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Week 17 – TBT 2017 – 99 Red Balloons

For several years I regularly watched The Tube, which was a music programme shown on Friday evenings here in the UK. They had some cutting edge acts and got away from the light entertainment shows other channels were producing. The show always felt a bit chaotic, a bit raw, and there was quite a bit of excitement to it, with a mix of interviews and live acts. 
For example, I saw R.E.M. on there in one of their first UK TV performances – and bought the album Murmur as a result. Frankie Goes To Hollywood appeared, a bit before their single Relax was banned from most outlets and wasn’t played on the radio. 

This week’s TBT act, Nena, also appeared and on the strength of that one show I bought the 12″ single of the song. It was relatively hard to get hold of as I grew up near a small market town and big music stores were a couple of hours drive away. I was pleased to have got a copy, and even more pleased when my (ahem) good taste was evidenced by the fact the single hit the charts about six months later.  

The song is apparently based on a true story, where a number of balloons in the sky were mistaken for an attack by the West on the Soviet Eastern Block, and allegedly the world was very nearly thrown into World War III as a result. 

I don’t speak German, but I think I prefer the German version of the song – it just sounds better. Lucky for me the record I bought had both versions on it!

Nena – 99 Red Balloons


Jack has been to visit

Any idea what this is? 

It’s the roof of my car this morning, after the first real frost of the winter.  I looked at it and thought to myself that if you want to find true beauty, look no further than Mother Nature. She conjures up the most spectacular sights, and if we only take the time to stop and look we can enjoy them time and again.  One of the most incredible things is that, beautiful though the frost is, it will never ever look like that again. Next time it’ll be different, and every time after that, but will still be wonderful.  

So, stop, take a moment, breathe, enjoy the world around you.  Look for beauty.  It is all around you because nature is all around you, even in big cities.