Thursday, 2 June 2016

Richard Harris - My Boy




It was an historic time. I remember the date well for two reasons. The first was the BBC were going to have its first ever stereo broadcast of a rock Concerts and would feature none other than Van Morrison and his Caledonian Soul Orchestra. I was working a night shift in Heathrow London but I had arranged to go home and watch the concert.  Unfortunately in these days we did not have recorders.

The other event was Old Ma was in Nice and was expecting our first child which was due at any time. Just before I went home to see the concert I received a call that Old Ma had gone into labor and was heading for the clinic. 

I went home and was knocked out by the brilliance of Van. Luckily a double album of some of the music was released on what some say is the best live album ever. Too Late to stop Now.  .An expanded version of the album is being released shortly.  It is Van at his very live best. 
When I got back to work I received a call, I had a son, Flycasual had arrived from outer space.

I have a son, I am a father.

I had a standby ticket in case of the event and caught the first plane to Nice that morning. I immediately headed for the Clinic situated in the Place Mozart.  I saw my son for the first time. A joyous moment in anybody's life.

It was great, I stayed there all day. The food was superb for a clinic. Below was a bar and I could adjourn there for a refreshment or two when the nurses were attending to Old Ma or she needed a rest.

 Une autre Formidable, s'il vous Plait.

When I went back to Old Granma's Flat I rang the intercom and in my best French said :
C'est Old Pa. C'est Old Pa.  I got a reply saying,  Old Pa est a l'Hopital (She was more than a bit deaf). I tried shouting and this went on for a good few minutes. She kept saying that I was at the Hospital before she just hung up.

What was I supposed to do? I went round the corner to the Jockey Club, our local Bar and had Un autre Formidable,s'il vous Plait.

I tried again later and did not mention my name, I just said as clearly and loudly as I could C'est Moi. She opened the door.

Flycasual just celebrated his 42nd Birthday last week.

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2 June 2016 at 11:16

A fine tale well told Old Pa. It must have been tough on both of you to be apart for Flycasual's birth. Your fruitless intercom conversation with Old Granma reminded me of Bob's lyric, 'She said that for over an hour, And I hung up'.
With a little adaptation, there's another couplet from the same song that is also very appropriate; 'Tell Old Ma, Tell Old Pa, Our Love’s A-gonna Grow, Ooh-wah, Ooh-wah'.
Belated birthday greetings Flycasual!

2 June 2016 at 11:26

What song?....good quizz question TS!
FC & the obvious mistake before I change. This was meant for next week

2 June 2016 at 13:59

'Talkin’ World War III Blues'.

2 June 2016 at 14:59

4th track side 2. Freewheelin

7 June 2016 at 12:42

Richard Harris had it all, didn't he? What a voice.

Your boys not bad either!

21 June 2017 at 04:07

Just after finally reading this, completely forgot you did it. Top tale, I'm touched. Wish my night shifts were as demanding as yours.

21 June 2017 at 11:03

FC A golden oldie, that has inspired me to write the post My Girl it has quite a coincidence too.