Gr8at: Songs with rain

The weather here has been so bad lately, rain coming down hard and often, that I thought I’d use it as a good thing and post my favourite songs featuring rain in the title. With no particular order (and with apologies to Adele and Led Zeppelin), feel free to choose a favourite or any you want to add.

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Line(s) of the Day #RickandMorty

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“Listen to me, Morty. I know that new situations can be intimidating. You lookin’ around and it’s all scary and different, but y’know … meeting them head-on, charging into ‘em like a bull — that’s how we grow as people.”

Rick Sanchez (Justin Goiland) in the wildly imaginative, hugely colourful and wonderfully structured Rick and Morty (2013 – ). The animated series takes place between a domestic set up and different outlandish intergalactic worlds, with the bond between the cynical Rick and his nervous 14-year-old grandson Morty the heart of the show.

Photography: #AnishKapoor

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Taken at the Anish Kapoor exhibition at Pitzhanger, which showcase a series of innovative sculptures. Kapoor, who received a knighthood in 2013, has won numerous prestigious prizes and famously designed the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park. You can find details of the impressive exhibition here.

Gr8at: #BenFranklin Quotes

Ben Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

Well done is better than well said.

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

You may delay, but time will not.

There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

Time for some wisdom by Ben Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers and an all-round talent (1706 – 1790). You can find another of his quotes here.

Line(s) of the Day #GavinAndStacey

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“Don’t get me wrong, but to be honest, at the end of the day, when all’s said and done… do you know what I mean?”

Nessa (Ruth Jones) in the charming British comedy Gavin and Stacey (2008 – 2010). With news that there will be a Christmas special after 9 years, I just had to quote arguably the show’s funniest star.

Line(s) of the Day #NikiLauda

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I’ve been through a lot and I realise the future can’t be controlled. I’m not worried. You can always learn to overcome difficulties.”

“You appreciate that it is very easy to die and you have to arrange your life to cope with that reality.”

It was with great sadness I read that Formula 1 great Niki Lauda had passed away at the age of 70. Courage comes in many forms and he had it throughout his life. The courage to go against his family’s wishes and follow his dream, the courage to drive a car at the fastest of speeds on all kinds of tracks and the courage to race (and win) again after a horrific accident that had lasting physical and mental damage. Farewell Niki Lauda, who was always far more than a 3 time Formula 1 World Champion.

Line(s) of the Day #VincentVanGogh

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“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

The genius that was Vincent Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890). The Dutch post-impressionist had such a gift with his art and I’ve always been a huge fan. You can find two more of his quotes here and here.

Line(s) of the Day #Graceland

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She comes back to tell me she’s gone
As if I didn’t know that
As if I didn’t know my own bed
As if I’d never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead

And she said, “losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow”

Taken from the song Graceland from the album of the same name (1986). Though the song charted badly, it’s gorgeous sound and heartfelt lyrics have always been popular and the album is still considered to be one of the greatest ever.