This is a photo I took of the London Bridge when I was in Lovely London a few months ago.
I often played the London Bridge is falling down game as a child. You know the game...you link hands with some other crazy bored child and sing the song...
London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, Falling down. London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady.
Then you catch someone inbetween your arms. Very fun game. I should play it today...who's in?
So then we hear the fab Fergie Ferg singing, "How come every time you come around My London London Bridge want to go down Like London London want you to go down Like London London be going down like..."
Ok...so what is this London bridge refrence exactly meaning to communicate with us? Jimmy and me were both pondering the question this morning and well---have no idea.
So I dug a little deeper and found some research on the subject and this is what I found on Wikipedia.org
The earliest reference to the rhyme appears to be in a play of 1659, and it is recorded as being associated with children by 1720. The earliest known text dates from a little later, appearing in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book (circa 1744). It is likely, however, that it was already well-established by this time.
The rhyme may have had considerably more ancient antecedents. In 1013, London Bridge was burned down by King Ethelred and his Norwegian ally Olaf Haraldsson in a bid to divide the invading forces of the Danish king Svein Haraldsson. The event was recorded in the Saga of Olaf Haraldson, part of the Heimskringla composed around 1225 by Snorri Sturluson. Snorri quotes extracts of a lay by a Norse poet, Ottar Svarte, including the following passage which is strikingly similar to parts of the rhyme:
London Bridge is broken down. -- Gold is won, and bright renown. Shields resounding, War-horns sounding, Hild is shouting in the din! Arrows singing, Mail-coats ringing -- Odin makes our Olaf win! 
However, the popular version probably originates from 1269, when Henry III granted the tolling right to Queen Eleanor. She is the "fair lady" who notably failed to spend the resulting funds on actually maintaining the structure.
The meaning of the rhyme is obscure. Most obviously, it relates to the many difficulties experienced in bridging the River Thames: London's earlier bridges did indeed "wash away" before a bridge built of "stone so strong" was constructed. It has been suggested that the "fair lady" who is "locked up" is a reference to an old practice of burying a dead virgin in the foundations of the bridge to ensure its strength through magical means, although this more plausibly refers to Queen Eleanor. Intriguingly, the rhyme is not confined to England and variants exist in many other western and central European countries.
Modernist poet T.S. Eliot used the first two lines of this rhyme in his famous poem The Waste Land.
Late indie musician Elliott Smith referenced the rhyme in song, "Baby Britain" --"London bridge is safe and sound, no matter what you keep repeating, nothing's going to drag me down, to a death that's not worth cheating."
Nu-Metal band KoRn used a part of this rhyme for their song Shoots and Ladders.
Darkwave band Switchblade Symphony used two verses of and added to the original rhyme for their song Gutter Glitter.
Hip hop performer Lil Jon performed a crunk version of ths rhyme on Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out show.
The title from the 1993 movie "Falling Down" was inspired from this song, which is also sung in the movie.
In the Disney movie Pocahontas, Governor Ratclife's dog has a toy carousel from which dog biscuits hang. When the carousel moves, it plays "London Bridge is Falling Down"
The theme song to celebreality show My Fair Brady is sung to the same melody as "London Bridge is Falling Down".
In Fergie of Black Eyed Peas's song, "London Bridge," Fergie sings: How come every time you come around My London London Bridge want to go down Like London London want you to go down Like London London be going down like... This is a direct reference to this song.
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I hate how I look like a janitor, because I have keys to 2 apartments, work, my mom's house, my car, 2 garages, a storage unit, 2 mail box keys and I think one to the Gateway...that I need to return for my $5 deposit.
I hate moving. I have moved approximately onehundredmillionandahalf times. I hate it. I hate everything about it.
Seeing boxes makes me want to puke.
It's sad that I think how much better I would like it if I threw myself down the stairs and broke my leg- so I wont have to help move...everytime I move.
I hate packing. I hate carrying boxes. I hate those tape dispensers. I hate how my fingers get peely from the tape/box combination. I hate moving boxes into trucks or cars. I hate taking them out again. I hate having to lock Penny up to move. I hate carrying them into the new place. I hate moving things that aren't mine. I hate moving my dad for the 205th time in the past 5 years. I hate moving my mom for the 450th time in the past 8 years. I hate carrying heavy furniture. I hate dust. I hate dirt. I hate moving.
I hope to get a stinkin house after this move. I will pay movers to pack and move my stuff.
She can kill with a smile, she can wound with her eyes She can ruin your faith with her casual lies And she only reveals what she wants you to see She hides like a child, but she's always a woman to me She can lead you to love, she can take you or leave you She can ask for the truth, but she'll never believe And she'll take what you give her as long it's free Yeah, She steals like a thief, but she's always a woman to me CHORUS Ohhh... she takes care of herself She can wait if she wants, she's ahead of her time Ohhh... and she never gives out And she never gives in, she just changes her mind And she'll promise you more than the garden of Eden Then she'll carelessly cut you and laugh while you're bleeding But she?ll bring out the best and the worst you can be Blame it all on yourself 'cause she's always a woman to me CHORUS She's frequently kind and she's suddenly cruel She can do as she pleases, she's nobody's fool And she can't be convicted, she's earned her degree And the most she will do is throw shadows at you, But she's always a woman to me
i would like to congratulate my dear friend jimbo for taking the plunge- and getting both feet deep into a vw. it is an exciting time to be in a vw seeing that it is the first time that the rabbit has been reproduced since august 1984.
the rabbit is ooo so cute and so is jimbo, so they are the perfect combo.
