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The black holes where everything goes

I’ve a mystery here, which I think there will never be an answer.

I bought a new, manual lawn-mower (well, my Dad did, I don’t have a garden) that needed to be ‘put together’ for use. All of the parts were in the box, including a little spanner to tighten the bolts. My Dad and I put all of the bars together, and tightened one of the bolts with the spanner. I was kneeling on the floor, and I was doing the tightening. I put the spanner down besides my right knee, to look at another bolt. I reached for the spanner again, and it wasn’t there. I hadn’t moved. Nothing had moved. The spanner just wasn’t there. I felt beside my left knee, in case I was mistaken, and had put the spanner down on that side, and it wasn’t there either. I felt all over the carpet on both sides, and still no spanner. I moved some of the wrapping the bars had been in, in case the spanner had somehow gone under there, but no, it wasn’t there. I checked the floor all around, and it was nowhere in sight. I’d stood up, in case the spanner was on me, and it wasn’t. I felt all over the floor – you know sometimes in can be quite difficult to see things on a patterned carpet, and again it wasn’t there. Confused, I knelt back down to see if I could tighten the bolts with my hand, and couldn’t… I needed the spanner. I stood up again, to have another look, and there it was, underneath my right knee. It was definitely not there a moment earlier, because I had been brushing that very spot with my hand.

I have no idea where that spanner went to in that moment.

This little mystery also occurs on occasions, in the opposite way. You are looking for a very important document. The one you put in the drawer that time so you would know where it was when you needed it again. You go through the whole drawer, and it isn’t there. You go through the other drawers in case you’d put it in one of them, or it had fallen into one, or it had stuck to another important document that you needed to file somewhere else. You check all places you can think of, and this one document is nowhere in sight. You go back to the first drawer you checked – the one you remember putting the document in. And there it is. The first thing in the drawer. You just know that it wasn’t there a few moments ago.

I’ve got my own theory on this. Scientists and science fiction writers mention black holes all of the time, those dense areas of the universe where, they say, nothing can survive. I think there are tiny black holes around us all of the time. They’re not black, though, they’re invisible. And they move. If we happened to put something in a place where this black hole is, the object disappears. Sometimes appearing again after a few seconds, and other times not appearing until we (un)consciously tell the black hole that we would like what we are looking for. Well, this explanation satisfies me with the reason why things go ‘walkies’, just before they’re needed most. I don’t think it will satisfy those who require a more rational explanation.

Another thought has just struck me about these black holes… they must be somehow connected to us, as we never find someone else’s document, or a different tool, or whatever else wasn’t there a short while ago.

Just when I thought I’d got to the bottom of one of my mysteries, another question appears. I did say I think there will never be an answer… I’m going to try and keep some awareness about me next time this happens, just to see if I can see into one of these black holes. Well, you never know…

First of the month!

Just a quick blog today, my thoughts are being a bit quiet so not much actual thinking going on at present! They will pick up again soon, though! Some days my mind just opens up and the thoughts come flooding in – other days, like today, they are a little more subdued. I suppose, like the rest of me, my mind has to take a little rest every now and then! And it is the first of the month, in case that has any bearing on things!

We’ve just had Eurovision, and now we have Britain’s Got Talent! I thought yesterday’s show – the first semi final – was better than today’s show, but I mean no disrespect to any of the acts that have got through to tonight’s show. I loved Chandi, the dancing dog. She was amazing! And Connected sung really well, although I didn’t know the song they were singing (but there’s no surprise there, as sometimes I think I don’t know a song only to realise I actually do know it and was singing it earlier in the week – I confuse myself quite easily!) Last night’s contestants to get through to the final were really good, Spelbound and Tobias Mead. Two completely different dance acts, although I have to think can another dance act win Britain’s Got Talent? I can’t see why not, as there seems to be a big push towards dancing at present – Arlene Philips was talking about a project she is involved in to get more people into dance by 2012 (I think she said 2012 – I’ll need to look further in to this to be sure), and the interval act in Eurovision featured thousands of people dancing all over Europe. Chandi is a dance act with a difference, should she get through I think she will do well. Tobias is a dancer with a difference. Spelbound and their acrobatics are breath-taking. And we still have three more semi-finals to go and the results are due about now for today’s show.

Somebody’s dream will come true on Saturday – so good luck to all contestants who get through. Commiserations for the acts who don’t get that far, but they have done really well getting to the semi-final stage and should be proud of that.

Normal service has now resumed

Well, now back to normal! After all my waffling about the Eurovision Song Contest last week, I can now return to my random ramblings about me, and my take on things in my life.

I’m on holiday from work this week, and rather than do my usual ‘nothings’, I’m planning on spring cleaning my flat. I mean my upper-level apartment. Well, that is when I get round to it! I’ve decided not to start it today (well, it is a Bank Holiday) and opted to do nothing instead.

I’ve just looked out of the window to see what the weather is doing, and it doesn’t look too bad – bright but cloudy, so it’s fine. It would still be fine if it was raining though – we can’t do anything about the weather apart from moan – it’s too hot; it’s too cold; it’s too wet; it’s too windy. Well, I’ve decided I’m going to use the phrase ‘it just is!’ no matter what the weather is doing from now on, and just enjoy it. That way, with the Law of Attraction, I’ll be bringing more things to myself to enjoy and less to ‘moan’ about.

