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I finally found a song that's haunted me for more than 50 years

I tried whistling the tune to musician friends with no luck. It's an instrumental from about 1965. I spent a year in France from 65 to 66 living with my aunt while my dad was in Vietnam. I heard this on the radio a lot and it was a hit, but I never got the name of the band or the title. The only thing I had to go on in my search was my impression that it sounded like flute music from the Andes mountains. Sure enough, that's what it turned out to be, from the South American group Los Incas which was popular in the 1960s. The song that has haunted me for so many years is entitled Huayno De La Roca.

The same group had a hit entitled El Condor Pasa. It seems Los Incas were performing in Paris along with Simon and Garfunkel and the latter heard El Condor Pasa and used it along with the group in their Bridge Over Troubled Waters album of the early 1970s.

Posted by RolandLePreux | Tue Feb 21, 2017, 06:45 AM (6 replies)

“The most alien-looking place on Earth”

Whether true or not, that's the common nickname given to the island of Socotra. Socotra is a small archipelago in the Arabian sea, about 240 miles southeast of Yemen. The largest of the four islands is about 1500 square miles in surface area. A very isolated place, about one-third of its plant life is completely unique, found in no other place on Earth.

“...Socotra is considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea. In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna. They counted nearly 700 endemic species, found nowhere else on earth; only Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Galápagos Islands have more impressive numbers. ...”

The natural vistas on the island range from lush tropical lagoons to barren deserts of white sands. Most unusual are the freakishly bizarre trees, some species of which are more than 20 million years old. It is recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site.

Posted by RolandLePreux | Tue Oct 4, 2016, 04:20 PM (9 replies)

Latest cover of the National Enquirer - LOL

Not the most credible source for news, but often one of the most entertaining, in this extremely entertaining election year.

"...He was standing there UNZIPPED" !!!

Posted by RolandLePreux | Thu Sep 15, 2016, 02:50 PM (7 replies)

One of my favorite movie themes

from the 1960 film starring John Wayne, The Alamo. It's The Green Leaves Of Summer. I can scarcely think of a more beautiful movie theme song than this, by composer Dimitri Tiomkin. I posted this once at DU in the Lounge and got support (there are good people at DU) but I also had some people freak out because I actually liked something about a John Wayne film. I don't sense my appreciation of the world through the filter of someone's politics. John Wayne was not a great actor but he was very entertaining (and sometimes funny without knowing it, like in his role as Ghengis Khan in The Conqueror opposite Susan Hayward, who played a Mongol princess and looked like she just came out of a Beverly Hills hair salon). I like most John Wayne movies. The scene in The Cowboys where he defies Bruce Dern knowing he will die is a classic. Wayne, Woody Allen, and Roman Polanski are bête noires at DU for some people but I like most of their films and I like the Alamo, even if it's not PC nowadays, especially this fantastic theme song.

Posted by RolandLePreux | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 10:22 PM (16 replies)

My favorite cartoon as a kid

This cartoon was shown on TV a lot when I was a kid in the mid 1950s to the early 60s on shows like Cartoon Carnival. I used to wait for it because I thought it was pretty funny and well-made. I loved to watch the oversexed wolf in a movie theater get turned on by Lauren Bacall on the screen in a spoof of To Have And Have Not. There's nothing particularly outrageous or controversial about it until the last few seconds, which are a little un PC. Bogart appears in black face imitating Jack Benny's servant, Rochester. It's not particularly mean-spirited or defamatory but nowadays is considered to be in bad taste, probably explaining why I haven't seen it on TV in many years and why the version on youtube cuts off before the end. "Bacall To Arms":

Posted by RolandLePreux | Fri Apr 22, 2016, 07:23 PM (4 replies)

Hillary Clinton says she will get to the bottom of UFO controversy

I have not the slightest idea if the Daily Mail is reliable or not, but supposedly today she was asked about UFOs. Mrs. Clinton said if elected she'd get to the bottom of it and also said she thinks we may have already been visited by extraterrestrials.

"...Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that if she is elected, she will 'get to the bottom' of questions over what the government knows about UFOs and aliens.

She reportedly made the promise when speaking with Daymond Steer of The Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire. She had previously interviewed with the same reporter in 2007.

When asked if she would support UFO disclosure group efforts, enthusiastically said 'yes'.

In 2007, Clinton said the most common freedom-of-information requests her husband Bill Clinton received at his library were about UFOs. ..."

"...'I think we may have been (visited already). We don't know for sure,' she said. She added that she would like to look into Area 51, which she first called Area 54 but quickly corrected herself. ..."

Is this a play for media attention like Trump has made. Or is she serious?

Posted by RolandLePreux | Sun Jan 3, 2016, 11:22 PM (9 replies)
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