Horatio's recital of course)

July 31, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bye-bye Dylan, Adieu Gainsbourg, Music lost, Romance won, long live to 'love this, love that' ;)

August 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No - long live 'anonymity' - a perfect
place for being oneself and uttering everything (everything - may it...) that comes to mind without having to fear consequences ;-)

August 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. .. the YouTube-syndrom - a meltpot for everybody for spouting off everything that he deems witty or clever...

August 2, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Balaen said...

Yeah, and which creatures do you think place romance above music ?... Sure you get it: girls, women; all females so. They alway win anayway... "sigh"

August 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM  
Anonymous R said...

Not sure, an 'anonymous' voting for music hides a woman, unfortunately in minority :(

August 3, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Hannah Benedict said...

" Balaen said...

Yeah, and which creatures do you think place romance above music ?... Sure you get it: girls, women; all females so. They alway win anayway... "sigh""

Ah yes, women always win. Better-paid jobs, the right to vote all over the world, positions of power and responsibility (did you know that almost all Presidents and company directors are women?), and the list goes on!

August 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy on the photo is undoubtedly Serge Gainsbourg. If you don't agree, ask Jane Birkin...

November 26, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

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