A Dylan-tastic week of Bob Dylan songs: Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right

It’s going to be a ‘Dylan-tastic’ week, with a Bob Dylan song every day. Here’s the first song, Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right. Written in 1962 and released in 1963, and on the LP The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

The Dylan songbook accompanied my late teenage years. I won’t prattle on about his influence on the culture of the time, other than to say the freshness of his music, originality of his lyrics, were the backdrop to an amazing period of change. While Dylan never wanted to be anyone’s hero. He is one of mine,

Here’s a couple of peerless lines from from this break-up song. Lyrics below the video.

Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If you dont know by now
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It don’t matter anyhow

When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window and I’ll be gone
You’re the reason I’m travelin’ along
Don’t think twice, it’s alright

Well, it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
That light I never knowed
An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
I’m on the dark side of the road

Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
But we never did too much talkin’ anyway
So don’t think twice, it’s alright

It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
Like you never done before
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
I can’t hear you any more

I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wonderin’ walkin down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s alright

So I’m walkin’ down that long lonesome road, babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
But goodbye’s too good a word, babe
So I’ll just say fare thee well

I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s alright

A magical hour spent listening to Richard Feynman

I said that I’d follow up on Richard Feynman. Well, there’s no better hour to be spent than listening to Richard Feynman’s interview for BBC Horizon in 1981.

You can watch it a number of ways, in this video in DailyMotion, or through the BBC iPlayer repeat of the programme, and even in bite sized chunks on the BBC iPlayer HERE. There’s even more to see about The Fantastic Mr Feynman – again by the BBC.

Whichever way you choose, it’s simply riveting.

Memorable talk on Operation Zest on Tristan da Cunha

1280px-TristanfromspaceAt our lunch meeting at Camberley & District Probus Club this week we hosted a memorable after-lunch talk. Our speaker was Mike Forster whose gave us a riveting talk on Operation Zest – to rebuild the damaged Calshot Harbour in Tristan da Cunha.

Bonus points if you know where Tristan da Cunha is located.

It’s known as ‘The remotest island in the world’. It’s a volcanic island in the southern Atlantic Ocean, of just 82 square miles with an almost continuous coastline of steep cliffs and a huge volcano peak some 2,060m above sea level.

Mike Forster was, at the time of the operation in March 2008, a Major in the Royal Engineers, and led a team of specialists from the Royal Engineers and Royal Logistic Corps to rebuild the harbour.

He spoke about his reconnaissance mission to the island to assess what was needed for the project. Being so remote all the operation’s needs had to be provided at one time. If equipment broke, obtaining spares would be impossible.

Assembling the Operation, Mike said he asked for a ship, and was surprised to be given RFA Lyme Bay, then only having just been made operational. Asking for medical support Mike was provided with a complete medical team. The Captain of RFA Lyme Bay was in overall command of Operation Zest.

I’ll let you trawl through these links to find out more about a successful HM Armed Forces operation.

Remembering the Blessed Margaret thru two videos

I lack the eloquence and intellect to offer a eulogy to Margaret Thatcher. I know others will do it better. I heard  Charles Moore, Michael Howard, and Norman Tebbit on BBC Radio 4 World at One provide just such measured responses.

The Margaret Thatcher Foundation has two videos to understand the qualities of Margaret Thatcher as a great Prime Minister and person. I’ve watched both again, an unquestionable great in world politics. The eulogy to Ronald Regan I’ve commented on before, contains this fine turn of phrase, which equally applies to her.

For the final years of his life, Ronnie’s mind was clouded by illness. That cloud has now lifted. He is himself again, more himself than at any time on this Earth, for we may be sure that the Big Fellow upstairs never forgets those who remember him. And as the last journey of this faithful pilgrim took him beyond the sunset, and as heaven’s morning broke, I like to think, in the words of Bunyan, that “all the trumpets sounded on the other side.

Michael Howard said of her speech to Parliament that it was the finest he ever heard, and was amazed at her strength and courage to deliver such a speech at such a moment.

Watch and reflect on the passing of the greatest political post-war figure of our nation.

Farewell to the Blessed Margaret

Finding the right words to say farewell on the death of someone is never easy. And so it is with the sad loss of Margaret Thatcher. This short video will surely bring back memories to those of us who lived through the difficult times of the 1970’s, when many of us feared the demise of Great Britain.

Like many, I was proud to have met her. It’s one of my fondest lifetime memories.

A picture of three great Brits

The BBC’s Sports 2012 Personality of the Year [SPOTY] was announced last night. I watched some of it, particularly the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sebastian Coe, and the SPOTY to Bradley Wiggins. The audience got it right when they gave David Beckham the biggest cheer of the night, on arriving to announce these awards, followed by the Duchess of Cambridge who presented the award. 

Determined, gritty, brilliant bike rider, and a sportsman with a character, Bradley Wiggins was my choice for SPOTY.

Three top Brits