Now a song for alice...
All The Girls Love Alice By Sir. Elton John
...All the young girls love Alice Tender young Alice they say Come over and see me Come over and please me Alice it's my turn today
-- more photos to come when blogger lets me ad them!! why can't i have a turn?
Ms Penny Lane Petersen-Schlegelmilch's new hobby. Climing to to the highest points in my new apartment.
On another note one of my favorite songs lyrics...thanks Postal Service and Iron and Wine.
I always imagine me and Mr Joel in a hot air balloon waving from above and then we steal a kiss.
I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles In our eyes are mirror images and when We kiss they're perfectly aligned And I have to speculate that God himself Did make us into corresponding shapes like Puzzle pieces from the clay True, it may seem like a stretch, but Its thoughts like this that catch my troubled Head when you're away when I am missing you to death When you are out there on the road for Several weeks of shows and when you scan The radio, I hope this song will guide you home
They will see us waving from such great Heights, 'come down now,' they'll say But everything looks perfect from far away, 'come down now,' but we'll stay...
I tried my best to leave this all on your Machine but the persistent beat it sounded Thin upon listening That frankly will not fly. you will hear The shrillest highs and lowest lows with The windows down when this is guiding you home
Now introducing little miss Popeye. The proud father, Tenniel from work, is happy to hear the pitter patter of little paws around his place and we are happy to hear more pattering of paws here at the office. She is the cutest French/American bulldog ever! I hear she has a brother or sister on the way. We shall see tomorrow.
I wanted to blog this morning in honor of one of the greatest bands that has ever played together. That is right, Names without Numbers, I love you so.
And not just because my fiancé' Joel is the bassist, but Ryan, Dave and John have all shown me a goodtime for a quiet a while.
I remember going to see NWN when I was in high school, before Joel was in the band, when Brian played bass. John Rasmussen and me would go and rock out at Rebels to them. We loved how crazy Brian got on the bass.
I use to host Video Diversity Rock- and I remember one night after a show, Ryan came up to me and was like, "Hey, don't you do that TV show?" And I'm like, "Why yes I do, sorry it sucks" And Ryan says, "No, Im actually a huge fan." And I say with a chuckle, "Well I'm actually a huge fan of your band." HAHA.
Joel and me followed them to Cornerstone and rocked out with them every summer. I even bought a shirt- the only thing I bought the whole time- and I could have gotten one in Omaha, Ha.
Next came Nick, on the bass- equally as crazy, and a screamer. I loved seeing him perform also. I tried to book NWN at UNO for like 4 years, I loved them so much, too bad they all worked during the day and never graced my little stage at UNO.
Then came the day when Nick was no longer playing bass in the band, and Dave asked my man, Mr. Joel, if he would do the honors. I was like no flipping way. We couldn't believe it.
Of course, he said yes- and a few weeks later we were off in the van on our way to Minneapolis for Joel's first show with NWN.
I remember getting into the van, Dave turned on Andrew WK and thinking- "Im going to like these guys even more!" Side note: I LOVE AWK!
The place they played was at this huge place called the Qwest Club. I took my new Nikon D-70 and shot like I've never shot before, still some of my favorite pics- because I could go up above the stage and shoot.
From there I traveled with the band doing mini tours through SD, MN, IA and good old NE. From Barns and festivals to Convention Centers we have seen it all. We always had a goodtime and made new friends along the way, including ET.
It's only been two years this next month since Joel started with NWN, who's been around since the beginning of time, but those two years were pretty frickin great.
I've always wanted to live a life on the road as a rock star. I got to see a bit of what it is like and learned a lot of great life lessons along the way. Like dont bring ballerina flats on a New Years Eve tour to MN...snow boots would be a smarter choice.
I will miss Ryan yelling at Dave about giving us horrible directions, Dave always being right, John all ways being late and his crazy snack choices on the road, Joel standing on the left side of the stage (my left) and moving slowly but surely with his bass.
Dave with his HUGE amp cases and Ryan with his little honey bear. Johns little pal, PJ, running all over going crazy. Getting to hang with the wives, Melissa and Tina, and talk about how crazy our boys are. Joel looking down at me from the stage and making silly faces. Dave always promoting the next show or the merch in the back.
One of my favorite memories is when Dave said that everyone should go and buy some merch from the pretty girl in the back, me, but not to mess with me cause I'm taken. He then continued on, "Joel our bass player over here, asked her to marry him, and she said yes!" Then everyone clapped and I smiled and said that is me!
The point being, I love these boys of Names Without Numbers and thank them kindly for the fond memories through out the years.
Names Without Numbers August, 5 2006 at Sokol Underground - NWN LAST SHOW- ?13th & Martha, Omaha, NE 68101?Cost: $8 LAST SHOW EVER!!!!!! WE ARE BREAKING UP!! This show will kill all other shows. The line-up includes NWN, PARIA, FLYOVER COUNTRY, SCHOOL OF ARMS (featuring members of system failure & analog) & a Better in Eleven reunion! We hope to see you there!
Say what you will, you got star power Names without Numbers
Meet baby Frances, aka Frankie for short. He is a rebelrowser and always into trouble. His hobbies include: 1)Bothering Johnny 2) Bothering Me 3) Eating trash 4) Pottying all over the office.
Meet Sir. Jonny. He is the king of the office. He is very calm and wonderful to the pup , Frankie, that chews on his neck and ears. His hobbies include: 1) Running around as fast as he can, which is really fast 2) Hiding from Frankie 3) Sitting in his chair 4) Destroying stuffed animals