Yes. Spring cleaning. My plan is to do each room in turn, quickly. As quickly as I possibly can. I’ve only got five rooms, so it shouldn’t take that long really. I can see myself sitting back when it is all done, congratulating myself on a job well done. That’s my intention. All I need to do is actually make a start. I’ll make a start tomorrow.

I have a tendency to put things off, which can be a problem. I really need to do some exercise to make my body fitter and get more ‘in shape’ so my clothes fit better, and I feel better. I like to go swimming, and when I actually do go, I work really hard and really tone up my body in a very short time. Swimming works wonders for me, but I have to get round to going. Once I have started, there is no stopping me – I go every day and push myself to beat yesterday’s number of lengths swam in the pool – the last time I went, I got up to one hundred lengths in 30 minutes. I don’t know whether that is good or not, but it is good for me. And the weight literally drops off me. I know all of this. I know swimming is good for me. I enjoy swimming. I just never manage to get around to going.

I really need to put my intentions into action. I do at times (I’d intended to start this blog months ago, but only got around to starting it this month) but need to act more often. Like with the weather, I intend to enjoy whatever I do – but I can only do that if I actually do it! Thinking about, or writing about, spring cleaning or going swimming isn’t actually getting it done… the idea’s there, I know that I can do it, I just need to put my ideas into action and reap the benefits from them.

It’s all about taking the first step.

A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr, is mentioned in The Secret regarding this:

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

I have faith in my abilities to do what I want to do. I just have to start.

Today’s the day!

Today’s the day! I’ve had my wine chilling in the fridge, and just need to get some chocolates and strawberries and then I’m ready for the best song contest on the whole planet! In just a few hours, we’ll know this year’s winner. I wonder if it will be one of those I’ve highlighted above? Even if it isn’t, it will still be a good contest. And I’ll get to see this year’s scoreboard too! Call me sad, but that is another of my Eurovision favourites – how the scoreboard will look! More later!

It only feels like last week!

The Eurovision has entertained me for many, many years. It has been running longer than I have been in this existence, and now, with the magic of the internet I can find clips of all of my favourite Eurovision entries. Some of the really old ones, from the days when TVs were mostly in black and white, aren’t included here, for two reasons. Most of the Eurovisions I remember were in colour, and although I like some of the songs from the early days, I didn’t see them performed live. These songs listed here are from shows that I watched on my (or someone else’s) colour television set.

They also aren’t in any order. I just thought I’d mix them all up and put them all out!

First out of the hat, from the year 2000, is Claudette Pace with “Desire”, for Malta. It didn’t win, but it is a bubbly little number!

Just had to squeeze this one in here (yes, I know I’ve only just started!) but also from 2000, Denmark entered and won with the Olsen Brothers singing “Fly On The Wings Of Love”

Waaay back, in 1991, France entered the contest with Amina singing “Le Dernier Qui a Parlé”. A song that has travelled through time with me – it’s very unusual, but very good. I was humming it this morning! And thinking about it, 1991 isn’t really that long ago… is it?

Jumping forward slightly, to 1994, Frances Ruffelle represented the United Kingdom with “Lonely symphony”. I find this song to be very anthemic.

Three songs now from 1998: from the UK, Iceland and Russia. And the UK won! Katrina and The Waves “Love Shine A Light”; Paul Oscar “Minn Hinsti Dans” (must be seen!) and Alla Pugachova “Primadonna” – I really liked this one! 

Last year’s contest had four songs that I had to play over again. Iceland’s Yohanna, “Is It True?” goes without saying that this is one of my favourite songs of all time! And I love the way it was staged in Moscow. Absolutely stunning!

Portugal’s Flor-de-lis with “Todas As Ruas Do Amor” is another happy bubbly song. And last year’s winner, Alexander Rybak for Norway, with “Fairytale” ‘I’m in lurrrrve with a fairytale…’ OK, I’ll not sing.  The fourth of my favourites from last year is Chiara who sung “What If We” for Malta. This is the song that features the line “If you don’t know your destination, who determines your destiny?” Quite a valid statement, if you ask me.

Back to 2000 again. Russia entered this year with Alsou singing “Solo” I have to ‘do the dance’ with this one. Love it!

In 2004, James Fox represented the United Kingdom with “Hold On To Our Love” A good song I thought and should have come higher placed than 16th.

In 1994 Germany asked MeKaDo to sing “Wir Geben ‘ne Party” and got me boogying!

Gina G’s “Just A Little Bit” appeared in the 1996 contest, for the United Kingdom.

And another of my all-time favourites is from 1995, Aud Wilken, for Denmark, singing “Fra Mols Til Skagen”

And there we have it. Fifteen or so of my Eurovision faves. There are more. Many more. Far too many to write about here. I’ll see if I can add some videos one day of some of the songs, but until then, have a look for them on You Tube. They’re not to everyone’s taste, but I like them.

I do enjoy my travels through time 🙂 !