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Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr., 1924

A Holiday to Matheran

As we left our holiday cottage, to return home in the city, my wife said, "Look over your shoulder before you leave so that we come back again." Read about our recent trip to Matheran, the forest on the head, and the smallest hill station in India, at B+ve.

March 21, 2011

MUSIC

50 Greatest Love Songs of all Time

Here is Side A of 50 definitive love or romantic songs in no particular order. Listen to them once, and you’ll listen to them over and over again. Side B to come soon.

1. I Want to Know What Love is by Foreigner

2. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Jefferson Starship

3. Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues

4. Love Story by Andy Williams

5. Almost Paradise by Mike Reno & Ann Wilson

6. I Swear by John Michael Montgomery

7. Broken Wings by Mr. Mister

8. You Had a Bad Day by Daniel Powter

9. Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz

10. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

11. Show Me the Way by Peter Frampton

12. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

13. Can't Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis Presley

14. The Last Waltz by Engelbert Humperdinck

15. Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers

16. The Winner Takes it All by Abba

17. How Deep is Your Love by Bee Gees

18. It's All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion

19. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

20. I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles

21. I do it for You by Bryan Adams

22. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

23. You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling by Hall & Oates

24. You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul by Modern Talking

25. Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson

26. Sacrifice by Elton John

27. Oh Carol by Neil Sedaka

28. April Love by Pat Boone

29. Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You by George Benson

30. Every Time You Go Away by Paul Young

31. Careless Whisper by George Michael

32. Hello by Lionel Richie

33. I Want to Break Free by Queen

34. The One I Love by R.E.M.

35. Still Loving You by Scorpions

36. I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder

37. Every Breath You Take by Police

38. The Power of Love by Jennifer Rush

39. Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears

40. Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins

41. Always by Jon Bon Jovi

42. It Must Have Been Love by Roxette

43. Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel

44. Killing Me Softly by The Fugees

45. Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton

46. Love is All Around Me by Wet Wet Wet

47. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

48. More Than I Can Say by Leo Sayer

49. Borderline by Madonna

50. Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx

March 10, 2011

COMICS: FIRST ISSUE

War stories in pictures

Walk - Or Die! the first ever Commando: War Stories in Pictures (left) published by D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd of Dundee, Scotland, in July 1961, was republished as No.2523 and the name changed to Commando for Action and Adventure. Commando Comics are still in print and have crossed the 4,000 mark. D.C. Thomson is also the publisher of Beano and Dandy comics. Their official websites are www.dcthomson.co.uk and www.commandocomics.com

March 3, 2011

MUSIC

20 songs that will make you happy

The internet is flush with listings of all-time greatest hits. In most cases, the Top of the Charts, whose numbers run into 10s, 50s, 100s and 500s, are predictable. Here’s a list of 20 out-of-the-ordinary songs that you’ll enjoy listening to. Check out the ones marked in black. They are not in any particular order but you are free to put them in one, and even suggest your own favourite songs that don't make the mainstream grade.

   1. Truth be told: Honesty by Billy Joel, the third single from his album 52nd Street (1979), will make you sit up and listen—and listen hard.

  2. If there's one song you'll replay in your mind, it's Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra from the namesake album released in 1966. Somethin' Stupid by Frank and daughter Nancy Sinatra is not far behind.

  3. You Raise Me Up by American singer-songwriter Josh Groban will make you wish you could sing like him at the age of 30, or any age.

  4. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera sung by Sarah Brightman, the English soprano, and Michael Crawford, English actor and singer, will leave you in complete awe. How can anyone on this planet make such devastatingly beautiful music?

  5. The Brothers Four, the American folk singing group, are better known for their 1960 hit song Greenfields but I prefer the old-world charm of 500 Miles from the album Big Folk Hits.

  6. Unforgettable (1951) by American musician Nat King Cole is just that—utterly unforgettable.

  7. I Made it Through the Rain by Barry Manilow from the self-titled album Barry was an instant hit when it was released in 1980.

  8. Summer Wine (1967) was the first of many successful duets Lee "baritone" Hazlewood sang with Nancy Sinatra—the perfect soundtrack to a Hollywood western film. Unfortunately, it never became one.

  9. Richard Marx's ballad Right Here Waiting from his second album Repeat Offender is immensely popular to this day.

10. Long before Bryan Adams and Jon Bon Jovi, there was Kim Carnes, the two-time Grammy Award winner who sang Bette Davis Eyes in 1981. Find out why.

11. Abba are famous for dozens of numbers and The Visitors, their eighth and final studio album released in 1981, isn't really one of them. It is for me, though.

12. Ditto for Somewhere in the world by Boney M from their album Ten Thousand Lightyears (1984).

13. Welsh singer Tom Jones drove women mad with his hit single Delilah from the album Delilah (1968).

14. Woman in Love by Barbra Streisand from the album Guilty, produced by Barry Gibb in 1980, remains the single greatest hit by the American diva.

15. Agadoo, the party song by British pop group Black Lace, is one song you will continue to hum long out of school, college or wherever.

16. Bad Day ("You Had a Bad Day") by Canadian singer Daniel Powter became the most successful single of 2006.

17. As movie soundtracks go, Way Back into Love sung by Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett from the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics (2007) scores big on love themes.

18. In 2005, British singer James Blunt recorded You're Beautiful for his debut album Back to Bedlam (2004).

19. Nightshift won The Commodores their first Grammy Award in 1985.

20. Nancy Sinatra had These Boots Are Made for Walkin' from the album Boots (1966) on everyone's lips. No prizes for guessing who wrote it—Lee Hazlewood, of course.