Except for a gloomy Saturday morning and early afternoon, spring has definitely arrived in our small country. Today’s sunny and warm again … the smell of BBQ is in the air. Living in an apartment, I don’t do BBQs, unless I’m invited or staying with friends who do have the right ‘infrastructure’.
Nevertheless, seeing all the beautiful magnolia trees all over the place bursting into flowers, show that winter is coming to an end. Yet, one can’t be too careful, because this time last year, we still had 10 cm of snow!!!
Magnolias always remind me of Claude François’ song ‘Magnolias forever’ <= click on the song title to view the 1978 video. You can skip the ad if you want to. (I'm not too keen about his Claudettes' attire - but this was the 70-ties and it was all part of the show). Last Tuesday, it was 36 years ago that this extremely talented French artist and composer of ‘My Way’ (Comme d’habitude) tragically died while fixing a light bulb in his bathroom … while standing in a water-filled bath tub. The artist was electrocuted!
At the time of his death, I wasn’t a fan of him. But later, when the French comedy ‘Podium’ was released with the Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde featuring as the ‘sosie’ (lookalike) of Claude François, I learnt to appreciate and even love Claude’s music. The film, although a comedy, is a real tribute to the man and I warmly recommend it to all of you who love Claude François’ music or who would like to discover his great talent.
Update on the burglars: Last Monday my mother learnt from the lady who lives in the house at the far end of our back garden that her house had been broken into and that her jewellery had been stolen …. As I mentioned before: too close for comfort!