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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Bohemian, Bo-Ho Chic!

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For obvious reasons (NUDITY), this video disappears from Youtube just as soon as you might say, 'Jack Robinson'... I hope it is here for you today...

I love this song, with its undertones of what we feel in life... That longing to belong, to be loved... To be a part of THAT tribe, or THIS tribe... To be different... While at the same time, to be free and to be accepted for what you are...

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In my own life, I have been described as 'Bohemian' on a number of occasions... I take it to mean arty and creative, outre, colourful and a little mad, as opposed to a 'hacky dorty', laissez-faire housekeeper, which I am too!

I'm never sure if there's a compliment in there, or not!

Make up your own mind...!

I often have the strangest of feelings, particularly when I'm on holiday abroad in Europe; About how I could disappear, and properly assimilate myself into that culture, picking up the language (for I am a linguist), and how I could try to pass as a native among native souls...

I do always feel more 'at home' in most of Europe than I do in much of the Unied Kingdom; My skin fits better, mes sensibilities, my dress sense and colouring too...

I feel it's a very strange thing for me to feel... Dontcha think?

...Incidentally, I always envy people who have an interesting past, who have lived life, who can trace their family history to some significant moments of heroism or belle epoque... I have no fascinating, if tragic, family history that involves holocaust or Madame La Guillotine...

I seem to be a descendant from very 'pedestrian,' if lovely, folk...

Hard-working men and women, miners and labourers, housewives and tram conductresses... People who made their living from the land, or who helped to exploit the land to line the pockets of sometimes already rich men... Or those who provided a service, like running the sweet-counter at Woolworths, or the Co-Op Tea Rooms...

My adored grandmother, Ellen (known as Nelly), together with her elder sister, Jane (rather Jenny), left their 11 siblings (at an age younger than my son is now) to 'live in' to clean the grates and light the fires in a big country home... Jenny married a Navy man, my much-loved great uncle Marcus, or 'Marky', and Nanna found her John Crawford, known as Jack,(with whom she would have four children), who was to lose his right leg early - Below the knee - In an accident at the Pit, when he was sitting beside the line, taking his lunch, or bait, and a coal-laden trolley ran over him...

And, are we ever satisfied with our lot in life, with who we are in our skins, I wonder...

Perhaps it's the (probably romanticized, non?!) gypsy in my soul!

What think you, my bloggy mistrals?

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6 comments:

Derrick said...

Happy Sunday, Fhina.

You - Bohemian? Surely not?! I did see the video so the censors must be having lunch at the mo. I enjoyed the tune but the gang are perhaps a little too Bohemian. I'm sure you could fit in anywhere but WHY would you want to leave US?!

Your theme reminded me of a super song from Bernstein's 'Candide'. I wonder if you know it? Anyway, the You Tube link is here for you to have a shufty, if you wish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWqqsVFXbUE

Protege said...

I agree with you.;) In fact, I had a post on the *Bohemian Style* this past Tuesday.
Great minds, right?
Have a lovely Sunday.
xo

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Derrick, I never heard that piece of music, but you are so right - It is very, very apt, indeed, and such a pleasure to watch such an engaging performer and actrice! Thank you, so - And if I ever were to 'leave' the UK, I would certainly never abandon Blogworld and my darling friends I have met here, such as you! Heck, we're like a huge tribe of artistic and creative, and wonderful and sensitive gypsies ourselves! x

Z: Now, why does that not surprise me about you, my precious - You are the overwhelming quintessence of the beauty of Bohemia, methinks! Just off to read your post now! Mwah! x

LadyFi said...

I agree - Europe suits me so much better - especially southern Europe. I think I too have that gypsy in my soul...

Lola said...

NEVER deny the gypsy in you! In Italian, Zingara - such a gorgeous word, non?

Hope your travels take you wonderful places, abroad and within you.

Au revoir,
~Lola xx

carma said...

I am also descended from pedestrian folk *sigh*

Something I wrote earlier...

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