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The dreaded question - "What have you been doing ? "


Let’s give our brains a well deserved rest, and listen to some Renaissance music !!


Not sure if the lyrics are in (old) English ??


I found it hard to make out the words. Here are the lyrics.


Mhm… quite depressive lyrics. That wasn’t my intent…

Here is another one. A little merrier perhaps…

What European region is depicted in the first picture, in your opinion?


I would say England, but I’m probably wrong. That was a much jollier song.


But does England have mountains that high and steep? I don’t think so.
It might be in Alsace (Eastern France) - the housing architecture looks similar (see photo below) - but again, not sure of any nearby mountains.
It could also be a fictional place :wink:


It shows how observant I am. I didn’t even notice the mountains in the background .


Hah don’t worry I listened to that song twice before posting it. It took me a while to notice the background too.

Do you have a photo collection on your PC? maybe photos taken by yourself and relatives, OR simply pics found on internet that caught your attention.

I used to collect anime-style pics, such as this one:


I have some pictures of my father, but mostly avatars .


My mum and dad before they were married c 1953.


Your parents looked pretty handsome.
And the uniform and elegant dress really add to the style of this photo.

Do you know what a troubadour is (was) ?


I’ve always thought of troubadours as travelling minstrels.


“No, I swear officer, I only had two drinks and I just picked up the lady in the purple hot pants and red halter top to give her a ride to her dentist.”


Yes, minstrels were entertainers of various sorts, of which troubadours were specialized in composing and performing songs.
It must have been a phenomenal lifestyle. Imagine wandering from place to place, in a myth-laden era… singing about heroes, dragons, chivalry, but also human vices, unrequited love stories etc…
They used to entice their audience and probably got to sleep around quite a bit.

An example (pics are interesting too):


I think the lyrics are in Occitan, an extinct language (dialect) that was being spoken in Southern France & Northern Spain.


That song had a very ‘Eastern’ feel to it.


Yeah, kind of.
I am not particularly fond of this type of music which lacks a certain rhythm to it, but for the sake of diversity …:slight_smile:

Do you have some favorite Shakespeare verses? I haven’t read many plays… I think only Hamlet and King Lear… :disappointed_relieved:


Simple answer -no. I read Henry V and Hamlet for exams but have long ago forgotten it.


Haha no problem.
I love the 3 witches scene from Macbeth:

First Witch
Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
Second Witch
Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined.
Third Witch
Harpier cries ‘Tis time, ‘tis time.
First Witch
Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Second Witch
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Third Witch
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver’d in the moon’s eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Second Witch
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.


Hello again.
You’re probably still sleeping… Lately you’ve slept in every day… :thinking:

How did you like the above Macbeth passage?

Let’s start off on an optimistic note :slight_smile: